Oct. 8, 2009 — Two Fairbanks-area Boys and Girls Clubs are closing because of severe budget shortfalls. They are among more than a dozen clubs around the state affected by the statewide organization’s loss of funding.



Oct. 8, 1994 — They will always be part of us.

The message was the same from friends of six scholars who trod different paths on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus and who died over the past week.

About 1,000 mourners gathered in the Charles Davis Concert Hall at UAF Friday afternoon to memorialize the six people who just a few days ago were laughing, working and touching dozens of lives.

“These have been tragic days, dire and grievous,” UA President Jerome Komisar told the gathering.



Oct. 8, 1969 — A 20-year-old convicted drug peddler escaped from a State Trooper yesterday afternoon while being transported from the State Court Building on Sixth and Barnette back to the State Jail off Airport road.

Joseph Bargas jumped out of a police vehicle when the driver, Trooper Walter Sinn, stopped for a red light at the corner of Airport Road and Cowles Street about 3 p.m.



Oct. 8, 1944 — The News-Miner didn’t publish on this date. Here’s an item from Oct. 9, 1944 — LONDON — Close to 10,000 Allied planes hammered at Germany and Holland over the week-end in the greatest 24-hour assault in the history of aerial warfare and only unfavorable weather across Holland and France kept the number from being much greater.