Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

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A week into the legislative session, the House has yet to organize

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Alaska House still hasn’t begun its work, despite the Legislature finishing the first week of the session. Alaska Public Media and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman explains the situation from Juneau.

Report: Oil and gas jobs rebound in December

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Alaska has been in a recession for the better part of three years and the state’s unemployment rate is the highest in the nation right now at 6.3 percent. But there are some signs that the losses are slowing.

State of Alaska issues two key permits for Donlin mine

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

On Friday the State of Alaska issued two key permits — a reclamation plan approval and a waste management permit — for the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Questions about federal shutdown’s impact on upcoming halibut season go unanswered

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

As the federal government shutdown wears on, Alaska’s fishermen have started to see some of its impacts percolate to the surface. Now a major question is going unanswered: Does the National Marine Fisheries Service have a plan to open Alaska’s halibut and sablefish fisheries if the shutdown lasts?

Board of Game approves extended Southeast deer season

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

The Alaska Board of Game amended a proposal to extend the deer hunt near Petersburg two weeks into November, but agreed to offer more hunting opportunity in October.

Jason Pavila wins Bogus Creek 150 in rookie race

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Fifteen-year-old Jason Pavila of Kwethluk and his nine dogs won the Bogus Creek 150 on his first attempt.

Matthew Failor wins blistering fast Kuskokwim 300

Ben Matheson & Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Matthew Failor won the Kuskokwim 300 with 11 dogs in harness, setting a new race record at 7:02 a.m. Sunday.

Terrell Andrews Wins 2019 Akiak Dash

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska

Bethel musher Terrell Andrews completed the roughly 50-mile Akiak Dash in less than eight hours, easily winning the 2019 race.