Alaska News Nightly: June 19, 2013

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Murkowski Endorses Gay Marriage

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her support for gay marriage today. She’s now the third Republican in the Senate to do so.

Alaska Couples Await Supreme Court Decision On DOMA, Prop 8

Heather Bryant, KTOO – Juneau

With only two decision days left for the Supreme Court, rulings that could impact same sex marriage could come as early as tomorrow. But for same sex couples in Alaska right now, the only option is to head out of state if they want to get married and some say that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

Sullivan Says He Will Run For Lieutenant Governor

The Associated Press

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says he will seek the job of lieutenant governor.

The mayor in a statement early this morning says he’s running because of his love for Alaska and desire to serve the state during a challenging time in history.

State To Receive Brief Relief From Heat Wave

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Some relief from the heat is in the forecast, followed by even hotter weather.  National Weather Service forecaster Carey Freeman in Fairbanks says high pressure that’s brought record warmth to mainland Alaska this week will be briefly interrupted this weekend.

Steller Sea Lion To Give Birth To New Pup

Sara Bernard, APRN – Anchorage

The world’s Steller Sea Lion population has dropped dramatically over the past few decades, making the population of Alaska’s Western stock critically endangered. The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Lori Polasek is trying to figure out why. She and her colleagues hope that breeding sea lions in captivity will help them better understand the wild population. Recent sea lion pregnancies at the SeaLife Center haven’t been successful, but researchers are hopeful the latest one might go exactly as planned.

Glacier Bay Lodge May Shut Down

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Glacier Bay Lodge may shut down after this season. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve put out a prospectus for concession services in January but received no bids by the March 26 deadline. Closing Glacier Bay Lodge could have rippling effects on the economy of Gustavus.

New Deal Proposed For Possible Chena Hot Springs Expansion

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor is proposing a new deal that would allow Chena Hot Springs to expand. But first it has to be approved by the assembly. It’s unclear whether assembly members will support it.