Alaska News Nightly: July 11, 2013

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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.