Alaska News Nightly: January 29, 2010

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TransCanada, Exxon Want Shippers to Bid on North Slope Gas
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
TransCanada and Exxon-Mobil on Friday formally filed their request to take the Alaska Pipeline Project to possible shippers to bid for space on the state-licensed project to take North Slope natural gas to market.

ANC Police Looking for Child Abductor
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
On Friday, the Anchorage Police announced they are investigating three attempted child abductions occurring over the last two weeks.

SE Legislators Want Governor to Stay Put in Juneau
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
Two Southeast lawmakers want to make sure Juneau is the governor’s home base.  Sitka Senator Bert Stedman on Friday introduced Senate Bill 244, which clarifies the capital city is the governor’s “duty station.” Former Governor Sarah Palin rarely worked out of Juneau. Instead she lived at her home in Wasilla, charging the state a per diem. She also billed the state when her kids travelled with her, sparking ethics complaints. Stedman, a Republican, says that kind of behavior influenced his decision to introduce the bill.

Senators Split on Debt Limit
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaska’s US Senators split their votes this week on raising the nation’s debt limit.

ACLU Honors Byron Mallott
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The American Civil Liberties Union is honoring Tlingit leader Byron Mallott as a defender of constitutional rights. Mallott has served key roles in a variety of organizations and agencies. He was president of First Alaskans Foundation, a Native research and advocacy organization, and CEO of Sealaska, Southeast’s regional Native corporation. He’s also been mayor of Yakutat and Juneau, and head of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Corporation. And he continues as a Sealaska board member.

Bethel to Vote Again on Alcohol
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Bethel voters will head to the polls for another special election on alcohol.

K300 Race Manager Changes Plea
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The former K300 Race Manager charged with stealing from the organization has changed her plea to guilty.

State Gets to Work on Wildlife Regulations
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The state’s game board knuckled down on Friday in Anchorage to deal with proposals affecting statewide wildlife management regulations.

Halibut Fishermen Spared Big Cut to Catch Limit
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Southeast commercial halibut fishermen will not see as big a cut to their catch limits as originally proposed.

Coast Guard Honors Sitka Rescue Team
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
The U.S. Coast Guard gave its Meritorious Public Service Award to the Sitka Mountain Rescue team during a ceremony on Wednesday at Air Station Sitka. The Mountain Rescue team received the award after a perilous rescue in October.