Thumbs up: To the men and women of the United States armed forces who have died in the nation’s military conflicts and who we honored on Memorial Day.
Thumbs up: To the school board and teachers union for finally reaching agreement on a new contract, which the board approved last week.
Thumbs down: Painted rocks aren’t the same as beautiful flowers, but rocks now will greet visitors entering Fairbanks on Airport Way. There’s also going to be less security at Pioneer Park. Trash pickup will be less of a priority, too. These are the tangible results of budget constraints at the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Thumbs up: News-Miner sports writer Danny Martin had it right in his column about the medal successes of Lathrop High School’s jumpers at the recent state track and field championships, held in Fairbanks. Part of that success, Martin wrote, can be attributed to the efforts of Lathrop assistant coach Greg Owens. Absolutely. “You’ve got to believe to achieve,” Owens told Martin.
Thumbs down: Criminals aren’t generally known for having the best judgment. But they are particularly menacing when they lead authorities on high-speed chases on our highways and roadways. The Fairbanks area experienced two of these last week, one with speeds up to 140 mph on the Richardson Highway and the other at speeds up to 90 mph in South Fairbanks. It puts many people at risk, including the officers who have to pursue them.
Thumbs up: Alaska’s congressional delegation is keeping up the pressure on the Air Force about the planned transfer of the F-16s out of Eielson Air Force Base. Last week it was a double-shot: First, Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised concern about the impact on the Air National Guard refueling wing stationed at Eielson. That was followed by Sen. Mark Begich securing an amendment to a defense spending authorization bill to delay the F-16 transfer, and some other military budget-reduction actions, for one year.
Thumbs up: To the soaking rain Friday that put a damper on the fire danger during the Memorial Day weekend and ended a nearly two-month drought in Fairbanks.