Children rejoice as roaches invade Ketchikan Public Library Maggie Wall, KMXT – Kodiak Conditions improve in fire containment for Shovel Creek Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan Alaska legislature split on budget vetoes, dividends — and even where to meet Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau Following boat explosion, Coast Guard searching for missing man in Whittier The Swan Lake fire has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula for more than a month and has now covered nearly 100,000 acres. As the fire continues to move east, efforts are shifting away from the Sterling community and toward Cooper Landing. Katmai National Park unveils new permanent Brooks River Bridge Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau On Sunday evening, Denali Park Service Rangers found a man dead after barricading himself in a tent, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna The Coast Guard continues to search for a man missing from a fishing boat after an explosion and fire last night that has caused major damage to Whittier’s number one salmon loading dock. Constituents use Wasilla special session to lobby Alaska lawmakers on Gov. Dunleavy’s budget vetoes Juneauites turn out to protest budget cuts on first day of special session Barricaded man commits suicide in Denali National Park Sage Smiley, KDLG – Dillingham Dan Bross + Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna More than 750 protesters packed the street in front of the Alaska Capitol on Monday, calling for the state Legislature to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage Alaska legislators gathered in two different places today, with different messages about state law, permanent fund dividends and Governor Mike Dunleavy’s line item vetoes. The following is the latest update on the Malaspina and Montana Creek Fires from the Alaska Division of Forestry. Monday’s special session in Wasilla gave road-system Alaskans a chance to offer their opinions about the huge budget dilemmas facing state lawmakers right now. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Malaspina and Montana Creek Fire update for July 8th Efforts shift away from Sterling as crews battle Swan Lake blaze Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai They’re creepy, they’re crawly, they’re about two-inches long – not including feelers – and they recently invaded the Ketchikan Public Library, much to the delight of about 100 kids and parents. Burn out operations resumed last night on the Shovel Creek wildfire northwest of Fairbanks. Heavy smoke prevented helicopters and planes from flying for much of Sunday, but conditions improved late, allowing for safe ignition of back burns along a fuel break protecting neighborhoods from the over 11,000-acre fire. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks For years, Katmai National Park has had a problem with “bear jams.” On June 30, the park opened a new, permanent, elevated bridge aimed at fixing the problem for good.