Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
A packed courtroom

Two Rivers arson suspect pleads guilty to torching homes and lodge

Jamison Gallion's sentencing is scheduled for November 2-4.
smoke billows from a wildland fire

Wasilla pilot killed while working on response to Interior fire

Douglas Ritchie had worked at Northern Pioneer Helicopters for 12 years and was its lead pilot
fire burns behind trees

Aggie Creek Fire north of Fairbanks draws large response

The Aggie Creek Fire was started Wednesday night by a lightning strike.
A redish sunset

Smoke from Western Alaska wildfires blankets much of the state

Smoke is expected to start clearing in the most heavily populated areas by Monday evening, but in Interior Alaska, the forecast shows that lightning strikes could lead to more wildfires.
A snowy landscape with mountains in the background

Denali’s historic, lingering snow season is affecting the park’s wildlife

Denali National Park is still melting out from its snowiest winter season in 99 years of record keeping.
The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau, shown on July 25, 2019 (David Purdy/KTOO)

University of Alaska regents approve faculty pay increases. But the union says negotiations aren’t over.

“This a very puzzling action by President Pitney and the Board of Regents,” said Tony Rickard, chief negotiator for United Academics.
High waters surround buildings

Dozens of Manley Hot Springs residents remain displaced after flood

Some Manley Hot Springs residents are frustrated by a lack of guidance and assistance as they begin recovering from last weekend’s major ice jam flood.
High waters surround buildings

Residents take stock of damage as floodwaters recede in Manley Hot Springs

As of Sunday, the community’s power, phone lines and cell service were still down. 
A dog in a harness leaps up into the air

Yukon Quest organizations break up

The relationship between the Alaska and Canadian organizations which have run the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race since 1984 has fallen apart.
Baby birds sit in a pile under a heat lamp

Alaska’s first case of highly contagious bird flu strain confirmed in Mat-Su chickens

State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Gerlach says the Mat-Su case confirms that migrating birds have brought avian influenza to Alaska.

Earth’s atmosphere could be one source of water on the moon, UAF study finds

Researchers estimate that the moon’s poles could contain about as much water as Lake Huron.
People stand at the edge of a steep drop in a gravel road through a mountain pass

Bridge plan moves forward as Denali Park Road landslide speeds up

“It was really sobering to arrive on scene and see that 40-foot cliff on that eastern side of the slump this year,” said the Denali National Park acting superintendent.
A snowy field with a group of wood bison in the distance

Alaska imports more wood bison to bolster reintroduction efforts

More wood bison have been imported from Canada to Alaska as part of a decades-long effort to restore the animal’s population in the state.
A white, luminous globe seen over spruce forest with green aurora in the sky above it

Scientists say they can explain the giant, glowing orb seen over Interior Alaska last week

A Fairbanks photographer captured video of a foggy ball of light that was far larger than a full moon and moved slowly from the northeast to the southwest.
An illustration of a proposed micronuclear plant

House bill would streamline approval of small nuclear reactors in Alaska

There are no microreactors operating anywhere in the United States, but a few pilot projects are planned, including one at Eielson Air Force Base.

Army Alaska commander pushes to normalize mental health care amid a string of soldier suicides

The Army has confirmed that 11 Alaska-based soldiers died by suicide in 2021. The deaths of another six Alaska soldiers are under investigation.
A woman talks at a meeting desk

Pat Pitney named permanent University of Alaska president

Pat Pitney is the first woman to lead the public university system.
A curling stone

Fairbanks curler Vicky Persinger’s Olympics end after losses to Switzerland and Great Britain

Vicky Persinger and teammate Chris Plys lost their final four matches in round-robin play, finishing with a 3-and-6 record, and placing 8th out of 10 teams
An outdoor sign for Joy Elementary School on a snowy evening

3 elementary schools to close in Fairbanks area due to low enrollment, budget challenges

The three schools that will close are Joy and Nordale elementary schools in Fairbanks and Anderson Elementary School on Eielson Air Force Base. Students will be moved to nearby elementary schools.