Alaska News Nightly: April 26, 2010

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McGrath Gets Socked with Big Gas Increase
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
McGrath residents got a shock at the fuel pump this morning. The price for gas increased more than three dollars a gallon overnight, from $6 a gallon to $9.20.

Native Leaders Object to Federal Duck Stamps
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
Federal duck stamps have been required for waterfowl hunting for decades, but it was never enforced until this year. Now, Native leaders are saying they still aren’t necessary.

Anchorage Police Find Bodies of Woman and Child
The Associated Press
Anchorage police say a woman and small child were found dead Monday morning inside a south Anchorage apartment along with a severely injured man.

Parnell Sets 2015 Deadline for Getting Gas to Railbelt, SouthCentral
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
People hoping for a gas line from the North Slope to the Railbelt and SouthCentral Alaska now have a deadline. Governor Parnell on Monday signed a bill into law setting up a new, streamlined approach to getting gas into utilities, businesses and people’s homes by the end of 2015.

Fairbanks, Valdez Accept Departure of North Slope from Gas Authority
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Fairbanks North Star Borough and the city of Valdez have accepted the North Slope Borough’s withdrawal from the Alaska Gas Line Port Authority.  The Fairbanks Assembly passed an ordinance at its meeting last Thursday formally acknowledging the North Slope decision to drop out of the public group formed by voters to pursue a gas pipeline.

LORAN to Be Destroyed This Week
Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome
The tallest structure in Alaska will be demolished sometime this week, although Coast Guard officials won’t say exactly when. The LORAN tower at Port Clarence stands at 1,350 feet and is the tallest tower of its kind in the country. It’s a tower more than double the height of Seattle’s Space Needle.

New Totem Raised on Juneau Campus
Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau
A new totem pole was raised in Juneau on Saturday. The new eagle totem on the University of Alaska Southeast campus is intended as a complement to another totem that has stood alone for years.

Alaska Airlines Increasing Some Fees, Decreasing Others
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska Airlines is increasing the cost of checking a bag. But it’s reducing some other fees.

Su Valley High Strikes a Chord in Valdez Competition
Sue Deyoe, KTNA – Talkeetna
The Su Valley high school steel drum band was singled out for special recognition recently at the regional music competition in Valdez. The student musicians have come a long way this year despite some unique challenges.

Anchorage Museum Gets New, Huge Sculpture
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Sunday morning two cranes lowered a huge stainless steel sculpture to the street in front of the Anchorage Museum.