Alaska News Nightly: September 11, 2009

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State Officials to Gather Comments in Rural Alaska
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Rural Action Sub-cabinet will hold the first of a series of hearings in Western Alaska next week.

U.S. and Canadian Researchers Work Together on Arctic Research
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, D.C.
A U.S. – Canadian expedition to the Arctic is unlocking new information about what lies beneath the ocean’s surface and may aid the countries as they claim Arctic resources.

Climate Change Impacts Affect Black Brandt Migration
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
A common sea goose is providing new evidence of how climate change is affecting our state.

Truckers Long Haul to Bring Produce to Alaska
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Getting fresh fruit and vegetables to Alaska is no easy task. A lot of it is slowly barged up from the lower 48.

Vessel Owners Send Giant Distress Message on Climate Change
Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
Scientists say increasing levels of CO2 and other gases in the atmosphere are warming the planet and causing the oceans to become more acidic.

New Cabin Construction For Wrangell Ranger District
Lisa Phu, KSTK – Wrangell
A new cabin is currently being installed in the Wrangell ranger district.

Stimulus Funds to Build new Nome Hospital
The Associated Press
The Indian Health Service has awarded a $91 million contract for construction of the new Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome.

Sitka Assembly Supports Tribal Ferry Plan
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
The city of Sitka has thrown its support behind a pilot program to create a tribally-run ferry service in the northern panhandle.