Alaska News Nightly: July 16, 2013

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Dunbar Sets Alaska Mile Mark At 3:59.06

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

Kodiak High School graduate Trevor Dunbar did something Monday night in Portland that no other Alaskan – not even his father – had ever accomplished: He ran a mile under four minutes. His time of 3-minutes 59.06-seconds came in the Portland Roughrider Twilight Meet.

Hundreds Gather For Regional Economic Summit

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Hundreds of business and political leaders from Canada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Idaho have come to Alaska to talk about what these places all have in common.

Veteran Senators Defuse Rule-Changing Confrontation

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Veteran senators averted what would have been a meltdown in Washington early this morning. Long-time legislators from both sides of the aisle agreed to defuse a confrontation that would changed Senate rules.

More Charges Surface In Bethel Child Abuse Case

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

Peter Tony, a 69-year-old Bethel resident, and former foster parent, is facing more charges of sexually abusing minors.

Galena Residents Seek Fish Donations

Jeremy Scott, KIYU – Galena

Folks in Galena continue working towards a return to normalcy.

They’re rebuilding their homes and, thanks to a joint effort from the Department Fish and Game and Kwik’Pak Fisheries, they’re also restocking their freezers.

Chilkoot Watershed Closed To Sockeye Sport Fishing

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order Monday, closing the Chilkoot watershed near Haines to sockeye sport fishing because of low escapements.

Former Wrangell Hospital CEO Appointed Interim SEARHC Director

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Former Wrangell Medical Center CEO, Noel Selle-Rea, has been named the interim administrator for the Southeast Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Overdue Hikers Found Safe On Stampede Trail

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Three overdue hikers have been found safe on the Stampede Trail, according to the Alaska State Troopers.  On Monday morning, State Troopers and paramedics from the Tri-Valley Fire Department received a report that Jensen Green of Talkeetna, Nate Perkins and Kia Bridges of Utah had begun a hike down the Stampede Trail west of Healy on Saturday and were expected to return Sunday.

Officials Lift Evacuation Watch For Portion Of Chena Hot Springs Road

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Officials monitoring the more than 85,000 acre Stuart Creek 2 Fire burning northeast of Fairbanks have lifted an evacuation watch between mileposts 16 and 27 along Chena Hot Springs Road.

UAF Professor Attempting To Improve Sea Ice Forecasting

Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM – Nome

As climate change alters the landscape of the Arctic, more vessel traffic will be arriving in Arctic waters – and the need for sea ice forecasts will be vital.