Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

North Pole natural gas line network delayed by pandemic

The Interior Gas Utility planned to hook up North Pole customers, but materials delays have slowed that process.

After dipnet opener, Copper River run continues to lag

An area biologist said that most personal-use dipnetters reported getting just 5 to fifteen salmon, well below the personal limit of 25.
A sign reads "Welcome to UAS" at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus.

University regents decide to put the brakes on campus merger plan for UAS

University of Alaska regents have put the brakes on a plan to merge University of Alaska Southeast programs in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka into either the Anchorage or Fairbanks operations.
A tan colored mountain with a road on the side in blue skies with snow-covered mountains in the background.

Alaskans will get an increased shot at driving Park Road in Denali beginning June 1

Beginning Monday, June 1, visitors can register for permits to drive to Mile 30 of the Park Road, with more opportunities scheduled for July and August.

National Park Service rule change ends bans on controversial bear and wolf hunts

The decision represents a reversal in the agency's stance about its ability to regulate certain controversial hunting regulations that disrupt population dynamics in national preserves.

UAF research vessel Sikuliaq gets exemption to National Science Foundation’s ban on sailings

With the continuity of the vessel's long-running sampling project on the line, the vessel was granted an exemption to the NSF's ban, though it will be taking many precautionary measures.

Denali National Park reopens but plans for drastically different summer

With staffing at 50% because of the difficulty of implementing social distancing in seasonal housing, managers aren't sure how much vehicle and pedestrian traffic to allow into the park.

University of Alaska to furlough top leaders, including president, chancellors

UA says the furloughs will impact 166 employees and are expected to save the university system $554,000.

UAF innovation breaks down PFAS chemicals

The new technology has the potential to break down the persistent PFAS chemicals, which are found in many consumer products and are thought to cause adverse human health effects.

Yukon Quest sled dog race co-founder LeRoy Shank dies

The 79-year-old had been struggling with Parkinson's disease for years, but lived to see his granddaughter finish the Yukon Quest in February.

Two Fairbanks healthcare workers test positive for COVID-19

Executive Director Shelly Ebenal said the first individual isolated at home after experiencing symptoms March 20. They received a positive test result Monday.

Denali Park road could be closed due to sloughing roadway

The road into Denali National Park could be closed next summer at mile 43, the National Park Service said this week. That’s just east of a where portion of the road traversing a slope, is sloughing.

Denali wolf sightings hit record low

Biologists say the low numbers are likely primarily caused by natural factors.

Athabascan elder Howard Luke remembered as a mentor and cultural ambassador

Howard Luke’s friendships and influence stretched from Interior Alaska, where he grew up living a subsistence lifestyle, to places around the world, where he was invited to share his culture and learn about others.

Circuit Court justices hears Fairbanks Four appeal

A panel of three 9th Circuit Court justices heard arguments Friday morning in Fairbanks in the appeal of a federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks.

University of Alaska to survey staff, students, community members about how to move forward

University of Alaska administrators are working to get a cost saving plan ready by early next month.

West Valley pre-season football practice suspended after swimming incident puts 3 players in hospital

Pre-season football practice at West Valley High School in Fairbanks has been suspended following a weekend swimming accident that sent three players to the hospital.

University of Alaska regents vote to declare financial exigency

University of Alaska regents have adopted a declaration of financial exigency, enabling immediate budget cutbacks, including expedited faculty layoffs. Regents approved the declaration at a meeting in Anchorage today in response to an over 40 percent reduction in state funding.

VA Secretary outlines new facilities and funds planned for Alaska

The federal veterans affairs agency plans major expansion in Alaska.