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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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. Listen now: 
September 25, 2014
Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set Refinery-Pollution Cleanup Level

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. Download Audio
September 19, 2014
'You've Got To Defend It' - Denali Celebrates Wilderness Act 50th

‘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. Download Audio:
August 29, 2014
Troopers Arrest, Charge Teen With Arson For Delta-Area Fires

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. Download Audio
August 19, 2014
Vandals Drive Over Gravesites, Badly Damage Gazebo During Cemetery Joyride

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio:
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. Download audio:
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Listen now:
July 3, 2014
New Radio Stations Reaching Out to Natives, 'Under-Represented' Audiences

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

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

New EPA Carbon-Pollution Rules Will Spark Rate Hikes In Fairbanks

Golden Valley Electric Association customers can expect a rate hike to pay for new federally required pollution controls. The EPA’s emissions control requirements announced today, will be phased in over coming years in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Download Audio
June 2, 2014

Prescribed Interior Burn Extends To Over 6,000 Acres

On the Kenai Peninsula, rain over the weekend helped further knock down the Funny River fire, but in Interior Alaska, a wild fire in the Delta Junction area gained major acreage over the weekend. The 100 Mile Creek Fire, sparked by an earlier prescribed burn on military land, went from about 700 acres to more than 6,000, as high winds fanned flames. Download Audio
June 2, 2014

Golden Valley Electric Loses Biggest Customer

Golden Valley Electric Association is scheduled to lose one of its biggest customers this week – the Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole. But GVEA is working on plans to hook up another industrial customer next year that will buy nearly as much electricity as the refinery.
May 27, 2014

Clearwater Lodge Burns Down

The Clearwater Lodge near Delta Junction burned to the ground this morning. The rustic lodge was a popular gathering place for fishermen, birders and others who come to the Clearwater River. Download Audio
May 15, 2014

Flint Hills Begins Shutting Down Fairbanks Refinery

Officials with Flint Hills Resources-Alaska began shutting down the company’s North Pole refinery on Thursday. Download Audio
May 1, 2014

Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th Anniversary

Earth Day will be celebrated with a concert in Fairbanks on Tuesday. It’s part of a summer long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws. Download Audio
April 21, 2014
‘Let The Games Begin!’ Gala Opening Ceremony Celebrates Diverse Cultures

‘Let The Games Begin!’ Gala Opening Ceremony Celebrates Diverse Cultures

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games officially got underway Sunday, with a gala opening ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd at the Carlson Center. A full slate of competition – and a weeklong array of cultural events – begins today. Download Audio
March 17, 2014