Nov. 9, 2009 — Scarves, jewelry, watercolors and wood carvings were just the beginning of the University Women’s Association 41st annual holiday bazaar, which saw a near-record turnout this weekend inside the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center.

If the attendance level is any indication of a healthy economy, bazaar co-chairwoman Georgene Nielson said, Fairbanks is doing pretty well.

Within 15 minutes of closing Sunday afternoon, the Wood Center was still packed with anxious holiday shoppers eager to find that unique gift with an Alaska flair.

“Even with everything going on in the nation’s economy, we’ve seen a major increase in our sales — dollar wise — than we have in years,” Nielson said.



Nov. 9, 1994 — Republican Pete Kelly handed Democratic Rep. Joe Sitton a pink slip Tuesday night, skating by the one-term incumbent with 50.3 percent of the vote to Sitton’s 38.8 percent.

The third candidate in the House District 31 race, independent Walt Johnson, garnered 10.8 percent

of the vote.



Nov. 9, 1969 — The News-Miner did not publish on this date. Here is an item from Nov. 8, 1969 — U.S. Senator Ted Stevens will be honored at a birthday celebration next Saturday at the Silver Spur, one mile on the Old Richardson Highway.

Other birthday dinners are scheduled the same night in Anchorage at the Westward Hotel, and in Juneau at the Baranof Hotel.

Three distinguished U.S. senators will be traveling to Alaska to speak at the various functions in Stevens’ honor. Senator Robert Packwood of Oregon will appear in Anchorage, Sen. Henry Bellmon of Oklahoma will appear in Fairbanks, and Sen. Ralph Smith of Illinois will speak in Juneau.



Nov. 9, 1944 — Shoppers were advised today to prepare for a double holiday this week end by making sufficient purchases today and Friday, as Saturday, Armistice Day, will be observed as a holiday in Fairbanks.

Banks, courts, grocery stores and markets, and most offices will be closed all day.