10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 6, 2010 — The new engine at the University Fire Department might not literally have all the bells and whistles, but it has enough to put a smile on Battalion Chief Pat Mead’s face.

The six-passenger KME engine rolled into the fire station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Tuesday. When Mean signs off on the vehicle later this week, it will end 18 months of planning that went into purchasing the $769,000 engine.

The new “quint” engine — dubbed Engine 10 — will be the everyday workhorse for the department, with the ability to carry an aerial device, pump, water tank, fire hose and ground ladders. The engine will be based out of Station No. 2 on University Avenue once the department’s firefighters are trained in the engine’s use.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 6, 1995 — Clean air violations have come quickly this year, but that does not mean Fairbanks will be forced to change driving habits anytime soon.

“Drivers in Fairbanks should not expect to see any special new requirements put in place this winter,” said John Pavitt of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Anchorage office.

Fairbanks logged its third straight day of violating federal clean air standards Thursday and a fourth violation is expected today.

While high levels of carbon monoxide have occurred mostly in the downtown area, it is the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s responsibility to monitor air quality. The borough is also charged with reducing levels of air pollution.

Federal laws, which limit carbon monoxide in the air to 9 parts per million, allow one violation a year. Fairbanks has exceeded federal limits numerous times in most of the last 20 winters.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 6, 1970 — The man in the street told the Alaska Judicial Council what he thought was wrong with Alaska’s court system yesterday, and delays between the time a person is charged with a crime until he is tried was the major complaint.

One witness charges that some attorneys deliberately attempt to delay cases to take advantage of Fairbanks’ transient population, knowing that key witnesses eventually would leave town.

Another witness said the district attorney’s office should be “professionalized by offering higher pay to attract more talent.”

The council hearing was the first in a series which it planes to hold in the state in an attempt to obtain the “grass roots” opinion of the judicial system.

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 6, 1945 —WASHINGTON — President Roosevelt today called anew for National Service Legislation during war and for Universal Military Training afterwards.

In his message to Congress on the State of the Nation, he bespoke the confident hope of an enduring peace.

The Chief Executive declared that while great problems lie ahead “this year of 1945 can be the greatest year of achievement in human history. “

Making the nearest thing to a prediction on the end of the war, which he has thus far essayed, he said this year “can see the final ending of the Nazis and the Fascist reign of terror in Europe,” as well as “the closing in of the forces of retribution about the center of the malignant power of Imperialistic Japan.”