Fairbanks North Star Borough

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Fairbanks North Star Borough residents are going to have to find ways to burn less and cleaner to bring the community into compliance with federal air quality regulations. That’s the message from Environmental Protection Agency representatives in town this week to discuss chronic wintertime fine particulate pollution in some Fairbanks and North Pole neighborhoods. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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Fairbanks Growden Park is getting a face lift. The home of the Alaska Goldpanners baseball team, and the annual Midnight Sun Game, has fallen into disrepair in recent years. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Goldpanners have teamed with the Fairbanks North Star Borough to fix it up the stadium.

(Fairbanks, Ak.) Some people who swim at the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Tanana Lakes Recreation Area develop an itchy rash. The red welts known as “Swimmer’s Itch” are the result of a tiny parasite, carried by water fowl and snails that latch onto human skin. Borough Parks Superintendent John Haas links the numerous cases of “Swimmers Itch” reported by Tanana Lakes swimmers this summer, to the weather.

Fairbanks North Star Borough

Fairbanks area governments are working to develop a marijuana business licensing program.   Commercial marijuana becomes legal in Alaska next spring, and a local working group is preparing for growing, processing and retail operations in the Fairbanks-North Pole area.


Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says even though state officials on Tuesday lifted a ban on the sale of fireworks in much of Alaska, they won’t be sold here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and their use remains illegal.

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Local leaders are welcoming news that the Air Force plans to keep 21 F-16 jets and more than 1,500 military and civilian jobs at Eielson Air Force Base. The Air Force had considered moving them to accommodate the proposed stationing of 2 F-35 squadrons at the base.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly passed a sweeping air-quality ordinance Thursday night that supporters hope will finally begin to clean up Fairbanks’s wintertime air pollution. Most members agreed the ordinance isn’t perfect, but that it’s a good start.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly got to work Thursday night fine-tuning an ordinance that spells out how the borough’s new air-quality regulations would be enforced. Assembly members tried to balance the need to enforce the regs and reduce air pollution against the need to get the public to go along with them. And to give a break to people who can’t afford to upgrade their heating system.

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly heard comments from citizens who were concerned about an ordinance that outlines local regulation of air quality.

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly is tasked with advancing an ordinance during their regular meeting Thursday that amends current borough code to allow for local regulation of air quality.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says he expects plenty of public testimony during the Citizens’ comments portion of the meeting even though the ordinance won’t be up for public hearing for another two weeks.