Alaska News Nightly: January 25, 2013

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Environmentalists Push Against Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plan

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Environmentalists from Alaska are hoping to persuade Congressional staffers Shell Oil should not continue its drilling operation in the Arctic this summer.

Report Says State Could See Boost If It Accepts Money For Medicaid Expansion Program

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorag e

A new report shows Alaska would see a big economic boost if the state decides to accept federal dollars to expand the Medicaid program. But Governor Parnell has expressed serious reservations about the expansion.

Parnell Appoints Judge Joel Bolger To Alaska Supreme Court

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Governor Sean Parnell has appointed Judge Joel Bolger to the Alaska Supreme Court. He currently serves on the Alaska Court of appeals. He will replace Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti, who announced his retirement last year.

According to the Governor’s office, Judge Bolger first moved to Alaska in 1978. He has served on the Court of Appeals in Anchorage since 2008.

Buzz Aldrin Talks To ANSEP Students

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Tlingit and Haida dancers welcomed Astronaut Buzz Aldrin to UAA’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program or ANSEP on Friday.

Haines Police On The Lookout After Two Dogs Shot With Arrows

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

Haines Police are following up on hundreds of tips after two dogs from the community were shot with arrows. One died.

Denali Wolf Management Plan Battle Continues

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Earlier this month, the Alaska Board of Game refused to lift a six-year moratorium on proposals regarding wolves in the Denali region. The moratorium was put in place after the board canceled a trapping and hunting buffer zone on the eastern border of the park in 2010.  It’s the latest in an ongoing battle between the state, environmental groups and the federal government on how best to manage wolves in Denali National Park.

Momentum Builds For Unalaska Bay Trawl Ban

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Fishing is off-limits in the Arctic. But this summer, a pair of commercial trawlers traveled north to the Chukchi Sea. They were on a scientific mission, to conduct the first-ever comprehensive study of the Chukchi’s ecosystem.

AK: Restoration

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

For the past three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been putting in countless hours restoring a Watchmen’s cabin for the Kasilof Regional Historical Association.  Each Friday they get together and make a few small steps toward bringing the once-ailing cabin back to life.

300 Villages: Yakutat

This week we’re going to Yakutat, in northern Southeast Alaska. Les Hartley is a pilot who lives in Yakutat.

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