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OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS 64th Year No. 109 NOME, ALASKA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1963 Per Copy 15C Experts Suggest Financing Means, i Construction Problems In Eookin At Future Alaska Highway Paving bij By WARD SIMS Associated Press Staff Writer WHITEHORSE, Y. T„ Sept. 12 — A University of Alberta eco nomics professor told a conference on paving the Alaska Highway Thursday serious consideration should be given to financing the project through tolls. Dr. D. M. Winch of Edmonton declined to say whether he, him self, thought the highway should be paved, commenting only that • . The highway is worth paving only if the total benefits exceed the total cost.” Speaking before some 125 gov ernment and business representa tives gathered here for tre day-long conference. Winch also suggested two other means of financing the project. He said the United States and the Canadian federal governments could pick up the tab jointly or that existing tax structures within the federal, state, provincial and territorial governments involved could be utilized. Another speaker, consulting en gineer L. G. Grimble of Edmonton, said that before any moves are made for paving all or part of the highway, a complete study of the economic and engineering prob lems involved in paving the route must be made. Dr. D. M. Winch stated "There is no reason why the governments of Canada and the U.S.A. should not agree to establish an interna tional Alaska Highway Authority, with power to issue say 20 year bonds to raise the cost of paving; interest and repayment to be met by tolls charged on the highway. "The Alaska Highway certainly meets the conditions necessary for a toll road. Almost all the traffic is through traffic and there are few links between this road and others. Tolls could therefore be collected at widely spaced toll booths and collection costs would be low.” "Get it done and do it now,” summed up the feelings here Thursday during a two-hour gen eral discussion among delegates and participating officials at the International Conference on Pav ing the Alaska Highway. U. S. Rep. Ralph J. Rivers, D Alaska. and Erik Nielsen, Member of Parliament from Yukon Terri tory, had a friendly exchange over a previous misunderstanding which developed as a result of a bill introduced by the late Sen. Richard Neuberger of Oregon. The legislation had been introduced before negotiations with Canada HAPPY BIRTHDAY Clint Atwood, indestructible skipper of Lomen’s tug BOZO, cel ebrates his 72d birthday on Satur day. Sept. 14. Clint is one of those who always vows “This is my last year,’ but of course it never seems to be. When not towing barges Clint and his wife, Ruby, who is with him in Nome this summer, enjoys himself on his acreage at Sequiin, Washington. | regarding paving of the Alaska Highway. Nielsen said he had always been in favor of paving the road but he said he objected at the time to cer tain clauses in the bill itself. “Features of the bill didn’t sit well with Canadian thinking,’’ | Nielsen said. Among these, he said, were the stipulations that the U. S. Secretary of the Interior ! should have control over the con i struction work on the highway and that U. S. contractors receive all of the work. The bill specified that the U. S. should pay all costs. The President of the British Co lumbia Auto Association, Halford Wilson, said the people want the highway paved and the problem is to convince the government of this “We have been acting indepen dently. we must now act jointly,’’ he said. Robert E. Shar, Deputy Alaska Highway Commissioner, compared the paving of the highway to the building of the state’s new ferry system. He said organization was essential, and he called for a lob byist in Washington. “Put some dough on the line,” Shaip added. COW MOOSE ARE THE ONES WITHOUT HORNS Joe Brantley, State Fish and Game protective agent, reports the conviction of a Shishmaref man for the killing of a cow moose recently. Charlie Okpowouk was found guilty and fined $250, with $150 suspended by Magistrate Fletcher Gregg of Kotzebue on Sept. 11. A total of 11 legal moose have been killed near Shishmaref this fall. GAMBELL AIRPORT PAYMENT The Division of Aviation an nounced this week that it has re- , ceived a check in the amount of . $120,488.53 from the Federal Avi ation Agency, which constitutes , partial payment No. 1 for work , on Gambell Municipal Airport, , consisting of reconstruction of the j present runway, development of a ( parking apron, and paving. The project was begun during the week of June 10, 1963, and . completion is expected during this construction season. Gambell Makes Bid for i Self Government The Village of Gambell has pe- : titioned the Magistrate’s Court for * incorporation. This petition was ‘ filed in Nome on September 11, ‘ and calls for a hearing to be held in Gambell within 60 days. Sta- ^ tistics show that there are 361 per manent residents in Gambell of 1 which 158 are of voting age. Gam- ' bell has also indicated that it 1 will seek a 3 per cent city sales £ tax as a means of supporting their city government. U. S. MARSHALL HERE 1 George Bayer, U. S. Marshall s for the District of Alaska, visited 1 Nome on one of his routine visits, i Giersdorf Outlines Plans To Attract Tourists West “If Alaska is to continue to have a healthy tourist increase yearly, it will take the combined efforts of all those interested in the Alas ka Travel Industry,’’ Robert Giers dorf, President of the ALASKA TRAVEL PROMOTION ASSOCIA TION, declared this week. “The New York World's Fair in 1964 will pull travel eastward, just as the Seattle Fair pulled it to the Pacific Northwest last year. We must come up with effective promotions and many other meas ures to lure travelers north and offset the travel trend toward the East next season," Giersdorf de clared. Many or the ALASKA TRAVEL PROMOTION members plan :o attend the International Conven tion of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA in Mexico City, October 20-26. The ATPA and the State of Alaska are co operating to make a firm impres sion on these thousands of agents who will be there. Five thousand Eskimo Pies will be given by pretty Alaskan Eskimos wearing bathing suits and parkas. The Association is working close ly with the Seattle Convention Bureau to attract the 1964 Society of American Travel Writers Con vention. Ground work has al ready been laid for pre and post convention tours to and within Alaska. Another significant achievement to increase Alaska travel was the successful bid for the Western Regional ASTA Con ference to be held in Anchorage next May. Over three hundred leading travel agents in the West Coast will be in attendance. TOUR GROUP STUDIES NOME Mr. Brad Phillips, VP in charge of tours for Alaska Airlines, states that his line is determined to pro mote winter tours to Nome and Kotzebue. He said that Nome has the accommodations and the at tractions to insure a tour which will visit Kotzebue and overnight it Nome. This, he added, will also serve to justify a 7-day schedule hroughout the winter. Mr. Phil ips also advised that the 1964 summer tour program will see a lew bus located here — skin boat ■ides — a sled on wheels — gold canning — Eskimo dances, and ither attractions aimed at pleas ng the tourist. A plan being formed, said the lirline vice-president, is to tap the lassengers from SAS, Air France tnd Northwestern Airlines who lv through Anchorage on the ’olar Route. Those travelers may top over at Anchorage at no idditional cost, and could well be mticed to take in a trip to this irea through implementation of i low cost tour plan. ATTENTION JUNIOR BOWLERS Werner Bohrer, Nome Bowlers >resident, announces that as of iunday, Sept. 15. free professional >owling instruction will be avail ble at Aukruk Lanes. Instruction will begin at 2 p.m. — for young folks only. The in tructor is Mr. Bassette, who has ieen affiliated with the State As ociation of Junior Bowlers, and ie plans to begin a program last ng for several months. "What About Nenana for State Capital?’ Offers New ‘Roadrunner* Newspaper I FAIRBANKS LP — A new newspaper ‘‘published irregularly at Nenana, Alaska,’ suggests No nana merits considerable consider ation as a new' site for Alaska’s capital. “At first glance the idea may seem fantastic,” says an article in the paper’s September edition, “but consider the facts. The facts are, according to the publication, the “Roadrunner,” that Juneau, the present capital, can only be reached by air or water while Nenana is accessible by air, rail, water and road. “Every so often the question of capital relocation comes up,” de clares the newspaper. “Whenever Nenana is suggested as a new lo cation, people smile — until they stop to think it over. Here are some facts to keep in mind: “1. Nenana is the only city in Alaska served by railroad, high way, river and air. The present capital can be reached only by air or ship. In years to come, the Fair banks-Anchorage Highway will go right throuh Nenana. “2. Some people say that Ne nana floods all the time. This year, the city of Nenana has not flooded at all. Funds have been set aside for a flood control project for the Nenana area. Whenever the bridge across the Tanana River is com pleted, there wall be easy access to higher ground to the north of Nenana.” Included in the list of other Patriotic Days Set Whereas September 17, 1963 marks the one hundred and sev enty-sixth anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States in 1787, this date is designated as Citizenship Day by the President. September 17 to September 22 has been named by Governor Egan as Constitution week, to mark the anniversary of the State Constitution. King Island Artist Begins Year of UA Work Bernard “Toklaminna" Ketaxee, well-known Eskimo ivory carver and artist from King Island, has left for Fairbanks. Mr. Ketaxee will train at the University of Alaska for one year under the di rection of Mr. Danny Pierce, art ! director. Ketaxee, age 41, is a ser- i geant in the National Guard and | has been coming to Nome regu larly from King Island to carve and paint. One of his best works, a Belmont Point sketch, is now in the possession of Professor I Pierce. ’‘I will miss the Bering i Sea," stated Tooklaminna, ‘‘but this trip is important, and I plan a studio in this area when I return." j Mr. Ketaxee was last in Fair- | banks a year ago, where he did ivory carving at Bill Shield’s res taurant for about a month. WEATHER REPORT Continued fair, with little change in temperature. Nome data Iasi 24 hours, as of 7 a.m. ioday: Temperatures: high est 54, lowest 34. Max. wind 20 niles an hour from the Northeast. Sunrise at 5:18 a.m., sunset at 6:36 j.m. 1 facts: “Nenana is not located near Fairbanks or Anchorage. It is far enough away from these cities to be independent. What we need is a capital not influenced by the Southeast,’ the ‘Banana Belt,’ or any special area.” Nenana, a city of about 300, is approximately 60 miles southwest of Fairbanks on the Tanana River. : The Roadrunner, in its second 1 edition, admits “It takes years for : an idea like this to catch fire, but ; no one will think of it unless the ! people of this area bring it up.” -- EGAN NAMES 16th TO CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE Governor William A. Egan has announced appointment of Claire O. Banks, manager of the Anchor age Chamber of Commerce, to membership on the Alaska Cen j tennial Committee. The appointment rounds out ; membership on the 16-member i committee which will serve in an ! advisory capacity to plan Alaska’s ! observance in 1967 of the 100th ! anniversary of the purchase of j Alaska by the United States from | Russia. Contract to UA Institute GREENBELT, Md. — The Goddard Space Flight Center said this week it has awarded the Geo physical Institute of the University of Alaska a $511,300 contract to operate and maintain a satellite tracking and data acquisition net work station near Ballain’s Lake, College, Alaska. The contract calls for technical operation of the National Aero nautics and Space Administra tion’s electronic track and data acquisition equipment as well as maintenance and sen-ice of the facilities on a 24-hour basis. Highway Dept. Lists Planned Projects Nearly 20 more miles of the Anchorage - Fairbanks Highway will be paved and a new bridge constructed, the Alaska Depart ment of Highways reported today. Three other highway projects are currently being advertised with bid openings scheduled for this month. The next opening will be September 19, when bids will be considered on construction of the final link of the Nome-Teller Road between the Sinuk and Ti suk Rivers and construction of six bridges. The Pioneer Women of Alaska, Auxiliary No. 1, will meet this evening at the Pioneer Hall with Mrs. Bill Brown and Mrs. Axel Edman in charge of entertainment and refreshments. This is the first regular meeting since the summer recess.