Alaska News Nightly: December 10, 2007

Searchers call off the rescue effort of a downed Medevac chopper, and Governor Palin unveils her proposed budget for 2008. Plus, Fairbanks area residents debate plans for handling a rash of recent wolf attacks on dogs. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Search called off for missing Medevac chopper
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Rescuers have called off the search for a Medevac helicopter that went missing a week ago with four people on board.

Palin calls for 4% increase in state budget

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Governor Sarah Palin introduced her state spending plan today for the legislature to consider during next year’s session.

Wolf attacks creating stir in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Department of Fish and Game held a public meeting in Fairbanks last night to share information on recent wolf attacks east of town that have left 3 dogs dead.

Supreme Court rejects Hale property case
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC
The Hale family, formerly known as the Pilgrims, have come to the end of the road in a fight with the National Park Service over access to their property surrounded by the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Sitka schools look to cut calories

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
All’s well in the Sitka School district, thanks to a major effort to reduce soda vending, unhealthy snacks, and a tradition of donut fund raisers.

Petersburg facility breaks even
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Petersburg’s community cold storage broke even this year. That’s a year earlier than the Petersburg Economic Development Council had expected for its new facility.

Southeast officials fear plan ignores region
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
State officials are updating a plan that could help set the course for future ferry, highway, bridge, harbor and airport projects around Alaska.

McBride takes over as Rural Advisor
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
After nearly 30 years as a reporter covering rural and urban Alaska, KTUU reporter Rhonda McBride began a new career today as Governor Palin’s Rural Advisor.