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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

UAF Student Found Dead

A University of Alaska Fairbanks student is dead, the apparent victim of an accident.

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December 4, 2014

Warm Temps Mean More Salt on Fairbanks’ Roads

Warmer than normal temperatures this fall are allowing expanded use salt to combat icy roads in Fairbanks. Salt is more effective in some conditions and less expensive.

November 28, 2014

APU Nordic Skier To Compete In World Cup

A cross country skier from Fairbanks is taking on the world’s best. Alaska Pacific University team member Reese Hanneman, who grew up in Fairbanks, will compete for the U.S. Ski Team in World Cup races in Europe over the next month.

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November 26, 2014

Orphaned Bear Cub Finds Temporary Home At Alaska Zoo

An orphaned bear cub from the Eagle area is at the Alaska Zoo. The young black bear will be kept at the facility in Anchorage, while a search is conducted for a permanent home.

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November 25, 2014

Interior’s Dry Weather To Continue

The Interior is forecast to get a little snow over the next couple days, but the trend is for continued dry weather.

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November 24, 2014
"BaBa" the bear cub, comes out of a dog house at his temporary home with Kate Rourke and Andy Bassich. (Credit Terry Pratt / BBC)

Another Orphaned Alaska Bear Cub Needs A Home

Another orphaned Alaska bear cub needs a home. The young black bear found near Eagle is the 8th the state has dealt with this year. The other seven cubs, all but one black, including a trio rescued in Galena in September, have been placed in lower 48 wildlife care facilities. The fate of the latest orphaned cub is uncertain.

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November 21, 2014

Warm Weather Allowing Expanded Use Of Salt On Fairbanks Roads

Warmer than normal temperatures this fall are allowing expanded use salt to combat icy roads in Fairbanks. Salt is more effective in some conditions and less expensive.

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November 19, 2014

State Releases Plan To Improve Fairbanks Air Quality

The state has released a long in the works plan for improving Fairbanks air quality. The community regularly falls short of federal fine particulate pollution standards in the winter, but many residents rely on wood burning for heat. There’s opposition to any sort of burn ban, and that’s not part of the plan.

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November 18, 2014

LNG Trucking Plan Might Not Hit Targeted Consumer Price Point

The latest numbers show a state plan to truck North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks may not hit a targeted consumer price point. Officials updated the public on the project Wednesday, and they‘re optimistic they can bring down the price.

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November 13, 2014

New Hearing Held On Fairbanks Four Case

There was a hearing in the Fairbanks Four case Monday. The hearing in state court was requested by the Alaska Innocence Project, which is attempting to overturn guilty convictions of George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, the 4 men imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of John Hartman.

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November 12, 2014

Archaeological Findings Could Shed Light On Alaska’s Early Residents

An archaeological site southeast of Fairbanks continues to yield information about the Native people who lived along the Tanana River thousands of years ago. The site, first identified in 2005 during reconnaissance for a railroad extension project, has been the subject of major archeological excavation, and Monday researchers announced the discovery of skeletal remains and other materials dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. The finds are helping to broaden understanding of Alaska’s early residents.

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November 11, 2014

UA President Warns Regents About Budget

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has passed a budget for next year, but there’s concern about state funding.

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November 7, 2014

UAF Athletics Penalized For Eligibility Violations

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has been penalized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for eligibility violations. Wednesday, Chancellor Brian Rogers wanted it understood that that the athletes are not to blame.

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November 6, 2014

Fairbanks Ski Area Still Seeking Buyer

The alpine ski area, Skiland, north of Fairbanks, made news last month when a mineral exploration project threatened to take over some of its trails. That’s been ironed out, but Skiland is still looking for a buyer.

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November 5, 2014

GOP’s U.S. Senate , House Hopefuls Try To Tie Democratic Foes To Obama, Reid et al.

Candidates for Alaska’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate squared off at a forum in Fairbanks Tuesday.

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October 29, 2014

Proposed Lease Expansion Threatens Fairbanks-Area Ski Area

A proposed lease expansion could put an end to a popular Fairbanks ski area. Most of the trails at Mt. Aurora Skiland could fall victim to a mineral exploration project.

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October 27, 2014

Third Minto Earthquake Rocks Interior Alaska

There was another strong earthquake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, in the Interior Thursday. A magnitude 5 earthquake at 8:30 a.m. was centered in the Minto area northwest of Fairbanks. There have been no reports of damage, but the quake, the latest in a series in the same area, has drawn concern from seismologists.

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October 23, 2014
Frozen Debris Lobe A along the Dalton Highway
(Credit University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Northern Engineering)

Debris Lobe Threatens Dalton Highway

Geology and climate are interacting in the Brooks Range, sending masses of debris down mountains toward the Dalton Highway. One of the moving debris lobes has prompted a plan to relocate the road.

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October 22, 2014

Courts Rule Against 2 Plaintiffs Challenging Park Service Authority

The 9th Circuit Court of appeals has ruled against plaintiffs in two cases challenging National Park Service authority. The court found against hunters John Sturgeon of Anchorage and Jim Wilde of Central, who challenged park service regulation of state waters inside Yukon Charley Rivers Park and Preserve.

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October 21, 2014

Deadline Approaches For Fairbanks Air Plan

The clock is ticking toward the deadline for a plan for getting Fairbanks into compliance with federal air quality standards. The state hasn’t given up on getting the fine particulate pollution plan in by a Dec. 31 Environmental Protection Agency deadline.

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October 20, 2014