Oct. 11, 2009 — It has been 15 years since the state of Alaska first published a list of where convicted sex offenders and child kidnappers live and work.

In that time, the information offenders are required to give has changed little.

The name, phone, conviction, address and other major identifiers of each man or woman are collected by the Department of Public Safety and posted online.

Visitors to the public Web site — www.dps.state.ak.us/sorweb/Sorweb.aspx — are free to browse the registry by name, address, ZIP code or city.

However, the number of people on the state’s registry was cut in half last year following a decision by the Alaska Supreme Court.



Oct. 11, 1994 — A proposal to do away with the city manager’s position and instead have a strong mayor run Fairbanks will appear on the city ballot next year.

City Clerk Toni Connor said supporters of the idea gathered enough signatures of registered city voters to put the question on the October 1995 election ballot.

But that creates an unusual situation for candidates who want to run for the position next fall when Major Jim Hayes’ three-year term expires.



Oct. 11, 1969 — Dr. James C. Ryan and his wife Price, guests of honor at Sunday’s dedication of Ryan Junior High School, met many former teaching associates, former students, and old Fairbanks friends last night at a dinner for the former Fairbanks educator. They are in Fairbanks for the dedication of a school in Ryan’s name.



Oct. 11, 1944 — ALLIED HEADQUARTERS ON NEW GUINEA ISLAND — A Japanese attempt to reinforce the little Jap(anese) garrison still holding out against Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s invaders on Morotai island was largely broken Monday night and early Tuesday by American fighter planes and patrol torpedo boats, which sank and damaged 18 reinforcement barges.