Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
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.
Strong winds are blowing over the Alaska Range. National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Fisher reported gusts to 70 miles an hour along the Richardson Highway and in the 60 mile an hour range along the Parks Highway on Monday morning. Download Audio
The Chinook pattern is one characteristic of El Nino winters. National Weather Service climatologist Rick Thoman describes the warm Pacific Ocean waters of El Nino as raging across the equatorial region. Download Audio
Fairbanks city police chief has apologized for statements made last week about the legal settlement that vacated the long contested murder convictions of the Fairbanks Four, the Native men who served 18 years in jail for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman. Chief Randall Aragon also committed to further investigation of the case. Download Audio
Golden Valley Electric Association is favoring oil over natural gas to fuel large generators in North Pole. The move reduces the utility's role as an anchor tenant for the state-backed Interior Energy Project. Download Audio
The Interior village of Beaver’s school will remain open, despite a below-par student count this fall. Download Audio
The Interior Energy Project remains focused on getting natural gas to the region at long targeted price point. IEP team leader Bob Shefchik says proposals being considered from 2 vying project partners would provide gas to customers at a price equivalent to 2 dollar heating oil.