Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy wrapped up her Alaska trip yesterday in Fairbanks. She toured the area, which suffers from elevated wintertime fine particulate pollution that often violates federal clean air standards. McCarthy had only praise for how Fairbanks is responding to smoke from wood and coal burning.
The military’s Red Flag Training exercise wraps up today. Representatives of branches of U.S. and several foreign forces participated in the 2 week training, which included jet fighters and bombers engaged in mock battle using live ordinance. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, some interior residents are glad it’s over.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is taking a new approach to helping students struggling with depression and other mental health problems that can lead to suicide. U.A.F. Associate Director of Counseling Tony Rousmaniere says a $5,000 grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will pay for an on line outreach program.
A Fort Wainwright based helicopter unit will be conducting night fly exercises later this month. The Army Aviation Task Force training is scheduled to run two weeks beginning August 18th.
Alaska has failed to meet the Yukon River Chinook escapement goal into Canada despite increased fishing restrictions this summer. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar counter at Eagle counted 28,369 kings as of Aug. 8. With the run tailing off to just a few hundred fish a day, state Yukon area summer season manager Eric Newland says escapement into Canada will fall well short of this year’s minimum goal.
Construction of a youth homeless shelter is underway in downtown Fairbanks. The emergency shelter called “The Door” is the long in works project of local non-profit Fairbanks Youth Advocates.
The Moon Lake wildfire in the eastern Interior made a large run Wednesday. The Alaska Division of Forestry reports that the fire 24 miles west of Tok, gained 3,200 acres along its northern perimeter. It’s now consumed over 24,000 acres. Ninety-three people are working the wildfire, which started by lightning back in late June. The nearby Tetlin Ridge and Billy Creek fires also grew Wednesday, as hot dry conditions and southeast winds fueled flames.
The state has issued a best interest finding on a right of way lease application for a gas line to feed a North Slope LNG plant. The Department of Natural Resources Commissioner’s analysis and proposed decision is for Spectrum Energy’s 1,100 foot gas line. The public can weigh in on the lease proposal until Sept. 3.
Hot dry windy weather has caused growth of three big Interior wildfires. The Crater Lake fire, near the Yukon Flats village of Venetie, swelled by more than 850 acres. The human caused fire has burned more than 1,500 acres since it started on Sunday.
A new book explores the life many come to Alaska for, but few live out. Alaska Tracks shares the tales of hunters, fishermen and trappers.
Scientists from Idaho State University are at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks taking high-resolution images of animal bones. It’s part of a National Science Foundation funded project to create an on-line catalogue of bones of every Arctic bird, fish, and mammal.