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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

NIH Awards UAF $23.8 Million For New Diversity Program in Biomedical Research

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $23.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a new ‘Biomedical Learning and Student Training program,’ or BLAST. The new undergraduate program is part of a national effort by NIH to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce.

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October 24, 2014

Public Meetings Begin On Proposed Park Service Sport Hunting Ban

The National Park Service will host 17 public hearings across the state beginning Tuesday, October 21 through November 20th to address the agency’s proposals to prohibit some sport hunting on National Park and Preserve lands.

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October 21, 2014

After Two Years, Biologist is Still Trying to Count Alaska’s Migratory Shorebirds

Two years ago, one biologist set out to try and count the number of shorebirds that migrate to and from Alaska each summer. The data collected in conjunction with the National Park Service the will help wildlife managers track bird reproduction and survival rates. It may also be useful as off shore oil and gas development moves ahead.

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October 21, 2014

Fairbanks Air Quality Regulation Now In Local Lawmakers’ Control

Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards.

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October 15, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Interior Issues

Two candidates running for Alaska Governor debated during a forum Tuesday in Fairbanks. Sean Parnell defended his administration when Bill Walker questioned what the current governor is doing about the high cost of energy in the Interior.

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October 15, 2014

Groups Push To Mobilize Alaska Native Voters

Over the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska. Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native. A number of native organizations have signed on to help with the movement.

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October 13, 2014

Gwitch’in Translators Scramble to Ready Election Materials

According to a U.S. district court order, the Alaska Division of Elections has until October 10th to provide outreach and poll workers in three remote regions of the state with election materials and voting information that has been translated from English into either Yupik or Gwich’in. In Fairbanks, Gwich’in translators are finding the process challenging.

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October 6, 2014

‘Targeted Hunting’ Permits Considered In Fairbanks Area

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering an option to issue “targeted hunting” permits this winter to take moose that frequent roadways in the Fairbanks area.

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October 1, 2014
The Boreal owl lives in boreal forests and muskegs across Alaska and the northern parts of he continent. According to a new report, it could lose all of its winter habitat by 2080.
Credit John Grahame Holmes/VIREO / National Audobon Society, http://birds.audubon.org/birds/boreal-owl

Studies Predict Peril for Alaska’s Feathered Migrants

America’s birds are in trouble. That’s according to two reports out earlier this month from the National Audubon Society and the Department of Interior. Both documents suggest climate change could have dire effects for many of the birds that migrate to Alaska each year.

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September 24, 2014

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Minimum Extent, 6th Lowest On Record

The National Snow and Ice Data Center this week announced Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent on September 17th. It’s the sixth lowest sea ice extent since scientists began keeping records back in 1979.

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September 23, 2014

Alaska’s Glaciers Shrinking Faster Than Expected

Alaska’s glaciers are shrinking faster than scientists had thought, but glaciers that terminate in the ocean may be relatively resilient to climate change in comparison to their land-locked counterparts. The data comes from a multi-year airborne survey conducted by NASA.

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September 17, 2014

Red Fox Expansion Causing Problems On North Slope

As the winter approaches, many animals are migrating south, but there’s one sly creature that scientists say in recent years has started to remain in the high Arctic in the winter. Red foxes have not only expanded their habitat into the far north, the charismatic, bushy tailed mammal is out-competing the native Arctic fox and causing problems at oil field dumpsters in Prudhoe Bay.

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September 15, 2014
Champion Distance Musher Jeff King Plans a Return to the Yukon Quest

Champion Distance Musher Jeff King Plans a Return to the Yukon Quest

Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February. It’s been a quarter century since he’s run that race. In 2015, he’ll face a three-time defending champion, a rule change regarding rest times and mandatory stops and number of young, upcoming mushers.

September 12, 2014

Fairbanks Schools Secured Following Unrelated Incidents

A handful of Fairbanks schools have been on high security alert in the last two days due to two separate incidents.

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September 9, 2014
The National Park Service wants to permanently prohibit some predator sport hunting practices in all ten of Alaska's national preserves.
(Credit National Park Service)

NPS Proposes Permanent Ban on Predator Hunting Practices in Alaska’s Preserves

The National Park Service published a proposal in the national register last week that would permanently prohibit some sport hunting practices in Alaska’s ten national preserves. The Park Service has sparred with the state for years over hunting in National Preserves.

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September 8, 2014

AK Firefighters Battling California Fires

More than 300 firefighters from across are Alaska are in California battling wildfires for at least the next two weeks. Most of them travelled from Interior Alaska villages for the Alaska Fire Service and the Alaska Division of Forestry. The crews came through Fairbanks before they left for the Lower 48.

August 14, 2014

New Student Fee to Help Cover UAF Budget Shortfall for Facility Upgrade

In June, Governor Sean Parnell signed Senate Bill 218 into law, paving the way for a $245 million dollar renovation and upgrade to the power plant at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  But the project is funded in part by revenue bonds that have to be paid back to the state. According to a memorandum sent last week by University of Alaska System President Pat Gamble, the Board of Regents plans to implement a student fee to cover costs associated with the project.

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August 13, 2014

Alaska Exceeds Canadian Chinook Escapement Goal, Decline Remains a Mystery

The Yukon River Chinook salmon run is nearly complete according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It’s the first time in roughly eight years that escapement goals lined out in a treaty between Alaska and Canada have been met.

August 11, 2014

Tanana River Bridge Eases Training Area Access For Military

The Alaska Railroad Corporation hosted a ribbon cutting Tuesday at the Tanana River Crossing bridge and levee. It’s the first phase of the Railroad’s Northern Rail Extension project.

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August 5, 2014
Andy Piscoya (right) faced Russian musher, Michael Telpin (left) during the innaugural Beringia Arctic Games. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Russian Adventure, Games and a Walrus Skin Boat Become Lifelong Memories for Alaska Native Family

An Alaska Native family recently traveled to Russia’s Far East to take part in a gathering of indigenous people from seven nations throughout the circumpolar north. The three participated in Native games, music and the celebration of traditional culture in a tiny coastal village along the Bering Sea.

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August 4, 2014