Alaska News Nightly: October 20, 2009

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Ramras Announces for Lieutenant Governor
The Associated Press
State Rep. Jay Ramras (R-Fairbanks) announced today that he’s running for lieutenant governor.

Crawford Raises $18,700 to Unseat Young
Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage
State Representative Harry Crawford (D-Anchorage) has raised $18,700 for his bid to unseat Congressman Don Young.

Elders and Youth Conference Gets Underway in Anchorage
Teeka Ballas, APRN – Anchorage
Yesterday the 2009 Elders and Youth Conference got underway at the Dena’ina convention center in Anchorage.  A keynote address by a young man living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder revealed the lifelong struggle this devastating disorder inflicts.

Wellness Warriors Encourages Sharing Stories to Stop Abuse
Libby Casey, APRN – Anchorage
The Family Wellness Warriors Initiative encourages survivors to share their stories and stop the cycle of abuse.

Yupik Language Books Promote Preschooler Learning Skills
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Best Beginnings Alaska has just released three new early childhood development guides in Yupik.

Federal Support Helps Fairbanks Homeless Teens Program
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A Fairbanks program that helps homeless teens is back on its feet after receiving federal support.

Alaska Aviation Hit Hard by Economic Downturn
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaska’s aviation industry took a major hit from the recession. Anchorage is the United States number one cargo airport, with Fairbanks playing a key back up role.

Little Diomede Without Air Service
Paul Korchin, KNOM – Nome
The Bering Sea community of Little Diomede has been without passenger air service for more than three months, stranding people and taxing patience on both the island and the mainland.

Air North to Offer Juneau-Whitehorse Service
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Air North will offer three round-trip flights between Juneau and Whitehorse next year, if the two cities guarantee a passenger load.

Bill Allen Seeks Delay in Sentencing
The Associated Press
The key witness in the federal government’s corruption cases against several Alaska politicians is seeking a delay in his sentencing. Bill Allen, the former chief executive of oil field services company VECO Corp., today sought the delay to Feb. 28. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28.