Alaska News Nightly: October 22, 2012

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Scientists Investigate Poor King Salmon Returns

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

State Fish and Game officials are attempting to fill in some blanks in knowledge about Chinook Salmon. Poor returns all over Alaska this year have sparked questions about the abundance and reproductive success rate of Alaska’s chinook.  Fish and Game has released a draft analysis, “Alaska Chinook Salmon Knowledge Gaps and Needs” to the public, and today in Anchorage, the department opened its Chinook Salmon Symposium to get some questions answered. But there seemed to be few answers and a lot of questions.

Trade Group Launches LNG Export Campaign

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

A trade group for liquefied natural gas is launching what it calls a major campaign to promote LNG exports. The initiative aims to sway public support behind exporting LNG, something Alaska has done for decades, but the rest of the country, is just beginning.

Group Asks That Attorney Suspensions Be Reversed

The Associated Press

A national group is asking that the suspensions of two prosecutors in the bungled corruption case of then-U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens’ case be lifted.

APOC Staff Recommend Waiving Fine Against Bell, Decision Expected Tuesday

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Alaska Public Offices Commission staff says that Alaska State Senate Candidate Bob Bell violated campaign finance reporting law. But they are recommending that the fine against Bell be waived.

Voters To Decide On Transportation Bond Proposition

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

On Nov. 6, Alaskans will vote on a bond proposition that would allow the state to borrow close to half a billion dollars for transportation related projects around the state.

Making Education Relevant in Saint Mary’s, Alaska

Jessica Cochran, Kids These Days

From a distance, it can be hard to tell why some rural school districts seem to work better than others…why some have better test scores, higher attendance and graduation rates. In the next installment of our series “being Young in Rural Alaska” from the producers of Kids These Days, Jessica Cochran looks at one Yukon River village – and how the community works together to support the school.

From Barrow To The Big Cities: The Story Behind Two Orphan Walruses

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

You may recall stories recently about two Alaska walrus pups going to new homes in big city zoos.

The pudgy cute faces of Patak and Mitik were seen nationwide as the youngsters made their way to Indianapolis and New York City zoos.

National reports indicated they were rescued from the ocean off Alaska.  But that’s a pretty big place.

KTOO’s Rosemarie Alexander narrowed it down with the help of a former Juneau resident who lives in Barrow and visited with one of the walrus pups.