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August 18, 2009

bulletWe are in the process of separating the Ranch Motel from this site. It will be set up at TheRanchMotel.com, but the two sites will still have many links in common. The change is due to excessive calls to the Ranch about the website - the staff does not have time to answer questions about the site, only about the motel. So by separating the two, perhaps the questions about Fairbanks and the website will go to the right place, which would be thewebmaster at fairbanks-alaska.com instead of to the Ranch staff. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience while we make this change.

June 14, 2007

bulletWe have had little time to record our changes here in the last 5 years, but the newest merits mention. Because of heavy traffic, we have had to move our site to a server with greater bandwidth. To help pay for this, we have begun to offer paid links and pages, but are keeping the price very low, as we are not trying to make money, just pay the maintenance on the site. We will continue to offer free updates to non-profits, like churches, but will be charging $5 a YEAR for approved links to businesses, on the appropriate page of the site. If you would like a whole page dedicated to your business, we can do that too. Just email us (email at bottom of page) and tell us what you have in mind. For more details and prices, see our FAQ page. We do have a few restrictions. For example, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and motels are not eligible. We also reserve the right to refuse or remove pages or links to businesses we do not feel represent Fairbanks in the best light. In the future, we may gradually remove unpaid pages and links.

October 21, 2002

bulletWe have just added a lot of restaurants to our restaurant page, including many that are located downtown. We do not have a lot to say about some of them; when we get a chance, we will add more. We have coded them for whether there is a chance of enjoying some music there, and a star indicates a downtown location.
bulletAt the suggestion of a visitor, we have updated our page on car rentals, deleting one that went out of business and adding quite a few new ones. All phone numbers have been corrected with the newest phone book, with the assumption made that it is accurate!
bulletSeveral of our museum pages have been updated as well, as their hours of operation have changed.

June 8, 2002

bulletWe have been trying to update our many event calendars. Also updated were our page on the Tanana Valley Fair as well as the schedule for Golden Days. More to come! Please note, when looking at event calendars, dates highlighted in yellow - these are old dates kept just so you would know what might be happening - they just have not told us the exact dates for this year yet.

May 4, 2002

bulletNot everyone is satisfied with the way Golden Days is run. We have put up a recent "letter to the Editor" on the topic. We also added an article that appeared in the local newspaper, on the oil pipeline controversy.
bulletOur Alaska News Sources page has been updated.

April 5, 2002

bulletWe finally got a schedule for Golden Days in July. The date was set, everyone planned trips to be here then, and then the Chamber of Commerce had second thoughts and changed the dates! We will not bother those with NetMind again, but there will be some more changes and updates soon, so check back.

March 21, 2002

bulletWe have added a page on the Tanana Chief, a fairly new attraction, but one that promises to be a major addition. It is a sternwheeler like the Riverboat Discovery, but you have a choice. You can go on a sightseeing only cruise, or enjoy a full meal at the same time - breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
bulletWe also updated the education page with the Spring schedule of community interest courses.

Friday, February 8, 2002

bulletWe have made some minor corrections to pages since September. We are particularly happy to note more and more people contacting us directly about updates to their information, especially on the church page.
bulletWe have added to our page on the Dalton Highway, and updated a lot of the event calendars. Around the first week in March, we expect to be busy updating a lot more for our spring visitors.
bulletWe just added a link on our home page to Working Guidebook, the beginnings of a page of links for those who want to explore farther. Right now, most of them are not annotated, but often the link explains itself.
bulletLast, but not least, we updated our new community class page with the late winter classes.

Friday, September 7, 2001

bulletIn the last two months we have added three new pages. Two more on the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (one on the history of the events, and one describing the different events). Sorry, no photos yet. These pages are linked to our main W.E.I.O. page.
bulletWe also added a page of info on community classes offered in the local after school program. Lots of interesting things there. Check it out on this page.

Saturday, July 7, 2001

bulletWe have been searching out and deleting or correcting broken links on our site - quite a job for a large site. While we were at it, we updated our Golden Days Schedules and the Tanana Valley Fair pages. Most of our event calendars also saw updates, though that is slow work, and a long way from finished!

Saturday, February 1, 2001

bulletOur February event calendars have been updated with lots of new events. We also added a few new pages this month - one on the Fairbanks Winter Carnival, and one on the Festival of Native Arts, both held in March. You will notice that some of the buttons are now links. We are trying them out to see if they help with download times. Let our webmaster know what you think.

Monday, January 1, 2001 - Happy New Years!

bulletWe have added a link for the local movie theatre to several pages: On a Shoestring under "Enjoy a Play or Movie" and on our Attractions page. All dog mushing schedules are up to date now, and we are beginning work on others. Our section on transportation is growing. We have added a page on Alaska Direct Bus Lines. On our index page, we added a link to a new book just out on gardening in Alaska - enjoy!

Thursday, November 1, 2000

bulletThis time we received updates from other sites, including such popular ones as Sun Dog Express (dog mushing), Gold Dredge 8, and the Riverboat Discovery. Only the first of these is open right now. The Riverboat page has new photos we took this summer. We also have corrected our link to Santa Claus House, which recently moved their website to their own domain name. They are open year 'round. Gold Dredge 8 tells us they expect to have a site up by early next year.

Thursday, October 19, 2000

bulletNothing but calendar updates this week. All event calendars (except Golden Days) have been updated, including our dog mushing schedules. You can reach all calendars from the main event page (link at start of this paragraph). The Arts/Drama calendar now includes ALL the bazaars we were able to find (months of October through December). Of course, if the event was over by the time we got to the update, it may not have been added.

Tuesday, August 29, 2000

bulletOur calendars have been updated as much as we are able through November. We spent a lot of time updating the November/December Christmas Bazaars, which have all been moved to our Arts/Drama Calendar. We are beginning to include participation information for locals who want to have a table at a bazaar.
bulletOur page for Manley Hot Springs has been updated and a photo of the Roadhouse added..
bulletWe have added Tanana Air Service to our "Air Transportation" page, and added a customer testimonial for Frontier Flying Service, which was published in the Applause section of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 8/26/200. 

Friday, July 21, 2000

bulletIn early July, we added a page for KJNP, a non-profit 50,000 watt AM and a 25,000 watt FM gospel radio station and 18,000 Watt gospel TV station on Channel 4. The powerful AM station reaches literally across the "top of the globe," reaching thousands of listeners with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Free tours of this all-volunteer gospel station are given weekdays at 9 a.m. The financially struggling station begun in 1956 is wholly supported by donations.
bulletIn mid July, we added a page on Tolovana Hot Springs, one of our true winter attractions (though it is open other times as well.) We discovered a website for the Yukon 800 Riverboat Race and added a link to it to our page.

Wednesday, July 5, 2000

bulletWe have updated our event calendars into September. We also added reports on some of the June events: The Midnight Sun Baseball Game, the Top of the World 3 on 3 Basketball downtown, and the Yukon 800 Riverboat Race. In response to a question from an e-mail we received, we have added to our FAQ page, and made a page especially for September visitors.

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

bulletFor nearly three weeks we have been unable to update our web, and some of the buttons have been broken. In addition, we just discovered that our e-mail was down, as well. Everything has been fixed, as far as we can tell. We tried to disable this page while the problems were being solved, to avoid irritating those using NetMinder.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, June 1, 2000

bulletWe thought we better alert you to the fact that some event dates have changed. For example, both the Yukon Quest canoe race and their gold raffle have been moved from June to July. You can find more information on our Events Calendar, under July. Other events, such as the Poker Flat tours have been updated as well. We are sorry that the dates beyond July are so incomplete, but we cannot update what the organizations involved have not yet updated!
bulletWe had a chance to go on the Riverboat Discovery cruise this week, so will be updating that page with new photographs and information.

Sunday, May 14, 2000

bulletAnd a Happy Mother's Day to you too! We have become aware of a problem with our JavaScript redirects from our old site, and have just added manual redirects for those without java enabled. 
bulletWe earlier updated our Sports Calendar with lots of schedules for May (unfortunately, the "powers that be" with each sport only update THEIR lists once a month, so we cannot fix ours as far ahead as we would like) and added a page for Softball
bulletSomeone objected to our simplistic explanation of permafrost on the Vocabulary page, so we added a page explaining permafrost in more depth.
bulletWe just added a link to most of our pages that will make it easier to add our site to your favorites. It only works with recent Internet Explorer browsers, but if you use Netscape it should at least give you a reminder to bookmark the site. The address that will be added to favorites is the home page, so if you want a different specific page within the site, you will have to use your own browser's "favorites" button.

Monday, May 1, 2000

bulletWe have added a page of Alaska News Sources with links to all the newspaper web sites that we could find in Alaska. We have been updating our calendars again, especially the Arts/Drama and Music/Dance ones through June. We have also worked on our historic pages, adding Gold Rush History to add more background information on the discovery of gold in Fairbanks.

Saturday, April 22, 2000

bulletThis week saw JavaScript redirects added to all our old site's pages (except the home page), as we continued our move to this domain name. We cannot erase the old site until we are indexed well at the new site, but we did not want anyone to miss out on additions and upgrades we are doing on the new site.
bulletWe continue to update our meta tags, which will make our search engine work much more efficiently.
bulletWe have noticed a steady surge in visitors viewing our Alaska Highway page, and we always have seen a lot of interest in the map pages. So today we added information on the US Customs inspection station at the Alaska border with Canada. The same information was added to the Tok Junction page (Tok is pronounced to rhyme with "poke") which we also expanded and updated this week.
bulletAlso updated is the Alaska Marine Highway page, with more information and links to schedules.
bulletToday we also worked on the Native Villages page, adding information for Barrow, and so much information on Nome that we had to make a separate page for Nome.

Friday, April 14, 2000

bulletToday we opened our site at our new address, Fairbanks-Alaska.com (with or without the capitals and with or without the www.) We are still redesigning pages to render better in Netscape Navigator, and changing to our updated style sheet, so you will find problem pages for awhile yet. All future updates will be done to this web, although the old site will be left up for awhile to allow people to get the new site bookmarked or added to their favorites.

Saturday, February 12, 2000

bulletToday we added a search box to most of our pages, to give you one more way to find things on our site. It will also let us know what people want that we do not have, so we can add them. So come back later and you may find that what you had been looking for has been added! Once again, our calendars have been updated, as far as we can go anyway. Some event sponsors do not yet have their new dates set, and some we are still unable to reach.

Sunday, January 23, 2000

bulletWe have been busy updating our Events Calendars. They are not finished, as we have been unable to reach some groups to get their updates, but we have decided to put them up anyway, so you will be able to plan better. The most important summer dates are there, anyway, including Golden Days (at least all the dates the Chamber of Commerce gave us). Again, our calendar got so long we had to separate out a Dog Mushing calendar, though major events are still on the main one as well.
bulletIf you do not find an updated event that you need for your planning, feel free to e-mail our webmaster, and we will put it on the top of the list and get the information to you by e-mail now, and on the website later.
bulletWe also are busy renaming pages. You might want to check any that you have book marked. For now, if you do, and go to it, you will find a message and a link sending you to the new page. To see an example, click here.

Saturday, November 20, 1999

bulletOur page on the Alaska Highway was been updated with links to more information, including one to a calculator you can use to find the distance from Fairbanks to points on the Alaska Highway.
bulletWe have added a page of font information which can be reached from here, or from our Frequently Asked Questions page, which has also been updated. The FAQ page (as well as our home page) includes a link to a site where you can download free fonts especially made for the web.
bulletAt the request of a visitor, we have added a link to our transportation page that you can follow to can get a report on Alaska road conditions.

Saturday, June 19, 1999

bulletFinally we have had the time to update Water Adventures. We included a new page of contact information for Fairbanks fishing and fishing charter businesses. There have been some additions and changes to our various calendar pages as well.

Saturday, May 29, 1999

bulletWe have added a complete Fairbanks Church Directory, with links to church web sites or e-mail addresses that we can find. We have also updated  our Area Community directory with a page on Ester.

Tuesday, May 11, 1999

bulletUnder Transportation, the page for the Parks Highway Express has been updated with rates and schedules for 1999. Parks Highway rates rose a little, but Richardson Highway dropped a lot.
bulletWe have added a page for the Tanana Valley Fair, and updated our Calendar through August, and our Music/Dance page through July. Items not yet updated are in boldface, with 1998 dates.

Monday, April 19, 1999

bulletDue to a customer request, we have added a page of car rental information linked to our Transportation page. Where possible, we included toll free numbers for your convenience.

Monday, April 12, 1999

bulletA phone number has been added to our Aurora page, that can be used for up-to-date Northern Lights forecasts.
bulletWe are attempting to divide our Calendar of Events page up to make it download faster. We now have pages for Sports, Music/Dance, and the Arts.
bulletA new page gives information on winter trails for skiing, snowmobiling, and mushing.

Monday, February 22, 1999

bulletThis month we crashed our web and lost numerous buttons. We are in the middle of a major upgrade, so if you find our pages are not very consistent (bold type on one page, not on another, etc.) it is because we are attempting to optimize our pages to look good in any browser with any resolution that a visitor might be using.
bulletPlease have patience with us - we know that some of our pages are out of date for the 1999 summer season, but many activity operators have not posted their changes yet. We will get them up as soon as possible.

Monday, February 1, 1999

bulletWe have just uploaded our German Language page on the motel, and are working on one in Japanese. We used an Internet translator, since we do not know German, so if you do, and we have errors, please let us know via e-mail. Anyone out there want to translate Japanese?
bulletWe have been busy at work updating the Calendar of Events for 1999. You still need to be careful to note the year, as many 1999 dates are not yet set, and we left the information from 1998 so you would have an idea as to what might be happening. Especially note any plays - the same groups may have productions in 1999, but of course they will be different ones than noted for 1998.
bulletIf you find some pages changing in format, it is because we are updating our design gradually, a few pages at a time. That is also why you may find some different headers or footers - the new ones are there, but will not show up on a page that has not been visited, updated, and re-uploaded.

Monday, December 21, 1998

bulletOur pages on North Pole and Santa Claus House have been updated with pictures and links to a history of the two places.
bulletThe Calendar of Events is now updated through March, 1999.

Friday, November 20, 1998

bulletOur Calendar of Events page has been updated through January 1999. We are still working on the Index of Annual Events.

Monday, November 2, 1998

bulletOne of the "Ohio Eskimos" has written a summary of their trip by motorcycle up the Alaska Highway, and a link to it has been added to the Alaska Highway page.

Wednesday, September 9, 1998

bulletDonna Gilbert, Manager of the Ranch Motel, is running for Fairbanks City Mayor. A temporary link to her campaign web site was added to the top border, next to "Ranch Motel".

Friday, September 4, 1998

bulletWe have added the Trip Diary of the Ohio Eskimos to our Alaska Highway page. We hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of a group of 11 senior citizens who rode the Alaska Highway on Honda Gold Wings the summer of 1998.

Monday, July 13, 1998:

bulletMore information and detailed directions to the Poker Flats Research Range for their free tour has been added.
bulletPages added or extensively updated:
bulletArea Communities
bulletDelta Junction
bulletTok Junction

Monday, June 29, 1998:

bulletPages that have been added or extensively updated:
bulletKitty Hensley House
bulletCourthouse Square
bulletNenana (including information on the Nenana Ice Classic
bulletComprehensive links to all historic buildings and sites on this web has been added to Historic Preservation.
bulletThe Map of Fairbanks page now has three maps, one a pdf file to download and read with Acrobat Reader, one in html format with a way to get a free hard copy, and one on the page itself. The broken link to the pdf file has been repaired. A map link has also been added to the North Pole page.
bulletThanks to the generosity of Julie Coghill, many photos have been added to pages throughout the site, and many more are to come. They are too numerous to list here, so you will just have to surf for them.

Monday, June 22, 1998:

bulletThe Alaskaland Pioneer Air Museum  page is now complete.
bulletSome labels have been added to the Map of Fairbanks. If you followed Airport Road (where Alaskaland is located) on farther left (off the map), you would come to the Airport. You will notice the the Ranch Motel is on the main street through town, Cushman Street, but we are away from the noise of downtown. As our FAQ page notes, we are only 1.4 miles from the Railroad Depot (shown on map).

Monday, June 15, 1998:

bulletPictures from the University of Alaska Archives have been added to the following pages: Fairbanks History, Main School, Steese Highway, El Dorado Gold Camp, Gold Dredge #8, Alaska Railroad, Courthouse Square and the Air Museum. Other pages have new pictures, too - notably our Home Page.
bulletNew pages include: Alaskan Terms Defined,   & Fairbanks' Restaurants.
bulletThe FNSB Bus System page has been updated with another route and prices.

Wednesday, June 3, 1998:

bulletNew pages are Alaska Highway, Gilmore Creek Tracking Station, Grayline of Alaska, Area Communities (includes North Pole and Eielson AFB), state maps showing main roads, and the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics.
bulletPages begun, but unfinished include Air Transportation, Alaskan Terms Defined, Native Villages, and Water Adventures.
bulletExtensively updated are pages on Denali Park, the Dalton Highway, and Fort Wainwright.
bulletPictures have been added to some pages that did not have them before, and you will notice some information added to our Homepage.

Wednesday, May 27, 1998:

bulletTransportation page has been updated with the Alaska Railroad, maps for the Borough bus system, and more information on G.O. Shuttle & Tours.
bulletNew pages include the Midnight Sun, Midnight Sun Events, Fort Wainwright, the Square & Round Dance Center at Alaskaland, The Dalton Highway (to Prudhoe Bay Oil Fields), the Steese Highway (lots to see there), the Arctic Circle, and Hot Springs in the Interior.
bulletAlaskaland has been updated, and links added to pages on the Alaskaland Pioneer Museum and Big Stampede Show, as well as to the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline .
bulletA new page, Far North Attractions attempts to organize a list of attractions farther north than Fairbanks, as well as those (like the Midnight Sun and Northern Lights) that are particularly associated with the far north.

Thursday, May 21, 1998:

bulletThree new pages added: Fairbanks Ice Museum downtown, the Great Alaskan Bowl Company., and a Transportation page.
bulletNew items added to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
bulletOur Calendar of Events has had a few more May items added.
bulletNewly edited pages: Felix Pedro and our Fairbanks History page.

Saturday, May 16, 1998:

bulletIce Arts Alaska completely redone and enlarged.
bulletDog Mushing page updated
bulletPictures & links added to Northern Lights page.
bulletChena Hot Springs Resort page added.

Friday, May 15, 1998:

bulletFairbanks On a Shoestring expanded
bulletChena Flood Control Project added, also tour information linked

Thursday, May 14, 1998:

bulletArctic Region Supercomputing Center page added to University section.
bulletGeophysical Institute and Poker Flat Research Station separated and web site links added. Both are in University section. University pictures removed at their request. Will be replaced later with our choices, as on the Poker Flat page.

Wednesday, May 13, 1998:

bulletDog Mushing page added, found under Winter Sports. Below Dog Mushing is the start of a new page on the Yukon Quest.
bulletPage on Denali Park begun. This is located under Fairbanks On a Shoestring.

Monday, May 11, 1998:

bulletFairbanks on a Shoestring expanded. More to come.
bullet1998 Events Page updated July through December. Title of button that calls it changed to Calendar of Events.

Saturday, May 9, 1998:

bullet1998 Events Page updated through June.

Friday, May 8, 1998:

bulletFairbanks on a Shoestring added.
bulletDraft schedule for Golden Days posted.
bulletCustomer Support Web Site published at Mosquitonet.com

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