Alaska News Nightly: April 30, 2010

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Obama Not Clear About Shell’s Summer Drilling Plans
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
With the oil spill disaster still unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama Administration has not said clearly whether Shell’s planned exploration drilling can go forward in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

Bethel Heads to Polls to Vote On Liquor Sales
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
On Tuesday Bethel Voters will again head to the polls to address alcohol in a special election.  This time, voters will be asked if the City should go back to ‘damp’; the status the city had  for over 30 years before it was revoked in the October election.

Immigration Rally Planned for Anchorage
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Arizona’s new law making it a state crime to be an undocumented immigrant has produced nationwide rallies.  Tomorrow that response will include Anchorage.

Regional Economci `Commissions Provide Testimony on Their Budgets
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The leaders of regional economic development commissions including Alaska’s Denali commission gave testimony Thursday to a transportation subcommittee on their proposed 2011 budgets.

Fish-Wildife Service Hears Comments on Land Swap Idea
Kells Hetherington, KSDP – Sand Point
At a meeting in King Cove, representatives from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took public comment on the proposed road from King Cove to Cold Bay. The project requires a swap of state and tribal land for a federal easement to establish the single lane gravel road through the Izembek Wildlife Refuge.

New Book Out on Aleuts and Fishing Industry
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Ten years of anthropological research in King Cove and the nearby communities has resulted in a new book on the intertwining of Aleut identity and commercial fishing in the Eastern Aleutians and the Alaska Peninsula.

Census Kicks off Door-to-Door Campaign in Alaska
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Monday marks the next step in the U.S. Census count.  On May 3rd, some 1,300 enumerators throughout Alaska will start going to housing units that did not respond to the mailed questionnaires.

Small Schools to Team with Large Schools to Compete in Athletics
Aaron Selbig, KBBI, Homer
High school hockey players from the Russian Old Believer villages east of Homer will finally be able to lace up their skates for the Homer Mariners next season. A new ruling from the Alaska School Activities Association will – for the first time – permit some small schools to team up with bigger schools for team sports.

Air Show Starts Saturday in Anchorage
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The Alaska Airman’s Association 2010 State Aviation Trade Show starts Saturday in Anchorage.  The annual event features over 275 aviation – only exhibits targeting the latest technology, products and new innovations in the world of flying.