Jan. 4, 2010 — Fairbanks rang in the new year without any major trouble, local law enforcement officers said.

New Year’s Eve — on a Thursday this year — was only as hectic as a typical Friday or Saturday night, said Fairbanks Police Department Sgt. Eric Jewkes.

The same was true for the Alaska State Troopers, Sgt. Rick Roberts said.

There were 11 DUI arrests from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 in the Fairbanks area.

Six of those arrests were made by troopers, who had several patrols working overtime as a precaution.

Fairbanks city police made two DUI arrests on New Year’s Day and none on New Year’s Eve. FPD had three extra traffic units on the street Thursday night.


Jan. 4, 1995 — Fairbanks violated federal air quality standards Tuesday and is expected to do so again today, dashing hopes that 1995 would be free of days exceeding carbon monoxide levels and raising the prospect of carpooling.

Carbon dioxide content reached 14.5 parts per million in the air above Cushman Street and Second Avenue at noon, according to the borough’s Air Quality Division. The eight-hour average, the federal benchmark, was more than 10 ppm.

An eight-hour average exceeding 9 ppm violates federal clean air standards.

The warm, windless weather — largely to blame for the high carbon monoxide count — was no expected to change today. Fairbanks North Star Borough officials were bracing for a second violation on the fourth day of the year.


Jan. 4, 1970 — The News-Miner did not publish on this day. Here is an item from Jan. 3, 1970 — WASHINGTON — Draft officials are considering changes in the way they allocated monthly manpower quotas to local boards if necessary to make sure lottery numbers are called uniformly throughout the nation.

A spokesman said there were no definite plans and officials want to see how the new lottery system actually works before deciding whether changes are needed in the monthly allocation method.

Critics have expressed fears that local conditions could cause some draft boards to reach high up the list of lottery numbers established in a drawing here Dec. 1, while other boards still are tapping lower numbers.

At present, the Defense Department sets a yearly quota of men to be drafted, then issues monthly calls aimed at eventually filling that quota.

The monthly Pentagon calls are divided up among the states by the national Selective Service headquarters; state directors then further allocate the calls to each local board.


Jan 4, 1945 —WASHINGTON —Representative Holmes, Republican of Washington, a member of the House Indian Affairs Committee, recommends that the controversy over Alaskan fishing rights be settled by compensating the Indians.

The salmon industry has been in a sate of agitation for months since Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes undertook to investigate the charges of Alaskan Indians that commercial fishing by non-Indians interferes with the aboriginal rights of Indians.

Secretary Ickes wrote Representative James F. O’Connor, Democrat of Montana, chairman of the House Indian Committee, that he believed investigation of Indian and Eskimo claims in Alaska must be cleared up preliminary to an orderly development of the Territory.