Oct. 14, 2009 — ANCHORAGE — The world’s longest snowmachine race has a new sponsor.

Iron Dog Race officials on Tuesday announced the Alaska Army National Guard has signed on as a presenting partner. The race’s former title sponsor, Tesoro Corp., withdrew its sponsorship last month. Iron Dog executive director Laura Bedard said in September, when she announced the sponsorship loss, that Tesoro was “studying budgets and revisiting priorities.”

Race spokeswoman Heidi Griffin said in September that Tesoro had indicated it will still support the race but as a lower-level sponsor.


Oct. 14, 1994 — ANCHORAGE — In an unprecedented move Thursday, Interior Athabascans and Gwich’in unanimously endorsed Democrat Tony Knowles for governor following a gubernatorial forum hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives.

The AFN, meanwhile, will consider a statewide endorsement today — a first for the organization that has fought for Native issues since 1966.

Knowles thanked the delegates representing the Tanana Chiefs Conference and Doyon Ltd. after members voiced their support in a regional caucus. Other regional caucuses left the convention Thursday undecided.


Oct. 14, 1969 — Tomorrow in Fairbanks, as in the rest of America, anti-Vietnam war demonstrators will get their chance to protest the U.S. involvement in that conflict. Vietnam Moratorium Committees across the country have set aside the day as “National Stop the War Day.”

Locally the protest is going to start at the University of Alaska with the opening of the headquarters at 9 a.m. in the SUB lounge. There information concerning our involvement in Vietnam will be available.

At noon the “Vietnam Moratorium Rally” will be held at the University of Alaska Plaza with speeches to be made by faculty members and students.


Oct. 14, 1944 — LONDON — More than 1,000 American heavy bombers today attacked railways, marshaling yards and other targets in Cologne while other formations of Fortresses and Liberators blasted military objectives in the Saarbrucken and Katserlautern areas.

It was the second raid in less than 18 hours on Cologne, a German industrial city less than 40 miles east of Aachen on the road to Berlin.

The British Mosquitos gave it a softening up blow last night with very strong forces of Eighth Air Force Thunderbolts and Mustangs.