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Alaska News Nightly: June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013 - 5:35 pm

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Galena Residents Begin To Rebuild

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Work continues to restore basic infrastructure in Galena, after an ice jam on the Yukon River severely flooded the village last week.

New Mexico Man Killed In Petersburg-Area Plane Crash

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

A 66-year-old cruise ship passenger from New Mexico was killed yesterday afternoon in a float plane crash on a mountainside near Petersburg.

Many Gather To Remember Katie John

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A public memorial service for Ahtna elder Katie John drew a crowd Wednesday in Anchorage. She died last week at age 97. John inspired Alaska Natives, and at least one Alaska governor, with her unyielding stand on Alaska Native subsistence rights.

New Oil Spill Technology A ‘Game Changer,’ Says CIRCAC

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

A large oil spill in Cook Inlet is the stuff of nightmares for Alaskans who call the area home. One of the organizations dedicated to cleaning up potential spills is CIRCAC, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. CIRCAC has a new tool in its clean-up toolbox that it’s calling a “game changer.”

Lawsuit Filed To Block Bridge To Alaska Reserve

The Associated Press

A second lawsuit is challenging an Army Corps of Engineers permit granting ConocoPhillips access to leases within the National Petroleum Reserve- Alaska.

Lesil McGuire Announces Candidacy For Lieutenant Governor

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

Anchorage Republican Lesil McGuire announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor for the 2014 election Wednesday.

New Honorary Consul An Opportunity For Alaska

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

More than 25,000 Filipinos live in Alaska, and now they’ll have an easier time accessing their government.

The Filipino Ambassador and Consul General to San Francisco have been in Juneau to celebrate the appointment of the first Honorary Consul of the Republic of the Philippines to Alaska.

Jenny Strickler was sworn into office Monday night. She will assist Filipino nationals in Juneau and other parts of the state.

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