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OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—-MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS_ VOL. LXI No. 33 NOME, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 1959 _Per Copy—15<g Hawaii Statehood i Bill Signed By Ike WASHINGTON, \m — President Eisenhower today signed the bill to make Hawaii the 50th state. With the bill’s signing, Hawaii could, by taking fast action, get officially into the union by next July. This would be in time to send members to the present ses sion of Congress. October is more likely, however. It took six months to add Alaska’s 59th star to the flag. Territorial Governor William Quinn has 30 days after formal notification of the President’s ap proval in which to issue a pro clamation of elections. A primary must be held no less than 60 nor more than 90 days after the proclamation. General election must come no later than 40 days after the primary. Eisenhower’s proclamation mak ing Hawaii the 50th state will come after the election results are officially certified. In addition to electing a Gov ernor and Lieutenant Governor, state legislators and one House member in Congress, Hawaii must vote on three propositions: 1. Shall Hawaii immediately be admitted into the union as a state? 2. Does Hawaii consent to the exclusion of Palmyra Island from the boundary of the new state? 8. Does Hawaii accept statehood under all other conditions speci fied in the statehood bill, includ ing land grants and reservations, and one House member instead of two? There will be a second repre sentative after the 1960 census reapportionment. Session Extension Seen Likely for 1st State Legislature JUNEAU, (fl) — Alaska’s legis lators made preparations Monday for the abnormally long session that seems inevitable for the first State Legislature. The Senate amended a previous ly-passed House resolution ex tending the time for transmittal of bills between the two houses. Legislative rules limit this time to 50 days and Monday was the 50th day of the session. The House suggested extending the period to 55 days and the Sen ate amendment tacked five more days to that. However, the embargo on in troduction of other than commit tee bills apparently will stand. The deadline for the introduction of bills by individuals passed last Wednesday. The Democratic leadership in the Legislature has set no target date for the close of business and the session appears certain to last another 20 days. It’s possible that adjournment won’t be reached until about April 11. Territorial laws called for a 60 day bi-annual legislative session. However, under statehood the Legislature is to meet annually for whatever length of time the lawmakers deem necessary. School Asked for Nome JUNEAU. UP)—Establishment of a technical school at Nome, similar to the Mount Edgecumbe Native School at Sitka, was urged in a memorial to Congress introduced in the House recently. Forums, Parties, j Socials Planned for Bela Sigma Phis An interesting program has been planned for the Beta Sigma Phi Alaska Convention, meeting here this week. Registration is planned for'' Thursday at the North Stpr and the Polaris Hotels, followed by informal cocktail party at the Polaris Hotel, from 7 to 8 p.m. On Friday morning at 10 o’clock a forum will be held in the court room of the Federal Building, fol lowed by a luncheon at 1 p.m., at the North Star. 2:30 until 4 o’clock Friday, a forum will be held at the North Star Dining Room. A buffet supper is planned at the Bering Sea Club at 8 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Gay Nine ties Party. On Saturday, there will be a forum at 10 a.m. in the Federal Court Room; from 2 until 4 p.m.. the Home Arts Club will hostess a tea honoring the visitors. At 8 p.m., the group will have a for mal banquet at the North Star Dining Room. On Sunday morning at 10 o’clock there will be a Brunch and Clos ing Ritual at the North Star Din ing Room, with sightseeing at the afternoon Dog Races, which are sponsored by the Arctic Club. New Army Chief of Staff Named to Succeed Taylor WASHINGTON, UP) — President Eisenhower today nominated Gen. 'Lyman L. Lemnitzer to be the new chief of staff of the Army in succession to Gen. Maxwell D. laylor. Lemnitzer has been vice chief of staff since July, 1957. The White House said Taylor had requested that he not be renamed to another term. His present term expires June 30. The President reappointed the other top members of the joint chiefs as follows: Gen. Nathan F. Twining, chair man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His present two-year term expires August 15. Adm. Arleigh A. Burke, chief of Naval operations for a third term of two years ending in Aug ust, 1961. Gen. Thomas D. White, chief of staff of the Air Force for two years beyond next June 30. Gruening Asks ‘Alaskans - First’ , Hiring Provisions WASHINGTON, UP) — Senator Ernest Gruening has asked the Interior Department to give Alas kans first chance at jobs at a proposed Alaska Railroad right of-way relocation project. In a letter to Secretary Seaton, Gruening asked that the “Alas kans first” provision be written into a contract soon to be let for work in the Clear missile site area. _ The senator recalled a contract for railroad repair work let last summer for which the contractor imported Mexican laborers even though numerous Alaskans were unemployed at the time. “I certainly hope you agree with me,” Gruening said, “that resident Alaskans should enjoy first chance at jobs on the rail road in our state, that some of the many unemployed American citi zens elsewhere in the nation should have second choice, and that only when no workmen are available from the'se classes should we turn to foreign na tions for laborers’.” Governor Names 6 to Appear At Fisheries Hearing JUNEAU, UP) — Six legislators have been giver the job of preT paring Alaska’s case on the criti cal Bristol Bay fisheries situation to present to a Congressional hear ing here two weeks hence. Named by acting Governor Hugh Wade yesterday to a Gov ernor’s committee were: Senators Irene Ryan of An chorage, B. J. Logan of Cordova, and Jack Weise of Bethel, and Representatives Jay Hammond of Naknek, Harold Hansen of Cor dova and Peter Deveau of Kodiak. iU. S. Senator Bob Bartlett will be chairman of the Congressional subcommittee which will meet here April 1 and 2. A session will be held in Seattle April 3. The hearing will take up the bill before Congress to prohibit U. S. imports of packed salmon caught on the high seas. Its spon sors are Senators Bartlett und Gruening, and Warren G. Magnu i son fD-Wash). Salmon Packers Demand Boycott of Japan Fish Products Imported to U. S. SEATTLE, UP) — An American boycott of all canned fish coming from Japan was demanded by Aalska’s Bristol Bay salmon pack ers yesterday. Major packers met here to dis cuss Interior Secretary Seaton’s order last week closing Bristol Bay to United States salmon fish ermen this summer. “The Japanese are unwilling to participate in any program fo.' the conservation and protection of Bristol Bay fish and are deter mined to continue unrestricted fishing until the last salmon is gone,” W. C. Arnold, managing director of the Alaska Salm.n Industry, Inc., said after the meeting. “They (Japanese fishermen) ex pect to catch American-spawned salmon as long as there are any left and to export their catch to the United States. This is carry ing mattcis too far.” A packers’ joint statement said: “The Japanese ought to be de nied access to the American mar ket not only as to salmon taken on the high seas in violation of the spirit and intent of their sol emn treaty obligation, but also as to other canned fishe’-y products. It seems that only in ’his way can they be induced to cooperate in conserving North American sal mon.” Imports of Japanese canned sal mon the past two years have ex ceeded the total U. S. Bristol Bay production, the packers said. The Japanese catch on the high seas was described as having increased from 700,000 fish in 1952 to 19 million in 1957, with last sum mer’s total unreported. Senate Delays Gasoline Tax Revenue Bill Providing Extra 2nd Div. Fjinds JUNEAU, Uft — Action has been put off by the Senate on a bill to divide gasoline tax revenues equally among Alaska’s four ma jor districts. It would send con siderable new revenue into the Northwestern District at the ex pense of the more populated sec tions. The measure, by Senators John McNees of Nome and Eben Hop son of Barrow, supported by Sen. George McNabb of Fairbanks, was held in second reading on McNees’ motion and there was no indication when it will be brought up again. It would change the present set up of’expenditures from the state gasoline tax fund. The Senate Ju diciary Committee recommended “do not pass” Monday and said an Attorney General’s opinion stated that dedicated funds, now on the statute books, cannot be altered. Senate floor action was also held up yesterday on the bill to pro vide a new womkmen’s compen sation law for Alaska. Two com mittees were in conflict over tech nical amendments. The $9,575 appropriation bill to cover legislators’ travel expenses to Juneau completed its legisla tive journey with unanimous Sen ate endorsement. It provides funds to pay for one round-trip fare between Juneau and a legislator’s home, plus added funds to cover 50 pounds of excess baggage charges if needed. A bill author izing the travel and baggage al lowance has already been enacted. A bill introduced in the House would jump the maximum month ly public assistance for one de pendent child from $60 to $80. The allowance for each additional de pendent child would remain at $30. Another bill introduced in the lower branch would appropriate $25,000 to set up a University of Alaska marine biological station. The station would provide train ing in fisheries for students who have completed a basic science course. Three-In-One Vanguard Will Test Space Friction WASHINGTON, UP) — The United States is planning some thing new in satellites—a three in-one job. It will be part of the Vanguard series and will include a balloon to study friction in space. Dr. John P. Hagen announced plans for it Tuesday and said it will be launched soon from Cape Canaveral. In effect, Hagen said, the new Vanguard will provide three sep arate satellites: 1. The empty case of the laun ching vehicle’s third stage rocket, a metal tube weighing about 52 pounds. 2. A 13-inch plastic sphere with an arm extending about two feet. There will be a magnetometer at the end of the arm to measure the earth’s magnetic fields. This sat ellite will weigh about 22 pounds. 3. A 30-inch expandable balloon weighing IV2. to 2 pounds. Before launching, the balloon will be folded into a small tray at the base of the plastic sphere. When the vehicle separates from the final stage rocket, a gas cart ridge will inflate the balloon — if all goes as planned. The balloon, because of its lar ger area and lighter weight, will slow down more rapidly than the two companion satellites, and thus provide a more precise meas urement of drag and friction in space. 59ers Expected To Reach Whitehorse, Y.T., Today WHITEHORSE, Y. T., UP) — The Michigan ’59ers, a caravan of 37 city-bred, Alaska-bound emi grants, were expected to reach this storied Yukon Territory town today. The motorized group left Fort Nelson, B. C., yesterday, heading into the Yukon up the 1,500-mile Alaska Highway. Wen the modern-day pioneers arrive here they will toe only about 600 miles from Fairbanks, the northern terminus of the highway. They are en route to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula to take up homesteads. ‘Best Location’ Study to be Made For Alaska Capitol JUNEAU, UP — Juneau business leaders were aroused today over what to do about the proposed legislative study as to the “best” location for Alaska’s oapitol. J. S. Mackinnon Jr., president of the Chamber ot Commerce, called a chamber executive board meeting. He said the resolution passed by the House of Represen tatvies yesterday contained noth ing new and was only part of the “continual sniping action” at the Southeastern Alaska location of the capitol. But he also added that he hoped the resolution would be amended in the Senate to spell out just what kind of a study would be made. He also said that the un certainty created discourages in vestment in Juneau, Alaska’s cap itol nearly half a century. In the House yesterday, Rep. John Hellenthal of Anchorage said it would bankrupt the state to move the Capitol. Rep. John Rader said the resolution proposed a study which would clarify the sit uation and that Juneau would probably come out on top any way in such a study. The resolu tion was passed, however, 20-13. It would direct the Legislative Council to hold a series of hear ings around the state and report to the 1960 Legislature. It does not say, however, what aspects of the problem would be studied or what standards would be used to determine the “best” location. Joe Louis Marries For Third Time LOS ANGELES, UP — Joe Louis has taken his third bride — a prosperous Los Angeles criminal lawyer. Mrs. Martha M. Jefferson and the former heavyweight champion of the world were married secret ly a week ago today in Winter haven, Calif., across the Colorado River from Yuma, Ariz. She is 46, Louis 45. It was her fourth marriage. Louis has two children by the former Marva Trotter of Detroit. His second wife was Rose Mor gan, New York City cosmetics (manufacturer.