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1:42 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Governor Shares Upbeat Message With Fairbanks

Governor Bill Walker speaks to Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC

Governor Bill Walker is striking an optimistic tone despite tanking oil prices that are reducing state revenue.  Speaking to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Walker pointed to opportunity. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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10:25 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Spending Bill Appropriates $100 Million for Missile Defense in Alaska

The $50 million appropriation will help pay for expansion of the missile-defense base at Fort Greely to accommodate another 14 interceptors, like this one.
Credit KUAC file photo

The federal omnibus spending bill that awaits President Obama’s signature contains $100 million for missile defense in Alaska. It's the only major funding for military construction work in Alaska this fiscal year.


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12:19 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

North Slope-bound Tanker Wrecks, Spills 1,200 Gallons of Diesel, Catches Fire

The fire that burned the wrecked tanker lights up the night. The rig caught fire after Big State Logistics removed the remaining 9,000 gallons of fuel from it.
Credit Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

A fuel tanker headed to the North Slope wrecked at a remote spot along the Dalton Highway Sunday and overturned, spilling 1,200 gallons of diesel. The wrecked rig later caught fire and burned up.


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12:58 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Friends, Family Mourn Avalanche Victim; Expert Advises Recovery Operation Delay

The snowpack around Rainbow Ridge in the Alaska Range remains unstable and susceptible to another avalanche, like this one photographed recently near Denali.
Credit Alaska Avalanche Information Center

Memorial services were held over the weekend for the Delta Junction man killed in a avalanche in the Alaska Range.  Friends and family gathered to remember 35-year-old Erik Peterson, who was skiing with friend Michael Hopper when the slide came down Dec. 6th.

Hopper survived the slide, and he and his wife Annie hosted a memorial service for Peterson at their lodge at Black Rapids Saturday.  Another service for Peterson was held in Anchorage yesterday.

Meanwhile, an avalanche expert who’s surveyed the area of the eastern Alaska Range where the deadly slide came down says the snowpack on mountainsides near Rainbow Ridge remains unstable. That will delay any operation to recover Peterson’s body.

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12:52 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

E.P.A. To Use North Pole Air Data

Stove pipe on a Fairbanks home.
Credit Dan Bross / KUAC

The Fairbanks area continues to struggle with fine particulate pollution from wood smoke and other sources. Wintertime air inversions trap emissions at ground level, dropping air quality below federal Clean Air Act standards. Much of the North Star Borough is classified a federal non-attainment area by the Environmental Protection Agency, based on air quality monitoring in Fairbanks, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the EPA plans to begin using monitoring data from North Pole, where pollution is typically much worse 

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12:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

UA Considers Smoking Ban

University of Alaska Regents meet today to consider a draft policy prohibiting smoking on UA campuses state-wide. KUAC’s Karen Simmons reports.

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6:09 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ordinance Could Make Permanent Vehicle Reigistration Possible

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly considers an ordinance Thursday during a regular meeting that would allow for the permanent registration of non-commercial vehicles and trailers that are more than eight years old.

Assemblyman Guy Sattley is sponsoring the ordinance. It comes in response to a bill passed by the state legislature last year.

“It would enable people to save a little bit of money on their vehicle registration,” said Sattley.

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1:53 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Avalanche Survivor Says He’s Shaken, Humbled After Ordeal Near Rainbow Ridge

Happy memory: Michael Hopper slices through powder on a telemark turn down a slope in the Eastern Alaska Range near Black Rapids with his canine companion Rowdy back in 2010.
Credit Mike Hopper

The Fairbanks man who was buried in an avalanche near Isabel Pass Saturday and lived to tell about it says he’s learned that even an experienced backcountry skier can get into trouble in a rugged area like the Eastern Alaska Range. He says unusual winter weather is making it more unpredictable.

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1:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Dipnet Limit Increased

The Alaska Board of Fish has upped the bag limit for Copper River sockeye salmon in the Chitina Dipnet Fishery.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the change made during a meeting that wrapped up Sunday in Cordova, is aimed at better meeting Alaskans demand for the prized fish.

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3:31 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Assembly to Host Air Quality Town Hall

Fairbanks, AK- The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will host a town hall meeting Wednesday regarding Air Quality in the Borough.

Assemblyman John Davies is helping organize the meeting. It comes after area voters rejected an initiative that restricted local regulation of clean air standards in October.

“It’s not like a hearing on an ordinance, so we’re not actually putting out ‘here’s what we’re going to do,’" Davies explains. "It’s more like ‘please come down and tell us what you think we should do.’”

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