Yukon River

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An international team of explorers returned last week from a grueling 700-mile dog-sled journey from the Arctic Ocean to Eagle, Alaska. They were the first to re-trace the route that legendary explorer Roald Amundsen took in 1905 after his historic transit of the Northwest Passage.

Salmon Woes

Aug 21, 2014

Yukon River king salmon continue to show symptoms indicative of low production. Unprecedented fishing restrictions in Alaska this summer allowed over 64 thousand kings to cross the border into Canada. That was enough to surpass an escapement goal, but as  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - More than 300 firefighters from across are Alaska are in California battling wildfires for at least the next two weeks.  Most of them traveled from Interior Alaska villages for the Alaska Fire Service and the Alaska Division of Forestry.  The crews came through Fairbanks before they left for the lower 48.  For some, it’s a respite from village life. For others it will be the first time they’ve left the state.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Native tribes are taking initiative to protect dwindling Yukon River King Salmon. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, a resolution penned by tribes at a meeting in St. Mary’s last week calls for more control in the management of king stocks. 


The pace is about to pick up on the repair of homes in Galena and other villages along the Yukon River damaged by last year’s flooding. A barge of building supplies and equipment arrived last week, and housing has been built for more than 100 volunteers that’ll be fixing homes in Galena and five other communities on the Yukon.

KUAC file photo

Residents of Galena are busy repairing and rebuilding some of the 200 homes that were damaged or destroyed by Yukon River floodwaters during last year’s breakup. Some of the residents are having their homes elevated above flood level as a precaution against future flooding.

Mushers Anticipate a 'Challenging' Quest Trail

Jan 31, 2014
Mark Gillet / Yukon Quest

Fairbanks, AK - 18 mushers and their dog teams will leave the start line of the 2014 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Saturday.  They drew bib numbers at a banquet in Fairbanks Thursday night.  Mushers and spectators alike expect an exciting race this year due to icy and wet trail conditions and unseasonably warm weather .

Yukon Quest Race Marshall Doug Grilliot has kept close tabs on trail conditions this week.  He has one word to describe what trail to Whitehorse looks like. “You know, challenging," he laughs. 

Fairbanks, AK - Among the many Americans affected by the government shutdown, are scientists who rely on federal funding for their work.  But that money doesn’t just go to the scientists.  Lots of it trickles down into the community.  

Emily Schwing / KUAC

*This story won Second Place for Best Reporting on Health or Science from the Alaska Press Club in 2013.