Alaska News Nightly: December 14, 2009

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Parnell Releases Budget Plans
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Governor Parnell on Monday gave the public its first look at the budget that will be before the legislature during next year’s session. He is proposing to spend $4.7 billion in state general funds on operating expenses and $309 million on capital projects.

Palin Wows Fans at Elmendorf
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Alaskans with military ID cards waited hours in line on Sunday for the chance to have Sarah Palin sign a copy of her book, “Going Rogue.” Events at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and Eielson Air Force base in Fairbanks were billed as the last stops of her nationwide tour. But now she’s promising to hold another signing in Alaska that’s open to the public.

White House Takes Second Step Towards an Ocean Policy
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
The Obama Administration today took a second step toward implementing a National Ocean Policy – a planning framework that’s now available on the White House website for public comment.  Basically, the task force broke the nation’s coasts down to regions.  Between now and 2015, the agencies would put together plans for each region, involving such things as habitat, fisheries, energy development and recreation.

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Opposes Pebble
Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham
The Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s Board of Directors have made a significant statement of opposition mineral, oil and gas resource developments in Bristol Bay. On Friday, the corporation passed resolutions opposing the Pebble mine and offshore oil and gas drilling in the Bering Sea.

Wanted Kotzebue Man Surrenders
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A Kotzebue man being sought on an alleged rape and assault charge who had eluded state troopers for a week surrendered Friday night. Jason Black turned himself in to troopers in the village of Norvik. The manhunt first began on December 7th. About a dozen troopers and federal ATF agents joined in the search throughout the week. Troopers obtained two warrants for Black’s arrest – one charging him with the Kiana sexual assault and the other charging him with an assault in Noorvik.

Bald Eagle Nest Sparking Debate in Juneau
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
Juneau International Airport will follow the recommendation of a wildlife biologist and apply for a permit to remove a bald eagle nest at the west end of the float pond. But members of the airport board will have the final say about whether to actually use the permit.

Dillingham Police Investigating Dog Deaths
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
The Dillingham Police Department has started an internal investigation to determine how several dogs died while being cared for in the city’s animal shelter.

Yukon Quest Draws 27 Teams
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Friday was the regular entry deadline for the Yukon Quest.  As of this morning 27 teams are signed up for the 1,000 mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Racers whose entries are postmarked through the 11th, are accepted, but any others have to pay an extra $500 beyond the regular $1,500 entry fee.