UAF Scientist takes her sled dog research to Alberta

Sep 28, 2012

Fairbanks, AK -  A University of Alaska, Fairbanks Professor is on her way to Banff, Albert this weekend, to present her research during the annual meeting of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association.  Within the science community, it’s well known that sled dogs can offer an excellent model for biomedical research.  Some of that research can provide more information about Native Alaskan subsistence diets and life in the arctic.

FNG seeks full utility regulation

Sep 27, 2012

Fairbanks, AK - Fairbanks Natural Gas is in preliminary discussions with the Alaska Attorney General’s office to become a fully regulated utility. FNG received an exemption from the Regulatory Commission in 2003.  It was revisited in 2008 and 2009.  Company President and CEO Dan Britton says oversight by the RCA is aimed at helping the utility expand its local operation.

How might late season flooding affect spring breakup?

Sep 24, 2012

Fairbanks, AK - Water levels on the Tanana River rose sharply over the weekend.  Extra water late in the season could cause problems during break up next spring.  National Weather Service Hydrologist Ed Plumb says that’s because of the extra ice that may form this fall.  “If the rivers freeze at a high level during the fall time, we have a larger surface of ice forming on the river,” he explains.

Alaska Railroad

Fairbanks, AK - The Parks Highway near Denali National Park is down to one lane after flooding on the Nenana River.  The west side Denali Highway is closed and the Alaska Railroad is scrambling to repair erosion damage in the central part of the state. 

National Park Service

Fairbanks, AK - The Alaska Board of Game will not consider a request to establish an emergency no-hunting zone along the eastern border of Denali National Park and Preserve to protect three wolf packs that roam the area.  

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fairbanks, AK - Recorded cases of West Nile Virus in the Lower 48 are on the rise.  The Center for Disease Control says 2012 could be the worst year ever for the virus.  It’s a mosquito-borne illness that’s often carried by birds.  So far, every state except for Alaska and Hawaii has reported cases.  In fact, Alaska has never documented a case of the virus.

'Yukon Men' Chronicles Life in Tanana

Aug 24, 2012
Image Courtesy of Discovery

Fairbanks, AK - A new reality series about an Interior Alaskan village premiers tonight on the Discovery Channel.  The show tracks a handful of men in Tanana through one of the coldest winters on record.

“There's a town deep in the remote interior of Alaska, at the junction of two powerful rivers, with no roads in or out, where wolves howling through the frigid night air remind the 200 people living there how isolated they really are.”

Photo courtesy of Sumitomo Metal Mining-Pogo

A federal mine-safety official from Anchorage has been at the Pogo gold mine since this morning investigating the evacuation and shutdown of the mine in response to a vehicle fire underground early this morning. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports from Delta Junction.