Alaska News Nightly: March 5, 2010

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Legislators Make the Rounds in DC
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
A third of Alaska’s legislators are in Washington D-C right now for meetings about energy issues. They’re attending the annual conference of the Energy Council, a group made up of a dozen oil and gas producing states, six Canadian provinces, and Venezuela.

Court Upholds Decision on Nome Policeman
The Anchorage Daily News
The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld a high-profile conviction of a Nome police officer accused of killing a 19-year-old while he was on duty in 2003.

Fairbanks Man Found Guilty of Murder
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
A 28-year-old Seward murder case has apparently come to a close as a Kenai jury has found a Fairbanks man guilty of the crime.

Willow’s Feidler Draws No. 2 Start Position
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Iditarod mushers drew race start places at their annual banquet last night in Anchorage. The Last Great Race starts Saturday in Anchorage.  Willow’s Linwood Feidler will be number two out of the chute, after honorary musher number one, Orin Seybert.  Although today’s dog drivers are aiming to get their teams to Nome as fast as possible, old time Iditarod mushers tell of the days when the race was more like a three week camping trip.

Parnell Not Budging on Subsistence Positions
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Governor Sean Parnell has no plans to change his stance on subsistence. He told Southeast leaders at a Native Issues Forum in Juneau earlier this week that he doesn’t want a confrontation. But his job is to uphold state law. Conflicting federal and state laws have led to years of battles over fish and game allocations. The issue came to a head last year when several Alaska Native leaders, including Senator Albert Kookesh, a Democrat from Angoon, were cited for exceeding subsistence fishing limits. Parnell was asked at the forum whether he would consider an amnesty while both sides look for solutions. He said he’s not ready to take such action.

State Asks Supreme Court to Hear Tribal Adoption Case
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The state’s attorney general’s office is asking the US Supreme Court to examine an appeals court decision in a tribal adoption case. The case stems from a child custody and eventual adoption proceeding carried out by the tribal court of Kaltag.  After the tribal court issued the adoption decree, the parents petitioned the state for a new birth certificate. The request was denied with the state claiming the tribal court had improperly issued the decree.

Anchorage High Schoolers Making Safer Decisions
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage high schools students are generally making safer behavior choices regarding drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex and fighting.

Olympian Hopes for Better Results at World Cup
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
Despite not advancing beyond the first round of competition Callan Chythlook-Sifsof hopes to capitalize on her Olympic experience by having good showings at the next 2 World Cup events.

Alaska Due for Another Big Quake?
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile last weekend happened 50 years after the country was hit with the largest earthquake ever recorded a 9.5. Four years later, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska. That got us wondering if the state could be due for another massive quake.

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