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Fairbanks North Star Borough

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor has a green light actively enforce land use ordinances. Last night (Thurs.) the Assembly passed a resolution targeting neighborhood junk yards. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the resolution sparked intense assembly debate.

CB 300 Kicks Off Mushing Season

Jan 13, 2017
Copper Basin 300

The season’s first test for distance mushers is happening this weekend. KUAC’s Molly Rettig has a preview of the Copper Basin 300.

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

The Interior Gas Utility and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority have approved a memorandum of understanding to forward the Interior Energy Project. The state funded IEP is aimed at increasing the availability of gas in the city, as a less expensive and cleaner burning alternative to other fossil fuels and wood. The project has a lot of moving parts and is behind schedule, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the MOU is a key step.

Amanda Frank / KUAC

Community members, business owners, and military personnel met Tuesday in Fairbanks to discuss partnering on projects with Eielson Air Force Base. KUAC’s Amanda Frank reports.

The state of Alaska and the Anvik Tribe have signed an historic justice agreement. KUAC's Dan Bross reports.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

The driver of a diesel-fuel tanker truck lost control of his rig Monday and wrecked in a remote spot on the Richardson Highway south of Paxson, spilling some 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel. And now, officials with a Fairbanks-based trucking company and the state are trying to figure out a way to remove contaminated material from the area while allowing traffic to pass through the narrow, winding stretch of roadway.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reached an agreement that settles one of 2 active lawsuits aimed at forcing the agency to take overdue action on Fairbanks-North Pole area air quality. Localized, but extreme wintertime episodes of fine particulate pollution due to wood and fossil fuel burning emissions have long plagued the communities. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, clean air advocates see the legal action as a small win in a long running effort to reduce pollution.

Copper Basin 300 Preview

Jan 3, 2017
Copper Basin 300

Last week’s big snowstorm improved trail conditions over a large swath of the interior, but not every area benefited. Organizers of the Copper Basin 300 Sled Dog Race are still dealing with low snow, and as KUAC’s Molly Rettig reports, that’s altered the race route for the season’s first big mid distance event.

Winter Challenge

Dec 28, 2016

A Minnesota adventurer who made the first successful solo January ascent of Denali, will attempt another unprecedented winter climb in the Alaska Range. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports on Lonnie Dupre’s planned Mt Hunter expedition.

Ski Land: Not Enough Snow

Dec 23, 2016
Ski Land

A low snow year in interior Alaska is keeping a Fairbanks alpine ski area from opening its slopes. KUAC”s Dan Bross reports.