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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

McGrath Skeletons Found To Be 1,000 Years Old

A construction project in McGrath last year uncovered three skeletons. Authorities opened a missing persons case, but it turns out these remains have been “missing” for much longer than anyone expected. Radiocarbon dating shows the bones could be a thousand years old. Scientist have spent the last year analyzing DNA and isotopes to find out more about who the individuals were, what they ate and whether they are related to people living in the McGrath area today.

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November 21, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Fairbanks Assembly Approves Land Sale to Chena Hot Springs Resort

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly voted during their regular meeting Thursday to approve a land exchange sale between the Borough and Chena Hot Springs Resort. It’s a deal that’s been in the works for more than a decade. It stalled earlier this year after a disagreement over the appraised value of the property.

November 15, 2013 - 10:19 am

Olympic Flame Travels By Dogsled

The Olympic flame traveled by dogsled through the capital of Chukotka in Russia earlier this week. The torch was carried by Russian musher Mikhail Telpin.

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November 13, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Life In Antarctica’s Icy Waters

Jumping into the icy waters off the coast of Antarctica isn’t for everyone. But it is for open water swimmer, Lynne Cox. Cox was in Fairbanks recently to talk about her career.

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November 12, 2013 - 6:24 pm
Eielson’s Biplane Takes Flight Once More

Eielson’s Biplane Takes Flight Once More

If you visited Fairbanks International Airport over the weekend, you may have noticed a small construction project near one of the baggage carousels. A local group has been working for six years to restore a biplane that once belonged to Carl Ben Eielson.

October 29, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Subsistence Tops AFN Attendees’ Priorities

The theme at AFN this year is Traditional Native Family Values. KUAC’s Emily Schwing was at the convention this Thursday morning and found out the Native value of subsistence is very much on attendees minds.

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October 24, 2013 - 4:51 pm
Army Claims Responsibility For Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire

Army Claims Responsibility For Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire

The U.S. Army Alaska today claimed released the results of two investigations into the cause of the Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire that burned more than 87,000 acres and threatened a small mushing community just outside Fairbanks this summer.

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October 21, 2013 - 5:23 pm
Whitefish only spawn at night. Locals say they’re best smoked. Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks.

AK: Spear Fishing

For one month each fall, Interior residents wade into the crystal clear waters of the Chatanika River to catch whitefish. They spawn in the fall, unlike other fish in Alaska. The state limits both the number of permits and the harvest. This isn’t your typical fishery. Instead of rods and reels, or nets, fishermen use spears.

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October 18, 2013 - 10:49 am

Shutdown Could Mean Total Loss for One Biologist, Big Financial Hit For His Pilot

Among the many Americans affected by the government shutdown, are scientists who rely on federal funding for their work. But that money doesn’t just go to the scientists. Lots of it trickles down into the community.

October 14, 2013 - 10:49 am
Nicole Misarti, Lara Horstmann and Link Olsen will study this and other walrus specimens housed at UAF's Museum of the North over the next four years. Photo by Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks.

UAF Scientists Land Grant For Most Extensive Pacific Walrus Research To Date

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will spend the next four years studying various aspects of Pacific walruses in the far north. The $1.7 million project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

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October 11, 2013 - 4:36 pm

F-16s Will Remain At Eielson Air Force Base

The Air Force’s proposal to relocate a squadron of F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base south to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson has been scrapped. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation received the news midday Wednesday.

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October 2, 2013 - 5:44 pm

2 Fairbanks Assembly Members Retain Seats

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will welcome only one new member to chambers this year. Janice Golub won Seat C, over Larry Morris. Both Karl Kassel and Presiding Officer Diane Hutchison will return to serve second terms on the Assembly.

October 2, 2013 - 7:50 am

Adventurer Publishes ‘Northern Exposures’ Book

Jonathan Waterman has traveled with camera and pencil from the top of Denali to the coastline of the Canadian Arctic chronicling more than three decades of adventures. His latest book, Northern Exposures is out from the University of Alaska Press. It’s a compilation of some of his previously published stories and many never before-seen photographs.

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September 30, 2013 - 5:15 pm
Scientists Find Unexpected Response To Climate Change In Northern Moths

Scientists Find Unexpected Response To Climate Change In Northern Moths

The world’s northern-most moths may be dealing with a changing climate more effectively than some scientists expected. In fact, they may be surviving rising temperatures better than their southern counterparts.

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September 24, 2013 - 5:15 pm
Thousands Of Dinosaur Tracks Discovered Along Yukon River

Thousands Of Dinosaur Tracks Discovered Along Yukon River

A trip down the Yukon River this summer yielded big results for one University of Alaska paleontologist.

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September 19, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Fairbanks Resolution Could Keep EPA From Revoking Permits

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will consider a resolution Thursday that could prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from retroactively revoking permits within the Borough.

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September 12, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Fairbanks Gets New Satellite Facility

People who frequent the trails on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks may have noticed lots of construction equipment all summer long. It’s part of a project at the Alaska Satellite Facility. The facility is getting a new antenna this year. In coming years, it will collect data from NASA’s polar orbiting satellites.

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September 4, 2013 - 5:48 pm

UAF Career Services Office Will Close

Students are returning to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks campus for classes beginning this week. But this will be the last year they will have the opportunity to seek career advice from staff. The office of Career Services will close in December 2014 as part of what the University calls a “budgetary pullback.”

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August 28, 2013 - 5:05 pm
University Dedicates Murie Building

University Dedicates Murie Building

University of Alaska, Fairbanks Faculty and Staff gathered Thursday for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Margaret Murie Life Science Building. The new building houses the Department of Biology and Wildlife alongside the Institute of Arctic Biology. KUAC’s Emily Schwing got a behind the scenes tour of the new state- of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms and offices.

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August 23, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Resolution May Establish Two Dog Training Areas in Effort to Mitigate Trapping Conflicts

A resolution to mitigate conflict between dog owners and trappers could pass easily during tonight’s Regular Borough Assembly meeting. The item is on the consent agenda and unless an assembly member disagrees, two new areas will be established for dog training within the borough.

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August 22, 2013 - 4:56 pm