With Golden Days celebrations right around the corner, we spoke with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce to learn a little more about the event, and how recent history has changed the festivities offered by the celebration this year.
On Thursday, Fort Wainwright welcomed a new commander to the post. Colonel Nate Surrey took the title of U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Commander from the previous commander Colonel Chris Ruga during a change of command ceremony. Ruga had served as the commander for two years prior to Surrey taking the position.
The Fairbanks Airport Police and Fire Department has a new chief. Roger Stevener took over as chief earlier this month after serving as the deputy chief since 2018. He has been with the department since 2008.
Sockeye salmon catches in Bristol Bay have been off the charts this season. In the Nushagak District, it’s going to be their second largest run and harvest according to Tim Sands, an area management biologist for commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay.
Motivated by police killings and protests against police brutality across the state and country in the summer of 2020, an Anchorage lawmaker sponsored a legislation package aimed at improving public safety policy in Alaska.