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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The high cost of heat and electricity costs in the Interior have driven many communities to look for cheaper alternative forms of energy, including biomass, in the form of locally harvested timber processed into chips and burned in high-tech boilers.

Golden Valley Electric Association ratepayers could begin making payments on the $84 million loan to build the Eva Creek Wind Farm in December – if state regulators approve the utility’s request.  GVEA has asked the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to approve the its proposal to begin recovering Eva Creek costs through the surcharge beginning with bills that go out in December.

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Nearly 20 candidates seeking election to the state Legislature and a seat in Congress came together Tuesday evening at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks for a series of question-and-answer sessions dealing mainly with energy – and especially, what can be done about high fuel costs and the dwindling flow of oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline.

Photo courtesy of Delta-Greely Relay for Life

An anonymous complaint over some mildly racy photos in a calendar put out by a Delta Junction-area nonprofit prompted an obscenity complaint that reached the highest level of the U.S. Army before being dismissed. Now Alaska Army National Guard officials are looking into another allegation in the complaint over an inappropriate relationship involving members of a Fort Greely-based Guard unit.

Photo courtesy<br> of Jacqueline Thomas

Award-winning journalist Jacqueline Thomas will share some insights on how news media cover politics during a talk at 7 tonight at the Noel Wien Library.

Photo courtesy of Tanana Valley Watershed Association

Students from Salcha School are getting out of the classroom and into the field for a 10-year science project that calls for the kids to research the impact that construction of the Alaska Railroad bridge over the Tanana River will have on the Piledriver Slough.

Photo courtesy of Alaska Gateway School District

The state Division of Forestry will soon begin asking for public input on a proposal to harvest timber from the state forest around the Delta-Greely area for a biomass-fueled heat and power system for Fort Greely.

Photo courtesy of Alaska Power and Telelphone

Line-repair crews have restored power to most of the Tok area, and work continues in Tanacross and the Alaska Highway community of Dot Lake, which are still blacked-out due to damage inflicted by high winds on Sunday.

Alaska Power and Telephone spokesman says about 300 homes were still without power as of Tuesday morning – and probably will be for the rest of the week in several areas around Tok.

Photo courtesy Alaska Power & Telephone

Golden Valley Electric Association crews have been hard at work since early this morning repairing power lines downed by falling trees knocked over by the windstorm that slammed into the Interior Sunday.
Winds in excess of 70 miles an hour ripped through the Interior again Sunday, the second such windstorm in 10 days.
GVEA spokeswoman Cassandra Cerny says the utility has seven crews working to restore power to as many as a thousand homes around the Interior.

Photo courtesy of Steve DuBois/Delta Wind

About 500 homes in the Delta Junction area were still without power this afternoon, more than 18 hours after high winds gusting to 76 miles per hour pounded the area Tuesday night.
Linemen have been working since late last night throughout the Delta area to repair power lines pulled down by trees knocked over by the windstorm that started as a breeze from the south around noon Tuesday on an otherwise sunny autumn day.

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