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U S WEST NEWVECTOR OBTAINS MAJOR INTEREST IN ASPEN, VAIL SERVICE, ALSO ENTERS THREE RURAL CELLULAR MARKETS IN SOUTHERN COLORADO

U S WEST NEWVECTOR OBTAINS MAJOR INTEREST IN ASPEN, VAIL SERVICE,
 ALSO ENTERS THREE RURAL CELLULAR MARKETS IN SOUTHERN COLORADO
 BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- U S WEST NewVector Group has purchased majority interest in cellular operations currently serving major Colorado ski communities including Aspen and Vail.
 Additionally, U S WEST NewVector has acquired interest in three new rural markets in Southern Colorado, marking the Bellevue-based company's entry into this area.
 These announcements were made today by John DeFeo, president and chief executive officer of U S WEST NewVector Group. The purchases were made from Pacific Telecom Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCM) and its parent, PacifiCorp (NYSE: PPW). The cash purchase was for $5.6 million, DeFeo said.
 DeFeo noted that U S WEST Cellular, the cellular arm of U S WEST NewVector Group, had been a minority managing partner in Colorado Rural Service Area (RSA) No. 3, which includes Aspen, Vail and Grand Junction.
 "We have obtained majority interest as part of our continued commitment to quality service in this vital recreational area," DeFeo said.
 U S WEST Cellular is a division of U S WEST NewVector Group Inc. Headquartered in Bellevue, NewVector has operations in 15 midwestern, western and southwestern states. The company operates 27 Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and 21 Rural Service Area (RSA) cellular systems under the brand name of U S WEST Cellular. NewVector also offers U S WEST Paging service in 88 markets.
 NewVector is a subsidiary of U S WEST Inc. (NYSE: USW), a diversified corporation based in Englewood, Colo. U S WEST owns and operates companies involved domestically and internationally in directory publishing and marketing services, radio communications, communications systems sales and service, communications software and financial services.
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 /CONTACT: Bernadette Anderson of U S WEST Cellular, 206-562-5754/
 (PTCM PPW USW) CO: U S WEST NewVector Group; Pacific Telecom Inc.; PacifiCorp ST: Colorado IN: TLS SU: TNM


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