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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

Fairbanks Voters Approve 2 School Bond Propositions

Proposition 1 asked voters to OK the sale of about $37.2 million in bonds to replace Ryan Middle School. According to unofficial results, 60 percent of voters said yes, passing the measure by nearly 2,000 votes. Prop 2 passed by an even wider margin, with 65 percent of votes cast in favor, unofficially. That measure will raise $19.4 million to repair and renovate five other district schools.

October 2, 2013

Healy Clean Coal Plant Shouldn’t See Impact From New Regulations

New federal regulations on coal fired energy should not affect’s Golden Valley Electric Association’s re-start of the Healy Clean Coal plant. GVEA President and CEO Cory Borgeson expects the plan to purchase and operate the long idled facility to remain on track.

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September 24, 2013

Fort Wainwright Commander Retires

Fort Wainwright’s garrison commander is retiring from the Army, after 28 years in uniform. A base spokesperson says Col. Ron Johnson’s decision is not related to a statement he made in July that Army training sparked this summer’s Stuart Creek 2 wild fire near Fairbanks.

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September 18, 2013
Holland America Halts Dawson City Bus Tours

Holland America Halts Dawson City Bus Tours

As the summer tourism season wraps up, Interior operators are already looking to next year – and worrying how they’ll deal with a move by a major industry player.

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September 9, 2013

Wet Weather Likely Too Little, Too Late For Alaska Farmers

The severe drought that’s gripped the Interior for most of the summer finally broke over the weekend. Rains fell throughout the region for the first time in some areas since early July. But it’s probably too little and too late for most farmers, especially those who own livestock, who’ve have had to resort to costly measures like irrigating and importing hay from Canada and the Lower 48.

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August 19, 2013

Fairbanks-Area Officials See Problems With Contamination Response Proposals

The mayor of North Pole is expressing concern about a proposal by the Fairbanks Borough Mayor to expand the city’s water system into areas where an industrial solvent has contaminated groundwater. Meanwhile, two state environmental officials say they strongly support another proposal to quickly begin cleanup of sulfolane-contaminated groundwater in the North Pole area.

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June 26, 2013

Greely Missile Defense Unit Commander Suspended Over Sex-Misconduct Allegations

The commander of the Army National Guard unit that operates the missile-defense facility at Fort Greely has been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct at the base – and accusations he failed to address the problem.

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June 12, 2013

Interior-Based Militia Unit Regroups, Invites Others To Training Rendezvous

An Interior Alaska militia group gathered over the weekend near Delta Junction. The Central Alaska Militia’s leader says the group is not associated with the defunct Fairbanks based Alaska Peacekeepers Militia. That group’s leader Schaeffer Cox, was sentenced to 26 years in prison, earlier this year, for plotting to kill government officials.

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June 10, 2013

Civilian Department of Defense Workers Begin Receiving Furlough Notices

Civilian workers at Alaska’s military installations are being formally notified that they’ll be required to take up to 11 days off work, unpaid, by Oct. 1, to comply with federal budget cuts mandated through the “sequester” process.

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May 29, 2013

Mining Company Pulls Out Of Exploratory Project Near Tok

A Canadian mining company is pulling out of an exploration project near Tok. The move comes as the price of gold has fallen about 15 percent from unprecedented highs in recent years, and may signal a slowdown in the mining industry.

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May 13, 2013

Fairbanks Pilot Makes Solo Trip to the North Pole

Alaskan pilot Art Mortvedt is due back in Fairbanks any day now from his solo flight to the North Pole. It was the second leg of a mission to realize his long-held dream of flying a single-engine aircraft to both North and South poles.

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May 2, 2013