Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

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Judge overrules state, says salmon initiative can go forward

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

A controversial ballot initiative intended to protect salmon habitat has cleared a major hurdle, setting up what could be an intense political fight.

Residents rail against SB91 at rare Anchorage meeting

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Amid growing frustration over an uptick in crime, officials in Anchorage are weighing what kind of solutions they want from lawmakers in Juneau.

‘I am proud to be Iñupiat’: Alaskans celebrate first official Indigenous Peoples Day

Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The second floor of the Atwood Center at Alaska Pacific University was packed shoulder to shoulder with dozens of Alaskans who gathered to celebrate the first official Indigenous People’s Day in Alaska.

UAF joins in Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is also holding events to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, today — from 4 to 9 p.m. — highlighting Alaska Native cultures.

$250K bail for Ketchikan man charged with first-degree murder

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

A 42-year-old Ketchikan man was arrested and charged Friday with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence for allegedly killing 55-year-old Richard Branda on Thursday evening.

Ridle to focus on costs as administration commissioner

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday that he appointed Leslie Ridle to be commissioner of the Department of Administration. Ridle said her focus will be on the bottom line.

Goldbelt Heritage may inherit city-owned Aak’w Kwáan site

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

Indian Point, a former Tlingit village site on Auke Bay, may be ceded to a nonprofit dedicated to Aak’w Kwáan heritage.

Petersburg resident receives medal from King of Norway

Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg

A Petersburg resident has been recognized by the King of Norway for her dedication to promoting relations between Norway and the U.S. The Ambassador of Norway to the United States was in Petersburg last week to hand out the Medal of St. Olav.

E. Coli present in popular Haines water source, but residents continue to fill up

Abbey Collins, KHNS – Haines

This summer, a popular water source in Haines tested positive for E. coli. The Mud Bay spring is not regulated by the borough and is not regularly tested. But it’s where a lot of people get their drinking water. And some residents are not planning to stop.