Alaska News Nightly: April 29, 2009

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Energy Proponents Upset with Governor Over Stimulus Money
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Renewable energy proponents are upset with Governor Sarah Palin’s decision to reject more than 28 million dollars in energy money under the federal stimulus plan. Governor Palin has stated that she believes the money under the State Energy Program will require a uniform energy code across Alaska.

Holland America to Reduce Port Calls to Haines in 2010
John Hunt, KHNS – Haines
The cruise ship company, Holland America announce this week plans to reduce the number of port calls in Haines next year. This is the third company to report reductions in the number of cruise ships coming to Alaska in 2010.

Senator Murkowski Pushes for More Federal Money for Ferry System
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Senator Lisa Murkowski joined with Congressional colleagues from Washington State today to announce a new bill that would increase federal funding for the nation’s ferry systems.

Tanana River Causing Floods South of Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
An ice jam on the Tanana River is causing flooding in the Salcha area, south of Fairbanks. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb says the river has topped it’s banks in an area along the Old Richardson highway.  The highway and some homes have been affected.

Juneau’s Church of the Holy Trinity Springing Back
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO- Juneau
Walk past Juneau’s Church of the Holy Trinity and you smell fresh-cut cedar.  Three years ago, the scent of charred ruins lingered in the air weeks after the March 12, 2006 fire destroyed the building.

University of Alaska Having to Rethink Upcoming Budget
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The University of Alaska will have to make do on less money than regents requested from the state for the upcoming fiscal year.  The state legislature allocated 326 million dollars to UA for fiscal year 2010 operations.

Sheldon Jackson College Graduates Last of Its Students
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
Sheldon Jackson College has graduated its last students. The 130-year old Sitka institution closed its doors in 2007, but a handful of students were able to complete their degrees through an arrangement with the University of Alaska. The success is bittersweet. With no more students and no more programs, Alaska’s oldest educational institution is officially gone.

Forest Service Investigating Dying Alders
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
For the past few years the U-S Forest Service has been investigating the cause of a massive die off of Alders across much of Alaska stretching from Nome down to Skagway.