Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

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Judge weighs whether ballot initiative favors salmon over mining, oil

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

At a hearing Tuesday in Anchorage, the key question was this: does the ballot initiative give the state enough wiggle room to consider projects like the proposed Pebble Mine or Susitna Dam even if they impact salmon streams?

Bristol Bay braces for long awaited Pebble Mine plans

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

This week, Pebble Limited Partnership is expected to publicly unveil the outline for a plan to mine the copper and gold deposit northwest of Iliamna.

Amid expansion, Anchorage Police announce new strategy to fight violent crime

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

As property and violent crime continue to increase in Anchorage, the city’s police department is internally reorganizing to better respond.

Spring Creek staff acted illegally in 2013 incident, Ombudsman finds

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The state’s ombudsman’s office says staff at Spring Creek Correctional Center violated the law in 2013 when they stripped 12 inmates and locked them naked in cold cells without clothing, blankets, or mattresses for up to 12 hours. The ombudsman made recommendations to rectify the situation in a report released last week.

Aleutian volcano remains restless

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutians near Unalaska is restless. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reported yesterday that a new lava dome formed in the summit crater over the weekend, and lava is trickling out.

UAS, Coast Guard establish training and scholarship program for students

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

By next fall, the first batch of University of Alaska Southeast undergraduates are expected to begin a first-of-its-kind scholarship program for Alaska.

Ban on hovercraft use within Alaska preserve stands, another appeal may come up

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The man at the center of a lawsuit over National Park Service authority to regulate rivers in Alaska parks is reacting to the most recent legal decision in the case.

As permafrost thaws, village cemeteries sink into swamp

Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel

Climate change is thawing the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s permafrost—and it’s doing more than cracking foundations, sinking roads and accelerating erosion. In some villages, it is turning cemeteries into swamps.

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