Alaska News Nightly: October 12, 2009

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Juneau Sailor Recovering in Anchorage Hospital
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
A Juneau man whose boat sank in Sitka Sound over the weekend is recovering in an Anchorage hospital.

An Insidious Drug on the Rise in Anchorage
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
In Anchorage, use of an insidious drug is on the rise, while treatment programs for addicts are squeezed for funds to treat clients.

Obama Invites Native Americans and Alaska Natives to DC
Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage
President Barack Obama is inviting Native American and Alaska Native leaders to meet with him in Washington next month. Leaders from each of the 564 federally recognized tribes will be invited to meet with the President and high-ranking members of his administration.

Fishermen and Crabbers Worry About Sea Otters
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
Commercial dive fisherman and crabbers in southeast Alaska are worried about losing crab, urchins, sea cucumbers and clams to what may be an expanding population of sea otters in the region.

Federal Fisheries Meeting Eyes Dramatic Photographs
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
A Kodiak fisherman presented some dramatic photographs Thursday at the federal fisheries meeting in Anchorage of what was described as an extreme by catch of Tanner crab.

Gas Methane Up Thanks to Warm Temps, Heavy Rains
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
A recent study shows unusually warm temperatures in the Arctic and heavy rains in the tropics likely caused a world-wide increase in the greenhouse gas methane.

Japanese Captain’s Kin Returns to Sitka
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
The anniversary of an unusual event in the waters near Sitka was commemorated there on Friday. One hundred years ago, a Japanese hunting vessel had wandered off course and was about to be captured by American authorities. A relative of the ship’s captain was in Sitka on Friday.