Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

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Anchorage and Mat-Su school districts report millions in post-quake repair costs, with millions more to come

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The two school districts affected by last November’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake are reporting they’ve spent millions of dollars on repairs to schools.

Measles vaccines OK locally; outbreak in Washington state

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

The State of Alaska issued a health advisory last week about Measles in the Pacific Northwest, and a private clinic in Fairbanks reported a localized shortage of Measles vaccine. As of today, public and private clinics and pharmacies have the vaccine in stock.

Former Ketchikan teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse of minor; gets six years

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

A former Ketchikan High School teacher pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual abuse of a minor through a plea agreement that calls for him to serve six years in jail.

Police release info on two Anchorage homicides

Associated Press

Anchorage police have released the name of a woman found shot in a vehicle in the city earlier this week.

GVEA to cut carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2030; environmentalists urge more cuts

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Golden Valley Electric Association has pledged to reduce the amount of climate-changing carbon its power plants emit by 26 percent, based on 2012 levels, over the next 11 years. Members of environmental groups welcome the so-called Green Goals approved last week by Golden Valley’s board of directors.

Ask A Climatologist: Remembering 6.5 ft of snow pelting Richardson Highway decades ago

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Sixty-five years ago today — that’s Feb. 7th, 1963 — a weather observer recorded six and a half feet of snow fell in a single day at a station along the Richardson Highway, north of Valdez.

Measure funding Native language programs supported in Alaska

Associated Press

Native studies officials at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are praising efforts to reauthorize federal legislation funding immersion programs for Native American languages.

Quest leaders head out of Dawson in close proximity

Dan Bross and Lex Treinen, KUAC – Fairbanks

Yukon Quest frontrunners Brent Sass, Allen Moore, Michelle Phillips and Hans Gatt are running fairly close together, toward the Yukon River community of Eagle.

Transforming perspectives on trauma through paintings of hope

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Traumatic childhood experiences can lead to problems later in life, but this doesn’t define a person. Stories that start with trauma can end with hope. A new set of murals illustrates the transformation of seven Alaskans, and the process of creating them transformed the artists themselves.