Alaska News Nightly: August 25, 2009

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Oil Terminal Command Stands Down
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
The unified command for the drift river oil terminal protection has stood down.  A meeting was held in Kenai last night to review the process.  The oil storage area is at the foot of Mount Redoubt and the volcano’s eruption this year caused flooding and mud flows, which prompted the shut down of the facility. The meeting celebrated the fact that no oil was spilled and no people were injured during the event.

Interior Official Says Alaska Trip Gave Him New Perspective on Warming
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Deputy Interior Secretary Tom Strickland is back in Washington after spending nearly two weeks touring Alaska. Strickland oversees the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. He says the trip gave him a deeper understanding of the challenges of global warming.

Energy Funds Headed to Alaska
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The US Energy Department has sent the first half of a $28 million federal stimulus grant for energy projects.  It arrived only two weeks after the legislature voted to override former-governor Sarah Palin’s veto.

NOAA Using Stimulus Funds to Chart Unimak Pass
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using $5.3 million dollars of new federal stimulus funds to survey and chart Unimak Pass and other Alaskan waters. Unimak Pass has not been surveyed since the early 1900s.

Fairbanks to Measure Management of Pollution
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Voters will decide whether the Fairbanks borough or state government manages fine particulate pollution.  Last week, the borough assembly narrowly approved putting the question on this fall’s municipal ballot. The decision followed hours of public testimony about air quality and ways to improve it.

Tourists Spending Less in Alaska Ports
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
It’s no secret that the weak economy is hurting cruise-ship tourism in Alaska. Plenty of people are still sailing to Southeast and Southcentral ports. But they’re spending less on shore.

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School Mixes Traditional Knowledge with Western Academics
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
As the Alaska Native Cultural Charter school in Anchorage begins its second year, its teachers and staff are preparing even more ways to mix traditional knowledge with western academics.