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Daily Sitka Sentinel (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Sitka, Alaska Member of the associated press the daily senti Nel thursday december 91999 volume 61 no 231 Sitka Alaska soft Iii Oil prices by Paul Queary associated press writer Juneau a the department of Revenue predicts the Price of North slope crude will decrease to an aver age of a barrel in the fiscal year that begins july 1 driving the states budget Gap Back up to about million the recent surge in Oil prices pushed the projected average for the current year to cutting the Gap from nearly billion to less than million Revenue commission Wilson Condon said wednesday Oil royalties and taxes Are expected to make up about 75 percent of the states billion in unrestricted Revenue next year Rev enu pays for Core government ser vice such As education prisons pub Lic safety and but a Gap Between that income an nearly billion in spending usually requires an infusion of Cash from the constitutional budget Reserve the fall forecast which the Knowles administration will use in preparing its budget for fiscal 2001 is markedly different than the Spring forecast that predicted prices would improve Only modestly from last years record Low of a barrel Alaska Oil closed at on wednesday up from a historic Low of a year ago thanks to open production controls and a Strong world Economy that is drawing Down Oil said Chuck Logsdon the departments chief Petroleum economist however both Logsdon and con Don cautioned against counting on High Oil prices for any length of time open members have been unwilling to forego the temptation of taking advantage of higher prices in the past Condon said Logsdon expects pricey to stabilize around for the next five years but the budget Gap is still expected to climb first because of decreased production and then because a higher percentage of Oil will come from smaller Fields that qualify for a tax break by 2010 the department expects Oil to provide less than 64 percent of unrestricted income and the budget Gap to increase Tomore than billion meanwhile the budget Reserve contains less than billion Low prices Early this year had state officials Wor ried that billion Dollar gaps would Drain the fund within three years that prompted lawmakers to pro pose using the earnings of the Bil lion Alaska permanent fund to bal Ance the budget however the proposal would have reduced the funds popular dividend and voters rejected it in a sept 14 advisory election the department of Revenue now projects the Reserve will last until Jan continued on Page 8 the us coast guard Cutter Sweetbriar rests in port at the Petro express Dock in Sitka Channe tuesday afternoon the Sweetbriar Crew joined the Cutter Wood Rush for a joint command assessment of readiness for training cart in preparation for Navy shipboard training next year the Sweetbriar will go to Honolulu for the exer Cise and the Cutter Wood Rush will be in Everett Wash during the Cutter plays a Call preparations this week observers from the Navy and coast guard will critique the Crews training evolutions said Wood Rush it a Nide Paul Deveau the Sweetbriar like the Wood Rush is a 180foot buoy tender her commanding officer is it cmdr Steve Rothchild she leaves Sitka for her Home port in Cordova on saturday Sentinel photo by James Poulson us arrests russian envoy for espionage sit kans get briefing on military attack by George Gedda associated press writer Washington a a rus Sian Diplomat was caught gathering information from the state depart Merit with an eavesdropping device arid ordered to leave the country after his Repe Tecl visits outside theuil durig suspicion officials said today investigators said the Case under score that the uni Tecl states is still a desirable spying by the russians and other nations the Diplomat who was arrested wednesday on a Bench outside the department Headquarters was declared unwelcome in Theta United states and ordered to leave within 10 Days the state department identified the Diplomat As Stanislav Borisovich Gusej and said he was detained for a period by the Fri he was first identified As a second Secretary but the department said today he was an embassy attache with diplomatic immunity officials said he subsequently was turned Over to the russian embassy after invoking diplomatic immunity this episode should be Stark reminder to All of us in government that despite the thawing of tensions Between competing nations govern ment facilities and personnel remain a desirable target for foreign Intelli gence services assistant Secretary of state David Carpenter told re porters Fri assistant director Neil Gallagher said this a very important Story of russian intelligence activity within the United states this is obviously a very serious breach said Deputy attorney Gen eral Eric Holder certainly our relationship has changed with the rust sians our relationship is not Asad versa rial As it was but yet we cant leave Pur guard Down i mean there Are nations All around the world that Are for a variety of gain Access to information from us and we just cant let our guard Down wednesdays arrest was the third espionage incident Between Russia and the United states in recent weeks Russia expelled a us Diplomat last week after accusing her of spying Al so last week the Navy disclosed that it had charged a Petty officer with espionage for allegedly providing rus Sia with highly classified information about us eavesdropping Gallagher and Carpenter said Secu Rity officials this summer Diplomat standing in the Vicinity of the state department and it took them Asvery Odd a surveillance operation increased their suspicion As the Diplomat routinely walked around the building and parked his car in a Way that was a Little bit unusual they carefully documented his activities and closed Down the operation 1 wednesday after establishing whether there was a technical penetration by the russians the search was literally an attempt to find a Needle in a Haystack and was carried out in a Way that was de signed not to Compromise the investigation Gallagher said the Survey was performed with the help of very sophisticated very sen continued on Page 8 by Shannon Haugland Sentinel staff writer about 1200 soldiers sailors and marines will hit the beaches around Sitka in february in the Start of a two week joint training exercise Navy it cmdr James r Plosay of the us naval forces Alaska head quarters in Juneau outlined the exer Cise called Northern Edge 2000 to the Sitka chamber of Commerce wednesday he told the capacity crowd the Westmark Shee Atoka luncheon that he wants to make sure sit kans Are aware of plans so they wont be sur prised when Sitka harbours streets and Hills become an armed Camp the exercise is planned to run from feb 28 to March 10 Well try to keep the impacts Down Plosay said Well try not to Block traffic but there will be times that Well have Todo that the joint training exercise is an an Nual event this year the emphasis will be on port Security Harbor de sense antiterrorism and coastal War fare organization there will be marines camped in they be living in a real military the mount Airis sloshing around in the Plosay said this year i Snow living and working the Way want to try something different we it cmdr James Plosay want to soak pm to death when youre cold and wet its miserable out there a comment that Sitka would be referred to As the Republic of Juneau during the coastal warfare exercise Drew some Good natured booing from the l local residents can expect to see parking curtailed at Harrigan Centen Nial Hall and barbed wire coils called concertina wire by the military around the building which is the command Headquarters communications dishes and antennas will sprout around town and the Strees will be full of humvee and jeeps boat traffic also will increase in the local Waters the uss Comstock a 609foot Navy Ltd Landing ship will practice bringing troops and vehicles to Shore in a logistics exercise three coast guard cutters also will participate two specially trained dolphins will be brought in so the Navy can see How Well they can carry out their As signed tasks in cold water because they might have to do that someday Plosay said helicopters and transport planes will bring in tons of equipment for the exercise he said we just ask for your patience Plosay said this is really a unique thing we apologize for How it impacts you but the training is valuable 46 tees Guys who Manhave Tdeo off and do what their nation asks of them he said there will be open houses and demonstrations for the Public Dur ing the two weeks of exercise they love to show it off Plosay said also he said the military units will be looking for Community service projects for the troops in heir off time we cant publish a schedule of events because they Arent supposed to know what will happen to Plosay said he said the budget for the exercise is million about of which will be spent in Sitka the chamber audience viewed a Brief dramatic video of cold weather military training exercises in previous years firefighters gather in Force to Honor six Community group offers help solving Sec crisis by Sentinel staff a diverse group of Community representatives met for two hours wednesday morning with Sheldon Jackson College officials to discuss ways to help the College through its present financial crisis and achieve Lon term stability the group divided into working groups that will meet separately to make proposals for Short term and Lon term financial support a vision statement and Campus Utility improvements another meeting of the task Force is scheduled for dec 22 to review Progress the group is aiming at a mid january deadline for coming up with an emergency funding package to present to Alaska sen Ted Stevens for consideration for a supplemental budget appropriation among those attending the meeting were David Dobler the new Sec Board chairman and four other trustees Ethel Staton Ken Cameron Roger Hames and College president David Meekhof also on hand were Gil Truitt representing the Sitka tribe of Alaska was Sitka Campus director Carnegie search and ministral Difrank Sutton Sitka City administrator Gary Paxton and City Public works director Randy Cor Nelius Robert Loiselle ceo of Shee Atoka corp Sec faculty representative David Harrington Sec Dean George Van Otten Chester Miyasato representing Sec students and Thad Poulson Sentinel editor the group talked about possible fundraising strategies and ways the College can coordinate programs with those of other institutions at its dec 23 meeting the col Leges Board of trustees made the commitment to keep the College open at least through the Spring term in agreeing to a proposal that an Adoc task Force of Sitka Community representatives be formed to look for solutions to the financial crisis the trustees said they would meet again in mid March to make a decision on keeping the College in operation after the end of the 19992000 school year that decision will be based on the confirmation of financial support guaranteeing College operation for at least three More years part of that will be Assurance of annual income of at least million per year above the colleges current income the general mood at the wednes Day morning meeting was of optimism although the group agreed much work must be done in a Short time by Tom Kirchofer associated press writer Worcester mass a firefighters in dress blues posted col ors to a steady sad drum Tattoo today and the president urged americans to remember their own Public servants As thousands gathered for a memorial service for six firefighters who perished in the line of duty dignitaries stood solemnly on a stage above six Large photographs that alternated with yellow Worcester fire department helmets and multicoloured bouquets of Flowers we must recognize the transcend ing goodness of their actions said Bishop Daniel Reilly to the crowd that filled the Worcester centrum Arena love like theirs heroism like theirs sacrifice theirs cannot go unrewarded we must give thanks to god for men such As these he said wearing a Small plastic badge with pictures of the six president Clinton told the crowd his words have a poor Power to alleviate the pain we feel now As we look around the vast Hall and know there Are thousands stand ing outside and other places we Hope by our collective presence we will speak louder than words and say your tragedy is ours Clinton said he urged All americans to thank those working for the Public in their own communities during the moving two hour tribute to the firefighters families sobbed children hugged their parents Veteran firefighters fought Back tears and the president shut his eyes briefly As a bagpipe band played amazing Grace the six firefighters were killed Fri Day after two became lost in a burning warehouse looking for homeless peo ple and the other four went in to save them a homeless couple has been charged with causing the Blaze by knocking Over a Candle during an argument the Long procession of firefighters in dress blues which had stretched 3 Miles Long continued to March through City streets even after the Are a was filled and the service began firefighters from As far away As Hawaii Australia and Ireland came to show their respects a special Amtrak train carried More than a thousand firefighters from neighbouring Connecticut and at least four full buses headed up from new York City along the procession route some times two and three people deep Chil Dren and adults waved miniature american flags one child held a homemade1 drawing that said goodbye fallen heros in so Sor firefighting is a brotherhood and these Guys live together every single Day said sen John Kerry mass its a loss i think everybody really relates to the procession wove past the Grove Street and Central Street stations where the six were assigned at one Point the Parade passed beneath a american Flag draped Between two fire 1 adder trucks before the service Clinton and vice president Ai Gore met privately with relatives of the six there were a lot More smiles and remembrances than tears Clinton spokesman Joe Lockhart said after Wared As he went around each of them had a Story to Tell him to re member their loved ones by schools municipal offices and Many businesses were closed today in this Blu Collar City of 170000 people 30 Miles West of Boston the Boston Stock Exchange planned to suspend business for a minute of silence the Blaze is believed to be the deadliest for us firefighters since 1994 when 14 perished on storm King Mountain near Glenwood Springs Colo the two homeless suspects have pleaded innocent to involuntary manslaughter and were ordered held on million bail two of the firefighters died when they entered the building to Rescue any homeless people who might have been inside after they became engulfed in smoke they radioed Lor help the others died coming to their Aid the men who died were Joseph t Mcguirk 38 James f Lyons 34 it Thomas e Spencer 42 Timothy p Jackson 51 Paul a Brotherton 41 and Jeremiah m Lucey 38 Lyons and Jacksons bodies have been recovered the search continued for the remains of the other four we still have four of our Brothers in there fire it Don Courtney said we want them Back in the background Are the gutted remains of the red Brick warehouse state acts on be ferry plan Ketchikan a the state is moving ahead with a million Southeast area transportation plan which would supplement its current mainline ferry service with smaller feeder vessels the Day ferries would make More frequent trips than the larger vessels and would Cost less to operate said Jack Meyers a spokesman for the state department of transportation and Public facilities the plan Calls for at least eight new vessels including two fast ferries that would run Between Sitka and Chatham and Wrangell and Ketchikan the Sitka based ferry is scheduled to begin service in August of 2002 construction on a Wrangel Ketchikan fast ferry should begin in 2002 or 2003 Meyers said construction of an open deck commuter vessel that would provide four daily trips Between Annette is land and Saxman is scheduled to be Gin in 2005 according to the plan another shuttle vessel that would rim Between Ketchikan and Prince Rupert British Columbia is slated for construction in 2006 the plan also Calls for new Termi nals to be built at Coffman Cove an Nette Bay Saxman and on South Wrangell Mitkoff and Chatham is lands Power outage set for Friday the City and Borough of Sitka electric department will be working on the electrical equipment on Cas Cade Street Friday and has scheduled a Power outage on that Day Between 10am and 2pm the outage will affect Cascade Street from Peterson Street to Gavan Street the electric department apologized for any inconvenience this outage May cause

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