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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Tim Ellis/KUAC

Environmentalists say they support two big alternative-energy projects that have been proposed for a couple of communities in the Interior to help ease the high cost of electricity and heating. But they’re concerned about one part of the proposals – the length of the timber-sales contracts that would allow harvesting on thousands of acres of state forest land annually in the Interior.


Golden Valley Electric Association’s $90 million wind farm near Healy is finally fully up and running. And GVEA ratepayers will start paying off the tab for the Eva Creek Wind Project next summer. 

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

2013 is shaping up to be a busy year for the transportation-construction industry in the Interior.

U.S. Army

For the first time in many years, almost all Stryker Brigade soldiers are home for the holidays, taking a break from multiple combat assignments overseas, mainly Afghanistan, that kept them away from their families during this special time of year.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

A utility’s proposal to generate heat and electricity for Tok with a renewable energy source is moving ahead again now that the state Division of Forestry has revised its original plan on managing a long-term timber-sales contract that would provide the biomass to fuel the alternative-energy system.

Kent Pollak/HDR Alaska

A Fairbanks-based trucking company is hauling dozens of massive support structures up the Richardson Highway over the next few months. The 165-foot steel girders will be used to build the Alaska Railroad bridge over the Tanana River at Salcha. Motorists who encounter the slow-moving convoys of trucks hauling the girders should drive carefully – and expect delays.

A local governmental planning organization that promotes road improvements and other transportation projects around the Fairbanks area is asking for public comment on proposals to expand its boundaries.

The cold snap that’s been gripping the Interior for more than a week now finally pushed the mercury to 50 below in the Delta Junction area, so Delta-Greely School District officials canceled classes this morning. 


A former UAF professor says the years he spent operating radio stations in the Alaskan Bush gave him the know-how to build the first wi-fi network – at Carnegie Mellon University, in New York. Alex Hills has written a book that tells how he developed the technology that now enables people around the world to connect to the web wirelessly.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

State transportation officials will unveil their plans tonight on a project that’s designed to improve safety and the flow of traffic on a stretch of the Richardson Highway through North Pole.