Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

Experts detonate historic cache of TNT discovered near Tok

Eielson Air Force Base officials say the 98 blocks of explosive were likely meant for use building the Alaska Highway, some 80 years ago.
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Army studies disposing Fort Greely reactor materials at Delta Junction landfill

Some components of Fort Greely's deactivated nuclear reactor were entombed on-site after it was shut down in 1972.
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Troopers fatally shoot driver in Parks Highway chase near Healy

It's the second time this week that a trooper has fatally shot someone in the Interior.
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Denali Borough voters to elect new mayor, Assembly, school board

"All of our districts, every seat, is up for election" in the borough's downsized Assembly and its school board, according to the borough clerk.
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Trooper fatally shoots armed man outside of Tok motel, authorities say

Troopers say the man reportedly tried to break into a motel room and was brandishing an assault-style weapon.
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Mother, daughter charged in deadly Delta Junction hit-and-run

Troopers say Chelsie Erickson fatally struck John Emerick on Aug. 29. She and her mother, Janell Erickson, are charged with evidence tampering.
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In Fairbanks, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs composition about impacts of climate change

The world-famous musician performed in a composition last month that gives voice to "a lot of unexpressed grief" over Alaska's loss of salmon.
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Army names soldiers killed in vehicle crash near Salcha

Spcs. Jeremy Daniel Evans and Brian Joshua Snowden died after the Monday crash of their tactical vehicle, which also injured 12 other soldiers on board.
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Regulators cite Red Dog mine owner for 13 safety violations

"We addressed these violations immediately," said a spokesperson for Canada-based Teck Alaska.
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Three Bears buys 6 more retail properties in the Interior and Unalaska

The Wasilla-based grocery and retail chain is hustling to convert new acquisitions while continuing work on other projects.
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National Weather Service revamps Alaska maps to improve forecasts, advisories

NWS meteorologist Ryan Metzger says many of the changed zones are in the Interior, allowing for more precise forecasts across the region.
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Contractor selected to build nuclear power plant at Eielson Air Force Base

Eielson will be the first U.S. military installation to get a commercialized and licensed microreactor.
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Pilot was shuttling passenger to remote Alaska sheep hunting area at time of fatal crash, NTSB says

The report doesn’t include information about why the plane crashed, because park rangers say it’s too dangerous to descend to the crash site.
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Dismantling of deactivated Fort Greely nuclear power plant to resume

Federal agencies have resolved a contractor dispute that delayed decommissioning the inactive Cold War-era facility.
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Hikers find missing Tennessee couple safe near Fairbanks resort

Searchers had focused efforts on the Chena Hot Springs area, where Jonas Bare and Cynthia Hovesepian's vehicle was found Sunday.
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300 firefighters converge in Delta Junction to tackle area wildfires

Incident Commander Casey Boespflug says the command post will focus "the majority of our efforts" on the 47,000-acre Pogo Mine Road Fire.
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Alaska fire agencies offer wildfire-smoke reports online

Alaskans have shown interest in online smoke and air-quality advisories after a surge of lightning-caused fires across the Interior.
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Steep terrain slows recovery efforts in deadly Denali Park plane crash

Park rangers and investigators are working on how to reach Wednesday's crash site in a steep ravine and recover the two victims’ bodies.
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No survivors found in small plane’s Denali National Park crash

Rescuers found the crashed plane, believed to be a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, in the park's southwest corner Thursday.
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Cooler, rainy weather slows growth of Interior Alaska wildfires

But firefighters are keeping a close eye on the long-term forecast that calls for warmer-than-usual weather to return.