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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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Clay Street Cemetery Looking Great!

Before and after photos show some of the many improvements and work that is being done at the Clay Street Cemetery.  Our Public Works Department is in charge of the cemetery work this summer and is performing much needed work and improvements. Public Works has trimmed back bushes and shrubs, maintained fences, mowed, edged, filled in sink holes, removed stumps, trimmed around gravestones and markers, and located gravesites so overgrown grass can be removed to better expose gravesites.  Pathways have been improved.  An ADA walkway has been reestablished at the Sixth Ave entrance, and the bollards for the main historical entrance have been corrected.  These improvements are being done within the current Public Works budget and should help make the cemetery more attractive and easier to maintain in the future.

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Possible Heavy Traffic on the Richardson Highway

Beginning the evening of Friday, July 15, U.S. Army Alaska Arctic Anvil will begin.  Expect periods of heavy convoy traffic at times.  The U.S. Army releases this information:

HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Travelers along the Richardson Highway corridor between Fairbanks and Delta Junction will see an increase in military convoys and training action later this summer as U.S. Army Alaska hosts exercise Arctic Anvil from July 23 through Aug. 3, but efforts are being made to minimize the traffic impact on the community.

The exercise will involve approximately 8,000 Soldiers and military support personnel in training areas surrounding Fort Wainwright, Delta Junction and Fort Greely. The influx of Soldiers began in June, with high traffic expected on the Richardson Highway from mid-July to early August. U.S. Army Alaska is working closely with the Alaska Department of Transportation and the interior Alaska communities to ensure the hundreds of military vehicles traveling intermittently in manageable convoys along the Richardson Highway between Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely and create as little impact on local and tourist traffic as possible.

U.S. Army Alaska planners for the exercise have scheduled the vast majority of convoys between Fort Wainwright and the Donnelly Training Area to roll at night between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. to minimize traffic problems. A color-coded calendar is being published to show expected times of heavy, medium and light military traffic so residents can see when military traffic will be heaviest and plan accordingly.

Military vehicles may be on the road at other times as needed to accomplish the military mission. The final convoys should be rolling no later than 6 a.m., Aug. 8, as units and equipment return to Fort Wainwright.

To keep an eye on the exercise, residents can turn to Arctic Anvil social media accounts at https://twitter.com/Arctic_Anvil and https://www.facebook.com/ArcticAnvil/. Questions or concerns may be directed to the U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs Office at (907) 353-0498 or 384-2072.

Arctic Anvil will test and validate USARAK’s ability to receive and redeploy large numbers of personnel from outside Alaska. This reinforces Alaska as a power projection platform as it exercises its ability to efficiently exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration.

With mature fort-to-port secure rail systems, deep water ports and two high-capacity Air Force bases, Alaska is strategically equipped to be a power projection platform into the Pacific and the Arctic.

The exercise also showcases the vast and diverse training area of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, providing unmatched opportunities for present and future service, joint, interagency and multinational training. JPARC consists of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace, 2,490 square miles of land space with 1.5 million acres of maneuver land which includes high altitude and mountainous regions, and 42,000 square miles of sea and airspace in the Gulf of Alaska.

Arctic Anvil is an integrated combined, joint and coalition training event will include the participation of U.S. Army Alaska, Alaska National Guard, Iowa National Guard, U.S. Air Force, 196th Infantry Brigade and the Canadian military. Large combined operations exercises like this provide vital training opportunities for active duty and National Guard units to integrate and work together as we do in combat environments.

As part of U.S. Army Alaska’s involved relationship with the Canadian Army, 1 Canadian Mounted Brigade Group is expected to send a unit of soldiers to participate in the exercise.

City Council Audio – 07/25/2016

City Council Meeting – The following link contains the audio of the City Council Meeting that was held on July 25th, 2016.
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