West Valley High School

Four Fairbanks-area high-schoolers got a chance to get down and dirty last month as part of a class that helps them learn how archeologists uncover the past. The students spent a week excavating artifacts at a dig near Quartz Lake as part of a University of Alaska Fairbanks program that gives young people hands-on experience with  science-,  technology-, engineering- and math-related activities.


Fairbanks high school students will walk out of classes on Friday afternoon in  a local observance of a nationwide event to mourn gun-violence victims and to call for changes in the nation’s gun laws and policies. The Gun Control Walkout is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. at all three high schools in Fairbanks.

The West Valley Drama Club brings to life Oscar Wilde's comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest" in front of a live studio audience. 

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Longtime environmental activist Brock Evans came to Fairbanks last week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Nearly 110 million acres of land in the United States, including 55 million in Alaska, have been withdrawn from development under the law. Evans also is promoting his latest campaign, which calls for America’s youth to assume leadership of the green movement. Evans learned that local youths are already tackling one of the Fairbanks area’s most pressing environmental issues.