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AIR QUALITY IN FLAMES

A highly-debated ban on wood boilers went up in smoke, solidly rejected by just under 60 percent of local voters.

YES 6,869 -- NO 10,010

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Voters back school projects

Ryan Middle School and several other disctrict facilities will receive a face lift through passage of a $20.3 million package of construction bonds. Area voters approved both Fairbanks school bond measures on the October 2011 ballot.

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Stove upgrades paying off

The borough already uses woodstove upgrades and other programs to reduce pollution in areas of Fairbanks known to have the worst air quality.

“Around 200 people have already taken advantage of the wood-stove reimbursement exchange,” said Luke Hopkins, mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. "Many more applications have been received awaiting approval.”
An ordinance adopted this August, established requirements to help diminish fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) concentrations in areas that exceeded the allowable limit when first measured in 2008. The ordinance begins “No person shall install or allow the installation, within the nonattainment area, of a solid fuel burning appliance.”

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Dukes reclaims his seat

dukesrightMichael Dukes retained his Borough Assembly seat three more years.

 “It will be business as usual”, Dukes said when he arrived at the borough building holding a 6 percent voting margin over Van Lawrence.

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FNSB Election Results

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Official Results

Borough

Air Quality

No

60 percent

Yes

40 percent

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Assembly Seat D

Michael Dukes

53 percent

Van Lawrence

47 percent

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Assembly Seat E

Guy Sattley

33 percent

Ed King

22 percent

Aaron Bennett

17 percent

Leslie McFarlane

14 percent

John Kohler, Jr.

11 percent

Michael Palembas

2 percent

Write-in Votes

1 percent

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Assembly Seat H

John Davies

53 percent

Joe Blanchard II

25 percent

Joshua Bennett

21 percent

City

Police Station

Yes

75 percent

No

25 percent

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Fairbanks City

Council Seat E

Lloyd Hilling

52 percent

Mike Walleri

36 percent

David B. Lerman

11 percent

Write-in Votes

1 percent

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Fairbanks City

Council Seat F

John Eberhart

76 percent

Tim Sovde

23 percent

Write-in Votes

1 percent

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 North Pole City Council

Derrick N. Nelson

79 percent

Write-in Votes

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Utility Loan

Yes

77 percent

No

23 percent

North Pole

Utility Loan

Yes

77 percent

No

23 percent

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 North Pole City Council

Derrick N. Nelson

79 percent

Write-in Votes

21 percent

SCHOOLS

Ryan School Bonds

YES

59 percent

No

41 percent

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District Projects

Yes

61 percent

No

39 percent

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School Board Seat E

John Thies

95 percent

Write-in Votes

5 percent

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School Board Seat F

Sean Rice

96 percent

Write-in Votes

4 percent

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School Board Seat G

Sharon McConnell

62 percent

Ryan Smith

36 percent

Write-in Votes

2 percent