June 8, 2009 — The University of Alaska nudged state leaders Friday to restart a land transfer after legal technicalities sunk a similar plan this winter.

The Board of Regents, meeting in Fairbanks, called an Alaska Supreme Court decision in March — which invalidated the bulk of a 2005 land-transfer bill — an “injury” to a land-grant university that has waited decades to get its hands on land.

The land grant bill would have given the university system 250,000 acres to sell or use for research. The decision, which reversed a lower-court ruling, followed a lawsuit from Southeast environmental groups.


June 8, 1994 — Some Yukon Quest board members are considering turning the 1,000-mile sled dog race into either an all-Alaska event or a race with only one stop in Canada, at Dawson City.

That means the trail would bypass Carmacks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and instead travel through Tok and Delta Junction before returning to Fairbanks.

Quest president Tom Nixon said Tuesday the idea is worth discussing if it makes the race more attractive to sponsors.


June 8, 1969 — The mystery of how oil is discovered was explained yesterday to the Alaska Business Council, the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and the Fairbanks Industrial Development Corporation by three Humble Oil & Refining Co. officials.

The cost of discovery is high and the cost of drilling is equally high as compared with costs in the smaller states, said Humble’s George Hickok, district exploration manager, W.B. Smith, Jr.; district geophysicist, and Dean Morgridge, Alaska district geologist.

An overflow crowd of about 100 attended the luncheon to hear the discussion and witness a showing of slides.


June 8, 1944 — LONDON — Seven Allied battleships, three of them American, and scores of flanking cruisers and destroyers, including the “Revenge,” and thirty French, Norwegian, Polish and Dutch ships comprised the task forces which ripped the first breaches in Hitler’s Atlantic wall.

The battleship Texas led the western task force under Rear Admiral Alan Goodrich Kirk. The squadron also included the battleships Arkansas and Nevada. The eastern force was led by the British battleship Warspite and included the battlewagons Rodney, Ramillies and Nelson.