Alaska News Nightly: July 5, 2013

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Oil Sheen From Sunken Tender Closes Igushik River Fishery Again

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham  

Bristol Bay fishermen at the mouth of the Igushik River were shut down again this afternoon, following reports of oil in their nets.  An aerial survey flown earlier today observed a mile and a half long sheen of oil coming from the sunken tender Lone Star.

Grounded Fishing Tender Under Watch In Prince William Sound

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

A fishing tender is under the Coast Guard’s close watch after it intentionally grounded on a western Prince William Sound island on Thursday.

F/V Bangun Perkasa Finished Long Journey To Scrapyard

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

The “pirate ratship” is no more. The Coast Guard seized the F/V Bangun Perkasa almost two years ago while it was illegally driftnetting in the North Pacific, a practice that’s banned by a United Nations moratorium because of its indiscriminate harvest. Now, the ship is on its way to the scrapyard. Dismantling the stateless vessel was a lengthy process.

With Federal Funding Drying Up, Fate Of Trails Program Uncertain

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Whether it’s with bicycles, ATVs, or hiking boots, this holiday week is a prime time for Alaskans to go and play outside. There are hundreds of miles of trails available for use across the state, and much of that system is developed and maintained with federal funding. But now, some of that money is at risk of drying up, and outdoor enthusiasts are worried about what that could mean for recreation in the state.

Flightseeing Tour Returns To Talkeetna After 3 Nights On Ruth Glacier

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Six passengers and their pilot are safely in Talkeetna today after three nights weathered in at the foot of Denali.   John Nealon was flying a DeHavilland Beaver belonging to Talkeetna Air Taxi on a flightseeing tour Tuesday afternoon, when the weather forced him to make an unscheduled landing on the Ruth Glacier.

Forest Service Announces Large Timber Sale On Prince Of Wales Island

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

A large timber sale in the Tongass National Forest called Big Thorne was announced Monday, combining old and second growth areas of Prince of Wales Island.

State Approves Skwentna-Area Coal Lease

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The State has given the go ahead to a coal lease sale for the Skwentna area.   The division of mining, land and water released its final decision Friday on the Canyon Creek coal lease.

AK: Saloon Secrets

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

If you’ve ever visited Homer, chances are you’ve stopped by the Salty Dawg Saloon – or at least seen the T-shirts and hoodies that have made their way all over the world. The bar itself is a 105-year-old relic of days gone by on the Homer Spit and a sort of living museum to Alaska’s homesteader days. KBBI’s Aaron Selbig takes a closer look inside one of Alaska’s best-known buildings.

300 Villages: King Island

Alex Duerre, APRN – Anchorage

This week we’re heading to the uninhabited village of King Island, west of Nome in the Bering Sea. King Island residents were forced to relocate to Nome in 1959. But this month, a group of former residents and their descendents are returning to the island.Vince Pikongana grew up in King Island.