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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Alaska Ranks Among Nation’s Least Energy-Efficient States

Alaska rates near the bottom in a nationwide survey on how states are improving energy-efficiency programs. A state energy official says the survey may not be giving Alaska enough credit for the programs it has put in place in recent years.

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October 29, 2014

Diocese: Fairbanks Priest Held on Federal Child-Pornography Charges was Screened

A Fairbanks Catholic priest accused of trying to produce child pornography underwent a two-stage screening process as part of his hiring and ordination.

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October 28, 2014
The cleanup plan announced Monday requires Flint Hills Resources-Alaska, and potential future owners of its North Pole refinery, to continue remediating and removing contaminants from the facility. (Credit KUAC file photo)

State OKs Flint Hills’ Refinery Cleanup Plan

State officials have approved a plan proposed by Flint Hills Resources-Alaska to continue an ongoing cleanup of sulfolane and other contaminants that have leaked from its North Pole refinery since the 1970s. The agreement may help improve the chances of Flint Hills eventually selling the refinery, which it closed in May.

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October 24, 2014
UAF Professor Tom Marsik, who now teaches at the Bristol Bay Campus, at his home in Dillingham. The 600-square-foot, extremely energy-efficient house has been certified as the world's most airtight house. (Credit KDLG)

High Energy Prices Driving Builders, Homebuyers to More Efficient Housing

As energy prices continue to rise, Alaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient housing. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction, as builders look to meet homebuyers’ demand.

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October 22, 2014
Environmental Activists Forming Fairbanks Chapter of Climate Change Organization

Environmental Activists Forming Fairbanks Chapter of Climate Change Organization

Fairbanks-area environmental activists say they’re building on the momentum they generated two weeks ago during the local observance of the global People’s Climate March. They’re forming a local chapter of the national organization to help reduce the impact of climate change.

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October 9, 2014
Tonight's total lunar eclipse is expected to peak just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Credit earthsky.org

‘Blood Moon’ Forecast Strong in Alaska Tonight

People here in Alaska and in much of this part of the Northern Hemisphere will get a chance tonight to see a total lunar eclipse, weather permitting. It’ll be another appearance of the so-called “Blood Moon.”

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October 7, 2014
Warm Spell Helps Growers Salvage Harvest After Cool, Soggy Summer

Warm Spell Helps Growers Salvage Harvest After Cool, Soggy Summer

Gardeners and farmers around the Interior have pretty much shut down for the winter after a cool, rainy, and for many, disappointing growing season. Some growers salvaged a decent yield by diversifying their crops – and taking advantage of a late-season warm spell to do some last-minute harvesting.

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September 29, 2014
JBER F-22s Scramble To Intercept Russian Jets Near Alaska Air Space

JBER F-22s Scramble To Intercept Russian Jets Near Alaska Air Space

U.S. and Canadian air forces have scrambled jets twice over the past week to intercept Russian aircraft that have buzzed the Alaskan and Canadian coastlines twice in the past week.

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September 25, 2014
Flint Hills Resources-Alaska closed its refinery in North Pole in May, citing rising costs associated with cleaning up sulfolane contamination in area groundwater and other economic factors.
(Credit KUAC file photo)

Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set Refinery-Pollution Cleanup Level

A panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.

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September 19, 2014
Frank Keim treks through fall foliage last month during the Northern Alaska Environmental Center's 18th annual Run for the Refuge. This year, Keim led the center's annual celebration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit Northern Alaska Environmental Center

‘You’ve Got To Defend It’ – Denali Celebrates Wilderness Act 50th

Denali National Park is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act in the next weeks. A series of events marking the historic conservation legislation is planned.

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August 29, 2014
The 16-year-old that Troopers arrested and charged Monday with setting a fire at a Delta Junction house on Sunday also is charged with torching the Clearwater Lodge, shown here on the morning of May 15th.
Credit KUAC file photo

Troopers Arrest, Charge Teen With Arson For Delta-Area Fires

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with arson for setting a house in Delta Junction on fire last weekend and for the May 15th fire that destroyed the Clearwater Lodge.

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August 19, 2014
Delta Mayor Pro Tem Mary Leith examines the badly damaged gazebo in the Rest Haven Cemetery Sunday morning. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Vandals Drive Over Gravesites, Badly Damage Gazebo During Cemetery Joyride

Alaska State Troopers are investigating vandalism at the Delta Junction cemetery over the weekend. The vandals drove through the fence both on the way in and out of the cemetery and then ran over several gravesites on their way to the gazebo, which they nearly destroyed.

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August 18, 2014

House District 3 Primary Race: Mostly Agreement – And a Few Key Differences

Redistricting has thrown two incumbent North Pole Republican lawmakers into a new district, and created one of the more unusual political matchups in this year’s primary: District 1 Representative Tammie Wilson versus District 2 incumbent, Doug Isaacson, for the new District 3 seat.

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August 15, 2014
FAA Advises Pilots on GPS Problems as Air Force Training Jams Signals

FAA Advises Pilots on GPS Problems as Air Force Training Jams Signals

The Air Force is jamming Global Positioning System signals periodically around military airfields in Alaska during Red Flag training exercises now under way in and around Eielson Air Force Base. Officials say the GPS interference testing could affect other devices that rely on GPS.

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August 13, 2014
In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability

In Tok, Some Grumbling Over Electricity Rate Hikes vs. Energy Sustainability

Alaska Power Company customers in Tok and elsewhere in the Interior are unhappy that their electricity bills went up earlier this year. Some are frustrated that they’re being charged more partly because they’re conserving electricity – and generating it themselves.

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July 30, 2014

Clearwater Lodge Owners Opt to Rebuild After Devastating Fire

The owners of Clearwater Lodge near Delta Junction have decided to rebuild the historic structure that burned down in May. Fans and friends of the lodge want to help get work started with a fund-raiser next month.

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July 28, 2014
Earthquake Rattles Yakutat; Felt in Whitehorse; No Damage Reported

Earthquake Rattles Yakutat; Felt in Whitehorse; No Damage Reported

A strong earthquake near the Canadian border rattled portions of Southern Alaska and the Yukon Territory just before 4 this morning.

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July 17, 2014
Air Force Delays Scrapping Research Facility; UAF Seeks Takeover Deal

Air Force Delays Scrapping Research Facility; UAF Seeks Takeover Deal

The Air Force has agreed to delay its plans to demolish a $300 million research facility near Glennallen to allow more time to work out a deal to transfer ownership to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

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July 3, 2014
Athabascan Fiddlers Association General Manager Ann Fears in the KRFF studio on College Road in Fairbanks.
)Photo by Tim Ellis/KUAC)

New Radio Stations Reaching Out to Natives, ‘Under-Represented’ Audiences

A new Fairbanks radio station is broadcasting programs aimed at the Native community in the Interior. Another group hopes to launch its station early next year to provide radio programming for other groups that they say are not being served. The ventures are part of a nationwide trend of community-based radio.

June 17, 2014
The contractor working on the Alaska Railroad's Tanana River bridge at Salcha has nearly completed work on the structure, shown here in an earlier stage of construction. It's the first phase of a larger project to extend the railroad to the Delta Junction area.
(Credit Alaska Railroad)

Tanana River Bridge Nearly Done, But State Officials Can’t Predict Fate of Next Phase

Alaska’s longest bridge is pretty much done. The 3,300-foot structure now spans the Tanana riverbed just west of Salcha, providing the military with year-round ground access to its training ranges on the far side. But, state officials don’t yet know where they’ll get funding to begin work on the next phase of the Northern Rail Extension project.

June 13, 2014