Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
Episcopal Diocese of Alaska to investigate the history of church-operated boarding schools for Indigenous children
Episcopal Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime said the action was prompted by the discovery this summer of unmarked graves where Indigenous children were buried at church-run, Canadian boarding schools.
UA Interim President Pat Pitney says an existing system-wide mask mandate and targeted vaccination requirements for some groups at individual campuses are proving effective. Also she expects federal vaccine requirements to soon apply to the university system.
“With their bright red, featherless heads, you just can’t mistake them for anything else,” said migratory bird biologist Jim Johnson.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has moved the “Into the Wild” bus to a UAF engineering building lab for repairs.
“I want you to imagine calling 911, saying someone is breaking into your house and dispatch telling you no one is available,” said Andrew Wixon, a Fairbanks police officer.
The affected stretch of the gravel road is at mile 45 in an area known as Pretty Rocks in Polychrome Pass, where subterranean ice is melting due to climate warming.
Brent Sass says the bear chewed up a pair of boots, climbed a tree where he was in a stand looking for a moose and then later showed up outside of his tent.
It's the third and fourth known Alaskapox infections.
In hopes of attracting staff as COVID-19 hospitalizations spike, the Fairbanks hospital has created a new temporary part-time position called a COVID relief aide. It's also offering bonuses and hiring incentives.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board voted this week to start requiring that everyone in school buildings age 2 and up wear a face mask.
Carolyn Hall said her 78-year-old father is one of the Fairbanks Pioneer Home residents who recently tested positive for COVID-19. “This isn’t just a story about my dad, my loved one, my family,” she said. “It’s about our entire community because you never know when it might be your loved one.”
“It’s really tough right now and I just feel for our employees who are overworked and — to some degree, I think —underappreciated when people don’t look at the science and don’t wear masks and don’t get vaccinated," says the board chair of Foundation Health Partners.
A social media post by a passenger said the Wright Air Service Cessna Caravan “twirled upside down twice,” and photos of the plane on the tarmac in Fairbanks show a bent aileron on the aircraft’s right wing.
Lance Mackey survived throat cancer nearly 20 years ago, prior to racking up four Iditarod and four Yukon Quest wins.
The previous record for Aug. 2 was 85 degrees set in 1919 and 1911.
Labyrinths have long been used as meditative and therapeutic tools, and a Fairbanks man credits walking and maintaining a labyrinth on his property with helping him cope with chronic pain.
48-year-old Robert Wyble said he and his son Kendall and the family dog were hiking Monday in a familiar area past the end of Smallwood Trail near Mile 7 Chena Hot Springs Road when the grizzly sow charged.
No vehicles were caught in either slide, and in both incidents the highway was cleared and re-opened in about 2 hours. But there’s concern that another such release could result in a more serious outcome.
The Munson Creek Fire near Chena Hot Springs East of Fairbanks is burning nearly 20,000 acres and is just a half-mile from Chena Hot Springs Resort. Yesterday, residents along the last few miles of the road were ordered to evacuate. But the resort itself still taking in new visitors.