Idaho State Journal from Pocatello, Idaho on February 26, 1976 · Page 13
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Pocatello, Idaho
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Insulation Pushed By Mountain Fuel SALT LAKE CITY (AP)You can have your home attic insulated without down payment and take 18 months to pay for it along with your regular gas bill, under a program instituted today by Mountain Fuel Supply Co. The gas company said the program is to encourage its customers to reduce heating bills and conserve natural gas. The program is called Insulate Now, or "IN," and includes a group oC participating, approved insulation contractors who wii! do the actual insulating. Mountain Fuel said it will not make a profit on the program. Robert Larsen, director of Consumer Affairs for Mountain Fuel, said it is obvious all Aberdeen Driver Has Eye Injured B L A C K F O O T - R o b e r t Underwood, 27, of Aberdeen received facial cuts and a serious eye injury early this morning in a two-ear collision on Highway 26 near Blackfoot. Bingham sheriff's department reports that Charles Benjamin Hale and his wife and son, all from Montana, were driving a pickup truck, which was struck almost headon by the Underwood vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed when it crossed the center line. Underwood was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Pocatello. Hale was treated at Bingham Memorial Hospital for cuts and released. Investigation is continuing. 310,000 of the company's customers cannot participate in the program at the same time, because the potential work load would swamp contractors and dry up the supply of insulation. "We have to stagger the program, so we can handle the requests in an orderly fashion," Larsen said. "During one of the next few months, our customers will receive a "Join-IN" folder with their monthly bill. The folder contains a coupon, and filling out this coupon is the only way a customer can initiate participation in the program." Larsen said the company will take no phone requests. Mountain Fuel said studies show the average insulation job will cost between ?150 and $350, depending on the size of the home and amount of insulation installed. Interest will be charged at a rate of one per cent per month on the unpaid balance of bills, which equals 12.68 per cent per year. Mountain Fuel said the interest charge will pay for the cost of borrowing money and other costs of administering the program. To qualify, the customer must agree that the new insulation and existing insulation will produce a heat-loss factor of "R-19," which is approximately six jnches of insulation. _ The program Ts~ limited to Mountain Fuel customers, single homes and duplexes and is subject to credit approval based only on the customer's credit history with Mountain Fuel, the firm said. Do-it-yourself projects don't qualify. 0 POCATELLO, IDAHO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1976 IDAHO STATE JOURNAL-SECTION B.PAGE --\ REGIONAL NEWS BRIEFS Action Could Be Taken !n Carey Act 'Frauds 7 SALT LAKE COUNCIL ACTS Shoe Shine Licenses To Be Revoked SALT LAKE CITY lAP)- The City Commission has voted to revoke the business licenses of two shoe-shine parlors where police Sf.y female employes exposed themselves. The commission acted Wednesday at a hearing yesterday in which a special education student, 23, said he spent between $2,600 and $3,000on shines. Policemen told said female employes massaged officers' legs and exposed themselves. The revocation was approved unanimously, but can't take effect until a court decision is reached on the constitutionality of the city's new shoeshine parlor ordinance. An attorney for Joseph Koncurat, who owns the two parlors in question, has claimed the law is discriminatory. Both parlors do business as the Shoe Shine Palace. One policeman said when a woman employe wearing see- through black pantyhose straddled his leg and bent to shine his shoe, "A person didn't have to look very hard to see her buttocks...and so forth." The student, enrolled in a special education program at West High School, said the money he spent came from S4,- 000 he worked three years to save. He said he was encouraged to keep coming back by female employes who were "friendly to me." Officers said they got little more than "lousy shines" for the $20--569 they spent at the establishments. Despite the revocation vote, City Ally. Roger Cutler said the parlors will be allowed to oper- ate pending determination of whether the city's ordinance is constitutional. Shoe Shine Palace attorney Walter Ellelt asked the 3rd District Court last week to enjoin the city from holding a hearing on license withdrawal. Cutler said Judge James Sawaya refused to issue an injunction, but the city agreed not to lift the licenses pending final court action on whether the ordinance is constitutional. Culler said it will take 10-15 days for the city and Ellett to file legal papers for Sawaya to consider. Ellett, who contends the ordinance is discriminatory, said. "It's an ordinance designed for one specific type of business, and the restrictions it places are not compatible with the police power." The ordinance forbids shoeshine booths from being enclosed and says they must be visible from the front of the store. The ordinance also pro hibits employes from massaging customers. Elletl says he doesn't think the city can forbid the enclosure of shoeshine booths and still allow closed areas in barber shops, doctors' offices and other establishments. In addition to license revocation, the city has brought four m i s d e m e a n o r c o m p l a i n t s against Koncurat, three for violation of the shoeshine parlor ordinance and one for obtaining money under false pretenses. Ellett said the complaints are scheduled for hearing in City Court next month. BOISE, Idaho (API-Idaho Ally. Gen. Wayne Kidwell says court action may be taken this week against persons accused of defrauding potential Carey Act homesteaders of Idaho desert land. He said Monday his office has been investigating alleged Carey Act frauds which were referred to him by the Idaho Department of Water Resources. " We found considerable items that needed to be looked at, " Kidwell said. "There are groups u-Siirh are possibly vio lating the intent of the Cary Act in acquiring federal land." The current plan of action, Kidwell said, is io file a civil suit seeking an injunction to slop such action in the f u t u r e , Kidwell said. "In this kind of thing, we always have the decision of whether to go criminal or civil, whichever kind oi action which will be the atosi helpful," he said. He declined to discuss specific cases, but said there could be several parlies involved. Half May Be Mobile Homes BOISE, Idaho l A P i - T h e President of a national trade association said Wednesday more than hall the new single- family homes will be mobile homes. John Martin of the Manufactured Housing Institute saiii the biggest selling point for the mobile home after a near-depression is HIP nricp But he said mobile homes can compete with regular houses in appearance, construction lime and safety. Martin said the numbers of mobile homes built fell the past three years and 1975 was lower lluin uh',5. He said mosl people prefer to live in a site-built house, but can't afford it. Measles Outbreak Subsides Shoes Become Issue at Trial of Bundy Program for Elderly Planned BLACKFOOT--"Learning is life's greatest adventure," Leroy Hixson of Long Beach, California, reminded members of AARP and Retired Teachers units from Idaho Falls, Shelley, Blackfoot, Firth, and Pocatello at Bingham Senior Citizen Center Tuesday. Hixson is coordinator for the AARP Lifetime Learning Program, here to help organize a committee to determine the MARRIAGE LICENSES B L A C K F O O T -- M a r r i a g e Licenses, Bingham County Clerk: Ron Thompson, Pingree, and Mindy Ellis, Blackfoot. Lawrence 0. Belnap, 71, and Lillian H. Fuller, 69. both of Moreland. Edwin W. Hale, 18, and Carla Wood, 17, both of Blackfoot. Aurelio Trujillo, 20, and Cecelia Jackson, both of Blackfoot. William K. McGuire, 25, and Diana. Harman, 25, both of Provo, Utah. Ellis Russell Skinner, 27, and Carol Bewley, 22, both of Blackfoot. Jeffrey Alan Nqrrbohm, 20, Walla Walla, Wash., and Sylvia S Parsley, 19, Blackfoot. Daniel B. Wallace, 22, Blackfoot, and Jolene Pierce, 23, Aberdeen. Kevin Hjelrn, 19, Firth, and Trudy Jane Moon, 17, Blackfoot. Tom Harding, Malad, and Sandra Prescott, Pingree. Raymond L. Norland, 28, and Tanya Cotterell, 22, both of Blackfoot. Timothy R. Tail, 24, and Audrey Gould, 21, both of Pocatello. Dean Haueter, 38, and Joslyn Hogar, 22, both of Salt Lake City, Utah. 1 desires of older citizens for noncredit study courses, to be conducted by teachers from colleges and universities. Classes will probably be held in the mornings, each to run eight to 10 weeks. Courses are to be selected from those most desired by the senior citizens. AARP and Retired Teacher directors and officers hope to get the program organized so classes can start in the spring. By DEAN LOKKEN Associated Press Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP)The trial of Theodore R. Bundy, a Tacoma, Wash., man accused of aggravated kidnaping in the abduction of a teen-age girl, entered its fourth day today, following testimony of some acquaintances that he never wore shoes the abductor reportedly wore. Bundy, 29, is charged with abducting Carol DaRonch, 19, from a suburban shopping center Nov. 8, 1974. He was arrested and charged last fall after Miss DaRonch picked him out of a police lineup. As part of her description of her kidnaper, Miss DaRonch told police that her kidnaper had worn patent leather shoes. But, James Dunn, a neighbor of Bundy who said he met the defendant a couple of months before the abduction, was asked by Bundy's defense attorneys if it wasn't true that he had never ever seen Bundy in patent leather shoes. "Yeah, that wouldn't fit Ted's image, as I knew it," Dunn said. He also said it was customary for Bundy to carry "all manner of tools and junk" in his 1968 Volkswagen, saying Bundy was "equipped for any emergency on the road." Bundy was arrested last August in a suburban Salt.Lake community and police said they found a crowbar and a pair of handcuffs in the car. Dunn said he had never seen handcuffs or a crowbar in the vehicle. Miss DaRonch told investigators her abductor threatened her with a crowbar as she fought to escape. When picked up by passers-by after escaping, she had a pair of handcuffs around one wrist. Anu Swenson, Salt Lake City, testified that she dated Bundy in February and March of 1975 but never saw him wearing patent leather shoes. She told the court that she began working in O'Connell's law office several months after she stopped seeing Bundy. Over objections of prose- cutors, 3rd District Court Judge Stewart Hanson Jr. permitted the airing of testimony from Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, a University of Washington psychologist who has been on temporary duty at Harvard. She told the court she was experienced in eyewitness identification and memory. Defense attorney John O'Connell, who has challenged Miss DaRonch's identification of Bundy as her abductor, questioned Mrs. Loftus at length on the conditions that can affect a person's memory and a crime victim's recall of the criminal. Among other things, she pointed to Ihe span of time between commission of a crime and identification of a suspect and the stress under which a victim is placed. She said stress, for instance, will cause a person to report less accurately what took place in a given event. However, under cross-examination by Deputy Salt Lake Ally. David Yocom, she admitted that much of the study on eyewitness identification has been done with experimental subjects who were not victims of crimes. BOISE. Idaho (API-State health officials say a Southern Idaho measles outbreak appears to be subsiding. Ed Patton of the Idaho Bureau of Preventive Medicine said Wednesday there appears to be fewer cases in Twin Falls, Jerome and Gooding counties, where the disease broke out in January. He said there iiad been 111 cases reported in the three counties as of Wednesday. Patton said Ada County had 212 cases and Canyon County 38. Use of Pinto Beans Asked WASHINGTON (AP)-Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, is asking that Idaho pinto beans be included in shipments of food to the survivors of earthquakes in Guatemala. "The magnitude of this disaster suggests that the United States should do all within its power to help the people of Guatemala," he said in a letter Wednesday to Dr. Robert Spit- zer, coordinator of the Food for Peace Program. "Given the present surplus of beans in the West and the immediacy of the situation in Guatemala, I would respectfully urge your agency to recommend USDA procurement of pinto beans as aid for the survivors of this terrible disaster," Church said. 25 Miles of Trails May Be Closed Pioneer Advisory Vote Urged TM r»|-lTrT7» T J n l - ^ ( A T » V A - I i : ft Jinl] Pfl f I Oil . SALMON--Approximately 25 miles of roads and trails will be closed on the Salmen National Forest under the Forest's proposed "off-road" vehicle travel plan. The plan was reviewed at a public meeting here attended by 18 persons. There was considerable discussion about the proposed closure of the Hat Creeks Lake area and as a result, Jim Moorhead, who conducted the meeting, said the Forest may want to re-examine its recommendation. Motorcycle enthusiasts attending the meeting expressed onposition to the closure of the aiep, saying they didn't feel it necessary. There also was concern expressed over leaving some areas open to snowmobile use, such as Silverleads on the North Fork District which might disturb wild game such as elk. Moorhead commented that there was "not a lot of reaction to the proposal." The Salmon Forest expects to have the final plan ready for the Region 4 office of the Forest Service by May 15. Final deadline for implementing the plan is Dec. , 31, 1976. Excluded from the plan will be about 344,000 acres of the Salmon Forest which is in the Idaho Primitive Area and three related study areas which are already closed to vehicle use. "Outside of that about three per cent of the forest will have some kind of closure or restriction, some only seasonal, or for wildlife considerations, to minimize resource damage and in some cases where public safety might be involved," Moorhead said. Represented at the meeting were the Central Idaho Mining Assn., Salmon Motorcycle Assn., Salmon Search and Rescue Unit, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and individuals. BOISE, Idaho (AP)-A citizen group asked the Ada County Commission Wednesday to hold a public hearing before holding an advisory vote on whether to allow a coal-burning power plant near Boise. Idaho Power Co. has proposed a plant for the Orchard area in the desert south of Boise and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission is considering the application. The Committee to Put Pioneer on the Ballot also said it gave the commission another 2,700 signatures asking for the vote on the May 25 primary. It said that made a total 4,000 signatures. Committee member Dave Bockmann said the vote would not usurp the authority of the utilities commission, and would not be binding on anyone. Births Hightower Seeks Dismissal Statement Reveals Silver Lining WINS $100 SCHOLARSHIP- Fred Jones, Malad, an ISU School of Vocational-Technical Education student in the auto parts course, has been awarded a $100 scholarship for March registration at the school, according to Harry Liddle, an IbU instructor in auto parts distribution. The money is provided by the Automotive Wholesalers of Idaho (AWOI). WALLACE, Idaho (AP) -There's a silver lining in Colorado in an otherwise unfavorable earnings report, Day Mines, Ind., says The North Idaho mining firm Monday reported a loss of 26 cents a share last year, compared with earnings of 49 cents a share the previous year. But the company said its Leadville, Colo., silver mine project showed "marked improvement" in recent months and was showing a profit in December. The project had been losing money since development work began more than a year ago, Day President William Calhoun said. During the last quarter of 1975, Calhoun said, 12,700 tons of ore from production and development were mined at Leadville, averaging 15.6 ounces of silver per ton and 1.1 per cent lead. "Additional improvement in the ore grade has been realized in 1976," Calhoun said. Additional ore bodies have been uncovered at Leadville, Calhoun said, but none is "presently known to be of sufficient size to assure production of more than a few months." The outlook for the Colorado property is for "continued exploration activity with the project substantially more than paying its own way," Calhoun said. Calhoun said the Tamarack Project, an exploration venture near Wallace, has shown some lead-zinc-silver mineralization, but sufficient information isn't available for an economic analysis. B L A C K F O O T - B i r t h s , Bingham Memorial Hospital: SHOBE--To Mr. and Mrs. Rex Shobe, 125 Oak, Blackfoot, Feb. 13, a daughter. GEORGE-To Mr. and Mrs. David George, Aberdeen, P.O. Box 135, Feb. 18, a daughter. CAREY-To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carey, 198 Rogers, Blackfoot, Feb. 21, a daughter. ADAMS--To Mr. and Mrs. Mark Adams, Route 5, Blackfoot, Feb. 21, a daughter. PATTERSON-To Mr. and Mrs. LaRell Patterson, Third Street East, berdeen, Feb. 22, a daughter. POOLE-To Mr. and Mrs. Randy Poole, 957 Franklin, Poeatello, Feb. 22, a daughter. GOODWIN-To Mr. and Mrs. Ray Goodwin, Route 2, Blackfoot, Feb. 22, a son. SORENSON-To Mr. and Mrs. Leland Sorensen, Aberdeen, Feb. 23, a daughter. NEAL--To Mr. and Mrs. Gary Neal, 750 Hoff Drive, Blackfoot, Feb. 24, a daughter. BOISE, Idaho (AP)--Michael Hightower claims rape charges against him should be dismissed because the prosecution destroyed evidence and witnesses are not available. Hightower is accused of kid- naping and raping a Boise State University girl in December 1973, shortly after he escaped from a mental health unit. Fourth District Court Judge W.E. Smith said Wednesday he would rule later on Hightower's dismissal motion. Rape charges against Hightower were dropped twice on the ground of mental defect, but last year he petitioned to be released from the mental health unit at the Idaho prison. x Big John'Dead at 47 WALLACE, Idaho (AP) John L. Reager, principal of Wallace High School and better known as "Big John" by local residents, died of an apparent heart attack following a high school basketball game in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday night. He was 47. Reagar was pronounced dead on arrival at Kootenai Memorial Hospital in Coeur d'Alene. He was stricken at the Wallace-Lakelane district basketball game. Keager was a long-time University of Idaho Vandal booster and a staunch supporter of Wallace athletics. He earned graduate and undergraduate degrees at Idaho, where he played varsity football. In recent years, he was well known for leading students and fans in cheers at Idaho home football games. Reager, principal at Wallace High for the past 11 years, was also a former principal and coach at Plumnier High School Coyote's Mystique Topped Only by Controversy Surrou EDITOR'S NOTE -- Most of America's coyotes live in the West, but lately they've been expanding their range, even into New England, the federal government says. And they are most controversial. By MIKE COCHR/YN Associated Press Writer SAM ANGELO, Tex. (AP) -- In romance at least, the nocturnal coyote'sits atop a rugged peak, silhouetted against a full glowing moon, his head lifted in ritual serenade. The short yaps, whines and barks blend into a mournful howl that echoes through the rocky canyons. In cinema, meanwhile, the coyote lopes through the rolling waves of tall prairie grass, suddenly stopping to glance back furtively over his shoulder as the wind ruffles the pale brown "The epitome of the wilderness and its independence from man," sighs an admiring environmentalist. "Poppycock," grumble the skeptics. "They're killers," declares a rancher in Texas, which has one of the larger coyote populations in the country. "They're malicious killers. They don't kill just to eat. They like to kill. They just kill for the fun of it." The Encyclopaedia Britannica says: "-Their attacks on domestic animals have been greatly overrated." They are attentive and solicitous, some say. Sly and sneaky, argue others. "An endangered species?" one wonders aloud. "Ridiculous " responds a rancher. Cunning? Crafty? Cowardly? The coyote mystique. "You know we can put a man on the moon, but we can tkill a coyote," gr'timped Sims, executive secretary of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, of federal and state regulations that have outlawed some of the most popular methods once used for killing coyotes. "It's a helluva deal, isn't it? And we aren't smart enough to catch him. ft:: : : :.: S ; SW: : : :::^^ Sims is from San Angelo, which is sheep and goat country, where one does not speak fondly of coyotes. In many other states, in fact, angry and frustrated ranchers claim that coyotes are slaughtering their livestock. According to an Agriculture Department survey, coyotes killed 735,000 lambs last year in 15 Western states, about 8 per cent of the lambs born in those states. Additionally, the report disclosed, coyotes killed 230,000 matu.-e breeding sheep in the same Western flocks. The survey was authorized by Congress and was based on reports from 9,000 sheep producers in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming and Texas. While the coyote normally is linked to the Great Plains, he in fact roams from Alaska to Costa Rica and can be found most anywhere in the United States. Although most experts feel the nation's coyote population is increasing steadily, federal officials say there is no way to estimate accurately their numbers in the United States. "You can't set up a census technique because of the variables involved with an animal as mobile as the coyote," one federal wildlife offical said. The coyote's uncanny adaptability is similar to man's, triggering this comment from Sims: "That's the reason the damned things do so well. They'll live in West Texas or in downtown Dallas or Los Angeles. They'll take advantage of their surroundings to make a living." Darrel Juve, supervisor of Ihe Fort Worth district of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says government trappers capture an average of 35 to 40 coyotes a year in populous Dallas County. Many aren't pure coyote but a crossbreed of dog and coyote. "Before I left Tucson," Juve said, "I saw a coyole running down the main street of the downtown area. People there complain about them turning over trash cans or drinking out of their swimming pools. "You know, coyotes have a particular fondness for house cats and poodlesi too. And they are quite capable of killing 300 or 400 pound calves. That's the exception, but it happens. "And if we get a drought we can expect an increase in livestock losses. Cows will get bogged down in mud at water holes. The coyotes will run across the crust and eat on 'em all day. "And I've seen 'em get fat on mesquite beans. They say, 'Why chase a rabbit when you can just lie under a tree and eat beans?' And they're hell on watermelons. "It's not too funny to the guy whose ox is being gored ... but to say any animal is all bad is incorrect. They're just trying to survive. "His whole instinct is to survive. That's why they're so prolific. And they don't necessarily fight fair. A greyhound could probably kill a coyote but he'd be in for a helluva fight." Juve said the coyote is spreading into New England. "I can't predict what's going to happen in the East, but the coyotes are expanding their range," he said. "We can't predict what these animals are going to do. All we can do is follow their progress." Often called a prairie wolf, the coyote is a member of the dog family and is much smaller than a wolf. It is more like a jackal, usually weighing under 30 pounds and capable of speeds up to 40 miles an hour. "They've mixed with dogs, they've mixed with wolves, they've mixed with most everything," says Edward 0. Fritz of Dallas, perhaps Texas' most renowned environmentalist. Until about three years ago, Texas ranchers blunted the coyote invasion with a variety of weapons, mostly poisons. These poisons were banned by presidential decree in 1972, although some of the federal restrictions were relaxed last year under pressure from ranchers, who argued that they were being overrun by coyotes. Btfore 1972, the most widely used control tools included strychnine, another poison called 1080 and a device called the M-44, which utilizes plastic capsules loaded with sodium cyanide. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partially lifted the ban on M-44s, but their use'is subject to federal and state regulations. "The use of poisons is such an emotional issue that it must be dealt with with great discretion," says a federal wildlife official. A rancher, on the other hand, complains darkly that ali ranchers are "trying to do is survive, and we're doing a poor job of that because the government took away all our tools." Fritz, the environmentalist, said he is not without sympathy, but he added: "When they put out poisons, it has the effect of getting not only the sheep killers, but also innocent coyotes and other wildlife. This includes the endangered golden eagle and. in the areas where he still remains, the bald ea^le." Fritz cited a study on the use of the popular M-44 and sodium cyanide devices as an example: "The number of animals recovered after poisoning was 643, and only 345 were coyotes. There were 125 fox, 54 possums, 34 racoons, 26 skunks and 59 others." Fritz, nevertheless, believes that some technique is needed to control the coyote population. One might be a specially treated sheep collar to either kill an attacking coyote -vith poison or at least discourage him from future raids, he d. The Texas AM University System and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station issued a report in 1974 that said in part: ' 'The long-term survival of the sheep and goat industries ... would appear to require the removal or exclusion of the coyote from important producing areas." Although cattlemen once treated the problem somewhat aloofly, one of the industry's top spokesmen, Don King of Fort Worth, says: -"I guess people might just have to decide they want the coyote or if they want to eat. It's probably going to come to that."

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