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NUGGET OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS 64th Year No. 129 NOME, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1963 Per Copy 15£ Washington Asks C.A.B. to Deny Munz - Northern Bush Certificate The Bureau of Economic Regulation at Washington, D.C, has asked the Civil Aeronautics Board to cancel the certificate of Howard J. Mays for a bush air route in Northwestern Alaska. The Bureau advises the CAB on economic matters. It also recommended denial of a proposal that the certificate be Y ‘ transferred to Richard Galleher, who does business as Northern Avi- 1 ation Company. The certificate provides for a regular route between Nome and Taylor, Alaska, and between Tay lor and Kotzebue, by way of Candle and Deering. It also pro vides for an irregular route, serv ing all points on the Seward Penin sula. The certificate was issued ini tially to William S. Munz, opera tor of the Munz Air Service in 1942. The certificate was trans ferred to Mays — on the latter’s agreement to buy the Munz as sets — in 1955. The following year Mays returned control to Munz. In April, 1962, Munz sold Munz Airways to Galleher, and the lat ter has operated since then as Munz-Northern Airlines. The Bureau’s counsel, William L. Howard, said in a brief sub mitted to the CAB examiner that Munz has failed to honor its cer tificate obligations for 21 years, Howard also said that since 1947, Munz has not conducted regular operations over routes in Mays’ certificate, and that the airline has not operated a single flight between Nome, Taylor, Candle, Deering and Kotzebue in that time. Its few flights into Kotezbeue since 1955 have been chartered flights, How ard said. In an interview with Mr. Gal leher, following release by the As sociated Press of the above article, he had this to say: “This sort of a release by the Bureau of Economic Regulation is very misleading. I have received innumerable phone calls as a re sult of the release having been read over the radio. In my opinion it is the intent of the Bureau to give my customers the impression that this is a C.A.B. order. Nothing could be further from the truth. Students Plan Weekend Halloween Festivities Halloween social activities are scheduled for students of Nome Junior and Senior High Schools this weekend. Friday evening. Nov. 1, the Ju nior Class will host a party for all high school students. The 75 cents admission will include a late snack lunch, dancing and other activities. The 8 p.m. to 12-midnight party will be sponsored by Junior Class sponsor Don Perkins, and Principal George Rogers. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Junior High Class 7B has invited all Junior High pupils to a gala party to be held in the school’s largest rooms. Dancing is from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, while games and sports will be pursued in the gymnasium at the same time. Refreshments will be served to all. The Junior Halloween party is sponsored by Pete Hahn. It is merely a brief that was filed. There is nothing new in this press release. I and my attorneys have been fighting for our rights for months, and this case is far from being settled. “There seems to be a large amount of emphasis placed on the fact that ‘Munz has failed to honor its certificate obligations for 21 years,’ they mention nothing of the fact that we have transported some 40,000 passengers and have hauled approximately 4,000,000 pounds of freight since 1942 — dur ing the years that we are alleged to have been dormant. If this is dormancy, we would like to stack it up against the other bush — or scheduled carriers — that are operating without sub sidy and government aid, such as we are. As a matter of fact, one of the board’s points, in their quest to strip us of our certificate, is that we as a certified airline, in the same category as Alaska Airlines or TWA for that matter, are op erating without a subsidy. According to their way of think ing this is unfair to the rest of the operators. It just isn’t being done these days. No one goes out and drums up his own business, takes his own losses, and fights his own competitive battles without run ning to Uncle Sam for aid in this day and age. They suspect me, and infer that I make other certificated airlines look ridiculous because of this. “This is what I am up against, and this is why I am fighting to hold this certificate, which is at this point, the only one left in the Unted States held by a bush operator.” Jaycee Motto — Courage, Character and Conviction The motto of Mr. Eric Schmidt and the Jaycees. Mr. Schmidt, of Denver, Colo., is one of 10 na tional vice-presidents of the Jay cees and as such has the five states of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Idaho under his wing. He and his wife Kay, are making a whirlwind tour of Alaska — starting with Ketchikan last week and working their way through Sit ka, Juneau, Anchorage, Nome, Fair banks and return to Anchorage. On his job as V.P. over the Jay cees of five states, Mr. Schmidt will travel some 60 to 75 thousand miles annually. “It takes a lot of travel to cover my share of the 225 thousand members in the U.S.,” stated Schmidt, “and I am called upon to work with foreign units as well. There are some 125 thous and Jaycees in 75 free nations throughout the world.” Nome has 13 members in this fast-growing organization. An or ganization for men between the ages of 21 and 35, it has grown in Alaska from 160 last year to 240 in 1963. and is expected to reach _350 in 1964. Aeronautics Board Halts Half-Fare Excursion Plans WASHINGTON — The Civil Aeronautics Board has suspended a proposal to cut round-trip excur sion fares between Seattle and Alaska in half. The C.A.B. said it wasn’t likely the cuts would generate enough traffic to offset the loss of revenue that would re sult. The C.A.B. ordered the half price fares suspended until Jan uary 29th to permit an investiga tion. Pan American World Airways planned to introduce the rates November 1st. Pacific Northern Airlines planned to introduce sim ilar cuts in fares between Juneau and Ketchikan November 8th, and Alaska Airlines asked permission to cut rates on Fairbanks flights, starting November 9th. NOME I I! MISNOMER Why is it that the kid with no legitimate name always has to de fend this dilemma while those with such unimaginative names such as Indianapolis (obviously named after a race track) are never chal lenged. One of our readers has brought us the September 9th col umn of Lowell Nussbaum—printed in the Indianapolis Star. It reads: NOME, Alaska, got its name through a clerical error. Origin ally it was called Anvil City. The present name was suggested by nearby Cape Nome. When a chart of the Alaskan coast was being prepared aboard the British ship HERALD, it was noted that the cape had no name. It was indicated by "Name." A draftsman carelessly cop ied it as Cape Name, but the letter "a" in Name was so in distinct that in London it was interpreted as Nome, and Cape Nome it became. Little credence is attached to the theory that it's a corruption of the Eskimo "Ka-no-me" (I do not know), the natives' reply when asked the name of the place. This popular conception of how Nome was first named, and the discredited alternate do little to enhance our position in world so ciety. Knowing how stuffy and righteous are the New England set, it is a wonder that we are not removed from the maps . . . all because of a little dallying on the part of our founders . . who ever they were. We are not named after an explorer, heavenly body, Indian tribe or river, or a mineral or disease, crop or history. We are merely named, and this isn’t any thing to brag about because every thing has a name. But, Mr. Nussbaum, Nomeites are a fiercely independent lot, and they don’t require a heritage. Most don’t give a hoot how Nome earned its name — only that they live here. Perhaps this will intrigue some of your readers and they will do as thousands of others have done, come up and view the attrac tions for themselves. Nome Council Determines Program to ‘Carry On" In Busy Important Session A Council, which found the Mayor and Councilman Hedreen out of town on both occasions, met Monday and I uesday nights under leadership of A1 Doyle. Monday’s meeting — a shocker for brevity — was followed by a lengthy meeting last night. Decisions of the Council: 1. To accept the offer made by Mr. Leonard Hanauer, a partner in the firm of Ira Haupt & Co., of New York, whereby his firm will purchase the water and sewer bonds at an interest rate of 4J/£ per cent. 2. A special election will not be necessary because of this new development. 3. That the 30-day extension granted by the HHFA be accepted despite the fact that a special election will not now be necessary. 4. That a replacement for Bob Scott must be obtained imme diately. Councilmen Harwood and McLean recommended Chuck Frazier and will try to come to agreement with him as soon as possible. 5. That a part-time typist may be necessary in order to assist the city clerk’s office during the period that Mr. Scott is on vacation. 6. That it will be necessary to hire an administrator to handle the volumnous amount of paper work connected with the sewer and water project — and the sooner the better. Funds are available for this, under the terms of the HHFA grant. 7. Recognized that the voters may succeed in petitioning for a city manager, and if this is done the city manager would possibly administer both the utility board and the sewer and water systems, | as well as other municipal revenue-producing functions, thereby eliminating the need for a paid sewer and water and utilities manager. 8. Due to the possibility of a city manager type government existing in the future, and the fact that the HHFA grant allows for an administrator to get the project into operation, an administrator will be sought by the Council on a temporary basis only. 9. That water from the Snake River appears to be the one feasible guaranteed supply we have — both from point of expense and volume of water. 10. That the fire system . . . water pressure, fire lines, and hydrants . . . will not be downgraded from the original preliminary plans despite the contention of the engineers that this be minimized. 11. That meetings will have to be held, and will be held, as j often as daily, as long as there are matters of importance and urgency ! requiring immediate attention of the Council. Goblins and Parents . . . Don’t forget the Window Paint ing Tonight. On Thursday night, starting at 7:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room, a big party is planned for all pre High School children. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the art contest. A new feature this year will be a bus to pick up children from King Island Village. Children should be by the road at about 7 p.m. These children will also be taken home after the program. SCHOOL PARTIES Room Halloween parties will be held in the Elementary School on Thursday, during the last hour. Face masks will set the scene for games, stories and refreshments. School rooms have been appro priately decorated bv the children who are anticipating a lively hour of Halloween fun. WEATHER BUREAU REPORT Continued fair. Low tonight -V High tomorrow 28. Nome data last 24 hours as of 7 a.m. today — Temperatures: highest 27, lowest 7. Maximum wind 10 miles an hour from the North. Sunrise at 7:40 ajn., sun set at 3:49 p.m. ATTENTION SPOOKS There will be a Lions Club sponsored Halloween program at the Multi-Purpose Room of the school Thursday night. The pro gram starts at 7:30 p.m., and is open to pre-high school children and adults. A special feature will be a 50 minute showing of Walt Disney cartoons.