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Johnsen named as new president of University of Alaska system

FAIRBANKS — Jim Johnsen has been selected as the next University of Alaska president, nearly two months after emerging as the only finalist for the job.

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Fairbanks borough lifts fireworks ban

FAIRBANKS—A ban on fireworks in the Fairbanks North Star Borough was lifted Tuesday.

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A Zinnia flower bud begins to bloom in front of the Pita Place along College Road Monday afternoon, July 27, 2015.

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Climate stress sets Fairbanks’ white spruce up for failure
Updated: July 28, 2015 - 1:10 pm

FAIRBANKS — Higher summer temperatures have brought about a decline in white spruce growth in Interior Alaska and a corresponding increase in growth in Western Alaska, according to researcher Glenn Juday. 

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Black bear sighted in Goldstream Valley
Updated: July 28, 2015 - 11:28 am

FAIRBANKS — Morris Palter was gardening at his Goldstream Valley home Saturday night when he got an unexpected visitor.

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Psychological evaluator chosen for accused Tanana shooter Kangas
Updated: July 28, 2015 - 7:20 am

FAIRBANKS — Attorneys met in a Fairbanks courtroom Monday afternoon to discuss the appointment of a psychologist to evaluate alleged murderer Nathanial Kangas in preparation for his November trial on charges he killed two Alaska State Troopers in Tanana last year.

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79 makeshift riverboats take on final KUAC Red Green Regatta
Updated: July 28, 2015 - 11:28 am

FAIRBANKS — After watching the last Red Green Regatta come to a close, Steve Smith couldn’t help but smile as he described the fiasco he’d just witnessed on the Chena River.

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Health lecture series continues at UAF

FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Healthy Living lecture series continues 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Murie Building Auditorium, 983 Koyukuk Drive. 

Field Notes: Program helps girls get excited about science

Kjerstan Matson was one of nine high school girls from Alaska and the lower 48 who spent over week exploring an Alaska glacier as part of the free Girls on Ice program. Erin Pettit, a glaciologist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Natural Science and Mathematics, created the program “to share the inspiration, self confidence, self awareness, and love of science that I have gained from field science expeditions and my own personal trips exploring the mountains and wilderness areas.” Here’s what Matson said about her own experience:

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Packrafting in the White Mountains with an aging adventure dog

WHITE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - Echo followed along shore as I floated downriver. But when she went to jump from the low gravel bar to the upper bank, her tired legs just didn’t fire, and she didn’t make the jump. 

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