Alaska News Nightly: March 29, 2012

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State House Makes Transportation Funding A Priority

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The House today set a priority for state funding – transportation.  Members voted to ask Alaskans to approve a constitutional amendment that would set up a dedicated fund that could only be used to pay for transportation projects – even if state revenue falls.

Gov. Parnell Speaks At ‘Choose Respect’ Event

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Governor Sean Parnell was in Fairbanks this afternoon as part of his ‘Choose Respect’ campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse in Alaska.  This is the third year for the campaign.  Similar events are happening this week across the state.

Douglas Sends Its Post Office A Love Letter

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Save the post office. That was the rally cry in downtown Douglas Wednesday as a crowd of about a hundred urged Congress to pass legislation to keep open the community’s post office. The Douglas station is one of more than 3,600 post offices nationwide being considered for closure by the financially strapped United States Postal Service.

Greenpeace Ordered To Stay Away From Shell’s Arctic Ocean Drilling Vessels

The Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered representatives of Greenpeace USA to stay a kilometer away from Shell Oil’s drilling vessels destined for Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska’s northern shores.

The 29-page order signed Wednesday by Judge Sharon Gleason in Anchorage grants a preliminary injunction requested by Shell through October 31, the end of the open water drilling season. A 500-meter safety zone is in place for support vessels.

Shell sought the injunction after Greenpeace New Zealand activists in February boarded the Shell drill ship Noble Discoverer before it left for the U.S. West Coast for cold-weather modifications. The activists were arrested.

Protesters On Hand As CG Admiral Arrives In Sitka

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

The Coast Guard’s commander in Alaska took a side door out of Sitka’s airport on Wednesday, avoiding protestors who oppose his decision about the future of a Sitka-based aviator. Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo came to Sitka to meet with Coast Guardsmen from around the state about the aftermath of a 2010 helicopter crash. Three people from Air Station Sitka died in that crash.

Portion Of Copper River Highway Expected To Be Closed For Several Years

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

A portion of the Copper River Highway is expected to be closed for several more years.  The Alaska Department of Transportation announced Wednesday, that one of the highway’s 11 bridges will remain closed until it’s replaced.

Students Attend Resume Workshop To Increase Job Chances

Heather Aronno, APRN – Anchorage

For UAA students looking toward spring graduation, the importance of final grades is starting to fade as a new project deadline approaches: getting a job.  Some students took the impending graduation date seriously and organized a resume workshop. Local business professionals and human resource managers were on hand to offer free advice. APRN’s Heather Aronno – not far from graduating herself – attended the workshop and has this story.

Orca Network Seeks To Expand To Southeast

Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan

A Northwest whale sighting network is looking to enlist more participants from Southeast Alaska. The Orca Network’s Howard Garrett is one of the featured speakers at this year’s Whale Fest in Craig. Deanna Garrison sat down with Garret during a brief visit to Ketchikan yesterday and filed this report.

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