10 YEARS AGO

Dec. 5, 2009 — The Iditarod plans to test mushers for drugs and alcohol in March, a change that many mushers don’t’ have a problem with — unless one asks three-time champion Lance Mackey.

“I think it’s a little bit ridiculous,” Mackey said Wednesday night from his home near Fairbanks after a training run. “It is a dog race, not a human race. It (using a drug) doesn’t affect the outcome of the race.”

Mackey, a throat cancer survivor who has a medical marijuana card, admits to using marijuana on the train and thinks his success has brought about jealousy from some fellow competitors.

 

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 5, 1994 — Longer runways, expanded passenger terminals, and a better baggage system are among improvements scheduled for Fairbanks International Airport over the next 20 years.

Airport expansions, which is expected to bolster cargo and tourism flights, will cost an estimated $74 million by 2015, according to the airport’s recently completed “master plan update.”

 

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 5, 1969 — College Road is all “lit up.” Approximately 90 illumination lamps are now working and turned on during the dark hours.

The illumination system was partially in operation Wednesday night.

 

75 YEARS AGO

Dec. 5, 1944 — WASHINGTON  The House Civil Service committee today favorably reported a bill to increase the wages of employees of the Alaska Railroad for the period from May 1, 1943 to September 30, 1943.