Alaska News Nightly: June 1, 2012

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Air Force Releases Eielson F-16 Movement Impact Report

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

A group of community leaders held a teleconference with the Air Force’s Director of Logistics to find out more about the proposed relocation of the F-16 Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base. The meeting followed the release of an Air Force Report revealing more details about the move.

Hilcorp Plans To Increase Cook Inlet Energy Production

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

After buying the legacy assets of Chevron in Cook Inlet – Hilcorp, Alaska is moving forward with plans to increase energy production in several fields there.  Part of that plan includes reopening the Drift River Terminal Storage Facility at the base of Mt. Redoubt on the west side of Cook Inlet.  But, an eruption of Redoubt in 2009 has  many wondering about the wisdom of that plan.

Family Of Drowned Teenager Suing Haines Borough

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

The family of a teenager that drowned at a Haines beach two years ago is suing the Haines Borough for wrongful death and asking for at least $1 million in damages.

Fourteen-year-old Andrew Williamson died in May 2010 while swimming in Lynn Canal waters near the borough’s port Chilkoot dock.

Subsistence Restrictions Likely On Kuskokwim River

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

The salmon season has started in the Kuskokwim River area with the first

Chinook salmon caught near Quinhagak Thursday morning. Over the past two years, the Kuskokwim River has experienced the lowest King salmon numbers in history. There could be more restrictions on subsistence fishing this year.

Sitka Assembly To Ask NPFMC To Lower Allowable Trawl Bycatch

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

The city of Sitka has gone on record in support of efforts to reduce the amount of halibut wasted in Alaska’s trawl fisheries.

The Sitka assembly last week unanimously approved asking the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to lower the cap on trawl bycatch when it meets in Kodiak in June.

AK: Birding

Dave Waldron, APRN – Anchorage

May and June are some of the best months to go birding in Alaska. And the city of Anchorage is no exception. There are hundreds of different birds to spot, and no limit to the characters you’ll find watching them. APRN’s Dave Waldron is not a birder, but on a recent spring morning, he found his way into the flock.

300 Villages: Seward

What community do marathon runners, dog mushers and railroad buffs have in common?  If you guessed Seward, you’re right.  The city is located at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula on beautiful Resurrection Bay, and Friday, Seward celebrates its one hundredth birthday.