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Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly decided Monday to delay a plan to demolish the Mary Siah Recreation Center, proposed by Mayor Karl Kassel. Assembly members instead approved a measure that keeps the popular but aging rec center operating – if it passes engineering tests to be conducted over the next month.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

About a hundred people packed the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly chambers Thursday to declare they don’t want the borough to demolish the Mary Siah Recreation Center. They told Assembly members to reject Mayor Karl Kassel’s proposal to knock down the 68-year-old structure and they said the borough should instead fix it up and keep it operating.

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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel on Thursday unveiled his recommended budget for the next fiscal year. He told Assembly members during a Finance Committee meeting that he’s tried to hold operating expenses to last year’s level and to keep property taxes just under the tax-revenue cap. And he says the budget also includes funding to begin catching up on a long list of deferred maintenance around the borough.

Tim Rains / National Park Service

The state has issued an emergency order halting the killing of wolves along the northeastern boundary of Denali National Park. The order implemented in the Stampede Road area follows the trapping of Park Service collared wolves there this season. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it’s the latest action in a battle over wolves also valued by wildlife viewers.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Fairbanks North Star Borough officials announced Monday they’re planning to close the Mary Siah Recreation Center and demolish the 67-year-old structure this summer. It’s the first of several projects borough officials will be announcing in the coming weeks in an effort to catch up on an estimated $400 million backlog of deferred maintenance on more than 200 borough facilities.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education on Wednesday narrowly approved the administration’s recommended $232 million budget for next school year. That’s 3.3 percent or about $8 million lower than this year’s budget, mainly due to anticipated cuts in both borough and state funding and a slight drop in enrollment. It would require the district to increase class sizes and cut nearly 50 jobs, and sharply cut back on sports and other activities – unless the Assembly and Legislature come through with more funding.

Streepers Go 1-2 At ONAC

Mar 19, 2018
Dan Bross / KUAC

Buddy Streeper won the GCI Open North American Championship in Fairbanks yesterday (Sun). It was the British Columbia based musher’s 5th win in the 3 day sprint sled dog race, and Streeper’s wife Lina placed second. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Streepers were successful despite barely making it to Fairbanks in time for the start.

ONAC On Track

Mar 15, 2018
Dan Bross / KUAC

Twenty two mushers are signed up to compete in the Open North American Championship in Fairbanks this weekend. It’s the 73rd running of the sprint race, and as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, its again attracting a mix of top racers and mushers drawn for the experience.

Dan Bross / KUAC

US Interior Department Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt met with department employees in Fairbanks yesterday (Weds), as part of a 3 stop Alaska visit. The afternoon session at the Noel Wien (WEEN) Library was closed to the media and public, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, people gathered outside to advocate for protection of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Updated: A state Department of Environmental Conservation report issued Tuesday night  says an Army tanker truck that crashed Sunday near Harding Lake leaked 800 gallons of fuel within about 50 feet of a slough that leads into the Tanana River.