The shaker left many people in Anchorage wondering if it was a result of the 2018 quake, but Alaska Earthquake Center Director Michael West said it was too far from the 2018 epicenter and is considered its own earthquake.
The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility north of Fairbanks is nearly twice as big as it was last year. Construction crews spent the cold winter months digging out additional passageways in the tunnel to expand their research capabilities. The project was part of a 10 year tunnel expansion.
The U.S. Army Alaska has been working with Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District to monitor the Jarvis Creek near Delta Junction. Each year the creek experiences aufeis which causes it to spill its banks and create a new watershed.
Each spring migratory birds from around the world congregate on Fairbanks and land at Creamers Field. However, after a winter of snowfall, the observatory is completely buried leaving no where for the birds to land. Fortunately for birds and bird watchers alike, crews from the Fairbanks International Airport Field Maintenance plow the land each spring.
After a unseasonably mild winter, the cold weather in Fairbanks has decided to stick around for a while longer. According to Karen Endres, a hydrologist with the national weather service, the record snow and cold temperatures for April means that ice thickness in many places is above average.
Monday is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the official start of winter. The days will continue to get longer and longer and soon, snow will melt and spring will be here. In Fairbanks, Winter Solstice means we will see approximately 3 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.
A new firewood kiln in Fairbanks is helping to clean up the air and bring jobs to the interior. Aurora Energy Solutions, a sister company to Aurora Energy which runs the power plant downtown recently installed the kiln to dry firewood. The company will be providing dried firewood to the interior that meets standards for air quality to lower pollution.
The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively killed a contentious proposed mine in Alaska, a gold and copper prospect named Pebble Mine, near the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery.
The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision.
Kinross, which owns the Fort Knox gold mine north of Fairbanks, has finalized the reclamation process for the nearby True North mine. With final approval coming earlier this month the land is now back in the hands of the State.