The Hanneman Brothers Compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics

On Monday, February 5th, the City of Fairbanks received a letter from the U.S. Vice President’s office recognizing our community’s own Logan and Reese Hanneman who will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The Hanneman brothers were named as members of the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team that will be competing in PyeongChang, South Korea in just a few days!

Congratulations Logan and Reese! Fairbanks, Alaska will be cheering for you!!

Click the link below to view the letter:

2018 Winter Olympics – Vice President Letter Honoring Hanneman Brothers

***Parking for the Yukon Quest***

The 2018 Yukon Quest is less than a week away! The race starts Saturday, February 3rd at 11:00am at Morris Thompson Cultural Visitor Center. Concerned about parking downtown? The City Parking Garage is convenient and affordable! With a location so close to the start line and rates at only $1 per hour (including plug-ins), the Fairbanks Parking Garage is a great option for race day.

The parking garage is bordered by Lacey Street, Noble Street, Second Avenue and Third Avenue.

RFTC Water Contamination Update

DATE: November 29, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Teal Soden, Communications Director, 907-987-0867,

 The City of Fairbanks would like to provide an update regarding the City’s response to date on the Regional Fire Training Center (RFTC) water contamination.

After Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) were first discovered at the City of Fairbanks Regional Fire Training Center in 2015, the City took immediate steps to sample water in the surrounding areas to ascertain the scope of the contamination and provide free delivery of clean drinking water for residents with contaminated water samples. The fire pit at the RFTC was excavated and the contaminated soil was removed after the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation approved the work plans. The City has worked closely with the State of Alaska Division of Spill Prevention throughout the entire clean-up process.

Since the contamination was first discovered, 157 wells have been tested. All residents with properties tested were sent the results of their water samples along with fact sheets on PFCs. 44 households and businesses were identified as having above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lifetime health advisory levels in their water supply wells. As of October of 2017, all of these properties have been connected to the municipal water system. The City Engineering Department has held several community meetings since 2015 to answer questions and provide information to residents in the contaminated area.

In September, Fairbanks City Council passed Ordinance 6060 which provides a stipend of $2,500 to assist with the payment of water bills on those 44 properties. The Ordinance also gives a stricter threshold than the EPA standard of contamination necessary for residents to be connected to municipal water. Going forward, the City will continue to take samples and more residents in the affected area will be connected if they meet the lower threshold set by Ordinance 6060.

The City has covered the expense of the contamination clean-up and water connections for residents, a cost of just over three-million dollars. However, the fire suppressant foam that caused the contamination was used by several other agencies that used the RFTC from the mid-1980s until 2004. The City is currently exploring contribution from potentially responsible parties.

The City remains committed to providing up-to-date information on this issue.  More information on the Fire Training Center water contamination can be found at  Residents can also contact the City’s Environmental Manager, Andrew Ackerman, at or 907-459-6836.

New Option for Prescription Drug Disposal!

Sunrisers Rotary and Fairbanks Police Department have joined forces to help the Fairbanks community have a safe place to dispose of their prescription drugs.

Sunrisers Rotary provided the funding for the purchase and installation of the MedSafe collection box. Citizens can bring their unused prescription medication and drop it into the MedSafe located in the lobby of the Fairbanks Police Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Pictured here: Cole Carson, Sunrisers President, Officer Doug Welborn, Mayor Jim Matherly, and Chief Eric Jewkes

Downtown Fairbanks Planning: Vision to Action

Help shape the future of our downtown!! FNSB Community Planning Department is holding a community workshop on September 27 at 6pm at the Westmark Gold Room. Click the link below to view the flyer.

09-27-17-Community Workshop

$20,000 Sign-On Bonus for Lateral Police Hires

Fairbanks City Council approved a $20,000 sign-on bonus for lateral Police Officers hired with Fairbanks Police Department!

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the City of Fairbanks to provide essential services to the residents of the City that increase the desirability of the City as a place to live, work, and visit.

Essential services include not just the visible activities of police, fire, and public works employees, but also the creation and maintenance of community infrastructure, promotion of safe housing and construction standards, and the sound management of community assets.

Adopted by Resolution No. 3904 on March 19, 2001.