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'Sierra Club Go Home' In Oil- By MURRAY OLDERMAN JUNEAU, Alaska (NEA) On the streets of the capital of Alaska, aAd farther south in the Tongass Narrows, in the port' city of Ketchikan, bump* tr stickers carry the simple admonition: "Sierra Club Go Home." "Conservation groups in Alaska," says Lew \yilliams, the managing editor of the Ketchikan Daily News, "are very unpopular right now." ON THE NORTH SLOPE of Alaska, hard by the Arctic Circle, where oil was discovered in 1968, there may be a reserve of as many as 200 billion barrels. "In just one field, Prudhoe Bay," argues Gov. William A. Egan, "there are upwards of 16 billion barrels of oil available to meet our nation's critical energy needs." But construction ci a pipeline to carry the oil from Prudhoe Bay across the heart of the 49th state to Valdez (pronounced val-deez) near the Gulf of Alaska and then, by tanker to such cities as Seattle was blocked legally for five years by the environmentalists. (In Ketchikan, there are eight Sierra Club members.) "This," says Juneau newspaperman John Stringer, "is the Sierra Club's crown jewel."- .•' ••. THE PIPELINE has so dominated the. thinking of Alaskans that the Watergate hearings back in Washington scarcely intrude on the public ken. > v ; "The whole bunch of them are guilty," says Williams, "is the feeling here, and let's get back to the Alaska pipeline.". The reason is quite material. Alaska is faced with an imminent fiscal crisis. The state has over $700 million , Surplus in its treasury/Right now. But it's spending at a deficit of $125 million annually. Unless the pipeline goes through,^ Cwith its cents-per- barrel tax on oil, Alaska could go bankrupt within five years. ^ .... : : ll Alaska, a state with a little :bver 300,000 peopV'in a rug-. ged, enchanting terrain which is 93 per cent federal land, is prone ; to Msccflceptions. by Americans' from the "lower 48" — also called "outsiders." Average Life Of Americans 112 Years Galesbyri Register-Mail, Cfclesbufa,111, Monday, July 23, 1 979 1 Agnew Not 'Hungry' for Presidency "Why should theseoutsiders come in," complains Fred, "and tell us what to do with our land?" He's, sitting in the famed Red Dog Saloon in Juneau, just in from a few days fishing. He's really a heavy construction man who bought a $100,000 rig in anticipation of the pipeline construction. He lost it in the delay over legal hassles because he couldn't keep up the payments. ; , "I'VE NEVER seen anything factual written about Alaska," complains John Stringer, a young third-generation Alaskan born and bred ir. Juneau. "Not even by National Geographic or Life, when they came in here. There's a mystique they're always confusing. "I go to a place like New York, and all I get asked is,. 'How's your igloo?'" There is, of course, no igloo within hundreds of miles because this isn't Eskimo country in the coast-hugging islands and. inlets called the Alaska panhandle, the gateway to the Yukon. . •!/ There' 'are sedate Anglo- :xbn settlements v in those tew harbors where the tree- laced fjords flatten out briefly, with a sprinkling of Tlingit and Haida Indians. '.'WE NEVER had an Indian problem;" says Lew Williams. "Now suddenly they've dis covered they're a minority, WASHINGTON (tiPI) - Av- •efage life expectancy of Ameri cans increased to an all-time high last year but deaths due to the biggest killer-heart disease •-also went up. The National Center for Health Statistics said ill an annual report today the aver age life expectancy of Americans advanced in 1972 to 71.2 years. No male-female break down was provided. Earlier Years This compared to 71.1 years in 1971 and 69.9 years in 1963. However, the incidence o! fatal> heart disease went up 0.8 per cent last year, climbing from 358.4 per 100,000 persons in 1971 to 361.3 in 1992, the report said. Heart disease deaths numbered 741,010 In 197 NEW YORK (UPI) - Vice President Spiro T. Agnew says if he runs for the presidency in 1976 he would not need President Nixon's backing be cause "I really don't think that means a great deal," columnist Stewart Alsop reported in Newsweek magazine Sunday. Agnew told Alsop he is not They want to go back and find and 752,450 in 1972, Scs few their heritage." Historically, going back to the territorial days before Alaska became a state in 1958, Indians have participated in government. One of the most respected men in the Inland Passage country is Frank Bradovich, a Tlingit from Saxman, just outside Ketchikan, who served more, than a quarter of a century in the legis • lature. The climate is relatively mild though very rainy, except when the Taku winds come blowing off the Juneau glacier at 100 miles an hour and drive the chill factor down to 70 below zero in winter. Surrounded by huge, splendiferous glaciers, Juneau as a capital city is about as isolated as Kanktok in Sikkim. No reads lead to or away from it. An airport and harbor connect it to the outside world. (Periorically, there's a move to shift the capital to Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, which would fold up.all Juneau's wooden sidewalks.) BUT ALASKANS like their wilderness isolation. "I like the trees and the wods and the wilds," says Stringer, "much better than cement. We'd hot like the problems, of peoples in the States."-The lower 48, that is. "hungry" for the office of president at the moment and will not run unless he does get hungry, the columnist said. Whether I become hungry 1 can't predict at this moment, but I promise you t won't run if I'm not," Agnew said. "If I cannot stimulate my appetite to the point where I'm hungry enough to want it very badly, I wouldn't do it, because 1 think the country deserves someone who is totally committed, dedicated." Agnew said he feels "personal relief" at being free of any involvement in Watergate. He said the President should answer the charges against f him, but not in "the frantic atmosphere" of a free-wheeling news conference. Instead, he said, a few "highly respected individuals*' from television and the press should conduct "an interrogation, but with dignity and with the prestige of the people who would be doing it clearly established." The agency said there were more deaths due to heart disease in the age groups 15-24 45-54, and 75-84. Cancer remained the second biggest killer with 166.6 deaths per 100,000 population. The other leaders were cerebral vascular disease 100.9; accidents, 54.6; influenza and pneumonia, 29.4; diabetes 18.8; infant mortality, 16.4 arteriosclerosis, 15.8; cirrhosis of the liver, 15.4, and bron chitis, emphysema and asthma 13.8. Motor Death Rate The death rate for motor vehicle accidents jumped 6. per cent over the previous year after having declined slightly from 1970 to 1971, Infant mortality rates declined to the lowest level ever, but the United States ranked 13th internationally in the measurement of infant deaths. The death rate for pneumonia was up 1.9 per cent over 1971. Abortion deaths remained at a low of 0.1 per 100,000 population, although the actual number increased from 120 in 1971 to 140 last year. Homicide and suicide rates both increased. By months, the highest death rates were recorded in January and February. The lowest were in the summer and early fall. WHEN BUYING OR SELLING REAL ESTATE • • ' SEE . HOLLAND HANNAM AT HAROLD WILSON REALTY 1131 N. 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Officers said he paid a $100,000 bribe to escape from jail so he could eliminate other drug smugglers who tried to take over his business. Homicide detective Frank Castillon, who said he arrested Carrasco, 33, in 1959 for stabbing a man to death, has said, "next to Pancho Villa, I don't know who's killed more." Stake Out Officers had staked out the south San Antonio motel for [days after one of Carrasco's cousins registered using a false name. "He came out to leave," Hutton said. "We rushed out and hollered 'Police.' He drew his pistol and we started shooting." The motel manager, who asked that his name not be used, said officers shouted twice through a bullhorn for Carrasco to surrender. The raiding officers also arrested two bodyguards and the cousin, who did not resist. Police said they found a cooler of beer and soft drinks and several newspapers in the room. They said they found bullets in the pockets of Carrasco's suit and a tobacco pouch of bullets in his boot. 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