A court decision settling the estate of the late Bill Stroecker will help a $25 million foundation become fully operational in Alaska, eventually providing more than $1.2 million a year to 50 groups or more, 36 of them in Fairbanks.
The Fairbanks area will miss a federal deadline by four years and will need until 2019 to clean up its polluted air, according to a proposed state air quality plan released Monday, a day on which wood smoke in the North Pole area created "unhealthy" air quality conditions. Dermot Cole
The state-backed plan for a 200-mile road to a mining prospect in northern Alaska sparked intense debate among dozens of tribal and village leaders who questioned the potential impact on their way of life. Dermot Cole