News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four men who died on a humanitarian mission to help rebuild an Alaska town following the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded have been honored in the town near where they died. The City of Valdez, Alaska, on Saturday unveiled a memorial to the four Alaska National Guard members who died in plane in1964. The plane had just delivered surveyors for the rebuilding process and immediately took off for Anchorage in a snowstorm but crashed a mile offshore.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - State officials are asking two Fairbanks utilities to pass on an estimated $1 million in savings from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to customers. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska says other investor-owned utilities lowered their rates after the passage of the tax act. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports officials with Golden Heart Utilities and College Utilities Corp. would prefer to put the savings toward a revenue deficiency, which would delay a rate increase.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska is expected to receive more than $56 million in disaster relief for groups impacted by the drop in pink salmon numbers in the Gulf of Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports the money is part of the $200 million that the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is sending to struggling fisheries across the nation. The money will be disbursed to nine fisheries in Alaska, including the southeast.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report an outbreak of norovirus on a cruise ship in Alaska. KTOO public media reports 73 people have reported getting sick on the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam, which was docked in Juneau on Friday. The ship is expected to make additional stops in Alaska before returning to Seattle on July 2.
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