Alaska News Nightly: November 13, 2009

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State and Federal Government Find Fix for Veterans
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Pioneer Homes administrators and nurses have found a way to let veterans who reside at the state-owned assisted living facilities receive the free medicine to which they have a right.

Fairbanks Faces Air Traffic Controller Shortage
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Federal Aviation Administration is beefing up the air traffic control staff at Fairbanks International Airport. The number of controllers at Fairbanks has been below standard and resulted in some nighttime operations being turned over to Anchorage.

Sci-Fi Space Launcher in the Works for Adak
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Adak may eventually be home to a new massive gas-powered gun used for launching things into space. The new technology is being developed by physicist John Hunter and his colleagues at Quicklaunch Inc.

Bringing Attention to Global Warming Human Rights Issues
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Sixth graders Megan and Illa are singing a song about salmon in their Ahtna Athabascan dialect. But some Alaska Native leaders fear that the salmon – and the Alaska Native way of life – may disappear by the time the girls grow up.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Organization Makes Due with Less Funding
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The federal government is spending less this year to help sell Alaska seafood overseas.

Police Train for Shooting Scenario in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Police training taking place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this week includes simulated violence. U.A.F. Police Chief Sean McGee says the on campus drills are aimed at playing out a shooting incident.

Native Leaders Work to Help Develop Federal Energy Policies
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Sealaska hopes a new tribal energy organization will play a significant role in the development of federal energy policies. The Southeast regional Native corporation is part of the Indian Country Renewable Energy Consortium, a nationwide group.

Tlingit Elder Celebrates 101st Birthday
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
The Reverend Doctor Walter Soboleff will be one-hundred and one years old tomorrow (Saturday). But no community parties are planned this year – the renowned Tlingit elder and Presbyterian minister is on a cruise to celebrate. Parties were held for his 98th, 99th and 100th birthday.