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The closure of the North Pole Refinery is leading to higher road construction costs north of the Alaska Range. The general manager of Exclusive Paving, Travis Cline, tells the Alaska Journal of Commerce that the price of asphalt oil has increased by about 20 percent, or about $150 per ton.
The kids are back in school, and parents and teachers are once again tasked with finding them quality books to help improve their reading skills. One recent entry that fits that bill comes from Fairbanks resident Kirkpatrick Hill.
The superheated particles launched from the sun after two back-to-black solar flares erupted this week have created dazzling light shows for skywatchers. Filling the skies near Cleary Summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, with their eerie green and purple-pink glow, the northern lights made for quite a sight .
The U.S. Senate on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment aimed at reversing Citizens United. That's the Supreme Court decision allowing corporations, unions and associations to spend unlimited amounts on elections as long as these so-called "outside groups" don't coordinate with campaigns.
Veterans from across the United States gathered in Anchorage last weekend to tour two of Alaska's eight Nike Sites. The sites housed nuclear missiles in bunkers around Anchorage and Fairbanks during the Cold War.
In business the general rule is cut costs and raise revenue wherever possible. A company in Homer partially ignores this tenet to provide compostable and recyclable products to environmentally conscious businesses.
An earthquake that rattled remote parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada in July triggered an avalanche that spilled mounds of snow down a steep mountainside. NASA scientists flying over the region captured dramatic photos of the quake-induced landslide just days after the event.
Champion distance musher Jeff King of Denali plans to return to the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race next February. It's been a quarter century since he's run that race.
"I was privileged to be able to fly this 1929 Hamilton Metal plane last year ," said Noel "Merrill" Wien, one of 2014's Alaska Aviation Legends. "This is the type airplane that my dad bought in 1928 and made many historic flights in Alaska, including the first round trip flight between North America and Asia.
Delta Air Lines ended their summer run between Juneau and Seattle on August 31. An airline official says the season went well, and residents of the capital city can expect to see Delta back next year. This summer was the first time in almost 20 years when Alaska Airlines did not have a monopoly in Juneau.
Powerful aurora forecast, along with rain clouds: Two solar events that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday, should bring especially high levels of aurora activity beginning Thursday and lasting through the weekend, according to an aurora forecast from the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "The effects of a solar event on the 9th of September facing roughly toward Earth should reach Earth around midnight on September 11th UT," the report said.
Fairbanks utilities are investigating ways to simplify and encourage conversion to natural gas when it becomes available. Interior Gas Utility board chairman Bob Shefchik told the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors Aug. 25 that the goal of a conversion working group is to provide a "one-stop shop" for natural gas service, a boiler or furnace and financing for residential conversion.
OPINION: Fairbanks' merchants of sin warmed to the Cold War, for there was profit in GI payday. Pictured: A photocopy of an advertisement for The Squadron Club, printed in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Tuesday May 19, 1956.
This isn't the first time an active-duty Soldier has been charged with running a prostitution ring or sex trafficking , but this time the crimes occurred in Fairbanks, Alaska. Fort Wainwright Soldier Leroy Straker, 26, was charged with one count each of second degree and third degree sex trafficking.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 05:34 pm
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