Alaska News Nightly: April 22, 2010

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Gubernatorial Candidates Say Parnell Should Not be Distracted by Health Care Fuss
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Candidates to take Sean Parnell’s seat in the governor’s office are reacting to this week’s announcement that he’s making a Constitutional challenge to the Federal health care legislation that passed Congress earlier this year. Many of them see the litigation as a distraction from what the Governor needs to be talking about.

Hanging Up on Land Lines on Hold
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Alaska Communications Systems wants to hang up on clunky pay phone service in the wireless age. The telecommunications company wants to end public land line phone service by the end of this month, but the Regulatory Commission of Alaska has put the idea on hold. RCA is disputing the ACS plan and has asked the public to weigh in on the matter.

State Might Revive Tulsequah Chief Mine
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
The state is weighing in on a deal that could revive the defunct Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau. The company that owned the British Colombia mine went bankrupt last spring. Now, the former CEO is part of a group incorporating in Canada as Chieftain Metals. The group hopes to buy the mineral claims and take over the project’s Canadian permits. The potential for restarting the mine is renewing environmental concerns in Alaska about the project.

Bethel City Council Opposes Donlin Creek Mine
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The Bethel City Council took a position against the proposed Donlin Creek Gold Mine at their last meeting. The vote was the first on Donlin since the new Council was seated last October.

Alaska WWII Campaigns Featured in Anchorage Museum
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Aleutian World War II campaigns on Kiska and Adak are featured in a new exhibit the Anchorage Museum in honor of national archaeology month. It features never-before-seen personal photos from both Japanese and American soldiers who served on Kiska during the war and artifacts from Adak.

Native Youth Olympics Get Underway in Anchorage
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The Native Youth Olympics got started this morning in downtown Anchorage with the kneel jump. Hundreds of students from across the state are participating in ten events. Many competitors say the annual event is something they look forward to all year long.