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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Welcome to Patrick B. Cole City Hall

We enjoy having visitors stop by Patrick B. Cole City Hall and look at all the history we have in this building.  There are photos, quilts, paintings and many other things to see.  Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ven Van Rayns who was visiting from British Columbia. He was born and raised in the Netherlands.  He has traveled the world since his service in the Korean War.  Mr. Van Rayns receives a City pin and card from Mayor Eberhart.  We are open to the public.  Feel free to stop by and chat.

Visitors at City Hall

Council Action Notice – 07/11/16

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of July 11, 2016, click here.

Welcome Allan Heineken

Allan’s first day of work for the City of Fairbanks Fire Department was Tuesday.  Allan says, “My name is Allan Heineken.  I was born and raised in Fairbanks. I went to North Pole High School and played hockey in Fairbanks growing up.

My father is a firefighter at North Pole Fire Department and my mother is an accountant.  I started my fire career in 2014 as a volunteer for the Steese Fire Department. I was a scholarship student there for 2 years and I am currently on track to receive my degree after my probation.

I am single and have no kids.  I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, snow machining, playing guitar, and anything with an engine really.  I bowl, golf, and still play hockey from time to time.”

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Welcome Lane Bonham

Lane started work on last Monday at Fairbanks Police Department.  Lane says, “My name is Lane Bonham. I was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and I was raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. When I was growing up I raced snowmobiles, and I also raced BMX. In the fourth grade I started playing football and played until I graduated high school. My family and I ended up in Alaska in 2007 because my dad is a truck driver and got a job on the Haul Road. Once here in Alaska, I have only lived in North Pole. I graduated from North Pole High School in 2014. After graduating, I turned my playing football career into a coaching career and I have coached for North Pole High since. It has always been a goal and a dream for me to become a police officer.  I am very excited to start my career here in Fairbanks.”

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Fairbanks Peace Rally

Below is the link to the article about the Peace Rally that was held Saturday.

Peace Rally–Golden Heart Plaza (7-9-16)


Releasing of the Ceremonial Eagle

On Sunday, July 10, both Mayor John Eberhart and Chief Randall Aragon attended the annual “Releasing of the Ceremonial Eagle” at the Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow.
Depicted is Chief Aragon who was honored by leading the procession and opening the cage to release the seven year old female eagle that had been injured, treated, and restored to health.

 Eagle Release at Innertribal PowWow

Welcome Daniel Turner

Daniel began work this week for the City of Fairbanks Fire Department.  Daniel says, “My name is Daniel Turner. I was raised in Homer, Alaska. I graduated from High School in 2006 and became a volunteer firefighter in 2008.  I worked for the University Fire Department from 2009-2011 as a firefighter.  My wife and I got married in 2011 and moved to the Lower 48 until moving back to Alaska in 2013.  I continued volunteering during that time. I was hired as a summer firefighter for Homer Volunteer Fire Department in 2014, and then worked for LifeMed Alaska for 9 months.  I went to work for North Pole Fire Department in the spring of 2015. My wife and I have a 7 month old son. We both look forward to the opportunities that Fairbanks Fire Department can give us and are excited to be staying in Interior Alaska where adventure can always be found.  I enjoy fishing and hunting all over the State and hope to travel the entire State.

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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

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

For more information, please contact Alicia Giamichael at or (907)459-6805.

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Message from Mayor Eberhart

The unnecessary loss of any human life is distressing.  To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  In this time of shock and sorrow, please see the below statement by the President of the US Conference of Mayors.




Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor Mick Cornett today issued the following statement regarding the ambush of police officers in Dallas:

“Today is a sad day for Dallas, for all of America’s cities, and for the nation. Last night, five brave police officers were killed and seven more were wounded as they protected the constitutional rights of protestors to demonstrate, in this case against the actions of police officers in other cities. Two civilians were wounded as well. America’s mayors send their condolences and their prayers to the victims and their families, and to the entire Dallas community.

“Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown have been a constant and a calming force since this tragedy occurred – keeping the public informed, reminding us of the risks our police officers face every day, and leading their community through a devastating time. As Mayor Rawlings said of the police this morning, “putting their lives on the line is no hyperbole.”  America’s mayors recognize and respect the risks our police officers take every day and the bravery they exhibit.

“From all reports, the Dallas Police Department did everything right. There was no inappropriate show of force, the demonstration had been peaceful and was winding down, and there were positive interactions between the officers and the demonstrators. Police officers lost their lives at the hands of bad actors, and we’ll know more about what happened as the investigation unfolds.

“Last night’s demonstrations were a response to the tragic police shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights. Officials in both of those communities have moved quickly to ensure that these questionable shootings are independently and thoroughly investigated. At this difficult time for these two cities, our thoughts and prayers are also with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom and their communities, and, of course, with the families of the two men who were killed.”