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Looking Back in Fairbanks: Sept. 30, 2012

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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 12:05 am | Updated: 11:35 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

10 YEARS AGO

Sept. 30, 2002 — ANCHORAGE — Alaska’s liquor merchants and drinkers are buying booze in unprecedented volumes to sidestep — at least for a while — a spike in alcohol taxes coming on Tuesday.

“We’ve been building inventory to the highest levels we’ve ever had,” said Bob Bailey, operations manager for Alaska Distributors, on of the largest and oldest liquor wholesalers in the state.

“We’ve had to rent extra warehouse space. We’ve employed five additional people.”

25 YEARS AGO

Sept. 30, 1987 — Construction could begin next year on 350 additional units of offpost Army housing for the new light infantry division, a borough spokesman disclosed Tuesday.

Bernard Brown, one of two retired military personnel serving as the borough’s liaison with the new division, said the Army expects Congress to authorize construction of the housing as part of the buildup of the 6th Infantry (Light) Division at Fort Wainwright.

50 YEARS AGO

Sept. 30, 1962 — WASHINGTON — Alaska has a hydroelectric power potential estimated as 19 million kilowatts but less than one-fourth of one percent has been harnessed.

In the state with an area equal to about one-fifth of the nation, there is but one federally financed hydro project— the 30,000 kilowatt Eklutna project, near Anchorage, which went on the line in 1955.

75 YEARS AGO

Sept. 30, 1937 — Enactment of an ordinance against itinerant peddlers, enforcement of the law against fast driving, particularly near the school building, and precautions to prevent the spread of infantile paralysis to this city, were the chief matters to occupy the attention of the Mayor and City Council last night at their regular, semi-monthly meeting.

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