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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Mountaineer Nearing Seven Summit Feat

A Fairbanks man is nearing completion of a mountaineering feat. Bill Cole has climbed the highest peaks on 6 of the world’s 7 continents.

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February 18, 2015
Mushing Legend George Attla Dies

Mushing Legend George Attla Dies

Alaska Native dog mushing great George Attla has died. The sprint champion known as “The Huslia Hustler” died of cancer on Sunday at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 81. Attla’s impact spanned from success in racing to helping village kids connect with mushing.

February 16, 2015

“Justice Not Politics Alaska” Fighting Changes To Alaska’s Judge Selection Process

A statewide group is fighting a proposed change in Alaska’s judge selection process pushed by a Fairbanks Senator.

February 16, 2015

Judicial Council Proposal Draws Pushback

A statewide group is fighting a proposed change in Alaska’s judge selection process pushed by a Fairbanks Senator. “Justice Not Politics Alaska” director Heather Arnett says the group is opposed to Republican Pete Kelly’s resolution, which proposes doubling the number of public members appointed by the governor, to the Judicial Council, which selects state judge candidates.

February 16, 2015

New EPA Standards Slash Wood-Fired Heater Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued updated standards for wood fired heaters. The EPA wood heating appliance emissions standards reduce smoke by two thirds compared to current levels set in 1988.

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February 9, 2015

Cook Inlet LNG Will Require Lead Time

The state has proposed purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas as part of a plan to increase the volume of Cook Inlet gas available in the interior. The governor has indicated that could begin as early as next year, but the timeline may stretch out longer.

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February 6, 2015

Interior Tourism Expecting Boost In 2015

More visitors are expected to head to Fairbanks in 2015. Interior tourism operators got a preview of prospects for the upcoming season during a recent conference in Fairbanks. Most of the expected visitor increase is tied to cruise ship and airline industry changes.

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February 4, 2015

Alaska Railroad Seeks Approval To Move LNG

The Alaska Railroad is among a few across the country seeking first ever approval to transport liquefied natural gas.

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February 3, 2015

Lawmakers Skeptical Of State’s Plan To Buy Fairbanks Natural Gas Utility

Governor Bill Walker’s latest move to advance the state backed Interior Energy Project with the purchase of a private natural gas utility is expected to expand availability and lower the price of gas in Fairbanks.

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January 30, 2015

Cook Inlet Gas Considered To Relieve Interior Alaska’s Energy Costs

State and local leaders are trying to determine if natural gas from Cook Inlet gas is viable option for Interior’s need for a lower cost, cleaner energy source. At issue are some of the same costs that derailed an earlier focus to bring in North Slope gas.

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January 27, 2015
Phillip Nuechterlein of Eagle River llama packing in Wrangle St. Elias National Park. (Credit Linda Nuechterlein)

Park Service Considers Banning Some Pack Animals

The National Park Service is out with an annual list of temporary restrictions and rules, and one of the proposed regulations would ban certain types of pack animals from parks.

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January 21, 2015

Bill Would Set Up Compensation Program For Wrongfully Convicted

Fairbanks Democratic State Representative Scott Kawasaki has pre-filed a bill that would set up a system for compensating people wrongfully convicted of crimes.

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January 20, 2015

UAF Anticipates Cutting Over 200 Jobs

The University of Alaska Fairbanks anticipates cutting between 200 and 250 jobs this year. That from UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers, who in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday focused on the affect of slumping oil prices on state funding for the university.

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January 14, 2015

New Regulations Unlikely To Change Coal Ash Disposal In Alaska

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued the first ever federal standards for the disposal of coal ash by electric utilities. The toxin containing ash has gotten national attention in recent years due to spills in the Lower 48, but the situation is different in Alaska.

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January 14, 2015

Alaska Skiers Placing Well In National Championships

Alaska skiers continue to post top results at the U.S. cross country ski championships in Michigan.

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January 9, 2015

UAF To Field Wildfire Crew

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will field a wildfire fighting crew. The tram will be staffed by students in a wild land fire science program.

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January 8, 2015

Poor Air Quality Raising Health Concerns In Fairbanks

Areas of Fairbanks and North Pole suffered poor air quality this a week as cold stagnant air allowed smoke from wood burning and other combustion to accumulate. The situation is nothing new and the focus of state and local plan to clean up the air. Fine particulate pollution is a known health hazard, and that’s confirmed in a locally produced report.

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January 7, 2015

UAF Shooting Death Ruled Suicide

A shooting death at the University of Alaska Fairbanks earlier this month has been ruled a suicide.

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December 30, 2014
Orphan Bear Cubs Find A Home Outside

Orphan Bear Cubs Find A Home Outside

A permanent home has been secured for two black bear cubs rescued last month. The animals are being temporarily housed at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, but they’ll soon be headed Outside.

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December 22, 2014

University President: Budget Cuts Will Require Downsizing to ‘Core’ Missions

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble is anticipating budget cuts that will force the institution to downsize, and focus on its core missions. Gamble plans to retire at the end of the 2015 school year, but he’s looking beyond his tenure to help the university prepare for the future.

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December 19, 2014