Tim Ellis

FM News Reporter & On-Call Host

Tim has worked in the news business for nearly 30 years, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.

After graduating from Seattle University in 1983 with a degree in journalism, he relocated to southern Arizona, where he spent most of the next 25 years working as a print, broadcast and online journalist. He returned to Alaska – and radio – in 2010, when he was hired as a reporter/FM announcer for KUAC.

He now lives in Delta with his wife, Mary, and enjoys reading, woodworking, and hiking.

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10-05-18 8:30 a.m. newscast: Two killed in wreck near Fox; more than 100 women fly to Washington, D.C., to urge Sen. Lisa Murkowski to vote against confirming Judget Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court; Defense Department designates UAF as a nuclear-detonation detection facility; First Friday events to promote gun safety.

KUAC file photos

Fairbanks voters ousted incumbent City Councilman Jonathan Bagwill Tuesday and elected in his place challenger Kathryn Ottersten, according to unofficial vote tallies. Voters also re-elected City Councilwoman June Rogers to what will be her first full term. And they elected newcomer Shoshana Kun to the seat formerly occupied by Joy Huntington, who declined to run for re-election.

Robyne/KUAC

Bryce Ward was elected mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Tuesday. The former North Pole mayor cruised to victory over three opponents by winning more than half of the votes cast for the mayoral candidates, according to unofficial vote totals.


U.S. Army/Samantha L. Magers

Some 6,000 military personnel from Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson will deploy next week to the Fort Greely area for a big, two-week field training exercise to test the Stryker Brigade’s combat readiness. And while they’re training on the ground, the Air Force will launch its latest round of Red Flag aerial combat training out of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Richardson Elmendorf.


Interior Gas Utility

The Interior Gas Utility board of directors on Tuesday authorized the utility’s general manager to execute contracts or make changes to them to complete construction of a 5.25-million gallon LNG storage tank now under construction in Fairbanks.

Bureau of Land Management

The state Division of Forestry office in Fairbanks plans to add a third timber sale to this year’s schedule, due to strong demand for firewood and other locally harvested wood products. But Forestry won’t be able to offer many more timber sales for areas that’ve been burned-over by wildfire, because not much acreage has burned in the Interior over the past three fire seasons.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

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.


NORAD

Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian warplanes off the west coast of Alaska Tuesday. It’s the second time this month that fighters have scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft that’ve approached U.S. airspace around Alaska.

Pacific Air Forces public affairs office

Five B-52s from a U.S. air base in Guam are parked at the southern end of the airfield on Eielson Air Force Base. The big bombers and their crews were sent to Eielson this week to wait out a powerful typhoon that's now spinning its way toward Asia.

IGU, Frank Flavin Photography

The Interior Gas Utility’s board of directors continues to wrestle with a company’s proposal to supply natural gas for Fairbanks, as an alternative to the IGU’s plan to spend $46 million to upgrade an aging LNG plant at Point McKenzie. The board’s been considering the offer by Siemens Government Technologies since company officials first pitched the idea to the IGU in May. But on Tuesday, the board voted to demand answers to their questions about the proposal before they spend any more time on it.


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