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Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Deadly Delta-Area Helicopter Crash

The helicopter that crashed two weeks ago in a remote spot near the Pogo gold mine, killing the pilot, reportedly had touched down on a primitive helipad before it pitched up, apparently out-of-control, then hit some nearby trees and rolled down a hillside.

August 21, 2012

Six Alaskans Recognized For Homesteading Efforts

A federal commemoration of homesteading in America recognizes six Alaskans, considered the last to participate in the program. The last woman homesteader and her son gained title to land near Big Delta in 1984.

July 24, 2012

Troopers Call Off Search For Missing Delta Junction Man

Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for a Delta Junction man missing since last weekend. According to Troopers, an officer from the Delta Post found Emmanuel Martin Hosier’s car parked at a bluff overlooking the Tanana River Sunday night. The 20-year-old was last seen by family Saturday evening.

July 12, 2012

Troopers, Delta Residents Search For Missing Man

Alaska State Troopers and dozens of Delta Junction-area volunteers are searching for a 20-year-old man who hasn’t been seen since Sunday evening.

July 11, 2012

Slavic Population Influx Slowing In Delta

The refugee settlement office that serves members of Delta’s Slavic community is closing. The influx of immigrants from Russia and other Eastern European nations that’s boosted the area’s population by nearly 40 percent over the past 20 years, is slowing.

July 3, 2012

Officials Investigating Vehicle Fire In Pogo Gold Mine

A federal mine-safety official from Anchorage has been at the Pogo gold mine since this morning investigating the evacuation and shutdown of the mine in response to a vehicle fire underground early this morning.

June 12, 2012

Grocery Shoppers Feeling Effects Of ALCAN Closure

The Alaska Highway closure has interrupted more than just summer tourists. Grocery shoppers in Interior Alaska are feeling the effects.

June 11, 2012

Tok May Be First Alaska Community Fully Powered By Biomass

Tok may become the first community in Alaska to get all its electricity from wood. A utility has proposed building a power plant that would burn black spruce, a plan backers say could serve as a test case for communities struggling with high cost fossil fuel generated power.

June 7, 2012

Police, Troopers On Lookout For Two Men Who Escaped From Halfway House

Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks police are on the lookout for two men who walked away from a privately operated halfway house in Ester over the past 10 days. The state corrections official who oversees the NorthStar Community Residential Center and seven other facilities says the public has little to fear from the escapees, who are serving time for lesser offenses. But a Fairbanks police spokesman says the escapees divert officers from more serious cases.

May 8, 2012

Aircraft Support Aplenty For Alaska Wildfire Crews

The start of wildfire season has mangers assessing resources to battle blazes across the west this summer. There’s serious concern about air tanker support in the Lower 48, but the aircraft shortage is not an issue in Alaska.

May 1, 2012

Organizers Expect Large Turnout For Arctic Man

The snow is deep and the purse is big, so organizers expect a good turnout at this year’s Arctic Man. The unique race in the Hoodoo Mountains near Paxson brings together snowmachiners, skiers and snowboarders for Alaska’s biggest annual party.

April 10, 2012

Fairbanks Will Have New Co-op Selling Locally Grown Foods

A former downtown Fairbanks supermarket is scheduled for renovation this spring.  The building will become the home of a new co-op, specializing in fresh, locally grown and organic foods.

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April 3, 2012

No Major Cuts Expected In Alaska Military Forces

The Army’s top general said last week that its leaders don’t plan on making any major cuts in its forces in Alaska. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno’s responses to inquiries by Senator Lisa Murkowski come amidst federal budget cutting efforts, and uncertainty about Alaska’s military future persists.

March 26, 2012

Galena Man Arrested For False Search And Rescue Call

A Galena man is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center after making a fake emergency call that triggered a major search and rescue operation.

March 19, 2012

Work Set To Resume On Tanana River Bridge

Work is about to resume on the biggest construction project in the Interior. What will be the state’s longest bridge is being built by the Alaska Railroad across the Tanana River near Salcha.

March 16, 2012

EPA Fines Eielson For Hazardous Waste Mismanagement

The Environmental Protection agency is fining Eielson Air Force Base $45,000 for mismanaging hazardous waste.

March 14, 2012

Eielson Job Elimination Not As Extreme As Originally Estimated

The hundreds of positions the Air Force expects to be eliminated at Eielson is less than half the number previously estimated, and as KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, it’s unclear how solid the estimate is.

March 9, 2012

DEC Investigating North Pole Oil Spill

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating an oil spill at the Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole.

March 2, 2012

Ft. Greely Officials Study Barley-Powered Electricity Proposal

Fort Greely officials are studying a proposal by a Delta Junction barley farmer to use the grain as a renewable energy source to generate electricity for the post.

February 28, 2012

Community Leaders Gather Data On Potential Eielson F-16 Move

Community leaders have begun compiling data they say will prove the Air Force won’t save money by moving an F-16 fighter squadron, and up to 1,500 military and civilian workers, from Eielson to Anchorage, but base employees are still worried.

February 27, 2012