Alaska News Nightly: June 14, 2012

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Grounded Landing Craft near Kodiak will Float Soon
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

The U.S. Army Reserve is preparing to move the landing craft Monterrey that has spent all week aground near Kodiak. The vessel struck a rock and started taking on water late last week. It could be gone by noon tomorrow. Major Annmarie Daneker says extra personnel and specific equipment will be on hand.

Rural Residents Struggle with Low King Returns on the Yukon
Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel

Life on the Lower Yukon has gotten tougher and tougher over the years for subsistence fishers. Families that rely on Chinook for food yearlong have had to make sacrifices and fish less and less.

King Salmon Restrictions for Kenai, Kasilof Rivers
Associated Press

Anglers seeking king salmon on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers will face temporary restrictions as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game seeks to increase the number of fish entering watersheds.

Alaska Will Collect Millions from Federal Grant Program
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

Twenty-seven million dollars will be going to rural Alaska communities this year for schools and government services provided to areas where the federal government holds lands. That’s a new record high Payment in Lieu of Taxes announced today by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Escaped Bear Found Shot to Death
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Only a day after her companion Taquoka was shipped to a bear reserve in Sweden, Shaguyik, the escaped grizzly cub, was found shot to death near Portage. Shaguyik, or Shaggy, was one of two orphaned Kodiak grizzly cubs raised at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage.

Polar Bear Researcher Wins Prestigious Conservation Award
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Polar bear biologist Steve Amstrup has won a prestigious conservation award (Thursday) called the “Indianapolis Prize.” Amstrup’s work was instrumental in convincing the federal government to list the polar bear as a threatened species in 2008. He retired from the United State’s Geological Survey in 2010 to focus his efforts on saving the species from extinction.

Red Flag Training Gets Underway at Eielson
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

A series of Pacific Air Forces direct training exercises is happening in the air space over that stretches from Fairbanks to Delta. Red Flag –Alaska began last week. As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, the simulated combat mission is the second largest in the Red Flag’s 16 year history.

Redistricting Plan Back in Court
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Attorneys for plaintiffs in a suit against the state division of elections squared off in federal court this (Thursday) morning against lawyers representing the state. U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason heard oral arguments in the case, and is weighing whether or not to bar election officials from preparing for the November elections under a new Alaska redistricting plan.

Lawmakers Discuss Issues with Redistricting Plan
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The Legislative Ethics Committee today (Thursday) partially resolved a question from candidates and voters concerned about their representation after the effects of redistricting kick in.

Rural Students Share Thoughts on City Life
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska

Though some urbanites never make it out to the villages, people from rural areas often have to come to the big city of Anchorage for medical care or educational opportunities. A group of high school students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District spent last week at the APRN studios working on short films. As part of a series focused on rural and urban perspectives in Alaska, APRN contributor Anne Hillman asked the kids to share their views on city life versus rural life. She reports they couldn’t quite come to a consensus on the subject.

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