Alaska News Nightly: April 23, 2013

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Shell’s Arctic ‘Beer Can’ Passes Federal Test In Puget Sound

John Ryan, KUOW – Seattle

Shell Oil had to postpone its Arctic drilling for a full year after one of its oil rigs ran aground off the Alaska coast this winter. But Shell’s efforts to open a new frontier of oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean continues with work conducted in Puget Sound.

The oil giant passed a key test with federal regulators last month in the waters off Anacortes, Washington.

After Quiet Change To State Rules, An Unintended Parking Holiday In Many Cities

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

While things like oil taxes and education funding may get the most news coverage, every year the legislature passes plenty of bills that amount to housekeeping. Mostly, they do unexciting things, like cleaning up administrative code, but sometimes, they lead to more interesting results, such as parking ticket holidays in cities across the state.

First Cast Of Rabies Reported In Interior Alaska

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state reported the first case of rabies in Alaska’s interior today.  A trapper killed a wolf in the Chandalar Lakes area south of the Brooks Range in late March.

Senate Mulls Renaming Mount McKinley, Again

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

A subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee appears to have no objections to renaming Mount McKinley.

Ferry System Phases Out Nature Interpreters

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

As the Alaska Marine Highway System approaches its 50th, anniversary, the ferry is struggling with its identity. Under intense pressure to cut costs, the ferry’s managers are trying to get back to basics — transporting Alaskans and their freight.

That’s why the state is trying to phase out wildlife naturalists, on all ferry routes.

ANSEP Program Partners With Mat-Su School District

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Building a computer is child’s play, or at least it ought to be.  That’s the premise behind an innovative concept in science and engineering education.  As KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District has partnered with UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, to help middle schoolers achieve future university success.

Alaska Cultural Connections: Growing Up

Anne Hillman, APRN Contributor

Frank Matumeak was born in Barrow in 1948. His mother was required to move there to attend the Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. Though his family had to conform somewhat to the American education system, he said his childhood was still ruled by the seasons. As part of our series looking at culture in Alaska, APRN’s Anne Hillman spoke with Matumeak about what life was like when he was growing up.