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January 21, 2013

Lookback: Jan 21 to 27

25 YEARS — 1988

▶ Editors for the Akwesasne Notes and Indian Times newspapers are convinced that the recent fire that destroyed the newspaper’s offices was arson. Managing Editor Doug George said that the offices were torched because the paper had begun printing articles connecting organized crime to gambling and cigarette smuggling on the reservation.

▶ Plans to restore emergency telephone service on the Northway has suffered another setback. The Federal Communications Commission has ordered a test of the system’s radio frequency to determine if it will conflict with radio broadcast in Canada.

▶ Former Malone Town Highway Superintendent Gerald Safford was sentenced in federal court to two years probation and ordered to pay $4,900 in fines. Safford, one of five North Country highway superintendents allegedly caught in the FBI sting “Operation Double Steel,” pleaded guilty in December to having taken $1,900 in kickbacks and bribes between November 1985 and February 1987.

▶ On Feb. 18, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to announce the names of four bases it wants to send the new “Stealth” bomber to in the mid-1990s. Congressional military aides say odds are the Plattsburgh Air Force Base may not be among them.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ The Champlain Village Board hopes to have full information Jan. 30 on the costs of a water system improvement program. The question is whether to seek an extra $70,000 in federal aid toward a new water system whose overall costs will probably be about $200,000, according to Mayor Clifford LaPlante.

▶ Workmen have been working right through the winter at AuSable Point, preparing it for at least limited use as a recreational area late this year. Bulldozers were seen clearing out the 6,290-foot road into the game management area of the $500,000 project.

▶ North Country educators are seeking a school district or other agency willing to sponsor a trade school willing to serve Clinton County and parts of Essex and Franklin counties. Volunteers for the sponsoring job will be called for at a meeting of school administrators in Plattsburgh next week.

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