Alaska News Nightly: June 20, 2007

This is the complete story list and audio recording from today’s Alaska News Nightly, as broadcast on APRN stations statewide.

Fires causing problems on Kenai peninsula
Mike Mason, KBBI – Homer
Firefighters from across the state are converging on a more than 1,800-hundred acre wildfire burning in the Caribou Hills on the Kenai peninsula.

Forest fire claims one home, could hit 70 more
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage (read by Lori Townsend, APRN)
Another wildfire northeast of Seward has claimed one residence and is threatening more.

Kachemak crash victims still in critical condition
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
Several people remain in critical condition this evening after a morning plane crash yesterday in Kachemak Bay outside Homer.

Amendment would hurt rural construction projects
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, D.C.
The U.S. House passed an amendment today that would eliminate core funding for the Denali Commission, which helps build infrastructure in rural Alaska.

Man pleads guilty to selling illegal seal penis’
Charles Homans, KIAL – Unalaska
A former tribal leader on Saint Paul Island has pled guilty to federal charges of illegally selling seal genitalia. Michael Richard Zacharof could face up to a year in prison.

‘Can Can’ will end flight services
John Hunt, KHNS – Haines
The “Can-Can” airline is ending service after more than four decades in business. Skagway Air Service will officially close its hangar doors at the end of the month.

Murkowski takes over key role in Indian Affairs Committee
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, D.C. (read by Lori Townsend, APRN)
This week Senator Lisa Murkowski takes over as the acting ranking Republican on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Mayor of Anderson killed in tragic accident
Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks (read by Lori Townsend, APRN)
The community of Anderson is mourning the death of its mayor. Mike Pearson was killed Monday night when the bed of his dump truck fell and crushed him.

EEOC: ‘Workplace Harrassment’ new to many teen workers
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Every summer witnesses an increase of teenage employees in local businesses. For many teens, it’s their first job. And sometimes, according to the chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it can also be their first encounter with workplace harassment.

In search of solstice celebration
Scott Burton, APRN – Juneau
With summer solstice just a day away, APRN’s Scott Burton set out to see how people celebrate the occasion in Southeast. It turned out to be a little harder than he expected.

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