In this newscast: The federal Energy Information Administration expects heating fuel costs to be higher than last year. But what happens in the lower 48 doesn’t necessarily hold true in Alaska. A national climate report says the state is warming twice as fast as the rest of the country. Rural and Alaska Native communities like those in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are the first to feel those impacts and are already seeing change from their front doors. President Trump says he’ll shut down the government if he doesn’t get $5 billion for border security and a wall on the southern border. But if he gets his way, it could mean Alaska’s congressional delegation would lose one of its top priorities: A polar icebreaker.
In this newscast: A report out of the University of Alaska Anchorage has found that climate change is estimated to cost Alaska between $340 and $700 million dollars per year over the next three to five decadeThe Juneau School District is looking for a new superintendent, but some are hoping they won’t look far. A top executive with ConocoPhillips says the federal government should shrink–but not eliminate–the protected area around the biggest lake in Arctic Alaska, which is important habitat for wildlife. A citizen advisory committee released new recommendations on the federal Roadless Rule, which could shape the future of the Tongass National Forest.
In this newscast: A divided federal appeals court panel finds Alaska’s limit on what nonresidents can contribute to candidates for office is unconstitutiona., Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy’s announces his picks for several key cabinet positions. Only one has worked for a state government. While climate change has disrupted fisheries in many parts of the state, fishermen in Northwest Alaska are landing huge catches.