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

Denali Borough mayor on YouTube

Denali Borough Mayor Clay Walker debuted a YouTube video called “Mondays with the Mayor” at the end of September 2019. New segments are planned to run every Monday.

Denali Borough Mayor Clay Walker is reaching out to residents online.

A YouTube video called “Mondays with the Mayor” debuted this week, and new segments are planned to run every Monday from now on.

“We are always interested in how we can better reach out to the public,” Walker said.

Borough clerk Amber Renshaw came up with the idea after attending an international training and learning about another municipality that did something similar, releasing audio messages. She wanted to take it one step further.

“We have a very Facebook attentive community,” Renshaw said. “That’s really the best place to get the information out.”

The timing was perfect since the borough office hosts an intern from Tri-Valley School one hour per day. That intern, Denali Planty, is the technology guru for the project.

“We appreciate her help,” Walker said.

The 4-minute video that premiered this week showed the mayor explaining how and why the Denali Borough was created. Next week, the topic is forward funding, and how unique that is in the Denali Borough. Watch it at

Roni Olson fundraiser

Friends along the Parks Highway will join forces Saturday to help a friend in need. Roni Olson of Nenana needs a stem cell transplant. The gathering is from 5-9 p.m. at the Clear Sky Lodge and will include music, dinner and a dessert fundraiser/silent auction.

Music is by well known locals Dave Talerico, Craig Brandt, Ron O’Connor, and Darren and Candace Mudge.

Roni Olson and her partner Skook Irwin are parents to six adopted children. She’s a 10-year survivor of breast cancer but is now battling a rare form of blood cancer. This disease can cause bone marrow failure, severe anemia and loss of the immune system. There’s also a GoFundMe account at

Expired meds

Here’s an opportunity to get rid of expired medication in a safe way. The McKinley Volunteer Fire Department will accept any expired medication during the community Free Swap on Sunday at the McKinley Community Center.

Bring the expired medications there from noon to 2 p.m.

The expired medications can be prescription or over-the-counter medications. They be disposed of discreetly and confidentially. Drugs that are past their shelf life can decompose and either be ineffective or even harmful.

Free swap

A Free Swap Meet will be held at McKinley Village Community Center on Sunday at noon to 3 p.m. This is great way to do some fall cleaning and some local recycling at the same time. Bring anything you no longer use: clothes, books, music, jigsaw puzzles, sports equipment, linens, furniture, toys, games, kitchen gadget or outdoor gear, unfinished craft project, etc. You may find a new home for slighty-used items and may even pick up a few goodies yourself.

For more information or to arrange pickup of items if you can’t attend yourself, call Sarah at 683-6883.

McKinley Village Volunteer Fire Department will offer lunch as a fundraiser during the Free Swap Meet.

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