Friday 30, Sep 2016

UAF's 'Ally Week' Highlights Campus Equality For LGBTQ Community

This week is 'Ally Week' at the University of Fairbanks Alaska.
During this time, students and professors have had the opportunity to attend events to help educate them on what being an ally means.
These events have been scheduled by the Nanook Diversity & Action Center, and include presentations from guest speakers, with student discussion after the presentation ends.
The UAF campus is also decorated with diversity flags to promote equality.
The Gender and Sexuality club gave out equality ribbons and information sheets to students walking through campus.

Alaskan Drivers Urged To Prepare For Winter Conditions

With the month of October approaching and winter just around the corner, Fairbanks residents should consider getting their cars prepared for winter driving.
Winter in Alaska can bring harsh conditions that result in accidents, being stranded, or stuck in the snow.
Emergency equipment recommended for everyone's vehicles includes blankets, food, proper footwear, warm clothing, and a shovel for digging out your car in the snow.
Posted speed limits are for ideal conditions year round.

Former State Attorney General Signs Contract To Provide "Fiscal Advice" To State

Former Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards has signed another contract with the state, this time to provide legal advice on what's described as "fiscal and other related matters."
The contract began August first and ends December 31st.
Costs are not to exceed $10,000.
This contract is separate from one signed in July under which Richards is to provide oil and gas consultation.
That contract also runs through year's end and is for up to $50,000.
Richards resigned as Attorney General in June.

Barrow Man Arrested For Murder Of Step-Father

A 20-year-old man was arrested in Barrow last Thursday after he allegedly called dispatch and told them he just shot his step-father.
Robert John Clark is charged with second degree murder.
According to official documents, Clark called the North Slope Borough Dispatch September 22nd a little after 5 a.m.
Officers went to his home and found William Leavitt shot once in the chest, and Clark covered in blood.
Clark told officers multiple times he was assaulted by his step-dad and was in fear of his life.

Nenana Man Sentenced To 69 Years For Sexual Abuse Of Five Underage Girls

A 34-year-old man guilty of sexually abusing five girls, all under the age of 16, was sentenced today in Fairbanks Superior Court.
Kevin Talyat, of Nenana, will serve a 69 year prison term.
He was originally charged with ten counts of sexual abuse of a minor, but stuck a deal with state prosecutors in March and pleaded guilty to five counts.
According to court documents, the abuse occurred between 2009 and 2014 in Nenana.
Talyat abused five victims that were 12 to 20 years younger than him at the time.

Fort Wainwright Soldier Found Dead In Home, Foul Play Not Suspected

A U.S. Army Alaska soldier was found dead at his home on Fort Wainwright Tuesday afternoon.
The body of 40-year-old Army Sergeant Alexander Alcantara of Guam, was discovered by a family member. Foul play is not suspected.
Alcantara joined the Army in 2007. He completed training in Oklahoma, and had assignments at Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, before returning to Alaska in August.
The death is under investigation. Alcantara's next of kin have been notified of his death.

Interior Graphics And Printing Celebrate 70th Anniversary At New Location

Interior Graphics and Printing celebrated their 70th anniversary with an open house on Tuesday evening at their new location in downtown Fairbanks.
Interior Graphics and Printing relocated to the former Larson's Jewelers at 405 Noble Street.
The event also celebrated 'National Girls Who Print Day'.
The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce opened the new location with a ribbon cutting.
Michelle Maynor, the owner of the business, says more production will now be possible with the new space.

Kaltag Man Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Woman

A Kaltag man pleaded not guilty to several counts of sexual assault and burglary in Fairbanks Superior Court this afternoon.
43-year-old Calvin McGinty was represented by the Satterberg Law Office and participated telephonically for arraignment.
McGinty is charged with two counts of third degree sexual assault and burglary in the first degree.
According to court documents, McGinty is accused of touching a woman inappropriately over her clothes in Kaltag on June 22nd.
The woman was not aware, or was unable to consent to the contact at the time.