10 YEARS AGO

Oct. 9, 2009 — Rep. John Coghill is ready to move up to the Senate. The North Pole Republican is Gov. Sean Parnell’s choice to fill the vacant state Senate District F seat. Parnell announced the appointment during a press conference Thursday, praising Coghill as an honorable and principled lawmaker.

“When Rep. Coghill says something, he does something,” Parnell said.

25 YEARS AGO

Oct. 9, 1994 — With five homicides in the Fairbanks area since the end of September, Mayor Jim Hayes says he will call his public safety director to a city council meeting to discuss the deaths and ways to slow the violence.

Hays on Saturday also asked that people attended a church service today to pray for the city.

“My sympathy and prayers go out to the family members of the victims,” Hayes said.

“It’s just careless disregard for human life, sometimes there’s drugs or alcohol involved, but with the recent triple-homicide, those people were all law-abiding citizens,” Hayes said.

50 YEARS AGO

Oct. 9, 1969 — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Assurances by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and Secretary of the Interior Walter J. Hickel of a brighter future for the American Indian met with a mixed reaction from tribal leaders.

Both promised the 26th annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday that the Nixon administration will maintain and improve federal guardianship of Indian lands and resources while giving Indians more voice in their own affairs.

75 YEARS AGO

Oct. 9, 1944 — Titus John, 32-year-old Fort Yukon native, who had been in the hospital here since he was stabbed at Nenana September 28, died yesterday morning, and today a charge of second degree murder was filed against his brother, Daniel John, 28, who is one of the three men serving 30-day sentence in the federal jail here as a result of the Nenana incident.