Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
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.
A cleanup operation continues along the Richardson Highway south of Fairbanks, where a tanker trailer went off the road and leaked fuel. Listen now
Fairbanks police fatally shot a man yesterday. FPD spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said officers were called to a robbery and assault at the Alaska Motel on South Cushman Street. Listen now
A search that tapped air and ground resources ended successfully Monday night when an overdue hiker was rescued in the wilderness near Chena Hot Springs Resort, east of Fairbanks. Alaska State Troopers report that 19-year-old Anatoliy Balko was spotted from the air and picked up with a helicopter. Listen now
Many birch leaves in Fairbanks and Anchorage are going from green to brown as the result of an insect infestation. U.S. Forest Service entomologist Stephen Burr in Fairbanks says a leaf mining bug believed to have come to the state on imported ornamental trees, is to blame. Listen now
A search continues for an overdue hiker in the hills surrounding Chena Hot Springs Resort. Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says resort employee 19-year-old Anatoliy Balko left on what was he anticipated to be a 2 day hike Friday morning. Listen now
Sponsors of a voter initiative to ban commercial marijuana businesses in the City of Fairbanks submitted over 500 signatures Friday in an effort to get the measure on the fall 2017 ballot. Listen now