Public Service Announcements

Public Service Announcements

Public Service Announcements

State of Alaska DNR. Wildfire safety over Fourth of July weekend - July 1 through Sunday, July 5. July 4 is meant for celebrating our nation’s freedom, not fighting wildfires. The Alaska Division of Forestry asks you to be please be careful with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire this holiday weekend. Keep campfires small and make sure they are completely extinguished before leaving. Use fireworks responsibly and only in areas where it is legal to do so. Properly dispose of barbecue ashes and coals in metal containers. Please help us prevent human-caused wildfires this holiday weekend. Remember, you are responsible for any fire you start. Go to dnr.alaska.gov/burn for information on safe burning.

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Georgeson Botanical Garden open to visitors - July 2 Garden hours are 8 AM. to 8 PM daily. Visitors may enjoy the garden’s flowers, herbs and landscaped space. Because of coronavirus concerns, the University of Alaska Fairbanks garden isn't hosting public events or organized tours this year. Visitors are asked to wear masks and stay 6 feet away from people outside their household. Groups should be limited to 10 people or fewer.

Garden manager Katie DiCristina said many flowers are blooming, including geranium, day lilies and peonies, one of the garden highlights. The garden hosts more than 160 varieties of peonies in many colors, including white, pink, yellow and red. Most were planted as part of research and variety trials undertaken at the garden, beginning in 2001. Garden operations are largely supported by the community. There is no set admission fee, but donations are welcomed, either on-site or at www.georgesonbotanicalgarden.org/donate.

The garden's popular Music in the Garden series is a virtual experience this year. Concerts recorded at the garden air on KUAC-TV, Channel 9.4. (GCI Channel 6) Thursday nights at 7 p.m., except for July 2. Videos are also posted on YouTube and http://www.uaf.edu/summer/events/upcoming.php.

The garden is part of the Fairbanks Experiment Farm and is located at 2180 West Tanana Drive. For more information, call DiCristina at kmdicristina@alaska.edu or 907-474-6921.

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Alaska Housing Relief Funding Deadline is tomorrow June, 26, 2020. AlaskaHousingRelief.org is accepting applications until 11:59 PM Friday, June 26, 2020. Alaskans who lost income can apply for up to $1,200 in mortgage and rent relief - made possible through the federal CARES Act responding to COVID-19 hardship.

Alaskans are eligible for the program if they lost income due to COVID-19 and are at less than 80% of Area Median Income following their layoff or reduction in hours, and they are eligible to receive up to one month of rent or mortgage relief not to exceed $1,200 per household. Mortgage relief includes principal and interest only; rent relief excludes utilities. A total of $10 million was made available by Governor Dunleavy and the legislature for housing relief as a prevention measure to homelessness. The majority of users (69%) to AlaskaHousingRelief.org have submitted applications using their mobile phones based on referrals from social networking sites. It then takes only five minutes to complete an application online or they can do it by calling or texting RELIEF to (833) 440-0420.

Next week Alaska Housing plans to randomize all applicant names who will then be contacted for verification of loss of income and contact information for their mortgage servicer or landlord. Payment will be made directly to the mortgage servicer or landlord on behalf of the recipient in late July and August. The combination of funding available and program criteria will allow AHFC to serve between 8,000-12,000 households.. More Information and To Apply : AlaskaHousingRelief.org or call or text RELIEF to (833) 440-0420.

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UA Museum of the North - July 8 reopening planned. The University of Alaska Museum of the North will reopen to visitors on Wednesday, July 8, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.The museum will be open 10 AM. to 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday. Early entry dates will be available to museum members by reservation from June 29 - July 1.

To protect the health of visitors and staff, face coverings will be required at all times in the museum. Visitation will be limited to 2 hours to maintain a limited capacity, and visitors may be asked to wait before entering the building. There are also plans to build an online scheduling platform for the museum’s website in the future. A complete list of safety measures can be found at bit.ly/uamnhours.

The museum has been closed to the public since March 13, although staff have continued working to protect, study and share its collection. More than 2.5 million objects are in the museum’s collection, which focuses on the natural and cultural history of the North. For more information about the museum, visit www.uaf.edu/museum or call 907-474-7505.

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38th Annual Fairbanks Daily News Miner Midnight Sun 10K Run is happening as a virtual event. Virtual Run - Real Midnight Sun! You've got 4 special days, Friday June 19th through Monday, June 22nd to complete the 10K (6.2 mil) run. Pick your route, register and get your bib at midnightsunrun.net. Wear your costume and upload your costume photos to the website and be sure to upload your results to a link sent to you by the race platform. Happy Summer Solstice!

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2020 Midnight Sun Baseball Game - The game will go on! Starts Saturday, June 20 at 10 PM. The Alliance team will put on a game in place of the Goldpanners annual game, with teams made up of all-star players.

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Celebrate online with the Greater Fairbanks NAACP Unit 1001 - Join us Friday, June 19, from 7 - 8:00 PM for music, poetry, and words of liberation. The celebration continues on Saturday, June 20, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PMwith mini-workshops on staying healthy during Covid times, organizing ourselves for stronger community, and wisdom from our youth. Register in advance for this meeting on our Facebook page (NAACP of Fairbanks, Alaska) or at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlcOqpqzwoGtTiiO6yVd-IfZjxG-PJ6ZZ5 Email us if you'd like tech assistance ahead of time: fairbanks.juneteenth@gmail.com

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June is Men’s Health Awareness month - Fairbanks Urology is giving away FREE Masks to Fairbanks residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will send you a free mask by mail if you live in Interior Alaska. Please note that the quantities are limited and we will be sending masks out on a first- come-first-served basis. For more information visit https://www.fairbanksurology.com/free-mask-2

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Fairbanks Public Health Center - Immunizations save lives. Fairbanks public health nurses, with support from Fairbanks area Fire Departments and the JP Jones Center, are holding a series of outdoor childhood immunization clinics for children ages 2 months to 19 years through the summer. The next clinic is this Thursday, June 4th, at the University Fire Station 12 – 1950 South University Ave.from 11 AM to 3:00 PM. Come dressed for the outdoors, wear a cloth face covering and bring your child’s shot records. For more information call Fairbanks Public Health Center at 452-1776.

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UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning will present about 40 events throughout the summer. The series' events have been held at various UAF venues in previous years. This summer's lectures and concerts will be broadcast and available online at www.uaf.edu/summer/events/ due to campus restrictions.

  • The Healthy Living lecture series will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting on June 2. It will feature experts and specialists discussing medical issues.
  • The Discover Alaska lecture series will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting on June 3, providing a view of Alaska through the eyes of experts in their fields.
  • The Music in the Garden music series will be at 7 p.m. Thursdays starting on June 4. Filmed at UAF’s Georgeson Botanical Gardens, the concerts feature a variety of Alaska musicians.
  • The Down Memory Lane lecture series will be at 7 p.m. Mondays starting on June 8. Emeriti faculty will share memories and highlights from their careers at UAF. The series will be available only at www.uaf.edu/summer/events/.

For schedule updates and more information, go to www.uaf.edu/summer/events or call 907-474-7021.

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Virtual Summer Reading Program at the Noel Wien Library & North Pole Branch Library - Registration begins Tuesday, May 26 - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries invite local children and teens to participate in its 2020 Summer Reading Fun Program:  Dig Deeper – Read, Investigate, Discover!  The virtual summer reading program includes the fun of reading or listening to books, virtual weekly programs, bingo activities to get you reading, investigating and discovering, virtual displays for search-and-find fun, and a goodie bag of take home activities and crafts.  Children who complete the program will earn a free book.  Online registration begins on Tuesday, May 26th.

Call the Youth Services Department at the Noel Wien Library at 459-1052, or the North Pole Branch Library at 488-6101, for more information, or visit the library’s web page:  fnsblibrary.org.

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UAF plans online commencement ceremony on May 23 - The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host an online commencement ceremony on May 23 at 1 PM to honor the class of 2020. The ceremony will feature remarks by students, faculty and university leaders, along with a video honoring UAF’s newest graduates. The event will be streamed live on Facebook at https://bit.ly/2020UAFcommencement. A previously scheduled in-person ceremony at the Carlson Center on May 2 has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission and restrictions on large groups. For more information contact Jeff Richardson, 907-474-6284, jarichardson6@alaska.edu

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PRESS RELEASE – City of Fairbanks. CARES Act Relief Funds. DATE: May 20, 2020

On Monday, May 18th, the Fairbanks City Council voted unanimously to authorize the City of Fairbanks to receive approximately sixteen million dollars in Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the City through the Federal CARES Act.

After discussions with the City Finance Committee and the City Council, the City administration is moving forward with a plan to use the funds to cover direct City expenses related to the COVID19 pandemic and to distribute the money in the form of reimbursement grants to local businesses, organizations, and individuals that suffered losses due to COVID19. The City of Fairbanks has incurred direct expenses related to COVID19 that will require only a small portion of the funds that the City receives. The City plans to distribute the remaining funds as reimbursement grants, as well as cover the administrative costs of that distribution.

The City plans to partner with financial institutions and organizations to assist in the distribution of funds to small businesses and individuals. A request for proposal (RFP) for financial institutions and organizations that wish to participate will be issued on May 22nd, and it is expected that the City could receive funds by mid-June.

A committee has been formed to organize and review how funds are applied for and what guidelines need to be met to receive funds. More information on applying for relief funds will be available in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 has had a devastating economic impact on many businesses and individuals across Alaska, and it is a top priority of the City of Fairbanks to help those in Fairbanks that have suffered losses.

MEDIA CONTACT: Teal Soden, Communications Director, 907-687-9221, tsoden@fairbanks.us

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PRESS RELEASE – Governor Announces Phase Two of Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan. Wednesday, May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020 (Anchorage, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced plans for Phase Two of the State’s approach to reopening segments of the Alaskan economy in an effort to balance the ongoing need to slow the rate of the COVID-19 infection with the critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020, Phase Two of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan will take effect, allowing most non-essential businesses to reopen with safeguards. This will allow for the following:

  • 50% capacity for retail, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses outlined in Phase One. Walk-ins permitted.
  • 50% capacity, or up to 20 patrons, for personal care services. Reservations only.
  • 50 person capacity for social and religious gatherings.
  • 25% capacity for fitness centers. Walk-ins permitted.
  • 50% capacity for swimming pools. Walk-ins permitted.
  • 25% capacity for bars, libraries, and museums. Walk-ins permitted.

Additional guidance will be available on May 7, 2020 at https://covid19.alaska.gov/reopen/.

CARES Act Funds

Governor Dunleavy today called upon the Alaska Legislative Budget and Audit (LB&A) Committee to meet as soon as possible and approve the distribution of the pending $870 million CARES Act funds to Alaskan communities and businesses.

“CARES Act funding was approved several weeks ago by Congress. Right now, a large part of it is still waiting for approval from the legislature – the LB&A Committee. We were hoping that today we’d be able to report that LB&A met and approved approximately $568 million for municipal relief, $290 million for small business relief, $100 million for fisheries relief, $10 million for homeless prevention, $49 million for FAA grants to rural airports, and $3 million for transportation operations. Unfortunately, these funds are still awaiting approval by the legislature,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “As we’ve said before, we need this money in the hands of these entities now. We’re asking that the LB&A Committee to join with Senator Giessel and Representative Pruitt, and other members of the Legislature, in their effort to move quickly on this so these entities can begin mitigating the economic impacts of the virus.”

Background

On March 26th, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act. President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27th. On April 21st, upon receiving the funds from the U.S. Treasury, the Dunleavy administration submitted an initial distribution plan to the LB&A Committee for consideration. On May 1st, following meetings with lawmakers, community leaders, and federal partners, the Dunleavy Administration submitted a revised distribution plan to the LB&A Committee, requesting expedited action.

The Governor’s COVID-19 Health Mandates can be found here.

For the latest information on Alaska’s response to COVID-19, please visit https://covid19.alaska.gov/

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NEWS RELEASE: State of Alaska - Dept. of Natural Resources Reminder: Permitted burning now suspended due to COVID-19. Released May 4, 2020. The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) reminds Alaskans that burn permits have been suspended as of midnight Thursday throughout most of the state, to reduce risk of human-caused wildfires. Division officials are concerned the global COVID-19 pandemic will limit the number of wildland firefighting crews it could import this summer to help fight Alaska fires, many of which are originally ignited by human action, even permitted activity.

“It just bears repeating that even the smallest fires carry the potential to blow up into big fires, and with the pandemic we just can’t be sure we’ll have anywhere near the help in fighting fires in Alaska that we did last year,” said Division Director Chris Maisch.

The suspension bans the use of burn barrels, the burning of debris piles, and any other outdoor burning activity authorized under previously issued permits. Any person or business found to be violating this burn permit suspension order may be issued a citation to pay a fine or appear in court.

This statewide burn permit suspension will not include cooking, warming or signaling fires that are less than three feet in diameter with flame lengths no more than two feet high. It also will not include commercially manufactured outdoor cooking and heating devices with built-in open flame safety devices. It also does not apply to the city of Cordova and points south, as the generally moist climate in Southeast Alaska puts it at less risk than other parts of the state.

Given the potential effects of COVID-19 on the upcoming fire season, Alaska’s wildland fire suppression agencies need the public’s help more than ever to keep firefighters and communities safe, Maisch said. Alaskans must do everything possible to prevent wildland fires, limit the spread of COVID-19, and protect firefighters and the public. The suspension of burn permits will help firefighting agencies mitigate some of the significant challenges they’re likely to face this summer, including:

  • An anticipated lack of firefighting resources available from the Lower 48 as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine requirements
  • The risk of exposing firefighters to higher risks of contracting and spreading COVID-19 when responding to human-caused nuisance fires
  • Limited firefighting resources available to respond to higher-priority wildland fires which may place lives, property and infrastructure in imminent danger

The Division of Forestry will re-evaluate the burn suspension on a regular basis to determine if and when it is safe to rescind it. CONTACT: Tim Mowry, Division of Forestry wildland fire public information officer, (907) 356-5512, tim.mowry@alaska.gov

STAY CONNECTED:

DNR Newsroom: http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/dnr_newsroom.htm

DNR on Social Media: http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/social_media.htm

DNR Public Information Center: http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/pic/

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Diabetes Management Series Scheduled - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free six-week diabetes self-management program that begins May 5. The distance-delivered classes will meet Tuesdays at two separate times, from 1:30 - 4 PM or 5:30 - 8 PM, through June 9. Topics include controlling blood sugar levels, meal planning, exercise, communicating with health care professionals and other issues faced by individuals managing diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association endorses the program. Participants are asked to preregister to get materials and a Zoom link beforehand. To RSVP, contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-242-6138 or laschallcross@alaska.edu or Melissa Clampitt at 907-745-3551 or mrclampitt@alaska.edu.

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NEWS RELEASE: State of Alaska - Dept. of Natural Resources: Posted 4-23-20. Public asked to avoid travel on State Forest roads during breakup. (Fairbanks, AK) – Due to saturated soils during spring breakup, the Alaska Division of Forestry is asking the public not to drive on select Tanana Valley State Forest roads in the Fairbanks area from April 23 to May 22. Affected logging roads include Cache Creek, Nenana Ridge, Rosie Creek, Skinnys, Bonanza, Standard Creek, Two Rivers and Mosquito Creek. If roads dry out quicker than anticipated or breakup persists longer than expected, the division will adjust the dates accordingly and notify the public. The silt-based roads in the Fairbanks area are extremely soft and muddy at this time of year. Traffic during these conditions creates ruts, which channel runoff and cause roads to wash out, making them impassable and resulting in long-term damage. If roads are severely damaged by traffic and/or runoff, they require costly repair and it takes longer to make them accessible to the public. The division asks for the public’s cooperation to prevent damage and provide access to these roads as soon as possible. For more information about which roads are impacted or for updated information on road conditions, call the Division of Forestry at 451-2602.

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Juneau Cooperative Extension offers FREE distance-delivered food classes - Juneau Cooperative Extension agent Sarah Lewis will offer free distance-delivered food business and food preservation classes this spring. Participants from any location may register at www.uaf.edu/ces/juneau to receive a Zoom link. Upcoming classes will meet on Saturdays. They include:

  • Starting a Cottage Foods Business in Alaska, 2-3:30 p.m. April 25
  • Canning Dry Beans, 11 AM - 12:30 PM May 9
  • All About the Basil: Preserving Herbs, 11 AM - 12:30 PM May 30
  • Canning Wild Berries, 11 AM - 2 PM June 13

Lewis is a family and community development agent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, Debbie Carter, 907-474-5406 dscarter@alaska.edu Sarah Lewis at sarah.lewis@alaska.edu.

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NEWS RELEASE: BLM Alaska Fire Service - Burning Operations Planned on Donnelly Training Area to Reduce Wildfire Threat Near Delta Junction April 22, 2020. FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Starting as early as Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) to reduce the likelihood of a large wildfire on military training lands this summer. The areas identified for the prescribed burning are east of the Delta River three to 15 miles south of Delta Junction and west of the Delta River about 15 miles southwest of Delta Junction. The prescribed burning may continue through May 31, as weather conditions allow.

Prescribed burns are fires that are intentionally set under controlled conditions to remove dry and dead grass and lower the risk of wildfires that could impact nearby communities. Removing the hazardous vegetation in the spring under more moderate conditions allows for the greatest degree of control and the lowest risk for negative impacts, such as smoke.

Taking these preventative measures now decreases the fire risk around military training targets used during the summer when conditions are hotter, the surrounding woods are dry and more receptive to burning, and firefighting resources may be limited. Fires will be ignited only when favorable weather conditions are present and forecasted. An approved burn plan is in place that includes authorization from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) Division of Air Quality.

Smoke may be visible during burning operations from Delta Junction, the Richardson Highway, the Alaska Highway, and from within the Donnelly Training Area. The BLM AFS and USARAK are working with ADEC and the National Weather Service to monitor smoke conditions and to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal air quality regulations. There are also procedures in place to halt ignitions if conditions become unfavorable. Trained personnel will monitor the prescribed fire areas until the fires are out.

In addressing this priority work, all agencies will limit COVID-19 and other health and safety risks to firefighters and the public using established Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local guidelines, and prescribed fire procedures. This includes potential smoke effects on people.

For more information contact Fire Information at (907) 356-5510 or the Upper Yukon-Tanana Dispatch Center at (907) 356-5554.

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NEW Fairbanks Area Citizens Corps website https://www.fairbanksacc.org/ Learn more about the various ways you can Donate, Volunteer, Make Masks, or Make Requests to Support Health Care Facilities, Organizations, Neighbors and Friends - Working Together to Make a Difference in Our Community. A partnership between the Fairbanks Area Citizens Corps and the Interior Alaska Unified Command for COVID-19. Call center phone number is 459-7474 and is staffed from 9 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week.

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Calypso Farm & Ecology Center - Annual Plant Sale: Monday, April 13 to Monday May 18th. Pre-orders for Calypso Farm’s annual Plant Sale are now available!! Order your organically-grown vegetable, herb, and flower starts and pick them up at the end of May when they’ll be ready to be transplanted into your home garden! This year’s Plant Sale will be 100% pre-order only and pick-ups will be organized in a way that adheres to social distancing and maximizes safety. Up to a 50% discount on plant starts is available to community members who have been hit hardest by COVID-19. Pre-order your plants today at: CALYPSOFARM.ORG or call 907 - 451-0691

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Nenana Ice Classic has extended Deadline to Midnight, April 10, 2020 to turn in your ice classic guess tickets. Due to the Coronavirus and people not wanting to venture into stores & other establishments, the Nenana Ice Classic is accepting guesses through the mail, and to fill out tickets for anyone wanting to participate in the 2020 event. You can mail your guesses & money ($2.50 per guess) to our office. Log on to Nenana AK Ice Classic for complete details or call 907-832-5446.

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Pesticide training scheduled for April 14-16: The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer certified pesticide applicator training April 14-16 by distance delivery. The training is for individuals who wish to become a certified pesticide applicator or to maintain current state certification. It will take place online by Zoom webinar from 9 AM to 5 PM. The fee is $75. Registration at http://bit.ly/PestInvasive is recommended by April 13. Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the online materials and required math beforehand. Post-training exams are not being scheduled at this time due to COVID-19 concerns. For more information, contact Delta Extension agent Phil Kaspari at pnkaspari@alaska.edu or Katie Rubin at cerubin@alaska.edu. CONTACT: Debbie Carter, 907-474-5406, dscarter@alaska.edu

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse in our community. According to the current national statistics, 1 in 6 children will experience child abuse before the age of 18. RCPC is encouraging everyone to join us online at https://www.facebook.com/rcpcfairbanks.org/ and participate in our virtual activities to promote child abuse awareness. If you see or suspect child abuse or neglect:call: 1-800-478-4444 or email: ReportChildAbuse@alaska.gov

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RCPC Parenting Hotline: In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic and thanks to the support of Kinross Fort Knox, the Resource Center for Parents & Children wishes to announce the following new service: PARENTING HOTLINE This project was developed by the RCPC staff to serve our community during this time of crisis and uncertainty. The line will be open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM., 7 days a week. Staff operators are available to share resources, information, parenting ideas and help with family problem solving. PARENTING HOTLINE (907) 456-9099

For more information about the Parenting Hotline please contact Scooter Welch at (907) 456-9007 -jwelch@rcpcfairbanks.org, Nadia Riley at (907) 347-2444 – nriley@rcpcfairbanks.org or Lori Markkanenat (907) 374-2850 - lmarkkanen@rcpcfairbanks.org

The Resource Center for Parents & Children (RCPC) is a non-profit organization in Fairbanks, Alaska focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. We help guardians with evidence-based parenting skills in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Our current programs include: WIC, Breastfeeding Peer Counseling, Family Education and Reunification, Counseling Services and a Child Advocacy Center.

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The Out of the Darkness Walk scheduled for April 25th is being transitioned into a virtual/online event. The Fairbanks Walk is still happening virtually, you can continue to raise awareness & funds while asking others to join you as a Virtual Walker. For more information phone 978 -9870 or email sunshine_chick34@hotmail.com or visit the Out of the Darkness Virtual Fairbanks Walk HERE

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reminds you to care for your mental health in the face of uncertainty:

  1. Focus on what is in your control, versus what is not
  2. Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
  3. Remind yourself to stay in the present.
  4. Stay connected with others. 

You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Be sure to check out the NEW website: Mental Health & Covid-19

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FNSB Transportation Announces Restart of Scheduled VAN TRAN Service - Updated March 25, 2020

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Transportation Department will resume scheduled Van Tran Service, beginning Thursday, March 26, 2020. Borough Transit will provide a modified demand response service to the Fairbanks community. This service will be for medical and grocery trips only and will be available to all members of the public within Van Tran’s normal boundary service area. This service will be provided on a “first come, first serve” basis with preference given to currently eligible Van Tran patrons. The operation hours for this modified demand response service will be Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Please call a minimum of one day in advance to schedule your ride. If you have questions or would like to schedule a ride, confirm location pick up or check on same day ride availability, please call Van Tran Customer Service at 907- 459 -1010. Pick up locations must be within normal Van Tran boundaries which are within ¾ mile of a regular MACS Transit stop.

Contact: Lanien Livingston ~ Borough PIO ~ Phone 907-459-1304 ~ Email: Lanien.livingston@fnsb.us

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Homeless Housing Update - COVID -19

MEMO from Teal Soden - Communications Director - City of Fairbanks

There has been a lot of concern about whether individuals experiencing homelessness in Fairbanks have adequate housing during the Covid -19 outbreak. While some communities in Alaska have had to relocate their homeless shelters, Fairbanks is fortunate to have the largest emergency shelters in the state. All three of our emergency shelters have quarantine and social distancing capabilities. The City of Fairbanks Homeless Housing Coordinator, Mike Sanders, continues to work closely with service providers to make sure that services continue for this vulnerable population. Please see recent agency updates from Fairbanks Rescue Mission - IACNVL - Fairbanks Youth Advocates - TCC Sobering Center - Stone Soup Cafe - No Limits Warming Center - Restore Inc - Salvation Army - Love Inc - and TCC Housing First at https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?u=c89189d9488cfae4211947663&id=eed68b3b7b

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FREE Breakfast & Lunches for ALL children who attend a Fairbanks North Star Borough District School.Meals are available Monday – Friday for children only and distributed out of a yellow school bus.Please bring a bag or box for easy transport. For more information visit:https://www.k12northstar.org/Page/9281 See schools and times below:

BREAKFAST 9 AM to 11 AM at the following schools: Anne Wien Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High, Barnette Magnet, Denali Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Joy Elementary, Midnight Sun Elementary, Nordale Elementary, North Pole Elementary, North Pole Middle, Pearl Creek Elementary, Salcha Elementary, Star of the North, Tanana Middle, Ticasuk Brown Elementary, Two Rivers K-8, University Park Elementary, Watershed Charter, Weller Elementary West Valley High, Woodriver Elementary,

LUNCH 11:30 AM to 1 PM at the following schools: Boreal Sun Charter, Fox General Store, Ester Post Office, Hilltop Truck Stop, Jennifer Pullout, Jillian Square, Lakeview Terrace Office, Laree’s (10 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road), McPeak’s, Monroe Catholic School, Moose Creek Bus Barn, Pleasant Valley Store, Rosie Creek Pullout, Salcha Store, Sourdough on Farmer’s Loop, Vallata, Yak Estates

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Crowley Fuel Update - As a result of new community directives related to Covid-19 in Alaska and as a precautionary measure for the safety of our employees and customers, Crowley terminal lobbies will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23. We are happy to continue serving by phone for all payment and service needs. Lobby closures will not impact fuel deliveries to our customers.We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide Crowley Fuels updates as they become available.

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Co-op Market Grocery & Deli - Starting Monday, shopping hour exclusively for 60+ and medically vulnerable community. We are also temporarily shortening our store hours to focus on intensive sanitization, in addition to our already stepped-up cleaning. New hours: Monday - Saturday 8 to 9 AM. – Reserved for seniors and people who are medically vulnerable ~ 9 AM to 1 PM – Open to the general public ~ 1 to 3 PM. – Closed for midday cleaning and restocking ~ 3 to 8 PM – Open to general public. Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM (no change) We will close the store to the public next Tuesday, for one day only, for cleaning and restocking. We hope this is a good schedule, but if necessary, we may change it again, due to customer demand and product supply.

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Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving issues and recommendations related to coronavirus and our community’s mitigation strategies. At this time, we are following the advice given via health mandate from the State of Alaska: Encouraging individuals that are sick with a respiratory illness to stay home ~ Using audio/video conferencing for meetings ~ Practicing physical distancing strategies that include maintaining a 6-foot separation from others and postponing or canceling large gatherings. At this time, the Fairbanks Chamber staff is available through email, phone, and our website. Please call us at 452-1105 or email us at info@fairbankschamber.org if you have any questions. You can also visit our staff directory online to reach any of us directly.

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