Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Oct 16 2018
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowByron Mallott resignsAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – JuneauThree weeks before Alaska’s general election, Byron Mallott resigned suddenly as Alaska lieutenant governor, citing “inappropriate comments” he recently made. State Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson was sworn in to replace Mallott at lieutenant governor.Feds approve second Conoco oil project in National Petroleum Reserve-AlaskaElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Trump administration has handed a key approval to ConocoPhillips for an oil development on the North Slope, west of Prudhoe Bay. According to Conoco, the Greater Mooses Tooth 2 drill site could produce up to 40,000 barrels of oil per day.Elders and Youth conference continues in AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDuring a rousing youth keynote address at the annual Elders and Youth conference, 20-year-old Tristan Yaadoh Jovan Madros addressed the importance of traditional practices in formal education.Sitka police officer files suitEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaA female police officer has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the Sitka Police Department, alleging that she was treated differently than male officers and subjected to sexual harassment. This is the second lawsuit filed against the department in less than two months.DEA hosts Fairbanks opioid summitDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe federal Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming with local agencies on an opioid summit in Fairbanks.Togiak tribal authorities seize smuggled alcoholIsabelle Ross, KDLG – DillinghamLocal tribal authorities in Togiak seized approximately $32,000 of alcohol, acting on a tip that alcohol was being smuggled into the dry village via air cargo, disguised in apple juice containers.Rural Alaska populations on the riseAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe overall population of Alaska has remained steady over the past five years, but in certain areas of the state, it’s on the rise.Petersburg Assembly rejects Tongass timber sale auditJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgPetersburg’s borough assembly has voted down a resolution calling for a forensic audit of two Tongass National Forest timber sales.