Aug. 12, 2009 — School starts Monday, but children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade must have two doses of chickenpox vaccine to attend classes in Fairbanks.

Educators and medical professionals have known about the requirement for more than a year, Fairbanks Health Nurse Manager Jennifer Schmidt said. They’ve been working hard to educate parents, but an estimated 1,500 student still require the vaccination, according to the school district.

“The school district is very concerned,” nursing service coordinator Maureen Kauleinamoku said. “Those students who either have not been immunized or their parents have not provided us proof of immunization will not be allowed to start school Monday. We are very concerned about that.”


Aug. 12, 1994 — ANCHORAGE — Alaska fisheries suffered little lasting damage from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a jury decided, awarding 10,000 fishermen $286.6 million in compensatory damages — less than a third of what they sought.

Thursday’s verdict against Exxon Corp. and tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood was to repay the commercial fishermen for lost profits resulting from the environmental damage in Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet and Kodiak Island.

The fishermen said the nation’s worst oil spill cost them $895 million. Exxon estimated losses at $113 million.


Aug. 12, 1969 — LOS ANGELES — Police have released the 19-year-old caretaker they held for questioning in the killing of actress Sharon Tate and four other persons.

“There is no reason to suspect him,” said Inspector Harold Yurnell as William E. Garretson was released Monday after two days in custody.

The baby-faced youth wouldn’t talk with newsmen. But his lawyer, Barry Tarlow, said Garretson was in his room in a guest house of Miss Tate’s estate Friday night and Saturday when the five were shot and stabbed to death.


Aug. 12, 1944 — ALEUTIAN ISLANDS BASE IN ALASKA — President Roosevelt paid Adak, the Aleutian base, a surprise visit August 3. In turn he was surprised at what he saw. He said he was thrilled and gratified. It was the President’s first trip to the Aleutians. He came aboard a warship by way of Honolulu, T.H. The Chief Executive praised the members of the armed forces participating in the Aleutian campaign and its construction program. He said they have driven out the enemy and built new military, naval and air bases on the once remote, barren islands in an incredibly short time.

Accompanied by Vice Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, commander of the North Pacific, the President made a tour of Adak Island’s installations. He expressed the wish that the people at home could see what had been done.

The President’s impromptu remarks were made at an informal luncheon at the Enlisted Men’s mess where he made a noon stop on his inspection tour.