Alaska News Nightly: October 25, 2012

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Opening Arguments Begin In Hoonah Murder Trial

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

Attorneys gave their opening arguments today in the trial of a Hoonah man accused of killing two police officers in 2010. John Marvin Jr. faces murder and weapons charges in the deaths of Sergeant Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka of the Hoonah Police Department. The two were gunned down in front of Marvin’s home in August 2010.

Fairbanks Area Air Quality Degrades Due To Winter Weather

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Fairbanks North Pole area air quality is degraded due to winter like weather, and emissions from heating and vehicles. The fine particulate pollution is happening unusually early.

Pet Rat Aboard Deadliest Catch Boat Draws State Scrutiny

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

A recent episode of the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch could be used as evidence in a criminal case. The crew of the F/V Northwestern is under investigation by the state and they may have unintentionally ratted themselves out- so to speak- on camera.

District 6 Candidates Battle For Mat-Su Valley Seat

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A newcomer to the Matanuska Valley political scene is challenging House District 6 incumbent Republican Eric Feige for his seat in the legislature.  Feige, a professional airplane pilot with one House term under his belt, is a self-styled “conservative voice” for the district.  His Democratic opponent, Jamey Duhamel, has spent the last year or so working for an anti-coal citizens’ group. But both candidates agree: energy is the big issue.

Alaskans To Decide On Constitutional Convention

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

On the November ballot, Alaskan’s will vote on whether the state should hold a convention to amend or revise the constitution. The state constitution requires that the question appear on the ballot every 10 years.

Bartlett Hospital Board Votes To Terminate Consulting Contract

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Bartlett Regional Hospital is severing its longstanding ties with Quorum Health Resources.

Division of Forestry Group Handling Proposals For Wood Heat, Power Generation

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The high cost of oil has driven many communities in the interior to look for fuel alternatives, including biomass. The state Division of Forestry has put together a group of specialists to handle proposals to harvest timber for heat and power generation.

Local Eats For A High School In Sitka

Anne Brice, KCAW – Sitka

It’s national farm-to-school month, and a high school in Sitka is celebrating by serving locally grown food to its students. Not only did they get to eat the fresh fare, they also gathered and prepared it themselves.