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.

A documentary film project on Denali wolves is under way and the filmmakers will hold a special meet-and-greet with local residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tri-Valley Community Center in Healy.

Award-winning independent filmmaker Ramey Newell was invited by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance to create a documentary film to tell the complex story of Denali wolves. Wildlife protections and trapping regulations in the Stampede Trail/Wolf Townships area have long been an issue of concern and contention. The filmmaker plans to incorporate a variety of viewpoints and experiences from all sides and will look at historical, scientific and community concerns from many angles.

This is an opportunity to ask questions and add your voice to the pre-production and research process.

Bring a dish to share for a potluck, or just drop in to listen or ask questions. Potluck starts at 5:30 p.m. Questions and answers begin at 6:30 p.m.

This gathering was arranged by the Denali Citizens Council, which advocated for the filmmakers to come to Healy to hear local perspective.


Space Camp

Space Camp is back at the Pioneer Air Museum thanks to the efforts of Marci Ward, who loves sharing her passion for this topic.

Every Monday and Thursday during the month of June, youngsters between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to stop in for about 45 minutes, starting at the top of the hour from noon-5 p.m. Cost is $1 per session. It’s the same session all week. But every week, the topic changes.

During this hour, young students will learn the basics of flight and make their own paper airplanes. They’ll also train just like an astronaut. Ward will share her knowledge of the Hubble space telescope and the new James Webb Space Telescope. She’ll share exciting information about the moon, followed by an activity about the moon and its craters, and also teach a lesson about Apollo 11.

Ward is a longtime teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Fairbanks. She spearheads the Space and Science Club for elementary students at the school. She is also the teacher liaison for the Space Foundation. Through her efforts, NASA astronaut LeRoy Chiao and other space educators have shared their expertise in Fairbanks and other Interior Alaska communities during numerous visits.

Space Camp is held at the Pioneer Air Museum at Pioneer Park. It began in 2014.


Know Your Property

If you own property or if you are in the market to buy property, you might want to attend this special day-long workshop called Know Your Property. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the borough assembly chambers.

The seminar, hosted by the local chapter of the International Right of Way Association, is intended to share information that will help property owners, homeowners and future buyers.

Topics to be covered include plats, maps, setback requirements, utility easements, mortgage loan surveys, elevation certificates and title insurance.

This particular seminar is spearheaded by the local Arctic Trails Chapter 71, which regularly holds educational and networking opportunities in Interior Alaska.

For more information or to register, contact Steve Taylor at or 459-1068 or 720-878-7620.

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