Alaska News Nightly: September 2, 2009

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Enstar Looking At Importing Liquefied Gas to Anchorage
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Enstar Natural Gas is working on plans to import liquefied natural gas to fill Anchorage’s anticipated fuel needs as fuel supplies in Cook Inlet become scarce.

BP to Close Kikiski Facility
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
BP’s gas-to-liquid facility in Nikiski is set to close by the end of the year.  The company opened the plant seven years ago to test production of liquid fuels using natural gas.

State and Feds to Fund Power Repairs in Eagle
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The state and federal government will help fund power and phone service repairs in flood ravaged Eagle. State Division of Emergency Management spokesman Jeremy Zidek says parties have come together to help utility, Alaska Power and Telephone, foot the bill.

Appeals to Reduce Prince of Wales Timber Sale Fails
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
A Tongass National Forest official has rejected appeals seeking to reduce the size of a controversial Prince of Wales Island timber sale.

Anchorage American Legion Post to Celebrate 90th Anniversary
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Next month Anchorage’s American Legion Post One will celebrate its 90th anniversary. The post’s long history is recorded by some fascinating memorabilia, some of which the group is sharing with the public via an exhibit at the Loussac Library.

Outreach Efforts Underway to Welcome Rural Alaskans to Anchorage
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Rose Roehl,  a petite woman wearing bright blue earrings and a colorful smock, is getting ready to go meet one of her school “families”.  It’s the second week of school, and she’s looking ahead to a productive season. Many of the Yupik families she works with are new to Anchorage, as was Rose’s own family years ago, when they moved to the city from a lower Yukon village.

Bering Strait Dedicates New School
Paul Korchin, KNOM – Nome
The Bering Strait School District on Tuesday night dedicated its brand new $36-million school for Savoonga.