Alaska News Nightly: November 30, 2009

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BP Rushes to Clean up North Slope Spill
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Forces are mobilizing to clean up an oil spill on the North Slope.  An unknown quantity of oil, water and natural gas escaped a ruptured 18-inch pipeline about a mile and half from BP’s Lisburne production center at Prudhoe Bay.

Internet Helping Nunam Iqua Prepare for Winter
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
As people in Western Alaska prepare for winter, one Alaskan has taken on the small goal of getting help to a community.  So far, it’s working in Nunam Iqua – thanks to the Internet. And the state is also getting ready to respond if needed as the season develops.

National Backlash Brewing  Over “Legal Persons” Debate
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
An Alaska backlash is brewing against a nationwide effort to legally declare unborn fetuses as “legal persons”.

Alaska Native Heritage Museum Tucked Inside Wells Fargo Bank
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Tucked into a corner of the first floor of the Wells Fargo Bank in midtown Anchorage, is the Alaska Heritage museum. The collection was compiled by three generations of Rasmussen family members. It is housed in the bank that was once owned by the family until the National Bank of Alaska was purchased by Wells Fargo.

Kodiak Masks Documented in New Catalog
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The rich tradition of carving wooden masks in the Kodiak region is documented in a new exhibit catalog. The masks were collected by a Frenchman named Alphonse Pinart in 1871, who then donated them to a museum in France.

Black Friday: Unalaska
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
As millions of people pushed and shoved in department stores around the nation to buy the newest toys and gadgets, residents of Unalaska spent Black Friday clamoring for cast offs at a church garage sale.

Black Friday: Sitka
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
Across the country, people turned out on Friday for the annual day-after-Thanksgiving shopping ritual known as Black Friday. It’s called that because it’s the day retailers can switch from red ink to black ink on their balance sheets.  In Sitka, plenty of people hit the streets to shop, in part because of a sales tax holiday, which was held Friday and Saturday.