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Tatanka Means

One of the many events celebrating Native culture in Fairbanks this week was a performance by the young Native comedian Tatanka Means. Last night, he headlined a show of Alaska Native drumming, dancing and rapping. KUAC’s Robyne reports.

Amanda Frank / KUAC

A potlatch in Fairbanks last night welcomed Alaska Federation of Natives Convention guests, and celebrated freedom for the Fairbanks Four. KUAC’s Amanda Frank has more.

Elders And Youth Conference Begins

Oct 18, 2016
Amanda Frank / KUAC

Alaska Native people young and old from across the state gathered at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks Monday to kick off First Alaskans Institute Elders and Youth Conference. KUAC’s Amanda Frank has more.

Hartman Vigil

Oct 14, 2016

Fairbanks residents gathered Thursday to remember John Hartman. The 15 year old was beaten to death in downtown Fairbanks 19 years ago this week, a murder that resulted in the long questioned convictions of four local men, who were freed last year under a deal with the state. KUAC’s Amanda Frank reports.

UA Museum of the North / UA Museum of the North

North America’s largest collection of marine mammal bones is about to get even bigger. The Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is getting a Humpback Whale skeleton. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Ski Land Renaissance

Oct 13, 2016
Ski Land / Far North Alpine Adventures

The country’s farthest north alpine ski area is getting a facelift. Ski Land, operated since 1962 on Mt. Aurora, 20 miles north of Fairbanks, is undergoing major changes. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the area was sold last year and the new owners have been busy in the off season.

School Rename Discussion

Oct 11, 2016
Robyne / KUAC

School district officials held a public meeting Monday night at a North Pole elementary school to discuss changing the schools name. Badger Road Elementary is named after Badger Road, which was named for area pioneer, farmer, politician and pedophile Harry M. Badger, who was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl a century ago. KUAC’s Robyne reports.

Monica Gray/Alaska State Parks

Donors gave nearly $50,000 to an online fundraiser last month to help pay for a project to prevent the Tanana River from washing away the bank that runs along Big Delta State Historical Park near Delta Junction. Alaska State Parks will use the donations as a match for further fundraising to pay for a bank-stabilization project riverbank to prevent further erosion.

Alaska Department of Transportation

The fate of a state owned public water source north of Fairbanks remains in limbo. The Fox Spring is a popular place for locals to get their drinking water, but the state wants to divest of the property to eliminate rising maintenance costs for the aging well. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, sale to a neighboring landowner is in the works, while a citizens group explores other options.

Dan Bross / KUAC

Areas of Fairbanks and North Pole continue to struggle with wintertime smoke pollution. Many residents of the interior community rely on wood heat, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a North Star Borough sponsored conference is exploring ways to reduce emissions tied to serious health problems.