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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Feds to Investigate Groundwater Contamination in North Pole

A federal agency will conduct a study to determine the danger of drinking groundwater contaminated by the industrial solvent sulfolane in the North Pole area.

June 11, 2015

Fairbanks Man Likely Contracted Measles in Mongolia

A case of measles in Fairbanks is the first confirmed occurrence of the highly contagious viral infection in the state in 15 years. An epidemiologist says the patient likely contracted it in Mongolia.

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June 10, 2015

PFD earning, taxes highlight governor’s fiscal discussion

Governor Bill Walker gathered Alaska leaders from around the state in Fairbanks over the weekend to talk about state services and how to pay for them. The event called: “Building a Sustainable Future: Conversations With Alaskans” resulted in some clear and predictable messages, but it’s uncertain when or if they will result in legislative action.

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June 8, 2015

Regents Nominate Ex-Exec. For UA System President

Former University of Alaska executive Jim Johnsen of Fairbanks has been put forward by the UA Board of Regents as their choice to be the university system’s next president.

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June 4, 2015
Dalton To Re-Open, But Repairs Still Needed

Dalton To Re-Open, But Repairs Still Needed

The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to re-open the flood damaged northern stretch of the Dalton Highway to traffic Friday morning. The opening will follow a nearly three-week closure caused by melt out of unusually heavy overflow ice from the Sag River.

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June 3, 2015
Fort Yukon Goes Solar

Fort Yukon Goes Solar

Ft. Yukon recently began operating a solar electric project. The system is testing integration of the energy source into the power grid of an isolated northern community.

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June 2, 2015

Cold Front Sweeps in From the North

June has ushered in a dramatic change in the weather as a cold front from the high arctic dips into Alaska.

June 1, 2015
KIYU-Galena GM Rigs His Home for Temporary Broadcast

KIYU-Galena GM Rigs His Home for Temporary Broadcast

KIYU-Galena serves middle Yukon River area communities; it’s making do while the station’s building is being elevated. KIYU-Galena general manager Brian Landrum says the facility is being raised above the high water level as a precaution in case of floods like the one that inundated the village two years ago this month.

June 1, 2015

AIDEA Holds Off On F.N.G. Decision

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority has delayed action on the state agency’s proposed purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas parent company Pentex. The AIDEA Board announced the delay, following an executive session in Anchorage Wednesday, siting technical engineering issues related to the $54 million deal.

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May 29, 2015

Dalton Highway Still Closed, But Repairs Underway

Repair work is progressing on the northern end of the Dalton Highway, where breakup flooding has made the road impassable for nearly 2 weeks. Water began dropping back last weekend, leaving behind extensive damage, and Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says there’s no repair timeline.

May 29, 2015

Federal Officials to Meet With Forty Mile Gold Miners

Bureau of Land Management officials are scheduled to meet with Forty Mile area gold miners tomorrow. BLM Alaska spokeswoman Leslie Ellis Waters says Friday’s meeting in Chicken will include the agency’s top administrators.

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May 28, 2015

Fairbanks Navigates Pot Legalization

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is holding a public meeting Wednesday on proposed rules for marijuana businesses.

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May 27, 2015

Smokejumpers Race to Divert Seventy Mile Fire From Community of Eagle

Warm, mostly dry weather continues across much of the eastern interior, and that has fire managers concerned about future growth of the Seventy Mile fire in the eastern interior. It’s so far burning in remote country, north of the Seventy Mile River and away from the community of Eagle. Alaska Fire Service spokesman Sam Harrel says a planned burn out operation would blacken an area of heavy timber along the river to protect values on the other side.

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May 26, 2015

Eielson Air Force Base Investigates Potential Ground Water Contamination

Ground water contamination at Eielson Air Force Base may have spread off the facility. The Air Force has contacted private property owners in the nearby Moose Creek area offering to test well water for presence of a chemical presumed to be from firefighting foam formerly used at the base.

May 25, 2015
Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open

Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open

The northern stretch of the Dalton Highway is expected to remain closed into next week.

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May 22, 2015
Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!

Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!

The University of Alaska Museum of the North opens a new exhibit Saturday. “Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” gives visitors the opportunity to experience paleontologists quest and what they’re finding in an underexplored region.

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May 22, 2015
GVEA's Healy 2 Plant
Credit Golden Valley Electric Association.

Utility to Revive Long-Idled Coal Plant In Healy

Golden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long-idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week.

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May 21, 2015

El Nino Returns

The Ocean driven climate cycle El Nino is back. That means immediate weather changes along the Equator, and some effects as far north as Alaska.

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May 20, 2015

Hot, Dry Weather Fuels an Early Start to Fire Season

Wildland fighters are busy responding to new starts as hot dry breezy weather continues in the interior. Most of the human caused fires are being knocked down quickly, but a few are requiring larger responses.

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May 19, 2015
Flooding near Milepost 394 Dalton Highway
Credit Alaska Department of Transportation

Flooding Closes Dalton Highway

The northern end of the Dalton Highway is closed again. A month after overflow from the Sag River shut it down, spring melt water has made the only access road to the North Slope oil fields impassable again.

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May 18, 2015