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Looking Back in Fairbanks: Nov. 30, 2012

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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:50 pm | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

10 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 30, 2002 — A yearlong search for an athletic director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks finally came to fruition Wednesday.

Jake Poole, special assistant to the chancellor for athletics, announced Wednesday that Dr. Corene Schwartz has been hired as the next director of athletics at UAF. Schwartz, who is an associate athletic director at Evansville University in Indiana, will become the first woman to head up the UAF athletic department when she takes over in mid-January.

25 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 30, 1987 — PALMER — Thousands of people fled low-lying coastal areas today after a major earthquake rocked southcentral Alaska, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

50 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 30, 1962 — The grand jury returned a true bill in an indictment late yesterday afternoon charging three well-known Fairbanks men, with a total of 16 counts of forgery and perjury involving the forging of land deeds and titles of elderly Alaska pioneers.

The men were alleged to have been forging deeds and titles on portions of properties owned by several pioneers, and then having them notarized and filed with the local recording office.

75 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 30, 1937 — A reddish light, resembling a flare, was observed before daylight yesterday morning between Hopper and Steel creeks by Harry Badger, rancher on the Chena.

“It was not a campfire,” Mr. Badger said. “I watched the light for fully ten minutes, in a section I know to be uninhabited.”

The light was on a line between the Wheeler ranch and the Courtney ranch, both abandoned properties. The distance from the river to the light on the hillside was approximately two miles.

Because of today’s snowy weather, Fairbanks airmen were unable to investigate.

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