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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

People Say Final Farewell To Former Territorial Governor Stepovich

People from across Alaska and the Lower 48 assembled in Fairbanks today to bid final farewell to former Territorial Governor Mike Stepovich. Download Audio
February 28, 2014

Tok Residents Trying to Revive Biomass-Fueled Power Plant Project To Cut Energy Costs

Business and community leaders in Tok are trying to revive a plan to cut the area’s high energy costs by generating electricity with biomass. Download Audio
February 18, 2014

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. Listen Now
February 10, 2014

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. Download Audio
February 4, 2014
Army Seeks ‘Data Gaps’ Over Cleanups At Old Chem/Bio-warfare Site Near Greely

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. Download Audio
February 3, 2014
PILT: Local Municipal Officials Hope Congress Will Fund Federal-Aid Program

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. Download Audio
January 27, 2014

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. Download Audio
January 14, 2014

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. Download Audio
January 13, 2014

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. Download Audio
January 10, 2014

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. Download Audio
January 8, 2014

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. Download Audio
December 30, 2013

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. Download Audio
December 19, 2013
Greely Missile-Defense Base Prepares For More Interceptors

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

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
November 22, 2013
UAF Celebrates Ted Stevens’ Birthday With New Mapping Exhibit

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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio
October 28, 2013