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2:18 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

State To Buy FNG

Governor Bill Walker’s latest move to advance the state backed Interior Energy Project with the purchase of a private natural gas utility is expected to expand availability and lower the price of gas in Fairbanks. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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10:54 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Cook Inlet Gas Considered

State and local leaders are trying to determine if natural gas from Cook Inlet gas is viable option for interior’s need for a lower cost, cleaner energy source. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, at issue are some of the same costs that derailed an earlier focus to bring in North Slope gas.

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2:06 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

State Studies Higher Speed Limit on Richardson Highway Around North Pole

State transportation planners are considering proposals to increase the speed limit on the four-lane stretch of the Richardson Highway south of Fairbanks.
Credit Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The State Department of Transportation is considering raising the speed limit on a stretch of the Richardson Highway through North Pole from 55 to 65 miles per hour. But the agency first wants to make some changes to the highway to ensure safety.


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11:51 am
Fri January 23, 2015

District Tracks Testing And Post High School Education

Two reports shared with Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board this week provide insight on the experience and post high school track of local graduates.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, more kids have been taking college assessment tests, but that has yet to translate into more moving on to post secondary education.

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11:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Air Guard Busy Helping Track Russian Planes

(Fairbanks, AK.) The Russian military is making regular incursions into U.S. airspace in the Alaska region. The Air Force is responding with F-22’s, supported by the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Refueling Wing. Commander Colonel Mark Hedlund says the missions are in reaction to what he describes as Russia trying to re-establish itself as a super power.

“Some of that activity is flying their training missions close to the “ADIZ” in the Alaska zone, and so when they get to that area, and they (U.S. Air Force) launch the F-22’s, we launch with them.”

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9:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Governor Issues Administrative Order, Creates Collaborative Effort to Address Consumer Energy

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued an Administrative Order late last week that directs the Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development to lead a collaborative statewide effort to improve consumer energy and address energy costs in the Interior.

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12:52 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Park Service Considers Banning Some Pack Animals

Phillip Nuechterlein of Eagle River llama packing in Wrangle St. Elias National Park
Credit Linda Nuechterlein

The National Park Service is out with its annual list of temporary restrictions and rules. The compendiums, which are issued by each park unit, contain continuing and a few new regulations, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, one of the new rules would ban certain types of pack animals

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10:28 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Bill Would Compensate Wrongfully Convicted

Representative Scott Kawasaki
Credit Alaska House Democratic Caucus

Fairbanks Democratic State Representative Scott Kawasaki has pre-filed a bill that would set up a system for compensating people wrongfully convicted of crimes. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the issue is of particular interest in Fairbanks.

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6:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

BLM Still Considering Options for Eastern Interior Management Plan

Fairbanks, AK - The Bureau of Land Management is considering a change to the boundary of a proposed area of critical environmental concern in the Fortymile region. The agency may also designate a separate similar area for Mosquito flats. The decisions come as part of the process to draft a new resource management plan for Alaska’s Eastern Interior.

The BLM has been working on a new resource management plan for Alaska’s Eastern Interior for at least the last two years. The plan hasn’t been updated since 1986.

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11:49 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Delta ‘Subsidizes’ Landfill – and Wonders Where's the Missing 400 Tons of Trash?

Delta's landfill got nearly a third less trash – and revenue – in 2014 than city officials were expecting.
Credit Tim Ellis/KUAC

City of Delta Junction officials are worried about the rising cost of operating the city’s landfill. And they’re  wondering what happened to the 400 tons of trash they were expecting to be dumped there.


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