Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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Dunleavy calls for action on constitutional amendments, crime bills

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Governor Mike Dunleavy called a press conference today to send a message: State lawmakers aren’t moving fast enough to pass his big priorities this session. That’s not just an idle threat- Dunleavy has constitutional powers he can use to force lawmakers into action.

2 Alaska human rights commission members resign

Associated Press

Two Alaska human rights commission members have submitted their resignations after the low-level state agency found itself in the middle of a controversy involving its executive director.

Fairbanks City Council delays on-site cannabis consumption vote

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks City Council postponed a final vote Monday on a proposed ordinance that would allow authorized retail shops in town to offer on-site consumption of marijuana. If approved, Fairbanks would become the first city in Alaska to allow on-site consumption.

Alleged Alaska prison gang member arrested in Georgia

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The last of six Alaska men indicted together in late March on federal murder and kidnapping charges – and allegedly connected to a white supremacist prison gang – has been arrested in Georgia.

Alaska’s rural schools could get a boost in internet speed

Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau

For the last five years, the state has helped Alaska schools pay for faster internet — up to a point. As technology has advanced, some say it’s time to raise the bar. A pair of bills before the Legislature would do just that.

Donlin promises economic development if mine goes through

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

Donlin Gold says that it will bring money and jobs to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta with its proposed mine.

Three entrepreneurs propose heli-ski operation in Hatcher Pass

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Three Willow-based entrepreneurs want to operate a commercial snowcat-and-helicopter skiing operation in Hatcher Pass. The mountainous recreation area sits between Willow and Palmer in the Talkeetna Mountains and hosts all sorts of other winter activities, like back country skiing, snowboarding and snow-machining.

Regalia, stories abound at Cama-i

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

On the Yukon-Kuskowkwim Delta, Yup’ik dance has undergone a renaissance. Everything that goes along with it — from headdresses, to mukluks, dance fans to masks and intricate beading — has a story.