Alaska News Nightly: June 14, 2010

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UAA’s Ulmer Chosen for Oil Spill Commission
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
University of Alaska, Anchorage, Chancellor Fran Ulmer has been tapped by the White House to serve on the just -formed National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. She is one of seven members and the only Alaskan on the commission.

Poe Drops Out of Gubernatorial Race
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Democrat Bob Poe’s 17-month campaign to become Governor came to an end today.  Despite his long campaign, Poe said he had not achieved enough name recognition to be able to beat either Ethan Berkowitz or Hollis French in the primary.

Fairbanks Toughens Air Quality Standards
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Fairbanks Borough Assembly has passed an ordinance aimed at improving local air quality.  The new law includes punitive measures to get after people who smoke out their neighbors. The assembly rejected a softer substitute offered by member Matt Want that eliminated proposed fines for wood burners who pollute.

Sitkoh River Scheduled for Restoration
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
A river near Sitka is scheduled for restoration work next year. The Sitkoh River valley was logged in the 1970s, when harvesters clear-cut trees right up to river banks, and sometimes used stream beds as roads. The Sitkoh has retained a limited fish run while the valley has regrown, but the salmon are now in danger.

SE Alaska Locations Make Most Endangered List
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
Five Southeast Alaska locations have made the list of Alaska’s 10 most endangered historic properties.

New Marine Vessel Christened
Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan
A large group of dignitaries, local residents and guests from around the state celebrated the christening of the Motor Vessel Susitna at Alaska Ship and Drydock on Friday. The Susitna will serve the Mat-Su Borough, and is the world’s first ice strengthened, twin-hulled marine vessel.

Talkeetna Nonprofits Team Up to Hosts Tourists
Diana Haeker, KTNA – Talkeetna
Following a unique fundraiser model pioneered in Fairbanks, two Talkeetna nonprofits found a creative way to tap into tourism dollars flowing into the community.The Denali Arts Council and the Sunshine Transit teamed up to offer tourists a real Alaska experience and make some money in the process.