Alaska News Nightly: April 21, 2009

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Legislators Look Back on 90-day Session
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
When the legislature adjourned Sunday night — with no special session in sight — lawmakers had a chance to look back on the first year they have met the voters’ instructions to complete their work in ninety days.

Juneau’s New Senator Wants New Office Building for Capital
Rosemary Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
A 45-million dollar state office building for downtown Juneau is now a capital city priority for next year’s legislative session. And Juneau’s new senator says he’s ready to carry it through the senate.

Two Seal Hunters Found on Ice Flows
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Two lost seal hunters were found after spending a night on ice flows.

Some Collectors Often Ignore Debtors’ Rights
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Because of the economy, some Alaskans may be receiving letters and phone calls from debt collectors.

DOD Launches New Program to Combat Sexual Assault
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
April is sexual assault awareness month and the Department of Defense has launched a new program called Our Strength is for Defending.

Warming Trends Pose Travel Warnings
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaskans are advised to be wary heading into the mountains as the weather continues to warm.

Kodiak Celebrates Return of the Gray Whales
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
The Gray Whales have returned to Alaska waters. Kodiak has a festival every year to welcome the Grays as they swim by on their journey from Baja California to the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

Federal Biologists Warn of Pesticide’s Effect on Salmon
The Associated Press
Federal biologists say three pesticides commonly used in agricultural crops threaten the survival of many Pacific salmon and steelhead listed as threatened or endangered in the West.

Infection Delays Coho Hatchery
Robert Woolsey,  KCAW – Sitka
A naturally-occurring bacterial infection has delayed the opening of a new coho hatchery in Sitka.