Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
Alaskans concerned about the effects of a US Senate health care bill have been contacting Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and staging events at their local offices. One such Fairbanks rally took place outside Senator Murkowski’s Fairbanks office on Thursday evening. Listen now
There was a funeral service in the village of Northway on Friday for a man shot by police in Fairbanks earlier this month. 21-year-old Mathew Colton Stover of Northway died in a confrontation with FPD officers in a field next to Fairbanks Correctional Center on June 19th. Questions remain about Stover’s motivation and what happened with police. Listen now
Chitina dip netters are now able to harvest a king salmon. The usual allowance in the popular Copper River personal use fishery is back after being rescinded this spring out of concern about a weak king run. With the commercial and subsistence harvests indicating a better than anticipated return, fishing restrictions have been pulled back. Listen now
The University of Alaska learned it would face cuts, even though UA president Jim Johnsen said the cuts were less than expected. Listen now
Governor Bill Walker has signed legislation which requires the state to provide health insurance for the dependents of state law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Listen now
Fairbanks is offering a $20,000 bonus to attract seasoned police officers to the city after the money was approved unanimously by the city council on June 19. Fairbanks Police Department is short nine officers, and it’s estimated to take four years to fill the posts with rookie recruits, who must go through police academy training. Listen now
Fairbanks Police have released details about an officer involved shooting in the city Monday. Police identified the man killed in a shootout with 4 FPD officers, as 21-year-old Mathew Colton Stover of Northway. Listen now
One person is dead after being shot by Fairbanks Police. Police spokeswoman Yumi McCullough said the shooting happened when officers received two calls about a masked man wielding a rifle. Listen now
Flags are at half-staff in honor of former Alaska attorney general and lifelong University of Alaska advocate, Grace Schaible of Fairbanks.
"We often find trash strewn all over the ground that has been pulled out of the bins," Jordan said. "And the bins are constantly getting spray-painted, and the contractor simply can't keep up with that. And we are finding a lot of needles and other things and observing some drug activity."
The Copper River king salmon return is coming in better than forecast. Predicted to be the weakest on record, at about 29 thousand kings, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Upper Copper River management biologist Mark Somerville says the forecast is being questioned given recent week’s king harvest by commercial fishers on the river’s delta.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough is beginning a 3 week experiment aimed at improving conditions of a heavily used trash drop off location. The borough is cutting hours at the Farmers Loop East transfer site in Fairbanks from 24 to 12 during the trial period, which starts Thursday. Borough solid waste manager Bob Jordan said the facility will also be staffed.
A Denali climber was rescued yesterday (Mon, June 1) after spending 14 hours wedged deep in a crevasse. The National Park Service spokeswoman Maureen Gaultieri said 38-year-old Martin Takak, of Slovakia, fell un-roped into the crevasse while descending the peak before 1:30 AM Monday.