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Alaska News Nightly: April 15, 2014

Legislature Passes Bill On AGDC Appointment; Legislature Considers $150m to Help Refineries; Nikiski LNG Plant May Reopen Soon; Yukon Fishermen Prepare For Summer Of Conservation; Some Southeast Chinook Runs Expected To Be Strong; MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds; Haines Residents Pursue Railroad Link; Group Uses National Water Dance To Raise Compassion Download Audio

With Permitting Bill Dead, Some Provisions May Be Resurrected

Earlier this month, lawmakers announced they were killing House Bill 77, saying that emotions had become so inflamed over the permitting bill that it was best left alone. But now, some of its less controversial provisions might be coming back in a different form.

Legislature Passes Bill On AGDC Appointment

The Alaska Legislature has passed a measure allowing out-of-state residents to serve on the board of a corporation that could play a key role in a major liquefied natural gas pipeline project. Download Audio

Legislature Considers $150m to Help Refineries

The Parnell Administration warns Petro Star’s refinery in North Pole might fold without state assistance. A bill pending in the state House would prop up Alaska’s three remaining oil refineries with $150 million in state funds. But even some legislators who are helping advance the bill say they’re uncomfortable with it. Download Audio

Nikiski LNG Plant May Reopen Soon

The ConocoPhillips LNG plant in Nikiski may be re-opening soon, thanks to a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy announced Monday that it has approved a request from the company to resume LNG exports to Japan. Download Audio

Yukon Fishermen Prepare For Summer Of Conservation

Fishers on the Kuskokwim River are expecting unprecedented restrictions to bring more king salmon to spawning grounds. On the Yukon River, fisherman can expect a similar set of restrictions. Download Audio

Some Southeast Chinook Runs Expected To Be Strong

King Salmon are expected to be plentiful in parts of Southeast Alaska this summer. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game this month announced a king salmon harvest quota allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty and based on the forecasts of Chinook returning to rivers and streams on the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada. Download Audio

MEA Official Accuses Anchorage Assembly Of Misusing City Funds

A Matanuska Electric Association official charges that the Anchorage Municipal Assembly is spending city funds on private interests. Joe Griffith, MEA’s executive director, has contacted Anchorage officials with concerns that city money is being spent on one Assemblyman’s legal fight against a power station upgrade. Download Audio

Haines Residents Pursue Railroad Link

Some residents in Haines are pursing the dream of a railroad that may one day link the community to Interior Alaska, Yukon mines and to a future port facility. The state and other stakeholders aren’t dismissing the idea outright. Download Audio

Group Uses National Water Dance To Raise Compassion

A small group of people gathered Saturday in Anchorage to use art to make change. The National Water Dance was an effort to use the art of human movement to generate compassion for the nation’s streams, lakes and oceans. Download Audio