Alaska News Nightly: March 18, 2010

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Wolves Suspected of Attacking Teacher Did Not Have Rabies
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The two wolves suspected of killing a teacher in Chignik Lake last week did not have rabies. The animals were shot by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game earlier this week and tested at the state virology lab in Fairbanks.

Education Secretary Says AK Trip Shaped Views On Rural Students
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says his visit last year to a village in southwest Alaska has affected his view of rural education – and what must be done to help rural students.

Alaskans Monitored by Military Intelligence Division
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A group of Alaskans were surprised recently to learn that their organization-Alaskans for Peace and Justice- was monitored for a time in the fall of 2005 by a military intelligence division that deals with tracking organizations affiliated with foreign terrorism groups.
The information was made public after the cyber civil rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained numerous documents from the Pentagon through a Freedom of Information Act or FOIA request.

Kookesh Has Met Terms of Ethics Judgment
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Legislative officials say Sen. Albert Kookesh, a Demcorat from Angoon, has met the requirements of an ethics judgment stemming from questionable comments he made to the Craig City Council.

ABC Board Rejects Licenses from Bethel
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rejected all liquor license applications coming from the City of Bethel.  The vote means that sales are still illegal there even though it’s an unrestricted alcohol community.

Anchorage Attorney to Address State Corruption
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Lifelong Alaskan and Anchorage attorney Cliff Groh will be speaking tonight at the University of Alaska Anchorage on corruption in Alaska politics.

Alaska Native Cultural Center Could be Coming to Downtown Juneau
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
The large gaping hole in the middle of downtown Juneau could become an Alaska Native cultural center.

AK Threatens to End Ice Championships
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaska is threatening to end the World Ice Art Championships and close its popular sculpture and kid’s parks in Fairbanks.The non-profit group wants the state to transfer the land it operates on from the Alaska Railroad to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Essay: Moving to the Lower 48
Earl Finkler
Earl Finkler, his wife, Chris and their two Alaska dogs moved from Barrow to the small town of Medford, Wisconsin in the summer of 2008. Tonight, he updates us on life in the lower forty eight after over twenty five years at the top of the world.