10 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 2010 — There is just one more thing the Fairbanks North Star Borough can do to halt an annexation by the city of Fairbanks. That option is on the table Thursday.

A proposed resolution aims to appeal the annexation in state superior court. It will be the subject of a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the borough chambers.

The state Local Boundary Commission officially approved the annexation Dec. 2. The resolution would direct the borough attorney’s office to appeal the LBC’s decision.

Borough Assembly members have contested Fairbanks’ attempts to incorporate the Fred Meyer West subdivision for more than a year. Losing the 0.05 square miles near Airport Way will cost the borough more than $400,000 in taxes, the resolution claims.

At the heart of the long-standing dispute, the arguments have not changed much.

25 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1995 — Negotiations on Fairbanks teacher contracts continued past 12:30 a.m. today, while 20 die-hard teachers waited in the school district boardroom to find out if they were close to striking.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Board of Education and Fairbanks Education Association began talks about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, continuing a second day of negotiations to avert a possible teachers’ strike.

No one knew if board members were swayed by a candlelight rally of some 400 spirited teachers Thursday evening.

After weeks of threatening to strike, teachers were jovial as they killed time while negotiations dragged on. About 45 teachers ordered pizzas, pulled chairs together to talk and laughed loud enough to be heard down the hall at 9 p.m.

Upstairs on the fourth floor, board president Sue Wilken joked with three other board members about favorite TV shows during a break in negotiations.

50 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1970 — We’ve got to begin thinking about a workable, farsighted ordinance to fight air pollution,” a member of the UA Geophysical Institute said last night.

“The time is now,” said a Fairbanks physician.

The two, Dan Swift and Dr. Charles T. Marrow, were part of a capacity crowd at a public meeting at Alaskaland called by the American Association of University Women.

The more than 100 citizens were insistent in their demands for immediate action, and Borough Chairman John Carlson replied he hopes to have an ordinance on the books by June 30.

But if last night is any indication, the Fairbanks City Council can expect a demand for an immediate ban on the idling of automobiles. Car exhaust was cited by authorities as the major contributor to ice fog.

“Ice fog is a luxury tax,” said Dr. Carl Benson of the UA Geology Department, “and the luxury is climbing into a warm car.” 

Dr. Benson, perhaps the foremost authority on ice fog in the area, along with Swift and Dr. Jules Cohen, chief of environmental engineering at the Arctic Health Research Lab, formed a panel at last night’s meeting.

75 YEARS AGO

Jan. 20, 1945 — A goal of 100 new housing units for Fairbanks this coming year was tentatively adopted last night by George W. Coplen, Regional representative of the National Housing Agency, who is in Alaska from Seattle to study wartime housing needs.

Coplen set the 100-unit estimate after a meeting of a number of interested business men who were called together by Mayor H. G. Hughes to give information on the local situation. His recommendations will be forwarded to Washington, where the Fairbanks program will be integrated in the NHA’s plans for the year.

Addressing the gathering after announcing he believed he had received satisfactory information, Cop said it was apparent that Fairbanks’ need was for considerably more than 100 new units but that he would “set his sights” on that number as necessary to ease the worst of the problem.