Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
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.
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Eureka musher Brent Sass wins Copper Basin 300

Sass and his 10-dog team raced across the finish line in Glennallen Monday afternoon.
Grey and white sled dogs howl in nblack harnesses

There’s a strong field of teams signed up for this weekend’s Copper Basin 300 sled dog race

Among 33 mushers on the roster as of Thursday night were defending fur-time champion Nicolas Petit, and fellow past CB 300 winners Martin Buser, Matt Hall and Mitch Seavey.
Snow piles up in a truck.

Alaskans in the Interior digging out after a wintry weekend wallop of snow, ice, wind

Another foot of snow fell in Fairbanks Tuesday into Wednesday and the community continues to deal with rough road conditions and power outages caused by falling trees.

Fairbanks is riding a weather roller coaster, from freezing rain to snow and frigid cold

Department of Transportation crews are battling a thick coating of ice on roads, and the local utility, Golden Valley Electric, continues working to restore electricity to pockets of customers.
Roof collapse through the window of a grocery store

Interior Alaska residents cautioned to monitor roofs in wake of powerful storm

Weather experts are advising that residents of Interior Alaska to monitor snow load on roofs after a powerful storm moved through the region, coating buildings with snow and ice.
A sign that says Fort Wainwright.

Alaska soldier found dead in Fairbanks

The cause of Hunter Stafford’s death is under investigation by the Alaska State Troopers and the Army.
A woman curling.

Fairbanks curler to compete in Winter Olympics

Fairbanks curler Vicky Persinger has earned a place on the U.S. team that will compete in the Winter Olympics in China in February.  According to USA Curling, the 29-year-old Fairbanks resident and 34-year-old Chris Plys...
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Man killed at Fairbanks store ‘doing nothing more than walking outside with his groceries,’ says mayor

“It was so unexpected and so tragic," says City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly.
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Troopers: Fairbanks area driver shoots another vehicle in ‘road rage’ incident

A driver hit and shot at another vehicle on the Parks Highway outside of Fairbanks in what State Troopers describe as a road rage incident.
A man stands in the back of an open van with dogs in crates.

A musher from one of the world’s southernmost cities is headed to Alaska to compete

Miguel Isla Casares wants to compete in the Iditarod one day, but says his first challenge will be completing qualifying races like the Copper Basin 300 or the Yukon Quest 550
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Shooting at Fairbanks Safeway leaves one dead, another injured

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the Sunday shooting outside of a Safeway grocery store in Fairbanks, according to the police.
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Hundreds of UAF employees must get their COVID vaccines due to federal funding

UA interim President Pat Pitney announced the mandate Tuesday morning, citing $300 million in recently-renewed or soon-to-be-signed federal contracts.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015.

Man mauled by bear near Cantwell

A cyclist was attacked by a bear in the Cantwell area Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers report.
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Episcopal Diocese of Alaska to investigate the history of church-operated boarding schools for Indigenous children

Episcopal Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime said the action was prompted by the discovery this summer of unmarked graves where Indigenous children were buried at church-run, Canadian boarding schools.
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University of Alaska interim president turns down UAF’s request for broad COVID vaccine requirement

UA Interim President Pat Pitney says an existing system-wide mask mandate and targeted vaccination requirements for some groups at individual campuses are proving effective. Also she expects federal vaccine requirements to soon apply to the university system.
A large bird flies across a blue sky.

Alaskans have been spotting turkey vultures all over the state this year

“With their bright red, featherless heads, you just can’t mistake them for anything else,” said migratory bird biologist Jim Johnson.

Now you can watch as the Museum of the North readies the ‘Into the Wild’ bus for display

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has moved the “Into the Wild” bus to a UAF engineering building lab for repairs.

Fairbanks police and fire struggle with excessive overtime, burnout and turnover

“I want you to imagine calling 911, saying someone is breaking into your house and dispatch telling you no one is available,” said Andrew Wixon, a Fairbanks police officer.
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Work on $55 million bridge over slumping part of Denali Park Road could start next year

The affected stretch of the gravel road is at mile 45 in an area known as Pretty Rocks in Polychrome Pass, where subterranean ice is melting due to climate warming.