Alaska News Nightly: April 22, 2009

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Alaska’s National Parks Receive Boost from Stimulus
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Alaska’s National Parks will receive more than 21 million dollars from the Economic Recovery Act.

Commerce Secretary Seeking Comment on Halibut Fleet
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
The Secretary of Commerce is taking public comment on a proposed rule that would establish a limited-entry system for the guided sport halibut fleet in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

Anchorage Crime Rates Falls in 2008
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The Anchorage Police Department has released a preliminary report for 2008 showing the city’s overall crime rate fell to the lowest level since 1980.

Conference Spotlights Traditional Knowledge of Climate
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Participants at the indigenous people’s global summit on climate change, say traditional knowledge has a critical role to play in dealing with the warming planet.

Kenai Officials Review Public Information Policies
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
The City of Kenai is aiming to clarify how they release public information.

Planes Resume Landing in Petersburg
Joe Viechnicki, KSTK – Wrangell
Planes are landing again in Petersburg after a month-long shutdown of the runway ended on schedule today.

New Senior Housing Delayed in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Ground breaking for new senior housing in Fairbanks is being delayed due to a funding shortfall.

Earth Day Tips on Saving Energy
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
It’s Earth Day today [Wednesday] and Chris Rose, the Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project or REAP, has  some tips on saving energy.

Cardiology Unit Opens at Fairbanks Memorial
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital opened a new cardiology clinic today,
the latest addition to the Porter Heart Center that’s under development.

Ocean Energy Draws Closer Look for Replacing Diesel
Tom Banse, Northwest News Network
Some coastal Alaska communities are looking at ocean energy to supplement or replace costly diesel-driven generators.