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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Snow Falls In Near Tok

This week’s cooling trend brought snow to the Alaska Range. More than 9 inches of snow was on the ground Wednesday near the Log Cabin Wilderness Lodge.

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September 5, 2014

Mayor Calls For Federal Review of Fairbanks Four Case

The mayor of the city of Fairbanks is calling for federal review of long questioned murder convictions of 4 Native men. The mayor joins numerous leaders and groups pressing for review of the Fairbanks Four case.

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September 5, 2014

Interior Earthquake Monitor Ramps Up

Seismologists are ramping up efforts to monitor the region where a major Interior earthquake occurred. The area was already targeted for research.

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September 4, 2014
Initiative Revives Air Regulation Debate

Initiative Revives Air Regulation Debate

Sides are lining out their positions is the long running battle over who should be in charge of cleaning up Fairbanks air. A twice passed citizen initiative, which bans the North Star Borough from regulating wood and coal burning stoves and boilers, is up for renewal in next month’s municipal election.

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September 3, 2014

Forecasters Keeping Eye Out for an El Nino

Weather forecasters have their eye out for an El Nino this fall and winter. The equatorial Pacific Ocean warming has been observed in its early stages this summer. National Weather Service Alaska region climate science and services manager Rick Thoman is tracking conditions that signal El Nino.

September 1, 2014

Cold, Wet Front Drops 3 Inches of Snow On Deadhorse

A cold front is ushering in wet, chilly conditions across much of the state. The Alaska Department of Transportation reported three inches of snow in Deadhorse earlier this afternoon.

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August 29, 2014

New Tanana Rec Site Not Thwarted By Rain

It’s been one of the rainiest summer’s on record in Fairbanks, but that hasn’t hampered the debut of new recreation area.

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August 28, 2014

4 Injured In Brooks Range Plane Crash

A pilot and passengers were were hurt in a plane crash in the Brooks Range on Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Region chief Clint Johnson says the single engine Navion, operated by Kirst Aviation of Fairbanks went down in Atigun Pass, near mile 244 of the Dalton Highway.

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August 25, 2014
Fairbanks City Hall Renamed for Pat Cole

Fairbanks City Hall Renamed for Pat Cole

Fairbanks City Hall now bears the name of a former employee who died after four decades of local government service.

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August 22, 2014

Yukon River Kings In Jeopardy Despite Meeting Escapement Goal

Yukon River king salmon continue to show symptoms indicative of low production. Unprecedented fishing restrictions in Alaska this summer allowed over 64,ooo kings to cross the border into Canada. That was enough to surpass an escapement goal, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

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August 21, 2014

Modeling Indicates Fairbanks LNG Project is a Go

The state is a step closer to proving its North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project can work. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority lead Interior Energy Project is aimed at providing gas at about half the cost of heating oil, and officials say they’re honing in on the target.

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August 19, 2014

US Arctic Representative Tours Alaska

The United States Special Representative for the Arctic is visiting Alaska. Retired Coast guard Admiral Robert Papp is charged with managing the country’s entire arctic portfolio. That includes investigation of issues and potential claims to arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coastline.

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August 15, 2014

Village Fire Crews Heading to Lower 48 to Fight Fires

Alaska village-based firefighting crews are heading south to fight blazes in the Lower 48. Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Sam Harrel is tracking the deployments, which began over the weekend with crews from the communities of Delta Junction, Kaltag, Fort Yukon, Venetie, Koyukuk and Galena.

August 11, 2014

ConocoPhillips to Operate New Doyon Drill Rig

Doyon is building a new North Slope oil drilling rig, the Interior Regional Native Corporation will operate for Conoco Phillips.

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July 29, 2014

Usibelli Submits Coal Bed Methane Plan

Usibelli Coal has submitted a plan to drill coal bed methane exploration wells on state land near Healy. The company is licensed to look for shallow gas on over 200 thousand acres of state and private land in the area, and this is the first action the company has taken.

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July 25, 2014

Tribal Leaders Discuss Ambler Road

Tribal leaders are gathering interested parties, including state and federal officials, in the village of Allakaket to discuss the state’s proposed road into the Ambler Mining District. Upper Koyukuk River people are concerned about impacts to subsistence resources by the road, and mining development it would bring.

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July 24, 2014

Fort Yukon Plans New Landfill to Improve Safety, Facilitate More Recycling

The City of Ft. Yukon plans to build a new landfill. The project is aimed at improving safety and recycling some of the community’s waste stream.

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July 18, 2014
NASA is flying two Airborne Science ER-2 aircraft out of Fairbanks to test equipment to be used to monitor Arctic sea ice. (Credit NASA)

NASA Testing Arctic Sea Ice Monitoring Technology With High-Flying Ex-Spy Plane

NASA is piloting a mission out of Fairbanks with a specialized plane that can fly high enough to test technology destined for satellite applications.

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July 17, 2014

Fairbanks Wind Energy Battle Continues

A Fairbanks based alternative energy company continues to push Golden Valley Electric Association to buy more of its wind power. Alaska Environmental Power operates a wind farm in Delta Junction, and recently teamed with an Anchorage law firm on a report it hopes will sway utility members.

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July 11, 2014

Rep. Guttenberg Looks To Jumpstart Fairbanks LNG

State Representative David Guttenberg wants to jumpstart Fairbanks’ conversion to natural gas heating. The state is pursuing a public private project to process North Slope gas and truck it to Fairbanks, but Gutenberg says it faces a familiar problem.

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July 11, 2014