Alaska News Nightly: May 21, 2008

The State of Alaska is suing the federal government for listing polar bears under the Endangered Species Act. Plus, a former Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race manager has been arrested for embezzlement in Bethel. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Alaska will sue U.S. government over polar bear status
Annie Feidt – Anchorage, AK and Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC
The State of Alaska announced today it’s planning to sue the federal government for listing the polar bear as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

Palin to release AGIA analysis
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau and Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Tomorrow, Governor Palin plans to tell the public tomorrow what she wants to do about a gas pipeline from the North Slope. She will release the results of her administration’s review of the application made by TransCanada under last year’s Gasline Inducement Act. Her review and recommendation will be the subject of a special session of the legislature beginning June 3, 2008.

Kenai Peninsula fire 20% contained
Mike Mason, KBBI – Homer
Fire fighters are making some progress in bringing the 300-acre homestead fire on the Kenai Peninsula under control.

K-300 sled dog race manager arrested for embezzlement
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The former race manager for the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race race has been arrested for theft.

Congress drills down on domestic oil inventory numbers
Joel Southern, APRN – Anchorage
With Memorial Day coming up next week, the summer driving season begins. This year, Congress and Bush Administration officials are more anxious about that than normal because of high oil and gasoline prices.

Stevens looking ahead to threat of unregulated Arctic fishing
Joel Southern, APRN – Anchorage
The U.S. House today gave final congressional approval to a resolution by Senator Ted Stevens calling on the federal government to gear up for managing fisheries in the Arctic. Stevens is concerned that sea ice retreat driven by climate change will open the way to illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) commercial fishing in the international waters of the Arctic.

Vehicle inspections in Anchorage expire in 2010. No, wait…
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage car owners shouldn’t assume the city is dropping its long-standing vehicle Inspection/Maintenance test. Last night, Anchorage Assembly Chair Matt Claman and other members proposed repealing the ordinance stopping the city’s IM tests.

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