Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 27
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 27

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, February 1, 1973
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Editorial Classified THURSDAY, FEB. I, W3 PAGE 27 Sonofa's Pinacate Development might fragile save area Commercial development of the Mexican gulf coast southwest of the Pinacate lava flow may be the-only way to save the area's fragile wilderness, located 40 miles north of Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point), Son., a group of environmentalists say. Meeting Tuesday at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum,; national park officials, geologists, museuti personnel and others,'discussed how best : to preserve the Pinacate and a surrounding area known as the Gran Desierto. The consensus of the group was that commercial development of the gulf coast from Santa Clara\east to Bahia de ,Adair near Puerto Penasco might provide the Mexican government with enough tax revenue to finance pre- " -servation of the Pinacate region. In short, the environmentalists reasoned that by harnessing the inevitable development of the gulf coast, the more forbidding Pinacate might be preserved. The group also discussed 1 eventual formation of an international park that would include the Gran Desierto and -Pinacate in Mexico and the Cabeza Prieta game range and Organ Pipe National Monument in Arizona. A 'bill proposing an international park in the area was introduced by Rep. Morris K.. Udall, D-Ariz., in 1965 but the measure died in the House Interior Committee. Among those objecting to the park were hunting and cattle interests, which would be barred from the park should it be created. _ In its proposal. for commercial development on the gulf, the-group suggested a paved road to the largest of the several craters in the Pinacate, combined with careful policing of the region, could give tourists access without jeopardizing the ecology of the area. The meeting was requested by Horacio Gallegos Gamiochipi, director of the Mexican Tourism Department. Because of it's remoteness from Mexico City, many federal officials are unfamiliar with, the Pinacate 'region, Gallegos explained. Gallegos said Mexico is embarking on a program of bringing its existing national parks .up to U.S. standards i and developing new parks. Mexico, plans to double its national parks, which now number 50, within the. next few years, Gallegos said. Gallegos. said he felt -the Mexican government could dissuade the few Ranchers in the area from running cattle in the region. He said a road would eventually link Santa. Clara on the coast with Puerto Penasco, .permitting tourists to enjoy the area's many fine beaches. $11 million Voters can condemn Main Library -- Citizen Photo The Main Library on South 6th Avenue will be wrecked if voters Tuesday approve a $4.9 .million city bond proposal. A resource and information cen- ter would be erected at the site of the old Main Library, and a new circulating library would be constructed on property nearby. Updated libraries system feature of bond proposal Tucson voters will go to ttie polls Feb. 6 to decide the fate of a ?54 million bond proposal. The following is the ninth installment in a 10-part series designed to acquaint residents with the proposal and Its individual capital improvement projects. By PAM ENGEBRETSON Citiien Staff Writtr There's something for everyone -- scholars, businessmen, government administrators seeking technical information, and just ordinary bookworms -- in Tuesday's city bond election. The eighth item on the $54 million ballot proposes $4.9 million toward construction of three branch libraries and a downtown information resource center, the gem in the plan, -according to city officials. No other funding source for library construction is anticipated in the next 10; years if the bond issue is defeated. The resource center, accounting for nearly $2 million of the library proposal, would replace the present Main Library on South 6th Avenue. It would not be a circulating library but a technical reference repository to provide answers to any question, including those referred .from library branches. To maintain a circulating library when the Main Library is replaced, a near-southwest library branch would be built. According to Elizabeth Ohm, acting library director, this branch would be near the present Main Library, possibly just a few blocks south. Slightly more;than $1 million of the bond issue would be for construction of the branch. The new branch probably would be slightly larger than the existing HimmeL Park branch. Tentative designs outline a 10,000-square-foot building. · .. ; Himmel Park Library could be phased out and replaced by. Police department's Jean Wilkins In general, she's called Major By THOMAS P. LEE Citizen Staff Writer A Tucson police officer informally refers to her as "Major Wilkins." Although Mrs. Jean Wilkins' only title with the police is "departmental analyst," she's earned the unofficial rank. Mrs. Wilkins is the police department's Henry Kissinger, traveling around the country and troubleshooting spot problems as head of planning and research. In the last few months, she's flown to Washington, ' Salt Lake City and New Orleans on fact-finding missions that she says "help keep me on top of what's happening in the police field." Mrs. Wilkins, a 25-year veteran in the police department, has played a major role in securing $325,970 in police grants for Tucson during the last 18 months. The largest was an $86,100 allotment from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) to buy a computerized dispatching system to be in operation by September. As well as handling the dispatcher's records, it will instantly provide him a list of patrol cars nearest the scene of an emergency. Mrs. Wilkins also compiled statistics in writing LEAA grant applications that helped bring approval of a $35,000 management study, a $50,630 automated identification system, and $25,700 for improved records. Currently she's seeking $75,- fiflO in LEAA funds to establish an automate'', records system All her 'beat' -- Citizen Photo Pointing out the 20-square-mile area patroled by the police helicopter for 4*/ months last year, departmental analyst Mrs. Jean Wilkins describes one of her many jobs with the Tucson Police Department. for the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad. With the system, an officer on patrol could receive prompt information on the description of a suspected narcotics offender. When public opinion reached a frenzy last summer over police helicopters, she attempted to pull the thorn out of the department's side by compiling a public complaint chart that graphically depicted the dilemma. From May 5 to Sept. 30, Mrs. Wilkins logged the origin of 376 helicopter complaints onto a city chart. Using additional figures, she found that the 20-square-mile helicopter patrol area should be enlarged to cover the entire metropolitan area. Further analysis of the complaints brought the suggestion that helicopters should fly at 500-foot altitudes at night and 700 feet during the daytime. "When this went into effect on Oct. 1, we found that the complaints dropped off drastically, but we were still able to do an effective job of patroling from the sky," Mrs. Wilkins said. "Then I wrote a helicopter procedure manual that was approved by the mayor and council." She'considers the helicopter work her "biggest challenge of the year." Mrs. Wilkins moved here from English, W. Va., in 1947 to attend the University of Arizona; a year later she began working as a secretary in the police department. She soon became secretary for former Police Chief Donald Hayes. In-1957, she was named records supervisor, a position she held until receiving her present assignment in 1971. "Sometimes I work 10 or 12 hours· a day," she said, "but fortunately I have a very patient family." Her husband, Herbert, is a civilian entomologist at Davis- Monthan AFB while daughter Debbie is a freshman majoring in animal science at UA. Last October when Chief William C. Gilkinson was unable to attend the convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police at Salt Lake City, Mrs. Wilkins represented the department. "A lot of people there were surprised that he would send a woman." She said. "Well I was proud to tell them that our department has never discriminated against me." She forsees a day when women will be patroling Tucson streets. "Until about a month ago," she said, "women were required to have a college degree before they could become commissioned officers." "Men never had to have one," said Mrs. Wilkins, who frias rewritten the department's rules and regulations 1 three times since 1949. She gives credit for recent innovations to Gilkinson, who she says is "understanding of today's problems." And Gilkinson recognizes her value to the department. "I feel that she has managed to overcome the 'natural resistance' that a woman would normally experience in a male-dominated police department," he said. a larger branch in the El Con area at a cost of about $1 million, according to preliminary plans. The" move would be . justified, say library planners, to provide a near East Side branch more accessible to the .public than the Himmel Park Library. The proposed branch would be built closer to major traffic routes. Mrs.. Ohm emphasized; that the entire library plan is tentative, adding, "This is the best plan that could be done on the basis of the data we had. "We've asked for a legal opinion as to how tightly we're · tied to the plan," she says. "This is the wayit's outlined, but we will have more data and will have citizen input before we make any final determinations." The third branch, representing $941,000 of the proposed bond.package, would be built on the far-East Side to ease congestion at the Wilmot Library. Its relocation would serve the rapidly growing population south and east of the Wilmot branch. The proposed bond money would be, spent not only for library construction, officials note, but to buy books and library materials for the new branches. There are now four branch libraries, including the Wilmot Branch, the Himmel Branch, the G. Freeman Woods Branch on North First Avenue and the Valencia Branch on W.est Valencia. for CAP WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Office of Management ·and; Budget today released $11.9 million in construction funds for the Central Arizona -Project,, pushing the... total amount: available during the next 18.months to almost $14 ;: ·million.; . Rep. John Ehodes, R-Ariz., said the funds were released from the 1972-73 fiscal budget, and. pave the way lor the CAP to call for;bids, let contracts, and obtain rights of way. ·;.. Rhodes said-he immediately would contact the Bureau of Reclamation to determine whether more than the $14 million could be used during that time. If additional money is needed, Rhodes said he would push for an increased allotment in the 1973 ; 74 fiscal budget.: ; That budget includes $57.8 million for the Central Arizona Project, but only $2.million is included' for CAP construction. About $52.5 million would be used to finance the federal government's share of the Navajo Power Project near , Page, and the remainder was' . aimed primarily at planning. The $11.9 million was frozen by the Nixon administration last year in an inflation-fighting move. The money will go primarily for obtaining rights of way for Granite Reef Aqueduct, a water course that would extend from about Cave Creek Road north of Phoenix to Taliesin West north of Scottsdale. That channel has been given high priority by CAP officials to help provide flood relief for · Paradise .Valley and Scottsdale. The long-debated project will bring Colorado River wa- ter to Maricopa, Final and Pima Bounties through more than 300 miles of aqueducts and pipelines. Gov. Jack Williams,; contacted by telephone in Washington, where he was to meet later today, with President Nixon, said: ; :; "The development : and growth of Arizona depends upon an adequate'supply of water. Now, after more than, half a century, this supply will be materially agugmented by federal funding for the. Central Arizona Project." Legislative leaders also were pleased. , "I'm elated we're finally getting under way on a project that must be considered one of the most important for 'Arizona's present and future," said House Majority Leader Burton Barr, R-Phoenix. "I hope now the debates can end and we can. get going. My hope is the federal government will see fit to accelerate its efforts, especially in' the flood-control area. It's.a great day for Arizona." Senate Majority .Leader Sandra O'Connor, R-Paradise Valley, said; "This makes it very important to consider a bill to be introduced, probably this week, that would appropriate planning money to the State Water Commission to be sure flood control work can be dons in conjunction with the CAP." ' House Speaker Stan Akers, .R-Phoenix, said: "I, as a legislative leader, and more personally as a farmer in this state, am tickled to death to be finally getting on the road . with this. It is long overdue. The amount is more than I had expected and I am very pleased." Music Hall sound found inadequate; more funds needed Country singer Jimmy Dean apparently wasn't too far off- key when he branded the sound system at the Community Center Music Hall a war surplus item. The bitter denunciation by Dean after a show last October, along with complaints by other performers, was justified, according to a report re- Democrats bitter Senate Mayo appointment approves PHOENIX (UPI) - The State Senate has confirmed appointment of William J. Mayo as director of the Department of Economic Security over bitter protests of Democrats who questioned his position on minority hiring. The 12 Democrats in the minority of the 30-member Senate signed an open statement yesterday calling on the Senate to withhold confirmation of Mayo until the issue was clarified. Democratic Leader Harold Giss of Yuma read the statement in open session and inserted it into the journal before the Republican majority voted to go into closed session to confirm Mayo's appointment. Giss said Mayo, named by the governor last year to head the big new department, had 20 top executive appointments to make. "Of that number, 17 of 18 have now been filled," the Democratic statement said. "In spite of the governor's di- rection, none of those have been filled with members of minorities." The statement noted that the governor had directed an affirmative action plan on employment of minorities and women be developed by April 25. "There is a clear question of whether Mr. Mayo has complied or will comply with the affirmative action plan directions," the Democrats said. "Because of the nature of the services of this department, this question is critical and we believe that the confirmation should not be acted upon until the answer is clear." The new agency includes the Welfare Department and other social-action departments. The Democrats noted it has "broad responsibilities in areas of particular interest to minorities." Mayo, 59, is a former executive for the M. M. Sundt Construction Co. in Tucson. leased yesterday by center director Robert W. Thompson. In the report sent to the mayor and city council, Thompson admitted that the sour notes from the Music Hall stage were caused by an inadequate sound system. Thompson asked the council to authorize spending $56,000 to install additional equipment to raise the sound system to an acceptable level of performance. The existing system cost $188,000. Thompson conceded in the report that the Community Center administration has known of the problem almost from the day the center opened 15 months ago. But because some events were staged without difficulty and because center officials wanted to be sure the problems weren't due to human error in operating the system, Thompson said that criticism was delayed. The center director blamed the problem on budgetary cutbacks during construction of the Music Hall, which resulted in the installation of a "bare bones system." The existing system, he said, is unable to reach all areas of the Music Hull satisfactorily, cannot provide for bass and treble and does not allow performers to monitor themselves. Thompson referred to three studies by sound system installation companies in his comments on the Music Hall problems. The studies were ordered last November, shortly after Dean complained about the system. The installation of new equipment would take about three months, he said.

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