10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 27, 2002 — J.P. Jones spent a few decades making sure that black people in Fairbanks have access to jobs. Now the community is giving back. The former NAACP president was honored Saturday at a ceremony renaming the 20-year-old Southside Community Center the J.P. Jones Community Development Center. Eventually, the giant red letters on the front of the building will be torn down and replaced with Jones’ name.
25 YEARS AGO
Oct. 27, 1987 — Representatives of the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the Association of Village Council Presidents plan to meet in Fairbanks Wednesday to try to set up a new organization to meet needs the two groups say were being ignored by the Alaska Federation of Natives. Tanana Chiefs, a Fairbanks based social service agency serving the vast Doyon Region, and AVCP of Bethel, announced this week they have pulled out of AFN, the most prominent statewide Native organization.
50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 27, 1962 — A project to rehouse the 1,000 residents of Barrow, this country’s northernmost community, was announced in Fairbanks today by Sen. Ernest Gruening. Gruening said the program should take place before natural gas is supplied to village residents. Otherwise, he said, the danger of explosions and fire would be extreme.
75 YEARS AGO
Oct. 27, 1937 — ANCHORAGE — In the worst mine disaster in the history of Alaska, at least 12 lives were lost yesterday afternoon when an explosion occurred in the Evan Jones Coal Company’s mine at Jonesville, about 60 miles north of Anchorage. The bodies of all the known dead have been recovered and brought to Anchorage. Two miners who were in the underground working at the time of the blast are still unaccounted for.