Alaska News Nightly: December 21, 2007

The state has released the first phase of a study that looks at election security across Alaska. Plus, it may be the darkest day of the year, but that isn’t stopping a Fairbanks organization from debuting its new solar energy system. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Alaska elections security study released
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
The findings come just one day after a Superior Court Judge ruled that the state may have incorrectly counted votes in the 2004 general election.

Court strikes down trawling restrictions
Charles Homans, KIAL – Unalaska
A Seattle-based fishing company involved in a battle with the federal government over restrictions on bottom trawling won a small victory in federal court earlier this week.

Sealaska to build casino in California
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
The regional native corporation for Southeast Alaska plans to build a casino in partnership with the Cloverdale Rancheria tribe of Pomo Indians.

Fairbanks researcher looks to solar energy
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
There isn’t much sun in Fairbanks this time of year, but researchers say solar panels are still a viable energy source for Alaska.

Plan will reduce ferry runs to Lower 48
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
A new Alaska Marine Highway operating plan will change Lynn Canal and Gulf ferry service next summer.

Petersburg coach makes Alaska Hall of Fame

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Petersburg’s long-time wrestling coach was inducted into the Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame this month.

Heavy snowfall hits Southeast Alaska

Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, KCAW – Sitka
Heavy snows hit northern Southeast Alaska, fulfilling a weather forecast that earlier this month prompted the Department of Fish and Game to close down the winter doe hunt.

Commentary: A poem for Winter Solstice

Arthur Mannix, KTNA – Talkeetna
Winter officially gets its start tonight at 9:08 p.m. That’s when the north pole points farthest away from the sun, giving most of the northern hemisphere the longest night of the year.