This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1940, the first personnel arrived at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage aboard a B-10 bomber.

• In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried, unsuccessfully, to catch salmon off Aaron Island in Southeast Alaska as he stopped off secretly on his way back from an inspection of the Aleutian Islands.

• In 1958, Mike Stepovich, the last governor of the Territory of Alaska, resigned to run for the U.S. Senate. He lost to Ernest Gruening.

• In 1969, the world's second natural gas liquification plant was dedicated at Kenai. The plant was a joint venture between Phillips Petroleum and Marathon Oil Company.

• In 1971, the Little Susitna River flooded, weakening the roadbed and causing the derailment of 16 railroad cars.

Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:


• About $10 in change was reported stolen from a 1994 Jeep Cherokee that was broken into at 3:16 p.m. Sunday on Douglas Highway and David Street.

• At 7:48 p.m. Sunday near Glacier Highway, a woman reported $300 was missing when her stolen purse was returned to her.

• A digital camera was reported stolen out of a locked vehicle at 10:49 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of Marine Way.


• A 2002 Volkswagen was reported scratched by a key at 6:33 p.m. Sunday at Fourth and Harris streets downtown.

Vehicle accidents:

• A two-vehicle accident was reported at 1:19 p.m. Sunday near Glacier Highway and Sunny Point. It involved a 1995 Plymouth, driven by a 53-year-old man, and a 1994 Nissan truck, driven by a 64-year-old man. Damage was estimated at $1,500 to each vehicle.

• At 3:42 p.m. Sunday, a 1988 Ford Ranger, driven by an 18-year-old man, was reported to have hit a parked 1988 Ford Taurus in the 8400 block of Thunder Mountain Road.

• A 2003 GMC Sierra, driven by a man, 37, and a 1988 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by a man, 24, were involved in an accident at 8:28 p.m. Sunday at El Camino Street and Mendenhall Loop Road.

Hit and run:

• At 10:07 a.m. Monday, a 1997 Honda Civic was reported damaged by an unknown vehicle somewhere in Juneau.

Traffic stops:

• Police impounded a disabled vehicle at 12:23 p.m. Sunday on inbound Egan Drive near Sunny Point after citing the driver, a 20-year-old man, on charges of driving without a license and carrying no insurance.

• Police impounded a vehicle at 2:08 p.m. Sunday after finding it in a ditch at Riverside Drive and Pinedale Street in the Mendenhall Valley. Police cited the driver, a 19-year-old man, on a charge of driving without a license.

• Police impounded a vehicle at 8:18 p.m. Sunday on Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area after citing the driver, a 22-year-old man, on charges of failing to stop at a stop sign, not carrying insurance and driving without a license.

Calls related to alcohol: 2.

Calls related to domestic violence: 0.

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