Alaska News Nightly: July 26, 2013

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Buckland VPO Shot By Man With Alcohol

The Associated Press

Alaska State Troopers say a 48-year-old village police officer in the northwest Alaska village of Buckland was shot by a man bringing banned alcohol to the village by boat.

Lorin B. Geary was flown to Anchorage for treatment after the shooting early this morning. Geary is listed in fair condition at Alaska Native Medical Center.

Gary A. Ballot of Buckland was arrested on charges of attempted murder and alcohol importation. The sale and importation of alcohol are banned in Buckland.

Troopers say Geary had received a report that Ballot was traveling to Buckland with alcohol in the boat. According to troopers, Geary went to the beach and met Ballot, who got out of the boat and shot the officer.  Locals took the gun away.

M/V Tustumena Delayed Indefinitely

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

Poor workmanship and subpar materials being used in the repair of the Alaska State Ferry Tustumena have once again delayed its return to service. At this point, according to Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow, there’s no telling how long this latest delay will keep the Tusty from going back in the water.

Homer To Sue Grant Aviation Over Unpaid Rent

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

Five months after the company suddenly pulled its operations out of the southern Kenai Peninsula, Grant Aviation is facing a lawsuit from the City of Homer. Grant owes the city about $20,000 in unpaid bills.

Tug, Barge Grounded Southeast Of Cordova

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

Crews have removed most of the fuel from a tug and barge that ran aground 60 miles southeast of Cordova Wednesday.

State Offers Large Tok-Area Timber Sale

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state is offering a large timber sale in the Tok area. The 25-year, Division of Forestry contract is for harvest of even hundred to nine hundred acres a year of primarily smaller-diameter Black and White Spruce.

Peltola To Run Federal Subsistence Program

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

A lifelong Bethel resident will run the federal government’s subsistence program in Alaska.

Competition Tries To Boost Village Businesses

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A Southeast Alaska Native corporation and a conservation group are combining forces to try to spur sustainable regional development. They’re funding a business-plan contest aimed at, but not limited to, the area’s smaller communities.

‘Seussical’ To Open At Sitka PAC After 2 Weeks’ Work

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

Those are sounds from a rehearsal of “Seussical, The Musical.” The Dr. Seuss-themed show takes to the stage in Sitka today and tomorrow. A group of high school students and recent graduates from across the country have spent the last two weeks putting the show together, as part of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp’s musical theater session.

The musical relies on contributions from 18 of Dr. Seuss’s books — from the well-known “Green Eggs and Ham” to the less famous “McElligot’s Pool.”

AK: Culture Camp

Erik Neumann, KCAW – Sitka

The Organized Village of Kake is a small tribal community on the northwest side of Kupreanof Island. Like many villages this time of year, they just hosted a culture camp, a week of teaching native youth about traditional food gathering and preserving. And during the week of fun, they’re also addressing a big health issue: suicide.

300 Villages: Tanacross

This week we’re heading to the tiny village of Tanacross, in Interior Alaska. Diane Titus works with the Tanacross school.