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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Company Offers Giant Pellet Fuel Logs

Wood is a primary heating fuel in the interior, but the practice of burning less than dry logs often results in elevated fine particulate pollution in the Fairbanks area. A local business has a solution.

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December 9, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Court Backs Park Service In Water Rights Case

A court decision has re-affirmed National Park Service authority to regulate state owned rivers flowing through federal lands. The ruling is in a case that spurred public outcry about park service law enforcement.

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December 5, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Air Plan Deadline Extension Draws Critics

There’s push back on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed extension of time for states to develop plans to reduce fine particulate pollution. Clean air advocates are opposed to potential delay in improving air quality in communities suffering with air pollution, like Fairbanks.

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December 4, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Crews Rescue Woman From Fairbanks High Rise Window

Fairbanks emergency responders rescued a woman from a window of a downtown Fairbanks high rise yesterday.

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December 3, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Doyon Still Exploring Nenana Basin

An oil and gas exploration well drilled in the Nenana Basin has not yielded a commercially viable deposit. Doyon Corporation vice president of lands and resources Jim Mery says the nearly nine thousand-foot well, about 16 miles west of Nenana, has inspired the corporation to keep looking.
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November 29, 2013 - 5:00 pm
Sikuliaq Departure Delayed

Sikuliaq Departure Delayed

The National Science Foundation’s new arctic research vessel Sikuliaq will spend the winter undergoing trials in the Great Lakes. The 261 foot ship to be operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, was launched in Lake Michigan a year ago, but the Sikuliaq’s original target date for arrival at homeport in Seward has been delayed a year due to technical problems.

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November 25, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Group Investigating Biomass Energy Potential

A state and federally funded task group has investigated biomass energy potential in 75 communities around the state. Alaska Energy Authority Biomass manager Devany Plentovich is tracking projects that have resulted from a base line analysis that looked at availability of wood and opportunity for turning it into energy.

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November 25, 2013 - 4:58 pm

How Fairbanks Covered JFK’s Assassination

Fifty years ago when news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy spread around the world, Alaska’s connection to the lower 48 was limited by technology. Listen to how how Fairbanks’ newly created public radio station covered the story.

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November 22, 2013 - 3:48 pm

State Gets More Time For Fairbanks Air Quality Improvement Plan

The state of Alaska has more time to develop a plan to improve Fairbanks air quality. An Environmental Protection Agency deadline that passed last year is now December 31, 2014. The new timeline also comes with more stringent requirements related to addressing Fairbanks wintertime fine particulate pollution.

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November 20, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Storm Weakened Tree Knocks Out Power In Fairbanks

Another Fairbanks neighborhood lost power Tuesday morning after a tree fell on a transmission line. Electricity was restored in about 2 hours, but Golden Valley Electric spokeswoman Corrine Bradish says the tree is thought to have been weakened by last week’s wind storm, a problem she says that is expected to persist.

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November 19, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Gov. Parnell Issues Disaster Declaration For Fairbanks Area

Governor Sean Parnell issued a disaster declaration for the Fairbanks area today, following a winter storm last week that caused a widespread power outage. The declaration will help residents and the local electric coop recover damages.

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November 18, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Thousands Of Interior Residents Still Without Power

Thousands of residents from Fairbanks to Fox and Nenana remain without electricity Friday following damage wrought by a mix freezing rain, snow and high winds.

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November 15, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Bad Weather Closes Fairbanks Schools

Schools were closed in Fairbanks for a second day on Thursday due to stormy weather. Driving conditions are slick, and more than 13,000 households were without power this morning. Golden Valley Electric Association had the number down to a few thousand by mid-day, but expected it will take until Friday morning to restore power to some remote neighborhoods.

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November 14, 2013 - 5:16 pm
Fairbanks speed skater Liam Ortega. Credit www.liamortega.org.

Fairbanks Speed Skater Preps For Olympic Trials

Cross country skiing isn’t the only sport Alaskans targeting the Sochi Winter Olympics compete in. A Fairbanks man is vying for a spot on the U.S. speed skating team.

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November 11, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Groups Hail Court Ruling On Lease Sale Reviews

The Alaska Supreme Court is standing behind a decision it issued last spring, affirming that the state must consider cumulative impacts of exploration and development as it reviews oil and gas leases. Opposing sides in the case have differing views on the significance of the decision.

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November 7, 2013 - 5:53 pm
Fairbanksan Carries Olympic Torch At The North Pole

Fairbanksan Carries Olympic Torch At The North Pole

A University of Alaska Fairbanks administrator has returned from a trip to the North Pole. The journey was sponsored by organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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November 6, 2013 - 6:17 pm

State Takes On Feds Over Control Of Rivers

The state is taking on the federal government in court again. The case involves state’s rights and control of rivers.

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November 5, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Judge Dismisses Complaints Challenging NPS Authority

A federal judge has dismissed complaints challenging National Park Service regulation of waters inside park boundaries. This week’s ruling is the latest volley in a long running battle between the state and federal government.

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November 4, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Unseasonably Warm, Dry Weather Rekindles Delta Junction-Area Fire

Unseasonable weather has re-ignited a wildfire near Delta Junction. BLM Alaska Fire Service manager Kent Slaughter says the Mississippi Fire re-kindled Monday due to 60 degree temperatures and warm dry Chinook winds.

October 30, 2013 - 4:03 pm
Denali Park Landslide Mostly Cleared

Denali Park Landslide Mostly Cleared

The landslide that came down on the road into Denali National Park last week has been largely cleared. The slide covered a 200-foot stretch of the road near mile 37 in rock, mud and vegetation up to 35 feet deep.

October 29, 2013 - 5:06 pm