Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Sep. 5, 2017

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Alaska attorney general joins others arguing that redistricting can be too partisan

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth joined a legal brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case Tuesday, arguing that redistricting shouldn’t favor one political party.

Trump’s decision to end DACA prompts Anchorage protest

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

About a hundred protesters gathered in downtown Anchorage in opposition to the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Anchorage DA announces departure from position, move to private sector

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion announced last week that he’ll be stepping down from his post. Campion has been the DA for a little over two years, and with the Department of Law for nine years, and says he’s moving to the private sector.

Skagway rocked by second landslide in under 2 weeks

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

Early Tuesday morning, a rockslide crashed into Skagway’s largest cruise ship dock. It was the second slide event in less than two weeks and caused a pair of cruise ships to divert to other ports. Some Skagway residents are calling on the city and the private company that owns the dock to take action.

No injuries in Sitka Labor Day landslide

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

A landslide in Sitka early Monday afternoon stranded people on either end of the road system for about eight hours, but otherwise there no reports of damage or injuries.

First large wind storm moving through Southcentral

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The season’s first serious fall storm is descending on Southcentral Alaska, bringing rain and strong winds to the Gulf of Alaska all the way up to the Mat-Su Borough.

Russian River flooding is affecting Kodiak residents

Mitch Borden, KMXT – Kodiak

Russian River flooded last week in Kodiak leaving some residents scrambling to address the damage.

Drivers can expect night closures along Denali Highway

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Hunters and others with plans to travel the Denali Highway this coming weekend are being advised about overnight closures due to road work.

18 animals left to waste during Forty Mile caribou hunt

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Some animals were left to waste in last week’s Forty Mile caribou hunt along the Steese Highway.

New exhibit tells little-known story of a plan to settle Jewish refugees in Alaska during WWII

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

As millions of people around the world are displaced from their homes, some are looking to the past for insight on the refugee crisis. A new museum exhibit in Anchorage tells the story of a plan to relocate European Jewish refugees to Alaska during World War II.

Groups conserve habitat on Afognak Island

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

An initiative to conserve one coastal habitat in the Kodiak Archipelago is now complete. The Thorsheim drainage on Afognak Island includes almost 2,000 acres of natural habitat. It’s now safe from development and tree harvest.