Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
a brown bear with its tongue stuck out

Fairbanks man shoots grizzly bear he says was charging him

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.
A beaver swimming through the water

Beaver dams burst, blocking Richardson Highway with debris. Twice.

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.
A firefighter sprays a tan buildings with a hose

As Munson Creek wildfire grows, Chena Hot Springs stays open

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.
Smoke rises at the end of a dirt trail in some rolling hills

Firefighters focus on protecting Chena Hot Springs Resort, homes as wildfire advances

As of 4 p.m. Friday, no evacuation order had been issued, and guests and staff remained on site at Chena Hot Springs.
Smoke rises at the end of a dirt trail in some rolling hills

Wildfire near Chena Hot Springs grows to 9,000 acres

Area residents were alerted by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Thursday to be ready to evacuate in case conditions worsen, and the state parks department has closed the popular Angel Rocks trail.
Bright-red, thin strips of salmon hang like streamers.

Yukon River chinook, chums, on track for dismal season

"Fish and Game and everybody else better be prepared to go out and get some crab or pollock or halibut and bring it to each household on the Yukon River," said one resident of Pilot Station about the poor runs, which prompted the state to close the subsistence fishery.
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Troopers investigate 2 recent cases of possible abduction, sexual assault near Fairbanks

Both involve Alaska Native women who were found along Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks in recent weeks.
A plug into the side of a vehicle

Developers hope to open Railbelt electric vehicle charging corridor by summer 2022

Efforts are underway to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations along the Railbelt that developers hope could connect the Kenai Peninsula to Fairbanks by the summer of 2022.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

Troopers fatally shoot Anchorage man after he pointed replica assault rifle at them

Troopers said further investigation revealed that Dimitri Lanahan actually brandished a paintball gun. It was "designed to look like an assault rifle and did not have any markings that readily distinguished it from a firearm," according to the trooper report.
Three people in rain jackets and hoods dig on a sandy river bluff

Alaska dinosaur discovery points to year-round Arctic living

The findings of young dinosaur bones on the banks of an Arctic river suggests that dinosaurs lived in the area year-round, enduring snowfall and darkness, according to a recent study.
A rocky, snowy mountain

Group of 12 stranded mountaineers rescued from Wrangell-St. Elias glacier

The climbers were attempting to summit the 16,000-foot Mt. Bona. Three suffered injuries from the stranding.
Bright-red, thin strips of salmon hang like streamers.

Low salmon run forecast for Yukon River

A forecast points to a run of between 102,000 and 189,000 Chinook, putting it potentially in line with some of the weakest runs in the past 20 years.
Smoke billows from a dark green fofrested area

‘Zombie wildfires’ appear to be increasing in the Arctic

A recent study conducted by UAF and another university in Amsterdam, points to more than 40 overwintering wildfires reported in Alaska since 2005. Climate change is suspected to be a key factor.
A white man in a baseball hat smiles in front ofthe tail of a fighter jet

Legendary Alaska pilot and homesteader Urban Rahoi dies at 102

Best known as a pilot, Rahoi also worked as a hunting guide and real estate developer, remaining physically and mentally fit for more than a century before dying at age 102.
glaciere in a snow-covered mountainn valley

Denali Park glacier surging 65 feet a day, threatening summit route

The Muldrow Glacier on the north side of Denali National Park is advancing at 100 times its normal rate.

UAF lands $9.3M grant to expand research at HAARP

McCoy says the five-year, $9.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will enable the university to maintain the HAARP facility and expand operations.
Eight missing person's posters on a bulletin board.

Community-wide search planned for missing people in Fairbanks area

Fairbanks residents are planning a community-wide search this spring after a string of unsolved missing persons cases.

Denali National Park to allow private vehicles on park road again in 2021

Once again, the park will offer visitors the chance to drive a part of the Park Road normally closed to private vehicles

Experts question Dunleavy plan to expand snow machine, ATV use on roads

Already, about 25% of off-highway vehicle crashes occur on roads, a statistic that an expert fears could get much worse if a proposal goes through to expand access,
Three people in winter clothes stand in front of a buiulding wearing race bibs and alaska-shaped plaques

Buddy Streeper leads Canadian sweep of Open North American Championship sled dog race

Buddy Streeper of Fort Nelson, British Columbia won the 2021 Open North American Championships Sled Dog Race, Anny Malo of Saint Zenon, Quebec was second place and Erick Laforce of...