Alaska News Nightly: October 17, 2012

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Obama Raises More Alaska Money Than Romney

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Few people doubt Alaska will cast its three electoral votes for Republican Mitt Romney. But, President Barack Obama is out – raising the former Massachusetts Governor in the state.

Report: State Should Take Over Tongass Timber Land

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Parnell administration wants to put 2 million acres of the Tongass National Forest into a state-managed logging trust. It’s one of several recommendations released yesterday by the governor’s Timber Jobs Task Force.

Troopers ID Pilot Killed Near Skwentna

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilot of a downed cargo plane that crashed en route to a McGrath area mine on Monday.  The deceased pilot is Peter B. Iversen, Senior, 62 of Anchorage. Iverson was flying the cargo plane from Wasilla to Nixon Forks Mine near McGrath when the plane crashed.

Meanwhile, the search continues for another pilot who is still missing, Brendan Mattingley of Palmer. Mattingley and his plane, a Piper Super Cub, were last seen in Soldotna on Saturday.

Sanford Calls For Juneau To Lead In Southeast Alaska

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Juneau’s new mayor says the Capital City needs to take on a bigger leadership role in Southeast Alaska.

USDA Grants For Water And Wastewater Projects In Rural Alaska

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The federal government is funding water quality projects in more than a dozen rural villages in Alaska.

Funding For Tribal-Run School Running Out

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A tribal-run K-8 school near Palmer has made the study of Alaska Native language and culture its cornerstone. But, funding to continue the Ahtna language studies at Ya Ne Dah Ah school is drying up. The school has applied for Bureau of Indian Affairs assistance, but it’s been turned down because of old state education legislation.

Stedman, Kookesh Discuss Senate District Q Race

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

Due to the state’s recent redistricting, which changed legislative boundaries throughout Alaska, two Southeast Alaska senators are vying for the same seat.

‘Paris’ Exhibit Celebrates Sitka’s Past And Present

Anne Brice, KCAW – Sitka

Sitka’s Historical Society and Museum has opened a new exhibit. It’s not your typical show – it reflects a change in direction that some museums are taking, and Sitka’s curator is leading the way.