Alaska News Nightly: November 23, 2007

It’s “Black Friday” today and we bring retail shopping scenes from Anchorage plus online video from Don Young. Meanwhile Alaskans looking for holiday weekend skiing at Alyeska can forget it and anti-missile tests over Alaska are delayed for a while. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Young moves to YouTube to connect with young (or Young) voters
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC
As it turns out, an old Alaska political dog can learn new tricks. Congressman Don Young has joined the ranks of politicians using YouTube to connect with constituents and voters.

Black Friday: 1; Family Budget: 0
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Today was Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving start to the holiday shopping season. In Anchorage, at least one store opened at 4:00 a.m. and several others unlocked their doors at 5:00. Irresistible bargains produced impressive lines and most likely, some endangered family budgets.

Alaska-based missile defense installations and tests delayed
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
The Missile Defense Agency had planned to install a temporary radar tracking system in Juneau last month. But the agency says the installation, and the next anti-missile test, have been delayed until at least January.

Entrepreneuring artists using grants and holidays to boost sales
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, KCAW – Sitka
The season of gift-giving has arrived, and with it an abundance of opportunities for Alaskan artisans to market their wares. Two Sitka entrepreneurs got a boost this holiday season with significant grant awards from the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Just one Hollywood writer on strike… in Alaska
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Most screenwriters striking against movie and TV studios live in industry hubs, such as Los Angeles or New York City. But one, and only one, makes his home in Alaska.

Wind, rain and wet snow shutdown holiday skiing at Alyeska
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Alyeska Resort has plenty of snow, but won’t be open for business this weekend. The Girdwood ski destination has been inundated with heavy rain and wet snow this week.