Alaska News Nightly: September 16, 2009

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Wilderness Society and UAF Release New Water Report
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A new study conducted by scientists with the Wilderness Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks examines how water resources in Alaska will be affected by global temperature increases.

Sailor Completes Norway-Alaska Trip
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The sailboat The Explorer of Sweden concluded its 9,000-mile nautical journey from Norway to Unalaska yesterday through the Northeast Passage. Geoff York joined the expedition to observe how the changing sea ice is affecting human settlements and animal populations.

Rural Sub-Cabinet Starts Outreach
Laureli Kineen, KNOM – Nome
The Rural Sub-Cabinet began outreach to rural Alaska earlier this week with a trip to Unalakleet. Community leaders at the heart of the Norton Sound had their chance to meet with state commissioners on Monday.

Canadian Energy Leader Says Arctic Gas Still Desirable
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Minister of Industry and Energy for Canada’s Northwest Territories is in Anchorage to speak to the 5th annual Alaska Oil and Gas Congress on Thursday. Bob McCloud says his main message to the resource development group will be that Arctic gas will continue to be desirable, despite current dips in prices.

Anchorage Youth Calling for More Conservation
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
A 10th grader at South High School in Anchorage wants to help city residents conserve more energy in their homes. Garrison Wilts is giving 47 energy meters to local schools and a city library for residents to check out.

Sitka Gets New Tsunami Warning System
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
Sitka has a new addition to its tsunami warning system: A powerful siren on Japonski Island. Fire officials say the new siren makes life easier for them, and will make life safer for residents, in the event of an emergency.

Alaska Writer Laureate Releases New Book
Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
Homer author Nancy Lord, Alaska’s current Writer Laureate, has written a new book titled “Rock, Water, Wild—An Alaskan Life.”  It’s a collection of essays that paint vivid images of places where Lord has traveled and the impact they’ve had on her life.

Runners Compete in Klondike Relay
Lisa Phu, KSTK –  Wrangell
Over 1,000 runners and walkers from Alaska and Canada descended on Skagway this past weekend to participate in the 27th Annual Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay. It’s a race that stretches across 110-miles and ends in Whitehorse, Canada.