Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Donations sought for children's winter clothing drive

July 16, 2015

Donations of children’s winter clothing are sought as part of a winter gear drive for young  Fairbanks children.

The clothing drive is co-hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks 4-H Military  Partnerships and the Fairbanks Families/Best Beginnings programs.  4-H agent Candi Dierenfield said the goal is to help Fairbanks-area children stay safe and  warm while being physically active outside during the cold winters.

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Wildfire defensible space workshop offered

July 13, 2015

A workshop about creating wildfire defensible space around homes will be offered July 16  at the North Pole Fire Department.

The free public workshop will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the University  of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, the Alaska Division of Forestry and the  fire department.

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Exchange program seeks host families

July 10, 2015

The Alaska 4-H Exchange Program is seeking host families for Japanese students  participating in a four-week summer exchange.

Twenty-one Japanese students, ages 12 to 18, will be in Alaska from July 25 to Aug. 23.  Four host families are sought in the Fairbanks, Healy and Delta Junction areas as well as three  families in Southcentral communities on the road system. Families with host siblings of the  same gender and age range are preferred.

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Food safety training offered July 29

July 9, 2015

A certified food protection manager training will be offered July 29 in Fairbanks and Palmer  and by videoconference in Sitka, Juneau and Valdez.

The food safety workshop, which is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks  Cooperative Extension Service, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. State regulations require that  all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure  compliance with food safety regulations.

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Lemonade day workshops offered in Fairbanks

May 21, 2015

Young entrepreneurs who plan to participate in Alaska Lemonade Day on June 13 may  attend free how-to workshops in Fairbanks and North Pole.

The financial literacy workshops will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m. May 28 at the Boys and  Girls Club in the Fairbanks City Hall building and from 3 to 5 p.m. June 2 at the North Pole Fire  Department annex.

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SNRE to promote two UAF faculty

May 19, 2015

The School of Natural Resources and Extension has promoted two professors. Dave  Valentine has been named director of academic programs, and Milan Shipka will become  director of research and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

The half-time administrative appointments are effective July 1. The university created the  positions following the announced departure of Interim Dean and Director Stephen Sparrow,  who will retire June 30. Both positions will report to Fred Schlutt, the vice provost for outreach  and Extension.

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