Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

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Alaska House tied in knots on session’s first day

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The uncertainty over control of the Alaska House continued today, on the first day of the legislative session.

In this shutdown, every day is a winding road

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

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it’s slow-going, but she sees progress at the U.S. Capitol among lawmakers working to end the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week.

Polar bear encounter reported in Arctic Village, many miles south of normal range

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

Polar bear researcher Eric Regehr says that in individual cases like this, it’s very difficult to attribute cause to why a bear wandered so far from its typical area.

Alaska Railroad tank car derails; no spill detected

Associated Press

A railroad tank car carrying turbine engine fuel derailed south of Denali National Park, but Alaska Railroad officials have not detected a spill.

Fairbanks city, borough take in $1M in pot taxes for 2018

Associated Press

The city of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough will collect more than $1 million in taxes on marijuana for 2018.

State Board of Game votes against requiring IDs on traps or snares

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

The state’s Board of Game Sunday voted down proposals to require ID tags or signs around traps and snares in Southeast Alaska. The board was split on one of the proposals that was intended to help with enforcement of trapping regulations and to address problems of pets getting caught in traps.

Upper Lynn Canal leaders discuss implications of Juneau cruise industry lawsuit

Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines

In December, a federal judge ruled that the City and Borough of Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fee could not be used to fund projects that did not directly support cruise ship vessels. Since then, communities in the Upper Lynn Canal have been trying to determine if the decision could affect funding for local infrastructure projects.

Repurposed shelter houses Nome’s homeless 7 days a week

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

Just before New Year’s, a new facility opened in Nome to serve those who have no other place to go. This shelter complements the existing seasonal operation in town called Nome Emergency Shelter Team, or NEST, and together, the two offer more comprehensive coverage than was ever available before in Nome.

Ask a Climatologist: Fairbanks sees low-temp, but brief, cold snap

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Interior Alaska had its first real cold snap of the winter last week with temperatures colder than 40 below zero in many places. That was enough to force indoor recess for Fairbanks elementary school students – and, for older students, posing in front of the University of Alaska Fairbanks time and temp sign.