Alaska News Nightly: November 11, 2009

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Anchorage Vet is Champion for Homeless
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Communities across the nation are commemorating Veterans’ Day today with ceremonies honoring our military men and women.  But one man in Anchorage says veterans  — especially homeless vets — need help all the time, and he’s working for them 24/7.

Emmonak Gets Boost from FEMA Funds
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The City of Emmonak is still repairing itself after massive flooding on the Yukon River last Spring. The village recently got a boost from FEMA, which released over $2 million to repair damaged water and sewer pipes.

Alaska Native Women Lobby DC on Environmental Issues
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
A group of Alaska Native and indigenous Canadian women is in Washington DC this week lobbying on behalf of environmental issues, and they’re hoping their message eventually reaches an international audience.  The Inupiat and Gwichin Athabascan women want to prevent oil or gas development offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Hopkins Elected Fairbanks Mayor
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Fairbanks North Star Borough has a new mayor.  Luke Hopkins has defeated fellow assembly member Tammie Wilson by 844 votes.  The final tally reflects over 23 hundred absentee and questioned ballots counted yesterday, which widened Hopkins initial lead of 617 in last week’s run off.

ShoreZone Program Almost Completed
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The Juneau-based ShoreZone program is nearly done photographing Southeast Alaska’s shoreline. The images and information are going into an online database for use during oil spills, marine rescues and waterfront planning.

GOP Candidate Walker Opposes AGIA
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Republican Bill Walker on Wednesday staked out his turf  in next year’s race for Governor- he wants to put a stop to the current state-sanctioned gas line development project, known as AGIA.

Randall Sets Her Sights on Olympic Gold
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Anchorage nordic skier Kikkan Randall is in Norway right now, preparing for the first race of the season. But the biggest competition of the winter will be in Vancouver in February. She’ll be vying for an Olympic medal in the classic sprint event. And while she gets ready for what may be the biggest race of her career, her family members in Anchorage are making their own preparations.

Bald Eagle Festival Kicks Off in Haines
Tara Bicknell, KHNS – Haines
The 15th annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival opened this morning in Haines.  The celebration marks the autumn Gathering of the Eagles, when more than 3,000 of the birds can be found in the Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines, feeding on a late run of salmon.