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Alaska News Nightly: May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

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Pebble Review Panel Finds Flaws With Baseline Studies

With two big studies out on the proposed Pebble Mine, there’s been a fight over whether work by the Pebble Partnership or the Environmental Protection Agency is more credible. Now, members of a science panel sponsored by the Pebble Partnership are criticizing the Partnership’s own research.

Murkowski Says No To Legacy Wells Plan

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says a proposal to have the state help pay for clean-up of abandoned federal well sites in the Alaska arctic is “dead on arrival.” During a subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. today (Tuesday), Murkowski said the responsibility falls to the federal government.

Fairbanks Gives Anchorage Developer More Time

The city of Fairbanks is giving the owner of the Polaris Building more time to advance a plan to renovate the vacant and deteriorating downtown high rise. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Tribal Leaders Paint Bleak Picture At Summit

Tribal leaders and representatives met in Anchorage last week to denounce the exclusion of Alaska Native tribes from the Violence Against Women Act reauthoritization and other problems facing Alaska’s tribal people.

Museums, Attractions Gear Up For More Ships, Passengers

Alaska State Museum Exhibit Curator Jackie Manning is confronted by some imposing figures every time she enters its main gallery. They’re well-armed, well-armored mannequins, displaying years of carving by Sitka Tlingit artist Tommy Joseph.

Fairbanks Speed Skater Is 2014 Olympic Hopeful

Bethel students had a special visitor recently: 2014 Winter Olympic hopeful Liam Ortega. The Fairbanks athlete took time out of his training schedule to talk to young people about setting goals and overcoming adversity, something he knows all-too-much about after fighting back from a traumatic brain injury.

The Nation: Kreiss-Tomkins A ‘Lesson For The Left’

A local legislative race in Alaska has caught the attention of national media, and is being held up as model for political change elsewhere in the country.

Dead Eagle Near Sitka Made News In 1995

In mid-April, a hiker in Sitka found an eagle dead in the woods. It was picked up by the Alaska Raptor Center. Ordinarily, this would not be a news story, except that this eagle was wearing some jewelry.