Alaska News Nightly: September 1, 2009

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Permanent Fund Distribution Around the Corner
Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham
It’s that time of year again when thoughts in Alaska inevitably turn toward the impending arrival of permanent fund checks.

SeaLife Center Release Pup, Milky Way
Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
Last week a male harbor seal pup that was found abandoned on a beach near Homer in June was released back into the wild. The pup, named Milky Way, spent the last two months being rehabilitated at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Alaskans Can Get Cash for Old Appliances
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Alaskans will be able to get cash for old appliances, under another federal stimulus program to boost the economy.

Anchorage Mayor Wants City to Address Homeless Inebriates
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says one of his top priorities is taking on the city’s longstanding problem of homeless chronic inebriates.

Luxury Cruise Line Returning to Juneau
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
A luxury cruise line is returning to Alaska waters. Crystal Cruises is adding port calls as other lines are cutting their in-state sailings.

Hunting Restrictions Placed on Antlerless Moose
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Moose hunting season is underway, and for the first time in five years, the harvest of antlerless moose is being limited in Unit 20 A south of Fairbanks.  The area has been targeted for population reducing measures. State Department of Fish and Game biologist Don Young says the state is reigning in a harvest in which as many as 800 cows and calves were taken during fall hunts on the Tanana Flats.

Kodiak Dedicates New Wind Turbines
Diana Gish, KMXT – Kodiak
The weather was appropriately windy on Friday in Kodiak when local and state dignitaries gathered for the official dedication of Kodiak Electric Association’s new wind turbines on Pillar Mountain.

Iowa University Wants to Transform Sheldon Jackson
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
Officials from the University of Dubuque in Iowa have pledged to work on a “plan for transformation” with the trustees of the former Sheldon Jackson College. A delegation from Dubuque made a four-day visit to Sitka last month. They said they could help re-establish Sheldon Jackson College, as long as the effort was “revenue neutral.”