10 YEARS AGO
Oct. 31, 2002 — About 150 mailboxes were found vandalized Wednesday morning, some of them were missing, said postal carrier Carrier Cooper, who delivers to more than 300 mailboxes in the heavily wooded residential area northeast of the Steese Highway between Fairbanks and Fox. “Some are just fine, others are smashed to bits,” Cooper said.
25 YEARS AGO
Oct. 31, 1987— The borough assembly’s action to cut the community’s transit system to two operating routes — on Airport Way and College Road — has Donna Gilbert “mad as a wet hen.” Gilbert, president of the Interior Taxpayers’ Association, which successfully campaigned against sales taxes earlier this month, said the assembly’s transit vote “is the stupidest, dumbest, most irresponsible thing I’ve ever seen them do.”
50 YEARS AGO
Oct. 31, 1962 — ANCHORAGE — State Civil Defense Director Don Lowell has replied to criticism leveled against the state CD program by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Stepovich. “Any attempt to drag the Civil Defense program into partisan political campaign is a disservice to every man, woman and child in Alaska,” Lowell said.
75 YEARS AGO
Oct. 31, 1937 — Pilot Alexel Gracianski landed the Soviet Sikorsky amphibian on the Fairbanks airfield at 2:40 this afternoon. The big plane took off from Point Barrow at 10 o’clock this morning, and flew the direct route over the Brooks Range to Fairbanks. Having been used in the Arctic search for the missing Russian airmen, who left Moscow for the States by way of the North Pole, last August, the plane is in need of an overhaul, and will be serviced by the Alaska Airmotive at the Fairbanks airport.