July 6, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 27

Yesterday's News

June 30, 1982 - A spokesperson for Cablevision and the deputy commissioner of Administration say they are nearing an agreement that will allow for the broadcast of instructional television here that could expand high school and elementary curriculums, as well as provide college credit and how-to instruction for adults.

Photo courtesy of the Michael Nore collection ©
A Main Street scene from the 1940s, looking south.

Learn Alaska Instructional Telecommunications Network, co-directed by the University of Alaska and Department of Education, was scheduled to go on the air last fall in 115 communities. Broadcasts to Petersburg and six other towns were delayed when Cablevision filed a protest with the Federal Communications Commission saying that the LAITN signals would interfere with cable broadcasts.

The programming has been available in about 90 Alaskan communities since last fall; and teleconference sessions with instructors have been available in addition to the television shows since January.

June 25, 1992 - A plentiful water supply, a ski resort, a new hydroelectric facility and a deep water port are among the possibilities if the city decides to create another water reservoir by damming up Cabin Creek on north Mitkof Island.

At least half a dozen local agencies or organizations and several dozen people have a strong interest in promoting the dam.

June 27, 2002 - For the first time two Alaska highways have been named Scenic Byways by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The Alaska Marine Highway and the Glenn Highway were recently given this designation.

Under the National Scenic Byways Program, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as National Scenic Byways based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

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