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OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS 64th Year No. 120 NOME, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1963 Per Copy 15£ Ft. Richardson 60th Infantry Patrol are First Whites to Encircle Nunivak Afoot FORT RICHARDSON — An eight-man patrol has returned from Nunivak Island, some 35 miles off the west coast of Alaska, with a combination of military and hu manitarian information. Militarily, they know it is pos sible to walk entirely around the 200-mile circumference of the vol canic island. According to Eskimos who have lived there all their lives, the men from Fort Richardson’s 1st Bat talion, 60th Infantry, are the first Caucasians ever to make the trip. Two Eskimo National Guardsmen traveled with the patrol. Private First Class Charlie Spud traveled on foot with the patrol as a guide, and Private Daniel Olrun navi gated his own 25-foot inboard cruiser around the island to sup port them. Olrun became somewhat of a local hero by the trip, since he was the first man in the memory of the islanders to take a boat around Nunivak at this time of year, when the water is notoriously bad. The water lived up to its repu tation. The patrol was 13 days on the march, and for six of those days they didn’t see Olrun’s boat. However, he stayed with them and completed the trip. The trip was a rough walk. On the south side of the island there is good beach, where walking was relatively easy. The rest of the way, said patrol leader Second Lieutenant Richard Cousins, of Greenville, Georgia, “it was mostly muskeg, and we couldn’t really walk. We had to step or jump from hummock to hummock. Otherwise we bogged down every step.” This was one of the things the patrol went to Nunivak to learn. It was the first time an Army pa trol had ever traveled across coun try on the island. They also found there were sev eral hunting camps and huts on the island, but only one commu nity. The entire population of Homcsites, Picnic Area Plotted at Salmon Lake The Bureau of Land Manage ment, with District Manager Ross A. Youngblood, has announced to Rep. Bob Blodgett that the sur vey of homesite lots and picnic area at Salmon Lake will be fin is ished during this field season. According to Ross, development of the picnic area other than sur vey was not done during this sea son as funds for recreation con struction was not available in the Alaska BLM appropriation. More over hopes for Accelerated Fub M lie Works money for Salmon Lake || recreation construction are dead. ? due to lack of funds available to the Fairbanks office. In a letter of reply to Mr. Youngblood, Rep. Blodgett stated that he was disappointed to learn | that funds were not available. He I expressed doubt that our Washing ton delegation would do anything to assist in the releasing of funds necessary in order to do recreation •I construction at Salmon Lake. about 250 people is centered at Mekoryuk. “Everybody has a boat,” com mented Sergeant First Class Gil bert Hansen, Duluth, Minn., senior noncommissioned officer on the trip. “Most of them are 18 foot skiffs with pretty powerful out boards; and they can travel in the roughest water I ever saw.” Although the patrol had a pure ly military mission, the men saw a great many sights of other in terest. They were impressed by the muskox, sea lions and foxes. “You know the expression, “smart as a fox,” Sergeant Han sen said. “Those foxes are just plain dumb. They’ll sit there and bark at you. When you get too close they’ll run off a couple hun dred yards, and then bark at you some more. If you follow them they’ll lead you right to their den that way.” ! Villages Want City Status According to Magistrate Kelli her, the Village of Teller voted 22 to 4 in favor of incorporating into a fourth class city. These are un official results received by Muk luk Telegraph. The Village of Gambell has de cided on a public hearing date of November 4, for their consideration of becoming a fourth class city. Magistrate Maurice Kelliher will attend that meeting and if it is the wish of majority, an election will be set up. It is reported that Selawik is also displaying interest in becom ing incorporated. This trend leaves Unalakleet, a reservation, as one of the larger villages making no move to modernize their local gov ernment. ALASKA GROWS The total resident population of Alaska as of July 1, 1963, is esti mated by the Census Bureau to be 248,000. This represents an over all gain of 2,000 over the period from July 1, 1962, to July 1, 1963, and a net gain of 21,833 since the official census count of I960. Nevada continues to lead the na tion in rapid growth with Arizona, Florida, California, Colorado, Utah and Alaska following in order. West Virginia was the lone state reported as having lost popula tion. LEND A HAND TO BARROW PEOPLE . . . The City of Nome continues its clothing drive today and tomorrow. Bring your clean clothing, which you want to give to the people of Barrow, to the Fire Station be tween 1:30 and 4 p.m. WEATHER REPORT Mostly cloudy. Low tonight 27. High tomorrow 37. Nome data last 24 hours as of 7 a.m. today: Temperatures: high est 34, lowest 25. Maximum wind 39 miles an hour from the North west. Sunrise at 6:34 a.m., sunset at 5:02 p.m. Comparative Data: Temperatures year ago today—High 37, low 25. Extremes on this date since 1907— Highest 51 in 1932, lowest 13 in 1939. Fire Prevention Week Is Theme for Chamber — The Northwestern Alaska Chamber of Commerce meeting, held Monday noon, saw a large turnout of members. Bob Oliver, chief of police and fire, spoke to the group in a kickoff of Fire Prevention Week. He stated that the nation has suffered one and a half billion in fire losses the past year. There have been 22 lives lost in Alaska due to fire in that same period . . . 12 of which were children un der 10 years of age. Many points were brought up by the chief relative to the causes of fire and the prevention which may be applied in order that fires do not start. Other points were in relation to emergency procedures and plans in order that lives may not be endangered, and the loss held to a minimum. “Phone 2211” stated the chief. This is the fire department num ber and should be memorized by everyone. Many times the delay in looking up the number means the difference. Frank Couch, Chamber presi dent, made recognition of outgo ing Mayor Donald Hoover and in coming Mayor Roscoe Wilke. Ap preciation was given Mr. Hoover for his city reports at Chamber meetings, and a vote of confidence extended to Mayor Wilke. Mayor Wilke made an appeal for clothing which will be sent to Barrow from the citizens of Nome. Donors should take clothing which they would like to contrib ute, to the fire station on Tues day, Wednesday or Thursday, be tween 1:30 and 4 p.m. SCHOOL BOARD NAMES PRINCIPAL SPANKER . . . School Board members met last night and elected the following of their members to new posts: Paul Mandeville, President; Dick Galleher, Clerk; Doris Wilke, Treasurer; Ash Craft, Member; Robert Schick, Member. The board proposed adoption of a policy wherein corporal punish ment will be administered by the Principal exclusively, and then only as a last resort. All cases of corporal punishment would then be reported to the Nome Board of Education. The Nome School will continue to seek P-TA help and assistance from other organizations in de fraying the cost of cups and labor in administering the milk pro gram. It is planned the students will not be charged for milk cups after November 1st. Plans were discussed relative to attending the Alaska Association of School Boards meeting which will be held next week in Cordova. S B A LOANS Loans amounting to $650,000 were awarded this month by the Small Business Administration to three Alaska firms. These firms were V. F. Grace, Inc., of An chorage, dealing in wholesale drugs; Western Radio and Tele phone, Inc, of Anchorage, dealing in communications; and A nig Sal mon Commercial Co., Inc., of King Salmon, a retail merchandise store. All three loans were made with local bank participation. Nome Glitters With World Air Brass Following is the official list of the foreign air attaches which vis ited Nome on Tuesday, their titles and rank, and country: From Brazil, Lt. General Ar mando De Souza E Mello Ararig boia, Air Attache—Dean of Air Attache Corps.; Argentina, Colonel Roberto Cesar Mullen, Air Attache; Lt. Colonel Horatio Jose Foladori, Assistant Air Attache; Austria, Colonel Bruno Rainer, Military and Air Attache; Belgium, Major Gen eral Count Alfred J. L. G. Cornet, Military, Naval and Air Attache; Burma, Colonel Kyi Han, Military, Naval and Air Attache; Canada, Group Captain, W. C. Van Camp, Assistant Air Attache; Chile, Col onel Walter Heitmann, Air At tache; China, Colonel Hsiung Sheng Hwang, Air Attache; Fin land, Colonel Unto Oskar Mielonen, Military, Naval and Air Attache; France, Colonel Maurice Boileau, Assistant Air Attache; Germany, Colonel Helmuth Bruckmann, Air Attache; Colonel Horst Krueger, Air Attache Designate; Great Bri tain, Air Vice Marshal Ian G. Es plin, Air Attache; Greece, Colonel Constantine Kokkas, Air Attache; India, Air Commodor Idris H. Latif, Air At tache; Indonesia, Colonel Prawiro sastro Sarjanto, Air Attache; Is rael, Lt. Colonel Dan Kenny, As sistant Military, Naval and Air Attache; Italy, Brigadier General Corrado Ceccacci, Air Attache; Ko rea, Colonel Yunghwan Kim. Air Attache; Mexico, Lt. Colonel Er nest Amaro, Assistant Military and Air Attache; Netherlands, Col onel Robert Hofstede, Air Attache; New Zealand, Air Commodore Al bert S. Agar, Naval and Air At tache; Peru, Major General Jose Gagliardi, Air Attache; Philippines, Lt. Colonel Jose M. Tinio, Armed Forces Attache; Portugal, Lt. Col onel Andre Da Fonseca Pinto New Council Committees Monday night the Nome City Council met and ushered in the newly elected city officials. Mayor Wilke set up the following stand ing committees made up of the six Councilmen: Laws, Ordinances and Printing— Keith Hedreen, Jim McLean; Po lice and Jail, Jim McLean, Allen Doyle; Fire and Water, Allen Doyle, Keith Hedreen; Health and Welfare, Robert Harwood, Daniel Karmun; Finance and Building, Daniel Karmun, John Reader; Streets, Alleys and Lights, John Reader, Robert Harwood; Special Committee (continuing) Sewer and Water—-Allen Doyle, John Reader. ESC Making Special Effort To Employ Handicapped President Kennedy has pro claimed this week. Oct. 6 through Oct. 11, 1963, as National Employ the Handicapped Week. Since this is an important program the Alaska State Employment Service once again is playing a major role in stimulating the placement of the handicapped. The Alaska State Employment Service is ready to assist the handicapped in finding suitable work. The Nome employ ers have done well in the past in hiring the handicapped, and are again asked to support this pro gram. Bessa, Military and Air Attache; Saudi Arabia, Colonel Ibrahim Al Malik, Armed Forces Attache; South Africa, Brigadier G. T. Moll, Armed Forces Attache; Spain, Colonel Gonzalo Hevia, Air At tache; Sweden, Major Bertel A. Deshayes, Assistant Air Attache; Switzerland, Colonel Karl Erny, Armed Forces Attache; Thailand, Colonel Bansha, Air Attache; Tur key. Colonel Nazif Akdag, Air At tache; United Arib Republic, Bri I gadier General Halim A. Youssef, Armed Forces Attache; Uruguay, | Colonel Juan A. Villanueva, Air Attache; Venezuela, Colonel Ru ben A. Osio, Air Attache; Yugo slavia, Lt. Col. Berislav Perc, Air Attache. USAF Escort Officers: Colonel W. F. Dallam, Jr., Lt Col. Walter H Arnstein, Lt. Colonel John S. Schifferer, Major Robert L. Brown. _ New Mining Map Heady at College A recently revised edition of a map of Alaska showing the re cording districts and giving the lo cation of the district recording of fices is now available from the University of Alaska’s College of Earth Sciences and Mineral Indus try. The revision, an approximately 3 by 4 foot Ozalid print, was pre pared by Professor Leo Mark An thony of the Mining Extension j Department. In addition to showing the re I cording areas of the State, the map gives the principal withdraw | als from mining law location i ‘claim staking) and indicates the 1 areas which are subject to U.S. Park Service regulations. Copies of the map may be ob tained from the College of Earth Sciences and Mineral Industries, University of Alaska, for $1 each. Barrow Rescue FAIRBANKS UP — This is one of many stories trickling down from Barrow after last week’s sav age Arctic storm. Carl Okpeaha walked seven miles from Barrow through freez ing winds and high waters to reach the home of his grandpar ents. Okpeaha con vinced them to leave for higher ground. Min utes after leaving, their home was swept away. Later, the grandfather was knocked unconscious by a large wave. As the water receded Okpeaha was seen holding the old man above water. He carried him away, undoubt edly saving his life. The grandfather, Clair Okpeaha, was the Eskimo who many years ago ran 12 miles to announce to the world the deaths in a plane crash of Will Rogers and Wiley Post.