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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 10, 1986, Fairbanks, Alaska Daily news Miner Fairbanks Alaska Fairbanks saturday May to 1986�?3 votes to Stop project unless hiring done locally today 7 a Bird club Bird identification walk University of Alaska museum parking lot. Bring rubber boots and binoculars. Information 474-6050. 9 a.rn.-3 30�?rummage Sale first United methodist Church 915 second ave. Information 452 2956. 9 a.rn.-4 swim team garage Sale 1021 Kodiak. Information 456-4861. 10 a City bus tour departs log Cabin convention and visitors Bureau first Avenue. Information 456-5774. To a.rn.-12 30�?Fairbanks Home economics association installation of officers and future homemakers of America Lois Hansen Paytonn a Home. Information 479-2787 or 488-1356. To Sale first presbyterian Church seventh Avenue and Cushman Street to a.rn.-5 Wash sponsored by wicca Union 76 station across from Gavora mall. Information 452-2293. Noon Golden North Rebekah Lodge Mother and child luncheon Odd Fellows Hall first Avenue and Cushman Street. Tickets $6 at the door. Information 488-1391. I Fairbanks menus Bowling association annual meeting and banquet Moose Lodge. Information 451-7169. Sunday i for Liberty 5-Kilometer run North pole Middle school parking lot. Registration $5 per person $10 per family. Information 488-2271 or 488-7771. 1 30�?northern lights stamp club meeting pentecostal Church 326 18th ave. Bring items to Trade. Information 452-2883. Miscellaneous May Ion literacy Council of Alaska English As a second language workshop. Information 456-6212. May 12 and 14�?parents amp tots Reading program 9 30-11 . Both Days Noel Wien Library. Sponsored by Borough libraries and literacy Council of Alaska. Information 456-6212. May 12-14�?�?oassertive discipline workshop by or. Diana Geddes. To Register Call uhf conferences and continuing education at 474-7800. Nenana substation transformer fails a transformer failure at the Nenana substation killed Power Friday to Nenana and Rex an Alaska Railroad station 48 Miles Southwest of Nenana. A spokesman for Golden Valley electric association said a Mobile substation was dispatched from Fairbanks and Gaea hoped to have Power restored by 5 . Today. Mining equipment reported stolen approximately $12,000 Worth of mining equipment was reported missing from a claim on the Tatla Nika River troopers said. The missing equipment was reported by Ferrel Woods on May 7. Investigation is continuing troopers said. Unions Council eyes Wainwright housing jobs the Fairbanks building trades Council has voted to try and Stop the fort Wainwright housing project if Developer Dick Fischer does not hire locally. The Council is made up of business agents from seven local construction Trade unions. Jim Carroll its president said the unions have been trying to meet with Fischer to discuss local hire so far without result. Fischer plans to use outside and out of town contractors on the project and the unions Are worried that will mean an influx of outside workers. A if he a got All the firms coming from outside bring up cheaper workers from outside a said Carroll. A a there a no reason to hire Here. Due to the no response from or. Fischer to alleviate our fears we made a motion to try and get the project either changed or in december Fischer a North Star Alaska housing corporation won a contract to build and lease to the army 400 units of family hous ing on fort Wainwright. Although the contract is under protest by losing bidders Fischer has already begun some preliminary work at the site. While Fischer has repeatedly pledged that labor for the project will come from Fairbanks he a not obliged to hire locally according to the army corp of engineers. While a new Federal Law requires local hire on Federal projects in Alaska when the unemployment rate Here is above the National average the Wainwright contract was awarded before the Law took effect according to army corps of engineers attorney Abby Dunning. A we will ask North Star to Honor the local hire provision a said Dun Ning. A a it a up to him. He can choose to go with local hire under the provisions of Public Law or Fred Frink the president of North Star Alaska said the company will hire locally whether it has to or not. A a there a no Way of bringing people up from the states and making it economically feasible a Frink said. A we know the local labor awards night speaker Kitty Harwood elder Speaks at the Alaska native education a awards and scholarship night in the Hunter elementary gymnasium. Kitty had words of encouragement for More than 200 North Star Borough elementary school students who were there Friday evening to receive recognition for their academic accomplishments. Mike Meirose news Miner bus lawsuit contractor claims to top $3 million by Susan Fisher staff writer Fairbanks North Star Borough officials will be scrambling to pay More than $3 million to cover costs in a lawsuit the Borough has lost to a former school bus contractor and in settling claims with contractors on the North pole High school. Both Legal cases came to conclusions Friday. The Alaska supreme court found that Tundra Tours is owed an extra $1.9 million for school bus services provided in 1980-85. Along with interest and Legal fees the total owed could reach $2.4 million. The suit was filed in 1981. Borough Assembly members went into executive session just after Midnight thursday to talk about a settlement offer with Rogers and Babler the main contractor on the High school. The firm claimed it and its subcontractors were owed $3 million. However Rogers and Babler offered to Settle for $685,000, and the Assembly approved that figure As it reconvened in Public meeting. The High school was a big project said Borough attorney Paul Cra Gan and construction Cost $22-23 million. A it was done in a hurry to get it open for the kids. There was a lot of pressure put on the contractor to get it done fast a Cragan said. Borough administrative director Pat Cole said finding the Money to cover the bus suit will be the Tough task. He could not say How much Money is available in the boroughs fund balance toward paying Tundra Tours. A a in a pretty sure we done to have the full amount set aside a he said Friday. Mack Easton school District assistant superintendent for finance said the school Board has $525,000 set aside toward the Tundra Tours settlement. Easton said the Board had been reserving $75,000 a year in the event the Appeal was lost. Then last year the District received $300,000 in part settlement on another Issue in the suit and that Money was put in Reserve. That still leaves the Borough owing nearly $1.88 million. A we have already been in communication with their attorneys basically to develop a payment schedule a Cragan said Friday afternoon. In 1980, Tundra Tours was Wolf a alive Well after being resuscitated news Miner staff report Galena a Wolf that stopped breathing during a capture and radio collaring project near Galena was revived by biologists last week state officials say. According to a press release from the Alaska department of fish and game the Wolf was darted with an immobilizing drug frequently used by wildlife biologists and animal control officers. The drug which usually makes the animal unconscious caused this Wolf to convulse and then Stop breathing. The press release notes that the biologists a quickly started massaging the Wolf a heart and blowing into the Wolf a nose while administering the drugs after a few minutes the Wolf resumed breathing and appeared to be recovering. It was radio collared and released. Biologists reported seeing the Wolf a alive and Well four Days later three Miles from the spot where he was drugged. The Wolf was radio collared As part of a program designed to determine the Home Range mortality rates Denning areas and population numbers of packs around Galena. The cooperative project is sponsored by the Alaska department of fish and game and the . Fish and wildlife service. Force is there in Fairbanks and we always planned to use Carroll said the trades Council will mount a Public awareness Campaign including appearances at local government meetings writing letters and circulating petitions. The trades Council also has voted to assist a group of rental housing owners who oppose the Wainwright project Carroll said. The Interior property owners and managers association says a similar Leaseback housing project on Eielson air Force base has devastated an already shaky rental Market in the North pole area. And they fear 400 More units at fort Wainwright will make the problem even worse. The property owners also ques Tion the economics of the Wain Wright project where the army will pay Fischer an average rent of just Over $1,600 per month per unit. The project will have mostly three bedroom units although there Are a few four and five bedroom units in the plans. The property owners group says rents for comparable units in the private Market Are much lower. Alternative school programs pondered selected for a five year school bus contract. Shortly thereafter the contractor pointed to the contract stipulation that bus service was restricted to publicly maintained roads. That would have meant students would have had to walk to the nearest publicly maintained Road for services in some cases quite a distance. Controversy erupted because students had been getting virtually door to door service in the past. The District negotiated with Tundra tour of restore the service to previous Levels a move Tundra Tours calculated would Cost 14.7 percent More. Superior court judge Jay Hodges agreed with Tundra Tours and awarded it $1.9 million. Hodges pointed out the bus contract actually saved the Borough school District Money. Even with the additional expense of $1,645 per Day the Tundra Tours contract resulted in lower busing costs most of which were funded by the Alaska department of education. Tundra Tours had under bid the previous contractor substantially. Local officials had hoped for legislative Relief in state Laws on school transportation but those weren to made and the state pick up the extra busing costs. The supreme court also upheld Hodges decision that the school District should pay Tundra Tours $172,000 Legal Bill. By Connie Oehring staff writer the school Board is considering three alternative elementary school programs after hearing proposals from two committees and a representative of the Montessori school at a recent work session. The two committees have been studying Basic academic and continuous Progress programs. The first committee told the Board it had come up with a proposal called a academics plus a closely resembling the two Anchorage Basic curriculum schools. The program would emphasize patriotism and student government said Jeanne Kohler who spoke for the committee. There would be a heavy emphasis on phonics in the language arts and also a focus on history and geography. A pull out programs such As instrumental music or athletics would be done outside of classroom time though vocal music and physical education would remain part of the curriculum. There would be three main areas of Cost she added children would take Standard tests at the beginning and end of each school year teachers would need training in phonics instruction and teachers manuals for the phonics program would have to be purchased. However she said the committee hoped to use existing funds such As those usually allocated for Field trips to cover those costs. Kohler said the committee wants to see the program implemented in the 1987-88 school year ideally in a separate building though it could possibly operate As a school within a school. The continuous Progress committee said it Felt strongly that program should be implemented this fall. Continuous Progress emphasizes differences in learning styles said committee member Patty Meritt. A we believe each child learns in his own Way and should be afforded Meritt said the program would be easy to implement. There Are teachers already in the District who Are trained in continuous Progress methods and Are interested in working in an alternative program she said. No special materials would be required nor additional funding. The committee will put together a Parent information packet and work through the summer organizing the program she said. The program would lend itself easily to a school within a school and could be done with a minimum of two classrooms a combined first and second Grade and a combined third and fourth Grade she said. Carol Rayfield education officer at the Fairbanks Montessori school and also a Junior High teacher in the District said she already has a list of 48 students currently enrolled at Montessori who would be interested in the program As an alternative in the Public schools. Board president Marvin Falk said the Board would act on the proposals by the next regular meeting and would probably schedule a special meeting on the subject before that. Parents interested in any of the alternative options should Call the office of assistant superintendent Gus Zadra at 452-2000 for information or to put their names on an interest list. I of graduation sunday five Hundred fifty nine new College graduates will receive degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in commencement ceremonies sunday. Twelve doctorate 122 masters 45 Bachelor of arts and i associate degree will be conferred during the ceremonies which begin at 2 . At the Patty gym. This is the second largest graduating class in the University a history officials said. Last years was the largest with 576 graduates. The graduates include three who have maintained perfect 4.0 Grade Point averages through their College careers. Graduating Summa cum laude will be Judith m. Reese of Eielson air Force base in elementary education Charles j. Klepaski of Fairbanks in electrical engineering and Ronald e. Olig Ney of Fairbanks in Petroleum engineering. Honorary doctorate degrees in humanities will also be conferred to Mary Demientieff a Village health aide from Nenana and Fredericka Martin of Mexico who fought for citizenship rights for residents of the Pribilof islands and has compiled historical information from ships logs of Early Spanish expeditions to Alaska. Frank press president of the National Academy of sciences will be commencement speaker and Roy Huhndorf of Anchorage president of the Board of regents will Confer degrees. Uhf Chancellor Patrick of Rourke will also address the graduates and their guests. Sundays activities begin at la . With a baccalaureate Brunch sponsored by the University women a association United Campus ministry and the chancellors office at the Wood Center ballroom. Graduates will begin lining up at 1 30 . For the 2 . Ceremonies which Are expected to last about 2 hours. A dinner dance sponsored by the uhf alumni association and the chancellors office will follow at the Wood Center ballroom with a reception at 7 ., dinner at 7 30 and dancing from 9 . To Midnight. A trailer fire damaged a trailer at one half mile Bennett Road thursday according to troopers. The state fire marshals office did not have any More information on the fire this morning and no one was at the Steese Volunteer fire department. Seal Hunters were reported missing from two villages on Alaska s Western coast wednesday troopers said. Three Seal Hunters left Tuntutuliak earlier this week and were reported missing on wednesday. They Haven to been seen since monday. Troopers the . Coast Gaurd and villagers Are searching. In addition Seal Hunters Daniel and David Black were reported missing from Kongiganak since tuesday. Villagers have been searching for the two men since wednesday troopers said. Droz Speaks out on politics government utilities by Susan Fisher staff writer for years Wally Droz refrained from taking Public stands on political issues a fact that May account for his longevity As Fairbanks City manager. But Droz is retiring june i and Friday he let Loose in a rare appearance As guest at the farthest North press club. Of his own potential candidacy for mayor or Council this year Droz said he a watching what the incumbents do. Mayor Bill Walley is running for governor and councilman Ted Lehne has applied for the City managers Job. Named City manager in 1965, Droz held that position until 1976, when he retired. He then served on the City Council and Borough Assembly but he returned to the managers Job in 1979, and he a been there since. Droz told reporters Friday a Borough City unification work Here because Rural residents done to want the conformity and services that City residents do and Borough and City services Are so different there be much of a savings. A the present City Council City manager form of government works Well for Fairbanks because its a Small City and a Strong mayor form of government would result in department Heads picked for political reasons rather than qualifications. A debts on City general Obliga Tion Bonds a Are the lowest its Ever been a and Fairbanks ans could float As much As $100 million in Bond issues if voters want a new City Hall a new Power Plant a new police station and sorely needed Public works equipment. A a Good location for the proposed Borough multipurpose Community activities Center in Drozs View would be the old sewer treatment Plant site�?20 acres of land adjacent to Ala Skaland a downtown revitalization would have been better accomplished leaving second Avenue alone and pushing for new structures and improvements from third Avenue South Droz said although he praised the Fairbanks development authority and believes a new hotel will be built. A City employees will fight any move to Cut their pay and a a it seven difficult to get a two tier agreement to preserve benefits for current employees while cutting Back benefits to new hires such As longevity pay. A workers compensation for employees is far More costly to governments than the proliferation of lawsuits mostly because its difficult to Challenge some injury claims. A eventually the City will have to relocate the municipal utilities system Power Plant but it will be a very costly project. A any Sale of the City a five utilities help Consumers be cause private owners would raise rates in order to turn a profit and a Selling be a Benefit to the citizens who seem to have some sort of control Over the utilities through the City Council a Droz had two statements about gambling. A alaskans love to Gamble Gamble on anything a he said. That May account for current bankruptcies Droz believes Are mostly due to speculators expecting to Cash in on the new Light infantry division. But he does no to think legalized and limited gambling is a Good move for the City a theme Park Ala Skaland. Droz said there Are not enough participants and legalized gambling could invite a an influx of other Wally Droz City manager

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