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Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 4:03 am | Updated: 1:25 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Railroad plans to sell its 2011 prints and posters Dec. 18 at the Fairbanks railroad depot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Artist Douglas Girad is expected to be on hand and sign copies of “Northbound Over the Matanuska Bridge.”

The print is $55, while posters are $30 and pins are $5.

Girard lives in Palmer but works as a graphic artist in Anchorage. He said he sees the Matanuska River crossing almost every day and that was the inspiration for his painting.

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INVESTMENT BOARD: Jim Laiti of Fairbanks has been reappointed by Gov. Sean Parnell to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. Laiti is a veteran labor leader of Local 375 of the plumbers and pipefitters.

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SEISMIC SAFETY: Fairbanksan Richard Koehler, an earthquake geologist with the state, has been named by the governor to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

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FUNNY FOLKS: The 11th annual Fairbanks Funny Festival is set for January, when everyone needs a good laugh.

Registration forms for the adult workshops and a similar offering for kids are available at Gulliver’s Books on College Road.

Kyle Cease from Comedy Central will be the guest instructor for the adult workshops, which are Jan. 24-27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Blue Loon.

Students will learn how to create and present a standup comedy routine as an opening act for Cease’s show. The cost is $100 for the four workshops and two tickets to one of the main performances.

The workshops for would-be comics younger than 21 are Jan. 31-Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pioneer Park theater. The cost is $25 per comedian.

The adult workshop is open to 20 people and the junior workshop for ages 13-19 is open to the first

10 to register.

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FUNDRAISER: The Chanukah Miracle of Lights fundraiser includes a cultural program and dinner benefiting Santa’s Clearing House and the educational and community programs of the Jewish Congregation of Fairbanks. It will be at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge on Tuesday. A reception and music starts at 6 p.m., with a cultural program and dinner at 6:30. The guest speaker is student Rabbi Elyssa Auster. Tickets are $50 or two for $100. Call 456-1002 or 347-0316 for reservations and tickets.

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