Alaska News Nightly: October 8, 2009

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State Rep. Coghill to Fill Vacant Senate Seat
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
North Pole Representative John Coghill (R) has been chosen to replace Republican Gene Therriault in the state Senate.

Federal Workers in Alaska Could Get “Locality Pay”
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Federal workers in Alaska may soon start getting what’s called “locality pay” instead of a COLA, or Cost of Living Adjustment.

Fish and Wildlife Service Sets Aside Habitat for Sea Otters
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially designated 5,855 acres as critical habitat for southwest Alaska sea otters on Wednesday.

Angoon Wins Permit for Studying Power Plant
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
The city of Angoon has won a preliminary permit for studying a proposed power plant at Scenery Creek, in Thomas Bay north of Petersburg.

Barrow Dentist in DC to Receive Foundation Award
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A dentist from Barrow is in Washington DC this evening to receive an award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

AK Travel Industry Kicks Off Annual Meeting
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Alaska Travel Industry Association is holding its annual meeting in Fairbanks this week following on a season during which tourism volume slipped.

State Awaiting Ruling on Fishing Permits
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
The State of Alaska is awaiting a final ruling from the Superior Court in Anchorage before paying out over $68-million dollars to out of state residents who were overcharged for commercial fishing permits.

Air Carriers Facing Tough Market
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
Alaska Airlines is doing better than its competitors, but it’s still a tough market for air carriers.