Alaska News Nightly: October 25, 2010

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Republican, Democratic Parties Opposing Polling Place Write-In Lists
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
With only days to go before the November election, Republicans and Democrats in Alaska have finally found something they agree on.  Neither party is happy with the way the state division of elections is providing lists of write in candidates at polling places. Monday, the Alaska Democratic Party filed sued the state to stop the practice, and the Republican Party of Alaska has joined the Dems in the complaint.

Supreme Court Judge Finding Resistance While Seeking Retention
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Article Four of Alaska’s Constitution requires that every judicial appointee stand for a public vote – approving or rejecting the judge for retention on the bench.  A judge faces the retention vote every six years, a justice of the Supreme Court, every 10 years.

This year, Justice Dana Fabe faces an organized, well-financed campaign to remove her from her seat on the state Supreme Court.  Fabe has served 14 years on the Court – six as Chief Justice.

But opponents are pointing to six decisions she and other justices have made that are fueling their efforts.

ASRC Shareholders to Receive Dividend
Jake Neher, KBRW – Barrow
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation shareholders will receive a dividend of $51 and $0.83 per share in December.

Company officials say this is the largest regular dividend payout by ASRC.

Bedbugs Plague Juneau
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
It’s nothing to sing about. NY City’s Lincoln center opera house has bed bugs and so does Juneau.

Salmon Bycatch Catches Attention of Lower 48
Jacob Resneck, KMXT – Kodiak
There’s been a significant spike in salmon bycatch taken by the Pollock fleet in the Gulf of Alaska.  As KMXT’s Jacob Resneck reports, the spike will trigger involvement from fishery managers in the Lower 48.

(Part 1 of 2) APD Addressing Anchorage’s Gang Problem
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage has a gang problem.  But it’s hardly alone. That’s why nearly 100 police officers from across the state have gathered at the Anchorage Police Department’s Training Center for a two day seminar on gangs.  KSKA’s Len Anderson presents the first of a two part series on gangs.

Arts Organization May Take Over Sheldon Jackson College Campus
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
A Sitka Arts organization is putting together a plan to take over the campus of the former Sheldon Jackson College.

Alaska Arts Southeast, which began its popular fine arts camp on the college’s campus 35 years ago, has proposed leading a consortium of state agencies and non-profits in creating a center for the arts and humanities.