Mayors March for Homeless Youth

This past Saturday the three local Mayors, John Eberhart from the City of Fairbanks, Karl Kassel from the Fairbanks North Star Borough,  and Bryce Ward from the City of North Pole walked over 14 miles to help raise money and bring awareness to the issue of homeless youth.

Santa Claus wished them well on their journey from North Pole City Hall.  The walk began at 1:00 and ended 14 miles later at The Door on 10th Avenue in Fairbanks.  It took over 5 hours but the Mayors were happy to do it.  You can still make donations to help The Door at


Appreciation from the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

Mayor Eberhart was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the World Eskimo-Olympics for the City’s support and participation in this year’s 2016 WEIO games held at the Carlson Center in July.  The first World Eskimo Olympics was held in Fairbanks in 1961.  In 1973 the name was changed to World Eskimo-Indian Olympics to more accurately reflect the ethnicity of all of the participants.  Six interwoven rings represent the six major tribes in Alaska – Aleut, Athabascan, Inupiaq & Yup’ik, Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimpsian.

The four days of events included Alaska Native arts and crafts, the Miss WEIO pageant, traditional athletic events, dancing and drumming, fish cutting and seal skinning contests.

The City of Fairbanks is honored to host the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and looks forward to the event each year.


Mayors March

On September 10, I’ll be walking 14 miles from North Pole to Fairbanks to support a local nonprofit that shelters homeless youth.  If homeless youth spend their days/nights walking, it is the least I can do. Joining me are Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel and North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward.  Together we hope to make a statement and to start a conversation about the vulnerable kids in our communities – homeless youth. I’m collecting pledges and giving all proceeds to The Door.  The Door is a 24/7 emergency youth shelter.  The Door provides a safe place for kids t0 sleep.

I am writing to invite you to support the march. It’s easy. See the online link below.  You can donate at

Consider sponsoring your favorite mayor for the Mayors’ March. Your donation really can make a difference in the lives of homeless youth.

Thank you for supporting the march to keep kids safe.


City Council Agenda Packet – 09/12/2016

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of September 12, 2016, click here.

Press Release for Officer Involved Shooting

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Welcome Andrew Ackerman and Peter Flint!

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Welcome Andrew Ackerman, Environmental Manager

Andrew and his family have lived in Alaska for the last seven years. His three children, ages 7, 10, and 12, attend local Fairbanks schools and his wife is an elementary education tutor. They are very involved in local sports, community events, and outdoor activities all year.

Most recently, Andrew worked as a research scientist with the US Department of the Interior in central and northwest Alaska conducting field studies on federal lands. He feels very fortunate to have visited many remote areas of Alaska and to have learned about village life. Before coming to Alaska, Andrew worked in community planning with a city government in Idaho and as an environmental consultant in California.

Andrew says he has really enjoyed living in Fairbanks because of the great schools, the variety of community, cultural and sporting events, and the endless outdoor adventures nearby.

Welcome Peter Flint, Surveyor

Peter Flint is the City’s new Surveyor. He is currently the President of the Fairbanks Chapter of the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Peter was born and raised in the Buffalo, New York area and moved to Fairbanks in the summer of 2008 after graduating college with an associate’s degree in Land Surveying. He worked as a surveyor at Design Alaska for seven years. During that time he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics through distance and his Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) license.

Peter has also worked as a Right of Way Agent at Golden Valley Electric Association. He and his spouse enjoy the vibrant Fairbanks arts community and make an effort to shop and eat locally. They are member owners at the Co-Op Market and frequent many local restaurants and food trucks, including their favorite, Alaskana Kitchen.

Peter enjoys learning about and participating in local issues including through the Fairbanks Young Professionals Council. He is an animal lover and shares his home with two dogs, Zeppelin and Arlo, and a cat named Bug.

Welcome Andrew and Peter.

Military Appreciation and F-35 Day

With the exciting news that we are receiving two squadrons of F-35s in 2020, approximately $500 million in military construction before then and potentially 3,400 additional service men and women, it was cause for celebration. The City, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation partnered with Pioneer Park to organize the event.  It was held on August 20, 2016.  The Governor and our three mayors proclaimed August 20 as Military Appreciation and F-35 Day.  There was an impressive list of dignitaries supporting the event.  Governor Bill Walker, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, General Laurie Hummel (Alaska National Guard), Col David Mineau (Eielson Commander), Col Sean Williams (Ft. Wainwright Garrison Commander), State Senator John Coghill, Bob Delaney (Lockheed Martin), Mayor Karl Kassel, Mayor John Eberhart, Mayor Bryce Ward and Luke Hopkins (Former Mayor FNSB).  It was a great event with so much for the community:  the wooden F-35 built by Mayor Ward, a scavenger hunt, hot dogs, cake, prizes and giveaways.  It was a fantastic way to say thank you to the military, thank you to the community and unite all the positive excitement for what is to come.

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2016 Notice of Election


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City Council Audio – 08/22/2016

City Council Meeting – The following link contains the audio of the City Council Meeting that was held on August 22nd, 2016.
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Welcome Tom Borce, Risk Manager

The City’s new Risk Manager, Tom Borce, started last week.  Tom was born and raised in San Diego, California.  He moved to Fairbanks in 1983, where he met his wife, Kari.  Tom and Kari raised two children in Fairbanks.  Their son, Haakon, is married and has started a family of his own.   Their daughter, Tessa, was recently married and lives in Kenai.

Tom enjoys doing all things Alaskan – traveling the state, hunting, and fishing (most recently dip netting in the Kenai river) camping, berry picking, and cross country skiing.  At home, Kari likes to quilt and work in her garden.  Tom likes to play the guitar.

Tom has a health, safety, and environment background, including years of working in the construction industry, instructing HSE courses and field risk management on the North Slope.

Tom is excited to be part of the Mayor’s team and to be able to continue working and enhancing the safety culture that the City of Fairbanks has in place.

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