Alaska News Nightly: October 5, 2011

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Palin Won’t Run for President
Associated Press

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she will not run for president. Her announcement today left little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders.

Congress Considers Hearings on EyakTek Investigation
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, D.C.

The arrest yesterday (Tuesday) of an executive at the Eyak Alaska Native Corporation’s subsidiary EyakTek and two Army Corps of Engineers employees has some members of Congress clamoring for hearings, and has Alaska’s delegation worried about the fallout.

Jury Deliberates Bethel Murder Case
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel

The fate of two men accused of torturing and beating a man to death now rests in the hands of a jury. Jeff Hout of Bethel and Harry Williams of Kwethluk are facing first degree murder charges at the Bethel Courthouse for the killing of 19 year old Benjamin Kaiser of Hooper Bay last October. Attorney’s wrapped up their arguments early Tuesday afternoon.

Poll Finds Support for Mid Level Dental Providers
Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

A concept based on an Alaskan program to make dental care more accessible is gaining support across the nation. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released survey results yesterday (Tuesday) showing 78% of Americans support the training of midlevel practitioners so more people can get dental care.

Statewide Election Results
Elections were held in municipalities across the state yesterday except for Anchorage.

Fairbanks Voters Reject Air Quality Proposition

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Fairbanks ballot proposition aimed at reducing wintertime fine particulate pollution failed at the ballot box. In unofficial results from yesterday’s municipal election, 60 percent of voters said no to the Healthy Air Protection Act.

Crab Fleet Won’t Have as Much to Catch This Year
Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

It looks like the Deadliest Catch production crew won’t have all too much to film this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced how much king crab the fleet can take this year, and compared to previous years, it’s not very much.

Biomass Heat Catches on in Southeast
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska

More and more Southeast government buildings and businesses are turning to woody biomass for heat. Some experts say the region is close to having enough demand to justify building a pellet mill. But it won’t be easy.

Video Contest Highlights Bristol Bay
Daysha Eaton, KDLG -Dillingham

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation is running a video contest. It’s called, ‘Day in our Bay’. They’re giving away video cameras and teaching people how to use them.