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Looking back in Fairbanks — Nov. 12

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Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 11:07 pm | Updated: 12:10 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

10 YEARS AGO

Nov. 12, 2002 — It’s not every day, year or even decade that you get to water ski with frozen hair in Fairbanks. But that’s what Nick and Dominic Stepovich did Friday on Harding Lake.

Thanks to one of the warmest early winters on record in the Interior, the Fairbanks brothers set a new record for the latest water ski run on Harding Lake.

25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 12, 1987 — When federal agents raided the Hell’s Angels compound on the Richardson Highway early Tuesday, they did for real what they had been pretending to do on chalkboards and on paper for months.

Just before dawn, 12 federal agents, backed by some 30 state and city police, stormed the compound.

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 12, 1962 — “I had more rest than I’ve ever had since I came to Alaska,” was the comment of Mrs. E.C. Norton after spending the weekend in the William Parham basement fallout shelter as part of an experiment conducted by two Fairbanks families.

The families were called at 10:40 p.m. Friday and told that this was it, bombs had hit Eielson Air Force Base and International Airport.

75 YEARS AGO

Nov. 12, 1937 — Irving McK. Reed, chairman of the Alaska Game Commission and assistant to the commissioner of mines, made a splendid suggestion at the last meeting of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. He would reserve and protect from destruction all timber along Alaska public highways.

The purpose of the preservation is to protect the scenic beauty of the highways and keep the timber intact to serve as windbreaks and prevent snow from drifting over the highways. Both ideas are splendid.

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