April 19, 2009 — The Alaska Health Fair rolled into town last week at a time some say the need for public assistance is higher than it has been in years.

By 8:30 Saturday morning, the line for free screenings, cheap blood test and other checkups had grown out the door of the commons room at Friends Community Church.

Phyllis Tugman-Alexander, who has helped direct the statewide Health Fair program for 15 years, said the number of visitors this year doesn’t look to have fallen far from previous years.

But she said more people than before seem to be taking advantage of the free services, like oral, podiatry checks, massages or vision tests. 


April 19, 1994 — A new 11th-grade American history textbook that one Lower 48 critic trashed as “dumbing down” and another rejected as “affirmative action history” is up for a vote by the school board tonight.

Todd and Curti’s “The American Nation” features more non-white Americans than whites in biographies, complained John Leo of U.S. News & World Report magazine. The book contains three times more photos of Indians and Indian culture than other racial groups, he said.

Gilbert Sewall, director of the American Textbook Council, protested that the book blames former President Ronald Reagan’s economic policies for the increase of sexual harassment and homelessness in America in the 1980s.


April 19, 1969 — The Fairbanks delegation in the Alaska Legislature is not together on anything is the impression civic and business leaders are expressing with more and more frequency as the session goes into its 83rd day today.

Wednesday of this week leaders in the Anchorage and Fairbanks Chambers of Commerce met to discuss the apparent “anti-business” attitude of their respective delegations.

Friday, Borough Chairman John Carlson and MUS manager Jim Movius met to discuss getting the 11-man Fairbanks legislative delegation “together” on disaster legislation that, if not passed, will reflect on the borough tax bills. 


April 19, 1944 — Representative Warren G. Magnuson, Democrat of Washington, told the House yesterday that the Japanese made a military mistake in seizing Kiska instead of Adak when they moved into the Aleutian islands.

“Why the Japanese didn’t establish themselves in Adak is a military mystery,” he said. “Possibly the best explanation is that for many years all our maps designated Kiska as a ‘Naval Reserve, Keep Out.’ Therefore, the very subtle way of Japanese thinking must have led them to Kiska instead of to one of the first potential bases in the Aleutians.