Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Dec 28 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowCuts to state jobs prompt union outcryElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauIn a class action grievance filed Tuesday, the Alaska State Employees Association says the governor overlooked a crucial detail in its contract agreement.State delays renewal of Pebble land use permitDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamAlaska’s Department of Natural Resources has delayed renewing a two-year land use permit for the Pebble Limited Partnership to give state regulators more time to review an “extensive” number of public comments.Juneau’s cruise ship head tax spending pitches due next weekJeremy Hsieh, KTOO – JuneauProposals to spend Juneau’s cruise ship passenger fees are due January 2, and so far, the city hasn’t received many pitches.Young, striking Trump-like note, reflects on 2016Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.\Alaska Congressman Don Young showed no enthusiasm for Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. But with President-elect Trump three weeks from his swearing-in, and a new Democratic minority leader in the Senate, Young is looking at the big picture and seeing the bright side.Capital City Fire/Rescue got hit with hundreds more calls in 2016Quinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauJuneau’s fire department is battling a near 12 percent increase in emergency calls. The higher volume has stretched the department thin and the Fire Chief says additional personnel is the only real solution.UAF research facility device could boost use of renewable energyTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksEngineers at UAF’s Alaska Center for Energy and Power have invented a device that should help promote greater use of renewable-energy sources such as wind and hydropower to generate electricity in small, remote communities. Center officials say development of the ST100 is an important milestone in their effort to boost the use of renewables to help communities save money by burning less diesel fuel to generate power.Naknek augments power supply with new solar arrayAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamIn the search for cheap, renewable sources of energy to power rural Alaska, solar seems to have rarely gotten a look. But solar panel technology is constantly improving, and one small company set up an array in Naknek this year to prove it can work.last_img

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