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Sitka Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Sitka, Alaska Member of the associated press t h e daily Sentinel wednesday february 9,1983 Sitka Alaska 30 Sheffield s spending plan Given tentative approval Juneau apr atty. Gen. Norman Gorsuch gave qualified endorsement tuesday to gov. Bill Sheffield a proposal to junk Cash dividends and use permanent fund earnings for other purposes saying the plan would not violate alaskans spending limit. But the attorney general in an opinion prepared with the help of assistant atty. Gen. James Baldwin seemed to throw into question the concept of using a portion of the earnings for projects like the Sustina hydroelectric facility. Gorsuch said use of the earnings from the Oil wealth savings account for expenditures other than the Cash dividends generally would not amount to a Dodge of alaskans constitutional limit on spending a a limit approved by voters last fall. But Gorsuch also cautioned that use of the Money for capital projects presents a a closer a the character of each project must be considered to determine if it serves a state Public purpose rather than a local special purpose. Additionally if the project is viewed As merely an alternative Way of financing state government operations the Basic intent of the dividend Law might not be served a the opinion said. Gorsuch did not mention specific Large scale projects that May be funded by earnings from permanent fund. But Sheffield has said some of the Money might be used for the $5.1 billion Sustina project to serve Rai Belt Power needs. The Legal opinion was in response to concerns that Sheffield a proposal seemed to sidestep the spending limit by shifting operating and capital expenses from the general fund to the dividend fund. The dividend payments Are specifically exempted from the spending limit. The question facing the attorney general was can the proposed $303 million in proposed operating and capital expenditures be considered a a dividends As much As the Cash payments Sheffield proposes using $303 million of the estimated $404 million in permanent fund earnings in fiscal 1984 to pay for the old timers Bonus pro Gram Revenue sharing municipal assistance and Large scale capital projects. The balance would be slowed Back into the fund to protect against inflation. A a vast majority of the population resides in or is served by municipal governments. It is also a fact that we seek Security for our Golden years a a Gorsuch said in justifying use of the fund for the longevity Bonus program and municipal assistance and Revenue sharing. As for Large scale projects he said a we cannot advise with certainty whether the financing of Large capital projects with permanent fund income would constitute a a some May argue that the benefits provided by Public works projects Are too localized to approximate the benefits provided by the existing dividend Law a a Gorsuch said. However he added the Alaska supreme court has found that a legislation need not operate evening in All parts of the state to avoid being classified As local or halibut Harvest limits for nailing it Down if construction of the addition to Kettleson memorial Library continues As scheduled the new area should be open to the Public by summer. The area will mean More room for equipment and books As Well As a larger children a area. Ground for the $1,015 million project under contractor strand inc., was broken in september. The addition will resemble the rest of the Library and the two parts will be joined by a Glass corridor. Sentinel photo by Lawrence Strauss Western Alaska increased gov. Sheffield ease stand in taxi fares on Western so Amigo fare City holds off on increases by Lawrene Strauss Sentinel staff writer in a relatively Brief meeting tuesday the Sitka City and Borough Assembly deferred a decision on approving taxi rates increases saying a Public hearing should be held on the matter first. The increase reflects escalating taxi repair and fuel costs Island taxi and Haida cab both said in a written statement. The Assembly indicated a rate increase the first one since april 1981, was necessary but that the Public should be Able to discuss the proposed fares before they re approved. The new rates propose a minimum $3.50 fare up from $3. Other fares include a senior citizens would continue to get 50 cents off fares inside City limits. A deliveries would Cost $1.50, up from $1, Over the regular fare. A stops would Cost $1, a 50 cent increase extra if in the same direction of the route. Stops in the opposite direction Are still considered separate fares. A waiting time would be 75 cents per minute compared to 50 cents per minute. A extra passengers beyond one person would be 50 cents per person for each passenger Over 6-years old Down from 12-year Olds. The rate would be the same however. In other matters the Assembly a approved an ordinance changing the Assembly a meeting time from 8 . To 7 . A adjusted the Hospital budget to add a $7,000 appropriation for a part time physical therapist. A approved game of Chance or skill permits for Sitka Emblem club it. Edgecumbe school student association Loyal order of Moose and Sitka High school. A appointed Jane Kirkman and Steve Jacobs to three year terms on the Sitka planning commission. A approved unanimously a Resolution that approves the appointment of a Sitka to the Board of the Alaska state Council on the arts. A approved an engineering services proposal for the Blue Lake dam. . Beck a Seattle engineering company will write the proposal at a Cost not to exceed $28,000. The dam must undergo a safety inspection every five years by the Federal Energy regulatory commission. The commission inspected the dam twice in 1974 and 1979, and the study will address ways to implement the suggestions from those inspections. Forecast Cloudy with a few showers thursday with Southeast winds to 20 mph. Highs in the mid-40s, Low near 40 degrees. Outlook Cloudy. Anchorage apr fish year Given our proposed har Ermen working Western Alaska Vest Waters will be allowed to catch Myhre estimated the halibut 3.1 million pounds More halibut population in the Pacific at 150 this year than last. Million pounds. The commis Richard Myhre assistant i Sion believes As much As 40 Rector of the International a million pounds could be caught civic halibut commission said with affecting reproduction tuesday the panel tentatively rates but decided to keep the has set this years Harvest at Harvest lower so As to Spur Fu-30.6 million pounds. Ture Stock increases he said. The biggest increase in catch a your assessments Are that allowance will be from Cape the Issue has generated Lisa Rudd said there is no per the stocks Are continuing to in Trinity to Uniak Island area c much talk in the Halls of gov sonnet Rule against using the prove a Myhre said. A we feel 3b where fishermen will be Juneau apr softening an earlier order gov. Bill Sheffield said tuesday he would prefer that workers travelling at state expense spurn Western airlines offer of $100 round trip tickets to Mexico. The so called a Amigo fare is available to passengers who take a round trip flight of 300 Miles at full fare. Sheffield informed that state employee use of the special fare violated neither personnel rules nor apparently state Law decided he a May not legally be Able to Stop the practice a said Pete Spivey Sheffield a press Secretary. Spivey said there is talk of the person from Juneau going fuckers a a strike to Crit Boring drafting a personnel Rule up to Bering sea from Uniak northward will Rise from 1.5 million pounds to 2.6 million pounds All other halibut fishing districts will have the same Harvest Levels As last year they include. A Southeast Alaska area 2c3.4 million pounds a Cape Spencer to Cape Trinity 3a14 million pounds a British Columbia 5.4 million pounds a South of British Columbia eminent. A a everybody a doing it applying for the special Foresaid a Secretary in the personnel department who did not give her name. Spivey said the governor Felt that use of the special fare a looked bad because private citizens done to have the option of travelling at state expense to qualify for the tickets. He said the Sheffield Camp also has heard a horror stories a such As a report that six state workers from Anchorage flew to Juneau to meet with fare. But she urged state pm that halibut stocks Are being Plo yees to travel less and use Able to produce at higher rates teleconference facilities in we expect Stock sizes to instead. Crease by to million pounds this strike violence Down Able to take 5 million pounds of halibut instead of the 3 million pounds caught in 1982. The quota for area 4 in the truck traffic picks up by Dean Fosdick associated press writer fruit and vegetable buyers one state emd Lovee Quot instead of reported ample supplies but one state employee instead of higher prices As the nationwide a Oregon and California. Some Hung banners from their rigs to demonstrate their anger at rising Federal gasoline taxes and Highway user fees. While the independents repro Tiona struck Fleet they carry most of the fresh food household goods and half the steel. The main concerns expressed by the independents Are scheduled increases in Highway user into its 10th Day appeared to be winding Down with less violence and More rigs on the Road. A the increased visibility of Law enforcement is restoring Confidence. In Drivers a Patrick Riordan a spokesman for Florida gov. Bob Graham said against state workers accepting Spivey also observed that travel discounts. State workers should be plan meanwhile a the governors Ning trips in Advance in order preference is that they state to get a super Saver fares. The workers not do it a he said. Lower fares do not qualify the the governor on monday traveler for the cheap trip to banned workers from applying Mexico for the special fare and his chief of staff Larry Crawford Sheffield s in tial ban Coin volume Rose said workers who already have cited with a letter to the Gover tuesday As truck volume Rose Evasuk reaper tickets a bet nor from sen. John Sackett r and violence dwindled in that Ruby who contended state Kiaie. Workers were breaking a state Law barring acceptance of a a Benefit having value of $50 or Rock throwing nails on roam re arsons tire slashing and but Deputy atty. Gen. Ron threes to truckers have been Lorensen in a preliminary reported since the strike Hega said Quot it is not a Jan 31. One Man was killed sent just 15 percent of the a fees and excise taxes draws 15 years Cape Spencer is roughly due West of Juneau at the Edge of the Alexander archipelago. Cape Trinity is on the Southern end of Kodiak Island. Southeast fishermen will have two five Day seasons june 17-23 and july 16-21. There will be three fishing periods in area 3a, june 16-23, july 15-22 and aug. 14-19. Area 3b will be open june 16-23, july 15-22, aug. 27-sept. I and sept. 13-18. Myhre said the proposed fishing regulations will not be formal until ratified by Canada and approved by president Reagan and the secretaries of state and Commerce. Myhre said the approval is Likely to come in april. Sitka sentenced in slaying ter not use Cherie Shelley executive director of the Alaska Public employees association blasted the order calling it airlines offer is for alaskan residents and state employees Are she asserted that discounts by Sentinel staff Gualberto Ravana was sen More than 1,200 incidents in tence j 15 years in prison with 38 states involving shootings no probation tuesday upon his opinion he said conviction of murder in the second degree. Superior court judge Duane Craske also sentenced Ravana to one year to be served con after the hearing began. Witnesses testified during much of that time. According to testimony at the hearing tuesday Ravana after he shot Martin began shooting in the direction of Rodolfo Martin one the victims Brothers. That was the basis of the assault of a divorce moved into Havana a House. In february 1982, Ravana realized Martin was having an affair with Ravannah a 16-year-old daughter. Division of health and social services employees who counselled the family after Ravana brought the situation to their his office was by and 93 arrested. For government employees Are dined to feel a ban on use of is a to be replacing Deg a dec. Common in All states including the special fare was policy capitals seemed to be replace g the s Alaska Sheffield while at least 64 were injured currently a with the murder sen charge on which Ravana was attention in february 1982 tence for assault in the third the Sitka Man shot and killed to contending tha t question a Quot Stoul dle handled snipers in the nigh As the Pri crin0 Martin at halibut Point Field s hotel Chain a offers by the department of admires Mary recreation area april 4 1982, substantial rate cuts to government cation Darity. Horn blaring truckers administration commissioner demonstrated tuesday in Flori site picked for statue Monument War settled Washington apr the in a Grove of Trees forming an last bitterly disputed question Entrance Point surrounding the nations most those who lost the Battle spoke and also tried to shoot Martins brother. Ravana 56, entered a plea of no contest to the charges in december and subsequently Craske found him guilty after imposing sentence tuesday Craske remanded Ravana to custody Here pending another hearing set for 3 . Thursday. That hearing will be for the convicted. Testified on a tape played to the Martin testified tuesday he court tuesday that Ravana told had run from the scene of the them at that time that he was shooting afraid Ravana would embarrassed by his daughters try to kill him too. He said relationship and wanted to get Ravana had chased him. Revenge on Martin who he Felt had betrayed him. The testimony continued a third charge assault in the Ravana had been digging first degree stemming from the clams at halibut Point wounding of a 13-year old girl by recreation area the Day of the a Ricochet Bullet was dropped by picnic april 4, 1982. He went the state. Back to his truck in the parking the girl Merly Serrano suf lot to drop off his gear and saw feed minor leg injuries hut Martins motorcycle. He then controversial Monument has been settled the veterans who opposed putting a statue within the Stark Black Walls of the veterans memorial won. Of betrayal and vowed to fight on. They said the Monument with its Bleak Wall of names makes a political statement about the War a but says nothing of the dedication of those who fought it. Things said. Restitution for her Hospital Bills will be worked out at thursdays hearing. T. Cole Ravana s attorney took his gun from the truck. Ravana testified he did this because he feared Martin. Testimony differs at this Point. Forced to choose Between in an Effort to satisfy the warring Camps the govern critical veterans the commission mentus Fine arts commission agreed last october to add the decided tuesday to locate the statue and a 50-foot flagpole. The statue and a flagpole at the Side statue eight feet tall depicts of the memorial a by a pathway three combat tense soldiers. Then the controversy turned to whether the additions should become a Central element purpose of working out making a backdrop of the v restitution another condition of shaped Walls of 57,939 names of the sentence to the victims two argued tuesday for the minimum several witnesses said Ravana War dead. Children. One lives in Hawaii and five year sentence saying the walked up to the picnic and began after hearing three hours of the other in the Philippines. A defendant had no previous firing his gun. Ravana claimed emotional debate the com Trust fund will be set up Sitka criminal record and was a Good Martin put his Arm around him Mission voted unanimously District attorney Steve hut citizen against putting the statute bet things said. Hutchings argued for a Ween the Walls and locating the Martin was at a picnic with minimum of 25-years in prison flagpole above the Apex of the v. Family members when he was based on testimony at chairman j. Carter Brown said killed. Tuesdays hearing the following the statue would be lost if placed Craske issued the sentence account emerged in the expanse of grass Between shortly before 6 . Tuesday Martin and Ravana had been the Walls. Nearly four and one half hours Good friends. Martin in the midst first before he began shooting. In december just before a jury trial on a first degree murder charge was to begin Ravana decided to change his plea to no contest to a charge reduced by the state to second degree murder

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