Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

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Federal furlough drives Alaskans to the unemployment line

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

Hundreds of furloughed federal workers in Alaska are filing unemployment claims. They’ll have to pay back any benefits they receive once they get retroactive pay.

Lt. Gov. Meyer prepares to wield gavel amid House uncertainty

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer will gavel in the legislative session on Tuesday, and there’s an unusual amount of uncertainty surrounding the Alaska House of Representatives. As of Monday afternoon, there was still no majority coalition.

Legislature releases audit of state’s gasline corporation

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

The legislative committee tasked with auditing the state’s gasline corporation released the results of a two-year inspection today.

Protesters target SAExploration in Texas over Arctic Refuge

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

A group of Native American protestors went to the offices of SAExploration in Houston today to object to work the company wants to do in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Nic Petit wins back-to-back Copper Basin 300s

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit has repeated as winner of the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race.

UAA loses national accreditation for initial teaching licenses

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Two-hundred-fifty students in teaching programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage are wondering if they’ll qualify for teaching licenses when they graduate. That’s because UAA’s education program lost it’s national accreditation late last week.

DEC: Beaver fuel spill not endangering nearby water sources

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A fuel spill at the Beaver Village School does not appear to threaten a community well or the nearby Yukon River.

GVEA studying proposal to buy power from ‘hybrid’ wind-propane-battery system

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Golden Valley Electric Association is studying a Colorado-based company’s ambitious proposal to sell 55 megawatts of electricity generated by a hybrid-power system based mainly on wind.

Longtime Anchorage homicide detective Slawomir Markiewicz retires after over 30 years on force

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A longtime Anchorage homicide detective – Slawomir Markiewicz – recently retired after three decades on the force. As detective sergeant of the Anchorage Police Department’s Homicide Unit, Markiewicz was a familiar face – and voice – in news stories about Anchorage murders.

What’s in a name? After student push, Juneau-Douglas High School adds Tlingit name: Kalé

Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau

The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. Kalé is a name given to Mt. Juneau, meaning “beautifully adorned face.”