Alaska News Nightly: December 22, 2009

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Download Audio (MP3)Coalition Sues to Extend Roadless Protection to Tongass
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
Environmental and tourism groups along with the organized village of Kake are suing to extend nationwide roadless area protection to southeast Alaska’s Tongass national forest.

Senate to Vote on Health Care Christmas Eve
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Leaders in the US Senate announced on Tuesday that they’ll vote on a health care bill early Christmas Eve day.

New Study Seeks to Quell Concerns About Gas Shortage
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A new study of the gas reserves potential in Cook Inlet seeks to quell some of the concerns consumers have about Southcentral Alaska running out of gas.

Booze Flooding Bethel Area, Officers Say
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Alcohol abuse is on the rise in villages surrounding the city of Bethel.  Local Law enforcement officers say booze is flooding their communities since Bethel voters revoked local option.

Valley Fans Line Up for Palin to Sign New Book
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Sarah Palin’s fans lined up by the hundreds in Wasilla today to get their copies of  “Going Rogue” signed.

Aniak Project: A Steam House
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
When David Griso moved to Aniak three years ago, one of the first things he did was build a steam house.