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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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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Energy & Environment
11:12 am
Thu December 18, 2014

AIDEA, tribal and village leadership hear public testimony on proposed Ambler mining road

Fairbanks, AK -  Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority held a two-day meeting this week in Fairbanks. AIDEA is working on an application to begin the permitting process for an industrial road that would access the Ambler mining district.

The process requires a federal Environmental Impact Statement –that could take years. Mike Catsi is AIDEA’s Business Development and Communications Director. He said the $26.25 million in state funding that has already been spent has gone toward early baseline studies.

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Energy & Environment
4:50 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor cuts funding for mining road project that is subject of two-day meeting in Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK -Fairbanks, AK - Tribal leaders and stakeholders representing communities that could be impacted by a proposed 220-mile industrial road gathered in Fairbanks to discuss cultural, environmental and social impacts of the road’s potential construction. The meeting is happening at time when the state is facing difficult budget decisions that could hamper the project.

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Local News
6:09 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ordinance Could Make Permanent Vehicle Reigistration Possible

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly considers an ordinance Thursday during a regular meeting that would allow for the permanent registration of non-commercial vehicles and trailers that are more than eight years old.

Assemblyman Guy Sattley is sponsoring the ordinance. It comes in response to a bill passed by the state legislature last year.

“It would enable people to save a little bit of money on their vehicle registration,” said Sattley.

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Local News
3:31 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Assembly to Host Air Quality Town Hall

Fairbanks, AK- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will host a town hall meeting Wednesday regarding Air Quality in the Borough.

Assemblyman John Davies is helping organize the meeting. It comes after area voters rejected an initiative that restricted local regulation of clean air standards in October.

“It’s not like a hearing on an ordinance, so we’re not actually putting out ‘here’s what we’re going to do,’" Davies explains. "It’s more like ‘please come down and tell us what you think we should do.’”

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Energy & Environment
6:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Department of Interior Doubles Budget to Decrease Reliance on Diesel in Remote Alaska

Anchorage, AK - An effort to decrease reliance on diesel fuel in Alaska’s remote villages by up to 75 percent is in the early stages of development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory based in Colorado. During a speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last week, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor announced an additional 400-thousand dollars in funding.  

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Politics
6:35 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Murkowski's Focus is on Tribal Justice, Public Safety in Speech to AFN

Anchorage, AK - In an address to the Alaska Federation of Natives over the weekend, US Senator Lisa Murkowski called for improvements to the tribal justice system in the state of Alaska. “We can start by ensuring that there is justice for the Fairbanks Four," said the Senator. 

It’s unclear what role the Murkowski can play in a review of the Fairbanks Four case.  Last week, Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart told the convention he supports a review of the case at the federal level.

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Local News
8:03 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Fairbanks City Mayor Touts Diversity at Annual AFN Convention

Anchroage, AK - Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart addressed close to 3000 people Thursday during the opening remarks at this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

 

This year’s theme is ‘Rise as One.’ Eberhart offered his opinion on what that might mean.

 

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Science
3:23 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

NIH Awards UAF $23.8 Million For New Diversity Program in Biomedical Research

Fairbanks, AK - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a $23.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a new ‘Biomedical Learning and Student Training program,’ or BLAST. The new undergraduate program is part of a national effort by NIH to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce.

In a teleconference, NIH Director Francis Collins said diversity in biomedical research is critical.

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Life in Alaska
6:26 am
Wed October 22, 2014

BLM Replaces Cabin in White Mountains Recreation Area

Fairbanks, AK - Hikers and bikers are taking advantage of a new cabin in the White Mountains Recreation Area.  The Bureau of Land Management built a replacement for the popular Moose Creek Cabin this summer.  Craig McCaa is the BLM’s Public Affairs Specialist in Fairbanks.  He says the old cabin was built nearly 30 years ago.

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