Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 2, 2018

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Gov. Walker asks to suspend Pebble environmental impact statement process

Gov. Bill Walker has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend the Environmental Impact Statement process for the proposed Pebble Mine.
Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham
Kodiak demonstrators rally to keep families together
Communities across the country demonstrated this past weekend against the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, including in Alaska. The protests stemmed from an original wave of outrage at the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Kayla DesRoches, KMXT – Kodiak
On immigration, Sen. Sullivan calls for more facilities, better processing
Sen. Dan Sullivan addressed the immigration issue in Fairbanks on Sunday. He emphasized that the federal government is not currently set up to properly manage a flood of immigrants seeking asylum.
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Hawkins out of Republican governors race
Scott Hawkins, one of the Republican candidates for governor, has withdrawn from the race.
The Associated Press
Missing in national park, 2 hikers feared dead
Two hikers missing in Wrangle St. Elias National Park are feared dead. That after searchers found signs of the couple late last week.
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Yakutat commercial sockeye fishing shutdown
Commercial sockeye fishing in Yakutat has been closed due to historic low returns, leaving set-netters in a bind until coho and chum season later in the summer. Unlike other salmon fisheries around the Southeast, biologists never saw this coming.
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
How can the Small Business Administration help Alaska?
Three U.S. Senators were in Anchorage Friday to discuss how the Small Business Administration can help Alaska companies.
Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
Governor taps Juneau city attorney for judge seat
Juneau’s municipal attorney was one of Gov. Bill Walker’s three appointments to the bench announced Monday. She wasn’t among her colleagues’ top choices.
Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau
Mount Marathon racers: Allison Barnwell
On the Fourth of July, Seward swells to thirty or forty thousand people, many there to watch Mount Marathon, a race that now attracts elite runners from across the world. For Allison Barnwell, it’s still her hometown race.
Emily Russell, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
Forecasters from Haines and the Yukon work together to build a weather station in the Haines Pass 
A new weather station is being developed to collect data for Haines Pass. The Yukon Avalanche Association recently secured funding from the Yukon Government for the project. The association will partner with the Haines Avalanche Center to install the equipment by fall.
Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines
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Casey Grove is the host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media with an emphasis on crime and courts. Reach him at