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Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- While the successful missile test over the Pacific Sunday increases the likelihood for a $1 billion addition of 14 missiles at Fort Greely by 2017, the Missile Defense Agency hopes to start flight tests in 2018 of a "kill vehicle" that would replace those it plans to buy for the new missiles.

The question of whether it is worth spending $75 million per missile on a kill vehicle -- a device with sensors and an on-board computer intended to hone in on a target high above the Earth -- that the Pentagon says should be replaced by 2020 continues to divide supporters and critics of the missile defense system...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- While the successful missile test over the Pacific Sunday increases the likelihood for a $1 billion addition of 14 missiles at Fort Greely by 2017, the Missile Defense Agency hopes to start flight tests in 2018 of a "kill vehicle" that would replace those it plans to buy for the new missiles.

The question of whether it is worth spending $75 million per missile on a kill vehicle -- a device with sensors and an on-board computer intended to hone in on a target high above the Earth -- that the Pentagon says should be replaced by 2020 continues to divide supporters and critics of the missile defense system...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS — The state plans to move a 2,000-foot section of the Dalton Highway in 2017, hoping to delay a collision of geologic proportions.

A moving mass of frozen debris — about 80 feet deep, 600 feet wide and a mile long — continues to inch downhill toward the highway, both winter and summer, sweeping away everything in its path. Researchers theorize that the giant blob is sliding year-round atop a layer of water that remains a liquid despite the permafrost because it is under high pressure.

It may take five to 10 years for the “frozen debris lobe” to reach the road at its current pace of several inches per week, but a similar formation three miles away has been clocked at 125 feet a year, almost fast enough for someone to hear the rocks move...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The state plans to move a 2,000-foot section of the Dalton Highway in 2017, hoping to delay a collision of geologic proportions.

A moving mass of frozen debris -- about 80 feet deep, 600 feet wide and a mile long -- continues to inch downhill toward the highway, both winter and summer, sweeping away everything in its path. Researchers theorize that the giant blob is sliding year-round atop a layer of water that remains a liquid despite the permafrost because it is under high pressure.

It may take five to 10 years for the "frozen debris lobe" to reach the road at its current pace of several inches per week, but a similar formation three miles away has been clocked at 125 feet a year, almost fast enough for someone to hear the rocks move...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The Missile Defense Agency declared a $200 million test a success Sunday morning, saying that a rocket launched from California collided with a target fired into space from the South Pacific, more than 2,400 miles southwest of Hawaii.

"I am very proud of the government and industry team conducting the test today. Their professionalism and dedication made this test a success," Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, director of the agency, was quoted as saying in a press release.

The two missiles collided in space above the Pacific Ocean, destroying the target, an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The interceptor fired from California was a long-range ballistic missile. Some sources say the closing speed of the two projectiles is in the range of 22,000 mph...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The Missile Defense Agency declared a $200 million test a success Sunday morning, saying that a rocket launched from California collided with a target fired into space from the South Pacific, more than 2,400 miles southwest of Hawaii.

“I am very proud of the government and industry team conducting the test today. Their professionalism and dedication made this test a success,” Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, director of the agency, was quoted as saying in a press release.

The two missiles collided in space above the Pacific Ocean, destroying the target, an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The interceptor fired from California was a long-range ballistic missile. Some sources say the closing speed of the two projectiles is in the range of 22,000 mph...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- A 29-foot satellite dish automatically locked on to a French satellite about 400 miles above the earth early Thursday afternoon.

The white parabolic dish, delicately balanced on its steel base with lead counter weights, traced a steady arc through the sky with no hint of vibration or rattling in its acrobatics.

Two electric motors, each with the power of a lawn mower, worked in opposition, holding the gears tight and keeping the center of the dish inching along, perfectly focused on a 1,500-pound satellite traveling at 17,000 mph...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The 29-foot satellite dish automatically locked on to a French satellite about 400 miles above the earth early Thursday afternoon.

The white parabolic dish, delicately balanced on its steel base with lead counter weights, traced a steady arc through the sky with no hint of vibration or rattling in its acrobatics.

Two electric motors, each with the power of a lawn mower, worked in opposition, holding the gears tight and keeping the center of the dish inching along, perfectly focused on a 1,500-pound satellite traveling at 17,000 mph...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The state has filed three additional felony charges against former high school tutor Claude Fowlkes III, 34, stemming from allegations of sexual abuse and sexual abuse of a minor in 2010. He also faces seven felony charges in connection with abuse allegations from the first three months of 2014.

Meanwhile, a former Fairbanks family filed a civil lawsuit against the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District seeking hundreds of thousands in damages for alleged abuse that took place early this year. The family charged that the district failed to protect their 15-year-old son from a sexual predator on school grounds.

The former Hutchison High School tutor was arrested in March on seven felony counts of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS—The state has filed three additional felony charges against former high school tutor Claude Fowlkes III, 34, stemming from allegations of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor in 2010. He also faces seven felony charges in connection with abuse allegations from the first three months of 2014.

Meanwhile, a former Fairbanks family filed a civil lawsuit against the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District seeking hundreds of thousands in damages for alleged abuse that took place early this year. The family charged that the district failed to protect their 15-year-old son from a sexual predator on school grounds.

The former Hutchison High School tutor was arrested in March on seven felony counts of sexual abuse of a 15-year-old...

Dermot Cole

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