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Turn Back The Pages - Oct. 29, 1987


Oct. 29, 1987

The Tundra Drums

AVCP & Tanana Chiefs drop AFN – Despite repeated calls at the Alaska Federation of Natives for unity among Alaska Natives by several leaders – including Congressmen Ted Stevens and Don Young – the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference have dropped out of the organization. AVCP President Gene Peltola and TCC President Mitch Demientieff announced earlier this week that their organizations, which represent almost half of the state’s Native population, have withdrawn. “TCC a consortium of 43 interior tribes, and AVCP, an association of 56 Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta tribes, plan to establish a statewide organization to protect Native cultural values and to strengthen tribal government,” announced the two men in a join press release. Interviewed by The Drums at the convention, Peltola described the new statewide organization as being an “alternate entity (designed) to specifically address human resource issues.”

MarkAir – The MarkAir Family Fare - When you fly MarkAir you can take your family with you for half the fare.

State sues oil dealer on behalf of Western Alaska fuel users – The State of Alaska has filed suit against Western Pioneer, Inc., a Seattle-based fuel distributor, to recover up to $36 million on behalf of Western Alaska residents who bought fuel oil last year between April and December. Gov. Steve Cowper announced this week that the suit, filed Tuesday in Dillingham Superior Court, also asks for a total of $15 million in fines under the Alaska Antitrust and Alaska Consumer Protection acts. “Fuel is a necessity of life for people living in Western Alaska and for a full season, they had no choice but to buy over-priced fuel distributed by this join venture,” Cowper said.

Anica Family Store – Hills Bros Coffee, 3 pounds, $6.59. Whole or 2% Milk, 1 gallon, $3.89. Red or Golden Delicious Apples, 79 cents per pound.

LKSD board action: Nick reelected chair – No major changes occurred in elections held earlier this week in the slate of officers for the Lower Kuskokwim School District board of directors. Re-elected chairman of the board was Robert Nick of Nunapitchuk. Elected vice-chair was Gloria Simeon of Bethel; named secretary was Dorothy Aloysius, and elected treasurer was Paul Kiunya.

Riverfront Restaurant – Look what we’re serving! Saturday & Sunday Greek Nights. “Join us any day of the week and enjoy our Special Combination Platters, Homemade Pizza and Desserts especially prepared for you!”

DNR sets meetings for draft Kuskokwim area plan – The state’s Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of public meetings in 11 villages along the middle and upper Kuskokwim River drainage; and in Minchumina, Bethel and Anchorage during October and November. The meetings are being held for the public to review and comment on proposals for managing state lands in the Kuskokwim planning area.

Swanson’s –Darigold Butter, $1.89 pound. AA Large Eggs, 99 cents per dozen. Chicken Drumsticks $1.39 pound.

Council backs off 6-foot fence requirement for dog owners – It appears that Bethel city policy makers have backed off an earlier position to require that owners of four or more dogs build a six-foot fenced kennel around their dogs.

Cenaliulriit – Board of directors meeting, Nov. 8.

New vet sets up clinic in Bethel – Jetta, a shiny black lab, greets visitors to the new Arctic Tundra Animal Clinic, located in the Hoffman Subdivision. Dr. James Wempe, formerly of Anchorage, has moved to Bethel into the Tom Foote house just off North Avenue. Dr. Wempe has built a tidy three-room clinic, using ideas from his own experiences as well as his contractor. There is a small waiting room, and a kennel room, but the heart of the building is the combination examination/treatment space, lab and office.

Alaska Commercial Company – Carnation Ice Cream, 1/2 gallon, $2.79. Hormel Spam, 12-ounce, $1.79. Lipton Black Tea Bags, 100 count, $4.39.

Bethel junior high rates 12th priority in LKSD’s 6-year improvement plan – A Bethel junior high school has been listed as the Lower Kuskokwim School District board of directors’ number 12 priority in its most recent, unofficial six-year capital improvement plan. Estimated cost of the construction of new junior high school facility here is $3 million.

Federal Aviation Administration – Accident Prevention Program, Aviation Safety-Education Seminar, Kuskokwim College, Nov. 12. Speaker, Aviation Psychologist, Dr. Jerry Cockrell.

Clayton reappointed – Bethel Police Chief Kevin Clayton was recently reappointed to the Alaska Police Standards Council by Gov. Steve Cowper.

KYUK – It’s almost here! Friday the 13th - the fundraiser.

John White appointed to committee that will review board of fisheries role – A nine-member panel will begin reviewing the operations of the Board of Fisheries next month and suggest improvements by the start of the next legislative session. Gov. Steve Cowper on Thursday announced his appointments to the panel and guidelines for its work. John White, a Bethel commercial fisherman was named to the committee. White is a dentist for the U.S. Public Heath Service. He is chairman of the Western Alaska Salmon Coalition Board.

Bethel Council on the Arts - Presents: Landscape Painting in Oil Workshop with David Rostenthal. Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 6.

Bethel man arrested after threatening officer with shotgun – A 27-year-old Bethel man, said to be intoxicated at the time, allegedly pointed a shotgun at a Bethel city police officer Oct. 26. The man, Daulton Moss, Jr., threw aside the shotgun after the officer, Cpl. Bill Geerhart, drew his handgun, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Bethel District Court. Moss has been charged with one felony count of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of second-degree misconduct involving a weapon.

Bethel Power Products – Ski-Doo Days Sale!

Construction of new Kipnuk school tied to legislative OK of capital project request – The state departments of Transportation and Public Facilities, and Education have concurred with Lower Kuskokwim School District officials that the Kipnuk High School building is indeed failing and is unsafe. An entire new educational facility must be built and the existing building, constructed less than 10 years ago, must be abandoned, all agree it appears.

Northern Air Cargo – The Plane Best.


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