Alaska News Nightly: May 17, 2010

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Permit Refusal Puts All Alaska Gasline in Question
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has refused to extend a principle permit needed for construction of an All-Alaska Gas Pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

Denali Climbing Season Registers Its First Death
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A climber has died on Denali. The National Park Service reports that French mountaineer Pascal Frison was at the 12 thousand foot level of the 20 thousand foot peak when he fell yesterday (Sunday).

Graduation Numbers Soar for Alaska Native College Students
Associated Press
The number of Alaska Native students graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks has reached an all-time high.

Alaskans Pay Last Respects at Governor Wally Hickel’s Funeral
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Mourners are gathered in Anchorage to pay tribute to former Alaska governor and Nixon Cabinet member Walter J. Hickel nine days after he died at age 90.

Congressional Delegation Addresses Energy for Anchorage Chamber
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Because of the funeral, all three members of Alaska’s Congressional Delegation were in Anchorage. At noon, they spoke to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on the impact of energy and environmental issues facing Alaska.

British Explorers Describe Rapid Arctic Ice Movement at North Pole
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A team of British explorers just wrapped up a 2 month trip, walking on the arctic ocean to the North Pole to collect samples for ocean acidification and to measure ice thickness.

Summer Tourism Season Gets Underway at Denali
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The summer tourism season is getting under way at Denali National Park.

Ahtna Native Corporation Explores for Gold
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Ahtna is partnering with a Canadian company to explore for minerals east of Glennallen.

Former Kodiak Resident Lives in Path of Advancing Gulf Oil Spill
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
With the Deep Water Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico continuing to spew hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil a day into the water, residents in coastal Louisiana are trying to prepare as best they can to save the marshlands.

Kodiak Crab Festival Frog Jumping Contest Canceled
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
After 25 years of being a Crab Festival fixture, the the annual Frog Jumping Contest in Kodiak has been canceled.