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Israel Consul General Visits Fairbanks

Yesterday we were delighted to have Israel Consul General Dr. Andy David in town.  Consul General David is based in San Francisco.  He is a career diplomat and has served 18 years in different parts of the world.

Dr. David and Mayor Eberhart spoke at length about business opportunities, tourism, political relations, current events and other topics.  Thank you, Consul General David, for visiting our Golden Heart City.

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Israel Consul General David (second from left) visited with Fairbanksans and Mayor Eberhart.

Thanks and Welcome

On June 29, Eielson Air Force Base held a Change of Command ceremony, which was presided over by Lieutenant General Russell J Handy Colonel Winkler (who is being promoted to Brigadier General) will be transferred to Japan.  We are grateful for his leadership at Eielson and for helping secure the F-35s, which will be stationed here.  Basing the F-35s here will be a tremendous boon for our community in jobs, income, and bringing new residents.  Our national defense will be greatly strengthened due to the F-35s.

Colonel Mineau, who has come from Japan, succeeds Col. Winkler as the new commander of the 354th Fighter Wing.  We welcome Col. Mineau and his family and look forward to our continuing partnership and work with him and Eielson Air Force Base.   Thanks to all of our armed services members.

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The command changes.  Lieutenant General Russell J. Handy (left) accepts the unit flag from Col. Winkler (center) to then pass the command flag to Col. Mineau (right).

Eielson Command Chief Master Sergeant Michael Brown Retires

Last week, Mayor Eberhart and his wife Sylvia, were pleased to attend a dinner at Eielson Air Force Base, honoring Command Chief Master Sergeant Michael Brown for 30 years of faithful and dedicated service.  The following day was the formal retirement ceremony.  We are grateful for Chief Brown’s distinguished service of protecting and defending us.  Best wishes to Chief Brown and his wife Joanna, for a long and happy retirement.

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Fairbanks Diversity Council

The Fairbanks Diversity Council (FDC) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Patrick B. Cole City Hall, in the City Council Chambers at 5:30 PM.  The FDC includes 15 public members (3 appointed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough and 12 appointed by the City of Fairbanks).  The FDC comes together to discuss and work to improve all areas of diversity within our City and community.  The FDC was formed to provide a citizens forum, serve as a diversity advisory board, and recommend adoption of a Diversity Action Plan for the community.  The FDC supports many different cultural and social activities in our community.

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New Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center Employees

Mayor Eberhart welcomed three new employees of the Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center.  The new employees join the dispatch team that works 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to make sure emergency calls are addressed promptly and efficiently.  Dispatch employees go through rigorous training to make sure they are well trained to handle the many different types of calls they will receive.

KRISTINE SCRIBNER

Kristine wrote:  My husband and I have been married for 30 years and have lived in Alaska for 26 of the 30 years.  We started out in Wasilla, we then moved to Valdez before coming to Fairbanks.  We have been blessed with three amazing sons and are now empty nesters.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, scrapbooking, stamping and anything else crafty.  Before dispatching, I did on site services for a large corporation all over Alaska.  Fairbanks will be our home for a very long time.

ABIGAIL ORELLANA

Abigail is from San Antonio, Texas.  She moved here about two years ago.  Abigail recently became engaged and became an “instant mom” to three boys.  She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and the boys, including taking them to events at the library, going to parks and family home movie nights.  She has aspirations of becoming an FBI profiler someday and likes the idea of working her way up through the system, starting with dispatch.  She’s looking forward to working in public service because she’s always wanted to help people.  She’s looking forward to dedicating her life to doing just that and serving her community.

RYAN YURONG

Ryan was born in Sacramento, California but moved with his family to small town Abingdon, Virginia.  Ryan volunteered for the Washington County Life Saving Crew, where he formed his cornerstones of his EMS career.  After skipping around the country for furthering education and experience, Ryan found a new home in the Hanover Fire Department in Fountain, Colorado.  Ryan now calls Fairbanks home and looks forward to helping this community at the Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center.

Please join us in welcoming Kristine, Abigail and Ryan to the City of Fairbanks.

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CUSHMAN STREET CELEBRATION!

 

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JULY 11th on CUSHMAN STREET

RIBBON CUTTING and BLOCK PARTY

Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) and the City of Fairbanks are celebrating the completion of the Cushman Street Reconstruction project with a Ribbon Cutting and a Block Party. The Celebration will take place on Monday, July 11th from 5-7pm. The Ribbon Cutting will be at the 6th Avenue intersection at 5:30pm. Cushman Street will be closed from 2nd to 6th Ave for a Block Party with live music and food trucks. For more information, visit http://fmats.us/2016/06/22/cushman-street-celebration-july-11/.

The FMATS Policy Committee provides the direction of transportation planning in the Metropolitan Planning Area.

For more information, please contact Alicia Giamichael at alicia.giamichael@fmats.us or (907)459-6805.

Here are before and after photos of Cushman, and a famous photo also taken on Cushman St.

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Council Action Notice – 06/20/2016

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of June 20, 2016, click here.

Sobering Center One Step Closer

Fairbanks received good news on Monday when the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced that a grant has been awarded to Tanana Chiefs Conference to review our area’s behavioral health needs.  This puts us one step closer to possibly opening a much needed sobering center.

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority President and CEO Jeff Jessee said, “It will also help the community continue to have a more formalized way of knowing what the community needs are.  The hope is to open a sobering center, a safe and staffed location for people to sleep off their alcohol intoxication.” Currently some people end up at the hospital while others are taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Unfortunately, there have been some deaths in correctional facilities where incapacitated persons can be held for up to 12 hours.  Often such persons have committed no crime.

Mayor Eberhart stated, “That (taking a person to jail for sleep off) has a lot of problems.  There have been some deaths in custody.  It’s not the best way to treat the problem.  This is a need of the community.”

It has been reported that about 30 percent of admissions at Fairbanks Correctional Center are intoxicated persons in custody.  A sobering or sleep off center would be a great asset to our community in terms of helping a vulnerable population and improving public safety.

The City of Fairbanks, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association and the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation have been meeting and TCC submitted the grant application on behalf of the group.

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Juneteenth

The City of Fairbanks joined in celebrations this weekend of Juneteenth, celebrating the abolition of slavery in Texas after the Civil War.  Mayor Eberhart was at the Juneteenth picnic, along with the Fairbanks Diversity Council, our Fairbanks Fire Department, the local Red Cross, the NAACP, the Breast Cancer Awareness Center of Fairbanks and others.

 

Pictured are the Pavva Inupiaq Dancers.  They invited everyone to come up and join them in a dance that celebrates coming together and welcoming everyone.  It was a great day, enjoyed by many.

 

Thanks to the NAACP and all of the organizers of the Juneteenth event.

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Summer Solstice Festival.

Many people were downtown yesterday enjoying the Summer Solstice Festival.  There were vendor tables, food vendors, live entertainment and a variety of Alaska made items for sale.  There were great things to see and do for young and old alike.  The City of Fairbanks had its platform fire truck there for all to see.

Thanks, Fairbanks, for turning out in such large numbers.  Thanks to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks and all organizers.

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