Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 14, 2017

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With hedging statements, Alaska lawmakers say they’re close on oil and gas compromise

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

State lawmakers say they’re close to an agreement on a bill to end tax credits for oil and gas companies that can be traded for cash.

Moody’s downgrades state’s credit rating

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Moody’s has downgraded the state’s credit rating again and said the state has a negative outlook.

Legislature’s capital budget impasse could delay Haines Highway project

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

A major Haines infrastructure project that is years in the making may have to wait a little longer.

Newly found disease could threaten Southeast Alaska spruce

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A fungus that’s damaged trees in Southcentral and Interior Alaska has been discovered for the first time in Southeast. But there’s a chance its spread could be stopped.

Klukwan’s Hotch will attend National Medal awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Abbey Collins, KHNS – Haines

The Alaska State Museums are set to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in Washington, D.C. next week. It’s the highest recognition of its kind. The director of a new cultural heritage center in Klukwan is part of the group receiving the award in the nation’s capital.

Wrangell Borough, union reach amended contract agreement

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved an amended contract with union employees during a special meeting Thursday, ending what have been contentious negotiations with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Where are Koliganek’s king salmon?

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

More than 2.5 million sockeye have returned to spawn in the Nushagak River this year, one of the highest counts on record. They have filled pools and creeks, jumping and swimming their way to their spawning grounds.

As low Nushagak River restricts barge travel, New Stuyahok limits heating fuel

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

Koliganek and New Stuyahok are still waiting on their first barge of the year. Heating fuel use for residents and businesses in New Stuyahok is limited.

Update: Someone may be buying the ferry Taku, but it’s still on the market

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Still thinking about buying the Ferry Taku? The state extended the bidding deadline for the 54-year-old ship again — until August 8th.

AK: Mod Carousel brings boylesque world premiere to Juneau

Annie Bartholomew, KTOO – Juneau

For eight years Seattle-based boylesque collective Mod Carousel blurs gender expression in Alaska. It’s newest show, Gilded makes its world premiere in Alaska. Juneau residents will be treated to the world premiere of a dance production this weekend.

49 Voices: Doreen Cooper of Skagway

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

This week we’re hearing from Doreen Cooper from Skagway. She’s working as a volunteer at the Arctic Inter-agency Visitor Center in Coldfoot.