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Miss Alaska and Miss Alaska Teen winners both from Fairbanks

Nov. 11, 2019 10:52 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks has been well represented in pageants this year as the newly crowned Miss Alaska USA 2020 and Miss Alaska Teen USA 2020 both hail from the city, officials said. Hannah Carlile accepted the Miss Alaska USA crown and Jadyn Fraser was awarded the Miss Alaska Teen USA crown...

Mandatory student meal plans opposed at Alaska university

Nov. 11, 2019 9:24 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A University of Alaska Fairbanks student has launched a protest campaign against the school's mandatory meal plans for undergraduates living on campus. Freshman Brennan Lippert, 19, said mandated meal plans are an extra financial burden for students who already pay high costs, The...

Alaska state officials expect to miss air pollution deadline

Nov. 9, 2019 4:53 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials need another 10 years to reduce air pollution by half in Fairbanks, but the deadline is Dec. 31, they said. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan proposed a bill offering new deadlines as early as December 2023 or as late as December 2028 to comply with smoke pollution standards,...

Missing hiker found dead in Chena River Recreation Area

Nov. 6, 2019 12:19 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 26-year-old Soldotna man reported missing on a hike Monday east of Fairbanks was found dead in a state recreation area. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports state park rangers on all-terrain vehicles found the body of Jarred Allen in the Chena River State Recreation Area....

Fairbanks teacher named best in Alaska in surprise ceremony

Nov. 2, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks teacher has been named 2020 Alaska Teacher of the Year, an honor revealed in a surprise ceremony at West Valley High School. Amy Gallaway walked into the West Valley gym on Oct. 25, where the school was told they'd be filming an assembly for another activity. Students...

UAF seeks to add esports to activities, curriculum

Oct. 31, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to incorporate competitive video gaming, known as esports, into student curriculum and activities. Citing student interest, the school intends to offer a business class next fall related to esports and find a space on campus where students...

Fairbanks odorant release leads to citizen 'gas leak' calls

Oct. 31, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An accidental release of smelly chemical caused multiple people to report a gas leak in downtown Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the chemical released Wednesday was mercaptan, a non-toxic odorant commonly added to propane and natural gas to give them a fragrance...

Closing arguments made in North Pole refinery pollution case

Oct. 30, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska judge will decide who is liable for the cleanup of a substance that leaked from a North Pole oil refinery and contaminated nearby water wells. Superior Court Judge Warren Matthews was considering a ruling after hearing closing arguments Tuesday at the trial focused on...

State to submit Fairbanks clean air plan by mid-December

Oct. 29, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state agency responsible for maintaining safe air for Alaskans has agreed to submit a cleanup plan for Fairbanks to federal regulators by mid-December. The state Department of Environmental Conservation will submit a cleanup plan to the federal Environmental Protection Agency...

Report finds no definitive reasons for Alaska post suicides

Oct. 29, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A study by a military behavioral health team has failed to pinpoint definitive reasons for soldier suicides at Fort Wainwright, but it found possible risk factors. A report obtained by KTVF-TV outlines steps taken by the team that responded to the post after U.S. Rep. Don Young...