Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

AK: Resurrecting the 52-year-old pipe organ at Fort Greely’s chapel

The old pipe organ in the chapel at Fort Greely will soon again be belting out gospel tunes, if Army officials approve the post chaplain’s request to allow a pipe-organ expert from Nenana restore the rare 52-year-old instrument. 

Interior political giant Jack Coghill dies at 93

Former state lawmaker Jack Coghill died this morning at the age of 93.

Cannabis advocates wary of Dunleavy’s Marijuana Control Board appointments

Alaska’s marijuana industry and its advocates are concerned about Governor Mike Dunleavy’s appointment of two people to the Marijuana Control Board that the advocates say could slow or halt the industry’s growth and hamper the state’s ability to regulate it.

Alaska Fire Service has furloughed most employees as shutdown continues

Although wildfires are unlikely to bust out in the Interior anytime soon, the shutdown is hampering the Alaska Fire Service’s planning and preparation for the coming fire season.

‘You’re going to start a war’: Fairbanks City Council delays anti-discrimination ordinance after outcry

Fairbanks City Council members heard more than three hours of testimony Monday from a roomful of supporters and opponents of a proposed ordinance that would add provisions to the City Code prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

GVEA fires up backup generators after earthquake knocks Intertie offline in Mat-Su

When a magnitude 7 earthquake rumbled through the Anchorage area Nov. 30, Golden Valley Electric Association customers were using a total of 165 megawatts of electricity. About a fifth of that was coming through a 170-mile transmission line known as the Intertie. Then the Intertie went dead.

Fairbanks City Council OKs measure authorizing removal, cleanup of homeless camps

Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes told the council the ordinance is needed to allow officers to evict homeless people from illegal camps and remove and clean up the sites.

Fairbanks hires law firms to advise on suing over groundwater-contaminating chemicals

Fairbanks officials hope to recover nearly $4 million the city has spent over the past three years to deal with the contamination caused by perflourinated compounds contained in a type of firefighting foam.

Kelly leads Kawasaki in close Fairbanks Senate race

If declared the winner, Kelly will begin his sixth term as a senator in January. Listen now

Kelly, Kawasaki clash over budget, Medicaid, climate change in last debate before election

Cuts to the state budget and Permanent Fund dividend dominated a Monday debate in Fairbanks between Republican Senate President Sen. Pete Kelly and Democratic Rep. Scott Kawasaki.

Walker defends record, challengers offer alternatives in Fairbanks governor candidate forum

Gov. Bill Walker and the two candidates who are running to unseat him pitched their ideas Tuesday on how to promote the state’s tourism industry. Listen now

‘It’s become politicized’: advocates give notice of lawsuit to clean up Fairbanks air

Three environmental groups announced Wednesday they intend to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency for what they say is its failure to require the Fairbanks North Star Borough to reduce air pollution. Listen now

Missing Fort Wainwright soldier found dead

A missing Fort Wainwright soldier was found dead Saturday at the Harding Lake campground.
Alaska State Troopers. Photo: Monica Gokey/ Alaska Public Media file photo.

2 Fairbanks men dead in Nenana River plane crash

Two Fairbanks men were killed in a plane crash.

GVEA declares Healy 2 power plant operational

Golden Valley Electric Association’s chief executive says the 50-megawatt Healy 2 power plant is finally fully online and commercially operational after successful testing of repaired/updated systems. Listen now

For the second time this month, Russian warplanes intercepted in Alaska airspace

Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian warplanes off the west coast of Alaska Tuesday.

Five Guam-based B-52s parked out in Eielson amidst typhoon

Five B-52s from an U.S. air base in Guam are parked on the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base. Air Force officials sent the big bombers and their crews to Eielson this week to wait out Typhoon Mangkhut, which struck the island Monday. Listen now

$14.8 million contract awarded for Clear Air Force station missile defense project

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $14.8 million contract to a Palmer-based contractor for work on a missile defense-related project at Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson. Listen now

Moose hunters riled over new restrictions on military-training range access to camps

Moose-hunting season begins in just over two weeks, and hunters are up in arms over restrictions on access through military-training ranges that will make it hard for them to get back into their favorite camps.

AK: Quartz Lake denizens adapt to a shrinking water level

Quartz Lake is shrinking -- the water level of the popular lake just north of Delta Junction is dropping. And while researchers try to find out why, archeologists are studying how humans have adapted to the lake’s periodic cycles of increasing and decreasing water levels since they moved into the area 14,000 years ago. Listen now