Alaska News Nightly: October 5, 2009

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Doctors Meet with Obama to Show Support for Health Plan
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A doctor from Dillingham met with President Barack Obama at the White House today. Dr. Paul Davis was part of a group of 50 doctors, one from each state, who heard the President make his case for health care reform in person. All of the doctors are supportive of Obama’s plan.

Kodiak Responses to Typhoons Hitting Philippines
Diana Gish, KMXT – Kodiak
A second typhoon has hit the Philippines, taking lives and homes, and destroying crops right before harvest time. In Kodiak there’s an effort underway to provide support for the victims of the devastating storms.

Bristol Bay Calling Attention to Domestic Violence Awareness
Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham
October is domestic violence awareness month. An organization in the Bristol Bay area is working hard to make people aware of the importance of shelter and services for victims of abuse. The organization, SAFE- an acronym for Safe and Fear Free Environment- is the only place offering shelter and support services in Dillingham.

Outside Company Says it Found Gold in Yakutat Area
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
An Oklahoma company says it’s found significant deposits of gold and other minerals in the Yakutat area. And its looking for investors in what could be a major mining operation.

Attempts to Restart Nixon Fork Mine Underway
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Another attempt is being made to re-start the Nixon Fork mine.  The McGrath area hard rock gold mine shut down since 2007, due to a lack of high quality ore.  Mystery Creek Resources, which holds the lease and permits for Nixon Fork, changed hands when the bottom fell out of the venture capital market.

Mount Cleveland Erupts Friday
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Mount Cleveland erupted a small plume of ash that rose to about 15 to 20 thousand feet into the air around 11 pm on Friday. Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said the small eruption only lasted a few minutes. The ash cloud drifted to the northeast and did not cause any problems.

Company Exploring Use of Tides for Power Generation
Anne Sutton, KTOO – Juneau
A utility company with rural service areas across Alaska is exploring the idea of harnessing the tides to provide power for the southeast village of Hoonah. The proposal is a new one for Alaska but has roots in a project that’s been operating in the Bay of Fundy on the east coast of Canada since the early 1980s.

Anchorage Kids Harvest Bumper Crop of Potatoes
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Elementary school teachers don’t usually encourage their students to dig in the dirt. But that was the morning’s main activity at Kinkaid elementary school in Anchorage recently. Students in the gifted program were harvesting their bumper crop of red, white and blue potatoes. The gardening project is meant to give students a better idea of where food originates.