On Wednesday’s Crosscurrents, 8 to 10 am on December 11, John Gaguine will be playing two hours of traditional Christmas music. Hear great choral ensembles like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Robert Shaw Chorale, and singers like Joan Baez and the Chenille Sisters. No Santa or Rudolph or Jingle Bells. Those will come next week, on the 18th, when Mike Godkin will be in again.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.
- In visits to the Lower 48, Alaskans may have caught a ride in an Uber or Lyft car. Now, people around the state can use the ride-sharing companies at home. This month, Alaska became the latest state to make way for the transportation apps.
- It’s do-or-die week in Olympia. It's cliché to say, but if lawmakers don’t pass a budget and send it to the governor for his signature before midnight on Friday, state government will go into partial shutdown. Washington lawmakers are optimistic that won’t happen.
- The management slate won this year’s Sealaska board election. Three incumbents and a newcomer who ran with them beat out eight independent candidates.