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The state is preparing for the final season of its largest and longest running predator control program. The Upper Yukon Tanana aerial wolf kill has harvested about a thousand wolves from the calving grounds of Forty Mile caribou herd since 2004. As KUAC’’s Dan Bross reports, the controversial aerial shooting program is scheduled to sunset this spring so biologists can evaluate its effectiveness.

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The Fairbanks City Council is looking at limiting the number of marijuana businesses in town through an ordinance that’s modeled on how the city and state limit alcohol-related establishments. Mayor Jim Matherly introduced a draft ordinance Monday to adopt standards governing density of cannabis shops and other types of marijuana businesses.


A suspected Fairbanks mumps case remains unconfirmed. The state is investigating it as part of broader tracking of the virus statewide. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward is running for mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The 31-year-old construction contractor is the first candidate to declare his interest in replacing Karl Kassel, who recently decided not to seek a second term.

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Groundwater pollution from firefighting foams used at Fairbanks International Airport is drawing increasing concern from neighbors, some of whose wells have tested positive for contamination.  The situation resulted in a big turnout at a public meeting this week (Mon). KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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Parks Highway communities around Denali National Park are celebrating today’s grand opening of the area’s first full-service grocery store. The Three Bears Grocery in Healy is the Alaska-based company’s 10th store in the state.


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The Fairbanks branch of Paws for Purple Hearts is graduating its first veteran’s service dog. The national non-profit provides service dogs for disabled veterans, and involves them in dog training, as a form of therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Fairbanks will have about $2 million less in the coming year to provide services and pay worker salaries, based on the $33.4 million operating budget the council approved Monday.

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Golden Valley Electric Association crews are still working to repair damage to power lines caused by warm chinook winds that blasted the Interior over the weekend, especially around Delta Junction. On Monday, gusts of up to 80 miles an hour knocked over a 48-ton railroad car in Delta.


Fairbanks Police Department

The Fairbanks City Council on Monday approved bonuses to help recruit and retain police officers and dispatchers.

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