Alaska News Nightly: April 30, 2012

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State House Delays Decision To Adjourn

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Speculation was the only thing in abundance at the capitol today, as the House  delayed its decision whether to adjourn the special legislative session in the wake of the Senate’s adjournment on Thursday.

Finance Committee Meets To Address High Energy Costs

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The state Senate’s Finance Committee held a special meeting late last week to

take another look at what can be done to address the high energy costs in

Manly Hot Springs Conditions Improving After Flooding

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Conditions are improving at Manly Hot Springs after ice jams on the Tanana River caused flooding over the weekend.

Advocates Speak At ‘Indigenous Women’s Environmental And Reproductive Health Symposium’

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Health advocates for Alaska Native women and children spoke out today in Anchorage, as part of this year’s Indigenous Women’s Environmental and Reproductive Health Symposium.  Andrea Carmen, who heads the international Indian Treaty Council, said the women’s symposium targeted human rights, especially in light of the effects of pollutants on women.

Subsistence Rights Top Concerns At UN Hearings

Johanna Eurich, APRN Contributor

The Women’s Symposium coincided with a visit to Alaska by a UN official who held hearings in Anchorage and Chickaloon this weekend to assess the human rights of Alaska Natives.  This is the first time the UN is formally investigating the U.S. treatment of Alaska Natives. The right to subsistence resources topped the list of concerns.

Endowment Fund Created In Comeau’s Name

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Alaska Community Foundation has established an endowment fund in honor of Anchorage School District Superintendent, Carol Comeau. Comeau is retiring after more than 40 years with the ASD. The fund will help provide grants for projects that will directly impact students.

APD Calls On Public To Help Find Missing Airman, Clinton Reeves

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson has turned over the investigation of a missing airman to the Anchorage Police Department’s Homicide Unit. Clinton Reeves was last seen leaving his duty station on base on April 19th and last heard from on the 22nd. He did not report for duty on the 23rd. Lieutenant David Parker is the Public Information Officer for the Anchorage Police Department. He says the APD is taking over because of the suspicious nature of the car Reeves was driving.

Fairbanks Man Fine After Bear Attack On Kodiak Island

Jay Barret, KMXT – Kodiak

A 48-year-old Fairbanks man hunting on Kodiak Island got a lot closer to a brown bear than he planned on Saturday. Rodd Moretz was attacked by one bear after he had just shot a different bear and was approaching the spot where it fell. Fish and Game bear expert Larry Van Daele said it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

USGS Mapping Going Digital

Lorien Nettleton, KTNA – Talkeetna

For many Alaskans, any vacation planning starts with clearing room on the kitchen table and unrolling a map.  Many of these maps have been made by the United States Geological Survey. Now USGS is carrying out its first nationwide mapping effort for the digital age, and Alaska is about to have its very own close up.

Chena Hot Springs Resort Hoping To Expand
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
The owners of Chena Hot Springs Resort last week sent an offer  to the Borough to buy more than 4000 acres of land surrounding the resort, tripling the acreage the Borough had originally planned to sell.  As KUAC’s Emily Schwing reports, there are concerns about how the sale might affect access to surrounding public land.
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