Emily Schwing

FM News Reporter

Emily Schwing started stuffing envelopes for KUER FM90 in Salt Lake City.  It was meant to be volunteer position, but it turned into a multi-year summer internship.  After developing her own radio show for Carleton College's KRLX, Emily was hooked.  She moved on to an internship with 'Radio Expeditions' at National Public Radio in Washington, DC in 2006.  She’s also worked for Deutsche Welle Radio in Bonn, Germany.  Emily has also filed stories for NPR, APM, CBC, Monocle Radio and National Native News.   Emily grew up between Denver, CO, Pittsburgh, PA and Salt Lake City, UT.  She's lived in Homer, Sitka and Petersburg but now calls Fairbanks home. She earned her BA in Geology and Environmental Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota, and is completing her MS in Natural Resources Management at UAF. In the winter, Emily is KUAC's "Mushing Correspondent," following all 1000 miles of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race

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Yukon Quest
6:08 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Mushers hand off their drop bags in anticipation of the 2015 Yukon Quest

Drop bags are organized by the checkpoint that is written on them before they are packed onto pallets for shipping
Emily Schwing KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - Yukon Quest mushers dropped off all the food and gear they’ll need for the 1000-mile sled dog race in both Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon over the weekend.  Race Manager Alex Olesen says the race becomes more of a reality once all that gear has been delivered.

“I mean we’re not ready, we’re never all the way be ready,” he said. “There’s always going to be things that come, there’s things that will break, there’s things that will change, but now it’s on!” said Olesen.

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Local News
9:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Governor Issues Administrative Order, Creates Collaborative Effort to Address Consumer Energy

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued an Administrative Order late last week that directs the Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to lead a collaborative statewide effort to improve consumer energy and address energy costs in the Interior.

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Yukon Quest
12:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Yukon Quest Mulls Changes to Race Route

Fairbanks, AK - Open water on both the Yukon and Tahkini Rivers in Canada has Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Officials considering alternative routing for this year’s race, which starts in Whitehorse, Yukon and finishes 1000 miles later in Fairbanks.

Local News
6:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

BLM Still Considering Options for Eastern Interior Management Plan

Fairbanks, AK - The Bureau of Land Management is considering a change to the boundary of a proposed area of critical environmental concern in the Fortymile region. The agency may also designate a separate similar area for Mosquito flats. The decisions come as part of the process to draft a new resource management plan for Alaska’s Eastern Interior.

The BLM has been working on a new resource management plan for Alaska’s Eastern Interior for at least the last two years. The plan hasn’t been updated since 1986.

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Science
7:06 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Dates Show Mastodons are Much Older Than Previously Thought

Pat Druckenmiller shows off one of the mastodon specimens sampled for the study
Credit Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - American mastodons are much older than scientists previously thought. That’s according to new data recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Community Members Give Early Comment On New Air Quality Ordinance

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly heard comments from citizens who were concerned about an ordinance that outlines local regulation of air quality.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Borough Mayor Anticipates Comments on New Air Quality Ordinance

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is tasked with advancing an ordinance during their regular meeting Thursday that amends current borough code to allow for local regulation of air quality.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says he expects plenty of public testimony during the Citizens’ comments portion of the meeting even though the ordinance won’t be up for public hearing for another two weeks. 

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Local News
5:59 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Fairbanks, North Pole Advance in Energy Prize Contest

Fairbanks, AK - Fairbanks and North Pole are among 50 communities competing for a $5 million dollar prize as part of a national energy competition hosted by Georgetown University.  Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says the communities have been working on an eighteen-page application since 2013.  It outlines a plan to reduce energy consumption by at least a required 12 percent. “We are now able to start the competition and so from here on out, this is where we will be showing our data that we submit to Georgetown," Hopkins explained.

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Sports
3:29 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Moore Claims Win at Copper Basin 300

Fairbanks, AK - Two Rivers musher Allen Moore has won the Copper Basin 300 for the third year in a row.

This is Moore’s sixth overall win in the mid-distance sled dog race. In the past, Moore has called the race the “mini-Yukon Quest,” for of it’s notoriously challenging trail and often extreme weather conditions.

This year’s race saw temperatures of 20 degrees above zero and warmer, with some snow falling Sunday along the 300-mile loop trail that starts and finishes in Glenallen.

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Energy & Environment
6:53 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Omnibus Spending Bill Increases Money for Wildfire Management

Fairbanks, AK - The $1-trillion dollar spending plan passed by Congress last weekend and signed by President Obama this week includes money for wildfire mitigation and management and that budget is up from years prior.

The omnibus spending plan includes $1.4 billion dollars for wildfire management and mitigation.
"That's about 64 million dollars above fiscal year 2014 enacted level," said Kent Slaughter, Manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service.

“So, there is definitely an increase in the amount appropriated," he said.

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