Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks
On Monday night, the Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance that puts a proposed property tax increase to public vote this fall. The hike is aimed at compensating for lost state revenue to due to low oil prices. Listen now
Slow progress securing a sufficient natural gas supply is causing problems for the Interior Energy Project. A gas contract is key to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority lead project to provide a lower cost, cleaner burning fuel to the Fairbanks-North Pole area. Listen now
Hot, dry weather over the northern Interior is keeping wildfire season alive longer than normal. Listen now
The Trump administration has directed the National Park Service in Alaska and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to reconsider bans on certain state allowed game harvest techniques. Listen now
Alaskans concerned about the effects of a US Senate health care bill have been contacting Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and staging events at their local offices. One such Fairbanks rally took place outside Senator Murkowski’s Fairbanks office on Thursday evening. Listen now
There was a funeral service in the village of Northway on Friday for a man shot by police in Fairbanks earlier this month. 21-year-old Mathew Colton Stover of Northway died in a confrontation with FPD officers in a field next to Fairbanks Correctional Center on June 19th. Questions remain about Stover’s motivation and what happened with police. Listen now
Chitina dip netters are now able to harvest a king salmon. The usual allowance in the popular Copper River personal use fishery is back after being rescinded this spring out of concern about a weak king run. With the commercial and subsistence harvests indicating a better than anticipated return, fishing restrictions have been pulled back. Listen now
The University of Alaska learned it would face cuts, even though UA president Jim Johnsen said the cuts were less than expected. Listen now
Governor Bill Walker has signed legislation which requires the state to provide health insurance for the dependents of state law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. Listen now
Fairbanks is offering a $20,000 bonus to attract seasoned police officers to the city after the money was approved unanimously by the city council on June 19. Fairbanks Police Department is short nine officers, and it’s estimated to take four years to fill the posts with rookie recruits, who must go through police academy training. Listen now
Fairbanks Police have released details about an officer involved shooting in the city Monday. Police identified the man killed in a shootout with 4 FPD officers, as 21-year-old Mathew Colton Stover of Northway. Listen now
One person is dead after being shot by Fairbanks Police. Police spokeswoman Yumi McCullough said the shooting happened when officers received two calls about a masked man wielding a rifle. Listen now
Flags are at half-staff in honor of former Alaska attorney general and lifelong University of Alaska advocate, Grace Schaible of Fairbanks.
"We often find trash strewn all over the ground that has been pulled out of the bins," Jordan said. "And the bins are constantly getting spray-painted, and the contractor simply can't keep up with that. And we are finding a lot of needles and other things and observing some drug activity."