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The last part of a detailed analysis of the Carlson Center in Fairbanks is done. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department hired a consulting firm, GreenPlay,  to examine how the big arena can be better managed. GreenPlay’s findings will be presented to the Borough Assembly’s Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday evening. But they conducted the study without ever setting foot in Fairbanks. 

The fate of the Carlson Center in Fairbanks will partly depend on the results of a survey that closes tomorrow night (Wednesday.) Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department is studying how best to manage the multi-purpose building.

Robyne / KUAC

The number of recorede positive COVID-19 cases in Fairbanks has declined.

The free COVID-19 testing center is open again today in the parking lot of the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. The drive-up testing tent is a collaboration between Alaska Public Health Nurses and the regional pharmacists from Fred Meyer. Alaska is processing about 10-thousand virus tests each week, but still cannot do enough.

Dan Bross / KUAC

The campaign to recall Governor Mike Dunleavy kicked off a 2 day signature gathering event yesterday (Sun) at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, it’s one of numerous events being held across the state, as the Recall Dunleavy group attempts to gather 71 thousand registered voter signatures required to get the recall question on a ballot.


Jun 18, 2019

Tim Ellis/KUAC

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel is again asking the public to help him figure out how to deal with the long backlog of deferred maintenance on borough facilities that are estimated to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The mayor demonstrated the challenge he’s facing by asking residents to consider which of the top 10 facilities most in need of maintenance should the borough pay to fix – and which should be shut down and demolished.


Four public buildings around Fairbanks will offer more electrical outlets in their parking lots next year to encourage customers to plug-in their engine-block heaters during cold snaps. The project is intended to help improve the area’s air quality.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Arctic Winter Games ended Saturday, a week after they began here in Fairbanks. Most of the 2,000 athletes that came here from circumpolar nations left that night, along with the 3,000-some staff, family, fans and others who came along for the show.

It was a stunning weeklong show of hundreds of competitive and cultural events that combined such games as hockey and basketball with traditional indigenous contests such as the high-kick and knuckle-hop.

Team Alaska’s athletes were the top medal-winners of the nine contingents that competed in the Games, winning190 medals total, 67 of which were gold. Team Yamal, from Russia, was second with 134 total, 55 gold; followed by Team Alberta North with 125 total, 42 gold.

Team Greenland won the Hodgson Trophy, which is awarded to the team that best demonstrates fair play and team spirit.

Tim Ellis/KUAC

The 2014 Arctic Winter Games officially got underway Sunday, with a gala opening ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd the Carlson Center. A full slate of competition -- and a weeklong array of cultural events -- begins today.