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Yukon Quest 2014 Kicks Off in Fairbanks, AK

Here in Alaska, we’re no strangers to severe winter weather. In fact, heavy snowfall and chilly temperatures are what make many outdoor sports possible from the first signs of fall until the early days of summer. If you’re planning to buy a home in Fairbanks, you’ll soon be able to enjoy spectacular opportunities for skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and ice fishing just steps from your front door! In addition to your typical cold weather sports, winter is also a time to celebrate and continue the tradition of northern travel by dog sled. And, as luck would have it, this weekend presents the perfect chance to do so.

This Saturday, the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race kicks off in downtown Fairbanks. The incredible winter event has taken place every year since 1984, taking up to 50 teams of one human ‘musher’ and 14 canine athletes across the breathtakingly beautiful,...

5 Items to Replace in Your Fairbanks Home

Greetings, Fairbanks! We hope you’re staying warm and dry in this inclement weather Mother Nature has sent our way. Despite the unseasonably balmy temperatures we’ve experienced over the past week, the first true hint of spring is still a few months off. However, just because winter is here to stay doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump-start on your spring cleaning. It looks like this freezing rain will keep us inside for the next couple of days, which gives you the perfect opportunity to cross some items off of your to-do list. Here are a few ways to ensure your home is a happy, healthy, and safe place to live in 2014.

It’s time to replace…

The batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Keep everyone in your home safe from fire and dangerous gases by replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors before they start beeping.

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Volunteer Opportunities in Fairbanks, AK

As the craziness of the holiday season fades into the background, it’s time look ahead and put your New Year’s resolutions into action. Whether you’ve promised to improve your financial situation, vowed to get in shape, or resolved to buy a home in Fairbanks, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to hit the reset button and make some positive changes in your life.

If one of your goals for 2014 is to start giving back to the Fairbanks community, you’re not alone. In fact, volunteering is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions nationwide. If you’re like most folks, the hardest part about getting involved is finding an opportunity that will be a perfect fit. Luckily, Fairbanks is home to plenty of organizations that are looking for volunteers with a wide variety of specialized skills. Here are a few places to look into as you start your search for volunteer opportunities in Fairbanks.

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Increase the Property Value of Your Fairbanks Home

If you’re planning to sell your home in Fairbanks this year, you’re not alone. The housing recovery is predicted to pick up speed in 2014 with more homes coming on the market over the next few months. Not to mention, spring is typically the busiest time of year for those who are looking to relocate. Once Fairbanks starts to thaw, buyers and sellers will come out of hibernation and begin exploring the Alaskan real estate market in full force. So, what can you do ensure you’ll get top dollar when it comes time to sell? Here are a few improvements you can make that will increase the property value of your Fairbanks home.

  1. Repair all major indoor systems
    Before you spend any money on cosmetic or functional improvements, it’s imperative that all of your major indoor systems are in working order. Making any needed upgrades, repairs, or replacements to your plumbing, heating, electrical, and sewer systems assures...

Explore the Rich History of Fairbanks

Whether you recently decided to buy a home in Fairbanks or have been a lifelong resident, there’s always something new to learn about living in “The Land of the Midnight Sun.” From history, to culture, to climate, to art and architecture, Fairbanks offers residents and visitors plenty of opportunities to explore what makes the largest city in the Alaska Interior such a fascinating place to live, work, and play. From museums, to self-guided walking tours, to community festivals and fairs, there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in Alaskan culture. Because the best way to understand Fairbanks is to start in the past, we’ve listed out a few local museums to cross off of your list this year.

UA Museum of the North
907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK  99775
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