10 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 2002 — For many new hires, a job working for British Petroleum in Alaska means becoming a resident of the state. Like it or not.
BP changed that policy on Nov. 20, however, and will now allow employees to live Outside while collecting a paycheck for work on Alaska fields — a change desired by some North Slope workers, company officials said. But some longtime Alaska workers worry BP is shifting priorities and payroll from high-paying jobs will begin leaving the state.
25 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 1987 — SANE/Alaska members had no difficulty convincing the Fairbanks City Council Monday to unanimously adopt a resolution opposing the U.S. Japan Nuclear Cooperation. Agreement would allow plutonium oxide air shipments to fly over and possibly refuel in Alaska.
50 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 1962 — The U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry from Fort Wainwright was greeted with plenty of cold weather this past week while participating in the winter maneuvers Arctic Shores III.
An important part of the exercise was held near Nome, when 50 “aggressor forces” pretended to invade the Nome airport and surrounding country. To combat the aggressors, 120 “friendly” troops were flown to the area, with a mission to defend the field, and make contact with the “enemy.”
75 YEARS AGO
Dec. 8, 1937 — Concluding a successful season, the U.S. Smelting Co. today shut down the Ester dredge, the last of the company’s five boats to stop running this fall.
The 1937 dredging season in the Fairbanks district was several days longer than usual.
The dredges started running at the usual time last spring, but thawing and stripping operations were delayed three weeks by deep snow.