Alaska News Nightly: August 2, 2013

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Coast Guard Searching For People Missing After Boat Sinking In Southeast

Erik Neumann, KCAW – Sitka

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard personnel and several fishing vessels are currently looking for two people, out of a group of three, after their boat sank Thursday night off Cape Ommaney.

FedEx Plane Makes Emergency Landing At King Salmon Airport

Ben Matheson, KDLG – Dillingham

A Fedex plane made an emergency landing at the King Salmon Airport today. The plane landed safely shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. The airport heard a call from a Fed Ex MD- 11 needing to land at the nearest available airport. The aircraft was flying from Incheon, South Korea to Anchorage with a crew of two.  Scott Fiedler is a spokesperson for Fed Ex.  He says the Fed Ex Express flight 92 experienced an unspecified technical issue. Aircraft maintenance crews were dispatched from Anchorage. Fiedler says the plane was carrying overnight packages from around Asia sent to the United States.

Murkowski Demands Explanation For Artillery Use That May Have Started Wildfire

Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants the Army to explain why artillery was used against the advice of fire manager in a training exercise, possibly starting a wildfire that has cost $19 million so far.

Stuart Creek 2 Fire Ramps Up

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Hot, dry, windy weather has operations ramping back up on the Stuart creek wildfire east of Fairbanks.

Susitna King Salmon Numbers Looking Up

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

King Salmon numbers for the Susitna are looking better than other runs in the state.

Fight Percolating Over Chugiak Solid Waste Project

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A fight is percolating over a planned solid waste project in Chugiak.

Galena Gets $900,000 Grant For Flood Recovery

Associated Press

City of Galena has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the federal government to help it recover from last spring’s devastating flood.

Flood Water In Effect For Upper Tanana River Area

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A flood watch is in effect for rivers feeding the upper Tanana River in the eastern interior.

Fairbanks Hits 31st Day Over 80 Degrees This Summer

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Thursday marked the 31st day this summer that it hit or surpassed 80 degrees in Fairbanks breaking a record set in 2004.

Tragedy And Courage On The Bering Sea

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

A new documentary tells the story of one of the most riveting stories of disaster at sea.