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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Fairbanks, Alaska Hint off Ai Molt at roads Aff Otto 1/ expenses state pulls $18 million from fund sen. Vie Fischer a sets a precedent Quot by sue Cross associated press writer Juneau the Sheffield administration and the Alaska Senate have pulled $18 million from the Alaska permanent fund dividend program to pay for roads state Agency expenses and other projects and some lawmakers say they re worried it sets a precedent for raiding the fund. The Senate finance committee on the last Day of the session added to the re appropriations Bill $18 Mil lion of $22.6 million in undistributed dividend Money from the last four years. Few legislators knew of the dividend pull when they passed the Bill hb574but afterwards it raised the ire of sen. Vie Fischer a Anchorage. A what bothers me More than anything else is this is really the first diversion of Money from the permanent fund. The legislature has said a a not Over and Over again my feeling is this sets a precedent for this kind of Fischer said wednesday. Jay Hogan Sheffield budget chief who drafted the re appropriation language said it cannot be considered a raid on the permanent fund because it s just repaying a Small portion of the $150 million in state general fund Money that was used to pay the first dividends in 1981. This years action is not a precedent and does not mean the state will continue using dividend Money until the $150 million is paid Back Hogan said. A i done to think there s any desire to get the $150 million paid Back Well maybe there is but somebody always wants to do something a he said. A the interesting thing that seems to be developing is people Are saying a of that a terrible that should stay in the permanent Well have you Ever heard the saying that people remember what they want to remember and forget what they want to forget a for the Case its some kind of raid on the permanent fund i offer this a Hogan said tossing Down a copy of the 1981 general fund appropriation to pay the dividends however permanent fund re cords show the general fund the state s general purpose pot of Money received $227.8 million from the permanent fund under various management Laws Between 1978 and 1983, the last a $109.5 Deposit in 1983. See fund Back Page f a1 r b an jct a daily news Miner vol. Xxxiv no. 134 inside Fairbanks eight arson fires under investigation by City state. Page 5 Borough will accept hazardous substances at Landfill today Friday saturday. Page 3 displaced homemakers still embroiled with state contractor after Board resigned. Page 3 Alaska candidates Sheffield and Bennett at Odds Over Senate a role in recent session. Page 5 state will enforce strict deadline for election filers. Page la National Hopes fade for eight missing on mount Hood school climb. Page 12 International phone caller says american French kid Naples will be executed to pay for pressure being put on Syria to have them freed. Page 14 Northern life variety show May finance resurrection of old Empress pipe Organ. Page to sports Lathrop boys expected to take regional track title. Page 15 and More Alaska news.3, 5, la Ann landers.20 classified ads.21-28 comics.20 crossword puzzle.6 editorials and comment.4 entertainment.6, 7 Fairbanks news.3, 5, la foreign news.14 horoscope.20 l m. Boyd.20 National news.7, 12, 13 Northern life.9. Roll police roundup.3 sports.15-17 stocks.19 television.6,7 forecast area forecast showers this afternoon continuing into even ing Light winds gusting to 20 Mph High near 60. Partly Cloudy tonight Light winds Low around 35. Partly Cloudy Friday with afternoon showers High again near 60. La . Readings at la . Today skies were mostly sunny temperature was 55, winds were Light and variable barometric pressure was 29.83 and falling slowly. Weather records wednesdays High was 58, and the overnight Low was 36. The record High for this Day is 74, set in 1930, and the record Low is 23, set in 1937. Daylight Sunrise Friday will be at 4 26 . And Sunset will be at la 12 . For 18 hours and 46 minutes of Daylight a gain of 6 minutes Over today. Weather elsewhere. Page 2. A i love to play cards. In be got a poker face that has launched a thousand chips a doctor says More to die of radiation Moscow apr an american doctor treating victims of the chernobyl disaster said today More soviets will die because they received lethal doses of radiation released by the nuclear Power Plant. Or. Robert p. Gale a Bone marrow expert told a packed news conference that soviet and foreign specialists have identified 35 people who suffered severe radiation exposure after the april 26 Accident at the ukrainian Plant. Despite around the clock efforts by doctors in a Moscow clinic Gale said seven of those people exposed to radiation have died. He said More deaths Are expected. Soviet officials including communist party Leader Mikhail s. Gorbachev have said two other people were killed in the explosion and fire at the plants no. 4 reactor. The subsequent radiation released a Cloud of radiation that contaminated the area around the nuclear Plant and gradually spread around the world. In a televised speech wednesday night Gorbachev announced the death toll from the Accident had reached nine and said the disaster had shown the a sinister Force nuclear Energy could pose. Of the Accident itself Gorbachev assured the soviet people a the worst is he also accused the West of trying to score political Points Over the disaster in a a a highly immoral Campaign a saying the soviets were faced with a a veritable Mountain of lies a dishonest and Mali Cious speaking today of the attempts to save those who absorbed Large doses of radiation Gale said a predictably our efforts have not been successful in All cases. But 28 of these 35 individuals Are court hearing studies hiring in local schools an attorney for the Fairbanks native association told Superior court judge Jay Hodges today that the local school District does not offer equal educational opportunities for native american children. A a equal educational Opportunity May be the dream but its not the reality a said attorney Paul Barrett at the Start of what was expected to be a Day Long hearing. Barrett argued that native americans Are not hired by the Fairbanks North Star Borough school District because there is no affirmative action program. He also claimed that knowledgeable native american applicants Are dissuaded from applying for school District jobs. Anchorage attorney Peter c. Partnow told the judge that the school District sent notices to All identified native american educators encouraging them to apply for positions with the District. Barrett is also representing Patricia Baker Benally who applied for the position of principal at Hun ter elementary school. According to Barrett the school District changed the Job requirements after her application was received by raising the minimum qualifications. But Partnow told Hodges that it was a committees decision to select other More qualified candidates. The districts Legal confrontation see suit Back Page your locally owned Independent daily newspaper Fairbanks Alaska thursday May 15, 1986 by 35c per copy 28 pages most housing protests vetoed by Betty Mills news Miner Bureau Washington the general accounting office Gao wednesday night dismissed most of the protests against the award of a housing contract at fort Wainwright to North Star Alaska housing corp. The . Army corps of engineers awarded the contract on dec. 31 to North Star which is owned by Anchorage Developer Dick Fischer. However Fischer was ordered to Stop work Between Jan. 22 and March 25, 1986, due to the protests filed by unsuccessful bidders. The contract is for 400 units of family housing at fort Wainwright. The quarters Are needed for the new troops and dependents of the 6th Light infantry division that will arrive at the base in the summer of 1987 the units will be built by North Star and leased Back to the Federal government. Protests were filed by fort Wain Wright developers inc., Fairbanks associates and Sacco enterprises. Federal Law requires the Gao to evaluate the protests and Issue a decision within 90 Days. The unsuccessful bidders claimed that the award to North Star was improper because the average annual Cost of the firm s initial proposal exceeded the Cost ceiling set by the army. Fairbanks associates also complained that its initial proposal should not have been rejected because it included an interest rate contingency. In addition the protesters said the award to North Star was not in the Best interest of the Federal government. The Gao has not yet decided on several More minor and technical protests that were filed by the unsuccessful bidders. These Deal with claims that North Star did not com ply with building setback and Road construction requirements of the City of Fairbanks and several design criteria sought by the army. Gao attorney Penny Ahearn said these matters w ill be decided later this summer. In a 16-Page decision signed by Henry r. Van Cleve general Counse i the Gao said. A a we have carefully considered All submissions by 2ach of the parties. The pro see housing Back Page a us to decide Utility for Wainwright housing by Susan Fisher staff writer the question of who has the right to sell electricity to 400 housing units to be built at fort Wainwright is Back before the Alaska Public utilities commission and the Developer has changed its mind about which Utility it wants. North Star Alaska housing corp. Earlier this year indicated it Likely would select Fairbanks municipal utilities system but on May 5 its contractor applied to Golden Valley electric association. At stake for Gaea and mus Are annual electric revenues of $300,000-$500,000. Gaea would install the project distribution system at its own expense about $400, $500,. Mus would extend service Only to City government and mus audits find no big surprises. Page la. The property line a Cost of about $80,000. The upfront costs Are important to the Developer. The army will be paying on a contracted monthly lease. But according to mus its electric rates Are about two thirds those of Gaea and the military stands to gain nothing from Gaea installing the Power lines. Earlier this year the apus ruled that either Gaea or mus could serve the housing project off Trainor Gate Road but the Agency also said the utilities would have to petition for a formal hearing to de see Power Back Page Senate makes it official Kleinfeld Federal judge news Miner Bureau Washington the Senate wednesday night confirmed without objection the nomination of Andrew j. Kleinfeld of Fairbanks As alaskans new . District judge. Kleinfeld 40, will become alaskans third Federal judge. He was nominated by president Reagan last March to the lifetime position. The nomination of Kleinfeld culminated an 18-month-Long selection process. A a i feel excited and delighted a Kleinfeld said this morning in a Telephone interview from Anchorage where he is attending a seminar. A a in a also a Little awed by the responsibilities in a about to sen. Frank Murkowski r Alaska who took the Lead in recommending Kleinfeld said he a will be an asset to the Federal sen. Ted Stevens a Alaska said a with the growing backlog of Federal court cases in Alaska we really need the services of an additional Federal rep. Don Young r Alaska said see judge Back Page sprucing up under and Over Mike Belrose news Miner Fairbanks motorists Are finding slow going at various streets and intersections As construction accelerates with the warmer weather. In the photo above workers fill in a Hole at the intersection of Trainor Gate and the old Steese where an 18-Inch sewer pipe has been Laid. The old Steese has been closed to through traffic while work continues. In the left photo Gil Resch right and Joel Cross Cut pavement near the intersection of Airport Way and the Richardson Highway. They work with earthmover of Fairbanks which has a contract to resurface Airport Way. According to Don Ronken project manager with the department of transportation a new rubberized Type of pavement will be used. The rub Ber particles will help the pavement stay flexible and will shed ice easier he said. Before adding the new pavement earthmover is grinding off an Inch pavement is Cut near the intersection of Airport Way and a half of the old surface and the Richardson Highway. Joe Prax photo which was Laid in 1967. Work continues on the old Steese. Andrew Kleinfeld a a Little awed

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