Alaska News Nightly: February 1, 2010

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President’s budget proposal gets mixed reviews from Alaska Senators
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, D.C.
President Obama’s proposed 3.8 trillion dollar budget for the next fiscal year was unveiled today (Monday) in Washington. It includes hits for Alaska programs, but some benefits as well.

Parnell intervenes in Tongass Timber lawsuit
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Governor Sean Parnell is going to court to support logging in the Tongass National Forest.

State restraining order law gets corrected
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The State House today (Monday) corrected an incomplete law originally passed four years ago. And the change makes living in rural Alaska a little bit safer.

Report suggests Pebble deposit larger than previous estimates
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
The Pebble Partnership has released new data showing a larger mineral resource at the Pebble Deposit new Iliamna Lake.

Ketchikan celebrates completion of Swan-Tyee electrical intertie
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
Lawmakers and residents alike celebrated the completion of the Swan-Tyee electrical intertie Friday night at Ketchikan’s Ted Ferry Civic Center.

Parnell considers further study of road to Nome project
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A state commissioned study identifies a 500 mile road from Manley Hot Springs along the Yukon River and on to Nome as the best option for opening up a ground transportation corridor to western Alaska.

Gas line Port Authority to sell bonds to fund North Slope gas project
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Alaska Gas line Port Authority will be able to sell federally backed bonds to help finance a North Slope Gas project.

Alaskans receive national awards for wildlife conservation efforts
Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
Alaskans are well represented among those selected by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to receive 2010 Refuge System Awards.

Board of fish approves restrictions on King salmon gill nets
Associated Press
The Alaska Board of Fisheries took a step toward rebuilding the king salmon run on the Yukon river.