Alaska News Nightly: February 22, 2013
Kwethluk Residents Say Barge May Be Tainting Waterhole
Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel
A barge that sank in a Kuskokwim River slough last fall near the village of Kwethluk is still there. Residents are concerned fuel and oil from the barge may be contaminating a traditional watering hole. State officials say the tests haven’t shown any contamination but they have other concerns about the stranded barge.
Interior Department Finalizes NPR-A Plan, Creates Pipeline Corridor
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar finalized the development plan for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
Constitutional Delegate Wary Of Education Funding Amendment
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
One of the drafters of the state Constitution has weighed in on a proposed amendment to that document. Vic Fischer appeared before the House education committee on Friday to oppose a resolution that could allow for public funding of religious schools through vouchers. He cautioned legislators against taking a casual attitude when considering constitutional changes.
Kookesh’s Family Says He’s Doing Better
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Sealaska officials say board Chairman Albert Kookesh is making slow but steady progress as he recovers from a heart attack on Monday.
Selle-Rea Responds To Settlement; WMC Board On Privacy
Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell
A settlement has been reached in a Wrangell Borough lawsuit. The Borough of Wrangell will receive information and financial compensation. Noel Selle-Rea will keep his severance package from the Medical Center.
Children’s Author Jean Rogers Dies
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
Long-time Juneau resident Jean Rogers is being remembered as a loving mother, beloved children’s book author, and patron of the arts. Rogers died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 93.
AK: Judge Jamming
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
What do Alaska’s judges do when they are not sitting on the bench? Do they ponder weighty tomes, or engage in deep discussion about the legal issues of the day? Maybe some of them do that, but KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer found that quite a number of Anchorage judges get together and play ukulele’s for after hours fun.
300 Villages: Port Alexander
This week we’re heading to the tiny Southeast community of Port Alexander. The village of just 62 people is on the south end of Baranof Island. Robin Griggs teaches school there.