Alaska News Nightly: March 20, 2009

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Lawmakers want Stimulus Funds The Governor Rejected
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The state senate today (Friday) introduced a resolution that would accept any federal economic stimulus money Governor Palin turns down.

Tanana School Officials Seek State Help for Budget Shortfall
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Tanana School District is seeking state assistance to help pay off 200 thousand dollars in debt.

Kalskag Grizzlies Win Division 1A Champs
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The Alaska State High School Basketball Tournaments are taking place in Anchorage this week. The big schools are still playing, but the small school contests have already wrapped-up.

Looking Back On the First Reactions to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Twenty years ago next Tuesday, the nation’s worst oil spill happened. The tanker Exxon Valdez went aground and ripped itself open at the top end of Prince William Sound.

Oil Spill Still Fresh in the Minds of Cordovans
Stev Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Patience Andersen Faulkner was living in Cordova at the time of the spill. Now she’s president of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council and tries to make sure the lessons learned after the spill are never forgotten.

Southeast Alaska in Population Decline
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
In the last eight years, southeast Alaska has lost more population than any other region around the state.

D.C. Company Gives Up Alaska Tidal Energy Plans
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
A Washington D.C. company has given up federal permits to study the potential for tidal power generation at two sites in southeast Alaska.