Alaska News Nightly: February 19, 2013

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APD Officers Shoot, Kill Suspect

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Anchorage Police shot and killed a man they were pursuing earlier today. The man who died is 25-year-old Carl Richard Bowie the III of Anchorage.

Cruise Ship Waste Water Bill Goes To Gov. Parnell

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The first bill to land on Gov. Sean Parnell’s desk will be one that he introduced. The measure relaxes regulations on cruise ships, and lets them use mixing zones when they release waste.

Sitka Mayor: ‘Don’t Assume, Always Hope’ For Funding

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

About a hundred officials from cities and towns across the state met in Juneau last week for the Alaska Municipal League conference. Part of the conference involved lobbying state lawmakers for funding for local projects. In Sitka, officials are hoping for more than 40 million dollars to fund an important hydro electric expansion project. That might be more money than the state is willing to fund in a lean budget year. But as Sitka leaders found out, it’s always worth a try.

Suspect In Shooting Deaths Pleads Not Guilty

The Associated Press

The defendant in the double slaying at a Coast Guard communications station in Kodiak made his first court appearance Tuesday. James Wells pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Wells is accused in the April deaths of James Hopkins and Richard Belisle on Kodiak Island. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of killing federal officers or employees and related weapons charges.

Charging documents allege that Wells shot the men multiple times and then staged his alibi. According to court documents, he was facing disciplinary action at work before the killings took place. Federal prosecutors say they could seek the death penalty in the case.

New Sealaska Land Bills Introduced In Congress

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Alaska’s congressional delegation has introduced new Sealaska land-selection bills. Senator Lisa Murkowski authored her chamber’s version, which is co-sponsored by Senator Mark Begich. Congressman Don Young released the House version.

Wrangell Café Combating Hunger

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

A Wrangell café is combating hunger. For about 13 weeks per year, it donates its Monday night profits to a charity that works to end child hunger in the United States. On those nights, it also gives patrons a good meal for whatever they are willing to pay.

Volunteers Get Food Ready For Iditarod Checkpoints

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Ever wonder what all those Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race volunteer checkers eat?  Well, APRN’s Ellen Lockyer found out during a visit to an Anchorage warehouse where supplies were getting packed up for flights to Skwentna, Nome and other checkpoints along the thousand mile trail.

Top Chef Expected To Lure ‘Foodies’ To Last Frontier, Try Alaska Seafood

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

A recent episode of the popular cooking show Top Chef: Seattle was filmed in Juneau. The show was taped last August at various locations around the Capital City. Some Juneau residents were actually employed to help on set. But everyone was contractually-prohibited from saying anything about it — even acknowledging that it ever happened.