Tim Ellis, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.
a wildfire

Alaska firefighters hustle after lightning sparks 80 wildfires statewide

There were over 30,000 lightning strikes in Alaska Monday through Wednesday, with the number of acres burned rising from about 1,500 to nearly 11,000.
a map of fires

Lightning strikes spark new wave of Interior Alaska wildfires

Alaska Fire Service spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the agency recorded 7,000 lightning strikes around the Interior overnight Monday.
a nuclear reactor

Dispute halts decommissioning of Fort Greely’s nuclear power plant

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to resume the project next month after "taking corrective action" to resolve a bidder's protest.
A car parked near trees.

Troopers shoot and kill man as Ester standoff ends in confrontation

Matthew Heller, 54, had placed sandbags around his home Wednesday before he aimed a firearm at troopers who shot him.
Fort Wainwright sign

Fort Wainwright apprehended ‘Chinese spies,’ Sullivan says

Sen. Dan Sullivan's office confirmed his statements on Alaska bases' security last week, but Pentagon officials declined comment.
a Russian aircraft intercept

U.S. fighter jets intercept, escort Russian aircraft off Alaska’s coast

NORAD scrambled Alaska-based F-22 and F-16 fighters and an AWACS radar plane for Thursday's "routine interception."
Northern Edge 2017

10,000 service members begin massive Northern Edge military exercise

Military officials advise Alaskans to expect aircraft noise and Gulf of Alaska naval operations during the state's biggest exercise of the year.
a blue-ish building in the snow

Delta Junction couple faces federal charges for allegedly bilking ‘Bud and Breakfast’ investors

The FBI investigators say the couple used false and fraudulent claims to get 22 people to invest more than $700,000 in a “marijuana theme park.”
Stryker combat vehicles

Army sends 90 Stryker vehicles from Fort Wainwright to Ukraine

A few Stryker combat vehicles remain at Fort Wainwright, for training soldiers in facing weapons of mass destruction.
the Pogo gold mine near Delta Junction

EPA fines Interior Alaska gold mine’s owner $600K for mishandling hazardous waste

An EPA attorney says the violations were found in 2019 at the Pogo mine and two underground tanks beneath its assay laboratory.
a fire break

State cuts fire breaks on wildfire-prone land near Delta Junction

The 300-foot-wide fire break, west of Delta Junction, is near an area that has seen wildfires sparked by military training.
Army vehicles on the Richardson Highway

Army’s 11th Airborne to host ‘large-scale’ training exercise near Fort Wainwright, Eielson

Convoys from JBER started rolling toward Fort Wainwright over the Parks Highway on Wednesday. They'll begin returning on April 6.
a nuclear microreactor

State proposes regulations for nuclear facilities, asks public input

The state is asking for public comments on new rules for siting small nuclear reactors, like one planned for Eielson Air Force Base.
a trooper car

Tanana man charged with murder in shooting of relative

A Tanana man has been charged with first-degree murder, after Alaska State Troopers say he fatally shot a family member who lived next door.
the Tanana River bridge

Airman slipped on ice, fell off Tanana River bridge, troopers say

Troopers have wrapped up their investigation of the Feb. 18 incident. The Eielson Air Force Base airman who fell is still being treated for her injuries.
Fort Wainwright power plant

Army selects natural gas-fired heat system for Fort Wainwright

The U.S. Army is proposing to replace Fort Wainwright’s coal-fired heat and power plant with natural-gas fired boilers installed around the post.
an Apache attack helicopter

2 hurt when Army attack helicopter crashes in Talkeetna

An Army spokesperson says the AH-64D Apache helicopter was one of four that were taking part in a training flight.
two F-16 fighter jets

The Air Force is swapping out Eielson’s aging F-16 fighter jets

The new jets will join Eielson's 18th Aggressor Squadron, which trains Air Force pilots during Red Flag and Northern Edge events.
Fairbanks Correctional Center

North Pole man held in double homicide near Delta Junction

Daniel Serkov, 33, was arraigned Saturday on two counts of first-degree murder in the Friday deaths. His bail was set at $2 million.
a person holds a ripe barley stock

State offers help with high feed prices, but some farmers are pushing for an Alaska grain reserve

Higher prices for feed, fuel and fertilizer have driven some producers to cut back on their livestock.