Oct. 5, 2009 — Of the 58 caribou hearts examined in the University of Alberta caribou study, five were partially or wholly in Alaska: the Porcupine, Central Arctic, Alaska, Teshekpuk and Cape Bathurst herds.

The Teshekpuk herd, which covers most of the North Slope, and the Central Arctic heard, which is located around Prudhoe Bay, have been increasing in number.

The Porcupine herd, which includes more animals than when measurement started in the early 1970s, is among those in decline.

Also declining were the Alaska herd in the Central Arctic herd south of the Brooks Range.


Oct. 5, 1994 — A 40-year-old man killed his two roommates and their landlord — among them a University of Alaska Fairbanks music professor and a News-Miner photographer — early Tuesday in their home off Skyline Drive, according to Alaska State Troopers.

William Michael Hillyer was booked into Fairbanks Correctional Center at 8:40 p.m. on three counts of first-degree murder.

Troopers said it appeared Hillyer killed his roommates by blunt force, but they declined to reveal what type of weapon was used.


Oct. 5, 1969 — The News-Miner didn’t publish on this date. Here is an item from Oct. 4, 1969 — WASHINGTON — Administration intervention has postponed for at least 60 days a labor-management showdown that had threatened a nationwide shutdown of rail service starting today.

President Nixon invoked the Railway Labor Act Friday and created an emergency board to determine the facts and recommend the basis for settlements of year-long wage dispute eteween four railroad shop craft unions and the country’s 76 major carriers.


Oct. 5, 1944 — LONDON — American armor and infantry plunged a widening hole into the Siegfield Line near Ubach in Germany today.

Masses of artillery including ten-inch guns tore to pieces many German defenses.

The Germans are battling fiercely and have rushed up reinforcements in an effort to prevent the crumbling of the entire Siegfried Line.

North of Aachen already the original west wall has been pierced and Americans forces are attacking with fresh energy enemy tank traps, earthworks and pillboxes easily erected behind it.

To the north, heavy fighting has flared along the British Nijmegen-Arnheim corridor. British infantry attacked in several sectors gaining a mile to the east.