Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

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Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

‘A lot of things have changed’: Eielson Air Force Base to resume tours

The tours came to a halt in early 2020 as COVID-19 spread globally.
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‘We’ve seen this before’: After cow mutilation, Delta Junction ranchers put up $2,500 reward

Tangy Bates and her husband have been operating their farm and ranch in Delta Junction for about six years, and she’s never heard about any cattle mutilations in the area during that time. 
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With nearly 3 million acres burned, rainy weather slows Alaska wildfires

The cool, rainy weather that set in last week over much of Alaska has dampened this year’s fire season, which was shaping up to be one of the worst in recorded history.
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Troopers call off search for missing grandma near Healy

The search for Mary Dawn Wilson had been going on since early Thursday morning, when Troopers got a report that her car had been found stuck in a spot about seven miles in on the Stampede Trail, near Denali National Park and Preserve. Troopers say rescuers found Wilson’s two-year-old grandson locked inside the vehicle. The child appeared to be good health, and has since been handed over to the Office of Children’s Services.

Rafter dies paddling Valdez-area river, troopers say

Alaska State Troopers say the person was reported missing around 10:45 p.m. Saturday after his raft tipped and he was thrown into the water at a spot near milepost 32 of the Richardson Highway.
A sign warning on the bank of a creek

The Castner Glacier ice cave is collapsing and gushing meltwater

Scientists and officials are advising hikers to be careful around the ice cave.
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Flash flooding closes stretch of Richardson Highway

It’s likely the 17-mile stretch of highway will remain closed through the weekend, says the state transportation department.

Nenana-area residents say state is moving too fast on agricultural land sales

Some Nenana-area residents are asking the state to delay land sales in a 140,000-acre agricultural project just west of town. They say the state should talk more with local residents and complete studies on the project’s soils and resources before moving forward.

US Army Alaska is now the 11th Airborne Division, will refocus on ‘Arctic ethos’

Army’s command in Alaska has a new name now, to reflect its new focus on fighting in the Arctic and helping develop tactics and equipment for the region.
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Utility investigates ‘longer blackout than usual’ in Delta Junction

Area residents "embraced the suck" as crews with the Golden Valley Electric Association scrambled to fix toppled poles.
Bison near a truck

As snow melts, Interior Alaska biologists tally number of winter-killed wildlife

Biologists say the bison population took a big hit this summer. More than a dozen were hit and killed by vehicles because the animals were using roads in lieu of their usual trails, which were covered by deep snow and ice.
A home with a Garage Sale sign outside with a Ukranian flag

Refugees from Ukraine could be placed in Alaska communities where they have family ties

The state’s refugee coordinator has told local officials that refugees from the war in Ukraine will begin arriving in Alaska over the next year or two.

John Oliver sends man in polar bear suit to Nenana, pledges $10K to Food Bank of Alaska

On his show last Sunday, comedian John Oliver called the Nenana Ice Classic “the single greatest ice-melting contest in the world."
A Three Bears Alaska store, photographed from its parking lot at night.

Three Bears Alaska to build more stores

The company owns and operates nine retail outlets around Alaska and one in Montana. Sometimes they're the only grocer in town.
A wide river that has flooded far outside its banks

Heavy snowpack in several Alaska river basins raises concerns of possible spring flooding

The Yukon, Tanana, Koyukuk, Kuskokwim and Susitna basins all have more snowpack than usual — and some are well above normal.
A home with a Garage Sale sign outside with a Ukranian flag

Delta Junction’s Slavic community, reeling over Ukraine war, launches relief effort

Shestopalov’s family was among the first in a wave of refugees that began arriving in Delta Junction in the 1990s.
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Copper Valley Electric Association is considering a nuclear power plant

If Copper Valley’s board decides to move ahead on the project, it would be Alaska’s first commercial nuclear-powered electrical-generating station.
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Alaska-based troops have not been deployed in response to Russia invasion, commanders say

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered another 7,000 troops to Europe Thursday to bolster NATO member nations in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 
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Eielson pilot helps Air Force test bladder relief device for women

“This is really about the health and safety of the aircrew," she said. "So they can focus on the thing they need to focus on — which is the mission.”