Alaska News Nightly: June 22, 2009

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Supreme Court Sides With Kensington Gold Mine
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC and Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau
The Supreme Court has sided with a mining company, saying it can dump tailings from the Kensington Gold Mine into a lake near Juneau. In its 6 to 3 decision, the Court said the permit issued to mining company Coeur Alaska by the Army Corps of Engineers is valid.

Earthquake Shakes South Central Alaska
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
A strong earthquake rattled south central Alaska today. The five point four magnitude quake was centered about fifty miles north of Anchorage. The regional earthquake information center hasn’t received any damage reports but the shaking did provide a mid-day adrenalin boost for many Alaskans.

Coast Guard Rescues Two Adrift in Bering Sea
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Two men spent 52 hours drifting in the Bering Sea before being rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday evening. Fifty-year-old Rod Whitehead of Adak and 35-year-old Bill Osterback of Sand Point hit the motor of their 15-foot hard-bottomed Zodiac on a rock while they were making a run to Amatignak Island, about 130 miles southwest of Adak.

Well-Known Archeologist Leaving Prince of Wales
Jay Marble, KRBD – Ketchikan
Prince of Wales Island is losing a well-known player in the cultural and scientific world. archeologist Terry Fifield has decided to leave Alaska and relocate to the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.

Supreme Court Maintains Voting Act
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to declare part of the federal Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. The litigation originated in Austin, Texas with an attempt to avoid the requirement that election-related decisions get Department of Justice approval before they are allowed to take effect.

Gay Pride Parade Draws Supporters in Anchorage
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Despite Saturday’s cool temperatures, overcast skies and two other downtown weekend events, Anchorage’s annual Gay Pride Parade and park strip celebration drew more participants than usual on Saturday.

Memorial Services Set for Boucher
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO- Juneau
Memorial services are scheduled this week for H.A. “Red” Boucher, Alaska’s first elected lieutenant governor, and a true Alaska character. Boucher died Friday at his home in Anchorage at the age of 88.