Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
Placing lands into trust is a way for Alaska Native tribes to permanently protect them, but it’s not the only means of exercising control. That was the message during opening day discussions Monday at a Tribal Leaders Summit in Fairbanks. Listen Now
Fairbanks area air quality advocates have filed another lawsuit aimed at forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to adhere to Clean Air Act deadlines. Listen Now
One personnel issue has come to a close, and another continues at the City of Fairbanks. Speaking at a city council meeting Monday night Mayor John Eberhart welcomed chief of staff Jeff Jacobsen, who was charged with driving under the influence this summer, back to work. Listen Now
Bed bugs have been found at some University of Alaska Fairbanks residences. According to a letter to the UAF issued Wednesday by vice chancellors, bed bugs have been confirmed in several apartments in Harwood Hall, and in single units at Garden Apartments and Hess Village. Listen Now
The Alaska Department of Transportation is cutting back more on maintenance due to state funding reductions. Listen Now
One of numerous cost saving realignments within the University of Alaska system, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Journalism and Communications departments have merged. Listen Now
A vetoed state program that provides grants for trail grooming and safety projects has issued its’ final round of awards. $236,000 in grants to 17 organizations statewide for this coming winter were announced last week. Listen Now
The fate of a state owned public water source north of Fairbanks remains in limbo. The Fox Spring is a popular place for locals to get their drinking water, but the state wants to divest of the property to eliminate rising maintenance costs for the aging well. Sale to a neighboring landowner is in the works, while a citizens group explores other options. Listen Now
Areas of Fairbanks continue to struggle with wintertime smoke pollution. Many residents of the interior community rely on wood heat, and a North Star Borough sponsored conference is exploring ways to reduce emissions tied to serious health problems. Listen Now
The Alaska Railroad will be the first to transport liquefied natural gas by rail in the United States. The Alaska Railroad Corporation was granted permission by the Federal Railroad Administration to move LNG last year and testing is slated to start next week. LISTEN NOW
The Healy 2 Coal Fired Power plant is poised to restart. The Golden Valley Electric Association plant has been offline since March, when an explosion in its coal pulverization and transport facility damaged equipment. Listen now
State Representative Tammie Wilson has requested a grand jury investigation of the state Office of Children’s Services. The North Pole Republican sent letters to regional district attorney offices last week seeking the inquiry.
The search for an overdue hiker headed to the abandoned bus where Christopher McCandless died, ended happily Monday morning. Denali National Park spokeswoman Katherine Belcher says 45-year-old Carlos Castrejon of Mexico was located walking along the Park Road.
One of NASA's new astronauts could come from Fairbanks. A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has been selected by NASA as one of a 100 finalists for the job. More than 18,000 people applied. International Arctic Research Center and Institute for Northern Engineering Associate professor Jessica Cherry's work focuses on water and climate. She says a lot of the tools she uses have applications in the space program.