Alaska News Nightly: May 8, 2013

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Bethel Cop Charged With DUI At Police Shooting Scene

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

The state is charging a former Bethel police officer with being drunk on the scene of a police shooting last fall.

State Leases Nearly 150,000 Acres To Oil, Gas Developers

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

The state of Alaska leased nearly 150,000 acres to oil and gas developers in a sale on Wednesday. The sale represents a continued interest in development in Cook Inlet that could focus on oil drilling in the coming years.

Federal Government Targets 50 Legacy Wells For Clean-Up

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Across the North Slope, there are more than 100 oil wells drilled by the federal government that are no longer operational.

How Much School Can A Student Miss

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

The high cost of travel for extracurricular activities in Sitka’s schools has been an ongoing debate for years. Now, the school board is going to take a hard look at whether travel costs students and parents more than just money.

At its regular meeting Monday night, the board officially opened the question of whether Sitka’s students — and the teachers who coach them — spend too much time away from class.

Public Speaks Out On Public Testimony Ordinance

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Last night, the Anchorage Assembly heard from the public on an ordinance that would change the way public testimony is conducted. Despite the issue being placed at the end of the agenda with testimony beginning after 9 p.m. many still lined up to speak.

Frank Murkowski Lays Blame On Environmentalists

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Former Alaska Governor and U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski is laying blame on environmentalists for a range of U.S. problems. In an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of commerce on Tuesday, Murkowski said green leaning liberals driving federal policy are out of line with economic reality.

Southeast Village Native Corporation Looks To Export Cultural Tourism Expertise

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A Southeast village Native corporation wants to export its cultural tourism expertise. It’s opened a consulting business to build on more than a dozen years in the business.

Hundreds Gather For Shakes Island Clan House Rededication

Shady Gove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Wrangell’s Shakes Island Clan House was rededicated over the weekend. Hundreds of visitors from across Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48 poured into the small island town to witness the historic event.