Alaska News Nightly: October 30, 2012
First 3 Subsistence Fishermen Found Guilty
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
Trials began yesterday for two dozen Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen who allegedly fished with salmon nets when they were restricted this past summer. The first three fishermen were found guilty at the Bethel District Court House today. The politics of subsistence rights versus state restrictions weighs far heavier on the trials than the violations themselves, worth $250 each
Ancient Marine Reptiles are Topic of Recent Norwegian Journal and Fairbanks Scientist’s Research
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
It’s hard to imagine that oceans in the far north once teemed with ancient marine reptiles. But 145 million years ago, that’s exactly what was happening a couple hundred miles north of mainland Europe. A region east of Greenland and north of Norway used to be home to a whole slew of giant sea-faring reptiles. “It is literally one of the richest places in the world for marine reptiles like Plesiosuars and Ichthyosuars,” says Pat Druckenmiller
Task Force to Gather Testimony on Sex Trafficking in Alaska
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Gathering information about the scale of the problem of sex trafficking in Alaska will be the focus of a state hearing on the issue next week. The lengthily titled State of Alaska Task Force on the Crimes of Human Trafficking, Promoting Prostitution and Sex Trafficking will hold hearings in Anchorage and Bethel. Cori Badgley is an assistant Attorney General with the state. She says domestic violence and sexual assault of children are usually in the backgrounds of victims of sex trafficking. She says it’s important for Alaskans to weigh in on this crime.
Homer Residents Express Growing Frustration with Endeavor Oil Rig
Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer
A public meeting between representatives of Buccaneer Energy and concerned Homer citizens turned contentious Tuesday night, with many people wondering why the company’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but as KBBI’s Aaron Selbig reports, the State of Alaska says that’s not likely to happen.
Fairclough Challenging Davis in Redrawn District
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage
A Republican representative from the state House – Anna Fairclough is hoping to unseat long term Democratic Senator Bettye Davis from Anchorage. Redistricting changed the playing field. The new Senate district now includes Eagle River where Fairclough has been a popular candidate in the past.
Senate E Challenge
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Republican Charlie Huggins is being challenged for the Senate E seat representing Wasilla, Big Lake, and Point Mackenzie, by Democrat Susan Parsons Herman. Herman says she’ll work across party lines, while tw