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The Way We Were


In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

November 27, 1913: The Bazaar held by the ladies of the local Catholic Church on Thursday evening at the Redman's Hall was a great success. The attractions were new and afforded great amusement for those who desired to try their luck. The fish pond presided over by Mrs. H.L. Campbell and Miss Schefstad filled the wants of both young and old. Sol LaBounty was there when it came to the game of throwing, “three balls for 10 cents, soak him and you get half a dollar.” Sol did a land office business. There were other attractions such as raffles and throwing the rings which added to the financial side of the affair. The fancy booth presided over by mesdames Bronson and LaBounty and Miss Lovejoy was well patronized, the articles sold were both beautiful and useful.

November 25, 1938: The old mukluk telegraph had its day, and it was good in its way, but Alaska of 1938, rapidly modernizing, uses more radio telegraph and radiophone than any other region under the American flag. Spanning vast distances and linking lonely outposts with population centers, radio helps make one big family of Alaskans. There are more than 500 commercial stations, radiophone and radiotelegraph and 200 amateur stations in Alaska, according to Stacy W. Norman, with headquarters at Juneau. These totals include the aeronautical stations, but do not include the stations of the Alaska Communications System at the Signal Corps. In addition to the Signal Corps, commercial, aeronautical and amateur stations in Alaska there are 3 other radio broadcasting establishments: KFQD, Anchorage, KINY, Juneau, KGBU, Ketchikan.

November 22, 1963: The High School basketball season will officially open next Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30. The opening games of the season will pit the Kake School against the Wrangell Wolves. It is reported that it has its entire team back from last year and in addition are two other boys who had been attending school elsewhere. For the Wolves it appears that Kip Larson, John Ellis and Howie Fennimore will be in the opening lineup. Randy Barlow and Sid Martin are pushing hard for an opening assignment. Roger White, Jack Urata, Dave Sturdevant and Gordon Rooney will probably see action in the opening series.

November 24, 1988: New drug-testing regulations issued by the Department of Transportation won't affect most Alaska commercial fishermen. That's the word from Sen. Ted Stevens, who says the new regulations require drug testing for about 4 million transportation workers across the country. The regulations apply to people licensed by the Coast Guard or work for licensed persons in sensitive safety positions. Because licenses currently are required only for people operating fishing vessels of more than 200 gross dead weight tons, few Alaska fishermen need them. Therefore, most Alaska fishermen would be exempt from mandatory drug testing. Also exempt are processor personnel who are employed primarily in the preparation of fish or fish products. Self-employed vessel operators are covered by the drug-testing rule only if their vessels are operated by licensed seamen. The drug-testing rules announced Nov. 14 have a greater impact on those employed by the Alaska Marine Highway System or work on tankers, tugs and charter boats in Alaska.


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