Fairbanks Native Association Early Head Start and Public Works

Students from the FNA Early Head Start program enjoyed an afternoon learning about equipment, safety and what the City of Fairbanks Public Works does.  Jackson Fox, the City Engineer, arranged for the staff of Public Works to take some equipment over for the kids to see how it works and learn about safety.  Operators Jayla Gentry and Mylene Wheelock were on hand to demonstrate a mini excavator.  Charles Pullock showed the children signs, safety equipment, traffic cones and a little about what it takes to get set up to do a job.  Ivan Thomas, with his parents Angie and Darrick, posed for a photo with the equipment and staff.

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City Council Agenda Packet – 07/11/16

To view the City Council Agenda packet for the Regular Meeting of July 11, 2016, click here.

Community Working Together to Remove Logjam

This morning a joint effort by the City of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Alaska DOT&PF came together to remove the logjam at Wendell Avenue Bridge.  The massive logjam has been building and, with the high water from the rain, it became necessary to remove it for life safety reasons.

The State provided the crane with operator, flaggers, and a boat for removal of any logs that float downstream.  The City provided the fire fighters rescue crew in the water for any need that may arise and the Public Works Department will haul the debris away.  Tanana Chiefs Conference will take some of the wood for use at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall and other uses.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough waived the tipping fee at the landfill.

Thank you to all involved for making this joint effort a success.

Before work began Log Removal at Wendell Ave.

Debris removal under Wendell Ave. Bridge

Debris removal under Wendell Avenue bridge to take place Thursday


The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be removing debris from under the Wendell Avenue bridge. This work will take place from 4 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. During that time, a section of the Chena River bike path that runs under the bridge will be closed. Bike path users may take the detour noted on the map below.


The Wendell Avenue bridge will remain open to drivers during this work, but the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will be closed. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.


Boaters in the area may see delays of up to 15 minutes as staff works to remove the log jam. The department asks residents not to use the Graehl Park boat launch when work is taking place.



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As part of our Fanano, Italy Sister City relationship, Chef Alberto Bessi will be here for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.  Chef Bessi will teach two Italian cooking workshops as part of the Festival.  If you are interested, the information is on the Festival website under Culinary Arts classes.

As shown in the flyer, we are also having a Downtown Block Party on July 22 starting at 6 PM.  For $25 per person, we are planning to have one or more offerings from McCafferty’s, a glass of beer or wine (for those over 21) at the new Distillery, lots of food prepared by Master Chef David Pruhs, and live music.  Chef Bessi will be the guest of honor.

Please join us.  We have tickets for sale in the Mayor’s Office or go to the Festival Fairbanks website.   Grazie e arrivaderci.



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 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 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 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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