Alaska News Nightly: November 1, 2012

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Group Targeting Superior Court Judge Up For Retention

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

A conservative group is targeting a Superior Court Judge in Anchorage who is on the ballot for retention this year. Alaska Family Action is campaigning against Judge Sen Tan for decisions he made in the late 1990’s on cases related to the issue of abortion. The Alaska Judicial Council is responding with an advertising campaign supporting Tan, calling him one of the highest rated judges in the state.

Legislator Concerned About Outside Funds In Campaign Advertising

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

As Nov. 6 draws near, political advertising raises its pitch, and sometimes the campaign advertising gets ugly. But now, an Anchorage lawmaker, who is running for re-election himself, says he’s dismayed at the way outside political action groups are skirting state campaign finance laws.

Lawyers Argue Over Where The Money Went

The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say former Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission director Maggie Ahmaogak stole more than $420,000.

Bell Challenges French For Senate Seat

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Senate District J, which represents West Anchorage and Sand Lake, is one of the most contentious races in the upcoming election. Because of redistricting, the Spenard part of the district shrunk while the Sand Lake and Jewell Lake neighborhoods were added. Republican Businessman Bob Bell is challenging longtime Democratic Senator Hollis French for the seat.

CEAAC To Acknowledge Settlement Of Education Lawsuits

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

This evening Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska’s Children or CEAAC will acknowledge the settlement of two education lawsuits against the state with the presentation of two funds. One for $18 million will help pay for new programs for struggling schools and another for $300,000. The smaller fund will be named the Howard S. Trickey Constitutional Defense Fund after the attorney who fought both the Kasayulie and Moore versus the state of Alaska cases in the 90s. The first case dealt with the lack of new school construction in rural Alaska and the second went after the need for rural teachers and programs. Norman Eck is the superintendent of the Northwest Arctic Borough school district based in Kotzebue and President of CEAAC. He says the cases had enormous impact.

Downtown Talkeetna Fire Destroys 1 Building, Damages 2 Others

Lorien Nettleton, KTNA – Talkeetna

A fire in downtown Talkeetna early this morning burned two buildings to the ground and caused extensive damage to a third.  Talkeetna Fire responded to a blaze just after two am that had consumed the My Little Dumpling food trailer and was spreading to the adjacent structures, including Denali Dry Goods, built in 1930, and the Denali Zipline Tours building.

Officials Approve New Route To Tulsequah Chief Mine

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

British Columbia environmental officials have approved a new route to the Tulsequah Chief Mine that avoids several traditional Native use areas and eliminates the need for Taku River barging.

A Canadian company hopes to re-open the old mine by 2015.