Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

The Denali Borough Assembly is expected to choose an addressing system for borough communities at its meeting at 6 p.m. in Cantwell.

The Denali Planning Commission left the choice up to the assembly, after failing to agree on which of two options it wanted to recommend. So the panel decided it would support either option.

The options would take too long to explain here, but the’ll be discussed at the meeting in detail.

Emergency responders asked for the address system. The intended result is to improve emergency response to fire and ambulance calls, by providing dispatchers with a specific address for their destination.

An address system will also make it easier for delivery services to find a specific house and drop off packages, according to the borough. Any address system would be shared with the U.S. Postal Service.

The program has been a bit contentious in the borough because many residents do not want an address. The discussion over which address system should be recommended also provided a spirited discussion — with no one system winning the nod from the planning commission. The borough assembly will now make that choice.

Film Festival

The first annual Denali Film Festival takes place this month, hosted by the Denali Education Center in conjunction with Highway Walkers Film Festival.

If you are a filmmaker, you are invited to submit a film with a maximum length of 20 minutes that focuses on sustainability, adventure, nature, recycling or national parks. Deadline is Sunday.

National Geographic producer JJ Kelley will provide three Alaska-centered films as part of the special weekend. In addition, Highway Walkers Media will screen two award-winning outdoor/adventure documentaries.

The films will all be shown July 19 and 20. Prizes will be awarded for best documentary, best comedy, best drama, best animated short, best student film and best overall film.

Tundra Golf Tourney

The annual fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, raises money for local youth programs and the Scott Menke Memorial Scholarship fund. Hosted by Black Diamond Golf Course and spearheaded by Denali Education Center, teams of costume-clad golfers compete for prizes like the longest drive, closest to the pin, and best and worst score. Teams are encouraged to pick a theme and dress accordingly. Registration is full, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come cheer on the teams. It’s all good fun for a good cause.

Scott Menke was a young member of the local community whose life was too brief. He avidly participated in Denali Discovery Camp and encouraged the creation of Denali Backcountry Adventures for high school students. Both those programs continue today.

The Scott Menke Memorial Fund was created to honor his memory and to encourage his enthusiastic qualities in others. In addition to providing scholarships for attending both Denali Discovery Camp and Denali Backcountry Adventure and the Scott Menke Summit Scholarships for graduating high school seniors, the fund helps defray costs of camp by purchasing food, equipment and covering expenses such as transportation into Denali National Park.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

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