Alaska News Nightly: March 27, 2009

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House Passes Support Resolution for Stimulus Funds
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The House today (Friday) took the first step around the governor’s decision not to accept part of the economic stimulus money the federal government has offered the state.

Stimulus Money Heads to Alaska Communities
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
As the governor and legislators wrangle over what to do with some of the federal stimulus dollars, other pots of stimulus money are heading directly to communities.

New Clearinghouse Provides Alaska Specific Stimulus Information
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Municipalities and non-profit organizations around the state, as of today (Friday), have a single source of information on funding available under the federal economic stimulus plan.

Redoubt Ash Disrupts Cargo Flights
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle is handling about three times as many cargo planes as usual to accommodate flights unable to land at Anchorage because of ash from Mount Redoubt.

Senate Republicans Want Probe into Ted Stevens Case
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee in Congress says the panel should look into allegations of prosecutorial misconduct during the Ted Stevens trial.

Lower Kuskokwim Residents Get First Moose Hunt in Five Years
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
There will be a limited moose hunt on the Lower Kuskokwim River this fall – the first moose hunt that the area has seen in 5 years.

Tlingt Clan Conference Underway in Juneau
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Academic researchers and tribal leaders are gathering in Juneau this week for a Tlingit clan conference.

Skiathalon Competition Tonight in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Racers return to the trails tonight in Fairbanks for the skiathlon competition at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships.

Alpine Championships Hampered by Weather Delays
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The 2009 U.S Alpine Championships are also trying to get underway at Alyeska ski resort in Girdwood.

Biologists Using Deer Pellets to Map DNA
Jay Marble, KRBD – Prince of Wales Island
Counting deer droppings is a time honored method used by biologists to figure out how many deer are in a certain place. But it’s not a perfect science.