Alaska News Nightly: February 25, 2010

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Stimulus Spending Winner: Alaska
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaskans have gotten more of the federal stimulus dollars – per person – than any other state.  This month marked one year since President Obama signed the stimulus law, or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but Alaska will reap the bulk of benefits in the year ahead.

AG Sullivan Warmly Received
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Attorney General designee Dan Sullivan on Thursday was warmly received by the House Judiciary Committee in the first step along the way to his confirmation to the job. Sullivan was appointed by former-governor Sarah Palin last June and has been serving in the office since then.

Fairbanks Assembly Considering Proposals to Clean Up Air
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Fairbanks Borough Assembly is considering measures aimed at cleaning up local air.  Two ordinances on the assembly’s agenda tonight target fine particulate pollution from wood burning.

Seward’s New Nursing Home May Serve As Model
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
A new nursing home in Seward may help reinvent the model for caring for the elderly. Seward Mountain Haven was designed to get rid of the institutional feel of most traditional long term care facilities. It’s called a “Green House” and its a concept that’s catching on around the country.

Ketchikan Talks to Washington During Surgeries
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
New technology at Ketchikan general hospital allows surgeons in Ketchikan to consult with pathologists in Washington state during surgeries.

Tribal Leaders Propose Two Resolutions
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Alaska tribal leaders have come up with two resolutions after three days of meetings in Anchorage.

Cooperative Investing Millions to Haul Fuel up YK Delta
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – APRN
An electric cooperative that serves Western Alaska villages is putting up $10 million to build two shallow draft tugs and barges to haul fuel up YK Delta river systems. The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative also is banking that increased competition – in the form of an upstart bulk fuel transportation company – will help to reduce diesel fuel costs in financially strapped bush communities.

Canada Women Beat US for Hockey Gold Medal
The Associated Press
Canada just beat the American’s 2-0 to win the women’s hockey
gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics. Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals and Shannon Szabados made 28 saves today before a raucous Vancouver crowd ringing cowbells and waving thousands of maple leaf flags.