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Wednesday June 24, 1998 DAILY 50 Cents Ironwood, Mich. AT&T will acquire TCI Th« lovely old Leonard Hauta homestead has been turned into a golf course by Mike Cameron, who bought the property 14 years ago. ~~ '. . . New Ironwood golf course nearly done; set to open RONtRETHEWEY Globe Sports Editor Mike Cameron bought the Leonard Hauta homestead in north Ironwood 14 years ago from Rick Shutes, and he and his wife Tina have lived there ever fiincc. In those 14 years, the Cam- crons have improved the property considerably. "We started to clean up the place, which served as an old farm and logging camp at one time at the turn of the century," he said. "The homestead was built in 1914 and we've added on to it and modernized it." With the purchase of 76 acres of the original 80-acre homestead, Cameron acquired land with great natural beauty. It lent itself nicely to the building of a nine-hole golf course, So three years ago, he and wife,- Tina, went into partnership with brother Joe and wife Heather and mother and father, Colleen and Richard Hitzeman, "We started the course in 1995, cutting some trees and clearing the land and the: greens went in the second year," said Joe Cameron. The Camerons plan to open the first five holes .to.the public July 1, with holes six and seven ready for golf by Aug. 15. Hopefully, all the holes. will be played to some degree by Sept. 15, according to Mike Cameron. "Some of the latter holes will be open on an introductory basis only," Joe said, "meaning there may be shortened tee areas and, perhaps, some non- play areas." Mike Cameron took the land and Fit the golf course into it. "We just laid out the golf course to the natural lay of the land and we've got some great natural beauty here. The backdrop to hole eight is a view of Copper Peak and when you look in the other direction from eight, you can see Powderhorn Mountain." The greens, from one through eight, are in beautiful shape right nov». (See—GOLF, Pmtfe 3) $32 billion transaction NEW YORK (AP) — In a bid to expand its reach to millions of customers, AT&T Corp. announced today it is buying Tele- Communications Inc. for $32 billion, a bold deal that would pair two of the nation's largest telecommunications and cable television companies. . The all-stock transaction would allow AT&T to provide digital and Internet services to TCI's 14 million cable customers across the United States. AT&T is the nation's largest telecom company; TCI has access ^o millions of homes in dozens of states. The deal would be the third biggest ever, in the telecommunications industry after SBC Commu- nications'a planned $60.1 billion purchase of Ameritech Corp., a fellow Baby Bell, and World- Com's planned $37 billion purchase of MCI Communications. AT&T is paying just under $51 a share to boy all of TCI's outstanding shares. That represents a 31 percent premium over TCI's closing price of $38.69 on Tuesday on the Nasdaq Stock Market. In addition to paying $32 bil- lion in stock, ATM' would assume TCI's huge debt of $16 billion. ARMSTRONG MALONE Under the deal, which must be approved by stockholders and government regulators, TCI's programming arm, Liberty Media Group,, would continue to be ; operated independently and run by TCI chief executive John C. Malone. AT&T Chairman C. Michael Armstrong has promised to beef up the company's weak spots and branch out into new areas. Faced with stiff competition in its traditional long-distance market, AT&T iff hoping to get into local phone service and Internet-related businesses. • (S«e—ATAT, Page 3) Still a 4-man race for county clerk Candidate filing deadline is nearing By RALPH ANSAMI Globe News Editor With the filing deadline for Iron County officials about three weeks off, it still shapes up as a four-man race for county clerk. Mike Saari nnd Kelly Klein, both of Omn, have filed their completed nomination papers for county clerk. Bill Brunell and Brian Dary, of Hurley, are also circulating papers for county- clerk, but have not yet completed them. Incumbent clerk George Reed is not seeking re-election. Candidates for all county offices have until July 14 to file_ papers, which require a certain mumber of signatures to be valid. An Iron County primary election is set for Sept. 8. No races are shaping up for other county scats. N. Wisconsin lections It appears that Iron County Sheriff Robert Bruneau, who is entering his 19th year in law en- forcement, will run unopposed. There have been no rumblings in the county about another challenger. , Other incumbents who have taken out papers, but not yet returned them include: —Treasurer Mark Gianunzio. —Register of deeds Robert Traczyk. —District Attorney Martin Lipske. -—Clerk of courts Virginia Giacomino. (See — CLEMENS, page 3) Low-income families get more than they pay for LANSING, Mich. <AP) — Michigan's low-income families are getting more in tax credits than they pay in state income tax, a study by the state's Treasury Department shows. The report shows that*hm»e- holds earning less than $15,000 in 1996 paid $188 million in state income taxes but received credits totaling $297 million, The Detroit News reported Wednesday. Gov.-John Engler released the report Tuesday in an effort to lend off criticism that his administration has been tough on the poor. "By helping low-income taxpayers establish a strong footing in Michigan, we ensure they too can share in the state's economic renaissance," he said: But Englor's critics say a national study released in April shows Michigan's income tax is the seventh-highest in the nation for low-income families of three or four. "Low-income renters do get some property tax relief, but it doesn't offset the higher sales tax they're paying because of Proposal A," said Sharon Parks, a researcher with the Michigan League of Human Services. "We have a lot of room for low-income tax relief in this state." Gerard LauzorVDaity Gk*« Eight-year-olds Chelsea Lento, left, and Alicia Gendron enjoy running a high-wheeled model truck just as much as the boys do. They took to the sidewalk along Ayer Street Tuesday. Fieger, Ros&^Owen in dead heat LANSING, Mich.. (AP) — The race for the Democratic nomination for governor is running dead even, according to a poll released Wednesday, with many voters still remaining undecided. Geoffrey Fiepjer had the support of 20 percent of likely Democratic voters polled, Ea«t Lansing lawyer Larry Owen hnd 19 percent and former U.S. Labor Department official Doug Ross of West U.S. 2 Auto Body Center THE COLLISION SPECIALISTS •Major or Minor repair • Custom painting •Free Estimates List U.S. 2 Ironwoo4l, Ml 906-932-5337 Owner: Jay Holm Bloomfield Township was the choice of 18 percent of survey respondents. Because the margin of error waa 5 percentage points, the poll means the three candidates are in a statistical dead heat. The EPIC-MRA poll of 400 voters was conducted June 17-22 for the Detroit Free Press. The numbers show no statistical change from a similar poll conducted last month. TocfaM Weather Partly Sunny More weather. Page 2 Inside Comics 14 Community.... 5 Obituaries.. 3 Opinion ...6 Sports 9,10 Tidbits 4 Thursday Bessemer Banner Clinton will sign bill to revamp Internal Reven WASHINGTON {AP) — President Clinton says he will sign a compromise bill revamping the Internal Revenue Service, concluding a two-year push by Congress to expand taxpayers' rights and increase oversight of the tax collector. "I am pleased that the House XiTfti, Senate have finally reached ; a bipartisan agreement to reform the IRS and strengthen taxpayer rights," Clinton said in a statement Tuesday night. "We need nn IRS that reflects American values and re.spoctH American -taxpayers," Clinton added. 'This bill goes a long way toward that coal and I look forward to signingTi into law." House nnd Senate lawmakers were planning n formal announcement to describe details of the pact today. House passage could come as early as Thursday, with Senate passage perhaps nf- ter the July Fourth holiday. Senate Minority Lender Tom Daschle, D-S.D., expressed misgivings about some provisions in the hill, especially its cost. "There are a lot of good chang- es, (but) you've got a lot of stuff that is expensive," Daschle si adding, "We're prepared to acc'ep] this as the first Htep." The bill, which costs $13 billion\ over 10 years, makes the biggest changes at the agency since 1952 by giving the IRS commissioner "broad new powers to revamp the troubled bureaucracy and lure executive talent with more generous salaries. The legislation arose amid widespread complaints of IRS computer foul-ups, H!OW or erro- neous service and'liighly charged Senate hearings that described ngi'nts abusing their brood powers. .Congress in 199G set up n bipartisan commission to review Bought to grant a waiver from government ethics laws to let the person nerve, which Lott vigorously opposed. (n the end, the agreement coifed for the president to request an ethics waiver at the time of the employee representative's, Senate .nomination, hut lative s/ wuuM apply only/t^that person's work on the new board. LnwmnWers rtlso reached agreement on how to pay for the measure, which would extend taxpayer rights in tax collection cases and improve oversight of the agency. One item to finance the IRS bill would permit wealthy investors to convert their existing IRA ac- countR into so-called Roth IRAs, a new retirement account created in last year's lax bill. Such con: versions are now available only to people of lesser means.

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