Alaska News Nightly: November 18, 2009

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Study Looks At Cleaning Up Oil Spills In Arctic
Annie Feidt, APRN-Anchorage
Shell funded research scientists claim oil clean up in broken ice conditions may be easier.

MMS grants Shell Extension
Libby Casey, APRN-Washington DC
The Obama Administration is giving Shell Oil Company more time to respond to comments on its proposed drilling plans for the Chukchi Sea.

Debating The Route For An Alaska Gasline
Dan Bross, KUAC-Fairbanks
Development of a pipeline to export Alaska’s North Slope natural gas is on track. That was the word from state and federal officials who held a meeting in Fairbanks last night.

Sitka Homeless Lack Services
Ed Ronco, KCAW-Sitka
When people find themselves without shelter, a myriad of problems pop up. And those problems can be magnified when homelessness strikes youth and families.

Historian Looks At Chilkat Religious Conversion
Casey Kelly, KTOO-Juneau
Naturalist John Muir played an unlikely role in converting Chilkat Indians to Christianity during the 19th Century, according to Haines-based writer Dan Henry.

Endangered Sea Lion Population Stable
Anne Hillman, KUCB-Unalaska
The population of the endangered western stock of Stellar Sea Lions seems to be stabilizing overall.

Buser Takes Maggie Treadmill
Lori Townsend, APRN-Anchorage
Maggie the elephant’s famous treadmill has a new home. Big Lake musher Martin Buser acquired the massive piece of equipment, after the elephant left for new digs in California.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori