Alaska News Nightly: February 24, 2012

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New Estimates Show More Oil, Gas Potential Than Previously Thought

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

New estimates show there could be a lot more oil and gas on the North Slope than previously identified.   Friday, the US Geological Survey released the results of its recent assessment of shale oil and gas resources focusing on North Slope conditions and data.

Winter PSP Case Reported In Ketchikan

Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan

The state Health department is reporting a winter case of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in the Ketchikan area.  Spokesman Greg Wilkinson says a man reported symptoms of numbness after consuming about a dozen butter clams gathered at Refuge Cove State Park last weekend.

Lack of Rural Veterinary Care Addressed In Legislature

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

The lack of veterinary care in rural Alaska is a public health issue, but the solution isn’t to lower standards for veterinarians.  That was the message the House Labor and Commerce committee heard earlier this week on House Bill 251.

Education Committee Approves Student Transportation Reimbursement for Schools

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The Senate Education Committee Friday approved a plan to reimburse local school districts what they pay to transport students between home and school.

Fur Rondy Kicks Off In Anchorage

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The 77th Fur Rendezvous kicked off Friday in Anchorage. One of the main events was the start of the Open World Championship Sled Dog Race. KSKA’s Daysha Eaton was there and chatted with some of the people attending.

Coeur d’Alene Mines Setting Records

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation set new records for production, metal sales, and cash flow in 2011.

The Idaho-based company, which owns the Kensington Mine near Juneau, released year-end financial results yesterday (Thursday).

AK: The Spirit of Community

Diana Saverin, APRN Contributor

In Alaska, we know it’s not always easy to just bring in help. If you want to fix something you often have to do it yourself. This is especially true on an island, where the nearest town is hours away by ferry. This past year In Sitka, on Baranof Island in southeast, inhabitants learned just how much they could accomplish as a community.

300 Villages: Homer

Now it’s time for 300 villages,  AK’s weekly trip around the state.  This week’s village is a magnet for artists, kayakers, photographers and visitors to the state, not to mention fishermen.  If you guessed Homer on the Kenai Peninsula, you’re right. This week we speak with Monty Davis,  director of Homer’s Chamber of Commerce.