10 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 2007 — ANCHORAGE — Scores of Alaska Native villages are increasingly threatened by erosion, and governments must respond with new strategies as other communities around the nation face similar dilemmas from climate change, U.S. senators said Thursday.

Affected individuals also must play a larger role in shaping their fates, senators said at a field hearing of the Senate Disaster Recovery Subcommittee.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said a tour of Shishmaref, one of Alaska’s most eroded communities, this week opened her eyes to the urgency of Alaska’s vulnerability, which she likened to Hurricane Katrina in her region. 

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 1992 — New guidelines written by federal and state agencies and designed to protect employees whose jobs expose them to infectious diseases are burdensome and impractical, some city employees feel.

Fire department workers, police officers, ambulance crews, nurses, doctors and dental office employees are all required to follow the rules mandated earlier this year by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The guidelines are spelled out in an 18-page memo pinned to a bulletin board at the city’s Department of Public Safety.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 1967 —  The Alaska State Employment Service announced these job openings today: insurance clerk, bookkeeper, messenger, salesperson, parts man, medical records clerk, auto mechanic, station installer, gas station attendants and lubrication man. Applicants may call 452-1501 or visit the office in Room 131, State Court and Office Building, Sixth and Barnette, between 8:30 a.m. and noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

75 YEARS AGO

Oct. 12, 1942 — WASHINGTON — Alaska was included in an Office of Price Administration order today freezing residential rents on November 1 in 97 more dense rental areas extending across the entire nation.

In its most sweeping move against inflated costs for living quarters, the OPA’s action represented taking control over more than 396 localities.

The entire Territory of Alaska was included. Rents in areas affected were ordered cut back to levels on last March 1st.