Latest Fairbanks News

Springing into action to keep fresh Fox water free

Oct. 12, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

FOX, Alaska (AP) — On Tuesday afternoon, over the course of an hour, over a dozen individuals stopped by Fox Spring with jugs, water bottles and, in the case of one man, a repurposed glass liquor bottle, to collect fresh drinking water free of charge. "This place has been important to a lot of people for a...

University president responds to no-confidence resolution

Oct. 11, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen released a video acknowledging his role in what he calls a breakdown in unity across the university system. Johnsen issued the video statement Wednesday in the wake of a University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Senate no-confidence...

Man fined $5,000 for dumping car in Fairbanks salmon river

Oct. 11, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 29-year-old man convicted of dumping a car into the Chena River south of Fairbanks has been fined $5,000 and placed on probation for three years. Mario Bruce pleaded guilty Oct. 3 to a misdemeanor counts of polluting and harming a salmon stream. Prosecutors dropped two other...

Trial opens over chemical contamination of Alaska well water

Oct. 9, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska and two companies have gone to trial to determine who will be held responsible for water contamination in the community of North Pole. Opening arguments began Monday concerning the spill of the chemical sulfolane, which seeped into wells near the North Pole...

Jury delivers 8 guilty verdicts in Alaska teen murder trial

Oct. 9, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska jury has returned multiple guilty verdicts against one of four teenagers who was charged with beating and fatally shooting another boy, news reports said. A jury in Fairbanks found 19-year-old Bradley Renfro guilty of eight counts Tuesday related to the November 2016...

Man dies in Fairbanks expressway rollover crash

Oct. 8, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 35-year-old driver died in a rollover crash on the east side of Fairbanks. Fairbanks police say Adam Toenies died Monday morning. Police shortly before 9:30 a.m. took calls that a vehicle had rolled on the Johansen Expressway near College Road. Fairbanks firefighters found...

Alaska regents delay considering consolidation plan

Oct. 7, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has voted to delay consideration of consolidation into a single accredited university until one of its institutions can secure accreditation in 2021. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports it was a step back from what some considered to be...

Pickup driver dies in head-on crash in construction zone

Oct. 7, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A pickup driver died in a head-on collision with a dump truck at a road construction site north of Fairbanks. The driver died at Mile 6 Elliott Highway. The name and gender of the pickup driver were not immediately released. Alaska State Troopers say both trucks were working on...

Alaska school district seeks study of state testing accuracy

Oct. 7, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District requested an analysis of the accuracy of statewide student testing that produced lower than expected results, officials said. The board's request follows the release of results for the yearly Performance Evaluation for Alaska's...

State Education Department launches online school data tool

Oct. 1, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Education has launched a tool aimed at allowing families to use their home computers to assess data about public schools. The name of the tool is The Compass: A Guide to Alaska's Public Schools, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported . A primary goal was...