Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 1, 1973 · Page 30
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PAGE 30 T U C S O N D A I L Y CITIZEN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY I, 1973 el seen hitting county hard c./ · " .' ' ' ·/ · . By PAUL L. ALLEN Clllun Stiff Wr'tir President Nixon's pared- down' federal budget proposal could cost Pima County more than $6.6 million in funds for schools, health care and agriculture. The administration's bud- geV announced Monday, calls for substantial cutbacks in several areas, including the 1965 aid-to-education act, impact funds for areas of heavy federal employment, health services and Medicare. · Changes in the Medicare program, according to reports from Washington, would result in the recipient's share of the bill for hospitalization increasing from the current $72 to nearly $200. "I honestly was kind of shocked by the (Medicare'; proposal," said Michael J. Harris, administrator of Tucson" General Hospital. "It is difficult to understand the logic of that kmd of thing. · , · . A "The elderly will either neglect themselves, since they don't have the additional dollars, or they will go ahead and have surgery, and the bill will fallback on the hospital." Harris said that about 30 per cent of the patient load at Tucson General'-- and at hospitals throughout' the community-- :are Medicare patients. William Hansen, 'assistant administrator at Tucson Medical Center, said the proposal could result in more bed space if elderly persons chose not to have elective surgery, although he objected to the proposal., : · ' · · "That ($200) is an awful lot, to ask a person over 65 to . payj" he said. "Congress will be.extremely reluctant to,put too much of-a burden on those . old people." ' Perhaps hardest hit by the proposed budget would be the schools. -The administration calls for dismantling of the landmark. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which provides about - $L8 :million Annually ot Tucson's schools to finance academic programs for underprivileged children, library materials, drug education and bilingual, biciiltural and special preschool programs. Also slated for cutting under the proposal would be a :portion of the .$2.2 million in federal "impact" funds paid to . ; . . . - ' ' ·. ' : | Two major j OEOduefs , : . : · · ' · · : " . · · ' resign WASHINGTON .(AP) -- The two top officials ofjhe Office of Econom, ic Opportunity have resigned. President Nixon already has r made known his intention to dismantle the .poverty aid organization. , Those . resigning' are Director Phillip V. San-. chez and Deputy Director Wesley"J. Hjornevik. In accepting the resignations, Nixon · announced .appointment of an acting director, Howard J. Phillips, 32, of . Danvers, Mass. Phillips has -.been with OEO since 1970. · Sanchez, 42, who was the top Mexican-American .official in the administration, will be given "another important position" in the government, the White House said. Hjornevik will return to private life. Road monitors Smog van plan O · 1 tabled by state .PHOENIX (AP) - The State Highway Commission has tabled a proposal to spend more than $147,000 or. two vans to monitor vehicle pollution along Arizona highways. The action was taken yesterday, as state highway officials announced a May target date for opening the Brenda-Tonopah segment of Interstate 10 from here to Los Angeles. When 1-10 will be completed from Tonopah to the Black " Canyon Freeway here will depend on availability of federal California to return Hudgens RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Raymond I. Hudgens, 32, an Arizona State Prison escapee and convicted triple slayer, has been ordered returned to Arizona. Hudgens escaped Nov. 11 with Charles Schmid, another convicted three-time killer who was captured two days later in Tucson. Schmid is on trial in Florence on charges stemming from the escape. Before yesterday's extradition proceedings in Municipal Court here, Riverside County Jail officials said Hudgens was stabbed in a fight with another inmate, but his wound was not serious. Hudgens had been sentenced to death for killing his estranged wife, Mary, 20; her father, Myron Young, 67, and her mother Dorothy Young, 55, near Kingman. He had been, on death row until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the death penalty last year. funds and the outcome of anti- freeway litigation, the commission was told. State engineer William Price recommended spending for the vans, to qualify for future federal highway funding. But Commissioners Walter Surrett of Payson and Len Mattice of Pima said legislators should decide whether they want to appropriate scarce highway funds for such purchases, or appropriate general tax funds to the State Health Department to do the monitoring. The commission also gave E. H. Brahms Construction, Tucson, a $175,340 contract to build a materials laboratory at the highway department's Tucson district headquarters. Food stamp distribution may change PHOENIX (AP) - The Department of Economic Security will begin pilot projects for over-the-counter distribution of food stamps in Maricopa and Pima counties, if recipients feel they want a distribution method other than the mail. William Mayo, department director, said yesterday that food stamp recipients arc being queried this month in questionnaires included with their mailed stamps. Mayo also said the department, beginning this month, is issuing new and recertified food stamp purchase authorizations at the county level, rather than at the state level as before. This will reduce the time required to receive authorization by five to 10 days, he said. Warning labels on booze asked CHICAGO (AP) - The National Safety Council has asked the alcoholic beverage industry to place warning labels on cans and bottles that would alert consumers to the possibility that excessive drinking can impair driving ability. schools here because of the high level of federal employment at Davis-M'onttian AFB,. Hughes Aircraft Co., the post office and other governmental offices which generate ' n o property tax for the schools. Cuts also were proposed in Model Cities and vocational training programs. The .two sets of programs .bring an additional $1.6 million to the schools. 'If the federal funding is."' diminished or withdrawn, we will have a lot, of problems," said Supt. Thomas L. Lee of ·School District !.,"!' think the programs we've had have been aimed at resolving serious problems facing Tucson. We don't have local funds to supplant it (federal funding)." Under the administration proposal, federal school funding would be-provided through ' a special educational revenue sharing program, but it has not been made clear how the funding would be. distributed under the new plan. "This is an unknown quantity at this point," Lee said. . "We don't know what.will happen." · ' ;' :.·.;.'·.. ':/" ··''·- He said thousands of students would be affected by the cutoack and. .that the pro- ; ·grams supported: by federal funding either woiild have to be eliminated or other existing programs dropped 1 .to make way for them. . ' . ' . - ' . The budget proposal also calls for major, cuts in .re-! search training grants and fellowships, alcoholism treatment funds, .regional medical programs, " ' : ' : neighborhood health centers and university community service programs. Dr. Merlin K.'DuValj vice , president for health;affairs at the University of Arizona and former assistant secretary for health and scientific affairs, in the Department ' of Health, Education and Welfare, said: "The cutback in research, support is a clear signal that the government plans to spend its money in targeted research, rather than in general research." He added, "It doesn't mean we would lose, at all in actual dollars, but it would mean a loss of new people to'start research." . Also endangered by the bud- 'get proposal is- an ?SOO,000 grant requested for the West Center alcoholic treatment program at Tucson General Hospital, according to Harris. He said the request had been made several months ago and that funds h'ave been expected for some time. "We expected it to happen this month, but in all likelihood (in view of the budget proposal) it will be never," he said. The budget cuts. also, would eliminate Federal Housing Administration emergency loans for areas hit by natural disaster, as well as the Rural Environmental Assistance Program (REAP) that since the 1930s has aided farmers and ranchers with conservation projects, including wells and irrigation. The program can provide up to ?2,500 per 'year for approved projects. Funding in Pima County . last year amounted to about $62,000, according to Garrett E, Blackwell, agent in charge of the County Cooperative Extension Service. Identified^ ^ AP Wlrephoto This weekend Gila River Indian fair seeks funds ' Special (· th* Citizen SACATON -- A parade of -floats, bands and dancers will wind through this town 35 miles southeast of Phoenix Saturday to begin the llth annual Mul-Chu-Tha Fair on the Gila River Indian Reservation. The parade at 10 a.m. will be .followed by a barbecue beef dinner, scheduled at 11:30 Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds. Demonstrations of basket weaving and pottery making will be featured at the fair and baskets and pots will be sold. Janice Osife, Miss Gila River 1972, will relinquish her crown to'a new queen chosen in ceremonies at 3 p.m. tomorrow. ; The Mul-Chu-Tha is staged annually by the Gila River Pimas to raise funds for recreational facilities for the 4,000 jouths on the reservation. Immediate plans include replacement of an amphitheater destroyed by fire last summer arid initiation of a program to better acquaint Indian youths with their cultural heritage. . ' ^ . With funds from earlier fairs, the Pimas.have built during the past 10 years a community hall with a cafe and youth activity center, a 2,00£seat' amphitheater, a museum and two baseball diamonds. ', v Area Health agency will plan new county hospital Take a guess. Are these flying saucers taking off from a giant UFO in outer space? Nope. They're. frozen air bubbles in a layer of very clear ice on Lake Stony creek, Pal The large circle in the center is about eight inches across,, with smaller air bubbles surrounding it, The *hite blurs are tiny streaks of ^ir frozen as they *ere floating to the surface. The black is the deep water toward the bottom of the lake. Lawmakers five to meet students Pima County legislators will meet informally with University, of Arizona students Sunday to discuss pending-bills, ideas for, legislation and the legislative process. ' Two state .senators and four representatives -- including four Democrats and two Re. publicans -- had agreed by yesterday to participate in the public forum at 2 p.m. in the ,UA Student Union Junior Ballroom. . ' , . ' ; Michael D. Green of the UA student government's legislative relations committee said every Pima County legislator was invited. UA faculty, staff and students especially are urged to attend, he added. UA student .President John E. McKinney said a proposed landlord-tenant law, new marijuana laws, student regents and drinking ages would be discussed. Participants will include Democratic Sens. Frank J. Felix and John C. Scott Ulm, Democratic Rep. Larry Bahill and Emilio Carrillo and Republican Rep. J: Peter Hershberger' and H. Thomas Kin- · caid. High birds downed - CHARLESTON, S. C.'(AP) -- Dozens of birds killed themselves last year trying to fly through, glass-walled outside corridors of a medical school after eating the intoxicating berries of nearby pyracantha bushes. The Medical University of South Carolina now has put big "X's" of masking tape on the panes. win WASHINGTON (AP) --.The Senate has confirmed five of President Nixon's six new Cabinet choices. The sixth, Caspar W. Weinberger, is likely to get the nod next week. Peter J. Brennan, New York labor leader, was approved by an 81-3 vote yesterday to be secretary of labor.'' James T. Lynn, Cleveland, 'Ohio, attorney, was confirmed by, voice vote to head the Housing and Urban Development Department. . Lynn also has 'been designated .by the President as one of three "super-cabinet" officials to coordinate policy in the field of community development. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said he expected the Senate could vote 6n 'Weinberger as head of the Health, Education and Welfare Department before it begins the traditional Lincoln Day recess next Thursday. , Weinberger has agreed to testify tomorrow before the Labor and Public Welfare Committee regarding budget cuts in HEW programs. His appearance apparently will satisfy members of that committee who have been asking that the nomination be held up. Brennan is the first labor leader to rua the Labor Department in 20 years. Some civil rights groups opposed his nomination on the grounds that New York construction unions discriminate against blacks and Puerto Ricans. ' But his Senate supporters said Brennan, who was head of the New York Building and Construction Trades -Council, had no power to force hiring of minorities by "individual unions. · . Brennan promised at hearings on his nomination that he would support equal job opportunity for all workers.*. New dump is opened by county The county opened a new dump "today on West Camino DelCerro. ' The public may dump trash at the .site, which is just west of HO, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. There is no charge. There is only one other sanitary landfill area open to the public in the Tucson area. It is on Los Reales Road off the Hughes Access Road and is open at all times. '.': A spokesman for the city Sanitation Department says another public dump will be open, at 22nd Street and the west bank of Pantano Wash, in about 60 days. The county operates three- additional landfill sites. They are at Rita Road, near 1-10, in Catalina near the Arizona Juvenile Center and in Ma- ·rana. C5A cost dispute figure Nixon fired Howard Pyle, council president, said alcohol was a factor in at least half of the 56,700 traffic deaths estimated to have occurred in 1972. He recommended a cautionary label similar to that used by the drug industry warning users of adverse side effects. WASHINGTON (UPI) President Nixon says he personally ordered the dismissal of an Air Force civil servant who first told Congress about cost overruns on the C5A cargo plane. Nixon told a news conference yesterday that A. Ernest Fitzgerald was fired on his instructions. The Air Force previously had contended it released Fitzgerald in an economy drive. "I was totally aware Mr. Fitzgerald would be asked to resign/' Nixon told a news conference. "I 'approved it. This was not a case of someone down the line saying he should go." "I made it," Nixon said of the decision. "I stick by it." He did not explain why Fitzgerald was fired. The soft-spoken, bespectacled civil servant -- nnder questioning before the House- Senate Economic subcommit- Fitzgerald tee in 1968 before Nixon was in office -- testified that the prime contractor for the C5A, the Lockheed Aircraft Corp., had exceeded its contracted cost estimates on the plane fey $2 Tjillkm, escalating the total package cost of the project to ?5 billion. A few weeks after that appearance, Fitzgerald's civil service tenure was taken away. He was relieved of his assignment monitoring C5A costs and given new duties, including the overseeing of bowling alley costs in Thailand. Finally, in 1969, the Air Force released him, contending he had not been fired ' but laid off along with numerous other bureaucrats in a drive to hold down spending. It has taken three years for Fitzgerald's appeal of his dis- '. missal to come before the Civ- -il Service Commission. It began public hearings last Friday but yesterday Air Force Secretary Robert C. Seamans Jr. refused to testify in the public hearings. He invoked "executive privilege" to avoid testifying, a procedure under which communications .with the president are immune from public purview. Nixon was-asked about Seamans' action''yesterday, and he said he approved. At the same time, he promised not to "abuse executive privilege where it does not involve direct conferences" with the president. ' . It is a crime punishable by a $5,000 fine and imprisonment up to five years to "influence, intimidate or impede" any witness before a congressional hearing. Sen. William Proxmire* D : Wis:, said Fitzgerald was "disciplined and fired as a result of his congressional testimony, in violation of the law." But Proxmir* said the Justice Department had refus*d to enforce the law. He said Fitzgerald-did not volunteer the information aho»t the C5A to the economic committee. Fanniab^ would bar union acte Labor union powers ;would be limited -- and long strikes perhaps ended -- in legislation introduced today by Sen. Paul J. Fannin. The Arizona Republican introduced four bills in Congress boosting the. rights of union members, including the power of workers to end prolonged strikes by voting to. go back-to work. . The legislation also wouldr --Prohibit: union- fines against workers , who ..cross picket lines, exceed production quotas or,engage in sinv iliar action. --End the 80-day limit on court injunctions ·· against strikes that result in national emergencies. --Stop requiring employers to furnish unions with the names and addrdsses of all prospective employe voters before representative elections. Strikes could be ended after 30 days, when union members would vote whether to continue their dispute.. Talks today in Phoenix teacher row PHOENIX (UPI) - A negotiating session was set up today in the Phoenix Union High School District contract dispute which has seen district teachers threaten to strike. Frank Sacco, president of - the Classroom Teachers Association, said the district had invited the teachers back to the bargaining table, but district officials said the meeting was "routine" as Thursday gatherings have been scheduled throughout the negotiations. The main stumbling block is over salaries. The teachers are seeking a 7 per cent increase and the district is offering 3 per cent. The County Board 1 of Supervisors tentatively has agreed to'turn over the responsibility for'planning-the new, county hospital to a local health agency. . At a study session yesterday, .the supervisors directed the county attorney's office and Dr. Ernest C. Siegfried, ' . county health director, to prepare a contfract authorizing Pima:Health Systems as the planning and development contractor. . . . ' · Supervisor Chairman Joe Castillo asked that the contract be ready next week for formal adoption by the board. In his instructions, Castillo said' the planning should not fbe limited to meeting the health care needs of South Side Tucson. "I want the new Hospital on the South Side as much as anyone," Castillo said, "but we are a county body7ahd the, hospital service must be open to everybody in the county." Castillo insisted the contract use the term "metropolitan area" to describe the area the 'hospital will serve. '" Voters last November approved a $10:7 million bond issue for a new health care center on the South Side to replace the Pima County Hospital. · In a committee report prepared by Siegfried 1 , Richard R. Willey, county health board president; and Robert W. Carithers, .vice president of Gordon A. Friesen International Inc., a'timetable 1 was suggested for selection of a hospital administrator, an ar- chitect, and a building site. The report also proposed preparation of an estimate of final cost for first phase 'by July 1. Supervisor Jim Murphy suggested that the selection of a * governing board tor the hospital have equal priority with appointment of a hospital administrator , and an architect. He stressed! that the board should join in the planning. Siegfried asked the supervisors to earmark about $500,000 in. county funds for several health programs now financed with federal funds. He said county financial help .would reassure his staff of continued employment if President Nixon's proposed cutback on some federal spending affected 1 county health programs. He said half of the county health department's $2 million budget comes from federal funds. · ;· Castillo asked Siegfried to present the figures to the supervisors in detail next week. Involved are programs suen as family planning, venereal disease control and others. Otheraction --Supervisor Conrad Joyner was named chairman of a safety committee. --Postponed for study were a request by Sheriff William C. Cox to be relieved of supervision of security employes at county buildings, and a recommendation to. raise the monthly rental at the county- city garage under the city hall park from $13.13 a car to $15 a car. . · Rail probe reply hoped for 'soon' ' PHOENIX (UPI) --· The Arizona Corporation Commission hopes to receive an answer "very soon" as to its request for federal assistance in investigating a rash of rail-' road accidents, the commission executive secretary, George Dempsey, says. The commission met for' 45 ; minutes yesterday with former State Sen. Isabel Bur- · g'ess, now a member of the National · Transportation and Safety Board. Dempsey said the meeting was to discuss with Mrs. Burgess the state regulations pertaining to railroads. He said commission attorneys were instructed to contact the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) to determine Arizona's jurisdiction. Dempsey noted a recent act of Congress gave the FRA regulatory jurisdiction over all the states. "This, in fact, pre-empts Arizona statutes and their jurisdiction over local, railroads," he said. "Hopefully, in the very near future, Arizona can receive certification from the Federal Railway Administration, giving the commission authority to continue with regulations set forth by state statute." Dempsey said the state's railroad inspectors currently have power to inspect all railroad facilities-for safety and investigate accidents, but all findings must be forwarded to the FRA. Substation in Green Valley hinging on incorporation Failure of Green Valley residents to make a quick decision on incorporation could scuUle tne chances of getting a county government substation there in the next fiscal year, Supervisor Conrad Joyner said yesterday. "I am not as yet taking either side on the issue," Joyner told a group from Green Valley yesterday. "All I am saying is that I can't ask the rest of th* board to budget money to build * substation if the commwnity is then going to turn right around and incorporate." Joyner is supervisor in District 4, which includes Green Valley, a retirement community of about 5,000 persons 25 miles south of Tucson. The group of 12 persons which is against incorporation, came to Tucson yesterday to talk with Joyner, John Neubauer of the County Attorney's office, and Bill Bambauer and Lance MacVittie of the County Planning and Zoning Department met with the group. f The group offered a slide presentation to outline its opposition to Green Valley incorporation. The main contention was that the county provides better and more comprehensive services than would be available after incorporation.

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