Alaska News Nightly: April 15, 2010

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Parnell’s Scholarship Plan Resuscitated
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Governor Parnell’s Scholarship program was first pronounced dead several weeks ago. But it has continued to come back – each time with predictions of a quick demise. But the plan has kept moving. It has adapted. And it is still alive.

Juneau, Ketchikan to Get More Revenues for Cruise Visits
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Juneau and Ketchikan will get more passenger-fee revenues under cruise-ship head-tax legislation passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

Senators Call on More Protections for Salmon
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Senators from Pacific coastal states, including Alaska, say salmon stocks need to be protected – not just threatened populations, but healthy ones too.

Missing Bethel Man – and 28 Bottles of Whisky – Found
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
A major search effort for a stranded Bethel man ended successfully Tuesday afternoon. Rescue teams located Frank Abraham, and with him they found 28 bottles of whisky.

Tourism Spending Down Across US Last Year
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
The top tourism official in the nation says travel and tourism spending were down across the U.S. last year, but the number of visitors in 2010 is already on the upswing.

Juneau Hosts Round Table on Forest Planning
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
Earlier this week, Juneau hosted one of nine regional round tables that will help decide what goes into a new national forest planning rule.

New Web Site Catalogues Humpback Whales
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
A new Web site cataloging humpback whales in Southeast Alaska is online.

Duo Repeats at Ski Classic
The Associated Press
Luke Mehl and John Pekar captured their second consecutive victory in the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic.