A judge in Alaska has dealt a legal blow to opponents of the new Inupiat Eskimo name approved by voters for the nation’s northernmost town.
Superior Court Judge Paul Roetman on Friday denied a request to halt implementation of the transition from the old name of Barrow to Utqiagvik until a lawsuit filed by a local Alaska Native corporation is resolved.
Name change opponents argued the city broke its own laws by failing to publish a public notice before the renaming question was put on the local ballot in October.
Roetman says the opponents failed to show that continuing the transition process would harm them or that they would probably succeed in making their case.
He set a hearing on the civil lawsuit for March 22.
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3/10/2017 11:34:17 AM (GMT -9:00)