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OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS 64th Year No. 111 NOME, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1963 Per Copy 15t BLODGETT RAPS STATE HIWAY ENGINEERS ON ROAD COSTS J^EP. R. R. BLODGETT SPOKE to the Chamber of Commerce Monday on the Nome-Teller road conditions. He advised the Chamber that the road is costing over Si00,000 a mile to construct and that we are not getting the road that we should. "We have had a poor project engineer, and the District Engineer has failed to implement change orders needed to correct design faults,” Blodgett protested. He advised that the portion built by the Central Con struction Company is warping due to poor specifications. Blodgett asserted that the State accepted the job on July 15th and have yet to do any maintenance on this section — in spite of the fact that rain fell on the road for some 20 days in the month of August. "Poor design has affected the road to a degree where we now should replace 25 per cent of the culverts,” noted the State Repre sentative. Blodgett went on to protest the Alcan Pacific Company project in which the road is sinking before construction is finished. His single objection in all cases was the inadequacy of specifications and design along with state personnel charged with supervision of the program. "There are two severe cuts in permafrost,” asserted Blodgett in regard to the portion to be let on Sept. 19th. He then took the stand that the Chamber should act now to prevent the bid from being let until the road is redesigned so as to not disturb the permafrost. "This is the weakness in their engineering plans and design,” remarked Blodgett. "Even if it halts the completion of the road and delays it for another year, we should insist that the permafrost not be disturbed.” He went on to state that we, in this area, could well lose our highway program unless the State gets busy and main tains these new roads, rather than letting them deteriorate imme diately after construction. New Beta Sig Chapter Sets Program The newly formed advanced chapter of Beta Sigma Phi soror ity, Xi Kappa, held its first meet ing, conducted by its charter offi ers. Ruth McLean is president, Mary Honsberger vice-president, Barbara Martin recording secre tary, Beverly Blanning correspon ding secretary, Betty Gustafson treasurer, Beverly Morgan exten sion officer. Social and service plans for the coming year were discussed with ! the first ativities to be in charge i of Mildred Harwood, ways and means committee chairman. The members received program books from Betty Gustafson, to j advise each member of her hostess I and study assignments for the Ex emplar chapter’s first year. Bever ly Blanning presented the first cul tural program in the outline furn ished by the Beta Sigma Phi in ternational office “In Word and Deed and Thought.” Her topic was “Conversation.” CLARENCE IRRIGOO, Gambel resident and correspondent for the Nome Nugget, passed through Nome Monday and left on Tuesday for Wasilla. Mr. Irrigoo is to at tend a Presbyterian Church meet ing in Wasilla from Tuesday through Friday. He plans to return to Nome on Saturday. School Enrollment Reaches 704 School enrollment reached 704 students the third week of school compared to 643 registering the first day, Sept. 3d. At present. 444 pupils are en rolled in the first six grades of the Elementary School, 130 are in at tendance in the Junior High School and 130 High School students have enrolled. The average enrollment for the 17 Elementary School teachers is over 26 with the small est class at 20 pupils and the larg est at present at 31. In the Junior High, the teacher pupil load av erages 32M> and in High School, 14V^. The smallest High School class numbers 5 and the largest in High School is 33. , It is expected that the Science Building may be in use within two weeks. CITY LEAGUE BASKETBALL MANAGERS TO MEET TONIGHT The first meeting of Managers of the Nome City League Basket ball team is being called for 7 pjn. tonight in the High School gymnasium. On the agenda for discussion are: practice times, review of the 1 league constitution, organization, and game arrangements. All teams : are asked to have managers or rep- ( resentatives present. High School Coach, Ray Tinjum, will preside at i the first meeting. i Anchorage Turns Thumbs Down In Borough Ballot ANCHORAGE (/P — The pro posed Captain Cook Borough, scheduled as a new level of gov ernment in a 21,000 square-mile area of southcentral Alaska, was resoundingly rejected Tuesday by a margin of about three-to-one. About 5,000 votes were cast in the election, and the proposal to incorporate the widespread area into a borough failed to carry in any one of the 63 precincts. The proposed borough would have encompassed both the An chorage area and the Matanuska Valley, plus virtually all of the Election District 7 and District 8 areas — and in some cases be yond the election district boun daries. The areas now face incorpora tion under terms of the manda tory Borough Act of 1963, which will mean separate smaller bor oughs — and another election sometime after Oct. 1. Maurice Kelliher, District Magis trate, flew to Kotzebue yesterday to confer with Fletcher Gregg, Kot zebue deputy magistrate. Blumenstein Boat Beaches The Lomen tugs BOZO and LU CILLE were called upon Tuesday morning to rescue a boat that had gone ashore on the sea wall in front of the Bering Sea Hotel. Ber nard Blumenstein stated that some one threw the lines off his LCM sometime after midnight Monday and that it was seen drifting down the Snake River from the Lomen wharf about 4:15 Tuesday morn ing. It drifted on out, then East erly, and back onto the sea wall. He reported that there was not much damage, and that police are investigating. HOVEL OWNERS NOTE Fire Chief Bob Oliver is inter ested in contacting persons own ing buildings which are no longer in use or are a fire hazard. A building will be selected by the Fire Department as a live fire de partment drill. This will, accord ing to Chief Oliver, be an excel lent opportunity for fire fighting practice as well as eliminating one more eye sore. WEATHER REPORT Partly cloudy today, tonight and tomorrow. Slightly cooler tonight, otherwise little change in tem perature. Nome Chamber Hears Reports on Fairbanks Highway, Historic Projects Guests at the regular Monday noon luncheon were Rep. R. R. “Bob” Blodgett of Teller, George Bayer, U S Marshall from An chorage, and David Blackburn, Superintendent of Alaska Meth odism. A nominating committee was named to meet prior to the next Chamber meeting and present new candidates for coming Chamber posts. Those on the committee are Emily Boucher, Chairwoman, Jim O'Sullivan, George Lienard and Virgil Vochoska. The Chamber welcomed back Don Hoover, who has recently completed a banking course in Seattle. Maurice Kelliher, Magis trate, spoke on progress of the group working on the salvage of aarlv day mining equipment. He stated that the first of the items is in place with the installation of a little work engine in the fenced aff area adjacent to the State Police office. He advised that the steam engine at Solomon is too aeavy for the ferry, and that A1 Doyle has promised to bring it in after freeze up. He is also checking an the steam shovel at Black Point. Kelliher went on to read the first daina recorded at Nome. This was .ho “Discovery” claim which was ;taked on Sept. 22, 1898 on Anvil Jreek. The book, now fading and nvaluably historic, noted the birth af the Cape Nome Precinct in re ading book No. 1. ; Mr. Victor Charles, Supt. of Schools, reported on his recent trip to Whitehorse, Canada, on be half of the Northwestern Alaska Chamber of Commerce. He at tended the International Confer ence on Paving the Alaska High way. He stated that he went in company of the Fairbanks group via a chartered bus furnished by Alaska Highway Tours. The group left Fairbanks last Tuesday and arrived in White horse on Wednesday, following a 14-hour drive during which they spent one night at a lodge enroute. 1 Mr. Charles’ mission was to look 1 out for our interests in the com- ; pletion of the Nome-Fairbanks < road. With this in mind he entered * in discussions with several inter- I ested parties including Mr. McKin non, State Highway Commissioner. McKinnon advised him, stated Charles, that the road is a $100, 000,000 project and that the budget each year is only a fourth of that, but that it is in their plan for study nevertheless. He further ad cised Charles that the road could anly be built on the basis of our isolation rather than on a traffic i £ e t s s need. Mr. Charles read the final reso lution passed at this conference md concluded that attendance of i local representative was a good move on our part, as we must con :inuallv draw attention to our need for the road. Egan Thinks Canadians Favor Haines Open Road JUNEAU Ufi — Gov. William A. Egan said today a team of Cana dian officials assessing the need and desirability of maintaining the Haines cutoff on a year-round basis appears to be “sympathetic" to the project. Egan spent the entire day Mon day inspecting the route with the Canadian federal officials and then attended joint conferences with the inspection team and Commissioner Gordon Cameron of Yukon Terri tory at Whitehorse yesterday. ‘.While I can’t speak for the Ca nadian representatives," Egan said, “it seemed to me that the attitude of these men, who will have to report back to their gov ernment, was very sympathetic to the proposal, both as it would ben efit Alaska and Canada. “It was obvious, even to a lay man, while driving over the cut off, that the problem of snow re moval would not be nearly as dif ficult as that on such routes as the Richardson Highway out of Val dez or the Seward-Anchorage highway. “I don’t know what their recom mendations might be, but I did get the feeling yesterday that they were very understanding of our need for winter maintenance, in fact, much more so than when 1 first talked with them.” The Haines cutoff, only road link between the Southeast Marine Highway system and the Alaska Highway, now is closed during the winter months, because of a lack of maintenance on a section of the highway lying in Canada. AREA ENGINEER INSPECTS TELLER ROAD WORK Mr. L. E. Hough, Area Engineer for the Bureau of Public Roads, )ut of Fairbanks, is in Nome con ducting inspection of the Nome reller road construction. He will nspect the Bluestone to Tissuk portion, which is at this time par ially completed, and has made the inal inspection on the Penny Riv >r to Sinuk River portion. He is >eing accompanied by Mr. Hyde. District Highway Engineer at Jome. CORRECTION In the Friday issue of the Nug et — Letter to the Editor by Rob rt C. Packard, DMD—We printed aat painting of teeth with fluoride olution would be at cost. This hould have read at NO cost. » 7 he Harpoon « Just when we're ready to turn the water on—every body gets out of the pool.