City of Fairbanks

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Fairbanks will pilot a new approach to mental health crisis response. Funding from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced this week will build a local program based on a model known as “Crisis Now” to supplement or replace law enforcement and EMS response to mental health crisis. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

April Monroe

There was a hearing this morning (Wednesday) in the Fairbanks Four federal civil rights case against the City of Fairbanks. The Native men who came to be known as the Fairbanks Four: George Freese, Marvin Roberts, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent were convicted and imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of 15-year-old John Hartman on a city street, but evidence presented during a 2015 hearing pointed to another group of local young men actually being responsible for the crime.

April Monroe / Courtesy of Free The Fairbanks Four blog

The United State Supreme Court today (March 8) declined to get involved in the case of the four Fairbanks men suing the city. They say the City of Fairbanks for wrongfully imprisoned them for 18 years for a murder they did not commit.


City of Fairbanks

Meeting last night (Mon), the Fairbanks city council put off voting on the Mayor’s choice for police chief. Mayor Jim Matherly forwarded Fairbanks Police Lieutenant Ron Dupee’s name to the council for confirmation earlier this month. During public comments at last night’s meeting, there was a lot of support for Lt Dupee, but also criticism of a candidate review process employed by the mayor. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

There’s concern about the process City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly used to review applicants vying to be the city’s next police chief. During a city council meeting last night, there were public comments critical of a process that screened out some applicants prior to the interview stage. Mayor Matherly explained a step in the process, in which Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer and consultant Greg Russel screened applications.  

Courtesy Fairbanks Police Department

Last night the Fairbanks City Council honored outgoing members Jerry Cleworth and David Pruhs, and swore in new members Lonny Marney and Jim Clark.

The City is also trying to hire a new Chief of Police, after the resignation of Nancy Reeder in August. Citizens came to the meeting to ask for a diverse hiring committee.


Mask Up to Keep Economy Open - Matherly

Jun 30, 2020
City of Fairbanks

City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly wants people to wear masks when out in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Robyne / KUAC

Helping homeless people get resources they need is the goal of Project Homeless Connect. It is a day-long resource fair this Wednesday at the J.P. Jones Center in south Fairbanks. Project Homeless Connect will be at the J.P. Jones Community Development Centre on 24th Avenue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You do not have to be homeless to attend.

Dan / KUAC

A federal civil suit filed against the city of Fairbanks by the Fairbanks Four is back in play. On Wednesday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district court judge’s dismissal of the case. KUAC's Dan Bross reports.

Lawsuit Seeks Change

Dec 23, 2019
Eyre family

December 24th marks 2 years since a Fairbanks man was fatally shot by local police and Alaska State Troopers, and the deceased man’s family recently filed a wrongful death suit against the city, the state, and the officers involved. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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