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Fairbanks Pioneer All Alaska Weekly (Newspaper) - May 25, 1990, Fairbanks, AlaskaIn this Issue Earth week vulture Victory Praise the pipe amp pass the Money Page 12 police blotter / amp disorderly Juveni Page 11 garage sales Page 15 the Pioneer a Alaska weekly Alaska Era slope Oil undersell Texas crude but earns refiners More profits by Richard Fineberg balance has existed for o i i in i c7 Al u i i to correspondent four years and he a Sezr a is Cas p a but the of in recent weeks. To Pye a Mai. Ports West Alaska has collected in excess of $500 although a refiners gain from a barrel Between 1986 and 1989, the Gulf coast that is Widel v a. C a million in underpayments interest and of Alaska North slope crude Oil ans refinery margin on ans general v Ranee c futures mar exceeds that Ofa widely traded Texas Oil from about $1 to $5 per barrel according $2 below that of Argin to 1985. Disputed assessments and court to data published separately by the in Vear to it Quot if claims total More than $4.4 billion with Market Price than ans according to re vestment firms of Salomon Brothers and theg of wet 7 generally sold on examination of returns for recent years cent reports of new York Oil annl St d k Miu Ollun a romers Ana the Lault coast at $1 or More above ans ar.�.ofo��.,24xs?<h. ? la a a All Alaska w,.klyw., a of commissioner questions Denali Center closure by Peter Gutierrez correspondent alaskans top social services official this week said the proposed closure of Denali Center would be a premature and needless move. A there is no crisis demanding this action a said Myra Munson commissioner of the state department of health and social services. On May 23 the executive committee of the greater Fairbanks Community Hospital foundations Board of trustees voted unanimously to recommend to the full Board of trustees that operation of Denali Center cease aug. 15. The rationale As stated by Steve Stephen executive committee president is that a it would be unfair to expect patients at the Hospital to pay higher Hospital rates to Parry the Burden of Denali Center especially when the overwhelming majority of the care provided there is paid for at a rate set by the with the Buck passed to the state Munson said she is appalled by the Deci Sion of the foundation a which owns Denali Center a to close the nursing Home. The medicaid the state gives to 70 to 80 percent of the Centes 80 residents amounts to $165.98 per person daily Munson said adding that the Green amount should not cause financial problems to the Hospital. The executive committee stated in a press release wednesday that it is estimated that the Center might break even this year but Long term projections see Little Hope to accumulate the $10 million it will take to build a new facility. The executive committee also believes that the medicaid rate set for the Center by the medical rate commission and Munson does not permit for the accumulation of capital or cover the costs of operation. Although Munson admitted that the medicaid rate cannot cover capital and operating expenses she pointed out that t Day coordinator Tanka Lea right presents a Check for $500 to Carl Rosenberg of the Good sense recycling group. Good sense advisory Board members i to r Marty Peale Gary Millard and Cathy Girard Are also present at their recycling shelter at the Borough administration building. Peale says the donation will be used to build a new recycling shelter even with some donated materials and Volunteer labor Cost of each shelter is around $ 1200 new shelters Are planned for College mall near hot licks and enjoy travel and a second at sourdough fuel in North pole. There Are shelters already at carry a Woodland the Borough administration building the Ester Volunteer fire debt and Weller elementary school. By Douglas Yates correspondent last week the . Veterans administration announced that it recognizes a relationship Between the herbicide agent Orange and cancer. For thousands of Vietnam veterans this is old news they be been suffering some for More than 20 years with the toxic reality of one of the most poisonous compounds Ever created. Between 1962 and 197t"the . Military sprayed 82 million liners of the chemical on Vietnam. The purpose was to expose enemy installations and movements below Jungle canopy and to destroy food crops that the enemy depended on. When Joe Fields a Fairbanks an who served in Vietnam heard the news of the vans capitulation on agent or Many Ange he said with resignation a a it a about time its about time. After All the evidence of times Beach love canal and other Industrial spills in this country its about time the . Government acknowledged they poisoned their own troops in Vietnam. A god knows a Fields said a what we did to the civilians on the ground Over there. Contrary to popular opinion we were not All mad killing machines Many of us could see what was happening to that country wondered at the horror of it at what was happening below those Clouds of on alaskans Many veterans who suffer from agent Orange exposure live in Alaska. According to alaskans director of veterans affairs Charles Borg there Are 63,400 for me military personnel living in the state. Alaska leu paper Lay 25, 1990 of that total 4,000 Are women. Because of alaskans relatively Young median age the state has one of the largest populations of Vietnam vets of any state. They even outnumber Wii veterans. Borges figures show that 44.5 percent of alaskan veterans served during the Vietnam War Era. Or. Ken Green team Leader and clinical psychologist at the Fairbanks vet Center says Many of his clients attribute their physical and mental conditions to agent Orange. Green reports the Center has seen a surge of interest in the last year. A in the first five months of this year we be had 2,085 visits to this office a he of agent Orange bom in Fairbanks Jerry Hodges a Crew chief on an army Huey helicopter says he a flew from one of end of that country to the a teenage Soldier in the 119th helicopter assault he flew As a a Wing Many on defoliant missions across Vietnam where he saw the effects of agent Orange. A yeah the stuff really worked a he said. A a we a Spray in an area and then come Back in 24 hours. The canopy was gone just the Dusty red Clay soil and the naked treetops sticking up. We also sprayed it around the perimeter of our campy we were told it Hurt a i started getting sick right away id get these bumps under my arms and in my Groin. I did no to have any idea what it was. The medics told me not to worry that it was just my Lymph glands. My Tail gunners neck swelled up so he

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