Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

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Dunleavy requests federal disaster money for earthquake recovery

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The step could unlock tens of millions of dollars in disaster relief funds for entities damage during the November 30th quake and continuing aftershocks.

Judge dismisses Alaska bonding plan lawsuit

Associated Press

A state court judge has dismissed a challenge to former Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to use bonding to pay Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit obligations.

U.S. House Dean Don Young swears in Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Alaska’s lone congressman had a ceremonial role in a major transition that happened Thursday in Washington D.C.

Alaska Fire Service has furloughed most employees as shutdown continues

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Although wildfires are unlikely to bust out in the Interior anytime soon, the shutdown is hampering the Alaska Fire Service’s planning and preparation for the coming fire season.

Rule seeks to tighten work requirements for food stamps

Associated Press

A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is alarming Alaska food security advocates who say it would make it tougher to waive work requirements for food stamps.

Japan’s departure from International Whaling Commission may have consequences for Alaska subsistence whaling

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk- Fairbanks

Last month, Japan announced that it is leaving the international group that regulates whaling and will resume commercial whaling in its own coastal waters. Japan’s decision may have consequences for Alaska’s legal subsistence whaling.

Credit union begins pilot program to start banking for Alaska marijuana businesses

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An Alaska credit union wants to offer banking services to businesses in the state’s legal cannabis industry.

Alaska woman finds owner of native artifacts box left in cab

Associated Press

A box of Alaska Native artifacts will be returned to the owner after it was left in a taxicab about three decades ago.

Alaska Made: Sea otter pelts are highly prized, tightly regulated

Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg

The sea otter population in Southeast is growing steadily. Alaska Natives are allowed to work the pelts in traditional ways, but production is constrained by regulations.

Envisioning recovery and rebuilding a life in Noatak

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Karen Mitchell is the Behavioral Health Aide in Noatak, a small village in the Northwest Arctic. Twenty-five years ago, as she stared out the window of her home there, such a future seemed impossible.