Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Yukon Chum Run Stronger Than Forecast

The Yukon River fall chum run is coming in stronger than forecast. Alaska Department of Fish and Game manager Jeff Estensen says 490,000 chums had passed a state sonar counter near the mouth of the river as of Aug. 8. Estensen says that’s better than the historic average of 340,000 chums for that date, and bodes well for the overall return.

Potential Conversion to Natural Gas May Prove Expensive

Fairbanks faces major costs to convert to natural gas for space heating. That was one of the messages from an Enstar gas official from Anchorage, in an address to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.

Rising Gold Price Good for Business In Alaska

The price of gold has hit a new high of over $1,700 an ounce. It’s the latest surge in precious metal prices in recent years, and it’s driving a lot of interest in gold in Alaska.

Redistricting Challengers Will Present Case in January

The case challenging the Alaska Redistricting Board re-map of legislative districts is slowly proceeding.

Fairbanks Power Utility, Refinery Team Up On LNG Project

The power utility and the local refinery in the Fairbanks area are teaming up on a liquified natural gas project. The gas will be liqufied on the North Slope and trucked down the Haul Road.

DNR Makes Increased Oil Flow Top Priority

The State Department of Natural Resources top priority is increasing the amount of oil moved by the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Steady King Salmon Stream Will Likely Meet Canadian Passage Objectives

A steady stream of king salmon moving up the Yukon River past Eagle in recent days, means Canadian border passage objectives will likely be met.

Utilities Team Up to Truck Natural Gas to Fairbanks

It’s not a pipeline, but a project announced Thursday will get North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks.

Sullivan Promotes Proposed Oil Tax Changes

Tuesday, State Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan told the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce the Parnell administration wants to get throughput on the Trans Alaska Pipeline up to a million barrels a day within a decade.

Massive Amount of Carbon Released by North Slope Wildfire

An unusually large North Slope wildfire released a massive amount of carbon into the atmosphere.

Yukon King Salmon Escapement May Not Meet Objective

It’s looking like escapement of Yukon River king salmon into Canada will not meet objectives. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Yukon River summer season manager Steve Hayes says Chinook passage measured near the Alaska Canada border at Eagle is below the season goal.

‘Pedouins’ Start Bus Tour Through Alaska, Canada, Lower 48

The Kentucky family, who pedaled a five-person bicycle into Fairbanks nearly a year ago, is heading out of town in a vintage bus.

UAF Researchers Unlocking Secret of Hibernation

University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are unlocking the secrets of hibernation. The studies are aimed tapping the mechanism that safely slows down metabolism, as a tool to save humans from heart attack and trauma.

UAF Hosts International Arctic Ocean Policy Workshop

The international waters over the high arctic are a new horizon for human activity. That was the driving force behind an Arctic Ocean Policy workshop this week in Fairbanks.

First Fall Chums Heading up Yukon River

The first fall chums are heading up the Yukon River. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jeff Estensen says the run, which began on the lower Yukon last week, is expected to be stronger than recent years.

Para-Cycle Race Under Way in Ester

The Sadlers Alaska Challenge para-cycle race got under way in Ester, outside Fairbanks, Monday morning.

Missing Railroad Employee’s Body Found Near Healy

A man missing off the Parks Highway north of Healy has been found dead, the victim of apparent suicide.

Grant to Study Trucking Natural Gas Approved by Fairbanks Assembly

The Fairbanks borough assembly has approved spending half a million in state grant money to fund studies to assess trucking in natural gas from the North Slope and distributing it in Fairbanks.

New Law Banning Synthetic Marijuana Goes Into Effect

A new state law banning synthetic marijuana has Fairbanks police taking action. The law making synthetic canabinoids, which sell under brands names like Spice and K2, went into effect July 1.

Chitina Dip Netters Get Another Crack at Sockeyes

Chitina dip netters will get another crack at pulling 10 additional sockeyes out of the Copper river next week, as a plug of reds makes its way upstream.