Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 17, 2015

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Wings of Alaska Flight From Juneau to Hoonah Goes Down, Survivors Confirmed

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

The U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew has so far transported three survivors from the plane crash to Juneau.

President Obama Will Attend Glacier Conference In Anchorage in August

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington

The White House announced today (FRIDAY) that President Obama is coming to Alaska at the end of next month. On Aug. 31 Obama will address a State Department climate-change conference in Anchorage.

Shell Rigs Leave Dutch Harbor For Chukchi, To Wait

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington

Shell is still moving its ships and equipment into the Arctic, even as one of its icebreakers prepares to head back south for repairs.

Former Permanent Fund CEO Dies

Associated Press

The former head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has died less than two months after retiring. Mike Burns was 68 years old.

Mississippi Flag To Be Removed From Downtown Juneau

Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau

Nearly 200 people signed a letter asking for the removal of the Mississippi flag in downtown Juneau because it features an image of the Confederate flag. Today their request was granted.

Aniak Fire Base Battles Stubborn Fires

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

Nearly a million acres have burned in southwest Alaska this year. 85 fires are still ablaze in the region.

Fatal Plane Crash Wreckage Awaits Removal

Madelyn Beck, KRBD – Ketchikan

A June 25th deadly plane crash in Ketchikan remains under investigation; something the National Transportation Safety Board says could take as long as a year and a half.

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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 24 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. 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