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Daily Sitka Sentinel (Newspaper) - August 11, 1982, Sitka, Alaska Member of the Associated Press City to Use State Funds DAILY SENTINEL For By BETSY LONGENBAUGH Sentinel Staff Writer Last year the million Sitka received as Us per capita grant of state shared revenues went to Green Lake hydroelectric project This year the money only million this time is targeted for purchase of a new city water source The state program grants a community a certain amount per resident This year the figure is which multiplied by the Sitka population of equals the grant Last year because of a funding crisis with the hydroelectric project the money was put into the Green Lake project with little discussion by the assembly At Tuesday's assembly meeting assembly member Roberley Potter said she had received criticism from Sitkans because there was no public hearing held when the money was spent last year Because of the criticism Potter and assembly member John Stein voted against accepting the money from the state until a public hearing can be held Aug 24 at the next assembly meeting Both assembly members however agreed that the money would almost certainly have to used for the water source which City Administrator Rocky Gutierrez calls vital We better get off our duffs if we want water coming in here in 1983 or 84 Gutierrez said He added I have no problems with public hearings but the people elected you to see they don't run out of water City Engineer Larry Harmon said the total cost of the new water supply is estimated at million and the new source has been identified as Blue Lake reservoir The city's present water source primarily Indian River is already overtaxed according to officials Mayor John Dapcevich criticized the action by Stein and Potter saying that the delay in getting the million would mean a loss in interest income to the city According to City Finance Director Rick Anderson the interest loss will amount to about a day City Dock Policy Until the city port facility can be leased by private enterprise it will be run on a noncommercial basis the assembly told Tuesday The city ad- ministrator had asked for direction from the assembly on administering the dock which is located next to Seafood Producers Co-op Street Gutierrez said several problems had arisen recently with the dock including the recent mooring by a cruise ship which could have moored Another problem is the use of the dock by an oil barge for Sitka Fuels The bow of the barge ties up at the city f when fuel is being unloaded at the fuel com- pany next to the dock Gutierrez said After some discussion the assembly agreed to allow the oil barge to continue tying up at the city dock but to not allow any other commercial vessel to use the dock unless there are no other facilities available The assembly also directed Gutierrez to advertise the dock for lease by private enterprise Mt Edgecumbe School In an item not on the agenda Mayor John Dapcevich told the assembly he had recently met with Gov Jay Hammond's staff about Mt Edgecumbe High School Like may other boarding schools operated by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs Mt Edgecumbe is scheduled to close at the end of this next school year Dapcevich said he had asked the state for about to conduct a study into alternatives for the school The money would come out of fnds set aside by the state to handle federal funding shortfalls It looks like we might get the study he said Sailor Dies in Crash ADAK AP One sailor was killed and three others were injured when a fire truck overturned at the U.S Navy in- on Adak in the western Aleutian Islands a Navy spokesman said Tuesday Journalist 1st Class Dan Barber said at the time of the mishap the fire truck was responding to a fire call at the base He identified the sailor killed in the accident Monday as Fireman Perry F Wallace of Locust Grove Okla The injured were identified as Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert D Ashton of Sandston Airman Jimmy Wayne Clinton of Hurst Texas and Airman Terence M Thoman of New Holland Pa Barber said the three were reported in good condition at the Navy hospital on Adak Forecast Wednesday August 11 1982 Sitka Alaska 30 Sitka Mayor John Dapcevich right helps with the shovel work as a Sitka spruce is planted at Airport The Sitka spruce was once a primary material used to build airplanes so one of the trees was planted in a ceremony signaling completion of the airport's 1330.000 landscape and roadway improvement project Alaska Airlines transported both Dapcevich and the six-foot spruce to Burbank at the ceremony included left to right Authority President William B Rudell Alaska Airlines customer service manager at Long Beach airport Fred Pena Alaska Airlines Senior Vice President James A Johnson and wife Jan ASSEMBLY GRANTS SAMSON Old Sitka Lease Extended By BETSY LONGENBAUGH Sentinel Staff Writer Apparently bowing to pressure from the Chamber of Com- merce the City and Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to offer a 25-year lease of city land near Old Sitka instead of the lease originally planned The lease of the land which the city acquired two years ago from Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co will end this year Because the value of the land is over it's some the lease must receive voter approval It is scheduled to be on the Oct 5 ballot Chamber members had asked at the meeting that the city sell the land preferably to Samson Tug and Barge Co the current lessee of the 2.4 acre plot In lieu of a sale they asked the assembly to grant a much longer lease than 10 years One figure mentioned by Chamber President Mike McCormack was 55 years The entire five and a half hour meeting Tuesday was plagued by an attendance problem only four assembly members were present Since four votes are necessary for any motion to pass much of the meeting spent trying to persuade one member to change his or her mind Absent were Nelson Frank Alice Johnstone and Earl Richards Richards and stone are on vacation McCormack backed at the meeting by some 15 Chamber members told the city the Chamber of Commerce is op- posed to any city ownership of land not being used for a specific city purpose Our primary concern is that the city get out of the land McCormack said McCormack manager of the Sitka branch of the National Bank of Alaska said a term was too short because no bank would make Samson Tug and Barge Co a loan with that short a lease methods used for gathering the signatures the petition was left at the ALP mill with little ex- planation Keck who works at the mill said he traced 10 of the people who signed it I went up and asked five of them why they had signed it and they said because they didn't want it to turn into a Keck said He said the others told him they didn't know what the petition was about they had just signed it In discussion lasting over an hour both in the work session prior to the meeting and the meeting several alternatives were discussed Assembly member John Stein proposed the ballot question ask Sitkans to approve disposal of the land by sale or lease City Administrator Rocky Gutierrez however pointed out that any sale of the land would have to be open to the highest bidder so a speculator could acquire it and Samson Tug and Barge Co would have to move Assembly member Roberley Potter also opposed that ballot question saying voters would be confused She suggested two questions be placed on the ballot One would offer the land for sale and the other would offer it for lease George Baggen president of Samson Tug and Barge Co was also present at Tuesday's meeting When asked what he preferred the city do with the land he said he would prefer to buy it We would be more interested in purchasing than he said Finally at the suggestion of Gutierrez the assembly agreed to offer the land for a 25-year lease with the stipulation that the land may be sold within the first two years of the lease Because this is a large change in the ordinance the city at- torney said another public hearing will be necessary That hearing will be held at the Aug 24 assembly meeting State Agrees to Sitka Land Deal Rain ending Thursday Southeasterly winds 15 to 25 mph High in the upper 50s low near 50 Outlook mostly cloudy gave the assembly a copy of a petition which he said had 375 signatures on it asking the city to consider leasing the land to Samson Tug and Barge Co for at least 25 years Assembly member Dan Keck however By BETSY LONGENBAUGH Sentinel Staff Writer The State of Alaska has agreed to swapping land near Goddard Hot Springs for city benchland property City Administrator Rocky Gutierrez said today In a letter he received today Gutierrez learned that the state has canceled the controversial sale of land near Goddard Hot Springs and intends to pursue the trade of that land for city benchland property The benchland valued at million includes 195 acres already subdivided Dy the city It is located parallel to Halibut Point Road from Cascade Creek to the Channel Club If completed the trade will leave the city in possession of an unknown amount of land surrounding Goddard Hot Springs The city already owns the immediate hot springs area The letter marks the end of a long series of public hearings and opposition to the sale near the hot springs area Opposition centered around the heavy recreational use of the Goddard area and its distance from Sitka In the letter which is from Jack Sedwick director of the Division of Land and Water Management Sedwick I am sure this will bring a smile to the faces of many Sitka citizens Unfortunately it will also bring a frown from others I hope that these others will recognize that the land ex- change we intend to pursue will allow us to provide a substantial amount of land in the immediate vicinity of Sitka which will fulfill much of the need for additional residential space in your community A copy of the order canceling the proposed Goddard disposal is included for your information Begin Habib Hold Talks As Israelis Hammer PLO By The Associated Press Israeli jets gunboats tanks and artillery hammered west Beirut today and U.S envoy Philip C Habib was reported making progress in talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem on evacuating the PLO from Lebanon Uri Porat spokesman for Prime Minister Menachem Be- gin told reporters in The talks were good We made progress We are waiting now for further information from Ambassador Habib Israel's army radio said the principles of the evacuation plan had been settled and that the blueprint had been printed up in draft form but there is no full agreement yet It said Habib was expected to return to Beirut after the ing to work on the details still in dispute Begin was quoted by the newspaper noth as saying in an If all goes well the will get under way next week A major breakthrough in the negotiations came late Tuesday when Syria reversed its earlier stand and said it would take in all Palestine Liberation fighters the PLO wished to evacuate from Beirut The jet strikes on west Beirut ended about but Israeli tanks continued battling guerrillas near the museum crossing point of the dividing line Gunboats and ar- tillery also blazed The Tel Aviv command said the air strikes followed fire breaches by the guerrillas that wounded three Israeli diers The jets swooped down in rapid sorties ting fires and sending clouds of smoke spiraling over the ilia and gee camps the PLO nerve center in the area Guerrillas fired missiles but none was seen ting the jets making their third series of strikes in three days Israeli tanks and ing guerrillas clashed edly at the National Museum checkpoint on the Green Line dividing Beirut into Moslem west and Christian east Woman In Paris Injured In Anti-Semitic Attack By CAROLYN LESH Associated Press Writer PARIS AP A bomb wounded a woman early today in the fifth anti-Semitic attack in Paris in 10 days and outraged Jewish militants re- fused to give up plans for a mass demonstration despite government pleas Before the demonstration be- gan at least one blew up outside the Iraqi Em- bassy starting a fire and wounding at least four people the Paris Fire Brigade said There were no claims of re- sponsibility and it was not clear whether there was a connection blast and the wave of anti-Semitic attacks that have plagued the French tal Earlier a woman walking her dog suffered severe face and leg wounds when a bomb ex- at l beside an building housing a firm that imports fruit from rael and a bank that was under Jewish ownership until private banks were nationalized earlier this year The jets down in rapid sorties setting fires and sending clouds of smoke spiraling over the ard refugee camps the PLO nerve center in the ara Guerrillas fired missiles but none was seen hitting the jets making their third series of strikes in three days Israeli tanks and firing guerrillas also clashed at the National Museum checkpoint on the Green Line dividing Beirut into Moslem west and Christian east The city has been under siege since the week after Israel invaded Lebanon June 6 to rout the PLO meeting in Jerusalem ended with no statement and another session was set for later today Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir also attended the meeting at which Habib was reported to have presented a list of Arab countries willing to take in the guerrillas Israel has accepted Habib's proposals in principle but has asked for a series of ments centering primarily on the Arab countries which will take in the guerrillas and the multinational force that is to secure their withdrawal Car Bomb Blast Goes Off Near Iraqi Embassy PARIS AP At least one car exploded near the Iraqi Embassy Wednesday afternoon setting fire to the cade of the consulate and tering windows in the adjoining embassy building the Paris Fire Brigade said Four people were slightly in- jured the brigade said at the scene said they be- two bombs had exploded An Associated Press reporter on the scene said the facade of the consulate was completely blackened and a facing building partly damaged by the blast and a small fire which ed In Suit WASHINGTON AP A federal judge refused today to approve the antitrust ment proposing the breakup of the American Telephone Telegraph Co until several jor changes are made U.S District Judge Harold H Greene in a opinion said he had concluded that the requirement that give up its 22 wholly owned Bell System operating companies was plainly in the public interest But the judge said the ess could not go forward unless and the Justice ment were willing to accept several new safeguards Among must be prohibited from using its facilities to offer any type of electronic tion service until the risk of its domination of that field has abated That restriction had been strongly sought by paper publishers If that change is accepted the judge said could petition the court for its removal after en years s Word around town is that Hollywood star Clint Eastwood is visiting Sitka aboard this yacht anchored off Thomsen Harbor since Saturday According to second-hand sources the actor the movies Dirty Harry and more recently the Foxfire flier has sighted having a drink at the Pioneer Bar watching the New Archangel Dancers at the Centennial Building and eating at the Canoe Club Other sources contend that the boat isn't his at all or if it is he isn't on it Whatever the case it's provided Sitkans with a good topic of conversation Sentinel photo by James Poulson
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