Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
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EPA takes final action on plan to improve Fairbanks-area air quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced final action on a state plan to improve wintertime air quality in Fairbanks and North Pole.

Fairbanks council OKs more than doubling city’s tobacco tax to 20%

Tax advocates said the increase, approved Monday, leaves Fairbanks below Alaska's average local tobacco tax rate of 39%.
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Scientists observe chum salmon spawning in North Slope rivers

UAF's Peter Westley says the fish have long been occasionally observed and caught in Arctic Ocean waters, but their numbers appear to be increasing.
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2 soldiers dead, 12 hurt in military-vehicle rollover near Salcha

The two soldiers who died were among 17 in a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle that crashed Monday amid the region's first snowfall.
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Teen missing from North Pole party found dead

Troopers said 17-year-old Talen Luth-Ney’s body was located by a K-9 team Wednesday night.
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Yukon Quest Alaska to hold 300-mile sled dog race as rift with Canada continues

The Yukon Quest Alaska executive director says she hopes the organization will make up with Canada one day and hold a longer race.
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2 Tennessee hikers survived 8 days lost in the woods east of Fairbanks

Jonas Bare said "by simple bad choices" he and Cynthia Hovsepian's three-hour hike turned into eight days of trying to survive in the woods near Fairbanks.
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Eielson airman killed, 2 hurt in motorcycle crash near Nenana

Jadakis Perry, 21, died at the scene of Friday's crash near Mile 314 of the Parks Highway according to Alaska State Troopers.
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Firefighters work to protect structures from 2 wildfires in Delta Junction area

The Pogo Mine Road Fire covered 25,000 acres as of Monday night. The Delta Fire has burned over 20,000 acres of state and military lands.
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Fast-moving wildfire prompts evacuation notice near Fairbanks

Forty people are now fighting the Lost Horse Creek Fire near the Elliott Highway, with parts of the Haystack neighborhood asked to evacuate.
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Alaska firefighters hustle after lightning sparks 80 wildfires statewide

There were over 30,000 lightning strikes in Alaska Monday through Wednesday, with the number of acres burned rising from about 1,500 to nearly 11,000.
Craig George

Body of North Slope biologist found after Chulitna River rafting capsize

Troopers say a group rafting the Chulitna River on Sunday found the body of 70-year-old John “Craig” George, missing since July 5.
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Fairbanks K-9 makes explosive debut in Interior Alaska

Yogi, a chocolate Labrador retriever with University of Alaska Fairbanks police, fills a need for bomb-sniffing dogs in Interior law enforcement.
the Parks Highway Igloo

The Parks Highway Igloo’s being renovated to sell booze

The Parks Highway architectural curiosity known as the Igloo is the planned location for a new distillery.
Ron Dupee

Staffing crisis leaves Fairbanks police with no patrol officers 4 hours a day

Fairbanks Police Chief Ron Dupee says of 44 budgeted FPD positions, only 29 are currently filled — and 13 of those are administrative.
a proposed Denali Park Road bridge

Completion of Denali Park Road bridge pushed back to 2026

The 90-mile route into Denali National Park remains closed at Mile 45, where it crosses a melt-driven landslide that has obliterated the road.
Buckland flooding

Ice jam floods continue to plague Alaska river communities

In the Glenallen area, floodwaters caused by snow melt have significantly receded.
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Interior and Southwest Alaska ice-jam floodwaters recede as recovery continues

The outlook for ice jam flooding on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers was improving Wednesday as the breakup moved downriver.
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Flooding closes schools in Glennallen as high waters continue to inundate Alaska communities

Officials say the floodwaters are swamping Alaska towns, tearing buildings from foundations, seeping into homes and covering roads.
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Breakup brings serious flooding to Yukon and Kuskokwim River communities

Breakup of the Yukon River over the weekend has led to serious flooding in Eagle, Circle and Fort Yukon.