July 8, 2009 — Fairbanks police Chief Laren Zager said a new ordinance prohibiting proxy buying for chronic inebriates will not solve the problem of public drunkenness downtown, but will help police in dealing with the issue.

The ordinance, passed Monday night in a 3-2 vote by the Fairbanks City Council, makes it illegal for a sober person to buy alcohol for someone if they know that there is a “substantial possibility” that person will possess an open container or drink in public. Anyone who violates the law can be fined up to $300 for their first offense.

The council eliminated a second portion of the ordinance that would have created a confidential list of chronic inebriates forbidden to buy alcohol from local stores.



July 8, 1994 — The scientific interviewers thought for a moment during testimony Thursday that Randall Raalam of Fort Yukon had contradicted himself.

The panel, officially called the Committee for Evaluation of 1950s Air Force Human Health Testing in Alaska Using Radioisotope Iodine-131, is here to determine whether scientists nearly 40 years ago clearly communicated the nature of the tests to Native subjects.



July 8, 1969 — Vern Hickel, president of the Travelers Inn of Fairbanks, today announced plans to triple the capacity of their Fairbanks motel. The new addition will be a four-story, 204 room annex, connected to the existing facility and extending between 8th and 10th Avenues.

Architect for the project is the firm of Crittenden, Cassetta, Wirum and Cannon of Anchorage. The addition will contain the same high quality of design and finish as the existing structure and will carry out the same decor and furnishing.



July 8, 1944 — With the announcement that Vice President Henry A. Wallace would speak Sunday over a nationwide network from Seattle, the secrecy shrouding his return trip from a visit to Siberia and China was lifted in Fairbanks.

The Vice President, who passed through Fairbanks six weeks ago arrived in Fairbanks on his return trip at 7:45 a.m.