According to Alaska State Troopers a fire in the community of Two River/Pleasant Valley over the weekend has been determined to be an arson. Grange Hall on Grange Hall Road burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Saturday.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin was in Alaska on Saturday visiting Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base. He also flew over other military installations in the Interior as part of his tour. While at Eielson he gave a press conference.
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.
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.