Alaska News Nightly: April 10, 2009

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Democrats Reject 2nd Candidate for Senate Seat B
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Senate Democrats today (Friday) said they have rejected Joe Nelson, Governor Palin’s second choice to replace Kim Elton, who left his Senate seat to work for the Obama administration.

Party Officials Hope for Compromise on Seat B
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
An Alaska Native, 39-year-old Joe Nelson is admissions director at the University of Alaska Southeast and a member of the Sealaska Corporation Board of Directors.

Mat Su Borough Projects Suffer Heavy Cuts in Capitol Budget Plan
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Matanuska Susitna Borough officials are reacting with shock over severe cuts in the Senate’s version of the state budget made public yesterday [Thursday].

Attorney General Appointee Faces New Criticism
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Wayne Anthony Ross, Governor Palin’s pick to be Attorney General, went before another legislative committee today.

Ted Stevens Seeks Re-instatement of Law License
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Now that the charges against Ted Stevens him have been dismissed, the former Senator may soon be able to practice law again in the District of Columbia.

Interior Secretary  Will Visit Alaska Next Week
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar heads for Alaska this weekend.

Alaska Will Receive USGS Volcano Monitoring Funds
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the release of $140 million for some 300 U.S. Geological Survey projects across the country.

Rural Stores Suffer When Redoubt Disrupts Delivery Flights
John Francis, KNOM – Nome
With Mt Redoubt’s renewed activity, the disruption of flights has made the job of supplying western Alaska stores even tougher.

Environmental Groups Sue State Over Sustainable Yield Mandate
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Two environmental groups are suing the state over predator control.

Hard Cap for Chinook Salmon Bycatch Mandated for Pollock Fleet
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Earlier this week the North Pacific Fishery Management Council instituted a hard cap on Chinook salmon bycatch within the pollock industry.

Fairbanks To Get High Tech Recycling Plant
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Fairbanks area residents will have the option to recycle their trash.

Yukon Quest Documentary Airs on German Television
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Yukon Quest goes prime time on Germany TV this weekend.