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Looking Back: Dec. 11, 2012

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 11:28 pm

10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 11, 2002 — The morning after Fairbanks’ first — and so far, only — significant snowfall this year, a longtime resident at the Fairbanks Pioneers’ Home got out of bed and decided she would make a snow angel.

“She went out and asked if someone on the staff would come and help her because getting up and down wasn’t so easy, she’s in her 80s,” said Vickie Wilson, administrator at the long-term care facility. “She put on her coat and boots and made a snow angel in front of our window where everyone eats.”

The woman is “absolutely mentally competent.” The reason she made the snow angel is because she was enjoying life, Wilson said.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 11, 1987 — Although the town draws its name and fame from Santa Claus, teachers at North Pole High School and other area public schools are under instructions to refrain from playing up Christmas in the classroom.

At North Pole, not far from Santa Claus House, teachers are asked to avoid on-going activities associated with Christmas, but can include a discussion of religion and its role in a classroom lesson.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 11, 1962 — JUNEAU — Alaska’s capital city continued to dig out today from one of the heaviest snowfalls on record.

City maintenance crews were working around the lock in an effort to clear away huge drifts of snow which had cut street traffic to a bare trickle.

75 YEARS AGO

Dec. 11, 1937 — POINT BARROW — Aviation has changed Point Barrow, the United States outpost in the Arctic, from a dull community with a few busy days in the mid-summer seasons to an alert village with activities continuous almost throughout the year.

Airplanes, great annihilators of distance, have brought the once isolated place into close touch with the rest of the world.

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