Alaska Nightly News: April 24, 2009

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Alaska Legislators Talk Shop in DC
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
About a dozen legislators from Alaska are in Washington D-C attending a national conference on issues facing state legislatures.

Delegation Introduces New Version of Sealaska Lands Bill
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaska’s Congressional Delegation introduced companion bills in the House and Senate Thursday proposing additional land selections in the Tongass National Forest for the Sealaska Regional Native Corporation.

Ketchikan Mayor Resigning to Work for Senator Begich
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein is resigning his position at the end of next month to work for Senator Mark Begich.

Alaska Airlines To Begin Charging for Baggage
Ed Schoenfeld,  CoastAlaska РJuneau
Alaska Airlines is joining the ranks of air carriers charging for the first checked bag.

Signs of Spring Starting to Arrive in Kotzebue
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Kotzebue is still buried under record amounts of snow, but signs of spring are starting to arrive in the arctic city.

Home Sales Up, Prices Down in West
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
According to the National Association of Realtors, the 13 state Western region is showing an increase in the number of home sales that took place in March of 2009, compared with March of last year. The down side is that the boost in sales is accompanied by a decrease in the value of the homes.

Stimulus Funds¬† Could Bolster Alaska’s Weatherization Programs
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Federal economic stimulus funding could bolster the state’s free home weatherization program.

Herring Fishery Off to Possible Late Start
Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham
The Togiak Herring Fishery may be getting off to a bit of a late start this year.

Familiar Political Faces Show for ComFish Dinner
Erik Wander, KDLG – Kodiak
Some familiar political faces were seen at ComFish Alaska’s dinner held at the Golden Anchor on the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Kodiak last night.