Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
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Increasing COVID-19 cases push Fairbanks school district into red zone

State red zone guidelines include distance learning and cancellation of all in-person school activities, with sports practices limited to those where 10-foot social distancing can be maintained.
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Environmental groups challenge rule change on controversial hunting practices in National Preserves

A wolf rests in front of its den in the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge in Western Alaska (USFWS Photo) Over a dozen environmental groups are suing the US...
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Denali plans to expand fall and spring park access

The plan includes groomed ski trails near the park entrance and keeping the road open longer in the fall.

Fairbanks high school football player tests positive for COVID-19 after weekend game

The high school football players and coaches involved in the Saturday evening game were told to quarantine for 14 days.
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University of Alaska regents rescind idea of merging campuses

In a meeting Wednesday, regents unanimously voted to rescind a June 4 resolution that directed the administration to explore the merger introduced in May by former UA President Jim Johnsen.

Despite months of aggressive measures, Fort Yukon reports 21 cases of COVID-19

The community has been in lockdown since March, and the cases only resulted from a false positive of a resident who had been flown to Fairbanks.

Fire burns Aniak River Lodge

By the time responders arrived at the structure fire on the night of June 16, the lodge and surrounding structures were already burned down.

Fire service taps K-9 helpers to keep bears away during firefighting

It's the first time that Karelian Bear Dogs have been used by the Alaska Fire Service, but they've already helped deter at least one bear that came into a work camp.

Do electric vehicles work at 40 below? Alaska owners say ‘yes’

Electric Vehicle owners say they've been impressed with how the vehicles perform in the cold winter, but there are limitations.

North Pole natural gas line network delayed by pandemic

The Interior Gas Utility planned to hook up North Pole customers, but materials delays have slowed that process.

After dipnet opener, Copper River run continues to lag

An area biologist said that most personal-use dipnetters reported getting just 5 to fifteen salmon, well below the personal limit of 25.
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University regents decide to put the brakes on campus merger plan for UAS

University of Alaska regents have put the brakes on a plan to merge University of Alaska Southeast programs in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka into either the Anchorage or Fairbanks operations.
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Alaskans will get an increased shot at driving Park Road in Denali beginning June 1

Beginning Monday, June 1, visitors can register for permits to drive to Mile 30 of the Park Road, with more opportunities scheduled for July and August.

National Park Service rule change ends bans on controversial bear and wolf hunts

The decision represents a reversal in the agency's stance about its ability to regulate certain controversial hunting regulations that disrupt population dynamics in national preserves.

UAF research vessel Sikuliaq gets exemption to National Science Foundation’s ban on sailings

With the continuity of the vessel's long-running sampling project on the line, the vessel was granted an exemption to the NSF's ban, though it will be taking many precautionary measures.

Denali National Park reopens but plans for drastically different summer

With staffing at 50% because of the difficulty of implementing social distancing in seasonal housing, managers aren't sure how much vehicle and pedestrian traffic to allow into the park.

University of Alaska to furlough top leaders, including president, chancellors

UA says the furloughs will impact 166 employees and are expected to save the university system $554,000.

UAF innovation breaks down PFAS chemicals

The new technology has the potential to break down the persistent PFAS chemicals, which are found in many consumer products and are thought to cause adverse human health effects.

Yukon Quest sled dog race co-founder LeRoy Shank dies

The 79-year-old had been struggling with Parkinson's disease for years, but lived to see his granddaughter finish the Yukon Quest in February.