In this newscast:
- All 60 seats of the Alaska Legislature are filled for the first time since August after an Anchorage Republican is sworn into the House,
- U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski dedicates funding to a bill in Congress intended to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of missing and murdered indigenous women,
- President Donald Trump’s pick to be Alaska’s next Federal District Court judge scores poorly in an Alaska Bar Association poll,
- the Alaska Bar Association flags a coming legal brain drain in the state as older lawyers retire,
- a new study identifies environmental hazards threatening rural Alaska Native communities,
- officials say more buildings were damaged by last year’s earthquake in Chugiak-Eagle River where regulations are more lax than in an Anchorage zone,
- the Fairbanks City Council considers raising the tax on vaping products to be the same as tobacco products, and
- a Delta Junction High School sprinter becomes the first athlete from that community to be offered a chance to compete at a Division 1 school.
- Hundreds turned out for the annual Christmas gathering at the Governor's Mansion.
- But experts say the details of what the Dunleavy administration proposes will be important.
- The Alaska State Troopers plan — which includes transferring dispatchers in Ketchikan, Wasilla and Soldotna — was the subject of much concern at a recent assembly meeting in Ketchikan.
- According to a report by the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center, the hiker was alone Saturday when he was caught in an avalanche near the Blueberry Loop trail and fully buried before he was able to kick his legs free.