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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Tourists Rescued Near Chatanika

Alaska State Troopers rescued a group of tourists late Friday night after they got stuck in their vehicle trying to get to a lodge about 20 miles north of Fairbanks near Chatanika on an outing to view the aurora borealis.

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February 10, 2014 - 5:33 pm

North Pole Crude Refinery Shutting Down

Officials with Flint Hills Resources Alaska announced today they will halt processing crude oil at the company’s North Pole refinery over the next few months.

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February 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm
The Gerstle River Test Site is located about 35 miles southeast of Delta Junction, east of the Alaska Highway. It's adjacent to a 65,000-acre test site expansion area, which the Army has given back to the State of Alaska. Image from the U.S. Army.

Army Seeks ‘Data Gaps’ Over Cleanups At Old Chem/Bio-warfare Site Near Greely

Environmental officials are reviewing cleanup work conducted at a former military test site south of Delta Junction. The Gerstle River site was used by the Army to test chemical and biological agents during the height of the Cold War.

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February 3, 2014 - 5:47 pm
The Army has 657,000 acres of training ranges around Fort Greely, next door to Delta Junction. Because Delta is not located within a borough, the feds gives PILT funds to the state to distribute.

PILT: Local Municipal Officials Hope Congress Will Fund Federal-Aid Program

City and borough government officials here in Alaska are a bit on edge about Congress’s failure to provide funding for the PILT program, which helps local governments with a lot of federal land in their areas. The program is especially critical to smaller communities like Delta Junction.

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January 27, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Fairbanks Militia Leader Holding Anti-Gun-Control Rally

A local militia leader is organizing an anti-gun-control rally that’ll be held next month in downtown Fairbanks. The rally is one of five to be held around the state on Feb. 23 to show support for the Second Amendment and other right-wing political causes.

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January 14, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Refinery Owner Seeks Lower Cleanup Level For Tainted Groundwater

The operator of the North Pole refinery wants the state to set a lower standard for cleaning up the sulfolane groundwater-contamination problem in the North Pole area. Flint Hills Resources Alaska has asked the head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation to set a less-stringent cleanup level for the industrial solvent that leaked into the groundwater for more than a decade before Flint Hills bought the refinery in 2004. The requests could delay cleanup for several months.

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January 13, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Air Quality Regulations Worry Fairbanks, State Officials

The controversial air-quality regulations that state officials have proposed for Fairbanks-area residents are aimed at reducing pollution from wood-burning heating systems. They do not apply to coal-fired systems, which are increasingly popular because coal is cheaper than wood.

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January 10, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Bernice Joseph Dies At Age 49

Alaska Native leader Bernice Joseph of Fairbanks died of cancer yesterday at age 49. Joseph was a professor and administrator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she maintained strong ties with rural Alaska.

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January 8, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Slow Business, High Costs Shut Down Paxson Lodge

The Paxson Lodge is closed. The owner of the roadhouse at the junction of the Richardson and Denali highways says he shut the lodge down due to slow business and high operating costs. It’s the latest of several Richardson Highway roadhouses that have closed down in recent years.

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December 30, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Tanana Chiefs Conference Gets Lead Role In Tribal Foster Care

Tanana Chiefs Conference President Jerry Isaac and the head of the Health and Social Services Commissioner signed an agreement yesterday that will give TCC the lead role in managing foster care for tribal children.

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December 19, 2013 - 5:42 pm
The Missile Defense Agency will be placing 14 more interceptors like this at the Fort Greely missile base by 2017. The will bring the total number of interceptors at the base to 40. Photo from the Missile Defense Agency.

Greely Missile-Defense Base Prepares For More Interceptors

Fort Greely’s missile-defense base could get a big boost in spending this year if the U.S. Senate approves a measure worked out last week by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

December 18, 2013 - 10:34 am
Brandy McLean and sons Morgen, left, and Codey, show off a couple of the large black hogs last summer that the family is raising at Triple McLean Farms near Delta.Photo courtesy of Triple McLean Farms

Plucky Delta Farmer Undaunted, Determined to Rebuild Poultry Barn Razed by Fire

A Delta Junction-area farmer is rebuilding a barn fire that killed 500 chickens and other livestock last spring. Despite that and other adversity, Brandy McLain is determined to restore her poultry operation.

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December 3, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Delta Junction Seeking Funds for Pharmacy

A two-year effort to improve medical care in Delta Junction got a big boost earlier this month in the form of a $400,000 grant that will enable the Interior Alaska Hospital Foundation to open a clinic by March. Now,a foundation members have launched a drive to raise at least $150,000 for a pharmacy they’d like to open along with the clinic.
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November 29, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Richardson Highway Speed Limit Changed To 65 Between Delta Junction, Valdez

The State Department of Transportation begun changing speed limit signs this week along the Richardson Highway between Delta Junction and Valdez from 55 to 65 miles per hour.

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November 22, 2013 - 3:49 pm
The Ted Stevens Papers Project's new mapping exhibit includes a small-scale version of The Stevens Map, left, and a photo of Stevens showing off the full-scale version of the map after it was published in 1975. Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks.

UAF Celebrates Ted Stevens’ Birthday With New Mapping Exhibit

Dozens of friends, former staffers and other well-wishers gathered Monday at UAF’s Rasmuson Library to celebrate what would’ve been former Sen. Ted Stevens’ 90th birthday. Monday’s commemoration also marked the opening of a new exhibit in the library’s collection of Stevens’s official papers generated during his long career as a U.S. senator from Alaska.

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November 20, 2013 - 10:43 am

Livestock Owners Cope With Hay Shortage

State agriculture officials are advising Alaska livestock owners how to cope with the high cost of feeding their animals. Feed prices have risen sharply following last summer’s drought that hurt the interior hay and straw crop.

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November 14, 2013 - 5:14 pm

North Pole Company Suffers Multimillion Dollar Loss After Building Burns

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire that destroyed a maintenance building at a North Pole cement plant on Monday morning. No one was injured, but the owners of HC Redi-Mix are feeling the pain of a multimillion-dollar loss caused by the fire – which not only destroyed the building, but also several pieces of heavy equipment inside.

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November 5, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Legislators Aim To Influence Federal Arctic Policy

Climate change is causing Arctic sea ice to melt rapidly and recede, opening up vast stretches of Arctic waters for shipping and resource development. In response, a group of state legislators and others is working on a policy they hope will help shape Alaska’s policy for managing those changes – and influence the federal government’s broader national Arctic policy.

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October 28, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Housing Research Center Project to Test System That Heats Without Fossil Fuels

Housing Research Center Project to Test System That Heats Without Fossil Fuels

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks moved ahead Wednesday on a project that will demonstrate how solar energy can be collected year-round and used to heat a commercial building without fossil fuels, like heating oil. The project is being funded by one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel companies.

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October 17, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Verizon Plans On Expanded Role Next Year

It’s been four months since the nation’s biggest wireless carrier began doing business in Alaska. And despite predictions that Verizon would shake up the state’s wireless market, its role has so far been limited to providing high-speed data service in urban areas.  The company plans to enter the Alaska market in a bigger way next year.

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October 16, 2013 - 3:31 pm