Alaska News Nightly: April 27, 2010

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Senate Votes to Block Financial Regulations Bill

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington
For the second day in a row, the U.S. Senate voted not to take up a financial regulations bill, and Alaska’s Senators have very different reactions.

Point Hope Says Gulf Spill Should Halt Shell’s Arctic Plans
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is highlighting the dangers of offshore oil and gas exploration. The Coast Guard estimates 42,000 gallons of oil are escaping from the sea floor each day and says it has the potential to become one of the worst spills in U.S. history. The Native village of Point Hope says the disaster should put a halt to Shell’s exploration plans in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

Anchorage Detectives Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide Attempt
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Anchorage detectives investigating yesterday’s discovery of a woman and baby who were found dead in a south Anchorage apartment along with a severely injured man, have released information stating they believe it was a murder-suicide attempt.

Current Capital Plan Includes Millions for Kenai Wind Turbines
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
The capital projects budget that Governor Sean Parnell is reviewing, includes $7 million to construct wind turbines on the Kenai Peninsula. While it remains to be seen whether Parnell will keep those funds in the final budget.

Alaskans Seek Answers on Tulsequah
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
A Canadian mining company should pledge to clean up the Tulsequah Chief Mine, provide a transportation plan, and prove it’s financially sound before getting mineral rights to the defunct mine at the headwaters of the Taku River. Those are the requirements the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, commercial fishing groups and the Douglas Indian Association would like putting on Chieftain Metals. But the British Columbia government makes the decision.

New Sea Ice Report to Chronicle Arctic Conditions
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A new weekly sea ice report is aimed at forecasting changing spring ice conditions for walrus and seal hunters in communities along the northern Bering and southern Chukchi sea.

Denali Climbing Season Starts
Sue Devoe, KTNA – Talkeetna
Climbing season on Denali has begun. Parts and pieces of base camp were flown up to the Kahiltna Glacier on Saturday. The tents and other pieces get assembled this week.