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News from the Kitt Peak Support Office (1Dec95) (from KPNO, NOAO Newsletter No. 44, December 1995) Some changes have been made to streamline the activities in the Kitt Peak Support Office (KPS) and to make it easier for the observer to send in observing preparation information. Electronic ORP The Observing Run Preparation (ORP) form can be found on the Web so principal investigators can fill it out and submit it to KPS electronically. It will be a very user-friendly form, which includes pull-down boxes to click and choose. Once submitted, an automatic acknowledgement will be e-mailed back to you. As usual, the form should be submitted at least six weeks before the start of each observing run. Upon receipt, the electronic ORP will be checked for correctness, and distributed electronically to the staff responsible for your run. Look for the ORP under KPNO on the NOAO home page on the World Wide Web at http://www.noao.edu. We are also planning to put additional forms on the World Wide Web in the near future. These include the Observing Run Evaluation Form and a modified version of the GSA driver's license application. Hotel Reservations Due to a reduction in KPS staff, beginning 1 April 1996, hotel reservations for observers will no longer be made by the KPS office. Hotel phone numbers are provided in the User Handbook (already available on the Web), and discounted rates at some hotels will be available to observers by mentioning NOAO. Many of the hotels have (800) numbers. We are providing lots of advance notice of this change so observers can plan ahead. Tucson is a winter vacation spot and University town. Hotel rooms are difficult to find from September through December with University activities selling out rooms, and the January-March months are sold out due to "snowbirds" visiting Tucson during the Gem & Mineral Show and the rodeo. The good news? There are plenty of hotel rooms in Tucson at unbelievably low rates from May-August. GSA Driver's License This a reminder to all observers who go to Kitt Peak. You need a government driver's license to drive an NOAO car to Kitt Peak. Please be prepared to drive an NOAO vehicle at all times by checking whether you need to obtain a GSA license and submitting a GSA driver's license application to KPS, and carrying the license with you when you come to Tucson. A driver is provided only for the 6:40 am and 2:00 pm shuttles from downtown to Kitt Peak (see the schedule in NOAO Newsletter No. 41), and occasionally, the driver is not available for the 2:00 pm vehicle. You are always encouraged to stop in the Kitt Peak Support Office when you arrive in Tucson for any messages or additional information we may need to communicate to you. As always, questions or suggestions can be sent via e-mail to kpno@noao.edu. Pat Patterson
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