Wednesday 07, Dec 2016

Fairbanks, North Pole And Borough Reps Join State Legislators To Discuss 2017 Budgets, Priorities

Last night, state legislators met with representatives of The Fairbanks North Star Borough, the City of Fairbanks, and the City of North Pole.
Some of the issues brought to the discussion by The Fairbanks North Star Borough concerned programmatic funding, which includes enhancing the home heating appliance exchange program, as well as the Residential Heating Conversion Loan Program.
Some of the Legislative Priorities were Removing Marijuana from the Schedule of controlled substances, PERS budget pressures on Borough taxpayers, and amending the public record act.

Mike Kelly, Former State Representative, Dies In Plane Crash Outside Of Fairbanks

Former Alaska legislator, Mike Kelly, has been confirmed dead of a small airplane crash outside of Fairbanks on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Fairbanks Flight Service reported a downed aircraft at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, 17 miles Southeast of Fairbanks.
A military helicopter was flying in the area when Kelly's plane went down just inside of Fort Wainwright property.
The airplane's emergency beacon was activated, and military personnel responded, confirming that Kelly was deceased.

Chad Zurlo Sentenced To 40 Years For Murder Of Steven Corcoran

Wednesday afternoon in Fairbanks Superior Court, 39-year-old Chad Zurlo was sentenced for his involvement in the murder of Steven Corcoran.
Zurlo was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 10 years suspended.
Court documents say Zurlo and Corcoran got into an argument and during that fight, Zurlo shot Corcoran in the face with a black semi-automatic hand gun. Zurlo reportedly waited in the driveway of the home, located at 330 Gold Claim Avenue, for authorities to arrive where he admitted to shooting the man in his face.

'Alaska Small Business Development Center' Announces Seed Grants For Entrepreneurs

The Alaska Small Business Development Center is teaming up with organizations around the area to award Innovators.
The Alaska Seed Fund plans to award a total of $50,000 to innovators and entrepreneurs for the development of prototypes in Alaska.
The grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 Seed Grant to help them in their innovation process.
Several Other Applicants will receive Kickstart Grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000.
Several Collaborators in this project are supporters of technology development, business growth, and economic diversification.

UAF Announces Search For New Chancellor

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced today that the university will launch a search early next year seeking a permanent Chancellor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
While the search will be national in scope, Johnsen says the preferred candidate will have Alaska-related experience.
A search committee is currently being formed, and the chancellor position will be posted on the university's job site, as well as advertised in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and the Chronicle of Higher Education in early January.

Hutchison Students Take Change They Want To See Into Their Own Hands With Anti-Bullying Program

A group of students at Hutchison High School recently put together an anti-bullying program.
"Students For Change" is a student-led program that got started nearly three weeks ago. Speaking at a school assembly today, President of the group, Michelle Kougl, spoke about bringing to the school, awareness about bullying that can be found in classrooms, hallways, and even on social media.
News 13's David Spindler has more in this report.

Defense Argues Victim's Statements Inconsistent In Jose Galindo Trial Closing Arguments

Closing arguments this morning in the trial of Jose Galindo, who is accused of raping a woman and fleeing from police back in November of 2013.
The 46-year-old is charged with First Degree Sexual Assault and Criminal Trespassing.
Charging documents allege that Galindo and the woman went to his apartment to listen to music; it was there that Galindo is said to have assaulted her.
When she called police, he fled the apartment, leaving a trail in the snow, and was eventually apprehended.