Alaska News Nightly: April 29, 2013

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Signature Collection Starts For Oil Tax Referendum

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

With the signature booklets fresh off the printer, opponents of a tax cut for oil companies will be able to start gathering support for their referendum on Tuesday.

Court Clarifies Order To Redistricting Board

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

The state Supreme Court gave the state Redistricting Board the clarification it was looking for last week.  It said its order requiring the Board to draft a map of legislative districts based on the criteria of the state Constitution should involve all districts, not the few in which there is a federal concern to preserve Native voting power.

Weak Chinook Returns Expected For Yukon River

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Another weak Yukon River Chinook salmon return is forecast for this summer. It would be the latest in a decade’s long trend of below normal returns, and fishery managers anticipate another season of harvest restrictions.

Crowley, UIC Form Joint Venture In Arctic

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Long time marine transport providers Crowley Marine Services and Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation or UIC Bowhead have formed a joint venture to help meet the growing demand for services in the Arctic.

Canister Containing Toxic Compound Washes Ashore Near Kodiak

Brianna Gibbs, KMXT – Kodiak

A series of aluminum canisters have been washing up on the shores of Southeast Alaska, and more recently in the Kodiak Archipelago. Two were discovered on Afognak Island earlier this month and last week another was found on Queer Island, near Kalsin Bay.

Delta-Area Farmer Determined To Rebuild After Fire Wipes Out Poultry Barn

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Delta Junction-area farmer is cleaning up from a barn fire that killed hundreds of chickens and other livestock that provided most of her livelihood.  Brandy McClean is seeking help in an effort to save her business.

Sealaska Canoe Lost En Route To Wrangell

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Several canoe groups are paddling down the Inside Passage to Wrangell for the Shakes Island Rededication event this week. Two canoes traveling from Juneau hit bad weather and rough water on Saturday. One canoe was lost.

Southeast Inter-Island Ferry Authority To Run Short On Cash

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Southeast’s Inter-Island Ferry Authority will soon be short on cash. The authority sails between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan.

Alaska Cultural Connections: Los Anchorage

Jessica Cochran, APRN Contributor

Chances are you’ve heard the saying, the great thing about Anchorage is that its only 15 minutes from the real Alaska.  If you don’t live in the state’s largest city, maybe you agree. Then there’s the other question: how long do you have to live here before you’re an Alaskan?  Are you an Alaskan if you spend only summers here? Is it when you get your first PFD? Is it a length of time, or a state of mind?