Letterhead turns back clock on state politics

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Walter Hickel is still giving out orders.

A letterhead remnant of Hickel's 1990-94 term as governor surfaced on fax machines Thursday at radio stations, newspapers and trucking companies throughout the Interior.

Arleen Burgess, administrative assistant of the Department of Transportation's Delani office, told The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the Hickel letterhead occurred on a travel advisory form.

Usually, the advisory is sent around with ''Tony Knowles, Governor'' printed at the top. But not this time.

At first, Burgess was stumped. She thought the form was the same one she had been using for seven years. However, after a little investigating, she determined that a summer worker had unearthed the old letterhead and used it, inadvertently turning back the clock on state politics.

''They usually purge that stuff,'' Burgess said. ''I don't know where she got it from.''

Burgess said her office will correct the mistake on a computer and that a new form will be made.

''You can guarantee that the next time you get one of these travel advisories, it will be changed,'' she said.

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