Alaska News Nightly: May 14, 2010

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Nuclear Reduction Proponent Visits Alaska
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski will be key to a vote to reduce nuclear weapons worldwide when the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty or START comes before the U.S. Senate later this year.

Plane Crash Near Willow Kills Pilot
Associated Press
Authorities say one man is dead following a plane crash near Willow in south-central Alaska.

Cape Fox Native Corporation Involved In Criminal Investigation
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Saxman based Cape Fox Corporation is enmeshed in a criminal investigation that could have consequences for the Native corporation’s 8A government contracting status.

Chugach Management Corporation Assessed Fine
Associated Press
The Southcentral Alaska Native corporation Chugach Management Services has agreed to pay $822,000 for using cheap steel in security fences at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma Washington.

Proposed Ban on Leaded Fuel Concerns Aviators
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska aviators worry a proposed government ban on leaded fuel will impact flights to rural communities.

Pebble Mine Opponent Visits Southeast Communities
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
A leading opponent of the pebble mine project is making his case against the mine in communities around southeast Alaska this week.

Sealaska Corporation Launches New Division
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Sealaska Native Corporation has started a new division to focus on economic initiatives in Southeast Alaska.

Galena Residents Prepare for Possible Yukon Flooding
Associated Press
A 25-mile Yukon river ice jam threatening to flood the village of Ruby has broken and is now flowing.

Sitka Brown Bear Cubs Killed
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
In Sitka, Two brown bear cubs were shot and killed by authorities yesterday (Thursday) after they were discovered near their dead mother.

Frontier Airlines Begins Denver Flights from Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Frontier Airlines begins 4 day a week summer flights between Fairbanks and it’s Denver hub today.

Anchorage ‘Bike To Work Week’ Starts Monday
Steve Heimel, APRN- Anchorage
Monday kicks off ‘Bike to Work Week’ in Anchorage.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori