Alaska News Nightly: May 1, 2015

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Urban Set Net Ban Proposed

Associated Press, Anchorage

A proposed voter initiative to ban setnets in urban parts of Alaska is making its way toward the ballot, while a lawsuit over its legality continues.

To Plan Port’s Future, City Looks To Current Users

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

Unalaska is getting ready to spend tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the aging Port of Dutch Harbor. The hope is to serve bigger ships and more of them.

Walker Restores Sexual Violence Prevention Funding After Senate Cut

Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau

Earlier in the legislative session, a Senate subcommittee slashed all of the state funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs.

Anchorage Senior Wins National Poetry Out Loud Competition

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

West Anchorage High Senior Maeva Ordaz won the national Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington DC.

Memoir Arctic Daughter, Re-released For A New Generation

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Homer resident Jean Aspen has re-released her book Arctic Daughter, three decades after she first wrote about her adventures living off the grid in the Brooks Range.

National Maritime Refuge Considers All Options For Feral Cattle

Associated Press, Anchorage

Federal wildlife managers are still trying to determine the fate of feral cattle that have long gone without caretakers on an uninhabited Alaska island.

APOC Expediting Complaint Against Berkowitz

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is looking into a complaint against an Anchorage mayoral candidate over an improper corporate donation.

AK: Long Distance Alutiiq Boat Restored From Past

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

A group in Kodiak recently completed an Alutiiq boat that was last seen in the mid-19th century. Alutiiq people once used the angyaq to travel over long distances and through rough seas.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 18 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications with veteran Alaskan broadcasters Nellie Moore, D’Anne Hamilton, Len Anderson, Sharon McConnell and Veronica Iya. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori