Fairbanks Daily News Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska 10 Jan 1998
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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - January 10, 1998, Fairbanks, Alaska
A amp be up Call body s sleep program is hard to fool health a c-1 Airport parking expansion plan draws criticism Irish creamed local a b-1 Nanook Down notre Dame 3-2 with overtime break away sports a d-1 saturday mostly Cloudy. High 4, Low -10 Page a-2 of ail news Miner the voice of Interior Alaska vol xcv1, no. 9 Fairbanks Alaska saturday january 10, 1998 75 cents per copy 24 pages Telephone monopoly protected Puc denies Sci petition by Patricia Jones staff writer local Telephone service will remain a monopoly in Fairbanks and several other smaller Alaska communities according to a ruling by the Alaska Public utilities commission. Apus commission members late thursday denied a petition filed in september by Long distance Carrier general communications inc. To remove Fairbanks from its Rural exemption status that protects the existing monopoly of Pacific telecoms inc. And its new Parent company Century Telephone. Because the Fairbanks system has less than 50,000 Access lines it Falls into a category of local Telephone networks that can be protected from Competition recently allowed by the telecommunications act of 1996. Pit also owns other Alaska Telephone companies including systems in North pole and Juneau that Sci wants to compete with. A we were hoping the state Puc would comply with National statutes that allow Competition a said Sci spokesman David Morris. A we will Appeal the decision but the Issue now is to try to determine who to Appeal that could be the Federal communications commission the . District court or eventually the Alaska state legislature he said. Sci had planned to install in Fairbanks its own Central switch which connects both local and Long distance Calls and use existing wires owned and maintained by pit leading into Homes and businesses. A to jump Start Competition see phone Page a-7 gop would spend $1.5 billion on repair of schools facilities by Dirk Miller associated press writer Juneau Republican lawmakers say their plan to fix schools and other Public facilities across Alaska will pass internal Revenue service scrutiny. The Plain released Friday would take $1.5 billion out of the states Reserve Cash for a special repair fund. The funds interest would pay off Bonds used to finance repairs of existing facilities and build some new schools Over the next six years. Some tobacco taxes would also be used. The task forces Bond attorney found that with some minor changes to the Plain the Revenue Bonds would be tax exempt rep. Eldon Mulder a Anchorage said. Mulder is a co chairman of the deferred maintenance task Force that came up with the plan. The Knowles administration had questioned whether the Bonds would be exempt from Federal taxes. Gov. Tony Knowles budget director Annalee Mcconnell said the administration is waiting to see a More Complete review by the Bond attorney. A we do want to be sure that whatever plan we put together is not going to end up having negative tax consequences a Mcconnell said. Knowles has his own proposal to fund school repairs Over the next to years. The administrations legislation is expected to be released soon Mcconnell said. A package of legislation creating the fund and other parts of the task forces plan has not yet been filed in either the House or Senate. The panel was scheduled to meet today to consider its final report and recommendations. Juneau rep. Kim Elton one of three democrats on the task Force said the legislative plan was a Good Start on fixing the problem but he still had concerns about the tax exempt status of the proposal. Elton also said lawmakers had to make sure they treated All areas of the state equally when it came to funding repair projects. Rep. Jeannette James a North pole said there is no guarantee that the legislature would not make changes to the lists of repairs to be funded. A when you put a Bill in the Hopper it does no to always look the same in the end a James said. The projects include repairs to roads docks schools and other buildings. A we went after the projects that had the greatest merits a Mulder said. A you can to put All the Money in Rural Alaska you can to put All the Money in Urban Faa launches Boeing probe following 737 Indonesia crash the new York times Washington part of the Tail of the Boeing 737 that crashed in Indonesia three weeks ago appears to have separated from the plane before Impact possible evidence that the crash occurred because fasteners were missing aviation officials said Friday. As a result the head of the Federal aviation administration said she was sending a team of eight inspectors to Boeing plants in Wichita kan., where fuselages and some of the Tail sections of the 737 Are made and Renton wash., where the plane is assembled. A a we re sending a very special team out on monday to Boeing and we re going to assure ourselves that the Quality Assurance program is As it should be a said Faa administrator Jane Garvey said on the Abc television program a Good morning America. A a the manufacturer is suspect the Faa said because the plane that crashed was so new put into service last feb. 14. The Job of the Faa team that will visit Boeing is not to inspect planes very few of which Are present at manufacturers plants at any Given time but instead to review records and so determine whether teens theft of Mercury threatens Arkansas county the associated press Texarkana couple of teen agers made the coolest of finds after breaking into an abandoned Neon Plant last month a shiny Silver liquid that looked neat when it beaded up on their arms. They just had to share it with their friends. Now weeks later the county is dealing with widespread Mercury contamination that has sent two people to the Hospital closed a grocery store and forced seven families from their Homes. A a it a very enticing. It looks neat and people think its harmless and want to play with it but it can be very Nasty a said Donna Garland a spokeswoman for the Agency for toxic substances and disease registry in Atlanta. Since dec. 30, when one of the teen agers who took part in the see Mercury Page a-7 a a a i a a or inside sourdough Al Jack see a those folks Are definitely out on a 9201 42869 Alaska. A-3 nation a-8 Ann Landers ,. A-6 North pole b-3 classifieds.c-2-8 obituaries b-2 comics b-4 police b-2 editorial a-4 scoreboard. D-2 entertainment .-6 sports d-1-4 events b-2 Stock Market. A-5 Horoscope b-4 television a-6 letters a-4 weather a-2 movies a-6 world.c-2 heavy Burden proper inspections were completed during the manufacturing process. But in an emergency message to the airlines thursday night the aviation Agency instructed them to Check their recently delivered 737s for missing parts. The doomed plane crashed into the Musi River on the Island of Sumatra on a silk air flight from Jakarta to Singapore on dec. 19, and All 104 people aboard were killed. Investigators have been puzzled about the crash because it occurred As the 10-month-old plane was cruising at 35,000 feet. In flight breakups of big commercial jets Are extremely rare. But the Faass message to the airlines said the jetliner was missing 12 fasteners from the upper surface of the tails horizontal Stabilizer and 14 from the lower surface. In september 1991, a twin engine commuter plane crashed in Eagle Lake Texas because mechanics had done work on the Tail of the plane and left out 43 screws when they put it Back together. That plane too came apart in flight and All 14 people aboard were killed. The Faa said there was no solid Evi see Boeing Page a-7 ., if officials focus on Indonesia associated press Watertown n.y., residents walk around downed limbs and Utility lines after an ice storm left a 2-Inch-thick coating Friday. Hundreds of thousands of residents in four states and five Eastern provinces were without Power water lights or heat after an ice storm coated the Northeast Friday. Story on Page a-8. The associated press Washington a High ranking Clinton administration and if officials Are heading to Indonesia with a pointed message for president Suharto get your financial House in order. But they also Hope to give the indonesian Economy a boost before the asian crisis becomes even worse. Indeed Stock prices plunged on Wall Street Friday amid investors concern that asians problems will spread to economies around the world the immediate objective of the Indonesia Mission that begins today is to get the ailing 76-year-old Suharto to Speed up Belt tightening requirements demanded by the International monetary fund. If he agrees then the lending organization and the United states May accelerate payments in a $40 billion Rescue package As they did two weeks ago with South Korea the if has made $3 billion of the Aid available so far and the next $3 billion is supposed to be disbursed March 15. These Pav so a Economy Page a-7 that special feeling Mike matters news Miner the North pole High school boys basketball team erupts in Celebration after pulling off a 51-50 win Over the Kodiak bears at North pole High school Friday night. Both teams were in the semifinals of the Santa Claus tournament. The patriots advanced to the finals and will play against Lathrop High school today. Story and photo on Page d-1
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