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  • UTAH GOVERNOR SAYS THE GAMES BELONG TO THE STATE

         UT Gov. Mike Leavitt told Salt Lake Council members Tuesday
    the 2002 Games belong to the state, not Salt Lake City, according
    to the DESERET NEWS.  Those comments came as council members met
    with Leavitt after a bill was passed declaring they do not have
    the legal power to ratify appointments to the SLOOC board of
    trustees.  Appointments to the board are made jointly by the
    governor and mayor.  Leavitt said Salt Lake City does not have
    any greater interest in the Games than other cities in the state,
    and that the state is taking the financial risk of hosting the
    Games by agreeing to indemnify Salt Lake City against any losses
    (Lisa Riley Roche, DESERET NEWS, 2/28).
         MARKETING TALKS:  Negotiations continue between the SLOOC
    and USOC over how to divide marketing money.  SLOOC President Tom
    Welch said his group submitted a plan to the USOC and is
    reviewing their response.  A meeting on details is expected
    sometime next month (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 2/29).
    

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  • WILL THE TORCH RELAY HAVE TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS IN SANTA FE?

         Olympic volleyball fan and New Mexico resident Wade Miller
    recently tried to order Olympic tickets by phone, but found out
    operators for the '96 Games were "geographically impaired,"
    according to the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  After telling the
    operator he was from New Mexico, Miller was put on hold.  The
    operator then came back and said she couldn't sell tickets to
    someone who lives outside the country.  Miller spent half an hour
    trying to convince the agent that New Mexico is a state.  She
    then transferred him to her supervisor who responded, "Sir, New
    Mexico, old Mexico, it doesn't matter.  I understand it's a
    territory, but you still have to go through your nation's Olympic
    committee."  ACOG officials said the incident was a one-time
    occurrence (Lyle Harris, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/29).
    

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