Alaska News Nightly: May 3, 2010

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Barrow Crews Land Two Whales Over Weekend
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Barrow is celebrating its first successes in the spring whale hunt. Separate crews landed two whales over the weekend.

Specialist to Revitalize Historic Alaska Documents
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Some of Alaska’s historic documents and photographs are getting a new lease on life. A specialist in paper preservation and restoration is traveling to several museums around the state for most of this year. The conservator just spent a month at the local museum in Petersburg.

Juneau, Anchorage Rally Against Ballot Measure One
Dave Donaldson and Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
People rallied in Juneau and Anchorage this weekend against Ballot Measure One. That’s the initiative sponsored by Libertarian lawyer Scott Kohlhaas that would attempt to limit Alaskans’ access to the political process and to politicians.

Expanded UA Budget Receives Support
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The University of Alaska received solid support for general operations under the budget passed by the legislature last month. The $341 million UA operating budget is 3.9 percent larger than the current year’s budget, and $433,000 above what the governor requested.

Groups Join to Build Native Cultural Centers
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
The Tlingit and Haida Central Council and Sealaska Heritage Institute will work together as both organizations seek to build Native cultural centers in Juneau.

Yukon River Ice is Out in Eagle
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The ice went out on the Yukon River at Eagle last week. Eagle residents had been watching to see what the Yukon would do a year after break up inundated the town with water and ice that destroyed dozens of buildings and other property.

Average Wildfire Season Forecasted
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
An average wildfire season is forecast for Alaska. A recently released outlook from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center cites varying spring snow packs, forecasts for above average temperatures, and uncertain precipitation across the state.

Rufous Hummingbird Fascinates All
Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan
A tiny visitor that seems to fascinate birders and non-birders alike is the Rufous hummingbird.

Fairbanks Composer Receives 2010 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Price
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Fairbanks composer John Luther Adams has received a major honor. Adams is the recipient of the 2010 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition. The biennial award honors outstanding classical composers. Adams, who has resided in the Fairbanks area for 30 years, is known for giving voice to Alaska in his music.