Alaska News Nightly: April 30, 2009

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Washington State Reports Swine Flu Cases
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska’s closest U-S neighbor has 13 probable cases of H-1-N-1 swine flu. Washington State health officials identified the first cases in the state late yesterday and announced five more infections this afternoon.

Swine Flu May Divert Some Travelers to Alaska
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The swine flu scare may divert some travelers to Alaska.

Rep. Young Stung by Twitter Imposter
Libby Casey, APRN –  Washington DC
Alaska Congressman Don Young is the victim of an internet imposter. Someone posing as him set up a profile on the social networking site Twitter, where people can write “tweets” or short statements about what they’re doing or thinking about.

Legislature Changes Ocean Rangers Program
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The legislature quietly changed Alaska’s Ocean Rangers Program before it adjourned. The change avoided much of the controversy a similar attempt brought two years before.

Board of Fisheries Rejects Bid to Move Meeting From Anchorage
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
During a teleconference Tuesday the Alaska Board of Fisheries briefly considered and ultimately rejected an effort to move an already scheduled meeting to the Bristol Bay region from Anchorage.

Obama’s Pick for Indian Health Services Director Moves Forward
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee gave their approval today (Thursday) to President Obama’s nominee for the director of Indian Health Services. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux  now faces a confirmation vote before the entire Senate.

Governor Palin Signs Bill to Keep Retirement for Territorial Guard Vets
Tara Bicknell, KHNS – Haines
Governor Sara Palin visited Haines Wednesday, to sign a bill into law that will continue providing retirement benefits to Alaska Territorial Guard veterans.

Petersburg School District Supports Technological Improvements
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Computers and the Internet have become integral elements of the classroom in Alaska schools. In Petersburg over the past several years, the district has moved to stay ahead of the technology curve by providing students and staff with laptop computers, a better online
connection and a local support staff.