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Sitka Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - November 29, 1982, Sitka, Alaska Alaska advised to Battle to keep Pioneer Homes but let fishing Loans go Sitka Alaska 30 Maija Cirulis 4�?~/2, was among Many sit kans who helped launch the annual salvation army Christmas drive saturday. Capt. Joe Murray of the salvation army far right and Milton Peter Fred of Angoon Center gave her a merry Christmas for her efforts. Staffing the Booth and not pictured was Alan Dejac who runs the salvation army Lodge. The Booth will be set up again beginning wednesday. Sentinel photo by Betsy Longenbaugh Green Lake dedication on tuesday by Sentinel staff the Public is invited to attend dedication ceremonies tuesday for the $72 million Green Lake hydroelectric project. Speaking at the dedication will be gov. Jay Hammond who will be Sitka especially for the event. The program will begin at 1 30 . At the Centennial building. It is scheduled to end at 2 15 . The ceremony will include remarks from guests who include financial consultants and contractors for the project. Those invited to attend include the Vic president in charge of hydroelectric projects for . Groves construction Lou Mace Ernst Mueller commissioner of the state department of environmental conservation Sterling Gallagher former commissioner of the state department of Revenue Dave Rose executive director of the states permanent fund program Erie Yould executive director of the Alaska Power authority and Charles Conway chairman of the Alaska Power authority Board. The dedication of the project which began providing Power to sit kans in May will include Tours of the dam and Power Plant weather permitting. From 9 . To 1 30 . Tuesday buses will leave from herring Cove to the project for Tours. On the following saturday dec. 4, Tours will be offered from herring Cove from 9 . To3 . Jeff Davis St. To be closed Jeff Davis Street will be closed off to traffic this week during the Day due to construction contractors co said today. Pam co said construction will begin tuesday and last at least one week and possibly As Long As two weeks. Victims recovered after fire in my missile Shaft by Hal Spencer associated press writer Juneau apr Alaska s pioneers Home program should not be scrapped without a fight but the state should suspend Low interest Loans for commercial fishermen a another Benefit based on length of residence in Alaska atty. Gen Wilson Condon said Friday. The two programs Are among several considered legally vulnerable following a . Supreme court decision in june. The top court said Anchorage attorneys Ron and Patricia Zobel were Correct in arguing it would be discriminatory for the state to distribute $1,000 permanent fund dividend checks based on How Long a person had lived in Alaska. In a Legal opinion Condon said the pioneers Home program a a one of the oldest Alaska institutions a should be defended in court if necessary even though there Are a Only a few narrow arguments available to save the the $20 million program with six Homes around the state provides free or Low Cost residential care a depending of financial circumstances a to senior citizens who have lived 15 consecutive years in the state or 30 years cumulatively. Condon said 519 elderly alaskans Are currently residing in the Homes at a Cost per resident of $36,688a year. A there Are numerous serious and possibly fatal attacks that could be mounted against the entire program a a said Condon who leaves his Post dec. 6 when Bill Sheffield takes Over for retiring gov. Jay Hammond. A but since the program has continued uninterrupted for approximately 70 years we believe that it is appropriate for the courts rather than this department to make the final judgment a on whether to halt the program he said in an opinion to administration commissioner Carole Burger and legislative a compelling state interest a a auditor Gerald Wilkerson. A relatively recent . Supreme court opinions have placed the fundamental element of the program in severe jeopardy. The court has ruled that discrimination Between persons based on length of residency Are often unconstitutional a Condon said. However a there Are Legal arguments to defend it a although a we cannot guarantee their Success in court. We do not believe that a court would if faced with the question necessarily Rule that it is constitutional a he said. Condon sees no such Legal arguments to defend the states Low interest loan program for commercial fishermen. He said the legislature should a a suspend the program because of the requirement that recipients have lived in the state at least five years. The Loans Are currently made at a 10.5 percent interest rate. Calling the five year residency requirement a unconstitutional a Condon told business Loans director d a Hostak that he believed a it is sufficiency Clear that no Good Faith defense of the residency requirements could be made if they were challenged in court. A a accordingly we believe the commercial fishing loan program must be suspended until the legislature changes the statutory scheme authorizing the the attorney general was slightly More optimistic about the Legal prospects of the pioneers Home program. He said it would be extremely difficult to defend the programs residency requirement if a Access to the pioneers Home is considered to be Access to a a Basic necessity of if that were the Case he said a then the state must show that a distinction based on length of residence is absolutely necessary to promote test that is rarely met according to the precedent set by the Zobel Case. A on the other hand a Condon said a if the pioneers Home program does not involve Access to a Basic necessity of life a then a much less strict Standard of review is used and arguments can be advanced for the constitutionality of the a we believe that the pioneers Home program arguably does not involve Access to a Basic necessity of life so As to invoke the strict Standard of review. Consequently there Are defences to the constitutionality of the entire program a Condon said. The attorney general recommended that a destitute and disabled applicants receive priority Over paying applicants a but add he saw no need for paying residents a to pay the full Cost of two other residency based programs already under Legal attack Are. A the longevity Bonus program. Rodney Vest 67, has filed suit against the program which gives alaskans 65 or older $250 a month if they have lived in Alaska 25 years and since statehood. Vest in August agreed to Shelve his discrimination suit in Exchange for agreement from the legislative Council that lawmakers would make an Effort to address the Issue during the next legislative session. A the student loan program. The program offers Loans to students who have lived in the state for at least two years. The program is being challenged by Judith Andress a third year Law student who filed suit this summer saying the state had disc mated against her by denying her a loan because she had lived in Alaska Only 14 months. The Loans can be As High As $6,000 a year for undergraduates and $7,000 for graduates. Tullahoma term. Apr recovery Crews were pumping thousands of Gallons of water out of an my rocket test Shaft today to uncover the bodies of three of the four men who died in an a a instantaneous Flash fire an air Force spokesman said the remains of the fourth victim were removed sunday from the 250-foot Concrete Shaft by Crews wearing oxygen packs said sgt. John Blackburn. The four men were killed and 16 others were injured saturday evening As civilian contractors tried to remove debris and solid fuel left in the Shaft by a second stage my missile engine that exploded during testing nov. 17. The sudden fire at the Arnold engineering development Center facility May have been ignited by the volatile fuel Blackburn said. Nine feet or about 750,000 Gallons of water that helped put out saturdays fire covered the floor of the Shaft when the pumping began shortly after Midnight Blackburn said. The water concealed the bodies of three employees of Aero Jet Morial Hospital in Tullahoma Cross was in stable condition Early today. The nov. 17 Accident which destroyed the my missile engine caused no injuries. It was 57, a rocket test technician from fair Oaks Calif. Murray l. Tauscher 49, a senior test Engineer of Roseville Calif., and Arthur Totten 48, a rocket test technician of Citrus Heights Calif., All Sacramento made Public wednesday suburbs. Sipe about 50, of Manchester tenn., was an employee of Sverdrup technology inc. Of Tullahoma. Fourteen of the civilian employees injured saturday were released after treatment at a Center infirmary. Two others fireman David Harmon and Security officer Luther Cross both employed by pan am world services which provides Security and food at the Center were overcome by fumes from the Blaze. Harmon was released following treatment at Harton me by Terence Hunt associated press writer los Angeles apr officials did not know for sure whether saturdays fire consumed All of the solid fuel left from the Accident but the test Shaft was considered at a a very Low danger level when president Reagan said today pumping began Blackburn the tax Cut due next july will said. Give the Economy a dramatic Arnold a 41,000-acre site boost but stopped Short of in about 60 Miles Southeast of Dorsing a plan to make the Cut Nashville is the largest propel effective in january Sion and aerodynamics testing Reagan a intentions about the Center in the nation. The fire occurred in a Concrete Shaft known As the j-4 test cell where the four stage my missile has been tested. Reagan still undecided on when to seek tax Cut timing of the tax Cut were still in doubt As he concluded a California vacation and prepared to head Back to Washington. White House aides said Pri opportunists blamed Kkt rally ends in riot by Barton Reppert associated press writer Washington a Ting out of town the 40 klansmen who had held a Brief rally in Lafayette Park across from the strategic propulsion co., a de District of Columbia police chief White House. Tense contractor based in Sacramento Calif. The body of John p. Sipe was found higher up the Shaft which is a steel reinforced underground Concrete test facility Blackburn said. Sipe had been working about 70 feet above the floor when the fire broke out about 6 . Saturday said Brig. Gen. Kenneth Maurice Turner blames the Elan a protesting a a misfits and a opportunists hell legislation that would Grant Bent on crime for a violent amnesty to millions of illegal rampage that erupted in the aliens in the United states a had heart of the nations capital after planned to March in Washington an abortive demonstration by the for the first time since 1925, when Kuk Lux Elan. A it was Blind senseless rage which cannot be excused nor justified a he said of the Rock throwing tear Gas tossing Melee forecast r. Johnson commander of a saturday As several thousand anti klan demonstrates clashed with police. He said police and City officials would try to discover a what went wrong and Why it went wrong in the capitals worst outburst of 40,000 paraded without incident. But at the urging of police saturdays scheduled March Down Pennsylvania Avenue was cancelled. Police said one Kkt member dressed in Street clothes fair and Church efforts to provide meals for homeless and unemployed people. On saturday however this peaceful tone did not extend to anti klan protests which had been organized largely by Radical left Wing groups such As the Sparta Cist league a trotskyite organization and the pro palestinian november 29th coalition. After the Kkt members had held their 35-minute rally and departed a crowd of anti klan Nold. A it Flash was an instantaneous with tremendous heat Johnson said. A there be any Way they could have survived that Flash. It periods of Light rain tuesday. Light Southeast winds. Temperatures in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Outlook Light rain. Went off like a Sparkler with unrest since the anti War protests tremendous heat and of More than a decade ago. Aero Jet identified its dead when the disturbances broke employees As Dona j. Roy jr., out police were already Escor demonstrators a estimated by walked several blocks before police at about 3,000 a rushed getting in a car. Into Lafayette Park. Members of while angered at the audacity the crowd hurled hundreds of of the Elan to demonstrate in a missiles toward police and City that is 70 percent Black bombarded nearby houses and several Community leaders had offices. Urged that Washington residents demonstrators occasionally avoid potentially violent con pelted cars taxis and buses with late the Economy is to give the fron tation. Instead they in rocks As the vehicles passed american worker a break and Dorset activities such As a a jobs Down k Street. Cut his and her tax lately last week the president was leaning toward asking Congress to move up the tax Cut to stimulate the Economy despite anticipated Strong opposition on Capitol Hill. Stopping in los Angeles to address the National league of cities Reagan said today that next july Sio percent rate Cut the last instalment in the three year program a will Benefit working men and women More than anyone else and will have the most dramatic Impact on our Economy a he is expected to announce his decision on the tax Cut speedup before leaving Washington tuesday for a five Day latin american trip. He promised the City officials that a the Federal government will not turn its Back on you but insisted that a healthy Economy would be More helpful than Federal Grants in solving their problems. A have we All become addicted to temporary bailouts failing to realize that the Only answer must be a restoration of our Economy from sea to shining sea a he asked. Defending his economic policies Reagan said a it is time to give up the temporary band aids and placebos and get on to the business of a real he said the tax cuts now in place Are a already providing the stimulus needed to get our Economy moving a this tax talk in no pipe dream a he said adding that a one of the Best ways to Stimus Reagan said an improved Economy is the Only answer for soaring budget deficits. A there is no Way we can eliminate by budget cuts alone the structural deficit built into the budget nor can it be eliminated by raising taxes a he said. Reagan sought to allay the fears of City officials that Money which would be distributed under the administrations a new federalism program would go to the states but not find its Way into City treasuries. He said a there will be mandatory pass through provisions to protect local units of the president urged the lame Duck congressional session which began today to take up his a Urban Enterprise zone package of tax Breaks and investment incentives to lure new business into depressed Urban areas. Fatalities fewer than feared by the associated press traffic fatalities Over the thanksgiving holidays fell far Short of estimates with the number of people killed just half that of the worst year 1969. During the four Day Observance that ended at Midnight sunday 379 traffic deaths were reported substantially fewer than would have been expected during a non Holiday period of the same length at this time of the year. Member of the associated monday november 29, 1982

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