Alaska News Nightly: April 27, 2009

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State Officials Prepare for Swine Flu
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
The state’s chief medical officer says there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Alaska, but he says it’s probable the deadly flu will make its way to the state. This comes as the world health organization today (Monday) inched closer to declaring the world’s first flu pandemic since the 1960s.

Swine Flu Creates Turbulence at Alaska Airlines
Tom Banse, Northwest News Network
The swine flu scare is creating turbulence in the travel industry, including Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.

Stimulus Funds Headed to Fish and Wildlife Office
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Economic stimulus money continues to head to Alaska, now through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Fuel Tax Holiday Set to End
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaskans holiday from motor fuel taxes will come to end. The legislature passed the one year tax reprieve last summer when oil prices topped 140 dollars a barrel, but failed to extend it during the session that ended April 19th.

No Declaration at Climate Change Summit
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
The President of the UN General Assembly vowed Friday to take the results of the Indigenous People’s Global summit on Climate Change to the Copenhagen treaty talks. The participants were seeking to write a declaration, but couldn’t agree completely on its wording.

Troopers Need Public’s Help with Cold Case
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
State Troopers are asking for the public’s help solving a 1993 murder in Fairbanks, in light of new forensic analysis. Troopers renewed their investigation of the Sophie Sergie case 2 years ago. The twenty year old from Pitkas Point, was found sexually assaulted and shot to death in a bathroom at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bartlet Hall dormitory on April 26th 1993.

Nursing Home in Kodiak Gets High Marks
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked the long-term Care Center at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center as the number one nursing home in Alaska. Meanwhile, the Care Center’s administration and staff are hoping to realize their dream of a new facility to replace its current space in the near future.

Federal Census Gears up in Anchorage
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
2010 may be almost a year away, but census takers start knocking on doors in Anchorage this week. Alaska’s largest city is one of a handful of areas nationwide where canvassing operations are already underway to verify addresses.

Mat Su Trims Budget
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
The Matanuska Susitna Borough released it’s proposed 2010 operations budget last week, a budget that reflects tighter spending amid slowed economic activity. Borough manager John Duffy says the budget is less than last year’s by some 855 thousand dollars.