Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019

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Alaska Supreme Court rules for LeBon in pivotal election recount case

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

A few hours after this morning’s oral arguments, the Alaska Supreme Court issued an order affirming the Division of Elections’ final count in the House District 1 election, meaning Republican Bart LeBon has won the November election by one vote.

Overpass damaged in Anchorage due to ‘bridge strike’

Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The northbound lanes of the Seward Highway in Anchorage are closed, right in the middle of the city, as the Department of Transportation works to repair an overpass.

Alaska cities pay handsomely for ‘ears on the ground’ in Alaska’s capital. They’re called lobbyists.

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

At least $2.6 million in public money went to state lobbyists in 2018. That’s Alaska cities, boroughs and school districts hiring private contractors to represent them in the state’s capital.

Why Mount Jumbo won’t be logged anytime soon

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board approved its largest land exchange to date yesterday. Through the deal, up to 40,000 acres of land in and around Southeast communities will change hands.

2018 second warmest year on record for Bethel

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

Climate changes are hitting home in many ways: the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race had to make a last-minute route change, and the Kuskokwim River is taking longer to freeze, so more residents in remote Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities have to travel by air instead.

Finding hope in a graveyard of yellow cedar

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Climate change has been linked to killing at least a million acres of trees across the Pacific Northwest. So one ecologist wondered, for the yellow cedar forests and the people who care about them, what comes after environmental loss?

AK: Hammer-time in Haines

Jillian Rogers, KHNS – Haines

Well it turns out Alaska has its fair share of them, including the hammer museum in Haines. It’s a place where hammers are revered, and boast stories both heartfelt and weird. The Hammer Museum has been open for more than a dozen years, providing a public display not to be matched.

49 Voices: Ivan Simonek of Wrangell

Aaron Bolton, KSTK – Wrangell

This week we’re hearing from Ivan Simonek in Wrangell. Simonek emigrated from Czechoslovakia in the 60s.