Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

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Government shutdown, if it continues, could cost Alaska’s lucrative Bering Sea fisheries

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Even if the shutdown persists, the federal government will still open the Bering Sea fisheries as scheduled. But the government requires inspections of things like scales and monitoring equipment. Those inspections won’t happen until the government reopens.

Study: Coho salmon sense of smell diminishes as CO2 enters North Pacific Ocean

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

A new study has found that one of the coho salmon’s most valuable senses may diminish as more carbon dioxide enters the North Pacific Ocean – threatening their ability to avoid predators, find their way back to their natal streams and to find spawning mates.

State gasline corporation to miss key deadline with Chinese partners

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is pushing for a six-month extension on negotiations with three Chinese partners interested in the Alaska LNG project.

UA officials react to proposed Trump Title IX changes

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Universities across the country are reviewing Trump administration proposed changes to rules governing how the institutions handle sexual assault and harassment cases, under Federal Title IX law.

University of Alaska sets goal to improve teacher retention

Associated Press

The University of Alaska wants to address public school teacher turnover with more locally educated educators.

Alaska winter tourism gains popularity

Associated Press

Winter tourism is growing in Alaska.

Hecla Greens Creek wants to close mine to hunters

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Hecla Greens Creek Mine is asking the Board of Game to ban hunting near its mine facility southwest of Juneau, saying hunters are endangering its workers.

Students learn survival skills over winter break in Haines

Claire Strempel, KHNS – Haines

The Haines Library and the Haines Sheldon Museum partnered to offer outdoor survival skill workshops for kids over the winter break. These lessons in survival skills are disguised as a play day in the snow.

‘Bill Sheffield: A Memoir, From the Great Depression to the Governor’s Mansion and Beyond’

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The autobiography chronicles Sheffield’s beginnings as the son of a farmer in the Great Depression, to when he arrived in Alaska in the ’50s, to his term as governor from 1982 to 1986. Sheffield was also CEO of the Alaska Railroad and director of the Port of Anchorage.

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