The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 13, 1976 · Page 1
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The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 28 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 13, 1976 12 PAGES 15 CENTS Free Food Formers and civil defense employes load boxes of outdated crackers onto a pickup truck Sunday afternoon. The crackers, which were stacked in civil defense shelters more than 10 years ago, will be mixed into livestock feed. Because of the changing complexion of the federal budget, the shelters will no longer be stocked with provisions. Air Raid Shelters Void Of Foodstuffs By SCOTT SEIRER Of The News Staff The high-protein crackers and cans of water that once awaited us in civil defense shelters are gone. The empty water cans and boxes of old crackers, good now only for livestock feed, were the featured items of a civil defense giveaway Sunday afternoon. "We had quite a crowd," said Bud Whitfield, CD director. The seed house at the Fort Hays Experiment Station was the distribution center. He counted 81 callers for free crackers. Most of them were farmers planning to mix the high-protein cereal into livestock feed. "We managed to ration it out so (everyone received some supplies." About 1,200 boxes of crackers were loaded onto the farmers' pickup trucks. Surprisingly, the low-grade, 17-gallon water barrels were also in demand and some folks had to be turned away. ' Whitfield said the barrels are "not very substantial" and bear a "terrible" green color. Some were even damaged by rust. Therefore, he expected many to go unclaimed and "we didn't put a - limit on them." Puzzled by the demand, he made inquiries and found that the barrels will be Used for everything from storage cans to planters. Although the giveaway was successful, Whitfield is dismayed that the civil defense shelters are .now without provisions. The crackers and water, he explained, were tucked into shelters in the early 1960s to sustain life in the event of nuclear attack. The threat of attack, he says, has not diminished. The lack of federal funding is to blame. The defense budget has been reduced in the last decade "and this is one of the programs they cut." "We can't replace (the outdated food supplies) locally because of the cost." There are more than 70 civil defense shelters in Ellis county. "If it becomes necessary to use the shelters we would have to round up supplies locally br ask people to bring their own." "I'm dismayed to see the billions spent on space programs and bombers" rather than on food supplies« for local shelters that, heaven forbid, may someday be needed. "The local people are getting the short end" of the federal budget, he said. Reading at 2 p.m.: 53 Low this morning: 19 Record high: 73 in 1921 Record low: -12 in 1961 Year ago today 58 and 36 Sunday's High 48 Mostly clear through Tuesday. Mild days with highs today mid to upper 50s and near 60 Tuesday, low 'tonight mid to upper 20s. Southwesterly wind 10-25 m.p.h. today and 5-15 m.p.h. tonight. Decision Expected Soon On Fish, Game Taxation TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — The legislature, several years ago, was convinced the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission should be required to pay property taxes on land it buys for the benefit of the state's sportsmen. But now the agency control- ing the state's check book contends payment of taxes would be an improper use of taxpayers' dollars. The Kansas Board of Tax Appeals is expected to resolve the question as early as this week. At issue is a relatively small sum of money and the question of whether a state agency has the obligation to continue supporting local units of government when it grabs land which previously generated property taxes. If the land is removed from tax rolls, governmental units in 27 counties stand to lose sligjitly more than $29,000 in 1975 and 1976 property taxes and more in the future. Forcing the commission land off the tax rolls would violate a long-standing agreement the commission had with key legislative committees, which approved funds for land acquisition. Several years ago, legis- . lators, responding to constitu- tent pressures, made it clear they expected the commission to pay property taxes on new hunting and fishing lands it was authorized to acquire, even if such payments were no^ required by law. But last spring, James Cobler, director of the Division of Accounts and Reports, threw a wrench into that arrangement. Cobler, acting on the advice of Thomas Pitner, chief attorney for the Department of Administration, said the commission should obtain property tax exemptions on its land, Cobler refused to pay vouchers for property taxes and suggested the commission go to the Board of Tax Appeals for. authority to have its lands removed from the property tax rolls. Counties where commission lands are located and an effort is being made to remove them from the tax rolls, plus the property tax involved are: Barton, $3,042; Butler, $179; Chase, $175; Cherokee, $283; Cheyenne, $172; Clark, $1,234; Cloud, $1,023; Finney, $270; Jewell, $322; Kingman, $1,567; Labette, $2,989. Leavenworth, $98; Linn, $3,205; Lyon, $581; Montgomery, $40; Neosho, $3,178; Osage, $192; Ottawa, $833; Pratt, $3,583; Riley, $83; Rooks, $1,346; Russel, $451; Shawnee, $324; Sheridan, $295 Sherman, $171; Washington, $313; Woodson, $3,328. To Announce Tuesday Carter Picking More ATLANTA (UPI) — President-elect Jimmy Carter said Monday he will hold a news conference Tuesday at which he is expected to announce at least two Cabinet nominees. He reportedly has decided'to name Bendix Corp. President W. Michael Blumenthal as his choice for treasury secretary and Jane Cahill Pfeiffer, a former IBM vice president, as secretary of commerce. Carter is also expected to choose nuclear physicist Dr. Harold Brown, president of the California Institute of Technology, as his secretary of defense. The President-elect said on arriving at the Georgia governor's mansion for more interviews with prospective Cabinet nominees Monday that he will meet with reporters at 2:30 p.m. EST Tuesday at the mansion. He said Sunday he would an- nounce two, and possibly three, Cabinet appointees this week. Cyrus Vance as secretary of state. All of his Cabinet 'selections are subject to confirmation by the Senate. Carter's first caller this morning was Rep. Bob Bergland, D-Minn, a farmer widely reported to be Carter's choice for agriculture secretary. At 9:45 a.m. EST., Carter arranged to see Sen. James Eastland, D-Miss., chairman of Senate Judiciary committee, which must approve any nominee for attorney general, and retired federal appeals court Judge Griffin Bell, a close friend of Carter's. At 11 a.m., Carter was seeing Franklin Thomas, a black, head of the Bedford — Stuyvesant Development Corp. of New, York, followed by Robert Embry, director of housing and urban development in Baltimore. At 4 p.m., Carter will see federal Judge Frank Johnson of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, well known fdr his rulings in racial integration cases and for his scathing report against conditions in Alabama jails. Carter's last visitor will be Prof. Ray Marshall, professor or economics at the University of Texas. Sources close to Carter said Thomas was being considered for the post of secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Embry for the No. 2 spot in HUD. Marshall, the,sources said, was under- consideration as a member of the Influential presidential Council of Economic Advisers. Carter flew to Atlanta from Plains, Ga., late Sunday and AG Seeks Court Controls TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — Attornev General Curt Schneider Monday called on the Kansas Legislature to write a 'Constitutional amendment making Supreme Court justices accountable to a code of conduct and a disciplinary board. Schneider indicated he was disappointed the high court, late last week, refused to reverse itself in a Reno County magistrate's censure case. Schneider believed the court should have specifically placed Supreme Court justices under jurisdiction of the Judicial Qualifications Commission's disciplinary panel. "I feel all judges should operate under, cannons of judicial conduct as set out in rules of the Supreme Court, whether they are 'mere judges' or Supreme Court justices," Schneider said. "It appears the Supreme Court, through its interpretations, has excluded itself from really any type of discipline for conduct other than impeachment," Schneider said. "It now appears, the only way Supreme Court justices can be OPEC Countries Eye Price Hikes included now is by con- stituional amendment and I would support such a move." Schneider said the legislature would simply need to expand the constitutional amendment voters adopted in 1972 to establish a code of conduct for Supreme Court justices and a make them accountable to a disciplinary panel. "The Supreme Court itself saw the necessity to create a body, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, to review complaints against judges and there's no logical reason the body shouldn't review complaints against Supreme Court justices," Schneider said. Schneider said such a review panel would not infringe upon the independence the court must maintain. met with his vice president- elect, Walter Mondale, and three top advisers to decide which nnnnouncement to make this week. Carter and Mondale Spent the night at the home of Bert Lance, Atlanta banker slated to be the new administration's budget director. Lance, talent scout Hamilton Jordan, and senior adviser Charles Kirbo attended the meeting. The new team interviewed prospective appointees Monday in (he columned mansion where Carter lived while Georgian governor from 1971 to 1975. Carter used Jhc mansion for similar interviews last week. Through Press Director Rex Granum, Carter said late Sunday he would announce "at least two and possibly three, Cabinet-level appointees this week." Granum earlier ruled out any announcements Monday. Carter has said his next appointments will be in the vital national security and economic areas. Granum told reporters after the president- elect attended the Plains Baptist Church Sunday that the interviewees would come from "a pretty wide range of areas." PSST---ONLV 11 SHOPPING DAYS 'TIL ^CHRISTMAS / . ie6flByUnltMJFMlu'«6im<l»C«lt Inc DOHA, Qatar (UPI) — Amid tight security, oil economists worked in secret Monday on position papers recommending what prices ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries should fix at their summit this week. Economic experts have predicted the ministers of the 13 OPEC member states meeting Wednesday will call for a 10 per cent increase in the cost of oil — a raise that would add $12 bjllion to the industrial world's yearly fuel bill. The oil economists Sunday began a three-day session to prepare for the s'ummit at the heavily guarded Gulf Hotel. They met last month at OPEC headquarters in Vienna and secret recommendations raised at that meeting were now being revised, officials said. One reason for -the new meeting may have been the postponement until next year of.economic talks in Paris between industrialized and developing nations. The talks, originally scheduled for later this month, will be held some time after the inauguration of President-elect Jimmy Carter. . Some oil-producing countries have said they want to tie an oil price hike to the amount of aid offered by the industrialized nations at the Paris meeting. A10 per cent increase would be a compromise between the moderate hike proposed by Persian Gulf Arab states with large oil surpluses and a 15 per cent raise sought by populous countries in need of higher oil revenues to support ambitious development programs. The Gulf states reportedly do not want to further damage already depressed Western economies in which they have invested heavily and upon which they depend for their own development. ' The hotel, overlooking the waters of the Persian Gulf where tankers swing at their anchors waiting to load, was protected by well-armed guards and an encampment of troops with heavy machine guns mounted on trucks. Pro-Palestinian terrorists burst into -last year's ministerial meeting in Vienna, killing three persons and taking 81 hostages, including 11 OPEC ministers. All eventually were freed. Maybe They'll Make Her Shoes Mrs. Larry Trexler warns fellow merchants that holiday shoplifters "will take anything." From her, they stole an alligator. Mrs. Trexler said three men, with a little girl in tow, helped themselves to a foot-long South American Alligator Sunday afternoon from her Exquisitely Yours pet shop. She gives this account: Her husband, shortly after opening the store, was .checking the animals and discovered that the alligator had failed to eat two of its daily ration of goldfish. He was preparing to remove the fish when the men and girl came in and began to browse. After they left, Trexler returned to the 'gator and found it was missing. Mrs. Trexler is disappointed that the sharp-fanged critter failed to chomp at the thief's hand. The men, she told police, were driving a pickup truck, which they backed into a parking stall across the street, thereby foiling Trexler's attempt to note the license number. Carter's Honeymoon May Be Short, O'Neill Says WASHINGTON (UPI) — Speaker-designate Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill thinks the honeymoon between Congress and the new president will be peaceful but could be short. The Massachusetts lawmaker, who will be elected speaker when the 95th Congress convenes Jan. 4, said> in an interview that President-elect Jimmy Carter now has widespread support among the heavy Democratic majorities in House and Senate. "There's going to be peace for awhile but the problem will be holding it together as time goes along," said O'Neill. "Even the conservatives in our party want to see Carter be a success. But how long is that going to last? That's what we have to watch along the way," he said. O'Neill assumes the most powerful legislative office in the nation after eight years of frequently bitter fights between a'Democratic Congress and a Republican president. The resulting congressional suspicions of the White House may, continue, because the next president, despite his party label, is an unknown quantity. He is the first president since Dwight Eisenhower who did not come out of Congress. Fresh from his latest meeting with Carter on Friday, O'Neill implied some concern with the issue of government reorganization, which the next president said would be a major and early goal. "He said he hoped Congress would give him at least the power that it gave to Richard M. Nlxon,"'in a reorganization act that expired this year, O'Neill said. The act authorized the president to revamp any federal agency if Congress did not veto the planned changes within a 30-day period. . "He said he hoped that we could have this new authority ready by the time he takes his oath (Jan. 20)," said O'Neill. "He also said he would like it to be a four-year authority with an option to amend his proposals after they have been submitted to Congress." O'Neill noted that the Jan. 20 deadline sought by Carter could not possibly be met since House committees would not even be appointed before Jan. 18. News Briefs Civil War Brewing? BOCA RATON, Fla. (UPI) — Gov. Reubin Askew said Monday he is disturbed by reports of an impending "second war between the states" in which the South and West will be assaulted in an economic struggle with the North and Midwest. "The spoils'of this war, we are told, will be new residents, new industry and new jobs," Askew said. • "We know coalitions are forming to block federal funds to the sdnbelt region, under the mistaken impression less federal money in the South will provide for a resurgence of business in the North." Santa Giving Money SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — David Warren is playing Santa Claus, but instead of a sack full of goodies he is telling people to help themselves from an iron pot full of money, Warren says he'ij sick and tired of the commercializing of Christmas. That's why, he explains, he is selecting street corners, hanging his pot from a tripod and telling passersby: "Take some money, merry Christmas." Warren started the philanthropic enterprise during the weekend at a street corner in the downtown section, He said he will repeal this i'n other parts of the city. He did not say how much money he hud in the pot but he said it weighed 20 pounds. He said some of it had been donated to him. Big Bomb Defused NEEDHAM, Mass. (UPI) — State police said at least 20 sticks of dynamite were found Sunday night at the Union Carbide Corp. building. Lt. Allan Hoban said members of the state police bomb unit went to the scene. An anonymous caller told United Press International before the dynamite was found that a bomb had been placed at the plant ''to protest the murder" of blacks in Africa. He did not explain further. The caller said he was from the "Sam Melville- Jonathan Jackson unit." Whew/ She Lost Out COURMAYEUR, Italy (UPI) — The faces of the town bandsmen flushed a little when they heard that Liechtenstein's Hanni Wenzel had taken the lead in the World §ki Cup women's giant slalom, The national anthem of the winner was to be played as the flag was run up, but officials admitted the bandmaster did not know the Liechtenstein anthem and no one could find the right flag. For 14 minutes Saturday the officials thought Wenzel might win. Then it was announced that Austria's Brigitte Hebersatter-Totchnig had taken first place. Miss Wenzel finished third.

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