Working to bring the F35s to Fairbanks

Council Member Renee Staley and Chief of Staff Jim Williams gather signatures to show community support for bringing the F35′s to Fairbanks. The booth was at the Fairbanks Outdoor Show this past weekend. photo (22)

 If you would like to show your support, please visit: Amber

Fort Wainwright Earth Day Celebration

IMG_1387 (2)Left to right are Mayor John Eberhart-City of Fairbanks, Mayor Bryce Ward-City of North Pole, and Mayor Luke Hopkins-Fairbanks North Star Borough, at Fort Wainwright’s Earth Day celebration today. They are flanked by Trashion Show participants wearing upcycled-recycled garments. Amber

Survey: Local Water Quality Issues

The Fairbanks Storm Water Advisory Committee would like you to complete this survey about water quality in streams, lakes, and other water bodies in the Fairbanks area.  The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and the information you provide will help direct the committee’s current and future public education and outreach programs.  We thank you in advance for your participation!

Large Item Refuse Collection

untitledDo you have brush, old appliances (that do not contain Freon), or even furniture? Well call 907-459-6770 for garbage collection! Even items over 40 lbs. can be picked up for an additional fee! If you are interested, call to hear more details.

Thank you to Tony Shumate:

IMG_1323 (2)Antonio “Tony” Shumate has worked with the City of Fairbanks as the Human Resources, Risk, and Purchasing Director since 1990. Tony has been an amazing asset to the employees and the City of Fairbanks. Tony has accepted a job with the Fairbanks North Star Borough and last night Mayor Eberhart read a Proclamation in Tony’s honor at the City Council Meeting. We wish Tony the best of luck in his new endeavor! (Amber)

New Employee: Paul Dick-Fairbanks Police Department

Control Tactics 3 024 (5)Welcome to Paul Dick! Paul graduated from Lathrop High School in 1997 and received a Bachelors in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003. He worked as an Equipment Operator/Shop Lead at UAF since 2005 before being hired at the Fairbanks Police Department as a Recruit Police Officer. Paul was hired in February but has been busy at the CTC Law Enforcement Academy, as shown in his photo!

Council Passes Ordinance No. 5939 Creating a Fairbanks Diversity Council

Tonight the City Council passed Ordinance No. 5939, as Amended, Creating a Fairbanks Diversity Council.  People who came out to speak in favor of the passage of the ordinance included Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church’s Reverend Blackburn and Mayor Hopkins of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  Great news for our community! (Amber)  Click here for more information.

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IMG_0981 (2)Eielson Air Force Base is the best home for the next generation fighter known as the F-35. It is in an amazing position to provide world-class training grounds and cost advantage over foreign basing.

By having the F-35, Eielson Air Force Base will see an increase in active duty military by about 76%, about 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, possibly securing the base from any future cuts. In one year alone, an estimated $940 million of new revenue could be brought in by one squadron of F-35s. We will not only see growth in jobs in the community but we will also see a growing economy. The money brought in by the squadron could be spent locally and would stay in the community, building businesses and keeping the local economy strong.

If the community shows their support on the F-35s being brought to Eielson Air Force Base, we will be able to watch our community grow. Together, we can help build Alaska up and raise our national security. Please show your support for the F-35s by registering at

Change Your Clock – Change Your Smoke Detector Battery

untitledThe Interior Fire Chiefs Association and the State Fire Marshal along with your local fire department are joining forces in reminding you this Sunday, March 9th, when you “spring forward” and change your clock one hour ahead; change your smoke detector batteries. This simple step can save lives.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery has been recognized as America’s most effective fire safety campaign, helping families keep safe should fire strike.

Working smoke alarms double a family’s chances of surviving a home fire. That’s why Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs started the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery program over 27 years ago. The program reminds people how important it is to maintain working smoke detectors. Each fall when you change your clocks back to Standard Time, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Fire Safety Checklist
• Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the basement. Consult your fire department for proper installation locations.
• Test and vacuum your smoke alarms once a month dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.
• Change the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.
• Install CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in the sleeping area.
• Check flashlight batteries. Always keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement, and family room in the event of a fire, use a flashlight to signal for help.
• Install fire extinguishers. Be sure to install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends a multi- or all-purpose fire extinguisher that’s listed by an accredited testing laboratory.
• Make sure your children know and understand fire safety. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire, because they often become scared and confused during fires. Show your children where smoke alarms are located. Make sure they recognize the smoke alarm’s sound and understand that a sounding smoke alarm signals a home fire
• Plan and practice your escape routes. Identify at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family.

If anyone needs assistance in checking or installing your smoke alarm, please contact your local fire department for help. Also your local fire departments have FREE smoke alarms available and will come out and install.

FROM: Ernie Misewicz, Assistant Fire Chief
DATE: March 7, 2014
Fairbanks Fire Department
(907) 450-6615 590-3717 (cell)


New Employee: Dee Antesberger – Finance

IMG_0979 (2)Welcome to Dee Antesberger! Dee started employment with the City of Fairbanks this Monday in the Finance Department. Dee came to Alaska in 1991 and has made it through 22 winters. She has four children and stays busy following their wrestling and football activities. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is and will always be a Steelers fan! She enjoys being with family, Bible study, fishing and camping. (Amber)