10 YEARS AGO
Aug. 15, 2009 — ANCHORAGE — An animal rights group wants Alaska to set a new course for wolf control after waging a yearslong, high-profile fight with former Gov. Sarah Palin on the aerial hunting issue.
With Palin gone and Gov. Sean Parnell now in office, Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation groups have renewed their push against Alaska’s intensive predator control program, which allows for the aerial shooting of wolves and the killing of bears.
The aerial program began under Palin’s predecessor, former Gov. Frank Murkowski, but was “dramatically escalated” by Palin and her “hand-picked Board of Game,” Defenders of Wildlife stated in an email to Alaskans this week.
25 YEARS AGO
Aug. 15, 1994 — Two hunters hiked through 45 miles of wet terrain, crossing rivers, creeks and sloughs, to call for help for their injured pilot remaining at an aircraft crash in the Brooks Range near Chandalar Lake.
Richard Herscher, a 49-year-old resident of Palmer, crashed his Super Cub aircraft near Crow Creek, about 15 miles from Chandalar Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers. The aircraft went down
a week ago.
Herscher sustained an apparent broken nose and rib injuries that prevented him from leaving the aircraft. His hunting companions pitched him a tent and then set off on a five-day journey to Coldfoot Services, about 45 miles distant and about 150 miles north of Fairbanks on the Dalton Highway.
50 YEARS AGO
Aug. 15, 1969 — WASHINGTON — With a controversy growing over the man widely mentioned as his choice, President Nixon is planning to disclose on Monday his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.
“To my knowledge, he has a candidate firmly in mind,” Ronald L. Ziegler, Nixon’s press secretary, said Thursday at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif.
But the White House has refused comment on reports that Nixon wants U.S. Circuit Court Judge Clement F. Haynsworth Jr. of Greenville, S.C., to take the seat the Justice Abe Fortas resigned in mid-May.
75 YEARS AGO
Aug. 15, 1944 — ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORMANDY — Clamping a giant vice upon France, the Allies today invaded the Toulon area of the Mediterranean coast of France under tremendous naval air support, quickly seizing initial objectives to the north, 450 miles away from the annihilation battles that have cut the dying German Seventh Army and that are tightening the Normandy trap against it.
The greatest fleet ever to sail the Mediterranean carried American, British and French troops rolling through the southern French wall. Thousands of parachutists leaped behind Nazi defenders. The full weight of Allied air power on the Mediterranean theater backed the push.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower declared that the Germans on the Normandy front are “taking a sound beating.”