Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

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As Trump administration removes federal roadblocks, Pebble Mine fight shifts to state

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Now that the Trump administration has removed a major roadblock, Alaskans can expect a lot more action at the state level.

Democrats in Congress join fight against Pebble Mine

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

42 members of the U.S. House and Senate are asking President Trump to leave in place Clean Water Act restrictions to protect Bristol Bay. A CNN report asks why the EPA moved so quickly to remove the administrative hurdle.

New bill aims to reverse Obama restrictions on offshore drilling

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

The House measure would, among other things, allow lease sales in more Arctic waters and block new environmental standards for the Arctic.

Industry, environmental groups speak out as Hilcorp paves the way for drilling in federal Arctic waters

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The oil and gas company Hilcorp wants to build a gravel island in shallow waters in the Beaufort Sea, east of Prudhoe Bay.

On SB91, Anchorage officials want for reforms, not repeal

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Anchorage Assembly debated dueling measures concerning Senate Bill 91, the omnibus crime overhaul signed into law last summer.

Haines Assembly asks university to press pause on 400-acre timber sale

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

The Haines Assembly is asking the University of Alaska to press pause on a proposed timber sale which has alarmed local residents.

Alaska man sentenced in theft of ATMs with front-end loaders

Associated Press

A 26-year-old man who used front-end loaders to steal ATMs from Alaska banks has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

Citing safety concerns, airlines refuse to fly to Tununak Airport

Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel

About a year ago, Tununak opened a $19 million, state-of-the-art airport. But now, local airlines are refusing to fly there. The village’s shifting permafrost is buckling the runway, and both Ravn Alaska and Grant Aviation say that it’s too dangerous for pilots to land on it safely.

World’s largest collection of Yup’ik and Cup’ik videos now available online

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

KYUK has begun adding to the web its self-proclaimed world’s largest collection of Yup’ik and Cup’ik videos. The collection captures glimpses of nearly half a century of life on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and for the first time is becoming available to anyone searching the web.