Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

UA students discover 1,800-year-old footprint ‘snapshot’ of Athabascan ancestors’ culture

University of Alaska archaeologists have announced the discovery of an 1,800-year-old human footprint at a site south of Fairbanks. It’s the oldest such footprint ever found in the North American subarctic, and it’s helping archaeologists understand more about the ancient people who lived at the site for more than 14,000 years.

UAF students propose guidelines for Fairbanks-area climate change response plan

A group of UAF students have come up recommendations on what a Fairbanks-area climate-action plan might look like, and how local leaders could get citizens to buy-in to it.

Eielson GPS signal-jamming exercise may affect navigation devices, cellphone apps

Eielson Air Force Base has begun a series of exercises that may cause intermittent problems for navigation systems and other electronic devices around the Interior over the next couple of weeks.

Palmer telecom begins work on first overland fiber-optic link to Lower 48

It’ll be the state’s first all-terrestrial network, and MTA officials say it’ll provide more bandwidth and faster internet connections for their 30,000 customers – and many others whose local internet service providers connect to the new network.

Rapidly-growing 3,000-acre wildfire burning on army training range near Fort Greely

The wildfire burning on an Army training range seven miles southwest of Fort Greely has grown to 3,000 acres since Tuesday, according to BLM-Alaska Fire Service's latest estimate.

Proposed agriculture funding cuts would hurt ‘state’s ability to feed itself,’ farmers say

Alaskan farmers say the state gets a big bang for the small buck the state provides to agriculture. That’s why they say big cuts like those proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy would inflict serious, long-term harm to the industry.

Fairbanks City Council approves ‘cannabis cafes’

The Fairbanks City Council voted Monday to allow consumption of marijuana at authorized cannabis shops in town.

Fairbanks mayor hires first female police chief

Anchorage police Lieutenant Nancy Reeder has accepted Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly’s offer to serve as the city’s new police chief.

Missile defense test success accelerates arms race with Russia, China, program critic says

A prominent critic of U.S. missile defense agrees that a test of the system two weeks ago was a success. And that’s why former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle is more concerned than ever that the system is fueling a new arms race with both Russia and China.

Fairbanks City Council delays on-site cannabis consumption vote

The Fairbanks City Council postponed a final vote Monday on a proposed ordinance that would permit authorized cannabis retail shops in town to offer on-site consumption of marijuana. If approved, Fairbanks would become the first city in Alaska to allow on-site consumption.

Army investigating fatal shooting of soldier during live-fire field-training exercise

Army investigators have begun looking into the circumstances surrounding last weekend’s death of a soldier from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson during a field-training exercise on a range near Fort Greely. But, investigators aren’t saying much about the case.

Soldier killed during live-fire exercise near Fort Greely

A Stryker Brigade soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson was killed Saturday during a live-fire training exercise in the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely.

GVEA asks state, US regulators to OK halt to tariff for ‘hybrid’ renewable-energy proposal

A Colorado-based company’s proposal to generate and sell 100 megawatts to Golden Valley Electric Association has devolved into a dispute involving state and federal energy agencies.

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.