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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - April 10, 1990, Fairbanks, Alaska New Swatch Page 16 inside Alaska. 2. 5, 7 Horoscope. .18 classifieds. 19 24 markets .17 comics. .18 National. 19 crossword. 20 North pole. 6 doonesbury .22 people. 9 entertainment .12 sports 13-15 Fairbanks 3 to 12 Soun Cloumn Yack sex a the Way things Are going at the school District maybe 1 11 win the bus daily news Miner your locally owned Independent daily newspaper vol. Lxxxvi11, no. 85 Fairbanks Alaska tuesday april to 1990 50c per copy 24 pages Council rescues police and fire budgets weather Clear tonight with North winds to 10 Mph and the Low in the upper teens. Wednesday sunny with Northeast winds to 10 Mph Page 2. Nation shuttle flight off Cape canaveral. Nasa scrubbed the launch of discovery with the $1.5 billion Hubble space Telescope today when a problem developed four minutes before liftoff in a unit that supplies Power to the shuttles Wing and Tail plane crash kills two Gadsden. commuter plane with seven people aboard landed safely at Gadsden municipal Airport after a collision with a smaller plane that killed two other people authorities said. The Atlantic Southeast airlines plane was in route to Atlanta when the crash with a single engine Cessna 172 sky Hawk occurred monday at an Altitude of 2,100 feet a flight 811 probe Washington Federal safety officials today concluded that failures by the airline the manufacturer and the government All contributed to the loss of a cargo door on United flight 811 Over the Pacific Ocean last year. World terrorists free hostages Beirut Lebanon the palestinian terrorist group led by Abu nid Al today freed a French woman a belgian Man and the daughter born to them in Captivity. The couple had been seized from a French yacht nearly 2> years ago. Jacqueline Valente 32, Fernand Hout Ekins 43, and 2-year-old Sophie liberte were released by masked gunmen who sped up to the main Gate of the French embassy in three cars with drawn curtains police unrest in China Beijing chinese troops were sent late last week to three cities near the far Western Border with the soviet Union and Pakistan to quell moslem riots a source said today. The disturbances occurred in Kashgar Hotan and one other City in the Remote Southwest Section of Xin Jiang uygur autonomous Region said the source a Western traveler who had been in the Xin Jiang provincial capital of Urumqi. A the associated press the City Council gave Fairbanks Public safety $650,957 in first Aid at monday nights meeting. The Council voted unanimously to Divide the surplus fund balance from 1989 Between fire and police departments appropriating $390,067 for fire and $260,890 for police. Fire chief Bill Shechter and police chief Richard Cumming Revenue Outlook brightens by Brian s. Akre associated press writer Juneau higher Oil prices Are swelling the state Treasury and the Revenue Outlook appears fairly stable through the mid-1990s, according to a state forecast released monday. The Revenue departments annual Spring forecast was the kind of Good news lawmakers and gov. Steve Cowper wanted to hear in the final month of the legislative session while they Complete work on next years budget. The departments biannual forecasts Are educated guesses used by the legislature and administration to prepare the budget. The latest forecast predicts significantly More Money will flow into the Treasury this year and next than did last Falls forecast. Revenue commissioner Hugh Malone said the past years Rise in Oil prices and the 1989 Legislatures revision of the economic limit Factor tax formula were the reasons for the Revenue increase. The latest mid Range forecast predicts the state will bring in nearly $2.5 billion this fiscal year up from the $2.3 billion in the fall forecast. The estimate for fiscal 1991, which begins july i is $2.42 billion. Thai s $170 million More than predicted last fall. The forecast for fiscal 1990 is based on an average West coast Price for North slope crude of $17.37 a barrel. The Revenue forecast for fiscal 1991 is based on $19.15 a barrel. About 85 percent of state revenues come from Oil taxes and royalties and each $1 Rise in the per barrel Price of Oil brings the state another $150 million in Revenue. Malone said recent drops in Oil prices were Normal seasonal declines. A we believe Oil prices will be More stable and probably increase a Malone said in an interview. A a that a because it looks like the Oil glut is Over. Open is not continuing to increase its production and the demand is Malone said the Outlook would be even better if not for the decline of alaskans huge Prudhoe Bay Field and the a extreme costs in connection with corrosion repairs on the see Oil Page 7 say the appropriations will help their departments work through the rest of the year. Mondays appropriations scrape the Bottom of the City s financial barrel Down to the $4 million Cushion or fund balance required by ordinance. But they done to meet the requests the chiefs submitted earlier. Cummings requested $450,000 to cover overtime for patrol and dispatch overtime for felony investigations and training. Since the first of the year training has been discontinued and the last of this years $80,000 overtime budget was spent three weeks ago. The police department spent $520,000 in overtime in 1989. Cummings said hell meet with his staff to discuss How to spend the $260,890. The department already has spent $20,000 of that Money on overtime Cummings said. The police department now maintains two dispatchers four patrol officers and a supervisor on each shift. Four detectives and two narcotics officers one paid through a Federal Grant work one shift per Day. Cummings said he will know within a Day or so whether the department will have to change personnel configurations to meet the budget Over the next nine months. But the councils action monday night gave him a solid base to work from. A now we know exactly what our Bottom line is a Cummings said. Over at the fire station Shechter requested $402,000 to recall person browsing Quot Margaret the Moose stretches her legs after waking up monday morning outside Noel Wien memorial Library. The yearling Moose has been a Resi Charles Mason news Amer Dent of the Library s Yard since late february causing Library officials concern for her safety. Star Heger periodical assistant looks out the window. Calf gets free room boat Library by Kelly Bostian staff writer Margaret is one intelligent Moose calf. Orphaned in the Middle of win ter in the Middle of a City she needed to find warmth food and peace and quiet. Booking a room at the West Mark until breakup probably was t feasible so she decided to hang out at the Noel Wien Library. Shrubs on the manicured Lawn at the Library and around the neighbourhood provide plenty of browse. She has a Nice warm spot to sleep against the sunny South Wall of the Library build ing. And quiet hey it is a Library. She s been there for More than a month. However try As they might watchful librarians can to keep things As quiet As they and Margaret would like. Some local school children taunted Margaret. Some threw rocks and snowballs at her. She a walked within feet of peo pie on a Well used Bike path near the Library. The librarians love their guest Moose. But. As it turns out a Midtown Library is not the greatest place for a 300-500 Pound wild animal and the librarians called state wildlife officials to ask that something be done. It s been quite an experience for Library visitors who never have been so close to a Moose within inches on the other Side of a window. But librarians worry she might Hurt someone or get see Moose. Page 7 Nel lost through Lay offs and retirements. Although the department did no to receive the full request Shechter said he was pleased. The Money will allow him to rehire three firefighters who can serve As emergency medical technicians and his Secretary and to Transfer a person to the fire Preven see City. Page 7 Phillips quits but still on Job by Martha Eliassen staff writer City manager Brian Phillips remains on the City payroll today after giving Council members a letter of resignation. Council members will decide at next week s meeting whether to Grant terms Phillips requested. Phillips submitted a conditional resignation monday stating a i hereby tender my resignation effective 45 Days from the Date of City Council acceptance and subject to an additional 45-Day Severance compensation a Phillips contract with the Council provides for 45 Days of Severance pay if he is fired but does not provide compensation in the event of his resignation the letter gave no reason for the resignation. Monday night Phillips would not comment about his decision to quit saying his letter to the Council contains All he wishes to say. After the Council decides whether to accept the conditional re Signa Tion. develop a plan to hire a new City manager. When Phillips vacates the position. Deputy City manager Bob Wolting the City s finance director would Likely fill in until the Council hires a new person. The resignation came after three weeks of turmoil on March 19 when Council member Bob Sund Berg moved to Fin Phillips claiming that he did t like the Way the City manager a managed the Council. Mayor Jim Nordale stalled Sundbergh a motion. Sundberg said he objects to the Way Phillips handled dwindling Public safety budgets. Instead it of working within the approved budget Sundberg said Phillips repeatedly approached the Council for More Money. Jerry Cleworth. Who seconded Sundbergh a motion said he believes Phillips is a poor people Man Ager who has alienated City workers. The Issue divided the Council with Sundberg and Cleworth Call ing for a new City manager Lowell Purcell and Jerry Norum defend ing Phillips and Jim Hayes and Bill Walley criticizing some aspects of Phillips performance but not stating publicly How they a vote. See manager. Page 7 Board a flip flops Tundra gets bus pact in a process beginning to resemble musical chairs the school Board changed its mind again monday and awarded the districts school bus contract to Tundra Tours. The school Board originally recommended Tundra for the 5-year $20 million contract because Mayflower contract services the cur rent contractor turned in its bid late. Mayflower appealed and the school Board granted the award to Mayflower. But monday Tundra appealed the decision and by a 4 2 vote the Board decided to Grant the Appeal arid recommend Tundra Tours for the contract. The recommendation will go to the department of education for final approval. Board member Karl Schroeder who voted for Mayflower last time changed his vote to Tundra. A there was no reason not to award it to them really a Schroeder said. A working with a contract for five years there s a feeling of cosiness. You done to want to let go. But there a no reason to believe that they Tundra wont offer As Good a Schroeder said the first vote was taken late at night and Mayflower is offer seemed too Good to pass up. Mayflower whose bid was originally higher than Tundra a offered to meet Tundra a Price install free seat belts and cover court costs. A right is right and late is late a Schroeder said. Jerry Mcbeath and Gene Redden voted against awarding the contract to Tundra Tours. Mcbeath said he can live with the decision to go with Tundra but he thinks it would have been in the Best interest of the school District to go with Mayflower. A they have served us Well for five years a Mcbeath said Tundra attorney Barbara Schuhmann said this morning. A what we asked them the school District to do is to follow the procedures that they had set out originally in their request for proposals. Natives meet on subsistence strategy Anchorage apr the Alaska federation of natives be Gan a two Day emergency meeting Here today in Hopes of reaching common ground on the Issue of subsistence Hunting and fishing. With proposed constitutional amendments on subsistence apparently in trouble in the Alaska legislature the conferences goal is to talk strategy and share information federation officials said. Dozens of Village residents and native leaders Are expected to attend the meeting which comes at a time when Many alaskans remain deeply divided on subsistence the traditional Harvest of fish and game. Leaders of the federation the state s largest native organization Hope the meeting will end Wath stronger agreement Between natives across the state. Some native groups have disagreed in recent weeks on How to resolve the Issue and they Are sharply at Odds with organizations of sport Hunters and fishermen a the Alaska native Community needs a lot More information right now a said federation president Julie Kitka. A a it a a very Complex Issue we also just want to give All the native organizations the Opportunity to get together and talk a she said. The Alaska National interest lands conservation act of 1984 says subsistence has a priority Over All other forms of Hunting and fishing in Alaska and it says Rural residents must be Given preference Over others. But the state supreme court ruled in december that such a priority violates a provision of the state Constitution giving alaskans equal opportunities to use the states resources. Gov. Steve Cowper has proposed a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a subsistence preference for Rural alaskans a a measure backed by the Alaska federation of natives. But other native groups have said the proposed Cowper amendment does no to go far enough. Some of them support another measure to give a subsistence priority to natives As Well As Rural residents. Sport Hunting and fishing groups oppose any constitutional amendment saying Access to fish and game should be guaranteed to All state residents. Signs Are Strong that All the subsistence proposals Are in trouble in Juneau. None has enough support to pass in the House said rep. Curt Menard d Wasilla co chairman of the House resources committee. A unless the language is broadened a lot unless it includes Access to resources by All alaskans in a not real optimistic a Menard said. The House and Senate resources committees will come to Anchorage for a joint hearing on subsistence wednesday. If the legislature cannot bring state Laws into line with Federal Law by july i the . Department of the Interior could i Ake Over wildlife management on Federal land a Over half of the state warm up to a Good idea Page 3

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