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It’s been my honor to be a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly since 2019 and your presiding officer since 2020. Even through a pandemic, the good moments have outweighed the challenging ones. During these trying and unprecedented times, the assembly has conducted the people’…

Too many Alaskans face barriers accessing the internet. According to industry research group BroadbandNow, Alaska ranks 42nd in the country for broadband coverage, speed and accessibility. Online activities that some of us take for granted — applying for Social Security, having a telehealth …

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power at UAF and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center will be co-hosting an information session and Q&A on micronuclear reactors at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Noel Wien Public Library. We invite you to join us a…

Too many times in my life I’ve told a lie. Some of the incidents stretch back in time 60 years or more. After all this time, I am still ashamed. My early childhood included regular church attendance. Five of my middle years were spent too far from any church to make attendance practicable. S…

I was speaking to my superior one day as we broke to eat during a day on our fire assignment. His name was Ray, and he had worked on a number of firefighting hand crews for 12 seasons over the past 20 years. I asked that in his time he must have seen a lot of intense fire behavior. In reply …

Arctic Fest was conceived by a group of Fairbanksans as a novel way to call attention to the challenges and solutions associated with the changing environment of Alaska by combining the arts, sciences, and Indigenous culture and knowledge systems. In addition to building community, Arctic Fe…

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