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Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 11:39 pm


Dec. 3, 2002 — Fairbanks has a new top cop.

A memorandum from Fairbanks Mayor Steve Thompson released Monday announced that as part of his proposed reorganization of city employees, he is appointing Paul Harris to a new position, City Police Director.

Harris displaces current Fairbanks Police Chief James Welch into a second-in-command role. According to Thompson, Harris will be charged with conducting a full audit and performance review on the police department then presenting his recommendations to the city. The position is considered interim.


Dec. 3, 1987 — Noreen Hayr’s voice strained with emotion while she spoke at a public hearing Wednesday about the destruction of a 55-year-old house that has been her home for more than 35 years.

Her home, at 303 Illinois St., is one of 40 residential units and 37 businesses that will be removed when a $43 million, six-lane highway is constructed through downtown Fairbanks in 1992.


Dec. 3, 1962 — Sparked by the tragic Arctic Park gas explosion and fire which eventually claimed the lives of two young girls, a city gas code is the number one item of business to be handled by the newly formed Code Review Commission.


Dec. 3, 1937 — “All Fairbanksans having Christmas mail for Eastern and Central states are advised to put it in the post office before Dec. 9,” Postmaster Robert E. Sheldon said today.

“Between now and Christmas there are only two more mail connections to the states,” Mr. Sheldon said. “Mail which leaves Fairbanks by train Dec. 16 will be in the Christmas rush in the Pacific Coast states.

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