10 YEARS AGO

Nov. 3, 2009 — Voters today will choose a new mayor for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in a runoff election between two assembly members.

Polls across the borough open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

“We’re looking for a good turnout,” deputy borough clerk Nanci Ashford said.

A general election in October 1997 featuring eight candidates for mayor drew 17,335 votes and no outright winner. The number of votes dropped 11 percent for the subsequent runoff that year — the last time the borough had a mayoral runoff.The year’s October election drew 15,610 votes for the six-person mayoral field.

25 YEARS AGO

Nov. 3, 1994 — Chancellor Joan Wadlow wants to open the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Natural Sciences building with money originally meant for the College of Rural Alaska, campus safety, and other needy programs.

Wadlow wants to open the building by using “the majority of” $6 million in enhancement funds, money to be raised by the university over the next three years.

“This would seriously delay other enhancements that are needed for quality and growth elsewhere at UAF,” Wadlow said in a prepared statement.

Wadlow, reached later Wednesday, said spending money on the Natural Sciences would “really hurt us on other front.”

50 YEARS AGO

Nov. 3, 1969 — The state, as expected, has formally sought an injunction in Superior Court to stop residents of block 18, Lemeta, from discharging raw sewage into Noyes Slough.

The move represents the state’s second attempt through the courts to block pollution of the area’s waterways. Last week criminal charges were filed against a commercial establishment on three counts of violating regulations for the Department of Health and Welfare.

The district attorney’s office has been working on the injunction against block 18 ever since an attempt earlier this month to shut off the offending sewer line was blocked by Juneau officials.

Assistant District Attorney William Christian, who presented the case for the state, said this morning he hopes a hearing will be held in a week or two.

Meantime he has asked for a temporary restraining order.

75 YEARS AGO

Nov. 3, 1944 — NEW YORK — The presidential polls indicate today that it may be a photo finish between Roosevelt and Dewey.

Three nation wide polls report the President leading in 20 states with a combined electoral vote of 198.

Gov. Dewey, they say leads in 13 states with a total of 143 electoral votes.

All three, failing to agree on whose ahead in the 15 remaining states, decline to forecast which candidate is likely to get the 266 electoral votes that are needed to win.

A fourth poll, conducted for Fortune magazine by the Elmo Roper firm finds Roosevelt favored by 53.5 per cent of the civilian voters, but this poll does not go into the electoral vote.