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OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS 64th Year No. 123 NOME, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBR 16, 1963 Per Copy ISC Water Source Remains Big Question At Nome City Council Deliberations The proposed sewer and water | project was the major topic of dis- ! cussion among the City Fathers who met Monday evening before a public audience of five, three of whom were city officials. A report on the Fairbanks meet ing of Nome’s mayor, Roscoe Wilke, City Attorney Thomas Ba lone and Project Engineer E. 3. Philleo, revealed that although a flat fee had been decided upon for the test boring for a water source, as yet no source has been found suitable for the citys needs and budget. This selection must be made by Nov. 10, in order to meet the requirements of the bonding company. It was indicated that Bourbon Creek may not provide the volume of water necessary for the city’s needs and that the Snake River is susceptible to contamination and excessive salinity in case of high water and storm. With the pro hibitive cost of bringing in water from Moonlight Springs, the pos sibility of Dry Creek as a pro posed well site was discussed. It was brought to the attention of the members by the city at torney that as the USSR&M has ownership to the land for the Bourbon Creek and Dry Creek sites, it will be necessary for the city to determine whether non ownership of this land will meet with the approval of the bonding company’s stipulations. Last year’s survey of the town’s potential water and sewer cus tomers by Philleo Engineering, used in preparation of a feasi bility study to present to the bonding company, was returned to the project engineer Philleo with minor amendments. This is the last item needed by this firm be fore giving a bid on sale of the bonds. The City’s additional grant offer of $34,630 from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, D.C., dated October 1, was reviewed by Bob Scott, City Clerk, at which time it was dis covered that according to the docu ment a reply of acceptance should have been sent no later than Oc tober 11. As this acceptance of the grant was already three days de linquent, it was moved by Bob Harwood that a telegram of accep tance be sent the following morn ing. Subsequent to the discussion of this matter, a telegram from the Chief of Construction Grants of the Public Works Dept, was read which urgently requested the May or of the City to reply to the offer. Nomeite Takes 1st In Free Verse JUNEAU W — Residents of Nome and Mt. Edgecumbe have been awarded prizes in the annual contest of the Alaska Poetry So ciety, the society announced yes terday. Elizabeth Booker of Nome won a $25 award for the best free verse poem with her Moods of Nome Winter,” and B. Jonson McGillis of Mt. Edgecumbe took the top sonnet prize of $25. The judges did not award a prize in the third advertised category, that of narrative poetry. It was further learned that in :>rder for the city to receive these funds an appropriation in the 1964 budget approximating $25,000 for a Public Works program will have to be made. Expenditures in this amount have already been planned for the new power and light plant, and will thus represent no addi tional revenue to be raised by the City. Police Chief Bob Oliver reported that adjustments should be made in the new police car as drivers are presently experiencing fatigue in the long hours of driving in cramped and confined space. It was also suggested that provision be made for heating the rear of the car. At the present time the City of Nome is providing fire protection for the FAA, even though this area is out of the city’s province. In providing this service the City is liable for any negligence that may occur, according to the city attorney. It was agreed that the city should continue to heed the summons of the calls, but should make their position clear to the FAA personnel. Councilman Keith Hedreen volunteered to take this up with Mr. Ray Caudle, Station Manager for the FAA. As there were no complaints filed against any of the present holders, liquor licenses were re newed for all applicants. A substitute for City Clerk Bob Scott, who will be on vacation for a period of six weeks, was con sidered. There was no final action taken on this matter. It was decided that the City At torney, Mayor and Councilman Hedreen represent the City of Nome at the annual meeting of the Alaska Muncipal League in Seward on Oct. 23-26. The Coun cil voted, with only one dissent ing, to pay transportation and ex penses. LIONS SPONSOR KIDS’ HALLOWE’EN SHINDIG, HOLIDAY WINDOW ART Once again, in what the local Lions Club hopes will become a yearly event, there will be a chance for the youngsters to prove they have artistic talent. All they need do is to draw a picture or a scene on one of the business house windows along Front Street. Using water colors, of course. The time set aside for this will be Wednesday night, the evening of Oct. 30, the day before Hallow e’en night. On Thursday night there will be a huge party and pro gram for all pre-school children in the school Multipurpose Room. There the Lions will award the prizes to the winners of the win dow painting — and — there will be treats for every youngster there. Movies and games for all. It is also hoped there will be adults present so that they can participate in the evening’s festi vities. So all you future artists sharpen up your painting wits. The prizes are going to be big and a lot of them. Make your reservations for a window’ real soon. Egan Envisions Alaska Road Network i An integrated highway system connecting all areas of Alaska with a network of roads comparable to other states was envisioned by Gov. Egan in his remarks to the first organizational meeting of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on overall highway needs study. Following statehood, a primary and secondary road system was established within the financial boundaries of the new state, he said, but there is need for expan sion of this system and the addi tion of a third category of roads to provide adequate surface trans portation for all communities in Alaska. Where these roads should be, how to finance the construc tion and maintenance of them, and an estimate of the cost should be included in the final report of this study. Alaska was neglected by the fed eral government for many years in respect to its road needs, he said, but the results of this study could provide the rectification of this injustice. The Federal-Aid Highway Act Chief Lectures FAA Personnel In Fire Prevention In culminating the activities of Fire Prevention Week, Chief Bob Oliver of the Nome Fire Depart ment paid a visit last Friday to the FAA station, lecturing on the specific means of avoiding fires. Special emphasis was placed on instruction and direction of the youngsters in procedure and pre vention of fire. Station Manager Ray Caudle wishes to thank Mr. Oliver and the City of Nome for their time and efforts on behalf of the FAA personnel, as it was felt the meet ing was of real benefit for all con cerned. of 1962 authorized the Alaska high way study and provided an appro priation to the Bureau of Public Roads to finance it. The bureau, earlier this month, selected the consulting firms of Transportation Consultants, Inc., Washington, D.C., and Wilbur Smith and Asso ciates, San Francisco, Calif., to conduct the study. It will be di rected by the bureau’s regional engineer, William J Niemi, and Alaska’s highway commissioner, D. A. McKinnon. Acting on a request from the Federal Highway Administrator, Gov. Egan has appointed a five man citizen’s committee to act in an advisory capacity to the directors. The committee consists of State Senator Howard Brad shaw, Sitka; Harold Strandberg, Anchorage; Frank Chapados, Fair banks; Jim O’Sullivan, Nome, and William Mendenhall, College. (Continued on Page 2) Fairbanks Utility Board Gets Up Rampart Funds FAIRBANKS U?) — A $10,000 ap I propriation for promotion of the Rampart hydroelectric project on the Yukon River was unanimously approved last night by the city’s Public Utilities Board. City Councilmen Monday night had referred the fund request to the utility agency after asking their legal counsel to render an opinion on the use of municipal monies for promotional purposes. The Utility Board was told by the city attorney last night that such use would be legal. Last night’s motion places the $10,000 in the utilities budget. The | budget is expected to be accepted at the board’s next meeting. It then goes to the City Council for 1 final approval. N.W. Alaska Chamber Notes n was announced oy Lnamoer President Frank Couch that the annual banquet held in honor of incoming officers will be given on Oct. 26 in the Seaview Room of the North Star Hotel. Included in the evening will be a social hour and special surprise program. Bob Smith advised that the Nome Lions Club will again hold their Halloween Paint the Window Con test. Judging will take place on Hallowe’en, and he has asked that local merchants award an addi tional prize to the winning contes tant. A four hour program is also being planned for the youngsters at the school. Judge Hubert Gilbert, in Nome for court sessions this week, stated that the Judicial Council will meet in Ketchikan on October 17, at which time names will be sub mitted to Governor Egan for the Nome judgeship. Nome residents were encouraged by Robert Harwood to take advan- , tage of the free X-ray service now ^ available in City Hall, today and ^ tomorrow. Guest speaker for the luncheon i was Robert M. Potter, Alaskan representative from the Juneau Veterans Employment Agency, i U.S. Department of Labor. In open- : ing his talk, Mr Potter applauded 1 me merus ana poienuai oi iNome, expressing faith in a prosperous future for the city In his review of the history of the Veterans Em ployment Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act was singled out as the most beneficial piece of legislation ever passed in behalf of veterans as it provided for job preference for those who have been in the coun try’s service. In Alaska, veterans represent a total of 12Vfe per cent of the total population and 46 per cent of the total male labor force. Nome has 150 veterans — 124 from World War I, 244 from World War II, 13 from the Korean Conflict, and 15 from other wars. The veteran’s agency, it was ad vised, publishes job lists for vet ?rans each two weeks, which are listributed widely in Alaska. In ’urther providing job opportunities there are 11 state employment igencies to handle the needs for placement. With the publications xlus the agencies now in opera ion the number of jobs made avail ible has increased greatly in the ast few years. It is the hope of the agency, ;tated Potter, that Nome's Voca ional School can be used to train ■eterans uhder his program. Cur rently, Potter is making a state survey on the characteristics of he veteran labor market in Alaska. Jet Dives into Cook Inlet Upon Return To Elmendorf ANCHORAGE W — An F192 Delta Dagger from the 317th Fight er Interceptor Squadron at Elmen dorf Air Force Base crashed into Cook Inlet this afternoon, within view of downtown Anchorage. The jet fighter apparently was one of the 317th’s ace team return ing from William Tell aerial weap ons meet at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The single-man aircraft crashed as a welcoming party awaiting the arrival of the William Tell team at the air, base, just minutes from where the craft went down in the inlet. The plane apparently was mak ing a low approach to the Elmen dorf flight line because of drizzle and overcast skies. Helicopters and other rescue craft were sent immediately to the crash site, about three miles off Point McKenzie and several hundred yards off the point of Anchorage. Maj. Gen. Raymond J. Reeves, commander of the Alaskan Air Command, was notified of the crash as he waited to greet the William Tell competitors, who had placed second in the international Air Force competition. Wives of the William Tell team members also were in the party, waiting with the Air Force Band and other greeters. The welcoming party broke up quickly as Gen. Reeves made « [ quick departure in his staff car. Pilot of the plane was identi fied as Capt. Terry F. Olmsted, East Peoria, Illinois. Advance Man Here for Shell Oil Summer Exploratory Work Mr. R. C. McLure, project man ager for J. Ray McDermott Co., New Orleans, La, is in Nome this week to lay the groundwork for summer exploratory' work being done by Shell Oil Co. in the Nome area. McDermott Co. is known in Alas ka for the work they have done over the last three years in the Anchorage Cook Inlet area. It is this same firm that built the first platform for Pan American Oil Co. last year. U.S. CUSTOMS OFFICER HERE The first U.S. Customs Officer to arrive in Nome in over 25 years was here Tuesday to inspect a shipment of new engines for the Nome Light and Power, being held at Lomen Commercial Co. The cargo originated in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. According to Alex Maclnnes, manager of Lo men s, this is a first in his many years of service with this firm. As nothing unusual was dis covered after inspection, the en gines were released to the con signee.