Alaska News Nightly: December 26, 2013

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Alaska Flu Cases Skyrocket In December

The Associated Press

There’s been a sharp increase in the number of flu cases reported to the state.

Army Corps Of Engineers Discuss Deep Water Port Options

Anna McArthur, KNOM – Nome

The Alaska Army Corp of Engineers met with Army corp leaders in Washington D.C. on Monday, to discuss where the Corp will construct a deep draft port in Western Alaska. Three sites on the Seward Peninsula are potential locations for a new deep water port.

Study Shows Military’s Impact On Alaska

The Associated Press

A new study from the state’s labor department shows how dependent Alaska is on the military.

Fairbanks Residents Wake Thursday To Minus 41

The Associated Press

Fairbanks registered an impressive 38 below on Christmas day but dipped even lower today.

Gambell Carvers Get Ivory To Work With

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

On St Lawrence Island, the tribal government of Gambell gave one walrus tusk to each household in the community of just under 800. The distribution is meant to provide ivory carvers with a bit of raw material to work with, in order to bring in a little extra cash amid the ongoing economic disaster from last spring’s poor walrus harvest on St. Lawrence Island.

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling’s Effect On Alaska

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Leaders in the state of Utah announced today they will challenge an appeals court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involves a Utah state constitutional amendment that outlawed same sex marriage. A federal judge threw out the amendment saying it violated the U.S. constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses. The decision does not have a direct impact on Alaska’s amendment banning same sex marriage, but ACLU Alaska executive Director Joshua Decker says a Nevada case currently in the 9th circuit court of appeals will.

Russian Mission Man Dies In Snowmachine Crash

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

A Russian Mission man died on Christmas Day after his snow machine crashed. Alaska State Troopers say 35-year-old Jeremy Wigley died in what is believed to be a single-vehicle crash. Wigley’s body was found Wednesday morning on the Russian Mission Lake.

Sitka Moorage Fee Hike Takes Effect Jan. 1

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

Moorage rates in Sitka’s harbors are going up next week. The Sitka assembly Tuesday night approved the rate hike on second reading, bumping the per-foot monthly charge for permanent berths from $2.64 to $2.80, an increase of a little over 6 percent.

ANB Harbor Replacement Moves Forward

Rachel Waldholtz, KCAW – Sitka

Work began in November on Sitka’s ANB harbor. The $7.7 million project will demolish all of the existing structures and replace them with new floats and pilings by early spring. But a small invader in the harbor has added a little wrinkle to the usual process.