Alaska News Nightly: March 23, 2009

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Mount Redoubt Erupts
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
After months of unrest that kept residents in Southcentral Alaska on edge, Mount Redoubt is erupting. The volcano has exploded five times since 11pm last night (Sunday), sending ash as high as 60 thousand feet in the air.

Redoubt Eruptions Causes Evacuation of Drift River Crude Oil Facility
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Concerns over Redoubt’s continued eruptions extend to an oil collection facility in Cook Inlet at Drift River. Chevron Pipeline company operates the Cook Inlet Pipe line company which runs the Drift River terminal.

State Lawmakers Seek Clarification on Governor’s Stimulus Funds Request
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Anticipation of what federal funding will be requested from the economic stimulus legislation was at the top of most conversations at the capitol in Juneau today (Monday).

Citizens Work to Ensure Continued Protections for Alaska Waters
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Tomorrow on the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a discussion called Partners in Prevention and Response will take place in Anchorage at the Dena’ina convention center. Stan Jones is with the Prince William Sound Citizens advisory council.

Congressman Young Reflects on Exxon Valdez Disaster
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Congressman Don Young is the only member of Alaska’s current Congressional delegation who was in office when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground 20 years ago.

Alaska Scientist Aids in Discovery of Prehistoric Marine Predator
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A University of Alaska Museum curator is part of team that’s discovered a new species of prehistoric marine predator. Museum of the North earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller, working with paleontologists from Norway, excavated fossilized remains of the Pliosaur on the arctic island of Spitzburgen last summer.

New Book Documents Human Encounters with Wildlife
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A new book entitled Wild Moments – Adventures with Animals of the North, offers a collection of stories that documents interactions between humans and wild beasts and birds of he north. Editor and one of the authors, Michael Engelhard is a Fairbanks resident and wilderness guide.