Alaska News Nightly: June 22, 2010

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PSP Suspected in Man’s Death
Tara Bicknell, KHNS – Haines
A Haines man died at his home early Tuesday, after being released from a Juneau hospital that had treated him for symptoms consistent with Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, or PSP.   It is the fifth reported case of PSP in Alaska and second suspected death in two weeks.  One expert says unusual conditions this year could explain the high number of cases.

Judge Overrules Deep Water Drilling Ban
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
On Tuesday, a federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deep-water oil drilling.  The judge said the government was too quick to conclude that because one rig failed, others were also in danger. But, the ruling will not impact Shell’s plans to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska this summer.

Pilot Error Causes Most Plane Crashes in YK Delta
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
If you live in roadless communities across the state, bush airplanes likely play a vital role in your life.  They bring you goods, and transport you to other communities.  And while flying now is a lot safer than decades back, planes still crash and people still get hurt. There are many factors that can cause a plane crash, but in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta pilot error is by far the most common. 

Geologist Mauled Near Rainy Pass Lodge
Associated Press
A geologist who was mauled by a bear near Rainy Pass Lodge is reported in fair condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. 54-year-old Bob Miller was attacked Sunday afternoon as he was walking to a helicopter picking up a Millrock Exploration survey crew.

Elfin Cove Cleans Up After Fire
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
The town of Elfin Cove is cleaning up after that big weekend fire that destroyed the Cove Lodge and Coho’s Restaurant and Bar, displacing about 12 people.

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
University of Alaska-Fairbanks researchers have successfully tested a new device for studying fish in the expanse of frigid waters off Alaska’s northern coast.

Hatchery Crabs Sent from Seward to Kodiak, Juneau
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
The state shellfish hatchery in Seward is shipping hatchery-raised juvenile Red King Crab to laboratories in Kodiak and Juneau to be studied.  It’s part of efforts to re-build the crab fishery around Kodiak, which crashed in the early 1980’s. Much work remains before any hatchery crab could be released into the open ocean.  

National Congress of American Indians Top Native Education Goals
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Juneau’s Jaqueline Johnson-Pata has risen in her career to run the National Congress of American Indians in Washington DC.  Her personal path to education and success wasn’t easy or perfect.  Yesterday, she shared her personal story.  Today, Pata outlines the National Congress of American Indians’ top goals for improving Native education.