Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
A contingent of Alaskans is travelling to Greenland to participate in the Arctic Winter Games. Alaska’s is one of 9 regional teams descending on the northern nation’s capital of Nuuk for next week’s games. The remote arctic city is going all out to host them. Nuuk, Greenland’s has 17 thousand residents, and a lot of them are involved in putting on the 2016 Arctic Winter Games. Download Audio
Anchorage cyclist Tim Berston has won the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 mile human powered race between Knik and McGrath. Bernston peddled his fat bike into the Kuskokwim River village Monday afternoon, clocking a time of just under 2 days. Download Audio
This winter’s warmer than normal weather could set an Alaska record. National Weather Service Alaska region climate science and services manager Rick Thoman points to a lack of extreme cold temperatures across the state. Download Audio
David Norris of Fairbanks won the nation’s biggest cross country ski race over the weekend. Norris bested an elite field in Saturday’s 51 kilometer American Birkibeiner in Wisconsin. Download Audio
Low energy prices may help Alaska LNG compete against other prospective natural gas export projects around the world.
Fairbanks has been exceptionally dry over the last two months. A total of just 1.9 inches of snow fell at the airport in December and January, besting Fairbanks previous low mark for the two months set in the winter of 1952-53. Download Audio
Alcohol was a factor in an accidental shooting that took the life of Ft. Wainwright based soldier over the weekend. Fairbanks Police Detective Scott Adams says 25-year-old Stryker Brigade Sergeant Nathan Michael Higginbotham had been consuming alcohol prior to the early Sunday incident.
Iditarod organizers continue to look at Fairbanks for restarting this year’s race. Fairbanks North Star borough Mayor Karl Kassel met with race officials in Fairbanks yesterday. Download Audio
There’s a large pool of applicants to be the University of Alaska Fairbanks next chancellor. In a wide ranging address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday, interim UAF Chancellor Mike Powers updated members on the hiring process. Download Audio
The National Park Service is proposing a regulatory change that would allow subsistence users to collect animal parts and plants for use in arts and crafts. Download Audio
A dispute between an Alaska boater and the National Park Service will be heard by the highest court in the country this week on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Lower courts have rejected Anchorage resident John Sturgeon’s suit challenging Park Service authority to regulate Alaska rivers, where they pass through federal conservation units. Download Audio
The Fairbanks City Council has put off consideration of an ordinance that would outlaw marijuana clubs. Download Audio
Alaska Rep. Dave Talerico, a Republican from Healy, has pre-filed a bill that would allow those authorized to perform marriages to turn away couples. Download Audio
Fairbanks city councilman David Pruhs is sponsoring an ordinance that calls on marijuana clubs to get licensed similarly to pot retailers. Download Audio
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of a plane crash near Anaktuvuk Pass on Saturday. Download Audio
Fairbanks first marijuana business has been open for just over a month. “The Higher Calling” – or THC – is one of several so called “clubs” in the state that have arisen since voter’s passage of a marijuana legalization initiative in 2014. Download Audio
Art and science combine in a new exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks. The “Letters From the Sky” installation opening Thursday shows how snowflakes form.