Fairbanks North Star Borough

(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.

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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. 

Fairbanks, AK - Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards. A final tally of 1,638 question and absentee ballots following last week’s municipal election shows the initiative has lost by 356 votes. That means the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly now has the authority to regulate home heating devices and make decisions about area clean air standards. The local group Citizens for Clean Air campaigned heavily for Proposition 2 over the last few weeks.

Assembly Approves Legislative Wish List

Oct 10, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that outline Legislative priorities for the borough. Janice Golub is a member of the Assembly’s capitol projects committee that drafted the wish list. “A lot of them are maintenance projects, upgrades to facilities and that sort of thing," Golub siad.  "We really as a committee didn’t prioritize them or put them in any special order.”

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