Alaska News Nightly: April 19, 2010

Photo by Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

Families line up on the Mall in Washington to pay tribute to their loved-ones, Vietnam veterans who have died since their

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Session Ends But Not Without Last Minute Scurrying
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Neither the House nor the Senate met the 90-day deadline in adjourning the session early Monday morning.  But, after a lot of pressure involving some of the most important issues that have been before them this year, they got the job done.

Voters Will Get Right to Expand Legislature
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Voters this fall will decide whether to expand the Alaska Legislature. The Legislature has approved a Constitutional Amendment Ballot Question that would create four more House and two more Senate districts.

Head Tax Fee Reduced
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska lawmakers voted Sunday to substantially reduce the fee paid by cruise ship passengers. The bill they passed is expected to meet terms of an agreement that will end a lawsuit brought by the cruise industry.

New Fish Buyer to Open on Kuskokwim River
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
A new fish buyer is planning to open on the Kuskokwim River.  Kuskokwim Seafoods will be just the second buyer on the river, and the only one operating above Bethel.

Russian Delegation Compares Oil Explorations Notes with Alaskans
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A delegation of Russian scientists and Indigenous leaders just concluded a trip to Barrow to compare experiences with Barrow’s Inupiaq residents about the impacts of the oil and gas industry on coastal communities. The group was sponsored by Pacific Environment, an environmental organization focused on protecting the Pacific Rim.

Legislation to Expand Coastal Communities’ Say Withdrawn
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau and Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Legislation giving coastal communities greater say in local development issues was withdrawn at the end of the session, with promises the issue would get a fair hearing “next time.” Legislators who sponsored it say it will be back.

Vietnam Veterans Honored in DC
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
The Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, DC bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women killed in service. But there are hundreds of veterans of that conflict who have died in the decades since the war who are not listed on the wall.  The group the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund wants to pay tribute to them, too, so every year inducts men and women into their honor roll. In Washington on Monday 97 Americans were remembered in an “In Memory” ceremony including one Alaskan.