Alaska News Nightly: July 18, 2013
Fishery Disaster Funds Included In Early Appropriations Bill
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
Relief funds for last summer’s King salmon fisheries disasters on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers has taken one step closer to reaching fishermen in the region.
Senate Confirms Labor, EPA Nominees
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
The United States Senate has approved two more of President Obama’s cabinet picks.
Both Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich voted to move the picks for Labor and the EPA along.
HAARP Facility Shuts Down
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP facility, shut down last month. The official in charge of the military research facility near Glennallen isn’t talking, but the closure appears to be short term.
Muslims Adapt For Holy Month In The Midnight Sun
Robbie Feinberg, KFSK – Petersburg
We’re now in the midst of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for those of the Islamic faith. Over 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe are observing the holiday each night through the middle of August, many with large community celebrations. But for Muslims in Petersburg, and across Alaska, they’ve adapted to celebrating where they can, and sometimes alone.
Teenage Kodiak Shooting Victim Dies Of Wounds
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
A 16-year-old Kodiak boy shot who was shot by another teen on Sunday evening has died in Anchorage. Kodiak Police Department Lieutenant Ray Ellis said the boy died Wednesday. Ellis declined to release the name of the victim, citing his age.
Troopers Search For Missing Man Near Big Lake
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
A search is underway for an 81-year -old man reported missing on Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police are looking for Wallace Wilkinson Dunn, who was last seen at a soccer game on Thursday, July 11. Dunn’s family believes he left his Anchorage residence sometime the following day, headed for a cabin in Big Lake.
Troopers found Dunn’s truck, a gray 1998 Ford F150, parked and locked several miles away from his cabin on Wednesday.
State Receives Plan To Recover Sunken Bulldozer Near Talkeetna
Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna
For more than two months, a bulldozer has sat underwater in a small alpine lake near Talkeetna. Now, the State of Alaska says they have received a plan to recover the equipment.
Yup’ik Teen Wins At National Martial Arts Championships
Sophie Evan, KYUK – Bethel
A young Yup’ik man with roots to Kotlik on the Lower Yukon has distinguished himself in the International competitive world of Martial Arts.
Cargo Airships In Alaska’s Future
Sara Bernard, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska could soon welcome back the era of the dirigible. Researchers argue that helium-powered “cargo airships” are cheaper and more flexible than conventional air craft. And that could be a game changer for rural Alaskan communities that rely on regular shipments of fuel and supplies. A conference in Anchorage last week drew representatives from around the world to discuss the potential.