Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

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Dunleavy seeks PFD back payments over three years

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Governor Mike Dunleavy campaigned on paying Alaskans back the amounts cut from permanent fund dividends the last three years. Today, he announced he wants to make those payments over three years.

Democrats demand Trump administration stop offshore oil leasing work during shutdown

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

It was spurred by Interior’s decision last week to bring in 40 employees to work on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s national offshore oil leasing plan. That plan, as initially drafted, would open up far more of Alaska’s federal waters to oil development.

Communities reliant on Coast Guard services feel the pain of the federal gov. shutdown

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

Fairbanks man charged with murdering his mother

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Fairbanks man is charged in the death of his mother. Thirty-four-year-old George Rosa faces a first degree murder charge in the death of 70-year-old Molly Rosa.

State says it will temporarily recognize teaching license recommendations from UAA, amid accreditation loss

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The state says it will recognize the UAA students who meet licensure requirements during 2019 Spring and Summer semesters.

State Board of Game votes down changes to moose hunting season

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

The state’s Board of Game Saturday voted down a proposed change to moose hunting seasons in Southeast Alaska.

Military’s remote Cold War radars face a new threat: climate change

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Even with decades of technological advances, 15 remote radars across Alaska are still the military’s primary way to monitor airspace over huge swaths of the continent. But now their core mission is threatened by climate change.

Bethel’s children advocacy center takes a big step toward national accreditation

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

Bethel’s Children’s Advocacy Center reached a major milestone last week: an agreement with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation to allow medical examiners to be part of the multidisciplinary team dealing with children who have been victims of sexual abuse. This big step will help the center achieve national accreditation.

Juneau has no plans to add fluoride to water following study

Associated Press

Juneau officials say there are no plans to resume fluoridating the drinking water in Alaska’s capital after the city stopped the practice more than a decade ago.

On Alaska’s stately birds, some ponder the beguiling raven

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

There are flutterings of a small movement taking wing in Alaska to change the state bird from willow ptarmigan to raven.