Robyne, KUAC - Fairbanks


In Fairbanks, a new subsidy program will pay residents to replace oil burners with natural gas or propane

The money — leftover from a court settlement of unpaid property taxes from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System — had been set aside since 2014 as a line of credit for the Interior Gas Utility.

Fairbanks wood stove buy-out program gets $5M boost

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has been paying people to give up their polluting devices since 2010.
A sign reads "Welcome to UAS" at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Juneau campus.

University of Alaska debt rating downgraded after years of cuts

S&P Global Ratings report is the second time this year a rating agency has downgraded this measure, after Moody’s downgraded the UA system’s credit rating in July.

Fairbanks photography conference focuses on diverse perspectives

While showing Alaskans new ideas they rarely have access to, the conference — In Our Own Voices: Culture/Identity — was also designed to provide visitors with an Alaskan experience.
Jen Martell, of the FNSBSD Risk Management Team, updates the school board as Jill Dolan (center) and Wendy Dau (right) prepare to answer questions. (Photo by Robyne, KUAC - Fairbanks)

Parents recount traumatic stories from WVHS football players

Parents vented their frustrations to the Fairbanks North Star Borough school board Monday night in a special meeting called to review the investigation into the near-drowning of three West Valley High School football players Friday, July 26.

North Pole High ‘bathroom incident’ raises concerns over bullying, policy

The community was concerned about an incident two weeks ago at North Pole High School involving boys coming into a girls’ bathroom. The boys were protesting a transgender student who posted a photo of himself in the boys’ bathroom.

UA president Johnsen highlights achievements, challenges and budget woes during State of University address

UA President Jim Johnsen gave his fourth “State of the University” address on Tuesday, showcasing achievements and listing challenges. Johnsen also talked about funding woes.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District faces 234 jobs lost under proposed Dunleavy budget

The Board of Education held a work session last night, the latest in a series of meetings to work on a spending plan shadowed by anticipated big reductions from both the state and the borough.

Fairbanks City Council passes contentious non-discrimination ordinance

Fairbanks now has a law that prohibits discrimination in businesses, rentals and employment. The City Council passed a non-discrimination ordinance Monday after two hours of public hearing and weeks of work sessions.

Governor’s mid-year budget bill cuts VPSO recruitment funds

Governor Mike Dunleavy has proposed pulling back $3 million in unspent money for the VPSO program to help pay for larger Permanent Fund Dividends, among other items.

Fairbanks elementary schools receive massive donation of musical instruments

A huge donation to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will spread new musical instruments among 18 elementary schools.

Fairbanks election lawsuit goes before Supreme Court

Two months after election day, the Alaska Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments at a Jan. 4 oral hearing in the lawsuit holding up Alaska’s House District 1 election.

Republican candidate LeBon joins court case reviewing contentious HD1 ballots

The Republican candidate in the disputed House District 1 election is joining the court case reviewing the ballot count.

Alaska Supreme Court to weigh in on final unresolved House race

Kathryn Dodge, just one vote behind Bart LeBon in the race for House District 1, met Wednesday’s deadline to file with the Alaska Supreme Court — thus extending a protracted battle for control of the state House of Representatives.

House District 1 race certified tied with uncounted ballot under investigation ahead of Friday recount

The Division of Elections has certified the statewide November election as required by law, leaving a downtown Fairbanks district tied with 2,661 votes each for Democrat Kathryn Dodge and Republican Bart LeBon.

The Open North American Championship sled dog race comes to a close

Roxy Wright won the Open North American Championship sled dog race in Fairbanks over the weekend. The hometown favorite was followed by defending ONAC champ Buddy Steeper of British Columbia, and his wife Lina Steeper, in the three stage, 70 mile sprint competition. Listen now
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Fairbanks discusses changing the name of an elementary school

School district officials held a public meeting Monday night at a North Pole elementary school to discuss changing the schools name. Badger Road Elementary is named after Badger Road, which was named for area pioneer, farmer, politician and pedophile Harry M. Badger, who was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl a century ago. Listen Now
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Fairbanks likely to have new mayor

The City of Fairbanks likely has a new mayor. City council member Jim Matherly has a substantial lead over incumbent John Eberhart, with Frank Turney a distant 3rd, but nearly 700 outstanding ballots remain to be counted. Listen Now

Tanana Road opens

Alaska has a new road, connecting Tanana on the Yukon river. It is the first road to connect a community to the system built by the state in more than 20 years. Listen now
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World Eskimo Indian Olympics to be first without beloved ‘Big Bob’

Opening ceremonies for the World Eskimo Indian Olympics are tonight at 6 o’clock. Competitive events will begin at the Carlson Center this morning at 11. For 56 years, Fairbanks has hosted the event that draws Native athletes and dancers from across the state and even across the circumpolar north. This is the first year without a beloved champion for whom this year’s games are dedicated. Listen now