Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

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Walker doubles down on opposing Pebble Mine

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Tomorrow, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier is expected to publicly outline a plan for the proposed Pebble Mine project for the first time. But in an interview today, Governor Bill Walker said he’s against the controversial mine.

ANWR takes tiny step down rocky Senate road

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

You know how members of Congress sometimes try to pass legislation by attaching it to a fast-moving bill everyone loves? That’s not the case here. ANWR is controversial, and the budget plan it’s hitching a ride on isn’t entirely popular, either.

Is the Pacific walrus adapting to warming? Feds say no need for more protections

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’ Energy Desk – Juneau

“If the Fish & Wildlife Service had protected the Pacific walrus from threats of climate change, the Trump administration would have to admit that climate change is real,” Shaye Wolf with the Center for Biological Diversity said.

Alaska voters reject local bans on legalized pot

Associated Press

Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected attempts Tuesday to ban marijuana businesses.

As anger over crime boils over, lawmakers weigh changes to law

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Alaska lawmakers will face a challenge when they weigh what to do about the state’s criminal justice laws later this month: How to balance a body of research that supports changes they made last year, with the outrage about the current rise in crime.

Alaska Mental Health Trust hires new CEO

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has hired a new CEO almost a year after the ousting of its long-time leader.

Bering sea crab fisheries face more cutbacks

Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska

For the second year in a row, crab fisheries in southwest Alaska are facing steep cuts. This year’s Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is 22 percent smaller than last year.

Ancohrage middle school raises funds to help its Puerto Rican sister school

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage Spanish immersion students are well on their way to their goal of raising $10,000  to benefit fellow students in Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

Statewide fish donations go toward hurricane recovery

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

Fish from across Alaska and the Lower 48 is going toward recovery from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.