Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

 
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Alaska State of the State speech a go after House agreement

Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State speech is a go for Tuesday night.

Republican Talerico falls one vote short of becoming House speaker

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The vote was the latest action in a stalemate that’s preventing Alaska’s House of Representatives from beginning work this session.

Mother of slain Alaska teen appointed chair of parole board

Associated Press

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed the mother of a teenage boy who authorities say was killed by classmates as the chair of the Alaska Parole Board.

Industry rep says he’s being replaced on Alaska marijuana board

Associated Press

One of the industry representatives on the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry says he’s being replaced.

Popular well at Dillingham Catholic church closed due to PFAS contamination

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

Chemicals used in firefighting foam have leached into the popular well at Dillingham’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation determined Thursday that the water is unsafe to drink.

USPS scraps plan to make northern Alaska deliveries cheaper

Associated Press

The U.S. Postal Service has scrapped a pilot program that aimed to find cheaper ways to deliver goods and mail to northern Alaska communities.

Unalaska council looks at potentially taxing online sales

Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska

The Unalaska city council is considering contributing funds to an Alaska Municipal League project that would help municipalities figure out how to collect sales tax on online purchases.

Students remain frustrated while UAA works to resolve education accreditation debacle

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week, UAA officials are meeting with the state Department of Education to determine the next steps for UAA’s education department, leaving roughly 250 students affected by the loss of accreditation waiting for the university to address their concerns.

Arctic Man to hold first event without skiers, snowboarders pulled by snow machine

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Planning is underway for the 2019 Arctic Man event which for the first time in its 33 year history will not include races involving skiers and snow boarders pulled by snow machines.

Weather forces change in Yukon Quest format

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Low snow cover in the Yukon Territory has forced changes in the format for the upcoming Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race.

Tons of food headed for Yukon Quest trail

Lex Treinen, KUAC – Fairbanks

It takes a lot of food to keep a dog team fed during a thousand mile race like the upcoming Yukon Quest. Just under two weeks from the start food and other supplies are headed for checkpoints along the trail between Whitehorse and Fairbanks.

Sitka High design class marries tradition and technology in student paddle carving project

Enrique Perez de la Rosa, KCAW – Sitka

Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska have carved wood paddles and other works of art using tools and methods developed over thousands of years. But that’s not to say this art form is incompatible with new technology. Students at Sitka High School are combining it with computer design software typically used by engineers.

Wasilla woman reunited with cat that was missing for years

Associated Press

A Wasilla woman has been reunited with a cat that disappeared more than three years ago from its home at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

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