Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

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Negotiations continue as members of a state House – still in disarray – try to find a majority coalition

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The legislative session starts Tuesday, and there is still no clear majority in the Alaska House. Republicans expected a 21-to-19 majority after the fall election, but Representative Gary Knopp of Kenai says he wants a more balanced coalition that includes Democrats.

A functioning government or border security? Murkowski wants both

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

“I’ve got a lot of people who are saying ‘Lisa, you’ve got to stand with the president. …'” Murkowski said on the Senate floor. “And then I have an equal number that are saying, ‘Please, please, do something to help reopen this government.'”

State agency orders review following accident at Prudhoe Bay well

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

A state agency is holding a public hearing and requesting a field-wide review of all of BP’s oil wells at Prudhoe Bay following an accident last month.

DEC says about 3,000 gallons of diesel spilled near village of Beaver

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

There’s been a large fuel spill in the Yukon Flats village of Beaver.

Faith-based shelter fights bar transgender women

Associated Press

A federal judge heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit filed by a faith-based Anchorage women’s shelter against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women.

Wood stove emissions device test shows promise

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A wood stove emissions control device, known as an electrostatic precipitator, was tested at a conference in Washington DC last month, and the results are promising.

Friends went looking for a missing Southeast Alaska artist. Instead, they found a note.

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

“To the world and all concerned: This is to officially notify you that Eric and Pam Bealer, by their own choice and free will, have committed suicide,” the note said. “We have gone to some effort to hide our bodies, as we do not want them found. Please do not waste time and money looking. It would serve no purpose. We are gone, leave us to our peace.”

AK: Sitka, one of the best kept secrets for surfers

Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW – Sitka

Warmer winters have pushed Sitka snowboarders and other adventurers out of the mountains and into the water.  The ocean swell and rock breaks right near the heart of town create prime wave conditions. But locals are worried about revealing too much about their secret spot.

49 Voices: Jannelle Trowbridge of Nome

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Jannelle Trowbridge from Nome. Trowbridge is a UAA student and Arctic Youth Ambassador who almost a decade ago sailed up to Alaska with her family from Michigan.