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An initiative to extend a ban on local efforts to curb air pollution from wood smoke failed, opening the door for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to consider local control measures as it works with the state to reduce pollution levels.

Dermot Cole
The attorney general’s office says the downtown Fairbanks steam heat utility has demonstrated it deserves a 70 percent rate increase, largely because rates haven’t changed in decades. Dermot Cole
An initiative extending a ban on local efforts to curb air pollution from wood smoke drew a divided vote in Fairbanks on Tuesday, the latest step in a long-running fight over how to respond to pollution levels that exceed health standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.Dermot Cole
It takes a big discovery to turn a 118-year-old map recently acquired by the University of Alaska Fairbanks into a current event. But an announcement by the Canadian prime minister Wednesday did just that. Dermot Cole
Hundreds of homes and businesses on the west side of Fairbanks were without power for a time Thursday afternoon after power lines fell onto the Parks Highway.Megan Edge
A dispute over 911 phone services between the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Alaska Communications Systems is headed back to state court after a ruling by a federal judge Friday. Dermot Cole
The new gleaming spires reaching skyward near the banks of the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks remind some of ice crystals, while others say the shapes are reminiscent of quartz crystals or the imagined architecture of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.Dermot Cole
Alaska Communications Systems is “endangering the health and safety” of thousands of Fairbanks residents by failing to provide updated phone numbers for the city's 911 system, the Fairbanks North Star Borough alleges in a lawsuit.Dermot Cole
Flint Hills Resources agreed to pay an $80,000 civil penalty for mishandling groundwater filters in a case that led to two dumpster fires at its North Pole refinery in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday. Alaska Dispatch News
Seismologists say a moderate earthquake struck the Alaska Interior about 4:36 p.m. Monday, centered about 40 miles northwest of Fairbanks and felt in several communities. No damage or injuries were reported.Associated Press