Alaska News Nightly: May 13, 2010

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Federal Aid on the way for Yukon Fishermen
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
Fishermen on the Lower Yukon have had two devastating king salmon seasons. But things are looking up.

9th Circuit Rejects Challenge to Shell’s Drill Plan
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The 9th circuit court of appeals today rejected a challenge to Shell Oil’s exploratory drilling plan in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska’s coast.

Elders Targeted By Scammers
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
May is “Older Americans Month,” a time to acknowledge the contributions and importance of senior citizens in our communities. Unfortunately it turns out that older Americans are also pretty popular with con artists.

Veteran Affairs Begin Statewide Hearings
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Bethel veterans will get a chance to speak with some of the top administrators from The Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs tomorrow.

Port Cities Prepare for fewer Cruise Ships
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Cruise ships started pulling into Alaska port cities last week (earlier this month). And their numbers will increase as the month progresses. But overall, the season will bring fewer ships and passengers than recent years.

Firefighters Stop A Blaze Near Healy
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Firefighters are securing the perimeter of a wildfire that raced through dry tundra, grass and black spruce north of Healy last night.

Sitka Boatbuilder Launches New Exploration Vessel
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
Sitka boatbuilder Allen Marine on Wednesday (5-12-10) launched three new vessels constructed for seismic exploration of the ocean floor.

Petersburg works to Save Recycling Program
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Petersburg’s curbside recycling program may be able to continue with some city funding and oversight.