Alaska News Nightly: October 9, 2008

The prosecution rests its case in Ted Stevens trial. Also, the Alaska Supreme Court refuses to block the release of “Troopergate” findings. And Barrow mourns the loss of elder Arnold Brower Sr. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Prosecution rests its case in Ted Stevens Trial

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
The Government rested its case today against Alaskan Senator
Ted Stevens, who is accused of lying about gifts on his financial disclosure forms. Now it’s the defense attorneys’ turn to make their case to jurors. They started today with an impressive character witness – and began poking holes in the prosecution’s case.

Alaska Supreme Court refuses to block “Troopergate” findings
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Anchorage
The Supreme court this afternoon refused to block the legislature from releasing the results of an investigation into the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Decoy moose tricks poachers in YK Delta

Shane IVerson, KYUK – Bethel
Two men from the village of Tuluksak are being charged with taking a Moose in a closed season. But the moose they allegedly shot at was not real, but rather a decoy set up by the Alaska State Troopers. It was the first decoy to be used to help enforce hunting laws in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

State tourism industry leaders meet in Anchorage
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
This week more than 600 representatives of Alaska’s tourism industry have gathered in Anchorage to learn new ways to attract visitors in a shaky economy.

Coast Guard steps up campaign for early warning from ships in trouble
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
A series of incidents in Alaska waters recently has prompted the Coast Guard to step up its campaign to get vessel skippers and owners to report when something goes wrong at sea.

Little will run Yukon quest despite losing four dogs in accident

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Kasilof musher Jon Little says a training accident that killed some of his top dogs will not stop him from running the Yukon Quest. Little lost 4 dogs and had a 5th badly injured late last month when a team being run by a friend, pulled onto the Sterling Highway and was struck by a car. Little says he’s beginning to get over the accident and is not giving up on the Yukon Quest.

Barrow mourns the loss of Arnold Brower Sr.

Janelle Everett, KBRW – Barrow
A community elder, whaling captain and North Slope Borough leader is being remembered for his great contributions to his community.

Former KCAW program director passes away

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
Public radio in Alaska lost a dear friend and colleague last weekend. Steve Will, lately the program director of KCAW in Sitka, died Sunday from injuries he sustained in a bike accident about six weeks ago.