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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Army Changes Training Procedures In Wake Of Stuart Creek 2 Fire

Army Changes Training Procedures In Wake Of Stuart Creek 2 Fire

It’s been one year since the Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire was reported burning in the Yukon Training area northeast of Fairbanks. The blaze, ignited during an Army artillery training exercise, burned more than 87,000 acres. It was one of the largest wildfires in the United States in 2013.

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June 19, 2014
Willows have grown up in bands around Twelvemile lake as the water level has receded over the last 30 years, cooling the soil and encouraging new permafrost 'aggradation.'
(Credit Martin Briggs / US Geological Survey)

Newly Forming Permafrost May Not Survive Century’s End

Scientists are announcing a surprising find from the arctic: new permafrost is still forming. But it is unlikely to survive beyond the end of the century. That’s according to a new study out this week in the publication Geophysical Research Letters. Researchers made the discovery at a lake in Alaska’s Eastern Interior.

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June 12, 2014
Alaska Fire Service Holding Meeting On 100 Mile Creek Fire

Alaska Fire Service Holding Meeting On 100 Mile Creek Fire

The Alaska Fire Service will host a meeting tonight in Delta Junction to answer questions about the 100 Mile Creek Fire burning 20 miles southwest of that town.

June 11, 2014

UAF Gets $4 Million For Veterinary Medicine Facility

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed last week to fund a $4 million design project to re-purpose an already existing building on the UAF campus by September, 2015 when the first students begin studies in a new veterinary medicine program. But, the new program is on a list of recommended budget cuts.

June 11, 2014
Photo courtesy UAF Engineering Building Project Facebook Page)

UA Board Approves $5 Million To Extend Work On Engineering Building

The cost of a new engineering building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus continues to rise as officials struggle to find ways to pay for its construction. The Board of Regents agreed last week to add $5 million to the project.

June 11, 2014
Local Researchers Find New Home As Japanese Agencies Leave

Local Researchers Find New Home As Japanese Agencies Leave

The University of Alaska Board of Regents gave their formal approval for a $4.4 million project to re-purpose the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks during a regular meeting last week. The project comes after two Japanese agencies vacated the buildings. Their absence means a loss of funding that would otherwise pay to maintain the building.

June 9, 2014
(Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Wolf Population Declining In Denali National Park

A survey of wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve this spring turned out the fourth lowest count since biologists started keeping track of the animals nearly 30 years ago. Park Service officials say the numbers show a decline in the population, but they haven’t settled on an explanation.

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June 4, 2014

2-Year State Predator Control Program Claims 153 Interior Bears

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shot 64 black and brown bears from helicopters in the Western Interior in May. That brings the total number of bears shot during a two-year effort to 153. The Board of Game approved the program following requests from Kuskokwim River-area hunters, who were concerned about a declining moose population.

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May 29, 2014
Sikuliaq floats in the Menominee River just after launch. Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks.

Special Exhibit Offers Hands-On Glimpse Of University’s New Research Vessel

A new exhibit opens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North over the weekend. The year-long installation is called “Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq.” It offers a first-hand look the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ state-of-the-art new research vessel, slated to sail in Arctic waters next year.

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May 16, 2014
A fire weather map from the National Weather Service shows Red Flag Warnings for much of the southern half of the state.
(Image by National Weather Service)

After Growing to 50,000 Acres, Officials May Recharacterize Prescribed Burn As Wildfire

A prescribed burn on the Oklahoma Range in the Donnelly Training near Delta Junction has grown to more than 50,000 acres. The burn was ignited in dry grass last Saturday. Alaska Fire Service Spokesman Mel Slater says officials are considering whether to change its characterization from a prescribed burn to a wildfire.

May 14, 2014
(Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Fish and Game Expects Low Yukon Chinook Run

The run size for Yukon River Chinook, or king salmon, is likely to be lower than last year’s. Fishermen saw the lowest run of kings on record in 2013.

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May 13, 2014
Smokejumpers complete five training jumps before the fire season flares up. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

AK: Smokejumpers

The first Red Flag warnings have already been issued for parts of Southcentral and the Interior and wildland firefighters are gearing up for the season. Some of them will approach wildfires from the ground, but there’s one elite group that’s been training for more than two months to fight fire from the air.

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May 2, 2014
Source of spill, April 29, 2014 (Photo/Sartz-ADEC)

Prudhoe Bay Flowline Springs Leak, Sprays Oil

A flowline to a well operated by BP at Prudhoe Bay leaked on Monday. Before the spill was under control high winds resulted in a spray of natural gas, crude oil and water that covers an area of tundra larger than 20 football fields.

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April 29, 2014
This collection of Lepidoptera will be catalogued at the Museum of the North before most of it gets transferred to the Smithsonian. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Museum Experts Sift Through The Arctic’s Second Largest Butterfly Collection

It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.

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April 14, 2014
Fire Season Likely To Start Early In Southcentral Alaska

Fire Season Likely To Start Early In Southcentral Alaska

Wildland firefighters are gearing up for the upcoming 2014 fire season. According to the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service, fire season could come fast to parts of the Tanana Valley and Southcentral Alaska.

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April 11, 2014

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Season’s Maximum Extent

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, this year’s extent averaged 5.7 million square miles – that’s more than a quarter-of-a-million miles less than the average extent measured between 1981 and 2010, but it is also slightly above the record low measured in 2006

April 2, 2014

Study: Forecasts For Summer Arctic Sea Ice Lack Reliability

Year-to-year forecasts of summer Arctic Sea Ice extent aren’t reliable. That’s according to a report out from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. But A two-day workshop that starts Tuesday in Colorado will focus on ways to improve sea ice extent predictions.

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April 1, 2014
Martin was greeted by hugs galore from friends and family, handlers and his Nome hosts. KNOM Photo.

Iditarod 42 Most Certainly One Of The Toughest

This year’s Iditarod is not only record-breaking, it may have broken some mushers as well. The 42 annual race will not soon be forgotten. It’s being called on of the toughest in the race’s history.

March 12, 2014
2014 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey celebrates his victory in Nome. Photo by David Dodman, KNOM Radio Mission.

High Winds Battering Iditarod Mushers During Final Stretch To Nome

The 42nd annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race proved to be one of the most dramatic from start to finish. Dog teams were lost, ganglines were broken, mushers were injured – some severely. The trail from Anchorage to Nome threw everything possible at mushers from rocks to tree stumps to hurricane force winds.

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March 11, 2014
King, Zirkle Leave White Mountain

King, Zirkle Leave White Mountain

Iditarod mushers Jeff King and Aliy Zirkle are on the final stretch into Nome. King left the White Mountain checkpoint after eight hours of mandatory rest at 3:02 this afternoon. Zirkle followed just under an hour later. Dallas Seavey will leave about two hours behind Zirkle and his father Mitch will leave about two hours after that.

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March 10, 2014