Alaska News Nightly: July 11, 2013
Native Corporations Concerned Over Dam Study Trespassing, Safety
Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna
A group of seven Alaska Native Corporations and associations are accusing the Alaska Energy Authority of trespassing as the agency does preliminary study work on the Susitna-Watana Dam project.
State Files Cross-Appeal In Fishermen Trial
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
The State of Alaska has submitted a cross appeal in the Kuskokwim fishermen trials.
Stalled Engine May Have Caused Soldotna Crash
Ariel Van Cleave, KBBI – Homer
Federal investigators are saying the plane crash in Soldotna could have been caused by a stalled engine. Agents with the National Transportation Safety Board have been on the Kenai Peninsula since Monday examining the wreckage. Ten people, including one local pilot and two families visiting from Greenville, South Carolina were on board when it crashed late Sunday morning.
Stuart Creek 2 Fire 22 Percent Contained
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire is now 22 percent contained. But 770 firefighters and personnel aren’t ready to let down their guard.
Former State Biologist Suggests Voluntarily Not Fishing To Boost Chinook Escapement
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Chinook salmon runs are poor all over the state, but especially so in the Matanuska Susitna Borough, where sports fishing restrictions have been in place most of the season. Now a former state fisheries biologist says fishermen could help boost Chinook escapement by voluntarily not fishing at all.
Kenai Peninsula College Founder Dies
Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai
The Kenai Peninsula lost one of its most influential figures Wednesday. Clayton Brockel, the founding director of Kenai Peninsula College died. He was 85.
Brooks Falls Bear Cam Comes Online
Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer
Every summer, thousands of visitors travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve, most of them there to see the park’s number one attraction – the brown bears that fish for salmon at Brooks Falls. Now, thanks to a new project, people all over the world can watch the famous bears, too.
Elusive Amphibians Chronicled Along Stikine
Robbie Feinberg, KFSK – Petersburg
With its temperate rainforest climate, Southeast Alaska is a prime location for amphibians like frogs and salamanders. But scientists in the state have barely explored the creatures. One University of Alaska graduate student, with the help of a Petersburg resident, is trying to change that.