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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Good Aurora Forecast This Week Could Be Due to Solar Magnetic ‘Flip’

Good Aurora Forecast This Week Could Be Due to Solar Magnetic ‘Flip’

Geophysical Institute is forecasting strong auroras at the end of the week. Some of that activity could be in response to changes in the suns magnetic field. Over the next few months, the sun will undergo a magnetic flip.

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August 20, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Fish & Game Asks Hunter To Delay Bird Hunts

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has asked bird hunters to hold off for up to two weeks. While the season for upland game birds looks promising, a late spring means chicks are small and family groups are sticking together later than usual.

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August 16, 2013 - 5:06 pm
Sprites as photographed by Jason Ahrns.

Rare ‘Red Lightning’ Garners National Attention

A graduate student from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has garnered national media attention after he posted photos of a rare lightning-related phenomenon to his blog.

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August 15, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Interior Mayors Voice Concerns Over F-16 Move

The Air Force is holding public hearings in the Mat-Su Valley and the Fairbanks area this week on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement released last month. The EIS outlines the effects of a proposal to relocate a squadron of F-16s from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Mayors from four communities that could be affected by the move held a press conference in Fairbanks on Wednesday to reiterate their concerns with the proposal.

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July 17, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Officials Lift Evacuation Watch For Portion Of Chena Hot Springs Road

Officials monitoring the more than 85,000 acre Stuart Creek 2 Fire burning northeast of Fairbanks have lifted an evacuation watch between mileposts 16 and 27 along Chena Hot Springs Road.

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July 16, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Stuart Creek 2 Fire 57 Percent Contained

The Stuart Creek 2 Fire burning northeast of Fairbanks is 57 percent contained despite warm, dry weather over the weekend. The fire grew to more than 85,000 acres Sunday.

July 15, 2013 - 10:13 am

Stuart Creek 2 Fire 22 Percent Contained

The Stuart Creek 2 Fire is now 22 percent contained, but 770 firefighters and personnel aren’t ready to let down their guard yet.

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July 11, 2013 - 5:53 pm
Stuart Creek 2 Firefighters Race to Beat Warm, Dry Weather Coming Later This Week

Stuart Creek 2 Firefighters Race to Beat Warm, Dry Weather Coming Later This Week

Crews battling the Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire northeast of Fairbanks have made significant progress. But, an evacuation watch for residents of nearby Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley remains in effect.

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July 9, 2013 - 5:13 pm
UPDATE: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire Grows, Residents Evacuate Two Rivers

UPDATE: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire Grows, Residents Evacuate Two Rivers

Warm, dry and windy weather in the Fairbanks area over the weekend stoked the Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire burning east of Eielson Air Force Base.

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July 8, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Evacuation Notice Lifted For Two Rivers, Pleasant Valley

The Evacuation Notice for residents of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley has been lifted by the Interagency Management Team, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Alaska State Troopers.

July 8, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Stuart Creek Fire East of Eielson Triples in Size

Stuart Creek Fire burning on military land east of Eielson Air Force Base has tripled in size over the last three days.

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July 2, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Plane Crash Near Cantwell Claims 3 Lives

An airplane crash Friday near Cantwell killed three people. The remains of pilot 61-year-old Dale Hemman Steilacoom, Washington, as well as 74-year-old passenger John Ellenberg and 52-year-old Laura Buckner, both from South Carolina, were recovered from the crash site.

July 1, 2013 - 10:35 am

Wildfire Forces Closure Of Section Of Parks Highway Overnight

More than 500 acres of land are on fire roughly 20 miles west of Fairbanks along the George Parks Highway. The Skinny’s Road Fire, as it’s known, jumped a containment line overnight Wednesday and prompted an overnight closure of the Parks Highway between mileposts 317 and 344.

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June 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Fire Danger Prompts Indefinite Ban On Fireworks, Wood Cutting In Fairbanks

There will be no fireworks on the Fourth of July in Fairbanks. Extreme fire conditions brought the state Fire Marshall to Fairbanks on Thursday. He joined North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins at a press conference to announce an indefinite ban on personal fireworks and local wood cutting.

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June 27, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Fire Danger Remains High Across State

Weather forecasts across the state are calling for continued hot and dry weather and fire danger statewide remains significant. Five hotshot crews have been flown to Fairbanks from Oregon.

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June 24, 2013 - 5:15 pm

New Bike Share Program Comes To Fairbanks

A ribbon cutting ceremony last week marked the beginning of a new bike share program in Fairbanks.

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June 24, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Wildlife Troopers Investigate Moose Calf’s Death

Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the death of a moose calf on Fort Greely near Delta Junction.

June 21, 2013 - 2:02 pm

New Deal Proposed For Possible Chena Hot Springs Expansion

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor is proposing a new deal that would allow Chena Hot Springs to expand. But first it has to be approved by the assembly. It’s unclear whether assembly members will support it.

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June 19, 2013 - 5:19 pm

UAF Professors Collaborate To Develop Engineering School In Mongolia

A group of University of Alaska, Fairbanks Professors will develop an engineering school in Mongolia over the next few years. UAF signed a contract this spring with the American University of Mongolia in that country’s capital, where the new school will be based.

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June 11, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Air Force Allowing Another Month Of Public Comment On Draft EIS

The Air Force will give Alaska’s leaders and the public an extra month to compile their comments on a draft environmental impact statement released last month.

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June 10, 2013 - 5:38 pm