Fairbanks celebrates Arbor Day

An Arbor Day committee in Fairbanks planned to celebrate the event by planting 50 trees in honor of 50 years of Alaska Statehood.
Arbor Day was May 18.
The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee formed in 1983 and planted two birch trees at a transit station in downtown Fairbanks.
Twenty-six years later, the trees were leafing out in the warm spring sun.
Dick Farris says the Arbor Day committee as one of the best organizations he’s joined.
He says the meetings are short, there are no officers and trees get planted.
Spruce, birch and chokecherry are the most common trees planted by the group, which assists other organizations with obtaining and planting trees.
Soldotna Police Department gets top honor
The Soldotna Police Department is being recognized for being innovative.
The department is the winner of a 2009 Innovation in Information Technology Award for its Technology on Patrol project. The goal of the project was to enhance traffic enforcement efficiency by utilizing Smartphone technology while officers are on the job.
The Smartphone-based criminal justice technology has been employed effectively in several large cities in the lower 48 states. Soldotna’s effort was the first in Alaska.
The award will be presented to Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking May 18.