Alaska News Nightly: January 27, 2010

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Download Audio (MP3)Safety Team Detonating Explosives in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A multi agency public safety team has begun detonating explosive materials found at a Fairbanks residence.  The operation is happening outside a home where Dane Koponen, was injured in a blast earlier this month.

Legislature Considering Natural Reserve Along Holitna River
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
A bill being considered by the Legislature would create a natural reserve along the Holitna River. It would be the first time the Legislature creates a reserve for hunting and fishing. The bill is sponsored by Representative Bob Herron a Democrat of Bethel along with Representative Mark Neuman, a Big Lake Republican. A public hearing on the bill was held on Tuesday in the House Fisheries Committee.

Alaskans Voice Views on 8A Program
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaskans weighed in today on proposed changes to a federal program that’s pumped billions of dollars into Native corporations. The Federal Small Business Administration held a meeting in Anchorage on draft changes to the 8A program that provides no bid contacts to the native owned companies.

Interior Department Gathering Ideas on Subsistence
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
When Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar announced there would be an overhaul of the federal subsistence management system in Alaska last year, hearings were conducted to gather comments from resource users.

Alaska: the 47th Largest State
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Alaska is the 47th most populous in the U.S., with 692,000 residents in 2009. That’s a 10 percent population increase over the decade, according to data from the Alaska Department of Labor.

Legislators Appealing Removal of DEC Panelist
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Six Alaska legislators want the governor to reinstate a Southeast environmental activist to a cruise-ship science panel. Gershon Cohen of Haines was named to the Department of Environmental Conservation advisory committee earlier this month. Commissioner Larry Hartig removed Cohen a short time later, saying he was too much of an advocate to sit on an impartial panel.

Yukon River Salmon Key Topic at State Board Meeting
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Yukon River salmon stocks are the key topic for the state board of fish at a meeting in Fairbanks this week.  The state fish board is facing some 70 proposals for changes to the way it handles fisheries in the arctic Yukon Kuskokwim region, and more than half have to do with the Yukon River salmon.

Angoon Mayor: We Will Include SE Communities in Hydro Project
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Angoon’s mayor says he’s willing to include other Southeast communities in development of a controversial hydropower project near Petersburg. But he won’t give up a federal permit that gives his town control of the Ruth Lake effort.