News from 10-20-30 years ago
October 20, 1982- The Connexion, National Bank of Alaska’s new automatic teller machine, is now operational in five locations in Southeast Alaska. The machines, tied to the bank’s central computer system in Anchorage, are being used by customers in Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka. Ketchikan and Juneau each have two National Bank of Alaska offices and The Connexion is available at those locations.
By using the special “Connexion” card and personal identification code, NBA customers can perform any one of seven banking transactions 24 hours a day. Each cardholder may withdraw up to $300 in cash each day ($600 for a couple) from either checking or savings, make deposits to checking or savings, transfer checking or savings funds and obtain an up-to-the second account balance. This 24 hour a day service is available to NBA customers without additional charge.
October 22, 1992- Alaska Airlines announced recently it has received approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin service between Anchorage and Vladivostok, Russia.
Beginning in late spring or early summer of 1993, Alaska Airlines is proposing two round-trip flights per week. The Seattle based airlines currently serves two other cities in Russian Far East, Magadan and Khabarovsk. Alaska offered rail tours from Khabarovsk to Vladivostok this summer as part of its Russian vacation packages.
October 24, 2002-According to the seasonal forecast for the United States on October 17 by the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the Commerce Department’s NOAA, hearty southeasterners are in store for a wetter than normal winter. The CPC primarily bases their forecasts on the influence of the current El Nino and climate trends over the past 10 to 15 years, and long range experimental data models.
Research dating back to the late 1980s shows that during the last several El Nino events, Southeast Alaska winters were warmer and wetter than normal. The winter season is defined as November 1 through March 31. Still being researched is why the persistent weather feature known as the “Aleutian Low” is deeper than normal during recent El Nino events.