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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.

Fairbanks, AK - Two years ago, one biologist set out to try and count the number of shorebirds that migrate to and from Alaska each summer. The data collected in conjunction with the National Park Service the will help wildlife managers track bird reproduction and survival rates. It may also be useful as off shore oil and gas development moves ahead.

It’s not quite clear how many birds flew north to Alaska this summer, or any other summer prior.

State Proposes New Eastern Tanana Area Management Plan

Oct 14, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - The State Department of Natural Resources hosts a meeting in Fairbanks Tuesday to present a draft of the proposed Eastern Tanana Area Plan.  When completed the plan will outline management of state land and water on roughly 6.8 million acres throughout the Tanana River Valley and surrounding uplands.  Some of that includes property within the Fairbanks North Star Borough north of the Tanana River.  Brandon McCutcheon is a state Land Use Planner.

Fairbanks, AK - According to a US District Court Order, the Alaska Division of Elections has until October 10th to provide outreach and poll workers in three remote regions of the state with election materials and voting information that has been translated from English into either Yupik or Gwich'in. In Fairbanks Gwich’in translators are finding the process challenging.

Allan Hayton was contracted by the state Division of Elections.  “Some of it is very technical language, legal jargon," he says. 

Fairbanks, AK- 14 of the 16 candidates running for legislative seats in the Fairbanks area gathered at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall Thursday night for a forum.  The major issues on voters’ minds included energy, education and subsistence.

Close to 80 people gathered in the tribal hall to hear from candidates. As a retired teacher, Cora Maguire says education needs more funding. “Teachers need to be paid higher wages and the classroom should have a lower number of students,” says Maguire.

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska’s marijuana ballot initiative has some Fairbanks entrepreneurs organizing in hope of being able to grow and sell the drug. Proposition 2 would have the state regulate marijuana like alcohol.  Fairbanks resident Brandon Emmett is Executive Director of the recently formed  Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation.

Emmett says he wants the organization “To kind of be a voice for the Alaskan people with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the legislature, both for people who are consumers and people who look to profit off the industry.” 

Tjarn Bross

A commercial airliner delivered the United States Honor Flag to Fairbanks yesterday. The flag, which flew at ground zero in New York following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and has since traveled around the country to honor fallen law enforcement officers and fire fighters, was brought to Fairbanks to pay tribute to Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich, who were killed in Tanana last week.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

A woman accused of murdering a man in Pennsylvania says she killed dozens of others in 4 states, including Alaska. KUAC's Dan Bross reports.

University of Alaska Press

Leaves are changing and so are the feathers of Alaska’s state bird.  This time of year, Ptarmigan trade their brown, mottled look for a snowy white appearance.  The ptarmigan is the subject of a children’s book, published by the University of Alaska Press last month.  The book called ‘Gone Again, Ptarmigan,’ is a collaboration between two friends:  a well-known painter and a long time poet. 

Jonathan Waterman has traveled with camera and pencil from the top of Denali to the coastline of the Canadian Arctic chronicling more than three decades of adventures.  His latest book, Northern Exposures is out from the University of Alaska Press.  It’s a compilation of some of his previously published stories and many never before-seen photographs.