Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

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Build a wall with military funds? Murkowski says no

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

Trump has been floating the idea of building a wall using military construction dollars. Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn’t on board with that. With 5,700 Alaskans unsure whether they’ll miss a payday, she wants to see Congress pass the less controversial bills to at least shrink the number of workers affected.

Renegade Alaska House member makes his case: ‘This partisan thing has been killing us’

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

After the fall election, Alaska House Republicans thought they had 21 votes — barely enough to form a majority in the 40-member chamber. But Kenai Rep. Gary Knopp abandoned the group and has been pushing for a coalition balanced between Democrats and Republicans.

Alaska resumes online applications for PFDs

Associated Press

The state has resumed accepting applications online for checks from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund after resolving what the Department of Revenue described as “software kinks.”

Anchorage’s inspection backlog numbers 1,200 properties

Associated Press

Officials say about 1,200 properties in the Anchorage area are waiting for damage inspections more than a month after the magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook south-central Alaska.

Alaska calls for less federal control of wildlife management

Associated Press

Alaska officials are calling for less intrusion into wildlife management by agencies within the U.S Department of the Interior.

Alaska guide pleads guilty to herding bears toward clients

Associated Press

A 57-year-old master hunting guide had his license revoked for life after pleading guilty to using employees to herd grizzly bears toward clients.

 

Anti-discrimination ordinance supporters tell Fairbanks council about harassment during hearing

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks City Council convened the first of three work sessions today to consider revisions to a proposed ordinance that would bar discrimination against the LGBTQ community and other groups.

After years of loss, state economists forecast modest job growth in 2019

Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

In 2019, state economists think Alaska could finally start gaining a modest amount of jobs.

Fairbanks organizers work to restore historic SS Nenana

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Fairbanks community effort is aimed at preserving an historic steamship. The SS Nenana has been dry-docked at the North Star Borough’s Pioneer Park for over fifty years and was renovated in the 1980’s, but has fallen into disrepair, and was closed to the public last year.

Over 5,000 people have signed a petition, asking for longer lunch and recess in Anchorage elementary schools

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An online petition asking the Anchorage School District to require no less than 30 minutes a day for lunch and equal time for recess.

Fairbanks elementary schools receive massive donation of musical instruments

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

A huge donation to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will spread new musical instruments among 18 elementary schools.