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Alaska News Nightly: June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn

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Treadwell To Run For Senate

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell is running for Senate. He announced early Tuesday he will not seek reelection and instead will try and win the GOP nomination to take on Senator Mark Begich.

Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Senate Committee

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s version of the Sealaska lands bill has passed out of its only committee of referral.

Legislation Would Keep Petition Signatures Off Public Record

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Supporters of various initiatives are out in full force collecting signatures with the purpose of getting on next year’s ballot. Those signatures become part of the public record, and anyone can access these lists. A Republican senator from Fairbanks wants that to change, but some activists are worried his proposal could have unintended consequences.

Wildfire Near Chena Hot Springs Road Prompts Massive Response

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A wildfire east of Fairbanks is drawing a massive air and ground response. The Kanuti fire started in a neighborhood off Chena Hot Springs Road near Mile 17.

Fairbanks Natural Gas Releases Trucking Project Details

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Fairbanks Natural Gas has released details of a North Slope to Fairbanks gas trucking project proposal.  The documents lay out costs and components of a system to treat and liquefy gas, including propane, and load it onto tanker trucks for shipment south.

Federal Regulators Crack Down On Fish Fraud

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

In the wake of several high-profile cases of alleged scale-tampering by Bering Sea groundfish vessels, the National Marine Fisheries Service is revising its regulations for weighing fish at-sea. The new measures are aimed at making it more difficult for vessels to underreport their catch.

McKinley To Denali Name Change Legislation Passes Out Of Senate Committee

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The long time tug of war over the name of North America’s highest peak was back in front of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. Ranking committee member Lisa Murkowski recorded a win after Senate Bill 155, a one page piece of legislation, passed out of committee in favor of changing the name to Denali.

Chignik Lagoon Hopes To Break Ground On Hydro Project

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

The village of Chignik Lagoon on the Alaska Peninsula, with a year round population of around 70, hopes to break ground this season on a small, long-awaited hydroelectric project. For a price tag of about 2.5 million dollars, the simple system may produce as much power as the village typically needs. This is one of several alternative energy projects the Lake and Peninsula Borough has undertaken in an effort to lower costs and ease off of fossil fuels in its villages.

Youth Camp Teaches Rural Teens Public Safety Skills

Kyle Clayton, KYUK – Bethel

More than 20 kids graduated from Bethel’s Alaska Youth Academy’s summer camp last Friday.  The idea is to encourage kids in the area to consider law enforcement careers.

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