Fairbanks North Star Borough

Quist is Newly Elected to Assembly

Oct 8, 2014

Fairbanks, AK - Voters elected Christopher Quist to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly Tuesday night.  Quist and opponent Larry Morris ran against each other for a seat vacated by Michael Dukes, whose term expires this month. Dukes has also relocated out of the Borough. Quist was intent on finding out how voters decided to cast their ballots for Proposition 2, which could shift the authority to regulate air quality to the borough Assembly, rather than the state.

Fairbanks, AK - The “NO’s” have a slim lead in the vote on a controversial Fairbanks air quality initiative.  A final tally whether voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have decided to extend a four-year ban on local regulation of area clean air standards won’t come out until next Tuesday.  According to Borough Clerk, Nancy Ashford-Bingham, local election officials still have to count 1638 question and absentee ballots following Tuesday’s municipal election.

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North Pole Branch Library staff closed their cramped 40-year-old building Tuesday and prepared to move the collection into a spacious new facility a few blocks away. The staff is hustling to get the job done in time to open the new facility on Nov. 1st.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has passed an ordinance appropriating funds to cover the cost of publishing pro and con statements on local ballot initiatives up for vote in the October 7th municipal election.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, debate about the ordinance during Thursday’s assembly meeting hit on concerns about spending, and how to fairly represent opposing sides.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough wants to set up a special area for companies to develop and test drone aircraft for the military.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the project would capitalize on recent year’s state laws aimed at helping woo the defense industry and spur economic development.

More than $7,000 worth of damage to brand new recreation equipment and landscaping at Tanana Lakes Recreation Area prompted Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Guy Sattley to ask fellow assembly members to approve $26,000 in additional of funding for the Parks and Recreation Department during the budgeting process this spring. 

"We have a tremendous investment out there, and it’s going to get heavier and heavier usage and we need to have folks out there in the night time to keep an eye on it, unfortunately," Sattley said. 

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has approved spending 250 thousand dollars to lobby for new military missions at local bases. The money will primarily be spent to advocate for placement of the Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jet at Eielson Air Force base, which has been identified as a top contending site.

School Budget Woes

Feb 7, 2014
Dan Bross / KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Fairbanks district is planning for a major funding shortfall. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the district is anticipating cuts even if requested state and local funding increases come through.

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Officials with Flint Hills Resources Alaska announced today that they will halt processing crude oil at the company’s North Pole refinery over the next few months and shut down the facility. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, company officials decided to shut down the refinery because of rising costs to run it and shrinking profit margins – and ongoing costs of cleaning up groundwater tainted by an industrial solvent that leaked from the refinery for years.

U.S. Army

City and borough government officials here in Alaska are a bit on edge about Congress’s failure to provide funding for the PILT program, which helps local governments with a lot of federal land in their areas. The program is especially critical to smaller communities like Delta Junction.