10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 12, 2010 — Army Cpl. Michael Stretton, 25, spent his last hour at Fort Wainwright cheerfully following his 15-month-old daughter Peighton around as she toddled between rows of bulging, green camouflage backpacks amid a host of soldiers chatting with relatives and friends in a basement departure area Monday evening.

Stretton’s wife, Tiffany, sat nearby watching as he shepherded Peighton around the room crowded with military gear and soldiers embarking on a yearlong deployment to Iraq.

The couple is one of many in the 140 member 472nd Military Police Company who will be weathering a 12-month separation as the trained military police unit provides support and mentoring to Iraqi police as they secure their country.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 12, 1995 —  The moose trampling death of an Anchorage man Monday might scare some Alaska residents, but according to local wildlife officials moose are not a problem in the Fairbanks area unless harassed.

As winter progresses, more moose will wander closer to town in search of food and easier paths, said Bob Hunter, a wildlife technician for the Department of Fish and Game. The deep snow in outlying areas and Fairbanks’ warmer temperatures can attract moose to town, he said. Often moose come into town from the Tanana flats and over the Chena River.

Hunter said people who encounter moose should watch for aggressive signs and give them a wide berth.

Cathy Harms, a wildlife biologist for Fish and Game, said people should watch out if they see moose with hair standing up on their humps and their ears flat.

“People can usually tell when a moose is getting agitated,” Harms said.

Harms and Hunter both said people should never feed moose because that causes them to lose fear of people and they will expect food when they see humans. Once conditioned to being fed, moose may become aggressive when the next person they meet has no food.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 12, 1970 — Know anyone in Fairbanks who would fly all the way to New Jersey just to see the Jersey Turnpike?

Well, last week, Wayne Barker, a sprightly man of 82, arrived in Fairbanks from Seaside Park, N.J., for the sole purpose of observing the Northern Lights.

Barker, a retired partner in a machine shop business in Seaside Park, arrived in Fairbanks Jan. 4 and booked into the top floor of the Polaris Building where he figured he would have a better chance of observing the lights from his window.

He spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening with his eyes focused on the heavens for any sign of the arctic phenomenon, but didn’t see anything but traces of ice fog and stars.

Since he was only going to be here for a week, he figured he had better get out to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska and find out why he hadn’t seen the lights yet.

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 12, 1945 — Assured by a roomful of interested citizens that there is support enough in Fairbanks to warrant further efforts to gain approval of a city water system at this time, the City Council last night agreed to withhold formal rejection of the government grant.

Immediately after the Council adjourned, a group of about 30 persons held an impromptu meeting and formed an organization known as the Citizens Water Association for the purpose of backing another election on the project in the middle of February. Headed by John Butrovich, Jr., as chairman, Charles Clasby as vice chairman and Claude Chilton as secretary, the association will first circulate petitions asking for a new election, then conduct a canvass for 100 per cent registration, and lastly launch a campaign to get voters to go to the polls on election day.

Following the formation of the Citizens Water Association, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, which has backed the project from the start, voted at its noon meeting today to endorse the efforts of the association.