Alaska News Nightly: August 29, 2011

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Journal Article Shows Grizzly Bears May Be Suffering Under Predator Control
Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Intensive management, or lethal predator control, of bears and wolves is mandated by a 1994 law adopted by the state Legislature. The authors of an article in the August issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management say the state isn’t doing the research necessary to know if its causing long-term, perhaps even permanent damage to Alaska’s grizzley bear population.

Bethel Loses a Major Landmark

Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel

Residents in  Bethel will be without a major landmark. On Friday afternoon the Civil Engineer Corp (CORE) brought down the White Alice radar. The radar towered over the city and much of the low lying region before it came crashing down.

Petersburg Volunteers Free Whale from Fishing GearDelta Junction May Need a Hospital
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

A team of volunteers from Petersburg freed a young grey whale that was tangled in what appeared to be foreign gillnet gear Friday. The animal was 20 to 25 feet long and looked to be in bad shape but rescuers are hopeful it will at least be able to feed again, now that it’s no longer entangled.

Delta Junction May Need a Hospital
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

A group in Delta Junction is working to establish a hospital to help area residents who currently have to travel to Fairbanks or Anchorage for treatment.

FCC Chairman Visits Dillingham

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

Late last week, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission was in Dillingham to visit a project that will bring broadband Internet to much of Southwest Alaska.

Kodiak Honors Cannery Workers
Maggie Wall, KMXT – Kodiak

Kodiak is the number three fishing port in the country and it wouldn’t rank so high if it wasn’t for the dedicated local processing work force.

The National Park Service Finalizes Plan for Off Road Vehicles in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The National Park Service is out with a final plan for managing off road vehicle use on popular trails in Wrangle St. Elias national park.  The plan and environmental impact statement cover trails in the northern part of the park and preserve, along the Nabesna Road, east of Glennallen.