Alaska News Nightly: January 25, 2013
Environmentalists Push Against Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
Environmentalists from Alaska are hoping to persuade Congressional staffers Shell Oil should not continue its drilling operation in the Arctic this summer.
Report Says State Could See Boost If It Accepts Money For Medicaid Expansion Program
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorag e
A new report shows Alaska would see a big economic boost if the state decides to accept federal dollars to expand the Medicaid program. But Governor Parnell has expressed serious reservations about the expansion.
Parnell Appoints Judge Joel Bolger To Alaska Supreme Court
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Governor Sean Parnell has appointed Judge Joel Bolger to the Alaska Supreme Court. He currently serves on the Alaska Court of appeals. He will replace Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti, who announced his retirement last year.
According to the Governor’s office, Judge Bolger first moved to Alaska in 1978. He has served on the Court of Appeals in Anchorage since 2008.
Buzz Aldrin Talks To ANSEP Students
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Tlingit and Haida dancers welcomed Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program or ANSEP on Friday.
Haines Police On The Lookout After Two Dogs Shot With Arrows
Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines
Haines Police are following up on hundreds of tips after two dogs from the community were shot with arrows. One died.
Denali Wolf Management Plan Battle Continues
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
Earlier this month, the Alaska Board of Game refused to lift a six-year moratorium on proposals regarding wolves in the Denali region. The moratorium was put in place after the board canceled a trapping and hunting buffer zone on the eastern border of the park in 2010. It’s the latest in an ongoing battle between the state, environmental groups and the federal government on how best to manage wolves in Denali National Park.
Momentum Builds For Unalaska Bay Trawl Ban
Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska
Fishing is off-limits in the Arctic. But this summer, a pair of commercial trawlers traveled north to the Chukchi Sea. They were on a scientific mission, to conduct the first-ever comprehensive study of the Chukchi’s ecosystem.
Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai
For the past three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been putting in countless hours restoring a Watchmen’s cabin for the Kasilof Regional Historical Association. Each Friday they get together and make a few small steps toward bringing the once-ailing cabin back to life.
300 Villages: Yakutat
This week we’re going to Yakutat, in northern Southeast Alaska. Les Hartley is a pilot who lives in Yakutat.