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The season’s first wildfires are getting attention. The Alaska Inter-agency Coordination Center reports a 25 acre blaze in the Palmer being worked by 13 firefighters, with smaller blazes in the MatSu, on the Kenai, and in the Fairbanks area, drawing responses or being monitored in recent days.

Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Information Center / Eastern Alaska Range Avalanche Information Center

A Fairbanks man was killed by an avalanche in the Summit Lake area. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it’s the second fatal snow machine triggered slide in the area this month.

A North Pole woman was killed in an avalanche near Summit Lake over the weekend. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the death comes as thousands of Alaskans head to the area for the Arctic Man event.

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The Alaska Board of Game has approved a National Park Service proposal aimed at reducing the number of park wolves killed outside the Denali’s northern boundary. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it’s the latest move in a long running debate over how to manage park wolves that roam onto state land.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Members of a University of Alaska Fairbanks mountaineering class are recovering after being hit by an avalanche in the eastern Alaska Range. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the incident has raised questions about the university taking students into the back country.

It will be months before a Golden Valley Electric Association coal fired power plant comes back on line. The plant, one of 2 Golden Valley operates in Healy, has been down since a coal dust explosion on March 3rd. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the incident is similar to 2 others that occurred during initial testing of the recently re-stated power plant.

2016 Open North American

Mar 21, 2016
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Buddy Streeper won the Open North American Championship sled dog race in Fairbanks over the weekend. The sprint race included twenty mile stages Friday and Saturday and a final 28 mile race Sunday. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the top spots were closely contested.

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A contingent of senior Arctic Council officials wrapped-up a three-day meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Thursday. And this morning, the U.S. chairman of the group reported on their deliberations, much of which dealt with the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how to adapt to it.


Denali National Park / National Park Service

Renaming of North America’s highest peak from Mt. McKinley to Denali was recognized yesterday by federal and tribal officials at the Tanana Chief’s Conference annual meeting in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, 3 other lesser publicized name changes were also highlighted.

National Park Service / National Park Service

State wolf control in the vicinity of Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve has prompted agencies to pursue better cooperation. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a wolf was killed by the state inside the Preserve earlier this month.

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