Alaska News Nightly: May 30, 2012

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Alaska Supreme Court Denies Petition To Delay Candidate Filing Deadline

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska Supreme Court says the candidate filing deadline for the August primary will remain June first.   The court this afternoon denied a Democratic Party petition to delay the candidate filing deadline for two weeks. In a petition filed Tuesday, ADP director Kay Brown said multiple redistricting plans have created uncertainty over new district lines. The Alaska Supreme Court last week threw out the Redistricting Board’s latest plan and adopted the April 5 version.  The ruling came just ten days before the June 1st candidate filing deadline.

Brown said that was not enough time for candidates to evaluate the election district and get their paperwork to the division.

State Elections director Gail Fenumiai has said no deadlines needed changing because the division mapped each scenario as it was released by the redistricting board. She said precinct boundaries for the April 5 plan have already been drawn.

Anchorage Assembly Chair Appoints New Clerk

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Chair of the Anchorage Assembly has appointed a new Municipal Clerk. Barbara Jones who is currently the municipal Ombudsman will fill the position, beginning July 1.

Aleutian Island’s Unangan Name Restored

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

In the Aleut community of St. Paul, efforts to revive Unangam Tunuu have been ongoing for decades. KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports on the challenges of bringing a language back from the brink of extinction.

Parnell Signs Bill Creating Alaska Native Language Preservation And Advisory Council

Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill yesterday to create the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. Parnell spoke about the importance of the bill in Dillingham.

Governor Signs One Bill Encouraging Movies, Gas And Oil, Fuel Tanks, And High Tech

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Governor Parnell today signed one of the most far-reaching bills of this year’s regular session – a large package of four separate pieces of legislation that were combined in the closing hours.

Fish And Game Announces Ninilchik River Restrictions

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

Last weekend was the King salmon opener on the Ninilchik River. Yesterday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announce new restrictions for the river after seeing lower than expected escapement numbers for Kings. Beginning June 2nd, only one, un-baited artificial lure will be allowed while sport fishing on the Ninilchik and Anchor Rivers and Deep creek. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran visited the Ninilchik last weekend. He reports the fishing was slow, but for the locals, opening weekend is about a lot more than just catching fish.

EPA Holding Public Hearing On Bristol Bay Mining Risk Assessment

Ashley Ahern, KUOW – Seattle

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing in Seattle tomorrow on the risk assessment the agency recently released looking at how mining could impact the Bristol Bay ecosystem. It’s the first in a series of meetings that will continue in Alaska next week.