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Researchers learn earthquakes intensify in deep sedimentary basin near Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - The tallest peak in North America has nothing on one obscure basin over 100 miles to the northeast. At nearly 4.5 miles deep, the Nenana Basin extends further in the ground than the crest of Denali (3.85 miles), and it is this property that causes earthquakes to strike longer and harder when they enter the region, according to researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute.
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Man indicted in Delta Junction double homicide

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted Daniel Serkov on charges related to the deaths of two men in Delta Junction last month. Serkov faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, one count of tampering with physical evidence, and fifth-degree criminal mischief in the deaths of Andrey Dorozhin and Dmitry Sergiyenko on Jan. 20.

Fairbanks man sentenced 50 years for murder

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 50 years in jail for a 2020 domestic violence murder. According to the Department of Law, Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle sentenced Eric Rustad on Wednesday to 50 years in prison with an additional 15 years suspended for a period of 10 years of probation.

Frosty Field Work

Wearing their warmest winter garb, graduate students from UNH and the University of Maine, along with three UNH faculty members, braved the extreme cold and perpetual darkness in the heart of Fairbanks, Alaska this winter to learn how to measure the depth of soil frost — a crucial measurement to keep tabs on the impacts of climate change, which is disproportionately affecting Arctic communities.

Jamison Gallion sentenced to 37 years for setting fires in Two Rivers area

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In a crowded Fairbanks courtroom, 19-year-old Jamison Gallion, the man who pleaded guilty to setting several buildings and homes ablaze in the Two Rivers area in 2021, sat patiently as he listened to Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle carry out the final sentencing. Gallion, who was...

Fairbanks man convicted of 2017 hatchet murder

For his conviction, Gilbert faces a sentence of up to 99 years imprisonment. On the evening of Jul. 30, 2017, Gilbert attacked Mitchell at the Club Machu, striking him repeatedly with a hatchet. Mitchell died of multiple chop wounds. During the trial, Gilbert testified he was scared of Mitchell and...

SoHi Holds-Off Bears For Division II State Hockey Championship

The Soldotna Star held the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears scoreless for over 2 1/2 periods of hockey; as the Stars defeated Juneau 2-1 and claimed SoHi’s first-ever hockey state championship at the 2023 ASAA Division II State Hockey Championships at the Patty Center in Fairbanks. SoHi 2 – Juneau...

Butterflies in the middle of winter

A Compton tortoiseshell butterfly in Two Rivers. Image-Rod Boyce. Rod Boyce of Two Rivers, Alaska, reports that he has noticed — at a time when the outside air’s temperature has not been above freezing since October — three butterflies living in his heated garage. Though we in...

Falcons place fourth at PRC Championships

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force rifle team placed fourth at the Patriot Rifle Conference Championships, Sunday, Feb. 5, in Fairbanks, Alaska. A pair of Falcons earned all-conference honors in air rifle as sophomore Lauren Hurley placed third and junior Peninah D'Souza placed sixth. Both Hurley...

February museum programs explore DNA

The University of Alaska Museum of the North’s February hands-on programs will focus on DNA. Families with children 5 and under are invited to drop in at Early Explorers on Friday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m.-noon. Create and discover with hands-on activities in the Creativity Lab, and explore the galleries.

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Sets U.S. Record For Coldest Wind Chill Temperature Ever Recorded At Nearly -110

Bonkers. When you think of the coldest place in the United States, you immediately think Alaska. And for the most part, you’d be right. With a mean average temperature around 26 degrees, Fairbanks, Alaska is the coldest city in the country. However, New Hampshire just found a way to etch its name into the record books. At the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire’s nearly 6,300 foot peak (the largest in the eastern half of the United States), windchills reached […] The post New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Sets U.S. Record For Coldest Wind Chill Temperature Ever Recorded At Nearly -110 first appeared on Whiskey Riff.

Fairbanks Edges Out West Jefferson In Girls Varsity Conference Hoops

Final Score: 44-32 WEST LIBERTY—The nail-biting was evident and the house was packed; seven points were all that stood between the Lady Panthers and the Lady Tigers at halftime on Saturday night as Fairbanks remained slightly in the lead against West Liberty-Salem — 25-18. Carly Lehman led the...

Yukon Quest sled dog race faces an uncertain future

Four top-five Iditarod mushers are signed up for this weekend’s Yukon Quest Alaska 550-mile race in a small but competitive field. The race starts in Fairbanks on Saturday. It’s the first one since the organization’s Alaska and Canada sides split, ending the 1,000-mile international version of the sled dog race that’s been run almost every year since 1984 — at least for now.

Art as Interdisciplinary Communication

December’s First Friday marked the opening of URSA project award winner Tehya McLeod’s “Exploring Shifting Landscapes” exhibit at Arctic Java. Her beautiful collection of acrylic landscapes with layered colors aims to bring attention to climate change and evoke respect for the land around us. McLeod’s adventurous Alaskan childhood instilled a love for the environment that inspires her paintings. As she worked through her engineering and design degree, she noticed the difficulties of interdisciplinary communication thus decided to use her art to do something about it. “Scientific research is hard to put out there in a way that appeals to a large audience,” Mcleod pointed out, “there’s a lot of draws to visual and sensory learning.”

Skull found in '97 in remote Alaska belongs to New York man

A skull found in a remote part of Alaska's Interior in 1997 belongs to a New York man who likely died in a bear mauling, state authorities said. Investigators used genetic genealogy to help identify the remains as those of Gary Frank Sotherden, according to a statement Thursday from Alaska state troopers.In July 1997, a hunter contacted troopers in Fairbanks and reported finding a human skull along the Porcupine River, around 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the Canadian border. Troopers who went to the area did not find any other remains, the agency said in a statement, and the...

Midday Report February 03, 2023

On today’s Midday Report with host Kirsten Dobroth: A Senate Committee has proposed adding $1000 to the Base Student Allocation. Southeast Alaska has seen an uptick in fentanyl-laced pills. And Fairbanks’ only natural gas supplier signed a 20-year contract with Hilcorp to begin sourcing gas from the North Slope.

Panda Express Opens Fairbanks Franchise

The Panda Express location in northeast Fairbanks abuts Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. The Year of the Rabbit dawned in Fairbanks with a new dining option. Panda Express, the largest Asian cuisine chain restaurant in the United States, opened a new franchise location at 523 Harold Bentley Avenue, across from the Walmart store.