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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

University President: Budget Cuts Will Require Downsizing to ‘Core’ Missions

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble is anticipating budget cuts that will force the institution to downsize, and focus on its core missions. Gamble plans to retire at the end of the 2015 school year, but he’s looking beyond his tenure to help the university prepare for the future.

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December 19, 2014

Governor Walker Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker is striking an optimistic tone despite tanking oil prices that are reducing state revenue. Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Walker pointed to opportunity.

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December 18, 2014

UA President Announces Retirement Date

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble will step down at the end school year. Vice President of University relations, Carla Beam says Gamble announced his plan to retire June 1st 2015, to UA Regents, during an executive session Friday.

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December 15, 2014

EPA To Use North Pole Air Data

The Fairbanks area continues to struggle with fine particulate pollution from wood smoke and other sources. Wintertime air inversions trap emissions at ground level, dropping air quality below federal Clean Air Act standards. Much of the North Star Borough is classified a federal non-attainment area by the Environmental Protection Agency, based on air quality monitoring in Fairbanks, but the EPA plans to begin using monitoring data from North Pole, where pollution is typically much worse.

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December 15, 2014

University of Alaska Regents Approve Tobacco Ban

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a policy banning smoking and other tobacco use on its campuses statewide.

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December 12, 2014

‘Sandbar Mitchell’ Restoration Takes New Approach

Restoration of a World War II bomber salvaged from a Tanana River sandbar will benefit from a similar relic in Nome. Some of the parts needed to restore the plane known as “Sandbar Mitchell” will be come from another B-25 that crashed in Nome over 70 years ago.

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December 9, 2014

DEC Gets Feedback on Fairbanks Air Quality Plan

State Department of Environmental Conservation officials have been in Fairbanks this week sharing information and taking public feedback on a plan for getting the area into compliance with federal air quality standards.

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December 4, 2014

UAF Student Found Dead

A University of Alaska Fairbanks student is dead, the apparent victim of an accident.

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December 4, 2014

Warm Temps Mean More Salt on Fairbanks’ Roads

Warmer than normal temperatures this fall are allowing expanded use salt to combat icy roads in Fairbanks. Salt is more effective in some conditions and less expensive.

November 28, 2014

APU Nordic Skier To Compete In World Cup

A cross country skier from Fairbanks is taking on the world’s best. Alaska Pacific University team member Reese Hanneman, who grew up in Fairbanks, will compete for the U.S. Ski Team in World Cup races in Europe over the next month.

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November 26, 2014

Orphaned Bear Cub Finds Temporary Home At Alaska Zoo

An orphaned bear cub from the Eagle area is at the Alaska Zoo. The young black bear will be kept at the facility in Anchorage, while a search is conducted for a permanent home.

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November 25, 2014

Interior’s Dry Weather To Continue

The Interior is forecast to get a little snow over the next couple days, but the trend is for continued dry weather.

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November 24, 2014
"BaBa" the bear cub, comes out of a dog house at his temporary home with Kate Rourke and Andy Bassich. (Credit Terry Pratt / BBC)

Another Orphaned Alaska Bear Cub Needs A Home

Another orphaned Alaska bear cub needs a home. The young black bear found near Eagle is the 8th the state has dealt with this year. The other seven cubs, all but one black, including a trio rescued in Galena in September, have been placed in lower 48 wildlife care facilities. The fate of the latest orphaned cub is uncertain.

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November 21, 2014

Warm Weather Allowing Expanded Use Of Salt On Fairbanks Roads

Warmer than normal temperatures this fall are allowing expanded use salt to combat icy roads in Fairbanks. Salt is more effective in some conditions and less expensive.

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November 19, 2014

State Releases Plan To Improve Fairbanks Air Quality

The state has released a long in the works plan for improving Fairbanks air quality. The community regularly falls short of federal fine particulate pollution standards in the winter, but many residents rely on wood burning for heat. There’s opposition to any sort of burn ban, and that’s not part of the plan.

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November 18, 2014

LNG Trucking Plan Might Not Hit Targeted Consumer Price Point

The latest numbers show a state plan to truck North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks may not hit a targeted consumer price point. Officials updated the public on the project Wednesday, and they‘re optimistic they can bring down the price.

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November 13, 2014

New Hearing Held On Fairbanks Four Case

There was a hearing in the Fairbanks Four case Monday. The hearing in state court was requested by the Alaska Innocence Project, which is attempting to overturn guilty convictions of George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, the 4 men imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman.

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November 12, 2014

Archaeological Findings Could Shed Light On Alaska’s Early Residents

An archaeological site southeast of Fairbanks continues to yield information about the Native people who lived along the Tanana River thousands of years ago. The site, first identified in 2005 during reconnaissance for a railroad extension project, has been the subject of major archeological excavation, and Monday researchers announced the discovery of skeletal remains and other materials dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. The finds are helping to broaden understanding of Alaska’s early residents.

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November 11, 2014

UA President Warns Regents About Budget

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has passed a budget for next year, but there’s concern about state funding.

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November 7, 2014

UAF Athletics Penalized For Eligibility Violations

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has been penalized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for eligibility violations. Wednesday, Chancellor Brian Rogers wanted it understood that that the athletes are not to blame.

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November 6, 2014