Fairbanks

The Tanana River ice continues to deteriorate in the afternoon warmth and breakup could be "any time now," the Nenana Ice Classic manager said early Wednesday. The tripod, tilted at about a 45-degree angle is "still hanging in there."

Alaska Dispatch News
University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers announced plans Thursday to retire in August, leaving a vacancy at the Fairbanks campus as the institution copes with repeated budget cuts.  Dermot Cole
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is eliminating or suspending several low-enrollment academic programs, while retaining more than 90 percent of its degree and certificate programs, according to a memo to staff sent Wednesday by UAF Provost Susan Henrichs.Dermot Cole
The House advanced a plan Wednesday to get natural gas to Fairbanks, though it remains to be seen how the measure will be handled in the Senate and whether a $45 million past appropriation will be retained by the project.Dermot Cole
Ending speculation that a move might be in the offing, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday it will keep a squadron of F-16 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base. Fairbanks officials and Alaska's congressional delegation cheered the news.Dermot Cole
Three mayors from the Fairbanks area have asked Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker and other House leaders to "cease and desist" from efforts the municipal leaders say will stall a project to get natural gas to Fairbanks.Dermot Cole
Travis Gottlin thought his Labredor mix Ashii was lost after the dog slipped under the Chena River ice Friday evening near the Angel Rocks trailhead.Associated Press
The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would authorize financing for a gas project to serve Interior Alaska, without including additional financing authority for other energy projects, as the House version had.Associated Press
The furloughs for 167 employees in leadership positions throughout the university system are a response to the state budget crisis, said university President Pat Gamble.Jeannette Lee Falsey
More Alaskans are turning to ground-source heat pumps to warm homes and businesses. Now the Cold Climate Housing Research Center wants to evaluate the long-term durability and efficiency of the systems.Suzanna Caldwell