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Then: The original caption from the Wednesday, February 15, 1989 issue of the News-Miner reads: "HOT DISCUSSION—The borough planning commission listens to public testimony Tuesday on the controversial Ester Dome debate to rezone 21,000 acres of land more favorable for mining development. About 150 people showed up to listen to comments or testify before the commission. Two out of every three people testifying Tuesday supported the rezone proposal. Some of those said they would like to see a buffer zone between residential subdivision and mining activity." (News-Miner photo by Mike Mathers)

The final six-to-four vote in favor of rezoning approximately 20,000 acres of land was cast at 12:27 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 1989.

Now: Members of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission and members of the public applaud for departing commissioners Marna Sanford and David Pruhs during a Planning Commission meeting in the Fairbanks North Star Borough Mona Lisa Drexler Assembly Chambers on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. ERIN CORNELIUSSEN/NEWS-MINER