10 YEARS AGO

July 10, 2009 — An expected drop in visitors to Fairbanks this summer is proving to be true, preliminary numbers show.

City bed tax receipts for the month of May are down by about 30 percent compared to last year, according to the city of Fairbanks Web site.

The number of people riding the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks slipped by 12.2 percent comparing the first halves of 2008 and 2009, the railroad spokesman said.

 

25 YEARS AGO

July 10, 1994 — WASHINGTON — Like mountain-sized slugs fro mt a celestial machine gun, fragments of a shattered comet will ratta-tat-tat into Jupiter starting next Saturday. It could be the show of a lifetime — or a dud.

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 is a string of space rock or ice speeding in line toward Jupiter at about 130,000 mph. The largest fragment is almost two miles in diameter.

 

50 YEARS AGO

July 10, 1969 — Increased rainfall in the Fairbanks area has greatly been aiding the Bureau of Land Management in their seemingly never-ending task of controlling and suppressing the innumerable amount of forest fires throughout the Interior.

 

75 YEARS AGO

July 10, 1944 — LONDON — Great fleets of Allied bombers and fighters roared out over the English Channel this morning, and the Nazi radio at Paris claims that some of the raiders struck at the northeast part of Paris.