Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Superintendent of Schools Pete Lewis should be fired because he “exhibited a total failure of leadership leading up to the sexual abuse of a student on school property," the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board said Monday night in a unanimous decision.

As it took the first step toward removing Lewis, the board also released information that a 34-year-old high school tutor arrested in March, Claude Fowlkes III, had been in trouble for years because of his dealings with students and that serious allegations had been given short shrift by district managers. The board said the district mishandled the investigations...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Superintendent of Schools Pete Lewis should be fired because he "exhibited a total failure of leadership leading up to the sexual abuse of a student on school property," the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board said Monday night in a unanimous decision.

As it took the first step toward removing Lewis, the board also released information that a 34-year-old high school tutor arrested in March, Claude Fowlkes III, had been in trouble for years because of his dealings with students and that serious allegations had been given short shrift by district managers. The board said the district mishandled the investigations...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- A steady, muffled drumbeat sounded as the Seattle Police Pipes and Drums opened a memorial ceremony for two Alaska State Troopers killed in the line of duty May 1 in Tanana.

Approximately 4,000 people from across the state gathered in the Carlson Center Saturday afternoon to honor Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich, who were slain while responding to a dispute in the Yukon River village.

Col. James Cockrell, director of the Alaska State Troopers, asked the audience not to focus on the selfish and cowardly act that took their lives, but on the way in which two brave and dedicated men served Alaska and their families.

“Focus on the vibrant lives that they lived,” he said...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- A steady, muffled drumbeat sounded as the Seattle Police Pipes and Drums opened a memorial ceremony for two Alaska State Troopers killed in the line of duty May 1 in Tanana.

Approximately 4,000 people from across the state gathered in the Carlson Center Saturday afternoon to honor Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich, who were slain while responding to a dispute in the Yukon River village.

Col. James Cockrell , director of the Alaska State Troopers, asked the audience not to focus on the selfish and cowardly act that took their lives, but on the way in which two brave and dedicated men served Alaska and their families.

“Focus on the vibrant lives that they lived,” he said.

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Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The Flint Hills Refinery in North Pole has started its shutdown procedures and has stopped producing gasoline.

The refinery intends to halt production of jet and diesel fuel by May 24, which will end its refining operations. It will become a fuel terminal, supplied by tank cars on the Alaska Railroad.

The closure is to be followed by months of a decommissioning process intended to keep the complex piping systems on the complex in good condition, said Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook. If a buyer is found, the refinery could go back into operation...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- The Flint Hills Refinery in North Pole has started its shutdown procedures and has stopped producing gasoline.

The refinery intends to halt production of jet and diesel fuel by May 24, which will end its refining operations. It will become a fuel terminal, supplied by tank cars on the Alaska Railroad.

The closure is to be followed by months of a decommissioning process intended to keep the complex piping systems on the complex in good condition, said Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook. If a buyer is found, the refinery could go back into operation...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- While the dream of wearing a badge pops into the mind of many a young person, Gabe Rich began talking it up as a 3-year-old -- and never stopped.

“I have nothing against the police, but I could never figure out why he was so drawn to it,” said Dave Rich, his father. “I mean, he was born to be a policeman.”

Patty Rich, his mother, noticed Gabe's enthusiasm as well. You can see it in the family photo that shows Gabe at age 3 or 4 on a visit to Sayre, Penn., playing in the front seat of a police car while holding a police baton and wearing a policeman’s hat.

An appreciation of the role of police in society even found its way into his childhood dramas...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- While the dream of wearing a badge pops into the mind of many a young person, Gabe Rich began talking it up as a 3-year-old -- and never stopped.

"I have nothing against the police, but I could never figure out why he was so drawn to it," said Dave Rich, his father. "I mean, he was born to be a policeman."

Patty Rich, his mother, noticed Gabe's enthusiasm as well. You can see it in the family photo that shows Gabe at age 3 or 4 on a visit to Sayre, Penn., playing in the front seat of a police car while holding a police baton and wearing a policeman's hat.

An appreciation of the role of police in society even found its way into his childhood dramas...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Day and night, they stand watch at the Fairbanks Funeral Home in honor of Gabe Rich and Scott Johnson of the Alaska State Troopers.

A volunteer vigil of law enforcement officers from departments and jurisdictions across Alaska began this somber duty last weekend after the slain troopers were returned to Fairbanks.

The round-the-clock tribute by fellow officers will continue until a memorial service here Saturday afternoon at the largest venue in town, the Carlson Center...

Dermot Cole

FAIRBANKS -- Day and night, they stand watch at the Fairbanks Funeral Home in honor of Gabe Rich and Scott Johnson of the Alaska State Troopers.

A volunteer vigil of law enforcement officers from departments and jurisdictions across Alaska began this somber duty last weekend after the slain troopers were returned to Fairbanks.

The round-the-clock tribute by fellow officers will continue until a memorial service here Saturday afternoon at the largest venue in town, the Carlson Center...

Dermot Cole

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