Alaska News Nightly: June 12, 2013
Sealaska Bill Advances To House
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
The House Natural Resources Committee has passed a land conveyance bill that would let the Sealaska Corporation select about 70,000 acres in the Tongass National Forest.
Congressional Delegation Split On Taking Meetings With Fuglvog
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
In 2011, Arne Fuglvog pleaded guilty to illegal fishing and had to spend five months in jail. It was a mighty fall for a man who was then serving as an advisor to Senator Lisa Murkowski, and who had once been considered for the top fisheries management post in the country. Now Fuglvog is back — as a lobbyist. But, Alaska’s senators aren’t giving him access.
Greely Missile Defense Unit Commander Suspended Over Sex-Misconduct Allegations
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
The commander of the Army National Guard unit that operates the missile-defense facility at Fort Greely has been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct at the base – and accusations he failed to address the problem.
‘Idle No More’ Group Rallies In Downtown Juneau
Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau
About 40 adults and children called for equality and greater subsistence fishery protection this morning in the ‘Idle No More’ rally in downtown Juneau. Several wore Native regalia, chanted songs, and danced as people took turns talking over a megaphone.
Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Fishery Starts With No Restrictions On Main River
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
The first King salmon are being caught on the Kuskokwim River and state managers don’t foresee adding restrictions for at least a few weeks.
Low Fish Returns, Late Breakup Proving Problematic In Susitna Valley
Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna
Sport fishing is a major part of life in the upper Susitna Valley, but a combination of low numbers and a late break-up are making life difficult for both Fish and Game and area fishing guides.
Fairbanks Voices Concern About LNG Trucking Project
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
There’s some concern about efforts to advance a North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project. The issue came up at a Fairbanks City Council meeting this week, where a primary focus was whether a borough created public utility is competing with a private company to carry out the sate supported project.
Juneau Sends Dancers Around The Country And Beyond
Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau
Several Juneau teenagers are heading to the nation’s best dance programs this summer – one is even going to Russia. Within the next few weeks, five students from Juneau Dance Unlimited will leave Alaska to practice their techniques and expand their horizons in New York City, Pittsburgh, Boston, Houston, and Moscow.