Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

An avalanche that blocked the Richardson Highway north of Isabell Pass this morning, has been cleared. No vehicles were caught and no one was injured in the slide which naturally triggered near milepost 209, conditions remain dangerous.

State Representative Tammie Wilson of North Pole continues to press for reform of the State Office of Children’s Services. Wilson cited a 30 percent growth in the number of reportedly endangered kids being removed from parents in recent years, and some constituents unhappy with how the system has treated them. Listen now

Long forecast deep cold is sinking in across mainland Alaska. National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Cox said clouds that have mitigated the arctic air’s full impact on the surface are dissipating. Listen now

The Interior Gas Utility and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have approved a memorandum of understanding to forward the Interior Energy Project. The state funded IEP is aimed at increasing the availability of gas in the city, as a less expensive and cleaner burning alternative to other fossil fuels and wood. The project has a lot of moving parts and is behind schedule, but the MOU is a key step. Listen now
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The U.S. national cross country ski championships wrapped up in Utah today, with an abbreviated skate technique sprint competition. The race consisted of a single time trail over a 1.3-kilometer course at the 2002 Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow. Listen now

The state of Alaska and the Anvik Tribe have signed an historic justice agreement. The government to government pact provides a template for tribal courts to administer restorative sentences in certain lower level cases, as an alternative to the state criminal justice system. Listen now

Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement that settles one of two active lawsuits aimed at forcing the agency to take overdue action on Fairbanks-North Pole area air quality. Localized, but extreme wintertime episodes of fine particulate pollution due to wood and fossil fuel burning emissions have long plagued the communities. Clean air advocates see the legal action as a small win in a long-running effort to reduce pollution. Listen now
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Blizzard and severe weather warnings remain in effect for communities on the northwest coast of Alaska as a winter storm continues to bring wind, heavy snow and in some cases rain. Listen Now
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Two sled dogs are dead after the team of Yukon Quest and Iditarod veteran Sebastian Schnuelle was hit by a vehicle outside Fairbanks. Listen Now
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With heavy snow and wind in the forecast, Golden Valley Electric Association in Fairbanks is bracing for power outages. Listen Now
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State wildfire officials report a rare winter incident in Delta Junction. An Alaska Division of Forestry post said a 20 by 50 ft. fire was called in by passerby December 20th, who spotted the burn on trails behind the Delta High School. Listen Now

The operator of Alaska’s only coal mine is speaking out against a new Obama administration water protection rule for the industry. Healy-based Usibelli coal mine saw the Stream Protection Rule as an attack on the industry. Listen Now

A funeral service for Mike Kelly, former Fairbanks State Legislator and Golden Valley Electric Association Chief, is being held today. The service is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Kelly died December 7th in a small plane crash south of Fairbanks. Listen Now

A drunk driver who ran his snowmachine into the dog teams of two front-running Iditarod mushers during the last year’s race, was sentenced in state court in Fairbanks Dec. 19. Under a pleas agreement, 27-year-old Arnold Demoski of Nulato was sentenced to 6 months in jail and to pay restitution to the mushers. Listen Now
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Preparations for the 2017 World Ice Art Championships are continuing in Fairbanks, despite a fire that destroyed the annual ice sculpture event’s main building Friday. Listen Now
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Bernie Karl and his business K&K Recycling, have kept a variety of materials out of Fairbanks' landfill since the 1980’s, but recent years' weak markets and high costs have forced downsizing of the operation. Listen Now
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Interior Alaska residents have easier access to a federal program that expedites international travel. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has opened a Global Entry Enrollment Office at Fairbanks International Airport. Listen Now

Former state Rep. Mike Kelly died Wednesday in a plane crash, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m., 17 miles southeast of Kelly’s hometown of Fairbanks on Fort Wainwright, according to the Alaska State Troopers. Listen Now
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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has completed investigation of a campus rape case. Citing confidentiality rules, the university will not comment on the September 2016 case, but the victim is again speaking out. Listen Now
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A missing Fairbanks man has been found dead. Alaska State Troopers say the body of 89 year old Robert “Andy” O’Grady was discovered in his truck off the Elliot Highway north of Fairbanks, on Monday night. Listen Now