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Split threatens water coalition Reno Gazette-Journal Central Valley: Change in legislation draws objections. By MICHAEL G. MOONEY and MICHAEL DOYLE McClatchy News Service WASHINGTON Subtle changes to major Central Valley water legislation are threatening the fragile coalition behind the bill and could endanger the top legislative priority for valley farmers. A new fissure in the coalition was opened this week when the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, led by Oakdale Supervisor Pat Paul, objected to a change in the bill's language that county officials fear could give the Stockton East Water District an unfair advantage in securing future water supplies from the New Meloncs Reservoir. "The change," said County Counsel Michael Krausnick, "appears to extend the rights of the Stockton East Water District, and other (water) districts to the north of the Stanislaus River Basin, to the detriment of Stanislaus County and water users here." Paul was more blunt in her assessment. "Look somewhere else," she said. "Do other things. Don't look to steal Stanislaus County's water." But Stockton East General Manager Ed Steffani on Wednesday strenuously objected to Paul's contention the San Joaquin County water district was trying to steal water from its neighbor to the south. "That's absolutely absurd," Steffani said. "That's crazy. We're trying to protect our area's (water) from the rest of the world. We've got to work together here or we're going to shot ourselves in the foot." As it now stands, the bill would cap the amount of farmer payments, guarantee perpetual 25-year contract renewals and make other changes. It's been tricky for lawmakers to balance the sometimes competing interests of Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley farmers, and farmers on the East side as well as the West side. But last Tuesday, over the Clinton administration's objections, the legislation was passed by a House subcommittee. Trouble erupted, however, when word filtered back from Washington that some language changes had been added to the bill. One change in particular got the attention of Stanislaus officials in a passage calling for development of a plan to provide long-term replacement water to entities "adjacent to the Stanislaus watershed." Supervisor Paul contends the phrase was added to help put the Stockton East Water District on a par with Stanislaus entities such as the Modesto, Turlock and Oakdale irrigation districts, in securing future water supplies. But Paul said that's not fair, adding it's too late for Stockton East to expect an equal place at the table. "They had the opportunity to opt in way, way back," she said, "when New Melones (dam) was first built. It's too late." The legislation rewrites core parts of a historic 1992 law that dedicated more Central Valley Project water to fish and wildlife. The 1992 law, passed over objections of CVP farmers who irrigate 3 million acres of valley farmland between Redding and Bakersfield, also assessed farmers for an environmental protection fund and limited irrigation contract renewals. Valley lawmakers both Democrats and Republicans quickly signed on to the rewrite in an effort to improve its chances for passage. Stand down benefits 300 homeless From page 1 B ployee. The state agency stand had a printout with more than 300 job " offers. Computer technician Lee Min-ard was one candidate. "I can repair IBM and IBM compatibles. All of the 46, 486, Pentium " he said. Minard, 33, said he graduated from college, but after being in prison for robbery he has been living in the streets. "It's difficult to get a job with my background," he said. Lack of identification is another barrier to getting a job. "That's why we have the judge here," said Michael Bender, of Northern Nevada Homeless Coalition. "I call my clerk, we clear the warrant and you are back in the system. (Being homeless) doesn't do anybody any good. They are not productive," said Reno Municipal Court Judge Jay Dilworth. But not everybody wanted to v.ork. "I'm just looking for clothes and blankets," said Andrea Ca-spor. Although she lives alone on the streets, she said she's not afraid of being assaulted. Caspor said she came to Reno from Washington D.C., to gamble with a friend. She worked until a . casino laid her off, she said. She said she still believes in ; love, although "I have not been j lucky in that," she said. Living in the street can happen to anybody, said a volunteer mas-" sage therapist working on the back "These people carry bags, don 't have rest, sit up in chairs all nightlong. . . . I do it to help them out. You never know, it could happen tome, to you. . . . These people freeze at night." Volunteer massage therapist NEED A VACATION? There is respite or placement care at Sandy's TLC Care Home for the developmental disabled residents. For more information call 916-878-1457. If unavailable please leave a message. License310316101 Student-loan reform plans worry some From page 1 B "The Congress should cut in areas other than education," said Christy Alsip, a UNR sophomore from Fernley. "They need to put into education, not take away. I wouldn't vote for anyone who would vote for cuts in student loans." "There are a lot of students in Nevada that have to work while in school," said Dan Oster, a UNR junior from Reno. "Cutting the availability of loans is a real short-term approach. In the long term, it is best to invest in education. If we make it more difficult to get an education, it will widen the gap between the educated and the uneducated." The House would terminate the program by June 30, and revert to using 41 guarantee agencies. The Senate version would place a limit on direct lending at 20 percent of new loan volume. "Over the life of a student loan, the Republican plan would cost each recipient $5,800 to $7,600," Reidsaid. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education, by the end of this fiscal year, Nevada students will have 7,887 direct loans. The report states that the GOP budget would "remove thousands of Nevada college students and up to five Nevada schools from the new direct loan program." "Next year, more than $12 million was slated to go to Nevada students under the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program," Reid Saturday, November 4. 1995 3B "The Congress should cut in areas other than education. They need to put into education, not takeaway. " Christy Alsip UNR sophomore from Farnley said. "For the following 1996-1 997 school year, close to $23 million was slated under this program. . . . including UNR students. "The Republican plan ends this assistance, which could derail college plans for some." According to a report from the American Council on Education, a student with a 10-year repayment plan paying an interest rate of 8.25 percent who owes $ 1 1 ,000 when he or she graduates would instead owe $1 1,453. A student owing $42,625 upon graduation would instead owe $44,383. The interest on the loan would begin accruing as soon as the student graduated, but he or she would have the option of paying right away or adding the interest to their principal. Topping-offfor Vegas tower today LAS VEGAS (AP) The tallest structure west of the Mississippi River will mark a construction milestone today when crews top olT the Stratosphere Tower. The action will take place midway between the Las Vegas Strip and the downtown district when a helicopter lowers a spire into place to top off the 1,1 49-foot -tall structure. Gov. Bob Miller and other dignitaries are scheduled to attend this morning's activities. The Stratosphere will be the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States when it opens in April. Wake up to news from your own backyard. Get the paper, Reno Gazette-Journal For convenient home delivery call 702 786-8744 or 1800 648 5048. 1 HP I THERE'S A CELEBRATION GOING ON!:! - Ac nmnfr' Fnrniturp rplphratpc ?S vpars in hnsine we're celebrating ton with FANTASTIC "il u. SAVINGS throughout the store. S barstools, bars & game s best selection, quality AVE0-5npelt eeWy MVKi Aiirm dstsjlvMaBTii(yning rea's largest selection of tables, chairs, SARY sale prices on absolutely the for everybody s style and budget. of one homeless person. "These people carry bags, don't have rest, sit up in chairs all night long. ... I do it to help them out. You never know, it could happen to me, to you. . . . These people freeze at night," she said. The homeless said that to find a job, they needed a permanent place with showers, telephone and clothes. "You have to go to 1 8 different places to get services," said the multilingual homeless woman who didn't wish to be identified. "They look you like garbage," Garnett said. But some don't loose hope. "Everyone here is a future success story," he said. Contemporary set includes 78" table with 6 comfortable soft seats in white easy-care vinyl. Reg.Ji562's Sale$89995 One ot our bdkt sflrsjyipta with 4 tilt-swivrr chaTfs. belect rrom our in-stock assortment. Reg.$i42395 Sale$79995 It's not too late to put a new dining room set on the menu for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We have over 200 dining sets IN STOCK. ALL ON SALE! BARSTOOLS FROM 95 Dinaire ceramic tile tables are built to last! American made with 10 year warranty -available in oak or maple in 30 color choices. Upbeat contemporary look with matching barstools also in stock. Gasnal inUigffiffi Mn SaUO 6 125 1 S. Virginl STReno 786-2003 Ann j iri mm Ho Dr. Tony Hyman author of "Trash or Treasure: How to Find the Best Buyers of Antiques. Collectables and Other Undiscovered Treasure." will show you how to find valuable treasures in your home. Fri. -3 and 7 pm. Sat., -1,3 and 7 pm. Sun. - noon and 3pm The Parade of flomfs A will transpafPlk illimolsines w lew me best homes in BPnmRferegiSefct; MfcnJbrrres, Neuffer Homes, cjjghlm Sraftef rfcis orXentex Homes or sign up afihe sAyigme bnow sponsored by the Builders AssjjlFon 6T Northern Nevada. How To Seminars by Home Depot Everything from tile installation to wallpaper tips. Running throughout show. Fri. ...11am Sat.... 11am Sun... 11am 9pm 9pm 6pm Adults $5.00 Seniors $4.00 Kids under 12.... FREE l fflL me Stow National Home Business Expert Rick Teague will teach you about profitable home-based businesses. Sat. at 1 lam. $25 in advance (includes Home Show admission) or $35 at door. Information 849-8000. Gary Burghoff, TV's Radar O'Reilly from "MASH" will show his wildlife art. Meet him at the Addi Gallery exhibit from noon-2pm on Sunday. Reno n Friday Fri. $2.00 with coupons from exhibitors Seniors Day, Seniors get in free Sat. Free ornaments for the ladies, while they last Sun. Family Day. Mom. Dad and kids under 16 -S8 00 Antiaue Auction nevauaefMD witrWuufB!lect.ies!v Auion oiat. cl SSun. i-4pmj & Traits j. 3b. ft Save our air, ride Citifare

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