In bidding for the '98 Games, the city of Nagano promised to
"bear the transportation, meals and lodging expenses of all the
delegations." Japanese officials now say soaring costs prohibit
them from paying these expenses (N.Y. TIMES, 3/21)....The USOC
has identified the Twin Cities, along with San Antonio and Salt
Lake City, as the first locations of Olympic development centers
intended to "groom" intermediate level athletes (Minneapolis STAR
TRIBUNE, 3/19)....The UT Dept. of Transportation believes a
proposed reconstruction of I-15 in Salt Lake Valley can be
completed for 2002 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 3/21)....Bill Moss,
Managing Dir of Olympic Construction, on safety concerns after
another construction accident this week: "All the incidents are
unrelated. There is no real tie to them other than the fact that
they're all facilities being used to host the Olympic Games"
("Today," NBC, 3/21).