Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks
Emily Schwing is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the death of a moose calf on Fort Greely near Delta Junction.
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.
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.
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.