Alaska News Nightly: June 26, 2009

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Permafrost Case
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
The US Supreme Court will not hear arguments in a Fairbanks Borough case.  The   question is how permafrost lands should be classified under federal wetlands rules.

Young Criticizes New Energy Bill
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaska Congressman Don Young (R) says the climate change and energy bill passed by the House of Representatives Friday is nothing more than a taxation program.

UAF Prof Has Plans for State Energy Policy
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A University of Alaska Fairbanks professor is offering a plan for the state’s energy and economic future.

King Salmon Return to Yukon Disappointing
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The weak return of king salmon to the Yukon River has resulted in another fishing restriction.

Ship Creek Drainage Closed to Fishing
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Sport fish division has issued an emergency closure order for the Ship Creek drainage, a popular urban fishing spot in Anchorage.

Judge Thinks Halibut Limit Will Stick
The Associated Press
A judge who denied a request by southeast Alaska fishing charter operators for relief from a one-halibut daily bag limit said they were unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit to revoke it permanently.

State and Feds Have Flooding Agreement
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The state and federal government have signed an agreement to manage recovery from this spring’s flooding.

Alaska Pacific University is Celegrating 50th Anniversary
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska Pacific University located in Anchorage is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend.

Fort Richardson Officer Killed in Afghanistan
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
An infantry officer from Fort Richardson was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Sealaska Shareholders Could See New Leadership
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Sealaska shareholders will learn tomorrow whether they’ll see a major change in leadership.

Forest Service Releases Timber Sales Data for Prince of Wales Island
Jay Marble, KRBD – Prince of Wales Island
The Forest Service released its record of decision and final environmental impact statement yesterday for the Prince of Wales Island timber sales.