Alaska News Nightly: March 13, 2009

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House Lawmakers Pass 2009 Capitol Budget
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The House today (Friday) passed its version of an operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July first.

Exxon Valdez oil spill remembered in nation’s capital
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
In a U.S. Senate hearing room far from the shores of Prince William Sound, scores of people gathered today (Friday) to remember the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Mackey’s Team In The Lead From Anvik
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
Two-time defending Iditarod champion Lance Mackey was the first musher to reach the Yukon River today, pulling in to the village of Anvik just past noon.

Racial Segregation In WW2 Aleutian Facility
Anne Hillman, KUHB – Unalaska
When looking at a World War II era map of Fort Glenn on Umnak Island in the Aleutian Islands, archaeology student Chris Roe noticed an oddly marked, separated area labeled with an ‘N’.

Fisheries Managers Say Canada Taking Steps To Better Contain Farmed Salmon
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
Commercial and sport fishermen in southeast Alaska turned in 40 Atlantic salmon last year, following an escape from a British Columbia fish farm.

Officials Hopeful Agreement Will Be Ratified|
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Two state ferry system labor groups have reached a tentative agreement with the Palin Administration.

Discount Pass Aims To Attract Tourists
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The Alaska Marine Highway has high hopes for a new travel pass aimed at tourists.

Native Leaders Concerned Over Possible Subsistence Contamination from Grounded Fishing Vessel
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
As Coast Guard responders continue efforts to remove fuel from the 112-foot fishing vessel Mar-Gun, which was grounded on St. George Island last week, some are concerned about subsistence harvest.