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Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

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Pebble critics call mine concept an investment ploy, not a real plan

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Former state senate president Rick Halford critical of Pebble’s new effort to reintroduce the project in a smaller package, saying the move is aimed at “mining the stock market,” not the copper and gold.

Ketchikan police seize meth, heroin, weapons, cash in Tuesday drug bust

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

Three people were arrested in a drug bust in Ketchikan Tuesday night. During the bust, Ketchikan police seized a pound of meth, 2.75 ounces of heroin, a handgun and a semiautomatic assault rifle loaded with armor-piercing bullets.

F-35A fighter jet coming to Eielson base for testing

Associated Press

A fighter jet will be at Eielson Air Force Base for testing this month.

Perflourinated compund testing expands across the state

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Testing for perflourinated compounds that have tainted wells in south Fairbanks and Moose Creek, is expanding across the state. Utquagvik is the latest community to detect the synthetic chemicals, which were found last month in a lake sometimes used for drinking water.

After cleanup at old fuel pipeline facility, agency to monitor leftover contamination

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

An Army Corps of Engineers contractor completed cleanup work last week at an old pump station near Quartz Lake that was part of a pipeline that the military used decades ago to transport gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel from Haines to bases in the Interior.

Sitkans pay tribute to a legendary Tlingit athlete

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

Sitkans paid their final respects this week to Herb Didrickson. The 91-year old Tlingit elder died in Sitka on September 25. In many ways Didrickson was everything you’d expect of a man of his generation. But Didrickson was also something most can never claim to be: The greatest athlete ever produced in Alaska.

AK: At Wales’ Kingikmiut Festival, dancing to heal

Gabe Colombo, KNOM – Nome

Now in it’s 18th year, the Wales Kingikmiut Dance Festival was revived after years of absence.

49 Voices: Andrew Jasper of Bethel

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Andrew Jasper from Bethel. Jasper is originally from Aniak and works as a behavioral health aide for the Yukon-Kuskowkwim Health Consortium.