Alaska News Nightly: June 27, 2012

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Federal Government Clears Redistricting Plan

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The U.S. Justice Department today (Wednesday) gave its approval – or preclearance – to Alaska’s new redistricting plan. Alaska Redistricting Board Chair Taylor Bickford says the Amended Proclamation Plan can now be used as a voting map for the November elections.

BLM Cleans Up Two Legacy Wells in NPRA

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The federal Bureau of Land Management says that it has already cleaned up two of what are called Legacy Wells this year in the National PetroleumReserve Alaska. But work on a third one is unlikely this year unless another avenue of funding comes through.

Fairbanks Area Leaders Express Relief Over F-16 Decision

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Members of the Congressional delegation are weighing in on the Air Force’s decision to suspend the relocation of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. In a news release, Representative Don Young said he was pleased with the decision. He says “the Air Force had a responsibility to present all the facts and prove to Alaskans that moving these F-16s was the right thing to do.”

Historic Plane Wreck Identified

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

While everyone awaits Tomorrow’s Supreme Court decision on whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the health care field has already been changed by it. The Act was designed to be implemented in phases and one of those phases is about to put some money in the pockets of health care consumers across the country. In Alaska, the John Alden Life Insurance company will be issuing rebates as part of what’s known as the “80/20” rule.

2,700 Alaskans Due Health Insurance Rebates

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

There’s an update on the vintage plane wreckage retrieved from Colony Glacier this month. Futher details released today (Wednesday) indicate that the plane has been positively correlated to the U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster aircraft that crashed in 1952.

Anchorage Innovator Develops Bus App

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

If you go to most cities these days, you can log on to your smart phone and find a bus app that will tell you where the closest bus stop is, when the next bus is coming and how log it will take you where you want to go. Not in Anchorage, but that is about to change, because of a contest put on by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Workforce Program Celebrates Anniversary

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

The All Alaska Workforce Initiative celebrated its one year anniversary earlier this week. The program is a joint venture between the state and federal Departments of Labor and seeks to put Alaskans to work in Alaskan industries. The new Copper River Seafoods processing facility in Kenai has benefited from the program and was the backdrop for the celebration.

Congress Debates Mount McKinley Name Change

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service does not object to renaming the continent’s largest peak Mount Denali, though it’s stopping short of recommending the name change.

Studying a Thriving Bird- The Rhino

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

A two-year project is underway in Sitka Sound this summer to study the rhinoceros auklet. Unlike much of the biological research in the state, the work on this particular seabird is not about unraveling the mystery of its decline. The “rhino,” as scientists call it for short, is actually thriving and a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is going to spend most of her waking hours over the next two summers trying to learn why.

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