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DNR implements closure of the Tanana Valley State Forest

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - For those in the logging trade or those that just like to run around on an ATV or dirt bike, land access to nearby areas will be a bit smaller for the time being. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) implemented a temporary closure to the...
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Federal grand jury indicts Fairbanks men with 31 federal charges

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Monday, a federal grand jury indicted two men from Fairbanks with 31 federal charges including conspiracy, bank and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. According to court documents, Jared Post, 25, and Levi Skulstad, 26, scammed and defrauded multiple banks and vulnerable victims...
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Fairbanks man dies in car, motorcycle crash

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A motorcycle rider involved in an accident Wednesday was injured and later died as a result of his injuries. Troopers said that at about 7:40 a.m., they had received a report of a serious motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Loftus Road and Geist Road in Fairbanks.

Two arrested in Alaska for alleged bank fraud scam totaling $500,000

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A federal grand jury in Alaska returned a 31-count indictment charging two Fairbanks men with conspiracy, bank and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. According to court documents, Jared Post, 25, and Levi Skulstad, 26, defrauded multiple banks and individuals they viewed as vulnerable...

Board approves Alaska projects totaling $9 million

Anchorage, AK – In Nome, when the local shelter is closed during warmer months, people experiencing homelessness roam the streets, looking for a spot to sleep along the seawall, in abandoned vehicles, or around the small boat harbor. In Bethel, it’s been a similar story. Now, new housing...

Smoke from Interior fires prompts air quality warning on the Kenai

Nearly 150 wildland fires are actively burning across Alaska. There are no large wildfires in the Kenai area. But smoke from the Interior is blowing down to the region. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a “moderate” air quality warning for Southcentral Alaska. “What that...

GVEA makes “legacy decision” in approving the Strategic Generation Plan

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After holding a special meeting on Monday, June 27, the Board of Directors for Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) passed a vote on what they call the Strategic Generation Plan. Facing deadlines on a consent decree from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GVEA was tasked with...

This is the City in Alaska Where COVID-19 is Growing the Fastest

The U.S. has reported more than 85.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 28. There have been more than 1,005,000 reported deaths from COVID-19-related causes — the highest death toll of any country. The extent of the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to vary considerably from state to state, and from city to […]

Fairbanks North Star Borough offers Wildfire alerts for smartphones

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - To help residents stay updated on the fire situation in Alaska, the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) has developed a Wildfire Alert System. This is the third year the program has operated in the borough. Residents can sign up to receive alerts on their smartphones including...

Two Rivers arson suspect pleads guilty to torching homes and lodge

Two Rivers arson suspect Jamison Gallion reversed two non-guilty pleas last month and 17 others at a hearing Monday. That finalized an agreement with the state under which the 18-year-old pled guilty to felony crimes of arson, burglary, criminal mischief and terroristic threatening related to fires that destroyed or heavily damaged seven structures, including a Two Rivers home and lodge that were occupied at the time.

A residential garbage truck engulfed in flames on Fort Wainwright

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - This morning around 11:20 a.m. a garbage truck picking up garbage, operated by Mainscape, caught fire on Fort Wainwright. According to Fort Wainwright Fire Chief Chuck Gibbs, “the driver reported hearing and feeling a small explosion in the back of his truck after compacting a load of trash and immediately pulled over into a parking lot in the vicinity of 601st Street and Pine Street.”

Salmon nose deep into Alaska ecosystems

During a good year in Bristol Bay, a surge of more than 100 million pounds of sockeye salmon fights its way upstream, spawns, and dies. In Bristol Bay and elsewhere in Alaska, this incredible pulse of salmon carcasses enriches streams and rivers and makes young salmon hardier. That’s the finding...

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The CBJ Planning Commission approved on Tuesday a conditional use permit to convert the Assembly Building from office space into apartments for legislators and staffers. The Planning Commission authorized a conditional use permit for a marijuana retail operation in Douglas on Tuesday night. The Juneau Chamber of Commerce has announced...

Fairbanks School Board adopts 2022-2023 district budget

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has adopted a budget for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. The plan totals $238 million, including about $12 million in CARES Act money. Some changes have been made since the board presented its recommended budget to the borough in...

Matanuska Experiment Farm honored for century of tracking weather

Over the past century, the average annual temperature at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer increased from 35.2 degrees Fahrenheit to 37 degrees F. Only 38 days annually now drop below 0 degrees, down from 45 days in the early 1900s. In October 1945, it was too damp to harvest crops. In June 1936, temperatures topped 90 degrees for three days.

Study shows chemical's extent in the Fairbanks winter air

A chemical compound discovered in 2019 in the wintertime air of Fairbanks, Alaska accounts for a significant portion of the community's fine particulate pollution, according to new research that seeks to better understand the causes and makeup of the dirty air. The finding is the first measurement of how much...

Record-high temperatures set to scorch Alaska to start July

The abnormal heat will continue to dry out the already baked ground, fueling more wildfires in what's already been a record fire season in the Last Frontier. Alaska, traditionally one of the coldest states in the country, is set to see an unusually warm start to July thanks to a heat dome parking itself over the region. Temperatures could rise up to 20 degrees F above normal in the northernmost state, with temperatures rising well into the 80s to near 90 F.

18-year old Jamison Gallion enters guilty pleas for Two Rivers area fires

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The man accused of setting several homes and businesses in the Two Rivers area has entered another change of plea. On Monday June 27, 2022, in a Fairbanks Courtroom, 18-year old Jamison Gallion entered guilty pleas for charges related to arson, burglary, criminal mischief, and terrorist threats.