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Military Appreciation and F-35 Day

Mark your calendars to attend Military Appreciation and F-35 Day Saturday, August 20, at Pioneer Park.

Apreciation Day and F-35s

City Council Agenda Packet – 07/25/2016

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of July 25, 2016, click here.

A Nice Surprise for Officers

Last week, Christine Fry (General Manager of Tanana Valley Television and Radio) delivered bags for each officer.  39 bags were filled with candy.  A note attached to each bag had nice commentary for each type of candy.  The gift bags were meant to show the City of Fairbanks Police Department the care, support and appreciation that Tanana Valley Television and Radio has for our entire police department.  Chief Randall Aragon said, “With all the issues and problems going on in the nation right now, my officers need all the positive vibes we can acquire. The sweet thoughts and accolades from your organization mean so much. Thank you.”

The tokens of appreciation were handed out to all officers as they began their shifts.  This was a very nice way to support the City of Fairbanks Police Department.  Thank you Tanana Valley Television and Radio!

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Citizens Police Academy Graduation

Recently, 13 persons graduated from the City of Fairbanks Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.  The annual Citizens Police Academy gives participants insight into what is involved in the work of our Police Department.  The 12 week course includes a tour of the police station, exposure to the UAF justice program, a K9 demonstration, criminal investigations, community policing, patrol procedures, criminal procedures, traffic accident investigation, traffic law/DUI investigation, firearms, the tactical police team, traffic stops, use of force, gangs, property crimes, family violence, protective orders , child abuse and, everyone’s favorite, the ride along.

The graduates left with a much better understanding of what our Police Department does, a greater respect for what officers are challenged with every day, and a desire to help others to understand how our Police Department functions.

Officer Dennis Benn was the course instructor but many other officers helped throughout the course.  Congratulation graduates.  Thank you, City of Fairbanks Police Department.

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Cancellation of Downtown Block Party, July 22

Due to poor weather conditions predicted for Friday afternoon, the Downtown Block Party celebrating our heritage and Sister City Fanano, Italy has been cancelled.  Anyone who has purchased tickets should contact the person from whom you purchased your tickets for a refund.  Thank you for your interest.  Please excuse the inconvenience.

Youth Safety Day

It’s coming! Join in the fun as the Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union teams up with the Boy and Girls Scouts and Volunteers in Policing to bring you a fun-filled day of youth safety activities!

 

Please click on the link for full details

https://www.facebook.com/events/1144686435553697

 

Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow

This past weekend, the annual Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow was held in our Golden Heart City. The Fairbanks Diversity Council had an exhibit. Pictured are Travis Cole (a member of the Fairbanks Diversity Council), his daughter, Police Chief Randall Aragon, and Mayor Eberhart.

Veterans (2nd picture) prepare to present the colors. We salute and honor all of our Veterans and members of our Armed Services.

Mayor Eberhart was delighted to meet some of the participants in their traditional dress ( 3rd and 4th pictures).

Police Chief Aragon had the great honor of releasing the eagle (last picture). The eagle and its flight were magnificent.

Thanks to all of the organizers and participants in this great annual event, including the members of the Fairbanks Diversity Council.

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Governor Walker Meets with Mayors

On a recent trip to Fairbanks, Governor Walker met with Mayor Eberhart from the City of Fairbanks, Mayor Ward from North Pole, and a representative from Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Kassel’s office.  The Governor discussed the State budget situation and other issues.   It was a valuable opportunity for the Mayors and Governor to be able to discuss our State and local issues and concerns.

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Mayor Eberhart Greets Florida Visitor

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gary “Revolution” Bachman who is visiting Fairbanks from Florida.  Gary is a music writer and composer and enjoys traveling.  He chatted with the Mayor and several other employees here in the Patrick B. Cole City Hall.  Gary received a City pin and card from the Mayor.  Gary, enjoy your visit to Alaska and our Golden Heart City.

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Grand Opening of Cushman Street

Monday afternoon was an exciting time for everyone involved with the Cushman Street Reconstruction Project.  A street celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held. Chris Miller, President of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, was the Master of Ceremony.  Mayor Eberhart also spoke saying, “This is an important project for our Golden Heart City.  It provides great improvements for vehicles and pedestrians and new utility infrastructure.  This project brings a new feel to the downtown area.  It is intended to make downtown Fairbanks a destination.  This project will help enhance the vitality and quality of life for our downtown.  It is a step toward reclaiming downtown as an active and vital center, the historic and cultural heart of the community.  We have already seen many new businesses open downtown.  Please support those businesses by coming downtown.

Thanks to the members of the steering committee, the design and construction team from the City of Fairbanks, Exclusive Paving, and the utility companies.  Thanks also to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, the businesses DTA represents, and all the businesses and citizens of our community who weathered the construction season last year and earlier this year.  We appreciate your patience and understanding”.

Funding for this project was provided by the State of Alaska to the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System.  The cost of construction was approximately $10.5 million.

The Clarence Pate Project and the Cold Steel Band performed.  There were also food trucks: Alaskana Kitchen, The Hungry Robot, Sugar Monkey, Villante’s Meatballs, Sticky Sweet Snow Cones, and Zorba on the Run.

Thanks everyone for making the project and Monday’s event such a success.

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