Alaska News Nightly: July 18, 2013

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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.