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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 11:50 pm | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

10 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 6, 2002 — President Bush has declared a disaster for several areas of Interior Alaska damaged by Sunday’s magnitude 7.9 earthquake.

The declaration, announced late Friday by the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, makes federal funding available to state and local governments to help pay the costs of debris removal and other measures.

25 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 6, 1987 — A southwestern Alaska village’s policy of searching all visitors for drugs and alcohol has Alaska State Troopers in a quandary while prompting some visitors to vow never to return.

A village council member in Kipnuk says the searches have cut down on drug and alcohol abuse in the village, about 100 miles southwest of Bethel.

But state troopers in Bethel are hearing a steady stream of complaints from people who believe their civil rights have been violated, and the state attorney general’s office says the searches raise questions about the legal authority of Alaska’s tribal councils.

50 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 6, 1962 — Daniel A. Jones, manager of the Fairbanks Land Office, again reminds all interested persons of the continued sale of recreational lots on the shores of Fielding and Paxson lakes.

75 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 6, 1937 — Dave Nichols has a funny job. “Mouse-choker” they call him at Cantwell, but he is booked as a mammalogist by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Most of the time during the last five months he has been trapping rodents and other small mammals on the trail between Cantwell and Valdez creek in the Alaska range. He weighs each specimen, takes measurements, stuffs the skin, and forwards the catch to the museum in New York City.

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