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10:12 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Former "Clean Coal" Plant To Start Up

GVEA's Healy 2 Plant
Credit Golden Valley Electric Association

Golden Valley Electric Association plans to start up a long idled Healy area coal fired power plant next week. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the facility is being put to use after nearly 20 years of failings and dispute.

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12:49 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

El Nino Returns

National Weather Service logo
Credit National Weather Service / National Weather Service

The Ocean driven climate cycle El Nino is back. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that means immediate weather changes along the equator, and some effects as far north as Alaska.

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1:13 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Weather Spurs Early Season Wildfires

Wildfire fighters are busy responding to new starts as hot dry breezy weather continues in the interior. Most of the human caused fires are being knocked down quickly, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports a few are requiring larger responses.

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1:11 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Program Will Verify Dry Wood

Wood pile in Fairbanks
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC

A new state program should help improve Fairbanks winter air quality. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the volunteer program provides a way for wood buyers to verify they’re getting cleaner burning dry wood.

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3:55 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Dalton Closes Again

Flooding near Milepost 394 Dalton Highway
Credit Alaska Department of Transportation

The northern end of the Dalton Highway is closed again. A month after overflow from the Sag River shut it down, spring melt water has made the only access road to the North Slope oil fields impassable again.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, an extended closure is expected as a rapid thaw has inundated the highway. 

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12:08 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Robotics Champs

Schrodinger's Hat team members and their robot.
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC

A Fairbanks high school team took the top honor at the recently competed First Tech Challenge World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports the kids, who have been competing together for the last 4 years, demonstrated the best mix of technical engineering, performance and sportsmanship.

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12:47 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Wood Bison Mostly Surviving

Wood Bison in Portage game facility.
Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Wood Bison transplanted by the state to the western interior this spring appear to be adapting to the wild. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game flew a group of Canadian stock bison cows and young animals to the village of Shageluk in March, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, most of the animals have fared well. 

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7:06 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Body Cameras Working For Police

Repeated cases of actual or alleged police brutality, have spurred conversation about officer worn body cameras across the U.S. As KUAC’s Karen Simmons reports, the technology has already proven effective in Fairbanks police departments.

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11:09 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Dogs Comfort Students

U.A.F. students gathered for dog "therapy"
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC

Dogs helped ease the stress of finals this week at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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10:47 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Denali Wolf Shootings Add To Population Decline

The recent killing of 2 Denali National Park wolves, has increased calls for protection of the animals on state land adjacent to the park, where hunting and trapping are legal. The animals were shot in the Stampede area near Healy, the same region where other park wolves have been trapped and killed.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the annual harvest is fairly low, but is garnering concern as the Park wolf population continues to decline.

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