Alaska News Nightly: February 17, 2010

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Randall Finishes 8th in Olympics but Still  Makes History
Annie Feidt, APNR – Anchorage
Kikkan Randall took 8th place on Wednesday in the cross country classic sprint at the Olympics. She fell short of the medal she was hoping for, but still managed to make history. Eighth is the best finish for an American woman in cross country skiing at the Olympics.

Wade Pleads Guilty to Murders
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
This morning in Anchorage Superior Courtroom Joshua Wade plead guilty to the murders of Mindy Schloss and Della Brown.  In the afternoon, Wade basically repeated a similar plea process in federal court.

Sitka Celebrates Peratrovich Day
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
The Elizabeth Peratrovich Day parade that passed through Sitka on Tuesday included a new addition – a totem pole sculpted by Tommy Joseph and commissioned by the U.S. Census Bureau.

State Could Provide Help with School Lunches
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The state would take part in paying for school meals through a bill heading through the Senate this session.  The measure by Anchorage Democrat Bill Wielechowski would provide an extra 35 cents for breakfasts and 15 cents for lunches provided free
or at reduced prices to students from low-income families

Fisheries and Village Meet on Bering Sea Issues
Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome
A meeting was hosted by the Native Village of Unalakleet Tuesday between Bering Sea area tribes and the National Marine Fisheries Service to begin a dialogue about upcoming decisions that could affect western Alaskans.

Cook Inlet Hydro Idea Gaining Interest
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
A hydropower project on the west side of Cook Inlet is gaining interest, but may rely on state funds to get off the ground.  TDX Power, a subsidiary of  St. Paul’s Tanadgusix [tan a GOOSE ix] Native Corporation,   has asked legislators for five million dollars to further studies on the Chakachamna hydro plan.

Cadzow Wins Yukon Quest Rookie Award
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Ft. Yukon musher Josh Cadzow is the Yukon Quest rookie of the year.

Smooth Trail Leads to Quest Records
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Smooth trail and good weather have lead to another record in the Yukon Quest.

Homer Winter Carnival Still a Winner
Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer
Despite unseasonably warm weather that turned streets into a slushy mess and economic problems that almost put it on hold for a year, Homer residents turned out in droves to watch the 54th Annual Homer Winter Carnival Parade, making this year’s theme – “Snow Matter What” – especially appropriate.