Dec. 18, 2009 — Two explosions struck the Point MacKenzie site of Fairbanks Natural Gas early Thursday, destroying a maintenance building at the facility north of Anchorage.

No one was injured, according to a news release from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Gas flow at the plant was shut down. A news release from Fairbanks Natural Gas stated that the incident has not disrupted service to Fairbanks.

“Operations at the plant are expected to resume and continue under a normal operating schedule with no interruption of service,” company President Dan Britton stated in the news release.

Britton praised company employees, who “successfully implemented emergency procedures and minimized the damage to non-critical facility buildings,” he stated.

An employee of Fairbanks Natural Gas reported the first explosion at 7:16 a.m., according to the news release.



Dec. 18, 1994 — If you’re looking for a rare Christmas gift for that hard-to-please relative, Tim and Debbie Tilsworth have a deal for you: an 18th century Bible bound in leather and written in German.

The foot-thick book weighs 27 pounds and is filled with detailed illustrations and drawings. The couple purchased it in Geneva, Switzerland last summer and want $5,500 for it.

But if they don’t sell, that’s OK.



Dec. 18, 1969 — Gov. Keith H. Miller today announced plans for the development of a permanent road to Alaska’s North Slope.

Miller revealed that the State of Alaska will enter into an agreement with the Trans Alaska Pipeline System to assume ownership of the 28-foot wide, gravel-surfaced construction road which will be built during 1970 to accommodate the construction of the pipeline.

State ownership will follow completion of the pipeline project, at which time the State Department of Highways will develop the 366-mile construction road into a permanent road.



Dec. 18, 1944 — Breaking out of his cell and sliding down knotted blankets from the jail windows on the second floor of the Federal building last night, Harry Harto was the subject of an intensive search by authorities here today.

Harto was recently convicted of embezzlement of furs and was due to leave in a day or two for a federal prison to serve a five-year sentence.