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fifth Year No. 135 NOME, ALASKA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER n, 196 s Per Copy 15c Nome Must Vote Again on Sewer and Water Project, Say Attorneys A PHONE CALL from Mr. John Havelock of Ely, Guess, Rudd & Havelock in Anchorage, representing the firm of Ira Haup/ & Co., New York, has dashed all hopes of a speedy completion of the sewer and water bond sales. His firm has appar ently received word from their bond counsel that there is a ques tion as to the legality of the election in which the sewer and water bonds were approved. With this question raised, they have reneged --- on their offer to purchase the bonds at the 4Vi> per cent interest rate. This leaves the city with no pur chaser for the bonds, and appar ently no way to sell the bonds un til the proposition is again put before the voters. This time the voters w'ould ballot on the sewer and water separately. The interest ceiling would be raised from 4Vfe per cent to 6 per cent in the same proposition. This type of balloting will satisfy the bonding com panies, and upon completion of the election, the city will then be in position to offer the bonds once more. It is presumed that the going interest rate by that time will be not less than 5 per cent, however. City Attorney Tom Balone re ported to the Council that the city ordinance, covering the bond elec tion, called for a proposition cf combined sewer and water. Coun sels for two bonding companies have advised Balone that this is not acceptable to the bonding companies as it affects the mar- j keting of the bonds bv their firms, j Balone also advised the Council J that the new election code here 1 permits absentee voting. Absentee voting will extend the election notice requirements and this means that 20 days' notice must now be given before election day. He reminded the Council of the position they find themselves in at this time. A previous extension of 30 days was granted by the HHFA to give the city time to unsnarl some of its loose ends. This 30 day extension will run out on Decern Nomc Teller Road Bids Get Green Light Mr. Bert Hyde, District High way Engineer for the State of Alaska, reports that the Sinuk Tisuk portion of the Nome/Teller Road will be advertised again commencing Nov. 18. Bids are scheduled to be opened on Dec. 19. According to the Highway De partment, some revisions have been made in an attempt to bring the construction cost more nearly in line with the State’s cost es timates. sept. 25th saw the previ ous low bid of $3,332 319 junk; 1 by the State as being excessive. M-K Company was the lov biuder at that time on ttv 2°.8/7 miles remaining. ber 10th. ‘This means.” stated Ba lone, ‘that we have until December ; 10th to either sit tight or go ahead with, and complete, a new election . . . plus prove to the HHFA that we have the bonds sold. In effect. ; that we have raised our $475,000 I share of the project, and are in all respects ready to accept the grant.” “If the election notice is pub lished on this coming Friday,” ad- . vised Balone, “then we can hold an election on about the 6th of December and get in under the wire.” The Council members agreed that during the 20 day waiting period, various bonding companies can be contacted anew, and it is possible that they can have an agreement consumated based on the outcome of the balloting. By careful planning and timing, it will then be possible to have the election, negotiate the sale of the bonds, conclude the sale transac tion, and submit the proper ma | terial to the HHFA by the dead j iine—December 10th. An additional i extension of two weeks will be | sought in order that the city may have further leeway, however. (Continued on Page 2) T Nome School Open House Tomorrow Night The Nome Public Schools cor dially invite all parents and pa trons to an openhouse Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. In observ ance of American Education Week, Nov. 10-16, the schools will host all adults of the community. Student guides will meet visit ors at the south and west doors tj escort visitors to any certain room, or to take groups on tours of the buildings. Displays and exhibits of student work will be in the sev eral rooms or departments, as well as audio-visual aid equipment, ap paratus for physical education, science, band, shop and other courses. All teachers and staff members will be in their rooms from 7 p.m. ' to 8:30 p.m. to meet with parents ! and guests. At 8:30 faculty and j staff members will gather in the i Multipurpose Room for refresh ments, and be available to talk “school” with persons interested. Refreshments will be served in the Multipurpose Room from 7:30 to 9 p.m. It is hoped that all build ings and rooms will be visited, j Some Nome citizens have not yet seen the new shower rooms, the new science department, or the j new high school math and com- ! mercial rooms. A fourth grade “outside” classroom, shop, and homemaking rooms are also sep arate from the main building, and are of interest to many. The Weather — Variable cloudi- | ness today, tonight and tomorrow. Low tonight 5, high tomorrow 23. Big Bang in Secret Texas Atomic \\ orks SAN ANTONIO, Tex. UP — An j explosion at a top secret govern- I ent base shook San Antonio to- j day, breaking windows more than * 10 miles away. There were no im- j mediate reports of injuries, al- I though a spokesman at the Medina j Base Facility of the Atomic En ergy Commission said workers were in the area when the ex plosion occurred. The acting chief of operations at the base, A. L. Miller, said: “We have had an explosion but 1 we do not know the extent of it yet. The explosion was basically | TNT, but we still know none of the details.” The blast knocked out plate glass windows in a downtown bus •dntion and several other buildings, and startled housewives in +he j northern part of the city. The b ise | is located at the southwestern edge i i >f San Antonio. A big cloud of noke kicked up oy ‘he bias:, could be seen more than six miles av;.y. Several pieces of granite, al ready loosened for a building pro ject at the Bexar County Court house, were knocked off and fell several feet. The explosion rattled windows in the Auditorium where 5.000 del egates are attending the Texas Southern Baptist Convention. The Texas Department of Pub lic Safety office in San Antonio went on emergency alert and the j county sheriff's office sent all available cars to the base. The base does work on atonr.c projects for the Atomic Energy; Commission and its work is con sidered highly secret. The AEC said in Washington that the work of the plant in volves testing, assembly, repair, mo< fi cat ion and d'sposal of nu clear weapon component? It added that these induce elec tronic and mechanical asserblies as .veil as chenra* high cxplo \ "s a. d radioactive materals. \r AEC spokesm m sail -ie plant employs about 60u wor) ers. • • • Drys Overthrow Wets JUNEAU (AP) — The Village of Kotzebue, in a local option election Tuesday, voted 199-183 against the sale of alcoholic bev erages within the community, Chairman Bill Ray of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said today. On a separate ballot, Kotzebue voters, by a 205-132 count, determined that if alcoholic beverages were to be permitted, that they be permitted only by a non- ; profit corporation. Liquor sales in the arctic vil lage have been confined to a non- i profit organization only for the past 18 months. During that time, the corporation has turned over some $32,000 in profits to the village. The money was used for police protection, for a land fill on Front Street, garbage handling, street light maintenance and play ground equipment. Ray said the sale of liquor by the non-profit corporation would continue in Kotzebue until its li I cense expires Dec. 31. I The city can schedule another local option election any time 35 per cent of the voters in Tuesday's election indicate a desire for an other election, but the ABC could not, even if liquor sales were ap proved again, issue a new license for liquor sales within five miles of Kotzebue until next Nov. 12. “It seems almost inconceivable to me that these people would i want to go back to the old bootleg days, where profits go into private pockets rather than into civic bet terment and youth activities.” Ray said. The ABC said a State Police trooper told the ABC Dec. 7, 196L in Kotzebue that liquor shipments j totaling 3,300 pounds were con signed to two or three shippers in Kotzebue during the five-month period ending Nov. 24, 1961. Resale of that liquor, Ray said, ; No Russians Allowed Here JUNEAU IrP — Areas in Alask i closed to travel by Soviet citizens, excepting those assigned to the United Nations or traveling under exchange programs, include the Aleutian Islands, islands of the Bering Sea, Kodiak Island, and the cities of Haines, Seward and Skagway. Border zones in Alaska closed to travel by Soviet citizens include a band 15 miles wide which runs from Nishagak Peninsula north along the Borin., Sea and east along the Arctic Ocean to the bor der of Canada. DID YOU KNOW??? Bob Renshaw throws all his tips into the "Ore or the Road" can. This fund will help pav for pro rr ation of the Nome-Fairbanks Read, ar d ir \ Cl amber of Com n er:e project. B} ir»e heft of the car. oM "Mostacl e" is more popular than you ihir.k. would have produced an estimated profit of nearly $16,000. ELECT COUNCILMEN Two councilmen elected for the | one year term in this same election were Jack Jones and Bonnie Staheli. Winners of the two year terms were Levi Mills, Rev. Earl Perisho, Don Ferguson and June McConnell. Tony Joule is the lone holdover. Following are the unofficial election returns: 1 year term — 2 elected: Jack Jones 254, Bonnie Staheli 154, Rod ney Lincoln 116, Burton Havilland 58, Babe Dowell 2, George Miller 31, Phillip Leonard 11, Charlie Wil son (Write-in) 1. 2 year term — 4 elected: Levi Mills 241, Rev. Earl Perish 185, Don Ferguson 176, June McConnell 153, Sam Lauser 126, Harold Lie 112, Art Fields 90. Leon Shellabarger 34, Trygve Jorgensen 53, Clifford Short 41, Gene Joiner (Write-in) 1. Lions Test Marksmanship “The Lions Club turkey shoot, held Sunday and Monday at the Quianna Club, was very success ful,” stated Lion Les Keller, shoot chairman. On Sunday three turkeys were won, two by Phillip Dexter witn a score of seven out of ten. The only other winner was Lion Pres .dent Jack <Deadeye> Carpenter with a perfect score of ten for ten. Lion Steve Willson was the only winner on Monday, taking home two turkeys, with an identical score of eight out of ten. In ail, five shoots were held over the two days. The Lions would like to remind the public that there will be two more shoots before Thanksgiving. — Nov. 17 and Nov. 24. Shoot Chairman Keller stated | that there will be a target for the 1 ladies, and any men who can’t see well. The target has an X in the center. The person putting a BB closest to the center of the X will win a ham. Sunday’s shoot will start at 11 a.m. You just might win a turkey or a ham. » T^e Harpoon « Big business can sure be stuffy about details. . . They just don't understand "Nome style."