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DNA helps nab Fairbanks robbery suspect - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Chris Freiberg FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers used DNA evidence to track down a suspect in a credit union robbery from last year. Jonathan W. Millington-Walton, 26, of Fairbanks, is accused of robbing the Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union on...
Man loses appeal in Fairbanks-area murder - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Amanda Bohman FAIRBANKS — A 24-year-old who killed, then cut up a man while under the influence of methamphetamine lost an appeal of his 82-year prison sentence. The Alaska Court of Appeals upheld Jason Fisher's punishment on Wednesday,...
Ice Offense Still Frozen in Loss to Fairbanks - Berthoud Recorder
But considering that the Colorado Ice and Fairbanks Grizzlies sit in the middle of the pack in the Intense Conference's Pacific Division there'sa realistic possibility that these two teams might see each other in the first round of the postseason....
Deaths of Fairbanks business partners likely suicides, police say - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Chris Freiberg FAIRBANKS — The owners of a local mortgage company were found dead of apparent suicides within hours of each other Thursday night, leaving those who knew them wondering if a bad economy and hard-hit mortgage industry were too much for...
Fairbanks youth orchestras to close season with spring concert - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Glenn BurnSilver Zachary Spontak and Taylor Frey, co-concertmasters in the Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, rehearse for Sunday's spring concert. Editor's note: This story originally stated the concert to be on Sunday; it is on Saturday, May 16....
JDHS visits trio of Fairbanks schools - Juneau Empire
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team heads to Fairbanks today for a 5:30 pm kickoff against North Pole that opens a three-game road stand. The Crimson Bears (5-2-2 overall, 2-0 Southeast Conference) will also take on both West Valley and...
City Hall Insider: Mincing no words - Arizona Republic
16, 2009 07:00 AM In an open letter to Frank Fairbanks, Phoenix City Council candidate Jon Garrido said he would fire the veteran city manager for his bungled handling of a dispute between two council members. Garrido, a businessman who hopes to unseat...
Intoxicated Fairbanks mom puts 7-year-old behind wheel of the car - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Chris Freiberg FAIRBANKS -- An intoxicated Fairbanks woman let her 7-year-old son drive her car as she was passed out next to him, according to Alaska State Troopers. Karen K. Koch, 37, of Fairbanks, was charged with reckless endangerment and...
Fairbanks Arts Association calls for entries for film festival - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Erica Goff FAIRBANKS — Seth Schwartz started his new position as Fairbanks Arts Association program director just as the winning films of the 2008 Fairbanks Film Festival were being screened. He was amazed at what he saw, he said, and is looking...
Water recedes in Tanana from Yukon River flooding - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
State emergency management officials said it was too soon to assess damage in the village about 130 miles west of Fairbanks. However, between 25 to 30 homes were reported to have water in them, with some reports putting the water depth at between 3...

University of Alaska Fairbanks


The University of Alaska Fairbanks, located in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska System, and is abbreviated as Alaska or UAF. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, as well as participating in the sun-grant program through Oregon State University. It is also the site where the Alaska Constitution was signed in 1956. UAF was established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, first opening for classes in 1922.

UAF is home to seven major research units: the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; the Geophysical Institute, which operates the Poker Flat Research Range; the International Arctic Research Center; the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center; the Institute of Arctic Biology; the Institute of Marine Science; and the Institute of Northern Engineering. Located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Fairbanks campus's unique location is situated favorably for Arctic and northern research. The campus's several lines of research are renowned worldwide, most notably in Arctic biology, Arctic engineering, geophysics, supercomputing, and aboriginal studies. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is also on the Fairbanks campus.

In addition to the Fairbanks campus, UAF encompasses seven rural and urban campuses: Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham; Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue; Interior-Aleutians Campus, which covers both the Aleutian Islands and the Interior; Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel; Northwest Campus in Nome; and the Tanana Valley Campus in Fairbanks, UAF's community college arm. Fairbanks is also the home of the UAF Center for Distance Education, an independent learning and distance delivery program.

In fall 2006, UAF enrolled 9,681 students, of which 59 percent were female and 41 percent male; 89 percent were undergraduates and 11 percent graduate students.

The University of Alaska was established in 1917 as a college, but its origins lie in the creation in 1906 of a federal agricultural experiment station in Fairbanks, the sixth in Alaska. The station set the tone for the university that developed later, which is strongly research-oriented. In 1915, the U.S. Congress approved funds to establish a school of higher education and transferred land from the station for the purpose. The federal land grant was accepted by Territorial Governor John Strong in 1917. That year, on a bluff above the Chena River, a cornerstone for the college was laid by Territorial Delegate James Wickersham. The site became known as College Hill. Charles E. Bunnell was appointed the university's first president, serving for 27 years. The new institution was established as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines in 1922, offering 16 classes to a student body of six (at a ratio of one faculty member per student). In 1923 the first commencement produced one graduate, John Sexton Shanly.

In 1931, the rest of the Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station was transferred to the college, and the Alaska Territorial Legislature changed the name in 1935 to the University of Alaska. As the university began to expand throughout the state, the Fairbanks campus became known as the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1975; the two other primary UA institutions are the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

The Alaska Constitutional Convention was held on the university campus in November 1955.

Students can choose from more than 160 degrees and 20 certificates in more than 100 disciplines.

University of Alaska Fairbanks sports teams are the Alaska Nanooks, derived from the Inupiaq "nanuq." Though often known as UAF within the state, the university prefers to be called simply "Alaska" for athletics purposes. The school colors are blue and gold. Alaska Nanooks compete at the NCAA Division I level for hockey as a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The Nanooks play their home games at the 4,500 seat Carlson Center located in downtown Fairbanks. Alaska Nanooks also have a Division I rifle team which has won ten NCAA National Rifle Championships (1994, 1999-2004, 2006-2008). The men's and women's basketball, cross country running and skiing, and women's volleyball teams are Division II members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, while the women's swim team is a member of the Pacific Coast Conference. Partly due to its isolation from the lower 48 and lack of dome, Alaska does not currently have a football program, as is true for all three branches of the University of Alaska.

There are several book publishers at UAF, including the University of Alaska Press, the Alaska Native Language Center, Alaska Sea Grant, the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Cooperative Extension Service, and the Alaska Native Knowledge Network. The University of Alaska Foundation also publishes books.

Magazines include Agroborealis, a twice-annual produced by the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences; Challenges in Science and Engineering, an annual produced by the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center; Ice Box, the UAF student literary magazine; and Permafrost, the UAF English department's literary magazine. The alumni magazine, a quarterly, is the Alumnus.

The student newspaper is the Sun Star, formed after a merger of the Polar Star, an independent student paper, and the Northern Sun, the journalism department's student newspaper.

The university hosts a Fine Arts complex, one room of which is named after long-time local chorister Eva McGown. The art department has a gallery, the UAF Art Gallery, which is used for student art shows, BFA and MFA thesis shows, and (occasionally) combined faculty shows. The complex includes two theatres, the Charles W. Davis Concert Hall and the Lee Salisbury Theatre. UAF offers an extensive Native Arts program, directed by Alvin Amason.

As well as art, UAF offers MFA degrees in music and creative writing. The creative writing program is run by the English Department, and offers courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and dramatic writing. Currently, faculty include Gerri Brightwell (fiction), Derick Burleson (poetry), David Crouse (fiction), Len Kamerling(film/dramatic writing), and Amber Flora Thomas (poetry).

Former Alaska governor Jay S. Hammond (graduated 1949) was an alumnus of UAF. The campus has a strong scientific research leaning, and many of its alumni have earned distinction for their achievements: Syun-Ichi Akasofu (1961), geophysicist; T. Neil Davis (1955), hockey player Curtis Fraser, geophysicist and author; William R. Cashen (1932); Margaret Murie (1924). Sydney Chapman also taught at the university, serving as a professor of geophysics and advisory director of the university's Geophysical Institute from 1951 until his death in 1970.

The Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks or ASUAF is the representative group for the students attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Each student enrolled in three or more credit-hours pays a $35 fee to ASUAF, which lobbies the university administration and occasionally the state Legislature.

Students elect a president, vice-president, and up to 20 senators to the student government. The president and vice-president are elected in the spring for one year terms. They oversee five directors. The organizing director holds major ASUAF events. The government relations director is responsible for relations between ASUAF and local, state, and federal governments. The director of Tanana Valley Campus relations coordinates ASUAF actions at TVC, while the recycling director coordinates the association's recycling program. An information services director manages ASUAF's computer-related services.

The senate has 20 senate seats, not always filled. Ten are elected the fall semester, and 10 more in the spring. They serve one year terms. The senate appoints a senate chair at the beginning of the academic year.

Although recognized as the official student governing body at UAF, ASUAF elections typically draw about 5 percent voter turnout, low when compared to local and state elections. The elections also draw their share of controversy. In 1995, a ballot box turned up a month after the election, uncounted, in police custody; a recount resulted in new senators being inducted, and then-President Joe Hayes nearly was impeached.

An electronic system was set-up for the fall 2002 elections, which officials at the time said would cut down on election problems. At the time, officials said that since students could vote in the privacy of their rooms, it would be impossible to enforce electioneering claims. Consequently, rules regarding electioneering were done away with.

But in April 2004, incumbent President Thom Walker brought forward electioneering claims after his opponent, Brandon Maitlen, won the election by 43 votes. Walker claimed Maitlen had bribed voters with hamburgers during an election day barbecue and had blared music and occasionally his voice too close to polls. An oversight board dismissed the bribery charge, but agreed the sound system unduly influenced voters. The board called for a new election, but Maitlen contested, charging the board with impropriety. A new board was formed, but it did no good – the board disqualified Maitlen, making Walker the winner.

Recent elections have been quieter affairs. In the spring 2005 presidential elections, turnout increased 1.2 percent to 379 voters, or about 6 percent of the eligible student population.

Student fee funds for UAF's student-run media, the Sun Star newspaper and the KSUA radio station, are funneled through ASUAF. Both of these organizations are funded by a percentage of the $35 student fee collected by the association, and are managed wholly by students at UAF. Besides funding, though, they are operated independent of the student government.

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Fairbanks International Airport


Fairbanks International Airport diagram. US FAA image.

Fairbanks International Airport (IATA: FAI, ICAO: PAFA, FAA LID: FAI) is a state-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Fairbanks, a city in the Fairbanks North Star Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.

The airport serves many cargo airlines as a convenient refueling stop for some aircraft on trans-polar routes. FAI is served by a limited number of passenger airlines. Era Aviation and Alaska Airlines serve the airport year-round, while Northwest Airlines serve FAI during the summer. Fairbanks is the smallest city in the United States with non-stop service to Europe, as Condor Airlines offers weekly flights to Frankfurt during the summer tourist season.

Currently, a terminal renovation/expansion project is beginning to unfold due to the steady increase in yearly passenger counts. At the conclusion of the renovation project, the terminal will have six jet-bridges (up from the current five) and a more modern terminal.

For the 12-month period ending August 28, 1996, the airport had 133,267 aircraft operations, an average of 365 per day: 68% general aviation, 18% air taxi, 12% scheduled commercial and 2% military. There are 482 aircraft based at this airport: 89% single engine, 9% multi-engine and 2% helicopters.

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the northwestern United States, comprising the northern regions of the state of Alaska. It is led by a prelate bishop which serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the City of Fairbanks. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Anchorage.

The See of Fairbanks was established as the Prefecture Apostolic of Alaska on July 27, 1894. It was elevated to an apostolic vicariate on December 22, 1916. The Diocese of Juneau was carved out of the apostolic vicariate on June 23, 1951. On August 8, 1962, the apostolic vicariate was elevated to a diocese.

The first seven bishops of Fairbanks were missionaries of the Society of Jesus. On June 7, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed Donald Joseph Kettler as the first non-Jesuit bishop of Fairbanks.

In February 2008, the diocese announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming inability to pay the 140 plaintiffs who filed claims against the diocese for alleged sexual abuse by priests or church workers dating from the 1950s to the early 1980s.

The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, was named as a co-defendant in the case, and settled for $50 million. The Diocese, which reports an operating budget of approximately $6 million, claims one of the diocese’s insurance carriers failed to "participate meaningfully".

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Charles W. Fairbanks

Charles W. Fairbanks

Charles Warren Fairbanks (May 11, 1852 – June 4, 1918) was a Senator from Indiana and the 26th Vice President of the United States.

Born in a log cabin near Unionville Center, Ohio, Fairbanks's ancestry traced back to Puritan followers of Oliver Cromwell, with Jonathan Fayerbankes the first family member to reach America in 1632. The son of a wagon-maker, Fairbanks in his youth saw his family's home used as a hiding place for runaway slaves. After attending country schools and working on a farm, Fairbanks attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he graduated in 1872. While there, Fairbanks was co-editor of the school newspaper with Cornelia Cole, whom he married after both graduated from the school.

Fairbanks's first position was as an agent of the Associated Press in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reporting on political rallies for Horace Greeley during the 1872 presidential election. Fairbanks then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he briefly attended law school before his admittance to the Ohio bar in 1874. He then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, the same year.

During his early years in Indiana, Fairbanks was paid $5,000 a year as manager for the bankrupt Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railroad. With the assistance of his uncle, Charles W. Smith, whose connections had helped him obtain the position, Fairbanks was able to become a railroad financier, and served as counsel for millionaire Jay Gould.

Prior to the 1888 Republican Convention, federal judge Walter Q. Gresham sought Fairbanks's help in seeking the nomination for U.S. President. While the bid was ultimately unsuccessful, Fairbanks began to take an even greater interest in politics, falling short in a campaign for the United States Senate in 1893.

He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1896, after having delivered the keynote address during the convention that nominated William McKinley for President.

During his eight years in the U.S. Senate, Fairbanks served as a key adviser to McKinley during the Spanish-American War and was also the Chairman of the Committee on Immigration and the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. In 1898, Fairbanks was appointed a member of the United States and British Joint High Commission which met in Quebec City for the adjustment of Canadian questions, including the boundary dispute about Alaska.

He was elected Vice President of the United States in 1904 on the Republican ticket with Theodore Roosevelt and served all four years. Roosevelt (who chose to not seek reelection) supported William Howard Taft as his potential successor in 1908, sending Fairbanks back to the practice of law.

In 1916, Fairbanks was in charge of establishing the platform for the Republican party. In 1916, he sought the Republican presidential nomination, and although he failed in that bid, he did win the nomination for vice president under Charles Evans Hughes on June 10. Five months later, Hughes and Fairbanks lost a close election to the Democratic incumbents Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Marshall.

Fairbanks once again resumed the practice of law in Indianapolis, but his health started to fail in the year prior to his death. He was interred in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The city of Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough it lies within are named after him.

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Source : Wikipedia