Alaska News Nightly: December 6, 2012

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St. Paul Police Department Shuts Down

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

The three-person public safety department on the Pribilof Island of St. Paul shut down this week suddenly without much explanation, leaving the Bering Sea island without an on-site law enforcement presence. For the past few months there’s been tension between the community and the police department.

Moon Rocks Back In Alaska

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Several long-lost moon rocks were handed over to the State of Alaska today in Anchorage. The rocks were missing for about 4 decades. When they were found, they became the center of a legal battle. Now they’re heading back to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.

Congress Divided Over Possibility Of LNG Exports

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

There’s a rift in Congress over whether the country should export its glut of natural gas. A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy is bolstering the hopes of those who want to see more exports.

Park Service Pushes Back Against Some Interior Sport Hunts

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The National Park Service continues to push back against some state sport hunts in the Interior. It’s the latest skirmish in a battle over state and federal authority on preserves designated by the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Denali National Park Gets New Superintendent

Lorien Nettleton, KTNA – Talkeetna

The National Park Service has named Don Striker as its new Superintendent for Denali National Park. Striker is currently superintendent for New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia.

Kreiss-Tomkins: Not Alaska’s Youngest Lawmaker

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

The certification of the House District 34 race this week has put Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the legislature. At 23-years old, he is almost the youngest person ever elected to state government.

Dozens Of YK Delta Wrestlers Qualify For State

Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel

Twenty-eight wrestlers from seven Yukon Kuskokwim Delta schools have qualified for the 123A State Wrestling Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Nikiski. Two of these qualifying schools are almost complete opposites: one is a perennial powerhouse, while the other is sending kids to state for the very first time.