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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

ConocoPhillips to Operate New Doyon Drill Rig

Doyon is building a new North Slope oil drilling rig, the Interior Regional Native Corporation will operate for Conoco Phillips.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Usibelli Submits Coal Bed Methane Plan

Usibelli Coal has submitted a plan to drill coal bed methane exploration wells on state land near Healy. The company is licensed to look for shallow gas on over 200 thousand acres of state and private land in the area, and this is the first action the company has taken.

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July 25, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Tribal Leaders Discuss Ambler Road

Tribal leaders are gathering interested parties, including state and federal officials, in the village of Allakaket to discuss the state’s proposed road into the Ambler Mining District. Upper Koyukuk River people are concerned about impacts to subsistence resources by the road, and mining development it would bring.

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July 24, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Fort Yukon Plans New Landfill to Improve Safety, Facilitate More Recycling

The City of Ft. Yukon plans to build a new landfill. The project is aimed at improving safety and recycling some of the community’s waste stream.

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July 18, 2014 - 5:09 pm
NASA is flying two Airborne Science ER-2 aircraft out of Fairbanks to test equipment to be used to monitor Arctic sea ice. (Credit NASA)

NASA Testing Arctic Sea Ice Monitoring Technology With High-Flying Ex-Spy Plane

NASA is piloting a mission out of Fairbanks with a specialized plane that can fly high enough to test technology destined for satellite applications.

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July 17, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Fairbanks Wind Energy Battle Continues

A Fairbanks based alternative energy company continues to push Golden Valley Electric Association to buy more of its wind power. Alaska Environmental Power operates a wind farm in Delta Junction, and recently teamed with an Anchorage law firm on a report it hopes will sway utility members.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Rep. Guttenberg Looks To Jumpstart Fairbanks LNG

State Representative David Guttenberg wants to jumpstart Fairbanks’ conversion to natural gas heating. The state is pursuing a public private project to process North Slope gas and truck it to Fairbanks, but Gutenberg says it faces a familiar problem.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Fairbanks Rains Approach Record Levels

Scattered rain showers are in the Fairbanks area forecast, and any precipitation that falls will add to local totals that have Fairbanks on track to continue breaking wet weather records.

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July 11, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Fairbanks Borough Pursuing Drone Park

The Fairbanks North Star Borough wants to set up a special area for companies to develop and test drone aircraft for the military. The project would capitalize on recent year’s state laws aimed at helping woo the defense industry and spur economic development.

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July 9, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Rainy Weather Continuing Into July

Rain continues to fall across the central and eastern interior as July extends a trend that made June Fairbanks rainiest on record.

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July 2, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Rain Causing Problems On Interior Roads

The rain is resulting in dangerous driving conditions. State Department of Transportation Northern Region spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says she issued numerous travel advisories this morning.

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July 2, 2014 - 5:26 pm

UAF Releases Plan For Budget Cuts

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has released a list of budget cuts to be implemented during the new fiscal year. The reductions affect a wide range of programs and services.

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July 1, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Fairbanks Weathers Wettest June On Record

It’s official. Last month was Fairbanks wettest June on record. National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Bartus credits precipitation that began late Monday with taking the total just past the previous record.

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July 1, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Proposed Army Cutbacks Could Impact Alaska Bases

The U.S. Army is looking at greater cutbacks than previously considered, and there could be Alaska impacts. Ft. Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson are among posts nationwide being considered for reductions as part of the Army’s “2020 Force Structure Realignment.”

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June 30, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Nenana Bridge Will Provide Access To Agricultural Land

A bridge being built across the Nenana River will open up access to long sought after state agricultural lands.

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June 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm
The Missile Defense Agency will be placing 14 more interceptors like this at the Fort Greely missile base by 2017. The will bring the total number of interceptors at the base to 40. Photo from the Missile Defense Agency.

Questions Remain Despite Successful Missile Defense Test

A physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists is calling the Ground Based Midcourse Missile Defense System, less than proven, despite Sunday’s successful test over the Pacific Ocean.

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June 25, 2014 - 4:47 pm

New Placer Mining Permits Proposed

Interior miners aren’t happy with changes proposed to federal permits for small scale placer operations that impact water resources, including wetlands. Dozens attended an Army Corps of Engineers public meeting in Fairbanks last week on the proposals.

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June 24, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Fairbanks Area Sees Heavy Rainfall, Flooding

The Fairbanks area has seen some impressive rainfall over the last few days. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingass reports 2 to 3 inches around Fairbanks, and 3 to 4 inches over the hills northeast of town. The heavy rains are causing flooding along rivers.

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June 20, 2014 - 5:25 pm
New Placer Mining Permits Proposed

New Placer Mining Permits Proposed

Interior miners aren’t happy with changes proposed to federal permits for small scale placer operations that impact water resources, including wetlands. Dozens of miners attended an Army Corps of Engineers public meeting in Fairbanks this week on the proposals.

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June 20, 2014 - 5:24 pm
Parnell Announces New Agreement With TransCanada

Parnell Announces New Agreement With TransCanada

The state and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Governor Sean Parnell shared the news in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

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June 18, 2014 - 5:28 pm