Jan. 26, 2010 — After almost two years of negotiation between the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese and a committee representing nearly 300 sexual abuse victims, the final details of the diocese’s third bankruptcy plan revision were approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Donald McDonald at a Monday morning hearing in Anchorage.

The reorganization plan, which is expected to be signed by the court in the next week or two, provides $9.8 million in compensation to be divided among abuse victims.

The missionary diocese raised the money primarily by selling its properties to its own endowment fund. The diocese’s 46 parishes contributed $650,000 and Alaska National Insurance Co., $1.4 million.


Jan. 26, 1995 — JUNEAU — If Gov. Tony Knowles won’t do it, the Legislature will.

That’s what leaders in both the House and Senate decided Wednesday regarding Knowles’ decision to drop the state’s lawsuit challenging federal management of fish and game in Alaska.

Knowles announced Monday in Fairbanks that he would drop Hickel vs. Babbitt, filed by then-Gov. Walter J. Hickel in February 1992. The announcement was no surprise since Knowles, in campaign speeches last fall, promised to drop the suit he called “antisubsistence.”


Jan. 26, 1970 — JUNEAU — The Senate today set the stage for a “confrontation face-to-face and man-to-man” on the delay in issuance of a right-of-way permit for construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.

Senate President Brad Phillips, R-Anchorage, reported his conversation Friday night with Interior Secretary Walter Hickel in which Hickel said there is certain basic information he has requested the pipeline people have not supplied. He offered to send his top geologist to discuss the details with the senate.

Sen. Robert Blodgett, D-Teller, said the Senate also should call TAPS representatives at the same time. He said it appears a “confrontation here face-to-face and man-to-man is essential.”


Jan. 26, 1945 — ELEVENTH AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Aleutian Islands — Army Liberator planes shot down three Japanese fighters and damaged or destroyed four more Wednesday (East Longitude time) in a running fight off the Japanese island of Paramushiro near Japan.

One American plane was shot down by enemy fighters.

Most of the fight took place near Kashiwabara, an enemy army staging area, at high altitudes.

A small force of Liberators were jumped by eight or ten Japanese fighters. Three other enemy planes, twin-engined craft, followed the battle but did not participate.