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Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks

Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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
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