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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 Water? 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 citv 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 Gutierrez- 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 onKatlian Street. Gutierrez said several problems had arisen recently with the dock including the recent mooring by a cruise ship, which could have moored elsewhere! 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 acility 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 off-reservation 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- stallation 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, W.Va.; 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 Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena 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. Othet-s 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 Dap- cevich's wife Jan. ASSEMBLY GRANTS SAMSON REQUEST: 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 10-year 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 was- spent trying to persuade one member to change his or her mind. Absent were Nelson Frank, Alice Johnstone and Earl Richards. Richards and John- 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 10-year 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. He-said 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 writes: "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. presi- dential 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 Jerusa- lem: "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 meet- ing to work on the details still in dispute. Begin was quoted by the Is- raeli newspaper Yedioth Ahro- noth as saying in an interview: "If all goes well, the evac- uation 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 Organ- ization fighters the PLO wished to evacuate from Beirut. The jet strikes on west Beirut ended about mid-afternoon, but Israeli tanks continued battling guerrillas near the museum crossing point of the mid-city dividing line. Gunboats and ar- tillery also blazed. The Tel Aviv command said the air strikes followed cease- fire breaches by the guerrillas that wounded three Israeli sol- diers. The jets swooped down in rapid divebombing sorties, set- ting fires and sending clouds of smoke spiraling over the Chat- ilia and Bourj-el-Barajneh refu- gee camps the PLO nerve center in the Fakhani area. Guerrillas fired ground-to-air missiles but none was seen hit- ting the jets, making their third series of strikes in three days. Israeli tanks and bazooka-fir- ing guerrillas clashed repeat- 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 se- riously 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 car-bomb 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 capi- tal. Earlier a woman walking her dog suffered severe face and leg wounds when a bomb ex- ploded at l a.m. beside an eight-story building housing a firm that imports fruit from Is- rael and a bank that was under Jewish ownership until private banks were nationalized earlier this year. The jets swooped.- down in rapid divebombing sorties, setting fires and sending clouds of smoke spiraling over the Chatilla ard Bourj-el-Barajneh refugee camps the PLO nerve center in the Fakhani ara. Guerrillas fired ground-to-air missiles but none was seen hitting the jets, making their third series of strikes in three days. Israeli tanks and bazooka- 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. -The Begin-Habib 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 amend- 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 bomb-rigged car exploded near the Iraqi Embassy Wednesday afternoon, setting fire to the fa- cade of the consulate and shat- tering windows in the adjoining embassy building, the Paris Fire Brigade said. Four people were slightly in- jured, the brigade said. Offi- cials at the scene said they be- lieved 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 follow- ed. In Anti-Trust Suit WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge refused today to approve the antitrust settle- ment proposing the breakup of the American Telephone Telegraph Co. until several ma- jor changes are made. U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene, in a 178-page 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 proc- ess could not go forward unless and the Justice Depart- ment were willing to accept several new safeguards. Among them: must be prohibited from using its facilities to offer any type of electronic iniorma- tion service "until the risk of its domination of that field has abated." That restriction had been strongly sought by news- paper publishers. If that change is accepted, the judge said could petition the court for its removal after sev- 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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