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Looking Back in Fairbanks: Aug. 11, 2012

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:20 am


Aug. 11, 2002 — Eight University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists embark this week on a 24-day journey of a largely unexplored section of the Arctic Ocean called the Canadian Basin.

Their mission is to observe and record life in the frozen sea, but their hope is to discover new life forms.

“We just don’t know what’s there to a large extent,” said marine biologist Russ Hopcroft, a lead scientist on the expedition.


Aug. 11, 1987 — Motorists will have to shift mental gears as traffic takes another routing in phase two of the three-part Cowles Street improvement project Wednesday.

H&H Contractors, hired by the city of Fairbanks under a $1.5 million state-grant contract, is ready to reopen the first segment of Cowles Street Wednesday, then move to close East Cowles near the hospital.


Aug. 11, 1962 — JUNEAU — The State Supreme Court, in an opinion harshly critical of the Fairbanks Fire Department, ruled yesterday the Lathrop Co. was not negligent in connection with a fatal fire in the Lathrop Building in 1957.

Mrs. Druska Schaible died, trapped on the third floor by flames on Nov. 23, 1957, when fire touched off by a child in a trash box ripped through the Lathrop Building in downtown Fairbanks.


Aug. 11, 1937 — Recent earthquakes experienced by W. B. Courtney, associate editor of Colliers Magazine, while he was visiting the Interior city, prompt him to “go over to the Spanish war zone, where it is safe,” he declared today in Juneau.

After spending several weeks in Alaska, Courtney took passage at Juneau on a southbound steamship for the States.

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