Alaska News Nightly: November 2, 2009

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Prince of Wales Woman Recounts Battle with Swine Flu
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
A Prince of Wales woman is recovering after an encounter with swine flu that left her on the brink of death.  Most cases in Alaska, especially in people who don’t have pre-existing conditions, haven’t been so serious.

Heroin Use on the Increase in Anchorage
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Use of an insidious drug is on the rise in Anchorage, and drug enforcement officials fear its availability could seep into the Bush.  In part of an ongoing series, KSKA’s Ellen Lockyer examines the alarming increase in the use of heroin among young people in the state’s largest city.

Washington Touts Stimulus Effects on Education
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The US Department of Education today reported that the $67 billion in federal stimulus money it has spent so far saved or created some 400,000 jobs – nationally.  The Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today that the stimulus money not only put people to work, but helped schools around the country stay afloat.

Alaskans Tell State Energy Story
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaskans gave their input to top members of the Interior Department on Monday at a Clean Energy Economic Forum in Washington DC  Interior Secretary  Ken Salazar and others, including Bureau of Indian Affairs head Larry EchoHawk gathered at the White House for discussions on renewable energy and climate change.

Bogoslof Island: A Showcase for Birds
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
One hundred years ago President Teddy Roosevelt designated Bogoslof Island as a bird reserve. Eventually the small, volcanic Aleutian Island became part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Crew Rescued from Capsized Vessel Off Unalaska
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The 59-foot fishing vessel Carley Renee capsized late Friday afternoon about 22 miles from Unalaska. All four crew members were safely rescued.

Anchorage Launches New Approach to Domestic Violence
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage has launched a new multi-language approach to battle domestic violence and assist victims.