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Fairbanks Police Department

The Fairbanks City Council on Monday approved bonuses to help recruit and retain police officers and dispatchers.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Governing Board passed a budget Wednesday that would cut about 60 full-time positions and trim many programs. One board member who voted against the measure says the cuts go too far, and she says she'll push for a salary freeze to reduce the impact of the cuts.


UAF Gets $4 Million For Veterinary Medicine Facility

Jun 9, 2014

The University of Alaska Board of Regents agreed last week to fund a $4 million design project to repurpose an already existing building on the UAF campus by September, 2015 when the first students begin studies in a new veterinary medicine program. But, the new program is on a list of recommended budget cuts.

Last December, UAF signed an agreement with Colorado State University to establish a professional veterinary medicine program. Chancellor Brian Rogers says the industry calls for up to 20 new vets in Alaska each year, but that the new program will only train half as many. 

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board has approved a $281.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Board president Heidi Haas says the final package, passed at a special meeting last night, includes amendments restoring two school counselors, a district wide art teacher and part-time library assistants. Approval of the budget follows lobbying that yielded a boost in state and local support; increases District Chief Financial Officer Mike Fisher says have allowed restoration of earlier proposed staff reductions.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers and his eight member cabinet have their work cut out for them to trim the operating budget for next year. They’re looking at 12 to 14 million dollars in reductions expected to eliminate one hundred jobs. Cabinet member, UAF Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Pat Pitney says the University is responding to a legislatively imposed, UA system wide 5 percent personnel cut, a reduction she says is compounded by other factors.  

School Budget Woes

Feb 7, 2014
Dan Bross / KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Fairbanks district is planning for a major funding shortfall. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the district is anticipating cuts even if requested state and local funding increases come through.

UAF Cancels Popular Recycling Program

May 9, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK -  In June, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will discontinue its recycling program.  It’s a cost cutting measure, but it also comes in response to what the University sees as a lack of action by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Borough Assembly Wraps Up Budget Review

Apr 29, 2013
Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly spent 15 hours Saturday discussing the next fiscal year’s recommended budget.  It was the second and final session before a revised budget is presented to the public.