Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

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Search continues for missing medevac plane near Kake

Joe Viechnicki and Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg and Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka

The U.S. Coast Guard and others are searching for a medevac aircraft that went missing Tuesday night on a flight from Anchorage to Kake.

Death of Coast Guard member sparks investigation in Unalaska

Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Dunleavy proposes constitutional amendments to enshrine PFDs, require public support for taxes, cap spending

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The proposed amendments may face a difficult reception in the Alaska Legislature. One Republican senator described Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposals as “a horrible idea.”

Ferry system would lose millions under proposed Dunleavy budget

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The state ferry system would lose nearly half of its cash reserves under Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed supplemental budget.

Interior delays public comment deadline for ANWR oil leasing

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The Interior department is giving the public an additional month to weigh in on its controversial plans to allow oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Pebble boosts spending to lobby feds

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

Washington, D.C. firms report Pebble paid them $1.2 million to lobby Congress and the executive branch in 2018.

Rep. Young loses committee chairmanship

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

Congressman Don Young isn’t a committee chairman anymore, and he’s no longer in the House majority, but he did just get named to be the top Republican on a subcommittee of the Natural Resources panel.

Valhalla strip mall closed for biz, even two months after quake

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

City inspectors have examined damage at roughly 1,800 properties, but have around 1,200 left — and are still finding damage.

Ask an Economist: Growth and uncertainty for Alaska’s cannabis industry

Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

For nearly three years, Alaska’s cannabis industry has generated steady job growth, tax revenues and new businesses around the state, but how does it fit into the overall economy? Department of Labor and Workforce economist Karinne Wiebold explains.

Willow 300 cancelled due to poor trail conditions

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

The Willow 300 has been cancelled due to deteriorating trail conditions.

Alaska Communications planning to repair, replace slowly toppling telephone poles

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaska Communications is planning to repair or replace about 20 telephone poles that are slowly falling over along a swampy stretch of the Richardson Highway north of Delta Junction. It’s a recurring problem that Alaska telecoms have dealt with for years.

Chicago, Midwest deals with Fairbanks-level cold snap

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Windy City weather, today, was feeling a lot more like Alaska than usual. The temperature in Chicago dropped to 20 below, with a windchill closer to 40 below, and it was even colder elsewhere in the Midwest.