Dan Bross

Senior FM News Reporter

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993.  He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing. 

He graduated from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York with a degree in fine arts and environmental studies in 1987.  Snow and adventure lured Dan and wife Peggy to Alaska in 1992. The couple and their two kids enjoy cross-country skiing, backpacking and river trips.  

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09-18-20 KUAC MIDDAY NEWS

Sep 18, 2020

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KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about the rapid drop in fall temperatures.


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09-17-20 KUAC MIDDAY NEWS

Sep 17, 2020

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The pandemic forced shift to more online education may fundamentally change the way students access the University of Alaska system. Speaking during a press conference yesterday (Tues.), interim UA president Pat Pitney said expanded distance delivery options will likely continue after the pandemic.

…to the offerings.”

Pitney said the university system has fared well during the pandemic because it has offered distance delivery for over 20 years.  That’s been taken to a new level over the last 6 months, and UA recently put 5 Alaska specific classes on the nationwide university platform Ed X, where Pitney sees longer term potential.

…our regional areas.”

While noting the potential for online growth, Pitney emphasized that the traditional on campus educational experience is not going away.

…to come together.”

Pitney said students will likely increasingly have a hybrid experience, taking some courses in person on campus, and others online.


09-16-20 KUAC MIDDAY NEWS

Sep 16, 2020

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City of Fairbanks

Meeting last night (Monday) the Fairbanks City Council voted down an ordinance that would have increased the tax on alcoholic beverage sales from the current 5 percent, to 6 percent. The council heard from numerous city restaurant and bar owners opposed to the hike, saying it is not the right time to raise taxes on because their industry, which has been affected by the pandemic. Kurt Newman with K&L Distributors in Fairbanks said many sellers are significantly down.  

…with other citizens.”

The one percent tax increase was estimated to bring in an additional $467,000, but several commenters pointed out that was based on the pre-pandemic level of business. The council recently adopted a gasoline excise tax, bringing the city up to its tax revenue cap. Council Member Jerry Cleworth, emphasized that means any additional revenue from an alcohol tax hike would reduce property taxes.

…our revenues at all.” 

The council voted down the proposed alcohol tax increase 5 to 1, with ordinance sponsor Shoshana Kun the only yes vote. Kun said the tax hike originated from conversations with community members.

”…and it’s significant.”

Kun noted it’s been 35 years since the alcohol tax was raised.


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