Alaska News Nightly: December 28, 2009

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Download Audio (MP3)Redoubt Rumbling Again
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Redoubt volcano is rumbling again. The volcano 100 miles Southwest of Anchorage produced several explosive events this spring, disrupting air travel and sending ash over the most populated areas of the state. Redoubt has been quiet since late July, but scientists say it may be waking up again.

Kotzebue Gets Fish Donation
Diana Gish, KMXT – Kodiak
An Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules aircraft delivered thousands of pounds of fish to Kotzebue on Monday as part of a humanitarian mission.

Defense Bill Includes Funds for Carbon Study
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
A federal defense bill includes $2.4 million to study carbon sequestration in Alaska, a project that could result in a coal-to-liquids plant for the Fairbanks area.

Warm Spell Leads to Ice Road Cracking Up
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
A recent warm up in southwestern Alaska is cracking the ice road on the Kuskokwim River. There are now several open holes near the Bethel area. Bethel Search and Rescue was busy over the holiday weekend rescuing drivers that broke through the shell ice covering puddles and over flow.

Anchorage’s Economy in Review: A Flat 2009
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
In 2009, many describing the Anchorage economy embraced one comment over all others–“Flat is good.”  Seeking a year-end appraisal of the Anchorage’s economic health, KSKA’s Len Anderson talked to Bill Popp, president and executive director of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Pallyup Tribe Wants to Hear from Alaska Natives
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Tacoma, Washington Pullayup tribe is hoping to hear from Alaska Natives who may have had relatives at the Cushman and St. George boarding schools there in the 1920’s and 30s. Hundreds of Alaska Natives and Indians from the Pacific Northwest were shipped to these facilities through the 1950s.

Native Leaders Share Formative Years
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Growing up in Alaska’s villages used to mean an automatic trip to boarding school after 8th grade. Aleut Larry Merculief, who was raised on St. Paul Island, ended up at Mount Edgecombe High School in Sitka, which was run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the time. For our series on Native education, we’re asking Native leaders in the state to tell the stories of their formative years in school. Merculieff remembers disliking the regimented atmosphere of Mount Edgecombe. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me: Was That Someone From Kodiak?
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
If you were listening to NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” this weekend, you may have heard a Kodiak resident guessing the answers during the Listener Limerick Challenge.