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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, Fairbanks, Alaska Fairbanks teens give lawmakers earful Impact Sustina by David Ramseur news Miner Bureau Juneau the proposed Sustina hydroelectric project will destroy fish and wildlife attract hordes of unwanted outsiders seeking jobs and could make Anchorage the unofficial capital of the Interior. Those Are not the results of a new state report on the controversial double dam project but rather the opinions of six Fairbanks teenagers. Letters from the students All residents of the Fairbanks youth Facil Ity a Center for juvenile offenders. Were delivered to Interior legislators this week. And if All their mail ran this Way. The lawmakers would have to think Long and hard about supporting the Sustina project. The students Don t like it. A i have heard also that the hydroelectric Power will pollute the River which will kill other wildlife such As fish which is a big Industry for us alaskans which would then affect other wildlife and alaskans who de Pend on the water a said one student. A in other words. Alaskans will be come closed out of our land which we Are proud of and wind up like a big City. Pollution City like new York or another was worried about the Strain on the Economy of a flood of outsiders seeking work As during the trans Alaska Oil pipeline. A after they left there was a Boom and Busty said another student. A the same problem could and is probable to arise with the suit a youth facility officials asked that the students names not be used. The letters hand written in several styles of script were part of a social studies assignment according to teacher Mary Paige Skelton Skelton said she asked the teens aged 15-18. To do reports on pertinent subjects and one became interested in the Touchy subsistence Issue. That led to Sustina which the students say poses a risk to wildlife in the River Valley where the dams would be built. Skelton said the students debated Sustina in class compiled pro and con lists on the Issue and decided to express their views to Public officials. That a where some got confused. One letter is addressed to a congressmen of Interior there s Little confusion however on what the students believe will be the Impact of Sustina. A another thing that bothers me is that we would have to import the technology from the states and this in it self would cause More migration from the states to said one student a i believe most alaskans including myself As an eight year resident would like to preserve our final fron tier As i like to Call another said he heard that former vice president Spiro Agnew is involved the project. Quot this to me is a bad sign As i under stand him to be involved in Scanda Lous affairs. And we Don t need any More scandals in not everyone had bad things to say about Sustina one student acknowledged it could Supply alaskans jobs and cheap Energy. But he added a i myself am not Ful in aware of All the things this dam will Skelton said the students Hope to get More information on the project from legislators Quot its going to mean a lot to the kids if they can get a response a she said. Vol. Xxxi no. 119 inside Fairbanks a Fairbanks group strikes it Rich in Nome but not with Gold. Page 3 Alaska state officials to blame for overcrowding in prisons Page 3 sports new recruits beef up lady a nooks Board strength. Page 15 opinions raising taxes is about the worst idea Congress has had yet. Page 4 and More Alaska news.2, 3 Ann classified ads.17-26 comics.1� crossword editorials and comment.4 entertainment.8 Fairbanks news.2, 3, 5 horoscope.19 International news.14 . Boyd.19 let looking back.2 National news. 14 Northern life.10-11 police roundup.3 sports.15-17 stocks.18 television .8 rolling along Kevin Abshire puts the finishing touches on 10-Speed Bike. Work like this gives the clients at Fairbanks rehabilitation a sense of self Worth. Story Page 12. Staff photo by Scott Yates forecast sunny area forecast partly sunny today and mostly Clear tonight increasing Clouds saturday after noon. High today mid to upper 40s Low tonight. 20s High saturday mid to upper 50s Northwest winds gusting near 30 mph. Turning to the North this evening and diminishing through the night Easterly winds. 10-15 mph saturday afternoon sunday s Outlook mostly Cloudy with possible rain at la a in today skies wer Cloud temperature was 46. Winds were from the West at 16 mph. And barometric pressure was 29 85. Rising thurs Days High was 60. And the overnight Low was 43 the record High for this Date is 72, set in 1963. And the record Low is 28, set in 1964 Sunrise saturday will be at 3 09 a in and Sunset at to 30 p in for 19 hours. 21 minutes of Daylight a gain of seven minutes Over today Heather elsewhere Page 2 offal Hanks daily mews a America s farthest North daily newspaper Fairbanks Alaska Friday. May 20, 1983 35c per copy 28 pages a Jozaf a a in a sure those fellas if in Juneau know those teen agers will soon be vets cheered on trek stand Vigil in . By Maura Casey news minor Bureau Washington walking towards the Vietnam veterans memorial one notices the flags immediately. Some of the state flags have elaborate designs and mottoes written in latin. The Blue Flag with the North Star and big dipper seems the simplest. The Flag of Alaska snaps in the wind silhouetted against the nearby Lincoln memorial. It stands beside the table manned by members of opera Tion Freedom Birds seven alaskans who travelled 7,000 Miles to remind americans of the men who never made it Home from Vietnam. A 24-hour Vigil has been kept at the memorial since last november for the 2,500 american soldiers who Are listed As missing in action Many believe the men Are still being held in Southeast Asia. Tim Nowland does. Nowland 34, is the Leader of opera Tion Freedom Bird. A Fairbanks Resi Dent he dreamed of leading a group of Alaska Vietnam veterans to stand guard at the memorial. The contingent arrived last saturday relieving veterans from the state of Ohio. When they leave this weekend veterans from Massachusetts will take their place but the Flag of Alaska will re main. Nowland said he decided to do something about the mias when he read about the dedication of the memorial last fall a the article implied strongly that we just pulled out in 1975 and left those men behind to whatever Fate would happen just because it was the expo diet thing to do a Nowland said. A that just Wasny to the Nowland wanted to of. Part of the 24 hour Vigil at the memorial he be Gan to prepare an old greyhound bus he owns for the trip. He wanted to bring a dozen Alaska veterans he got six. With Money from the american legion and from their own pockets the alaskans began the journey. The trek was not easy. The bus broke Down four times in Canada and the veterans had trouble finding parts for a 19w> greyhound bus. The break Downs sapped their finances and their morale. But they were boosted by eight ral lies held for them along the Way in Billings Mon operation Freedom Bird was greeted by a Bacilli playing a Hail to the chief and 360 persons from the american legion posts. It was one of the rallies a Ftnat gave us the will to go on Quot Nowland said. The people of Billings gave them so much food a it took eight people 20 minutes to put it on the bus a Nowland said. A after that there was no room to see Vietnam a Fie 3 time runs out for now on school funding vote by Dan Joung staff writer backers of a $15.5 million local contribution to schools several million less than requested by Tho school boards appeared to have the six votes needed to see the measure passed at thursdays special Assembly meeting. However they did not have the votes to suspend Assembly rules and continue the meeting past Midnight. Before a final vote on schools could be taken the Assembly voted to adjourn for the evening leaving the 1983-84 school and Borough budgets undecided for at least another week. The Assembly will hold a special meeting at 5 . May 26, two hours before a regular Assembly meeting to make final decisions on the budget. Before adjourning the Assembly settled on a general government Cost. Excluding transit of $15.5 million just $140, More than mayor Bill Allen recommended Allens recommendation would boost the property tax rate from 6.4 to 8 Mills. But the big question Mark was schools. The school Board has asked for $20 million from local taxpayers an amount mayor Bill Allen said this morning he would veto if approved Allens $15.5 million recommendation is based on a formula figuring average daily attendance for the past three years building costs and inflation. Finance committee chairman liar by Reimer said he believed there were six votes for the lower figure thursday. A i think there were tonight. What s going to be next thursday is any body a guess a Reimer said Reimer Robert Blake Buzz Otis and Mike Ribar indicated they sup ported the lower figure. Bill Walley said he was a cleaning toward support of Allens recommendation. That left Bruce Wammack As the possible sixth vote. During debate Wammack said the lower figure see budget Page 3 _ child disclosure spurs agencies to act in court Teresa Foster of the District attorney a special assault unit presents her Case in a a a motion to modify hearing recently before Superior court judge Jay Hodges. A a in a in court several times a week on sexual abuse cases a Foster said. Staff photos by Erie Muehling frustration part of prosecutor Job by Jane Render correspondent assistant District attorney Teresa Foster is leaving her Job at the end of this month after two years processing and prosecuting All sexual assault cases which move into the courts through the District attorneys office. She admits that the number of cases and their nature Are a Drain but denies she is suffering from a burnout a a form of fatigue that is an occupational Hazard for persons who Deal with these kinds of cases. She has a daughter 6, and a son 2vi, and wants to be with them. A you try not to take the problems Home with you but sometimes you can to help it a she says. Foster established and headed the special assault unit in the District attorneys office in 1981. Last year she prosecuted 61 sexual assault cases 41 of them assaults or abuse of minors. Another ten such cases were referred to her making a nearly a 350 percent increase from the 15 sexual child abuse cases she handled in 1981 Foster was the first prosecutor to head the special assault unit. She a a Small intense woman a University of Alaska graduate who took her Law degree in 1978 at Wil Lamette University in Salem Ore. She took on the Job of prosecutor with the special assault unit when the unit was formed in 1981. She received specific training at the sexual assault Center Harbor View medical Center in Seattle. Of All sexual assaults she says the ugliest of All Are the ones that Ai Vick to victims prosecutor Teresa Foster talks with an abused teenage victim in a special conference room in the state courthouse. The room is specially decorated and efforts Are taken to make child victims at ease during questioning. Involve children. Of the cases she has handled the victims Ages ranged from 2 to 16, with most of them Roll and 12. Almost All were inter familial incest. A in the two years since the unit was established we had Only one report of a child being abused by a stranger. In the rest of the cases the offenders were family friends Stepfather natural fathers or caretakers such As Day care providers a she said Foster says child abuse is the form of sexual assault most harm Ful to the victim a the relationship Between father and daughter is exploited. The biological issues Are not the Point the abuse of Trust is. These children Are profoundly if disclosure of the abuse does no to occur until the victim is 13 or 14, Foster said a a it a harder to prosecute the the reason a by that time the victims Are showing the kind of de Viant behaviour that results from see prosecution Page 2 Otic goal is to keep family fun a r j v by Jane Render it correspondent she a a Skinny Little girl of about six. In boots too big a floppy Parka hair in two ponytails she a a half pint skipping through the court House corridors with a Young female District attorney a state social worker and a police officer in a few minutes she will enter a Small sunny room furnished with a child size table and chairs toys and anatomically Correct rag dolls. This child was introduced to a new a a games by her live in Uncle. The nature of that game was observed later at a Day care Cen ter. It was explicitly sexual in due course As required by Law the matter was brought to the Atten Tion of the division of family and youth services. Now the child is about to be questioned. The prosecutor who will handle her Case a Young attorney named Teresa Foster with two children of her own will ask the questions not from behind a desk but sift ing companionable on see disclosure Page 2 the i of ii Chilli abuse a shocking loll the old problem of child abuse has taken an ugly new turn in recent years due to what some experts say is an Quot epidemic Quot increase in sexual abuse of children in Alaska. News Miner c correspondent Jane Pender made an in depth examination of the problem based on More than 40 interviews with victims offenders police prosecutors judges defense attorneys and social workers. This is the second of three parts

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