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Senate Labor Committee Considers Strike Legistatioti CITY NEWS Daily Mews -Miner "America's Farthest North Daily Newspaper" . . . Member of The Associated Press VOL. XLIV 15c Per Copy FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1966 Sixteen Pages No. 173 Young Touring Don Young of Fort Yukon, Republican candidate for the House of Representatives for District 16, and his wife Lula are traveling down the Alaska Highway Friday on an extensive campaign tour. Young plans to go as far south as Northway on the Alaska Highway and as far northeast as Eagle on the Taylor Highway. He will" attend'the Delta buffalo barbecue Sunday to meet the people of the Delta Junction area. Young will return to Fairbanks Monday. Schleppegrell Talks Jack Schleppegrell, candidate for secretary of state, will be featured speaker Friday at the Republican lunch meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Gold Room of the Travelers Inn. New Zealand Pictures Radio amateurs and others interested are invited to attend a program with color slides on New Zealand presented by George Studd of Napier, New Zealand. Studd's call letters are ZL2- AFZ. His program will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday at the MARS station at Ft Wainwright. Tundra, Wright Low Tundra ContraetorsandWright Aurora Construction of Fairbanks have submitted a low bid of $29,418 for construction of a 3,000-foot airstrip at Manley Hot Springs. Rummage Sale Little League mothers are holding a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Oddfellows Hall. Proceeds go to the North Star Little League building fund. Square Dancing There will be a square dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the Hunter School gym! Dick Manning will be doing the calling. All square dancers in the area are invited. Kay Workers Wendell Kay for Governor workers will hold a work party at 8 p.m. today at Kay head quarters, 129-1/2 Lacey. Volunteers are welcome. For information, phone Pearl Selid at 452-3271. Refreshments will be served. Military Forces In Alaska Get New Commander ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Military forces in Alaska are to get a new commander Thursday when Lt. Gen. Glen R. Birchard, becomes commander in chief of the Alaskan Command, succeeding Lt. Gen. Raymond J. Reeves. Gen. Birehard comes to his new post from Scott Air Force Baase, in., where he was vice commander of the Military Airlift Command. Gen. Reeves, who has headed the Alaskan Command for the last three years, will leave Anchorage later Thursday, put on the fourth star of a full general and assume command immediately of the North American Air Defense Command at Colorado Springs, Colo. Historic Bottle SPRINGFIELD. III. (AP) -They opened the cornerstone of the Illinois State Capitol expecting to find architectural surveys dated to 1868. Instead, they discovered a pint bottle of whiskey. The bottle, decorated in leather and silver, bore this message: "Made for Abraham Lincoln Sept. 20, 1860, and presented to him as an emblem of his administration. HOUSING LAW MEETS OPPOSITION Administration's Pr ogramRej ected FAIR July 28. Continued fair tonight and Friday. Low last night 54, high yesterday 68; low tonight 50, high tomorrow 73. Temperature at 11:30 a.m. today 67. Sunrise Friday at 2:40 a.m., sunset at 9:13 p.m. for a total of 18 hours, 33 minutes of daylight and a loss of 6 minutes. Elsewhere Anchorage, cloudy, 60 and 58; Barrow, clear, 37 and 32; Juneau, rain. 58 and 51; Kotzebue, cloudy, 71 and 53; Nome, cloudy, 66 and 53; Sitka, rain, 55 and 52; Miami, . clear, 85 and 81; Phoenix, cloudy, 104 and 87; San Francisco, rain, 56 and 52; Seattle, clear, 80 and 55. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Labor Committee rejected today the proposal that it send airlines strike negotiators back to the bargaining table, and moved on toward action of its own. The bargaining suggestion, followed closely the administration advice offered by Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz, was proposed at a closed-door committee session by Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I. Sen. Lister Hill, D-Ala., said the vote against it was 10 to 5. "It doesn't do anything," Hill said. Airline Strike Cutting Deep Into Economy NEW YORK (AP) -- The 21- day-old airline strike is making a deepening cut into the economy, bringing daily losses in the millions to tourism, industry and many small businesses. An Associated Press survey found that hotels, food and fuel suppliers, flower dealers and the bootblacks, sky-caps and other service personnel who depend on planes for their livelihood have been severely hurt. A spokesman for New York City's Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated its tourist industry losses were running at $750.000 a day while the president of Miami's Chamber of Commerce said jthe strike (oil there is reaching "catastrophic proportions." Suppliers of food and fuel to the five struck lines were reported losing $1 million a day and a spokesman for the lines -Eastern, Trans World United Northwest and National -- said their total daily revenue loss was $7 million. The cost of the walkout so far to striking machinist union workers and laid off employes has been set at $30 million. Un ion members are receiving $25 weekly benefit checks and furloughed workers can collect unemployment insurance. Talks toward ending t' strike were to resume in Washington today while a Senate committee studied proposed legislation to halt the walkout. In Los Angeles., where the Chamber of Commerce estimated the loss per day, at $617000, flower growers jyere said to be hardest hit, with half their normal market falling away. With that plan rejected, the committee set another session later today to consider strike- stopping legislation proposed by Sen. Wayne Morse, D-Ore. Morse said the committee had clearly rejected the administration program, and declared he means to get a vote on his own plan either there or on the Senate floor. Hill's resolution would have had the Senate declare that the public interest requires settlement and talks must proceed with all deliberate speed through free collective bargain- It Would have ordered close Senate-scrutlnrof-"**-'talks. Morse said he will go to the Senate itself if the committee does not accept his bill for a six-months back-to-work order. The committee session began just after the starting time for the resumption of bargaining between airline and machinists union negotiators at the Labor Department. The talks had been in recess for 48 hours since congress moved in on the dispute. The time for renewal of negotiations was fixed Wednesday night but face-to-face talks were delayed for more than an hour while Secretary of Labor W. Williard Wirtz met privately first with the union vice-president, Joseph W. Ramsey, and then with William J. Curtin, chief airline negotiator. "I think they ought to be sent back to the woodshed," Wirtz said Wednesday in urging the Senate Labor Committee to hold off a few days on any legislation (See STRIKE Page 9) Realty Boards Hit Key Part of Bill WASHINGTON (AP) - Local real estate boards have been urged by their national association to "help generate an immediate wave of indignation" against a proposed open housing law. The proposal is a key part of a civil rights billon which the House hopes to complete formal debate today, set- ArrestMade In Anchorage Bank Robbery SEEING INTERIOR ALASKA -- ..Seventy trailers, making up the 1966 Wally Byam caravan touring Alaska, are'in Fairbanks today and the/remainder of the week. Groups of the travelers are touftrig Interior points of interest by auto or bush plane; one group went to the Arc- tic eoast today The Wally Byam caravan made its first trip to Alaska in 1965. Next year several hundred trailer travelers will come north to participate in the Alaska Purchase Centennial. (News-Miner Staff Photo) U.S., Vietnamese Pilots Strike Red Positions Hard; 826 Sorties Flown SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) -- U.S. and Vietnamese pilots struck Communist positions in South Viet Nam Wednesday with fury,,. flying a record total of 826 combat sorties, a military spokesman reported. American fliers . also hammered at North Viet Nam despite bad weather limiting most of their 103 missions. Senate Incorporated Harriett's Native Housing Bfll In Omnibus JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate housing subcommittee has incorporated legislation designed to improve Alaska Native housing into a national omnibus bill, Sen. E. L. Bartlett, D- Alaska, reported from Washington Wednesday. The measure now goes before the full Senate Banking and Currency Committee for consid- eration. Bartlett. sponsor of the Native housing proposal, S1915, advised the Associated Press from Washington. Under the provisions of S1915 adopted into the omnibus housing bill without change loans and grants to a maximum and $10 million would be authorized for Native housing. Grants would be limited to 75 Resch Home Destroyed In Early Morning Fire A log home belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Dave Resch, which the young couple had built log by log themselves, burned to the ground at 1 a.m. today. The home was located at ~3" Mile Becker Ridge Road off Cnena Ridge Road. Resch and his wife were awakened by smoke and flames at 12:45 a.m. and found tile entire upper floor, still unfinished, was in flame. They took their four small children out of the house and then were able.to salvage only one armload of clothing, a few blankets from one bed, two rifles, and a file cabinet containing valuable gusty wind, apparently some sparks were blown out on the roof, catching it afire. The structure was not covered by insurance. The Resch family is slaying temporarily with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Becker. Their children are Dorothy, 2rl / 2, and three boys aged 9, 7-1/2 and 4. The famfly' s two pet cats were lost in the fire. Resch, formerly advertising salesman for ihe News-Miner, is owner and operator of the Upper Limits, a teen-age club in Fairbanks. me cabinet containing valuable r A , business paper sand photographs. LiOCOt, Approved Resch and his wife's lather, Harry Becker, ,worked through the early morning hours putting out small brush fires caused by the sparks blown into extremely dry trees by gusty winds. Resch said the home probably caught fire from a spark from his fireplace. He closed the fireplace tightly before retiring, he said. But with the JUNEAU (AP) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved a $190,000 loan for the construction of 15 low-rent homes at Metlakatla, Rep. Ralph J. Rivers, D - Alaska, reported from Washington Wednesday. The loan was granted under a mutual-help program. per cent of the cost of housing constructed under the program, with a limit of $7,500 on individual units and related facilities. The program would establish minimum and maximum standards for constructioa Bartlett said the administration supports the Native housing measure and he added the subcommittee's action greatly improves the chances of S1915 becoming law during this session of Congress. "The Native housing measure is now assured of consideration by the full committee," Bartlett said, "tf it is retained and passed by the Senate, it will go to the House as part of a major bill, thereby ensuring that it will at least be considered in the House and, I hope, passed as written. Bartlett cautioned, however opposition to the proposal could still develop in the Senate or House. Soviets Fighting Delinquents MOSCOW CAP) -- The Soviet government is stepping up its war against hooligans, the beatniks and ruffians blamed for juvenile delinquency, petty crime and other forms of antisocial behavior. In' response to a rising public clamor against hooliganism, the Â· government announced Tuesday the creation of a Ministry for the Protection of Public Order- to root out petty crime and disorderly conduct and promote "Socialist morality." The heavy air blows in the South accompanied a rise in small-scale Communist attacks as the Viet Cong stepped" up hit- and-run attacks in the wake of their defeats in larger battles with UJS. troops. The most significant of these assaults took place 18 miles from Saigon where guerrillas overran a village a few hours before dawn and drove off the 40 militiamen defenders. While no major fighting has been reported since Sunday, a U.S. spokesman said American combat dead more than doubled last week, presumably as a result of UJS. Marine losses as the Leathernecks launched Operation Hastings against a Vietnamese division near the north- err border July 15. The spokesman said 136 Americans were killed, 578 wounded and 14 missing compared with 65 killed, 368 wounded and no missing in the previous seven days. Total allied dead for the week of July 0-16 climbed to 334, compared with 279 the previous week. Communist dead rose to 1,272, an increase of 72, the spokes- Â·man said. The casualties brought the unofficial total of VS. combat dead to 2,728 since Jan. 1 and to 4,440 for the war. U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine fliers flew 542' single- plane strikes in the record day in the South Wednesday. Vietnamese fliers added 284 more. The Strategic Air Command's B52s made three raids today. Two were aimed at the Communist-held D Zone north of Saigon, the other at the hills just below the 17th Parallel demilitarized zone where the Marines are continuing the hunt for North Viet Nam's 324B Division. A Navy A4 Skyhawk from the carrier Oriskany and its pilot was reported missing over North Viet Nam on a strike against a missile site near Vinh. It was the 311th plane reported lost over the North. Although limited by typhoon weather, the U.S. fliers blasted 11 fuel dumps, including a big complex near Vinh and another at the nearby former army camp of Badon, a spokesman said. He said the pilots did not encounter any antiaircraft missiles or Communist MIGs. The fliers on the Badon raid said the Reds were using craters from previous bombings to hide their oil drums. The pilots said they started five new fires. A South Vietnamese military spokesman said the Viet Cong hit the village of Cau Lon a few hours before daylight and the militia platObn abandoned its post after suffering moderate casualties. Radio contact with the post was lost, the spokesman said, and a relief column was sent out shortly after dawn. There was no report on contact from the relief force. A few miles away, the Viet- Cong mortared another post briefly in what evidently was a diversionary attack. Similar harassing attacks have been (See MET Page 9) ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gerald Miller, 31, Anchorage, was arrested late Wednesday night in connection with the armed robbery of the National Bank of Alaska earlier in the day. Miller was charged with bank robbery. Rodney W. Burgh, bank cashier, estimated the thief's take as $525. Burgh said the holdup man entered the bank about 10:30 ajn. and took a place in line at the teller's window. The gunman apparently became impatient in the line he had chosen, the cashier said, and stepped to another window, where b* drew a pistol and said something like, "Drn 't do any,. JMng'foolIsh;" , Burgh said the teller handed over money from a cash drawer and the gunman placed it in a brown paper bag and walked out. Stepovich Asks Fisheries School KETCHIKAN -- (Special) -Immediate establishment of an Alaska School of Fisheries in one of the state's seaport cities was urged here by GOPguberna- torial candidate Mike Stepovich. Stepovich said that the School of Fisheries, which could be a branch of the state university, was urgently needed to produce scientists and marketing specialists who could lead the state in obtaining greater utilization of Alaska's fishery resources. "We have two foreign nations harvesting our fish as well as numerous vessels from other states." Stepovich said. "These vessels take a tremendous annual harvest, but little of the Wealth (SeeMlK.EPape9) ting the stage for the start of voting on dozens of expected amendments. Action on the housing section is not expected to come before early next week. Sections dealing with jury selection and protection of Xegroes' rights will be taken up first. The housing provision wo-Ud prohibit discrimination by real estate agents or others "in the business of selling or renting housing, but would exempt individual owners selling their own homes. It is a Republican-sponsored substitute for a stricter ban proposed by the administration. The National .Association of Real Estate Boards, which has taken the lead in opposing an open housing law. recently sent a letter to its members calling the substitute proposal "more onerous and more oppressive than the original version." "You must help generate an iBunediat* wÂ«Â«-of indignation by all citizens against Title IV," the letter said in reference to the housing section. A spokesman for the association confirmed circulation of the letter after a copy was made available by Clarence M:tchell, Washington representative of the National Assocation for the Advancement of Colored People. Mitchell said he got it from ?. real estate agent who opposes the association's position. The association spokesman said the Student Drowns KETCHIKAN (AP)--Jim Hutcheson of Masonvilte, Colo., drowned today while attempting to retrieve a drifting raft in Ward Lake north of here. The 33-year-old college student was working for the (.'nited States Forest Service for the summer, said District Judge Rick Lauber, who reported tlie accident. Hutcheson was living with a brother, Billy, also a USFS em- ploye. Fire Rips Through Historic Candle on Seward Peninsula Wally Byam Caravaners Sight-Seeing in Interior Seventy trailers, making up the Wally Byam Caravan, are parked at Growden Memorial Park today, and the 160 people making up the caravan are scattering through Interior Alaska on tours or private sight-seeing. The caravan arrived Tuesday and plans to depart Fairbanks Aug. 1 for Tok. From Tok the group will go to Dawson, Y.T. It will break up in Dawson Creek, Alia. Aug. 18. One group of caravaners flew to Pt. Barrow today and many others are traveling by auto or air to points closer to Fairbanks. This week the Alaskan visitors will be treated to a tour of the Gilmore Creek data acquisition site by the Golden Nugget Radio Club. The club has also arranged for the Byam group to tour two typical homesteads where they will be served moose barbecue. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings the caravan group attended the Eskimo Olympics at Griffin Park. Another touring group of trailer travelers, the Avion Caravan, left Fairbanks Monday for Anchorage. There were 34 trailers in this group. Larger trailer caravans are expected to be in Alaska next year to participate in the Alaska Centennial celebration. Fire ripped through the historic Seward Peninsula ghost town of Candle yesterday, destroying 24 to 30 unoccupied houses, two relatively new warehouses, and several old store buildings. Eighty per cent of the town was-burned; Archie Ferguson, a partner with John Blobraibich in a Candle mine, estimated over-all damage to the town at $100,060. The fire reportedly started at about 1:15 p.m. yesterday in the home.of Fred Weinert, another mining operator. Damage to the Weinert home was estimated at $10,000. None of the town buildings were insured, said Editor Al Phelps of the Nome Nugget Eleven-year-old Helen Conwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Conwell of Kotzebue, injured her knee when she fell to the grouffd, while running away from the fire. Therevrereriooth- er injuries reported. As of this morning, the fire had passed through the village and was burning some 30 acres of the surrounding tundra. Five emergency firefighter* and four Bureau of Land Management men are mopping up the fire today, the BLM says. Largely abandoned now, Candle once supported a population near 5,000. ' Â· Â· . . . The village is located about 140 miles northeast of Nome, 75 miles southeast of Kotzebue. Only two mines now operate in the area, which Is littered with abandoned buildings, antiquated equipment slowly rutting away, and old miners' shacks. Many of the buildings burned yesterday were old but still in reasonably good condition, Ferguson said. The two warehouses were relatively new. Candle's population consists of about 100 Eskimos and three other families -- Ferguson's, Weinert's, and the Cecil Mitchells. A Wien pilot reported yesterday's fire at about 3 p.m. BLM firefighters arrived in Candle shortly after 6. Before that, villagers had cut a line in an attempt to stop the fire from spreading. Senate Adds $10 Million To State Highway Program The U. S. Senate this morning, 85-0, passed the Federal Aid to Highway's Act of 1966, U. S. Sen. Ernest Gruening's office advised the News-Miner by long distance telephone from Washington, D. C. The act, Gruening'sofficesaid, includes a new provision for special federal assistance to Alaska. This special assistance will consist of $10 million per year for the next five years for construction and maintenance of highways in Alaska. This is in addition to more than $40 million which Alaska receives annually under the federal aid highway formula now, according to the telephoned statement The new Alaska provision also permits the State of Alaska to use federal, aid- highway funds for maintenance as well as construction. Heretofore all federal aid highway money has been'used exclusively for construction. This maintenance provision applies not only tottie$10mitlion added for Alaska but to the whole federal aid highway program in the state. Sen. Gruening's office said the Alaska provisions were contained in an amendment sponsored by Sen. GrueningandSen. E. L. (Bob) Bartlett. The bill, S3155, now goes to the House. "Old .Smoky BÂ«tr hasn't been doing too well lately. Guess he found we were reklly burnln' the Candle at both end* yecterdty."