FAIRBANKS — 10 YEARS AGO

Feb. 25,  2008 —  Air quality experts want to know just what that smog we’re breathing is made of.

For years, winter air pollution here has been thick enough to bother health specialists. Now, with tightening federal regulations on a specific type of pollution common in Fairbanks, the prospect of some type of restrictions on emissions from certain kinds of home heating systems, cars or industry seems almost inevitable in the next few years.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are teaming up for a broad study of air pollution. The project will consist of a number of different testing regimes and is aimed at figuring out exactly where the pollution — a mix of dust, soot, dirt and other airborne particles — comes from.

 

25 YEARS AGO

Feb. 25, 1993 — The Festival of Native Arts marks its 20th anniversary this year, and groups from across the state have arrived to celebrate.

The festival has grown into a major event in the Native, as well as the Fairbanks community, organizers say.

 The festival was first conceived in December, 1973, by a group of University of Alaska Fairbanks Native students, faculty and staff who united to plan the event. The first festival took place in March, 1974. It has been growing ever since.

 

50 YEARS AGO

Feb. 25, 1968 — UNITED NATIONS — U. N. Secretary General U Thant said today he is convinced meaningful talks on ending the war in Vietnam would take place “even perhaps within a few days” if the United States stopped bombing North Vietnam.

Thant set forth his views in a 1,600 word statement issued after talks with North Viet namese envoys, President Johnson and other world leaders in New Delhi, Moscow, London, Paris and Washington.

“The ugliness of the war is matched only by its futility” Thant concluded. “There can be no victory, no defeat only more suffering, more death and more destruction. The very survival of Vietnam is at stake. It is time to call a halt.”

 

75 YEARS AGO

Feb. 25, 1943 —JUNEAU — The House of the Alaska legislature late yesterday passed a memorial to Congress urging that the War Production Board relax the gold mining shut down order so as to allow the employment in gold mining of men not qualified for other work.

The House also passed the narcotic bill which now goes to the Governor for his signature.

The House committee, which investigated conditions in the Pioneer’s Home at Sitka, in its report to the House said that bedbugs have taken over most of the rooms in the Home, that inmates are receiving only two meals daily and that the morale of the inmates is very low.