Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau, shown on July 25, 2019 (David Purdy/KTOO)

University of Alaska regents approve faculty pay increases. But the union says negotiations aren’t over.

“This a very puzzling action by President Pitney and the Board of Regents,” said Tony Rickard, chief negotiator for United Academics.
High waters surround buildings

Dozens of Manley Hot Springs residents remain displaced after flood

Some Manley Hot Springs residents are frustrated by a lack of guidance and assistance as they begin recovering from last weekend’s major ice jam flood.
High waters surround buildings

Residents take stock of damage as floodwaters recede in Manley Hot Springs

As of Sunday, the community’s power, phone lines and cell service were still down. 
A dog in a harness leaps up into the air

Yukon Quest organizations break up

The relationship between the Alaska and Canadian organizations which have run the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race since 1984 has fallen apart.
Baby birds sit in a pile under a heat lamp

Alaska’s first case of highly contagious bird flu strain confirmed in Mat-Su chickens

State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gerlach says the Mat-Su case confirms that migrating birds have brought avian influenza to Alaska.

Earth’s atmosphere could be one source of water on the moon, UAF study finds

Researchers estimate that the moon’s poles could contain about as much water as Lake Huron.
People stand at the edge of a steep drop in a gravel road through a mountain pass

Bridge plan moves forward as Denali Park Road landslide speeds up

“It was really sobering to arrive on scene and see that 40-foot cliff on that eastern side of the slump this year,” said the Denali National Park acting superintendent.
A snowy field with a group of wood bison in the distance

Alaska imports more wood bison to bolster reintroduction efforts

More wood bison have been imported from Canada to Alaska as part of a decades-long effort to restore the animal’s population in the state.
A white, luminous globe seen over spruce forest with green aurora in the sky above it

Scientists say they can explain the giant, glowing orb seen over Interior Alaska last week

A Fairbanks photographer captured video of a foggy ball of light that was far larger than a full moon and moved slowly from the northeast to the southwest.
An illustration of a proposed micronuclear plant

House bill would streamline approval of small nuclear reactors in Alaska

There are no microreactors operating anywhere in the United States, but a few pilot projects are planned, including one at Eielson Air Force Base.

Army Alaska commander pushes to normalize mental health care amid a string of soldier suicides

The Army has confirmed that 11 Alaska-based soldiers died by suicide in 2021. The deaths of another six Alaska soldiers are under investigation.
A woman talks at a meeting desk

Pat Pitney named permanent University of Alaska president

Pat Pitney is the first woman to lead the public university system.
A curling stone

Fairbanks curler Vicky Persinger’s Olympics end after losses to Switzerland and Great Britain

Vicky Persinger and teammate Chris Plys lost their final four matches in round-robin play, finishing with a 3-and-6 record, and placing 8th out of 10 teams
An outdoor sign for Joy Elementary School on a snowy evening

3 elementary schools to close in Fairbanks area due to low enrollment, budget challenges

The three schools that will close are Joy and Nordale elementary schools in Fairbanks and Anderson Elementary School on Eielson Air Force Base. Students will be moved to nearby elementary schools.
A man in a hat and orange hood.

Eureka musher Brent Sass wins Copper Basin 300

Sass and his 10-dog team raced across the finish line in Glennallen Monday afternoon.
Grey and white sled dogs howl in nblack harnesses

There’s a strong field of teams signed up for this weekend’s Copper Basin 300 sled dog race

Among 33 mushers on the roster as of Thursday night were defending fur-time champion Nicolas Petit, and fellow past CB 300 winners Martin Buser, Matt Hall and Mitch Seavey.
Snow piles up in a truck.

Alaskans in the Interior digging out after a wintry weekend wallop of snow, ice, wind

Another foot of snow fell in Fairbanks Tuesday into Wednesday and the community continues to deal with rough road conditions and power outages caused by falling trees.

Fairbanks is riding a weather roller coaster, from freezing rain to snow and frigid cold

Department of Transportation crews are battling a thick coating of ice on roads, and the local utility, Golden Valley Electric, continues working to restore electricity to pockets of customers.
Roof collapse through the window of a grocery store

Interior Alaska residents cautioned to monitor roofs in wake of powerful storm

Weather experts are advising that residents of Interior Alaska to monitor snow load on roofs after a powerful storm moved through the region, coating buildings with snow and ice.
A sign that says Fort Wainwright.

Alaska soldier found dead in Fairbanks

The cause of Hunter Stafford’s death is under investigation by the Alaska State Troopers and the Army.