Alaska News Nightly: May 8, 2009

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Interior Department to keep “Polar Bear Rule”
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington
The Interior Department will keep in place the “polar bear rule” – a Bush Administration decision that says the Endangered Species
Act can’t regulate pollution that contributes to global warming.

Point Lay Celebrating First Whale Harvest in 72 Years
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Chukchi Sea coastal community of Point Lay is celebrating their first whale harvest in 72 years.

Federal Budget Cuts Funds for Alaska Programs
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 severely trims funding for Alaska programs.

Akiak Residents Seeking Higher Ground to Escape Rising Waters
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Residents in the Northwest community of Akiak are seeking higher ground after flood waters began pouring into their village today.

Beaver Evacuating Elders and Young Children
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Yukon river village of Beaver that lies below the flood devastation of the community of Eagle– evacuated elders and young
children around noon today.

Fort Yukon Battling Floods
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Fort Yukon had flooding last night. Fort Yukon police officer Peter Hawbaker says water started coming into town around 10 p.m.

Consultant Claims Yukon’s Energy Suppliers Favor Hydro Projects
Vic Istchenko, CBC – Whitehorse
A Whitehorse consultant says the Yukon’s energy suppliers have given up on wind power, in favour of expensive hydro

Denali Claims First Climber of the Season
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Denali mountain summer climbing season is barely underway and the first death has been reported.

Research Unveiled on Pollock and Cod
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
Some new research related to North Pacific Pollock and Pacific cod was unveiled recently at a science symposium in Anchorage.