Alaska News Nightly: September 10, 2008

The judge in the Ted Stevens case sided mostly with the prosecution today as he ruled on pre-trial motions. Plus, the tiny village of Nikolski has a wind turbine up and ready to go. But the state is refusing to hook it up to the power grid. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Ted Stevens’ defense team’s pre-trial complaints mostly rejected in court
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
The Judge in the federal case against Senator Ted Stevens ruled on most of the motions before him today.

Nikolski wind turbine still awaiting State power hookup a year later
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
For nearly one year, the remote Aleutian islands community of Nikolski has been waiting to connect a wind turbine to their diesel power plant. Nikolski was in the media spotlight last winter as they struggled to get fuel deliveries and were forced to ration what was left.

Fairbanks ready for Palin event this evening; only supporters wanted
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
People are gathered in Fairbanks to welcome Governor and Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin back to Alaska. The Alaska Republican Party is sponsoring the fundraiser and rally at a hangar at Fairbanks International Airport, where Palin is expected to address the crowd at around 7 p.m.

Mat Valley’s agricultural history disappearing in fast development
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
The Matanuska Valley’s growth spurt during the past decade has come at a cost. Some residents are now worried that the Valley’s farmland — and its agricultural heritage — is disappearing much too quickly beneath development bulldozers.

Cold Bay air terminal opens, handling up to 120 passengers
Tony Gorman, KSDP – Sand Point
The Cold Bay airstrip, often used as a backup when airports in Anchorage or Fairbanks are shut down, finally has a place where passengers can stay warm. The new Cold Bay Airport terminal is open.

Anthropologist Rosita Worl wins major anthropology award
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
A Southeast Alaska Native leader is being recognized internationally for her work in anthropology. She’s the recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology.

Anchorage Schools 2008-2009 enrollment rises above projections
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Earlier this week, the Anchorage School Board dealt with a situation it hadn’t encountered in several years — more students enrolling than predicted.