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61th Year No. 13.S
NOME, ALASKA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1963 Per Copy 15c Anchorage Contractor Enters Low Bid on $6-Million Knik Bridge Road JUNEAU Lf’l — An apparent low bid of $6,395,038 was entered Thursday for the largest single construction project ever under taken by the State Department of Highways, the Knik-Matanuska bridge complex. The low bidder was the M-B Contracting Co., Anchorage. It will involve the construction of 2.580 miles of new roadway and four major, steel girder bridges to span the Matanuska and Knik Rivers. The project, located nine miles west of the present Knik River Bridge, will trim the distance be tween Anchorage and Palmer by eight miles and eliminate a slow, dangerous section of the present route. The project drew a total of sev en bids. Other bidders and their offers in cluded: J. H. Pomeroy Co., Inc., San Francisco, $6,774,508; Green Con struction Co., Des Moines, Iowa, $6,823,117; Manson-Osberg Co., Se attle, $7,062,302; William A. Smith Contracting Co., Kansas City. $7, 094,149; Peter Kiewit Sons Co., Inc., Seattle, $7,440,000; and Mor rison-Knudsen. Inc., Seattle, $7, AIiA Looks for Industry From Marine Highway JUNEAU (JP> — The Area Re development Administration has approved a $49,000 technical assist ance study of the impact of the Southeast Marine Highway Sys tem on the Alaska Panhandle, Sen. Ernest Grucning said yesterday. In a wire to the Associated Press from Washington, Grucning said the one-year study will deal with the first year of operation of the system and seek to identify indus tries which could be developed or expanded to take advantage of the new ferry route. Look Out Turkeys . . . The Lions Club has announced there will be a turkey shoot Sun day and Monday. The shoot will be at the Q Club commencing at 11 a.m. and continuing until dark. According to Les Keller, there will be at least 10 matches involv ing 10 persons each and the high score of each match will take home the turkey. There will also be a .22 target for those with soft shoul ders who would like to go after a ham. Ammunition will be provided by the contestants. Weather Report Fair today, increasing cloudiness tonight. Cloudy Saturday. Low to night 0, high tomorrow 15. Nome data last 24 hours as of 7 a.m. today—Temperatures: high est 19, lowest 4. Maximum wind 33 miles an hour from the North. Sunrise at 8:10 a.m., sunset at 3:20 p.m. Comparative Data — Tempera tures year ago today: High 26, low 9. Extremes on this date since 1907: Highest 49 in 1926, lowest —10 in 1947. 537,817. More than 70 requests from dif ferent companies for plans of the big highway and bridge project were fulfilled by the Dept, of Highways, according to Commis sioner D. A. McKinnon. This is two or three times more requests than an ordinary project usually draws, he said. The enormous quantities re quired for this project — nearly nine miles of piling, 3,700 tons of structural steel, 1,900,000 pounds of reinforcing steel, and 14,000 cubic yards of concrete — attracted interest from major suppliers and some of the biggest construction companies in the world. Amundsen in Music Jeanette Amundsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Amundsen, 10509 Fair Oaks Blvd., Seattle, will play the clarinet in a program of music to be presented by the Seattle Pacific Concert Band on November 16 in the school’s Mc Kinley Auditorium. Miss Amund sen is a 1963 graduate of Nome High School. Nome Hi Will Bowl by Mail Against Cordova The Nanooks will have a bowling meet against Cordova High School's bowling team at the end of this month. Scores will be exchanged by mail for the regulation matches. The competing teams will be made up of four students • . . one boy’s team, one girl’s team, and one mixed team. Team members will be selected by physical edu cation instructors Sharon Bell and Ray Tinjum, from their physical education classes. Other matches will be arranged with other schools by mail, if in terest in this kegler sport contin ues after a six weeks unit in bowl ing is over. Instructors have ex pressed satisfaction over the progress of their students in learn ing the techniques and skills on the alleys. Thin Ice . . . Water sports like ice skating can be fun. . . . Safe, too — if the ice is solid and four inches thick. Your Red Cross reminds you: Don't skate alone! Don’t skate without first making sure that ice rescue equip ment is readily available! Learn more about ice rescue techniques. HOPES ARE HIGH FOR SAVING TEETH WITH SCHOOL PROGRAM "BUT I’VE NEVER USED a toothbrush before,” was the remark of the little boy who put the toothpaste on the back of the brush. This was not an isolated case among the many children who attended the dental care clinic held this week at the Nome Elementary School. As a class was dismissed for the clinic session, each child was given a toothbrush, toothpaste, a glass of water and instruction in proper dental hygiene and diet. The teeth were then cleaned, ex amined, and a fluoride solution applied. A record of each child’s dental needs was made and a letter sent to the parents outlining any work that must be done. Shocked, and deeply concerned over the condition of the teeth of such a large percentage of the chil dren in this area, Dr. Robert Packard, Public Health Service dentist, has conducted an intense public information program during the past three months. Enlisting the aid of the Nome Mothers Club, interested parents, and Mr. Earl Dahl of the Nome School, he has initiated the first truly com prehensive dental care program ever offered to these children. Special praise should be given +o all the mothers, to Alma Tungwe nuk, to the Mothers Club and to Mr. Dahl, Elementary School Principal, for their unselfish ef forts on behalf of the program. And what of the children who had never before held a tooth brush? What conditions exist in these homes? Will the parents con tinue the program of Dr. Pack ard — will they make provision for better diet for their children? Will they curtail the eating of so much candy? Dr. Packard stated “We can only hope that this ex perience will nrovid 1 the child with the unde rstanding of the problem and that the parents will cooperate as much as is possible. At least the children will all have brushed their teeth once, and we will have made a record of each child’s teeth. The future of the children’s dental health rests sole ly with the parents.” When one of the parents were asked why they had not taken their child to a dentist before, the reply was ‘T told him to go and he didn’t want to.” With these remarks in mind it is no wonder that in the 12 year old age bracket there is an average of 10 unfilled cavities per child in Nome. This is double the num ber in Kotzebue, and puts this district among the highest in the nation in dental needs. It has been further stated by those working in this program, that poor dental care tends to go hand in hand with poor work in the school academic program. Where parental guidance and encourage ment is lacking in the home, the child suffers its effect physically as well as intellectually. Classes having a high percentage of capa ble students usually have a lower incidence of tooth decay. It has taken idealism — faith that the situation can be bettered and eventually remedied, plus de termination. organization and hard , work with all interested parties, to create this first large scale dental program — Let us hope it is not the last. Our hats are off to Dr. Packard. ESC Recruits Unemployed For Training as Waiters JUNEAU <VP> — Alaska State Employment Service offices throughout the State are recruiting unemployed persons to train for jobs as formal waiters and wait resses, it was announced by Gil Johnson, Commissioner of Labor. Twenty men and women to be selected will participate in an ac celerated five-week course to be conducted in Anchorage under the supervision of Anchorage Commu nity College through the State Di vision of Vocational Education. The training is federally financed through the Manpower Develop ment and Training Act. The need for training in this field was identified by local offices of the State Employment Service through a survey of Alaskan em ployers. It was found there is a growing shortage of well trained waiters and waitresses caused par ticularly by the expanding tourist industry and the demands on eat ing and drinking facilities. To qualify for the training the applicants, male and female, must be unemployed, be at least 18 years old, and must obtain a public health certificate and chest X-ray. Un employed heads of household with at least three years in the labor market are eligible for federal training allowances. Although it is expected that most | of the applicants for this first i course will come from the Anchor I age area, there is room for sev ! eral from other areas. If the de mand from applicants and employ ers is sufficient a similar course could be offered in the future. Per sons interested in training should apply, in person, at the nearest of fice of the Alaska State Employ ment Service before November 11, 1963. Visit your Employment Service office immediately. Living Costs Have Only One Direction — Up! NEW YORK (/P — Living costs ' are stuck on a plateau. Unfortu nately for the consumer it’s a rec ord high one. And the prospects for change aren’t impressive. The consumer price index is 107.1 per cent of the 1957-59 av erage. This record was reached in July, held through August and September and apparently budged little if any in October. The most optimistic note sounded so far is that there is little indi cation of a major upward move in the next few months at the consumer level, despite a rash of price increases in some industrial materials and products. All other parts of the index rose — whether seasonally, or nor mally, or in belated reaction to prior rises somewh re else along the line. Higher were the costs of housing, rents, apparel, medical care, personal care and reading and recreation. The statisticians think the big advances in service costs may be over, however — from now an any increase can be termed normal. So it looks like more of the same: Living costs may go on rising a bit, but if so the increases of one item or another can be labeled seasonal or normal. Pioneer Access Route Will Link Barrow to Lake Work started Nov. 1 on the far thest north road project in the United States — nearly four miles of road from the City of Barrow, on the northern tip of Alaska, to a fresh water lake and a sewage dis posal outlet. Highways Commissioner D. A. McKinnon said the work is being performed under the pioneer access road program with funds allocated from the Department of Natural Resources. For this project, $150, 000 has been appropriated to date. The road will run south of the city to Emaiksqun Lake, the only domestic source of drinking water for the 1,500 inhabitants of Bar row, with a spur road to a ravine at the head of Nunivak Lagoon where sewage will be dumped. Central Construction Co., Se attle, Wash., is performing the work on an equipment rental basis. The firm has been in the area this past year building an airfield for the state. Grand Jury Scans State Rehabilitation ANCHORAGE W — A state grand jury in session here is studying the Alaska Youth and Adult Rehabilitation program. ! State Sen. Nick Begich (D-An ! ehorage) said he testified for three j hours before the grand jury Tues day and said Charles Pfeiffer, di I rector of the Youth and Adult Authority, appeared before the jury Wednesday. Bcgich, chairman of the Health, Education and Welfare Committee in the Senate, earlier had called for a grand jury study of the state’s rehabilitation program — saying an impartial review might lead to recommendations which could improve the system. At the same time as he made public his grand jury appearance, Begich said he wanted to disasso ciate himself with public state ments by another Anchorage legs lator. Rep. Keith Miller, a Repub lican. Miller had called for dismissal of Dr. Levi Browning, head of the Health and Welfare Depart ment, and also of Pfeiffer and P. L. Severson, newly-appointed di rector of correctional services. “I don’t believe to achieve an objective of trying to improve a program by head-hunting,” Begich said. VALLEY FORGE, Pa. UP) _ What’s it like to spend a month in a simulated space ship cabin? Four General Electric company space technology center employes, who did just that, said yesterday one of the things they missed the most was not knowing what was going on, including the football scores. They also got on each other’s nerves and lost all track of time.