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The Nome Nugget (Newspaper) - May 20, 1963, Nome, AlaskaOLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS 64th Year No. 60 NOME, ALASKA, MONDAY, MAY 20, 1963 Per Copy 150 High Waters Threaten to Flood Galena FAIRBANKS CP* — A major ice jam below the village of Koyu- kuk on the Yukon River has back- ed up ice and water over the villages of Koyukuk and Galena and is threatening to flood the Air Force Station at Galena. Civil Defense regional director Leonard Lobban reported this morning that the ice jam is more than ten miles long and is con- stantly building up. The jam began building up late last week and by Saturday it had backed up water to Koyukuk which sits on a high river bank at the point where the Koyukuk River flows into the Yukon. By Sunday afternoon water had completely covered the village to a depth of about 18 inches and ice had crushed two log homes. The village sits about 15 feet above the normal water level of the Yukon. More than 100 residents of the two villages were evacuated to Fairbanks late Sunday afternoon by Air Force planes. The villagers from Koyukuk were taken to Ga- lena early Sunday by helicopter and then transferred to the larger aircraft for the 300 mile trip to Fairbanks. Ninety-five residents of Koyukuk were evacuated here and were joined by 10 Galena people who feared their village would be underwater too. in r airoanks the flood victims are being cared for by the Ameri- can Red Cross in the multipurpose room of an elementary school. Just a scant hour before the flood victims began arriving the same quarters were being used for a violin-piano recital that fea- tured the first appearance in Alas- ka of an authentic Stradivarius violin. The men of the villages and the older children remained behind, one resident reported Sunday. She sat in the waiting room of the In- ternational Airport holding one small, wide-eyed child as three other children silently sat by listen- ing to her describe their water- soaked home. “We put the dogs on the roof. Some people put some of their things on their roofs, too. Our house had about a foot of water in it when we left. A dike around the Air Force Station at Campion, nine miles from Galena is still holding back flood waters there, the Civil De- fense said this morning. Water rose 12 inches there dur- ing tiie night and still is coming up. Those residents who remained in the village have moved to the dike with belongings they could save. All the vehicles of the village also have been moved to this high spot. People are sleeping in tents or in the few vehicles and dogs are staked at intervals along the dike. LARGER POSTAL QUARTERS AT UNLAKLEET The Nugget has received a wire from Sen. Ernest Gruening saying: “The Post Office Department has accepted a bid to remodel an exist- ing building for larger postal quar- ters at Unalakleet. “Successful bidder, Northern Commercial Co., Seattle, will re- model the Unalakleet Lodge build- ing interior space 1,320 square feet with adequate platform and paved area. It will be a five-year lease and annual rental will be $300.” Two Canadians Jailed For Illegal Fishing KETCHIKAN (/P — Two Can- adian fishermen were jailed Sat- urday afternoon after their arrest on charges involving illegal fish- ing in American waters. The pair pleaded innocent Sat- urday night. The State Fish and Game au- thorities identified the men as Benjamin Hughes, 30, of Port Simpson, B.C., and John Gomez, 22, of Prince Rupert. The case was described as the first involving a border violation to be turned in here. State enforcement officials said the fishing boat, the Coastal Pride, was spotted six miles inside the U.S. waters south of Ketchikan. Enforcement officer Robert Bud- ke said the Alaska State Dept, of Fish and Game vessel Kittiwake chased the Coastal Pride for three miles after she was spotted. Hughes and Gomez were charged with fishing without an Alaska license, fishing without an Alaska gear license and fishing from a vessel which was not licensed in Alaska. Magistrate Richard Lauber said Canadian authorities were advised and expressed interest in the case. Because the alleged violations involved the halibut treaty, the Customs Bureau and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were in on the case. Lauber said the men may be returned to Canada for further action after they appear in court here tomorrow. Halibut Landings Total 39,300 Pounds SEATTLE GW — Halibut land- ings totaling 39,300 pounds and salmon receipts of 4,400 pounds were reported from Alaska today. Reports to the Bureau of Com- mercial Fisheries listed 8,600 pounds of halibut at Juneau, 23,600 at Petersburg, 1,700 at Sitka and 5,400 at Wrangell. Prices were not reported. Salmon landings were 3,000 pounds at Ketchikan, 600 at Peters- burg, 700 at Sitka and 100 at Wran- gell. Prices at Ketchikan and Petersburg were 60 cents for large, medium 35, small 25, large white 40 and small white 20. Prices at Sitka and Wrangell were not given. Meantime Seattle had 69,000 pounds of halibut at 18 cents for chicken, 24 to 24.2 for medium and 25 for large. Seattle salmon land- ings totaled 30,900 pounds, with prices not established. Chief of Stale for Life BANDUNG. West Java UP) — President Sukarno accepted ap- pointment as Indonesia’s chief of state for life today. “Follow my leadership. I devote my life for you, the Indonesian people,” the 61-year-old president told a crowd of 10,000 in the city square. Since he proclaimed Indonesia’s independence in 1945, his leader- ship never has been challenged. SEATTLE U!) — Pan American World Airways has ordered five more long-range Model 707-320C all-cargo jets from the Boeing Co. for $35 million. Juan Trippe, PAA president, an- nounced the order in New York today. The order will bring PAA’s Boe- ing jet freighter fleet to eight planes. The other three are to start trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific service next month. Birmingham Board Of Education Will Expel Negro Pupils BIRMINGHAM M — The Board of Education ordered today the ex- pulsion or suspension of 1,081 Negro pupils arrested in anti- segregation demonstrations. A Ne- gro leader immediately threatened a mass school boycott. The school superintendent sent principals a list of pupils charged with parading without a permit and called for their immediate suspension or expulsion “until proper hearings can be conducted.” The board’s action bi'ought a warning from the Rev. Charles Billups, one of the leaders in the long desegregation campaign. “All Negroes will boycott the schools,” Billups said. “When they expel the first pupils, then we hope to have 34,000 pupils out of school. They’re not going to use us for an ex- ample.” However, Billups said pupils would go on strike of their own accord. He said most Negro pupils stayed out of school during recent demonstrations because of threat- ened expulsion. The board letter said the pupils could apply for summer school to make up the work. The pupils can apply for read- mission for the fall term, the board ruled, but they will lose the final semester’s work. The youngsters were arrested for parading without a permit dur- ing mass demonstrations in down- town Birmingham. Authorities were investigating the theft of a large amount of | dynamite several days before twin blasts touched off Negro rioting in Birmingham, throwing sparks of racial unrest all over the na- tion. Single Engine Plane Makes Flight Over North Pole ANCHORAGE UP) — A Stock- holm businesman and his personal pilot landed their single engine plane here after a flight over the pole from Stockholm. They are believed to be the first private flyers to have made the flight. The two are Sigurd Hallstrom, 45, a Stockholm businesman, and Olof Ringstrand, 21, the pilot. The plane is a 4-place Piper Commanche which Ringstrand flew last year from Pennsylvania to Stockholm by way of Bermuda and the Azores. They took out the rear seat of the plane and put in a 150-gallon gas tank, and also carried wing tip tanks for maximum range. They flew from Stockholm to Bodo, Norway, in 3 hrs. 45 min; 21 hrs. 15 min. to Barter Island, and 5 hrs. from there to Anchor- age. Kingstrand was the navigator on the flight, but both took turns at the controls. Hallstrom called it “merely a routine trip.” He was rather mat- ter of fact about it. He said he came here because he had “an en- gagement in Anchorage.” They said they had good weather all the way but had strong head- winds that cut their gas supply. They had two hours of fuel left on arriving at Barter Island. They were out of radio contact much of the time over the Arctic because their long-range radio went out—but they still had their VHF set. Gen. Lemnitzer Claims Russ Military Strength Has Been Beefed Up WASHINGTON UD — Gen. Ly- man Lemnitzer, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said today the Soviet army can no longer be considered a “cumbersome ‘mass’ force,” but is a highly mobile one “geared to the realities of the atomic age.” Lemnitzer gave that assessment to the House Foreign Affairs Com- mittee. He urged the committee to approve President Kennedy’s re- quest for $1.4 billion for military assistance abroad. The foreign aid budget request for the coming year is $4.5 billion. This figure is almost certain to be cut before the bill clears Con- gress, but legislators in the past have never slashed the military portion of the aid program deeply. Lemnitzer, who last year was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Soviet military strength has been beefed up and modern- ized in every respect. “However, the most significant aspect of Soviet naval strength,” he said, “lies in its submarine fleet which has been improved considerably in both strength and character.” He said Russia entered World War II “at the bottom of the list as a major world naval power. I Today Russia ranks No. 2, second only to the United States. U.S. and European Common Market Reject Compromise Moves GENEVA —The United States and the European Common Mar- ket today rejected compromise moves by each side to end their deadlock on forthcoming world I tariff talks. Conciliation efforts continued, but prospects appeared dim. Some delegates said the idea was gaining ground that only a direct understanding between President De Gaulle of France and President Kennedy could end the deadlock. The major protagonists in the deadlock are the United States, fighting to save the “Kennedy round” of tariff talks due in 1964, and the Common Market, with France as its major driving force. The Common Market bent a little during the day, agreeing to across-the-board tariff cuts, but only if the United States would agree to an automatic formula for adjusting gaps between high Amer- ican tariffs and lower European ones. To this, the United States said “no.” Italian Scientist Accused Of Spying for Kremlin SOUTHEND, England — Guiseppe Martelli, 39, an Italian scientist working for Euratom. was ordered today to stand trial June 18 on charges of spying for the Soviet Union. He said he would plead innocent. At today’s preliminary hearing, detectives and British secret agents told of findings at Martelli’s home and office. One said he found a shoe with a secret compartment in the heel. Martelli, a physicist, has been working for several years at Eura- tom's establishments in this coun- try. Euratom is an organization which carries on research and co- ordination between various West- ern European countries — into the peaceful use of nuclear energy. j Supreme Court Gives the Heave-Ho To Negro Trespass WASHINGTON UP) — The Su- preme Court threw out today the convictions of lunch counter sit-in demonstrators in four southern states, and declared it unconsti- tutional for a state to require seg- regation and use its powers to en- force it. The pronouncement in an opinion by Chief Justice Warren means this: No Negro can be convicted of trespass for seeking service in a “white only” restaurant if the state has a law requiring segrega- tion in public eating places. The same principle would appear to apply to other business. And. in a case from Louisiana, the court threw out criminal mis- chief convictions of sit-in demon- strators even though there was no law or ordinance requiring segre- gation. Warren said that in this case, coming from New Orleans, city of- ficials had said they were de- termined not to permit Negroes to seek desegregated service. Con- sequently, he said, “the city must be treated exactly as if it had an ordinance prohibiting such con- duct.” Where does this leave the res- taurant operator who choose on his own to limit his customers to in- dividuals of a particular race? Justice Harlan, in an opinion taking exception to some parts of the court’s ruling said: “Although the right of a private restauratuer to operate, if he ; pleases, on a segregated basis is ostensibly left untouched, the court in truth effectually deprives him of that right in any state where a law like the Greenville ordinance continues to exist.” In their broader implications, the decisions in these cases could have greater impact on the struc- ture of race relations in the south than any other decisions since the court’s 1954 ruling that school segregation is unconstitutional. These rulings were not the first in the sit-in field, but were the first to get to the heart of the issue. 155 SOVIET SHIPS ARE BOTTOM FISHING OFF KODIAK FAIRBANKS (IP — Sen. E. L. Bartlett in Fairbanks Friday noted there are now 155 Soviet ships conducting bottom fishing opera- tions off Kodiak Island. He did not elaborate, except to say, the U.S. is slipping in its fish- ing endeavors, and now ranks fifth behind Japan, Peru. Red China, and Soviet Russia as a fishing power. The senior Alaska senator also said there are more Russians sur- rounding the U.S. in fishing boats than Soviet soldiers in Cuba, and pose a greater threat. THEME SONG WANTED FOR MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL Special award will be given to the person who submits a song selected for the theme song of the 1963 Festival. Name of Song Name of Sponsor Turn in this slip or mail to Johnnie Reardon or leave it at the Nugget Office.

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