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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - May 30, 1990, Fairbanks, Alaska I Rhan daily news liner your locally owned Independent daily newspaper wednesday Henderson steals the record sports vol. Xxxviii no. 127 Fairbanks Alaska wednesday May 30, 1990 50<t per copy 24 pages new Swatch weather fair skies tonight with the Low around 50-55. Increasing Clouds thursday with slight Chance of afternoon showers High in mid-70s. Page 2 nation Barry admits Coke Washington mayor Marion Barry acknowledges in a published interview today in the Washington Post that he smoked crack cocaine the night of his arrest but he contends Federal authorities tried to kill him by providing a potent dose. The mayor also said he was confident he would not be convicted on drug and perjury charges because a in this town All it takes is one juror saying a in a not going to convict Marion a a launch scrubbed Cape canaveral Nasa said it will be late tonight before engineers can pinpoint two Hydrogen leaks that forced cancellation of today a launch of Columbia and its $150 million Observatory. A spokeswoman had said it will be a at least several Days a before another launch attempt. World romanian temblor Bucharest romanian a Strong earthquake struck Romania today killing eight people injuring 260 and heavily damaging buildings in Bucharest and other cities across much of the country police said. The temblor was Felt in the soviet Union Hungary Greece Turkey and Bulgaria but of those Only the soviet Union reported contras disbanding Managua Nicaragua the Contra rebels agreed today to resume disbanding after the new government promised to set aside Rural areas where they can live police themselves and join town quake rocks Jungle Lima Peru a 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Peru a northeastern Jungle tuesday night killing at least 67 people injuring hundreds and wrecking dozens of Homes. Thirty five of the deaths tuesday night occurred in Moyo Bamba a town of 50,000 people 400 Miles North of Lima officials said. The other dead were from villages in nearby Jungle Arab Summit Baghdad Iraq Arab leaders today called for political and economic sanctions against nations that recognize Jerusalem As the capital of Israel and they denounced . Policies in the Middle East. A the associated press m Alaska 2, 7 foreign. 17, 18 classifieds .17 24 Horoscope 16 comics. 16 markets crossword Puzzle National 17 20 obituaries 2 editorials 4 scrabble 21 entertainment. 6 sports Fairbanks 2, 3 television 6 a a new poll shows 62 percent of americans want the government to keep making pennies. Its one of the few times the government makes cents. Charles Mason news Miner pounding rails workers Clear debris from torn up Alaska Railroad and Fairbanks has been closed since 20 Tanker cars derailed at Dunbar tracks in an Effort to get trains rolling again. The line Between Denali Park about 15 Miles North of Nenana monday afternoon. Arr probes cause of derailment by Ingrid Martin staff writer the Alaska Railroad discounted the possibility that a faulty track caused mondays wreck South of Fairbanks but no cause has been identified yet. A we inspect our track daily a said spokeswoman Vivian Hamilton. A not every Inch of it but the line is divided into districts and they patrol the Railroad expected to resume operations by noon today after closing Down its tracks for two Days following the Accident. Another train a passenger train travelling Between Fairbanks and Denali National Park used the same track just a few hours before mondays Accident. Hamilton declined to elaborate on what the railroads response would have been had mondays Accident involved passenger cars. A full passenger train carries about 270 people not including those in the dome cars operated by Gray line of Alaska and Princess Tours. A i think that the comparison is so different a she said. A we have contingency plans for things of that nature just like we have for something like she said it is unlikely the marshy terrain or breakup had anything to do with the Accident. A a that would involve the track and the track was in Good shape a she said. A we have a Good railed under the Hamilton would not speculate on whether faulty coupling devices or some other mechanical problem which could have been identified before the train left town May have been at fault. Railroad employees at the Fairbanks Yard inspect trains before they move out Hamilton said. A they went 40 Miles before this occurred a she said. Riding a truck mounted with Railroad wheels to the scene tuesday afternoon Railroad Mechanic Hank Freitag pondered the situation. A there Are five factors to make or break a wreck a he said. A a you be got mechanical train handling engineering the track or the bed is broken an act of god or human failure. A any two of those together and you have a danger. Three together and you re the wreck occurred near Dunbar station where he Railroad has a siding a second set of tracks to pull trains aside. Hamilton said the siding switch is being Sec i led although it is not the focus of the investigation at this Point. A yeah we re looking at it. You look at everything a she said. A you look at the Marks left by the cars. You look at the condition of the cars. You look at what is damaged. There were 19 cars. That s going to take some she said a recorder that keeps tabs on the trains Speed throughout the trip will be checked. The train should have been going 40-45 Mph she said. The southbound train was pulling 58 Tanker cars carrying More than i million Gallons of diesel and Jet fuel from Fairbanks to Anchorage. The Accident ruptured 19 of see derail Back Page Charles Mason news Miner fuel and muck at least 100,000 Gallons of diesel and Jet fuel spilled onto the ground leaving the Muskeg even muddied than usual and into Beaver Ponds around the derailment area. Creek contamination a worry by Ingrid Martin and Kelly Bostian staff writers state biologists spotted an oily Sheen on Goldstream Creek at least 8 Creek Miles downstream from the fuel spill on the Railroad but they Are More worried about the damage that they can to see. Al Townsend a habitat biologist with the Alaska department of fish and game was satisfied with what he saw at the site on tuesday. A a in a give the Alaska Railroad an a for first response containment but the beavers get an a plus a he said. Beaver dams on each Side of the tracks contained the major Ity of the spill he said. The Sheen visible on Goldstream Creek is a thin layer probably created by Small amounts of fuel. Fuel in the Creek is a concern and water samples May be taken. A there is an Inch or so of the product on top of those Beaver see Creek. Back Page Assembly defeats move to reopen bids on lease by Wilda Whitaker staff writer the Borough Assembly narrowly Defeated an attempt to reopen bids on a lease for warehouse and office space held by assemblyman Don Lowell. The motion to reopen the bid failed 5-5. Assemblyman Harold Gillam called the special meeting tuesday to review the lease after Assembly members Joe Ryan and Donna Gilbert raised questions about it last week. During the debate Assembly Man John Davies said it might be appropriate for the Assembly to re View contracts if it did so for All of them but that it was inappropriate to single out Lowell a. A in the context of one particular lease it smacks of a Witch Hunt a Davies said. A a it a very obviously a personal attack. Whether the reason is they done to like my political philosophy or not i done to know. But its very childish a Lowell said in an interview tuesday morning. Lowell during recent budget negotiations consistently supported mayor Juanita Helms proposal. Most of the Assembly Mem hers pushing for a review of his contract wanted to Cut Helms budget. But Gilbert said she questioned the lease because of letters Lowell wrote to the Public works depart ment requesting an increase in the rent. Lowell requested the increases As a Cost of living adjustment and to cover costs associated with additional Deadbolt Heaters the Borough installed. Gilbert questioned whether Lowell should get an increase of $252 a month for additional head Bolt Heaters because the contract says Lowell pays for electricity. According to a Legal opinion writ ten by assistant Borough attorney Mark Andrews and distributed at tuesdays meeting the Borough made a verbal agreement to pay the extra costs. Because the Borough wanted to install the head Bolt Heaters Andrews said some increase is fair. He said the agree ment should have been put in writing other Assembly members including Bonnie Williams said Lowell is entitled to the extra Money because the Borough installed the Heaters. Williams faulted the administration for not putting the agreement in writing. Assembly members Donna Gilbert. Harold Gillam Hank Bartos Walt Johnson and Joe Ryan voted to reopen the contract. Lowell abstained from voting. Gillam said he thought it a rather unusual that the contract was see Assembly. Back Page Summit begins thursday arms Germany Trade Lead Agenda Washington apr Mikhail s. Gorbachev arrives tonight for Summit talks with president Bush that will focus on Tough arms control and Trade differences and search for common ground on the future of a unified Germany. The White House said Bush was in a mood of a anticipation and confidences As Gorbachev wound up a Brief visit to Canada and headed for his second Summit with Bush and his first in Washington since he conferred with president Reagan in 1987. A the president sees a new horizon in this meeting a horizon of Opportunity a said presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater. A after their discussions we should have a much better View of a new Day in East West Bush was spending his second consecutive Day closeted with advisers Over strategy for three Days of Summit talks starting thursday. He also spoke by Telephone this morning with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and tuesday night with Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney. Fitzwater said in a statement that Bush brings to the Summit talk a the understandings and insights of Many Allied leaders a including British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and French president Francois Mitterrand with whom he met recently. Bush was not prepared to offer a position for future negotiations on the size of a unified German Milit see Summit Page 5 Israel intercepts sea attack Niz Anim Israel apr palestinian guerrillas in speedboats attacked the israeli coast today but israeli forces killed four of them and captured 12 before they could Hurt thousands of people on the Beach or in Tel Aviv. A faction of the Palestine liberation organization claimed responsibility for the raid. Which apparently was aimed at the hotels which were crowded because of a religious Holiday. No israelis were Hurt. One of the six guerrilla speedboats came ashore Only a few Hundred Yards from a crowded Mediterranean Beac club in Nizza Nim 18 Miles from Tel Aviv. The other five guerrilla boats were intercepted before they reached land. See Israel Page 5 some census replies make Little sense Washington apr one census form came Back with tooth Marks on it. Another included a note asking for Money. A third simply included the response a none of your when you Send questionnaires out to count a Quarter billion americans. Chances Are not All the responses will be what was expected. A for wanting to know How Many people live in the ., you people Are All Nosey a wrote one woman on her census form. A i thought this was a census not a history quiz a replied another. And one Man methodic flav wrote a none of your business in response to each question on his form. The census is continuing and people who Don t provide information will Likely get a Call from their local census enumerator. So far. Officials say just More see census. Page 5

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