Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

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Walker calls for a fourth special session

Andrew Kitcheman, Alaska Public Media-KTOO – Juneau

Governor Bill Walker said today (Thursday) that he will call the Legislature back for a fourth special session primarily focused on revenue. The session would convene on October 23rd in Juneau.

Walker lends support to Trump in lawsuit over arctic drilling

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The state of Alaska is going to stand by President Donald Trump’s side in court to defend an order aiming to reopen large parts of the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling.

Tillerson proposes scrapping arctic and climate envoys

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants to do away with special envoys focused on the Arctic and climate change, as part of his effort to overhaul the State Department.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz files for re-election

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz [BERK-oh-wits] will run for re-election. In a letter filed with the state’s Political Offices Commission today [THUR], Berkowitz indicated he’s planning to run again for mayor in 2018.


Details of kidnapped Anchorage man’s beating emerge as suspects still sought

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Three of four suspects indicted in a brutal beating earlier this month in East Anchorage are still on the loose, and police say their victim, dropped at a local hospital in a dog crate, almost died.

State budget cuts cause uncertainty for court system positions

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

Rural towns in Alaska are adjusting to a court system hampered by state budget cuts. In the past couple years, as magistrate judges in small Southeast communities retire, the court system held off on filling some of the positions.

State extends bid process for ferry Taku

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The state has pushed back the bid deadline for the ferry Taku – again. That’s because a potential buyer wants more time.

After nearly two decades Bristol Bay Native Corporation reopens quarry

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation is reopening the Snake Lake Quarry. The site closed 17 years ago.

Hunters troll PETA in unusual campaign, but did it backfire?

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

When the organization PETA [PEET-uh] — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — rolled out a new social media campaign, it caught on with an unexpected group. Hunters.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori