Alaska News Nightly: March 23, 2012

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More Financial Protections For Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The House today passed a bill the governor asked for designed to increase protection for seniors and other vulnerable adults.

Subsistence Board Advised To Wait On Angoon Fishery Changes

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A regional group advising the Federal Subsistence Board says it should wait before acting on a petition to change fishery management near Angoon.

Senate To Feds: Clean Up Those Old Wells

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The Senate today joined the voices of Alaskans complaining about those unplugged exploratory oil wells that are polluting the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska.

Amendment Allowing Public Money Use For Private Schools Moves Forward

Associated Press

The House Finance Committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow public money to be used for private schools.

HJR16 is a companion to a bill that would allow state-sponsored scholarships for students to attend private schools. Both measures are from Rep. Wes Keller.

The Alaska Constitution states that public money can’t be appropriated except for a public purpose. HJR16 would add that nothing in that section would prevent payment of public funds “for the direct educational benefit of students as provided by law.”

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Sitka Shifting To More Renewable Resources

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

Shifting Sitka to more renewable sources of energy will keep millions of dollars from leaving the community over the next 20 years.

Prairie Home Companion Sound Effects Guru Visits Anchorage

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Making funny noises had landed many kids in hot water during school or other quiet occasions, but for Fred Newman, the talented live sound effects guy for Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion show, it’s how he makes his living. Newman is in Anchorage to help Cyrano’s Theater Company celebrate its 20th anniversary. When I asked about his title, he said there isn’t one.

AK: Redefining Alaskan Art

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

When someone says Alaska Native art, the first thing that comes to mind is often traditions like ivory carving, skin sewing or intricate weaving. But a new group of young Alaska Native artists in Anchorage is working to expand that image to one that embraces modern life as well as honoring their heritage. They call their group Diaspora and they held their first art opening titled One Night Stand- last Friday night at the Alaska Experience theater.

300 Villages: Kotlik

Today we’re headed to Kotlik, a village near the Bering Sea coast in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Lori Mike is the City Manager in Kotlik.