Alaska News Nightly: March 16, 2009

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State Senate invites Alaskans to comment on Capital budget
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Senate Finance Committee today (Monday) opened the Palin administration’s four-point-eight-billion dollar capital budget to the public today.

Alaskan School District Superintendent Attends White House Meeting
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Anchorage School District Superintendent Carol Comeau and others met with Education Secretary Arne Duncan today (Monday) at the White House. The focus was how best to use stimulus funds to improve urban, public education.

Murkowski Seeks Balance in Energy Legislation
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Senator Lisa Murkowski warned today (Monday) that passing an energy bill in Congress will get a lot tougher if it’s lumped together with climate change legislation.

Lance Mackey Has Formidable Lead
Annie Fedit, APRN – Anchorage
Lance Mackey left Unalakleet late last night, as a crowd of fans from the town looked on.

Yukon Quest Champ Running 2nd in Iditarod
Annie Fedit,  APRN – Anchorage
The winner of last months Yukon Quest, Sebastian Schnuelle is well acclimated to the sleeplessness that comes with the sport.

Iditarod Mushers Dealing with Extreme Cold snap
Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena
The leaders felt a swift drop in temperatures between Saturday night and Sunday morning as they pushed up the Yukon River to Kaltag.

Fairbanks At 50 Below Days Before Spring Equinox
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Spring Equinox is just a few days away, but it’s not feeling very spring like in the interior.

State Fish and Game Announces New Salt Water Charter Rules
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that salt water charter guides and crew members will be prohibited from retaining any fish species while paying clients are on board their vessel.

New ‘Alaska Class’ Ferries Offer Enhanced Service
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The Marine Highway System is moving ahead with plans for a new line of ships.