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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Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Updated: State health and environmental officials gave North Pole residents a progress report Wednesday night on their ongoing efforts to monitor the spread in area groundwater of an industrial solvent that leaked from the oil refinery in town about 25 years ago. They talked about how far the sulfolane has spread, and why they’ve set a stricter standard for cleaning it up.


Copper Country Alliance

Backers of a proposal to create a state wildlife refuge around Tangle Lakes say they’re not discouraged that they haven’t yet succeeded in their decade-long effort to get the Legislature to act on the proposal. The refuge advocates say they’ll continue the campaign to educate the public and build grassroots support to compel lawmakers to protect the area’s prime caribou habitat and hunting and fishing grounds from being harmed by large-scale mining operations.


Alaska Railroad

Work is again under way in earnest on the state’s longest bridge, after a few weeks of down time over the holidays. The workers are hustling to complete several projects at the construction site in Salcha, and they hope to begin a new one – laying massive girders – before the ice begins to move on the Tanana River.


Bureau of Land Management

Officials with the federal agency that oversees the White Mountain National Recreation Area will hold the first of three meetings today in Fairbanks to explain a proposal today that could lead to mining in the area.


A 20-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier who was badly injured nearly two weeks ago after being hit by a truck in Salcha is doing a bit better.


Alaskan Command

Alaskan Command officials say work is nearly done on an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposal to expand airspace over military training ranges and increase the number and types of exercises that will be conducted on those ranges. The document outlines the anticipated impacts of expanding the Joint Pacific-Alaska Range Complex.


A citizens advisory panel has given qualified support to the state Forestry division’s plan to sell timber around Tok for a proposed biomass-fueled heat and power plant that’s been proposed to help cut the cost of electricity for that community.


Updated: A 20-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier in listed in critical condition this morning at an Anchorage hospital where he’s being treated for injuries he sustained after being struck by a pickup in the parking lot of a roadhouse 50 miles south of Fairbanks.


Brian Webb/KCLU

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully tested an anti-missile warhead over the weekend. 

The test, conducted with a missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., marked the first time that missiles like those based at Fort Greely have been launched in more than two years. And it sets the stage for the agency and missile-defense contractor Boeing to conduct a full-scale test later this year.


10 a.m. update: The state Transportation Department has closed a portion of the Richardson Highway around Paxson, due to snowfall and drifts in the roadway. Traffic is being halted just south of Fort Greely until the roadway is cleared.


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