Alaska Nightly News: July 2, 2009

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Fish and Wildlife Service Opposed to Doyon Land Swap
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A controversial idea to swap land between the Native regional corporation Doyon Limited and the federal government is unlikely to move forward. The Environmental Impact Statement released by the US Fish and Wildlife service today recommends against the exchange. The proposal was to swap 110,000 acres of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge that were believed to contain oil and gas prospects for a minimum of 150,000 acres of Doyon land that lies within the boundaries of the Refuge.

Salmon Fishing Closed in Mat-Su this Weekend
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Sport fishing for king salmon is closed this holiday weekend in many of the most popular fishing creeks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The closure notice comes on the heels of  an earlier emergency order shutting down the Deshka River to king salmon anglers, due to poor escapement.

Flint Hills Refinery Working Close to Normal
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Flint Hills North Pole Refinery is operating closer to normal capacity.  The refinery has restored operation of a crude oil processing unit it took off line in March.  The move was in reaction to a decline in demand for jet fuel due to the seasonal drop in air traffic made worse by the recession and the eruption of Mt. Redoubt, which forced diversion of flights from Alaska.

Mountain Racers Head to Seward for Marathon
Suzanna Caldwell – APRN – Anchorage
Mountain racers from across the world will congregate in Seward Saturday for the 82nd running of the Mount Marathon race. The three-thousand, twenty-two foot, 3.1-mile race can leave even some of the most talented racers torn up, bleeding and gasping for air. But every year the mountain keeps luring runners back.

Sullivan Sworn In as Anchorage Mayor
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Hundreds crowded the Discovery Theater yesterday to watch Dan Sullivan become the seventh elected mayor of the unified municipality of Anchorage.

Juneau Boy Killed in Mountain Accident
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
A 16-year-old Juneau boy was killed when he fell off a mountain on Wednesday near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau.

Redirecting of Some Ferry Traffic Drawing Questions
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
An Alaska lawmaker is questioning the ferry system’s move to redirect some traffic through a Canadian port. It comes as transportation planners are asking whether Prince Rupert, British Columbia, should became the marine highway’s southernmost stop.