Friday 20, Jan 2017

Governor Walker Delivers State Of The State Address

Wednesday night, Governor Walker delivered his third state of the state address to the Alaska Legislature.

During his speech, Walker outlined a 5-step approach to addressing the epidemic of opioid use in Alaska.
Steps include limiting the amount of opioids a doctor can prescribe, as well as stepping up screening and enforcement measures to dissuade the influx of opioids into rural Alaska.

Walker says the ideas are based on the work of a task force, and that he plans to refine the plan with lawmakers, the medical community and the public.

Leaking Sprinkler Sets Off Chilly Evacuation Of Lathrop High School

Lathrop High School students had a short evacuation today during the chilly afternoon.

At approximately 12:45 this afternoon, students were evacuated over to the Ryan Middle School gym.
The evacuation was the result of a leaking sprinkler that set off the fire alarms.
The Fairbanks Fire Department responded, and the evacuation went smoothly, lasting only 45 minutes.

There were no injuries during the incident.

Dept. Of Fish & Game Says Japanese Tapeworm Found In Salmon Poses No Health Risk

You may have heard that Japanese tapeworms have been found within Alaska salmon.
Turns out, salmon living in Alaska have always had some type of tapeworm inside of them.

Chief Fish Pathologist at Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Ted Meyers, says that the recent discovery of the Japanese tapeworms poses no further risk than any other worm or parasite found in the fish.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker To Attend Inauguration Of President-Elect Trump

Alaska Governor Bill Walker plans to attend Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Walker is a Republican- turned- independent who did not publicly endorse a candidate for president.

Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says it is customary for governors to be invited to presidential inaugurations.

Walker told The Associated Press last month he was hopeful about having a good relationship with the Trump administration.
He says he was pleased with things he was hearing; for example, on resource development issues, which are important to Alaska.

Roe Vs. Wade Event Scheduled At Cushman St. Bridge On 44th Anniversary Of Ruling

The annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to the lowest level since 1974.

That's according to a survey released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

According to the report, there were 926 thousand 200 abortions in 2014, 12.5 percent fewer than the previous Guttmacher survey showed.

On January 22, 1973, abortion became legal across the US by a Supreme Court ruling in the case of 'Roe Versus Wade'.

Fairbanks Rescue Mission's Leadership Development Class Works Towards Bettering Individuals

The Fairbanks Rescue Mission is hosting a Leadership development class next week for anyone in the community that wants to become a better leader and team builder.

Rodney Gaskins is the Executive Director of the Rescue Mission, and has been leading this class for over 5 years.

He began teaching the program after testing it out on employees and volunteers at the Mission.
Gaskins says the curriculum brings everyone together for a common understanding of what leadership is.

EPA May Accept State's Proposal Of Reclassifying Interior Air Quality Ratings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to accept a state of Alaska plan for cleaning up the air in and around Fairbanks.

EPA Region 10 Air Office Director, Tim Hamlin, says the agency is recommending approval of the plan, even as it works to reclassify pollution violations in Fairbanks as serious rather than moderate.
Reclassification would require a new plan with stronger cleanup provisions.

Hamlin says federal law requires a decision on the current plan, but adds that more needs to be done for Fairbanks to attain clean air.

Fairbanks Teen Sentenced For Sexual Abuse Of 12-Year-Old Girl

A Fairbanks teen was sentenced to 5 years in prison today in Fairbanks Superior Court for abusing a 12 year old when he was 17.

19-year-old Dustin Dewberry was originally charged with 2 counts of first degree sexual abuse of a minor, but pleaded down to one count of 2nd degree sexual abuse.
Dewberry was tried as an adult because his charge was an unclassified felony.

According to court testimony, Dewberry and the victim were at a motocross event in 2014 when the incident happened.

Fairbanks Man Facing Sexual Abuse Of A Minor Under 16 Charges Pleads 'Not Guilty'

A 48-year-old Fairbanks man pleaded "not guilty" today in Fairbanks Superior Court for allegedly sexually abusing a minor under the age of 16.

Jimmy Eubanks Jr is charged with 5 counts of sex abuse of a minor, and 2 counts of sexual assault.

According to an online Trooper dispatch, three victims were identified during an investigation.

The earliest incident occurred in 2010, and the most recent in the summer of 2016.
Troopers believe additional victims may exist.

If anyone has any additional information, please contact the Troopers at 907-451-5100.