Alaska News Nightly: December 11, 2007

Anchorage residents are blaming wolves for several dog deaths. Plus, NASA spacecraft are probing the inner workings of the Northern Lights. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Anchorage wolf pack targeting dogs
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
It looks like Fairbanks isn’t the only city in the state dealing with a rash of pet dogs being attacked and killed by packs of wolves. Anchorage has had 3 such attacks in just the past few weeks, 2 of them fatal.

Move made to offset shrinking pollack quota
Charles Homans, KIAL – Unalaska
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has voted to nearly double the size of the Bering Sea yellowfin sole fishery for 2008.

NASA study sheds new light
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Scientists are now one step closer to understanding the inner workings of the northern lights.

Hale land case may impact others

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Supreme Court decision to deny hearing the Hale property access case has both sides looking at how the decision may affect Alaskans who own property within the boundaries of federal, public land.

Still no takers for Mat Maid
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Palmer
The state is still trying to find a buyer for Matanuska Maid Dairy. Friday’s bid deadline came and went without one single offer.

New school testing defies NCLB
Ben Markus, KUAC – Fairbanks
A federal program Alaska helped pilot will fundamentally change the way schools measure student progress.

First payout coming for shareholder descendants
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
More than 1500 Sealaska shareholders are receiving their first corporate dividends this month.

From Sitka to the White House lawn
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, KCAW – Sitka
An ornament handcrafted by Sitka artist Tommy Joseph is adorning this year’s White House Christmas tree.