Alaska News Nightly: May 25, 2009

Senator Begich Dines with Troops
Senator Begich Dines with Troops in Afghanistan

Photo Provided by Senator Mark Begich’s Office

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Governor Palin Asks For Federal Disaster Help
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Governor Sarah Palin is asking the federal government for help with recovery efforts after heavy flooding this spring. Palin sent a letter to the federal government officially requesting a federal disaster declaration for the spring floods.

Senator Begich Tours Afghanistan
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Senator Mark Begich is in Afghanistan with four other Senators, meeting with soldiers and government officials.

Alaska Supreme Court Sets New Guidelines for Dispensing Drugs
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The state Supreme Court has set new guidelines for giving psychotropic drugs to people who don’t want to take the medication.

Denali Climber Still Missing
The Associated Press
The search is continuing today for a missing climber on Mount McKinley.

Ocean Conference Ends in Seward
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
The annual conference of the Center for Ocean Law and Policy ended in Seward over the weekend.

Kotzebue Artists Enjoy Special Studio
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
There aren’t very many places in the world where you can walk along a beach and stumble across a tusk from a woolly mammoth.

Gillnetters Disappointed with Herring Catch
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
This season was a bit of a let-down for herring gillnetters at Seymour Canal off southern Admiralty Island.

Kodiak Examines What To Do With Bio-Solids
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
The City of Kodiak’s pilot study to determine the best way to deal with bio-solids left over from the sewage treatment plant, has gotten underway.

Fairbanks Moves to Eliminate Pollution from Wood and Coal Heaters
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Fairbanks area government is moving ahead with laws to eliminate polluting wood and coal fired heaters.

Homer Artist Wins Praise for First Book
Casey Kelly, KBBI – Homer
Homer writer Miranda Weiss’s first book Tide, Feather, Snow just came out in hardback and is already garnering high praise.