Alaska News Nightly: December 13, 2007

A new study shows fish farms in British Columbia are on the verge of wiping out wild salmon runs.  Plus, a Fort Wainwright soldier recieves the Army’s second highest award.  Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Study shows sea lice killing wild salmon
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Fish farms are wiping out wild salmon runs in British Columbia.  The culprit is a parasite known as sea lice.

Senate passes key energy bill
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The U.S. Senate passed energy legislation today that will require passenger vehicles to reach an average fuel efficiency of 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020.

Alaska statehood pioneer dies
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Thomas Stewart was secretary of the Alaska Constitutional Convention.  He passed away last night at a Juneau hospital from complications of pneumonia.

Fairbanks soldier recipient of high honor

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A Fort Wainwright soldier has received the Army’s second highest award for valor.  Army brass assembled yesterday to present the Distinguished Service Cross to Stryker Brigade Sergeant Gregory Williams.

Agency looks to protect elderly following assault
John Hunt, KHNS – Haines
The State Department of Health and Social Services is considering revising its regulations on licensing and training requirements for adult care and assisted living facilities.

Tainted meningitis vaccine reaches Alaska

Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
Nearly a million doses of a common children’s vaccine were recalled this week due to contamination concerns. Some of the recalled vaccine was shipped to Alaska, but state officials say it wasn’t distributed.

Mat Su railroad spur one step closer
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Wasilla
This week, Matanuska Susitna Borough assembly members approved a resolution which focuses attention on the economic and social issues related to the project.

Kodiak museum receives huge gift

Casey Kelly, KMXT – Kodiak
Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum announced today that it has received a $1 million gift from the Rasmuson Foundation.

Anchorage to impound cars driven by those with excessive unpaid fines
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Anchorage residents will have to be more careful about loaning out their vehicles after last night’s Assembly meeting.