McCulloch noted that Superintendent Karen Gaborik is advocating with Interior legislators to raise the smoking and vaping age.
The assembly removed a project spending $500,000 on highway welcome signs and added a $1.5 million proposal for portable ice at the Carlson Center.
The city of North Pole is now taking bids for the construction of the Moose Creek Water Expansion, a project intended to address the issue of wells contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
Fairbanks also saw more snow and rainfall than usual, with a total precipitation of 1.83 inches, compared to the November normal of 0.67, and a total snowfall of 23.7 inches, compared to a normal of 13.2 inches.
“The board is still aggressively pursuing other means to reduce costs and increase efficiency, including consolidation of administrative functions across the system, clarification of roles and responsibilities between the BOR and the universities, and expedited academic program reviews at each of our universities in preparation for BOR decisions regarding program reduction, consolidation, and elimination,” the letter reads.
The return to Fairbanks of a man previously charged with sexually and physically assaulting a woman while holding her captive at a remote Interior Alaska cabin for five weeks has caused an uproar on local social media.
The patient reported having a cough that started early in November and then about two weeks later the patient developed more progressive symptoms. Initially the person was thought to have influenza but tested negative.
The projects are big and small, with proposals for new roofs, new restrooms, new park pavilions and new buildings, such as a $17 million animal shelter.
North Pole Mayor Mike Welch said he would be “a proponent to going to the online sales tax” as it would help make up for shortfalls in the community revenue sharing stream.
“What we do right now is we try to improve people’s lives through law and the legal system and the laws we put into place through the structure of government, but maybe I want to learn how to improve people’s lives in terms of health, not in terms of the legal system but in terms of genetics or science,” he said.
“So, we’ve had our blue blocks probably about five years now,” said Kalena Wright, membership and facilities coordinator with the museum. “We decided that it was time to get new blue blocks.”
The storm began on Tuesday and caused flights into Bettles to be canceled until Friday. A weather observer reported 30 inches had fallen as of Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
“I think the EPA is very, very focused on all the research,” Sullivan said. “They’re trying to get their arms around it. It’s a very significant problem — it’s a huge problem. Three years ago nobody was even talking about this. It went from not being talked about to being a huge area of focus, which I think is actually a positive.”
According to city Communications Director Teal Soden, the drones have mostly been used to reconstruct accident scenes. “It is a huge benefit in that it saves time and resources in the event that a serious traffic incident needs to be investigated,” she wrote.
The city’s tobacco excise tax is one of the few taxes not subjected to either of the two tax caps and does not require a public vote for the city to adjust it.
“Hammered it and shot up the other side far as I could. Still buried the machine a little. At least it was a nice day to shovel," Troy Williams of Cantwell wrote on his Facebook page.
On Jan. 10, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., released “Wastebook: PORKémon Go,” a list of 50 examples of what he deemed “questionable expenditures” by the U.S. government.