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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Fairbanks, Alaska
Militants hedge on Transfer of hostages by the associated press moslem militants said they would give up custody of the american hostages in Tehran today afternoon but the Transfer fell through just As the agreed time approached and the militants indicated they might Back out of the Deal completely the ruling revolutionary Council which was to take control of the approximately 50 americans scheduled a night meeting to discuss the hostages a reporter for the official pars news Agency said. Adding that the Transfer most Likely would he put off until after the talks the major Point of Contention apr ared to be the designation of iranian foreign minister Sadegh Ghotb Zadeh to receive the hostages the militants say they would turn Over the americans to another representative of the Council. But not to the foreign minister in a Day of confusion and conflicts that seemed to be building toward another confrontation Between the militants and president Abolhassan Bani Sadr s government this was the sequence of events a Tehran radio quoted Ghotb Zadeh As saying he would a a received the hostages held since nov 4 following the a order of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and with a the approval of the revolutionary Council. W hich was unanimous a a the militants said they would turn Over control of the americans to Council representatives headed by Ghotb Zadeh at 5p in a a i0 a in est a Only hours before the Transfer. Khomeini a office issued a statement denying the revolutionary Leader had approved the move a the militants walked saying Ghotb Zadeh had falsely claimed the Transfer had been approved by Khomeini and no turnover was possible with the foreign minister in charge a Ghotb Zadeh announced he would address the nation sometime saturday night a Tehran radio reported tens of thousands of iranians demonstrated for the third straight Day outside the embassy in support of the militants a a spokesman for the militants contacted by Telephone said they might refuse to Transfer the hostages altogether if support for their stand continued to build a Well informed sources in Paris said Ghotb Zadeh was planning to go to the embassy in the afternoon but that the demonstration by Tehran University students might prevent him from entering the building a the 5pm Transfer time passed without Ghotb Zadeh appearing of the embassy a a student spokesman reached by Telephone said the hostages still were in the building and the militants had heard of no plans for the Council to Send someone other than Ghotb Zadeh to oversee the Transfer a a correspondent for the official pars news Agency said the militants remained ready to turn Over the hostages they said they won t accept Ghotb Zadeh but would accept i any other representative provided that to will hold a written order from the revolutionary Council a a the pars reporter said the Council was a going to have a meeting Over the Issue of the hostages saturday night. And that the Transfer Likely would tie put off until after the meeting vol. Xxviii no. 58 1900 Fairbanks publishing . Fairbanks. Alaska. Saturday March 8. 1980 30 per copy in Fairbanks 56 pages daily mews Quot America s farthest Worth daily newspaper Quot Mer inside Fairbanks Ted Kennedy s Nephew says the eyes of the nation Are on alaskans Page 2 Alaska dogs and men get much needed rests at id Tarod checkpoint Page 3 environmentalist testifies against Sustina Hydro project. Page 3 the nation Carter and Congress walk the Plank to balance the 81 budget. Page to Ford would have the Money on his Side if he seeks the gop nomination. Page 9 ifs town meeting week in new Hampshire. Page 9 Connally. Reagan Chase votes in Dixie. Page 9 Chicago firefighters strike snuffed out at last. Page la the world guerrillas in Colombia May be ready to give up. Page 12 sports Gold Kings rally to beat Pueblo. Page 13 Nanook women bombed by Western. Page 13 a opinions Steve Cowper says the Interior department wants to select our lands for us. Page 4 and More. Alaska news.�.2,3.5,8 Ann landers.17 comics.17 classified ads.18-23 crossword puzzle.17 editorials a comment.4 entertainment a Fairbanks news.2.3,5,8 foreign news .12.18 Horoscope. 17 l m Boyd. 17 National news.9-11 police Roundup .3 religion. 6-7 spoil�.13-15 troubleshooter. 2 vital statistics.8 forecast area forecast Cloudy and Breezy turning colder with a Chance of Light Snow today a Little Light Snow tonight and occasional Light Snow or flurries sunday Northeast winds 15 Mph today. To m p i tonight High today in the Low ids. Low tonight in the mid teens High sunday around 20 the Outlook for monday is colder w Ith a few Snow flumes at la a in today under mostly Cloudy skies the temperature was to the winds were from the North at Lorn p h. The barometer was at 29 50 and rising slowly High Friday was .12 overnight Low As 25 record High temperature or March 8 is 48 set in 1949 record Low 45 below set in i95t> Sunrise sunday will be at g 33. Sunset at 5 33. For la hours of Daylight a gain of six minutes Over today weather elsewhere Page 2 pancotto guide no longer linked by sue Lewis staff writer wealthy Chicago area businessman Sam pancotto says he once invested in an african big game guiding operation run by alaskan guide Dennis Thompson but no longer has any financial interest in the business pancotto was mentioned by a witness interviewed by an investigator hired to Check allegations that Anchorage state sen Bill Sumner tried to Sway a guide licensing revocation Case guide licensing and control Board chairman Marc Jensen has charged Sumner called him prior to a hearing to ask him not to revoke the guide licenses of Thompson and William Sims Sumner says he asked Only for a delay in the hearing. Sen president Clem Tillion hired former Fri agent Roger Lajeunesse to investigate the allegations last year Thompson made a $1.000 Cash donation to Sumner s re election Campaign but Sumner has said that did not affect his actions according to the report the investigator turned in this week. Guide Board member Chuck Keim. Formerly of Fairbanks said he d been told pancotto had some connection with Thompsons african operation the news Miner contacted pancotto in Illinois Friday. A when you got nothing to hide you pick up the he said. When he was thanked for returning a Telephone Call from the daily news Miner. He said he had no financial interest in Thompsons business now. But had in the past Quot i helped Start the company Many years ago but i sold out five or six years ago. Maybe longer i was just an investor the Deal went sour and i left. The company went bust and then they started another he said pancotto was indicted in 1968 in a savings and loan scandal in the Chicago area. But the indictments were dropped when he testified for the prosecution Sam mercuric one of six others indicted. Was identified by the Chicago Sun times As a reportedly the organized crime Syndicate s Man in numerous Racket endeavours Quot a pancotto. 52. Said he first met Thompson while he was Hunting with another guide in Kotzebue 25or 30 years �?�0ft a i Haven t seen him for he told the news Miner he said he last visited Alaska in 1974 or 1975 and acknowledged that members of his family hunted with Thompson and Sims in 1976. In 1964 the Chicago daily news reported that pancotto was a shareholder in a prefabricated housing firm Quot in which a crime Syndicate front Man has a financial interest a and in 1976 the Chicago daily news reported pancotto and his brother. Nick. Owed is million to the state Bank of Clearing. When it was closed by the state of Illinois in 1975 the Bank chairman was charged with Quot wrongfully using Quot Bank funds for his own business ventures the paper reported. Quot i know Thompson and Sims from years ago. But i done to know the other he said of the Senate investigation he said he had never met or heard of Sumner. Quot i never heard of the Man til just he said he said he had no involvement in the License revocation Case the guide Board pulled Thompson s and Sims s licenses after a hearing in december. The two had been convicted of five counts of Federal game Law violations. State Law requires that the Board revoke the licenses of guides convicted of two or More violations pancotto called his investment in Thompson s african operation Quot one of them dreams that never he said he could not remember the name of Thompson s african business when he was connected with it. Nor the name of the business Thompson operated i see pancotto. Page 3> sound Una a a a a those Silver ingots 0 will probably be Worth $3.000 by the time he finishes the race Quot finishing not winning the Point for Many mushers on id Tarod Trail by Bill Crampton staff writer Farewell the worlds greatest sled dog race is two races wrapped into one there is the race to be first and the race to finish. No matter How far behind a racer Falls for whatever reason he can t lose if he keeps going just ask some of the mushers bringing up the rear of the id Tarod sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome on Friday the race leaders were pushing for cripple the Halfway Point of the 1.049-mile endurance run but Here some 200 Miles behind the front runners others on Friday were wondering if Farewell would Mark the spot where their Hopes to finish the race would be dashed and for Many mushers in the eighth id Tarod it is not so much what place you finish that counts but if you finish its one of those sporting events where the competitors left far behind in the dogs Are everything on the Trail. Page 3 opening rounds still hang on to the dream that drives them to the finish line to finish is to win. The mushers Tell you certainly the Field of id Tarod mushers would be much less than the 62 who started this years race if All the entrants really believed they could be the first to reach Nome consider Larry Cogdill of big Lake after misfortune on the Trail he was in Farewell a Village at the North base of the Alaska Range with an Airfield four houses and a population of six persons wondering if he could go on hoping he could go on. Even though his chances of being a front runner were Over after the first week of the race. Most of his remaining nine dogs were ready to keep going but one crucial ingredient to a Good team was missing Cogdill had no Lead dog Quot i lost my Lead dog in Rainy pass when it jumped Over a dead Moose on the Trail and sprained its he said Friday morning Quot i want to go All the Way to Nome but without a Lead dog i can t run at night Quot that dead Moose on the Trail was shot by two mushers tuesday after the cow charged Musher Warner vent most mushers travel with several Lead dogs just so such misfortunes As Cogdille a Don t Knock them out of the race. But Cogdill said his other Lead dogs were injured in training on Friday morning toward the end of his mandatory 24-hour Layover. Cogdill was speculating whether to hit the Trail without a Lead dog or drop out. For the Road from Rainy pass to Farewell had not been easy he has been thinking about the id Tarod for years trained All his dogs see finishing Page 3 it Nayokpuk wins races first half Anchorage a Richer by $1.500 in Silver ingots. Herbie Nayokpuk of Shishmaref was still in the Lead today As he and three other mushers headed into the second half of the 1980 id Tarod sled dog race Nayokpuk won the Silver by being the first of the 55 mushers still in the 1.150-mile run from Anchorage to Nome to reach the Halfway Point. Cripple Landing on the Inoko River Nayokpuk pulled into cripple Landing late Friday and spent about to hours there before hitting the Trail again running behind Nayokpuk on the 45-mile stretch Between cripple Landing and Sultana were Joe May of trapper Creek. Ernie Baumgartner of Mcgrath and Terry Adkins of Cheyenne. Who Nayokpuk had an Edge on the others he started out w Ith 16 dogs and was still running 14 May had 12. Baumgartner la and Adkins to at last report. 18 mushers were on the Trail from Ophir to cripple Landing three More mushers scratched Friday Varona Thompson of Nome Larry Cogdill of big Lake and Russell q. What role will the presidential campaigns play in this if the Bill comes up in late july. That will be after the Republican National convention and before the democratic National convention Stevens fears the administration will push hard for adoption of an environment st backed Bill to help strengthen Carters reelection bid before the democratic convention q. I understand there a pressure to change the time agreement. Where is that coming from in response to pressure from the environmentalist Alaska coalition and the administration. Byrd and Energy committee chairman sen Henry Jackson. I Wash. Are Angling to move s 9 onto the floor this Spring Stevens has said he s willing to renegotiate the time agreement but gravel has made no comment he has been hospitalized recently for minor surgery q. What a the states role in the process now state lobbyists will look at Amend ments each Side submits and come up with a game plan after that. They be said they Are Likely to aim their efforts at defeating any amendments offered by Massachusetts sen Paul Tsongas under the agreement Tsongas can offer five amendments and Stevens and gravel three each after the Amend ments Are voted on. Tsongas also can offer his environmentalist backed substitute measure q. What about Gravers interest in offering a measure to veto the withdrawal extensions Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus announced recently a after Andrus said he would extend see a amp a. Page2 no mini Page this weeks mini Page feature for youngsters usually published in saturdays daily news Miner will appear in mondays paper. Dogs eat first Bill Bartlett mixes some food and drink that some of his dogs Are too tired to eat Friday in Mcgrath on the id Tarod Trail to Nome. It staff photo by Erie of Uehling it u s senators Are due to submit proposed amendments to Alaska land legislation next week. Under a time agreement to Call the legislation to the Senate floor after the july fourth recess reporter sue Friday looks at the status of the legislation and time agreement q do senators Ted Stevens and Mike gravel still support the Alaska lands legislation time agreement they forged last month a gravel has said Little since he and Stevens announced the agreement at a joint news conference in Washington. D c., feb 7 but Stevens has told the daily news Miner and others that he now believes the agreement is Quot the worst agreement we could get Quot q i thought Stevens and gravel were getting along better on this Issue what gives a although the two seemed to agree at their feb 7 news conference. Stevens has since said Quot this business of getting along better is and has accused gravel of hurting chances of passing the Senate Energy com Mitteer a version of the Alaska lands Bill. S 9 q what Are the terms of the time agreement a it Calls for majority Leader sen Row Al Byrd. I w a to Call the Bill to the Senate floor As Early As practical after the july fourth recess that Means july 21 is the first Date it could come up it also requires that Stevens. Gravel and other key senators submit a specific number of amendments within 30 Days of the agreements timing reached and limits the amount of debate from each Side q what will happen after the amendments Are submitted the to Days elapses saturday so the amendments should be known to either Side by monday then each Side can spend the intervening months mar sailing votes in support of their position and in opposition to the other sides dead in their tracks too tired to eat Many dogs collapse immediately upon arriving in Mcgrath. With the Sun beating Down during the Day Many mushers say they get their Best Speed at night when the Snow f Reeves h a order. It staff photo by enc Muehling
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