Alaska Nightly News: March 24, 2010

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House Passes Two Energy Bills
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska House passed two bills that, if approved by the Senate and signed by the governor, could become big steps toward taking care of the long-term energy needs of Southcentral Alaska and the Railbelt.

Elmendorf to Pay More Attention to Contracted Workers
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Elmendorf Air Force Base is giving more scrutiny to workers hired by private contractors after four undocumented workers were allowed on the Anchorage base last fall. Immigration officials discovered the illegal immigrants after they were tipped off by a local union. One of the workers also had a criminal background.

Cruise Association: Tax Plan Could End Lawsuit
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The Alaska Cruise Association says the governor’s head-tax-cut plan could end an industry lawsuit.

Chickaloon Elder Katie Wade Left Behind Lasting Legacy
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Chickaloon elder Katie Wade passed away a year ago [on March 24, 2009] Wade is remembered for her book, Spirit of Chickaloon, but she has left another legacy. The Yah Ne Dah Ah school which she founded is a fledgling but growing center of Alaska Native language and cultural arts in the Matanuska Valley.

Anchorage Teen Selected Youth of the Year
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
An Anchorage teenager has been selected as the Boys and Girls club 2010 Youth of the Year for Alaska. David Huff is an 18 year old junior at East High. He frequents the honor role at his school and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. Huff started attending the Mountain View branch of the club in 2005.

Anchorage Assembly Passes New Bike Plan
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
The Anchorage Assembly last night unanimously passed a new plan to better accommodate bicycles as a basic mode of transportation in Alaska’s largest city. The plan’s supporters expect the plan to put a lot more people on bicycles if it succeeds in making it safer to ride.

Cookies + Volunteers + Firewood = Adventure Race!
Emily Schwing, KBBI – Homer
Some 600 homemade cookies, 16 volunteers, plus countless loads of firewood and gallons of water and fuel made a 100-mile adventure race possible in the White Mountains National Recreation Area this past weekend.