Concerned neighbors, parents with children, and other smoke-impacted residents joined local candidates and Mayor Luke Hopkins at Woodriver Elementary School on Saturday afternoon, 10/2/2010. About 35 residents signed up to stay involved in efforts to improve Fairbanks’ air. Candidates spoke of their personal concerns and why they were voting “NO”. With help from her kids, one Woodriver mom hung a home-made banner on the playground fence with this reminder: “Clean Air at Recess – Vote “NO” on Prop A. ”
Channel 11 ran the story on their evening news and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner covered the rally: “Air quality ballot measure goes before Fairbanks voters” (10/2/2010).
The FDNM also ran an editorial urging voters to reject Proposition A. “Clearing the air: Ballot proposition would undermine local control” (10/2/2010).
The rally came together with a day of planning and a boost from FDNM columnist Dermot Cole’s latest on the local air pollution and residents’ response: “Clean Air Fairbanks’ sets rally Saturday at Woodriver Elementary.” Despite mild weather, current smoky conditions foreboding much worse for the coming winter have mobilized residents to improve air quality within the Fairbanks community.