Alaska News Nightly: December 23, 2009

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Sullivan, Young Call for Anchorage to Support 8(a) Program
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage needs to take a more active role helping Alaska Native Corporations keep their 8(a) business development program.   That was the message of Mayor Dan Sullivan and Alaska Congressman Don Young. Sullivan and Young are Republicans.

Gas Might Be in Cook Inlet, but Delivery on Peak Days Still Challenging
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
While a recent report from the Department of  Natural Resources shows about 10 years of natural gas is available in Cook Inlet, there remains the difficultly of delivering gas on peak use days.

Native Corporation Looks at New Energy Technology
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
An Alaska Native corporation is taking a new look at an old technology in an effort to wrest unused power from an untapped source.

Group Tries to Revive Aniak Sled Dog Race
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Residents in Aniak are reviving the Aniak 150 sled dog race. The race was competitive event until about five years ago, when organizers couldn’t pull it together anymore. Now, thanks to young leaders in town, the race is making a come back and inspiring new mushers to get into the sport.

Scientists Still Hopeful About Raising King Crab in Hatcheries
Diana Gish, KMXT – Kodiak
With an eye toward the possibility of someday rebuilding depleted stocks, scientists are continuing to study how to raise larval king crab in a hatchery setting.

Dungeness Crab Catch Tops 3.5 Million Pounds
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
Southeast’s Dungeness crab catch topped 3.5  million pounds this past year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has tallied harvest records from the two month fall season in October and November, along with a two month summer season.

More Federal Funds for Dental Care Headed to Alaska
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is getting a boost in funding for the Dental Health Aide Therapy or DHAT program. Some $2 million of a $3 million appropriation within the federal omnibus appropriations will go to support training more dental aid therapists for rural Alaska. Dr. Mary Williard is the program’s director. She says the appropriation is a first.

Next Generation of State Ferries is Around the Corner
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The next generation of state ferries is one step closer to reality. And it’s a big step.