DOGS OF WAR: THE ALASKA WOLF DEBATE (Backpacker magazine): The most important group of wolves in the country, Denali National Park's Toklat pack, is caught in the crosshairs of opposing passions. On one side: a hunter who once trapped and shot the pack's alpha female. On the other: a biologist who might just hold the key to the Toklat's protection. This video and photo report (viewer discretion advised) includes a link to a Q&A with the author of the full article, which is available only in the magazine's print edition.
Denali wolves wearing snares (Daily News, 4/25/08)
Wolf kill stirs old debate (Daily News, 3/4/05)
Game Board leaves wolf buffer intact (Daily News, 3/11/04)
JEFF KING TO PAY FINE, RESTITUTION FOR ILLEGAL MOOSE KILL (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner): Iditarod champion musher Jeff King on Friday was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and another $750 in restitution to the National Park Service for illegally killing a moose just inside Denali National Park and Preserve more than a year ago. With tears running down his face as he addressed Federal Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts near the end of the 4-1/2-hour sentencing hearing at the federal courthouse in Fairbanks, King described himself as "humbled and emotionally spent."
NIKISKI WIND PROJECT GETS FAVORABLE REVIEW (Peninsula Clarion): A New York company that has been collecting wind data at a site in Nikiski for a year says conditions appear favorable for a 10-tower wind generation complex near the Tesoro refinery that could one day supply energy to the refinery and to the Southcentral Alaska energy grid through Homer Electric Association.
FAIRBANKS BOROUGH MAYOR CALLS FOR WOOD-STOVE TRADE-IN (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner): Outdoor, wood-fired furnaces and older indoor wood stoves, particularly those that don't burn as hot as newer ones, are linked to the chronic air pollution that has landed Fairbanks in trouble with federal environmental officials.
Also: Interior wood stove fires on the rise (News-Miner)
GRAVEL COULD STILL GET FEDERAL MATCHING FUNDS (CQ Politics): Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator, could apparently get federal matching funds for his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid, thanks to a vote by the Federal Election Commission that overruled an opinion by the agency's counsel. He can thank the three Republicans on the six-member panel for his potential windfall.
UNALAKLEET SEWING CIRCLE MAINTAINS CENTURY-OLD TRADITION (KNOM, Nome): a Unalakleet organization this past weekend hosted an annual holiday gathering with a long and rich history.
THE FORCE IS WITH HOUSTON (Mat-Su Frontiersman): It seems the tiny Houston Police Department's hiatus was short-lived. Two new hirings prove officers in Alaska's far-flung municipalities can be drawn to a new police department, even one as small as Houston's, if it's closer to modern conveniences accessible by road, the mayor said.
EXXON VALDEZ VICTIMS FINALLY GETTING PAYOUT (Los Angeles Times): A little less than 20 years ago, Mike Webber of Cordova was king of his own watery world. He was 28 years old, with three herring fishing boats. He leased another boat for halibut and gillnetted the fat salmon that made Prince William Sound one of the most legendary fisheries in the world. Then came the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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