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Maverick Elector \ Denies One Vote To Jimmy Carter United Press International In 51 small ceremonies one critic called "curiously archaic," marred by one Washington state elector who insisted on voting his own preference, Jimmy Carter has formally been certified as the 39th President of the" United States by the Electoral College. With all 50 states reported, the outcome — except for the maverick elector — was as projected on election night: Carter 297; Gerald Ford 240. And one for Ronald Reagan, cast by a Ford elector in Washington. Carter won the popular vote Nov. 2 by 1,681,417 votes. The founding fathers, not trusting the citizens to elect the president alone, provided for the Electoral College In the Constitution - mandating that each state have a number of electors equal to their representation in Congress and setting the date for Its meeting. Some state laws mandate that electbrs vote for the winner in the state's popular vote, but some leave the choice to the elector — leading occasionally, as it did this year, to totals other than those determined on election night. In 50 state capitals and the District of Columbia, 538 men and women met to confirm the election results. Their ballots were mailed to Washington to be certified by Congress Jan. 6, two weeks before Carter's inauguration. The same electors also voted for vice president, picking Democrat Walter Mondale over Republican Robert Dole. The Electoral College con- tinued to draw criticism, even from its participants, Secretary of State Gloria Schaffer, presiding at ceremonies In Hartford, Conn., called the device "a colonial anachronism awkwardly surfacing in modern America every four years" which should be done away with. Commonwealth Secretary C. Delores Tucker said in Harrisburg, Pa., the Electoral College is "curiously archaic" because "a candidate could actually become president by winning the 11 largest states and not a single vole in any of the other 39." Wisconsin electors voted to abolish the Electoral College. Gov. Otis Somen of Indiana objected to signing his name IB times. Ho is a member of the federal committee studying ways to reduce governmental paperwork. Vermont, the most coiv slstently Republican state in the nation, was the first to cast its electoral vote — mid all three went for Ford. Only In 19B4 has Vermont gone Democratic in the past i:)0 years. Voting in the Alabama slate Senate chamber where Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederacy in 1861 were Macon County Sheriff Lucius Amerson and Clarence Price, the retired head waiter at the Hlr- mingham Country Club — the first two blacks ever to cast electoral votes in the slate. North Carolina vied for having the youngest elector, while Kansas may have had the oldest. Among North Carolina's 13 was Marcie Jones, lit and in Kansas retired National Guard Col. Artluir Kricson checked in at 117. The Hays Daily News Our 48th Year— No. 28 HAYS, KANSAS (67601), TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 14, 1976 12 PAGES 15 CENTS High Court Approves Stucco Shooter With spray gun in hand, Dave Van Doren shoots stucco onto a pre-cast concrete apartment building being constructed at 29th and Canal. The apartments, In Tudor style, should be com- pleted early next year and will bear the name Briarwood Place. The stucco is applied in two or three coats, Van Doren said, and should provide a lifetime finish. OPEC Naf/onsMeef To Sef Oil Prices DOHA, Qatar (UPI) — Ministers from 13 oil exporting countries gathered under strict security Tuesday for a crucial price-setting session, with Saudi Arabia apparently firm in its demands for a moderate increase of no more than 10 per cent. The meeting, which in effect holds the key to the world's Rome Appoints Deputy Clerk Ellis County Clerk-elect Emery J. Rome has selected Mrs. Peggy McCulHck as chief deputy clerk and deputy election officer. Mrs. McCuliick, 3203 Fort, is co-manager of Office Aides, 1201 Fort. Rome said he plans to appoint Mrs. McCuliick when he takes office in January. Ellis County Commissioners Monday approved a $738 monthly salary for Mrs. McCuliick. She will begin working for the county part-time on January 3 to become familiar with her new duties before the official appointment, Rome said. prosperity, will open Wednesday in the Gulf Hotel, turned into a virtual armed camp to prevent a repetition of last year's terrorist attack on Vienna headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The OPEC meeting is expected to result in an oil price increase. But a delegate from the United Arab Emirates gave an indication today that Saudi Arabia, the world's third largest oil producer, was sticking to its stand that the increase should be moderate. After a visit to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, Sheikh Mana Saad Al Otaiba of the UAE said he was in favor of "a slight increase—not more than 10 per cent. "I said it this a month ago in Tokyo and I'm sticking to it," the UAE oil minister said. The size of the price increase OPEC's 13 members will determine the cost of running an automobile, heating a home, keeping a factory going or rescuing a country from bankruptcy. A10 per cent increase in the price o'f oil would add about $12 billion to the world's annual bills, according to official U.S. figures. Gilmore May Get Death Wish WASHINGTON (UPI) — Gary Mark Gilmore's mother asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to reconsider its decision lifting Gilmore's stay of execution and allowing him, to be put to.death by a Utah firing squad. Gilmore himself, however, gave up legal efforts to avert the death penalty, and ended his 25-day hunger strike'at Utah state prison. Mrs. Gilmore's lawyer, Anthony Amsterdam, told the Supreme Court in a petition that since four justices voted Monday to cpntinue the stay, the court should grant full review to Mrs. Gilmore's appeal on her son's behalf. Four votes normally are all that are needed to set a case for oral argument and written 'decision on appeal. Amsterdam said since Gilmore's case would be "moot" if he is shot, the 5-4 vote denying a stay of execution is effectively a violation of the court's own rules. Amsterdam also told the high court it acted Monday on the basis of an incomplete record which "is utterly insufficient" to demonstrate clearly that Gilmore knowingly waived his rights to appeal his death sentence. The lawyer also said "the speed with which this case has proceeded in all courts, including this court, precludes any assurance that the issue of waiver has been or can be determined on an adequate legal basis" without a full appeal. Amsterdam concluded his 14-page petition for rehearing with a statement the petition "is presented in good faith and not for delay." The condemned man's lawyers filed a motion in Utah Fourth District Court at Provo asking for dismissal of a petition which sought to have the death sentence tossed out on grounds it wasn't imposed within a 60-day time limit. "The plaintiff no longer desires to pursue the remedies set forth in the writ," said the dismissal motion filed by attorneys Ronald Stanger and Robert Moody following a late night meeting with Gilmore at Utah State Prison. After the two-hour strategy session, Gilmore ended his long hunger strike by munching on a cheese and baloney sandwich in his prison cell, lie ate a second sandwich during the night, then breakfasted on french toast, cooked cereal, milk and tomato juice. The condemned man decided to withdraw the request for a writ of habeas corpus and to end the hunger strike after the nation's highest court decided by a f>-4 margin to lift a stay of his execution issued Dec. 3. Guards at Utah Slate Prison said he called for food late Monday night. It was 11:30 p.m., well past the supper hour, but Gilmore was given I he sandwich and an orange in his isolated cell in the hospital infirmary. Gilmore had begun his fast, Inking only liquids, to protest tin- refusal of authorities to allow him to contact his girlfriend who unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide in her Provo apartment at the same hour Gilmore took pills in an efl'orl to end his own life. Sources said the condemned killer, during a two-hour strategy session with his lawyers Monday night, told them to withdraw a petition for a writ of habeas corpus seeking to tiave his death penally set aside. Carter Names Two To Cabinet ATLANTA (UPI) — President-elect Jimmy Carter Tuesday announced his selection of Bendix Corp. President W. Mich'ael Blumehthal as treasury secretary and Rep. Brock Adams, D-Wash., as transportation secretary. He disclosed his second and third Cabinet selections at an early-afternoon news conference. On Thursday, Carter is expected to name two more Cabinet members — probably a woman and a nuclear physicist to head the departments of commerce and defense. "Today, I'm very proud to announce two men who have my complete confidence," said Carter: "They have intense and complete knowledge of the areas for which they will be responsible." Carter confirmed earlier reports Tuesday that he had picked Blumenthal and Adams. Before his press conference, he told big city mayors here he had decided on the veteran Washington State congressman to watch over the nation's growing transportation problems. And he telephoned Sen. Carl Curtis, R-Neb., in Washington to announce Blumenthal's nomination. Blumenthal, 50, is a former Kennedy administration international trade negotiator. He is a former Princeton professor, a refugee from Nazism and speaks with a slight German accent. In the past, he has served as an off- the-record diplomatic envoy for the United States. Adams, 49, was elected in November to his seventh consecutive term in the House from Seattle, where he spent most of his life after moving across country from his native Atlanta. Adams is chairman of the House Budget Committee and has expertise in transportation matters as a member of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation. • Carter has already named Cyrus Vance as secretary of state and is reported to be ready to name name California physicist HaroW Brown as defense secretary and Mrs. Jane Cahill Pfeiffer to be the first female commerce secretary. . All of the appointments must be approved by the Senate. • Blumenlhal would replace Secretary 'Of Treasury William Simon and Adams would succeed William Coleman in the government's top transportation job. Former Labor Secretary John Dunlop, reportedly high on Carter's list as a possible appointee to take the job once again, met with the president- elect Tuesday. Carter Press Secretary Jody Powell said Carter planned another news conference in Plains, Ga., Thursday to name two more cabinet appointees. Blumenthal, 50, is a former Kennedy administration international trade negotiator. He is a, former Princeton professor, a refugee from Nazism and speaks with a 'slight German accent. (In Washington, a spokesman in Curtis' office said at midmorning that "the senator got a call this morning from President-elect Carter informing him about the Blumenthal appointment.") Mrs. Pfeiffer's selection would be in keeping with Carter's promise to name women and members of other minority groups to high posts in his administration. Mrs. Pfeiffer, 44, is a former vice president of International Business Machines and lives in Greenwich, Conn., where she is a consultant on government relations for IBM and other corporations. Her husband, Ralph Pfeiffer, is a senior vice president of IBM. As fo;- Tuesday's announcements, Mrs.'Pfeiffer would he the fourth woman cabinet member in history and the first to head the Commerce Department, established in 1913. The others were Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor during the Franklin Roosevelt era; Oveta Gulp Hobby, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in the first Eisenhower administration, and Carla Hills, current secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Area Mobile Home Parks Plagued By Stray Dogs Since Otaiba went to Riyadh to "coordinate" policy with Saudi Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani and reported agreement with his counterpart, it was clear that 10 per cent remained Saudi Arabia's price ceiling as well, Saudi Arabia, in common with the other Arab Gulf states, holds the key to the size of the probable price increase. By expanding or'contracting production, they play a major role in keeping the price at the level set by OPEC. The Gulf's .position has prevailed in the past. Many experts believe it will prevail this week as well and that "hawks" such as Iran, with its demand for a 15 per cent increase, and Iraq, demanding 25 per cent, will eventually accept the Saudi figure. Many Gulf states reportedly oppose any increase that would damage the economies of Western countries, on whom their development depends and where their petrodollar profits are invested. The dusty town of Doha, scene of the meeting, is a former fishing village that has been transformed into a wealthy city by the region's oil boom. Reading at 2 p.m: 55 Low this morning:22 Record high: 71 in 1933 Record low: -8 in 1914-63 Year ago today 22 and 22' Monday's high 56 Mild through Wednesday. Sunny days and clear nights. High today near 60, low tonight mid 20s, high Wednesday upper 50s. Northwest wind 10-20 m.p.h. today, diminishing tonight. 1 HOPE YOU'RE I&BTTIMS YOUR, CHRISTMAS SHOPPING POME. ONLY 1Q PAYS LEFT .' By FRED JOHNSON Of The News Staff Stray dogs roaming mobile home parks surrounding Hays are an "extremely large" problem, according to Ellis County Undersheriff Wayne Wilson. However, Wilson added, responsibility for a solution to the stray dog problem rests with .the mobile home residents and their management. Wilson said the sheriff's office could not pick up the dogs because there is no state statute or county ordinance which requires dogs to be leashed outside the city limits. The sheriff's office can only act, Wilson said, if a dog bites someone or appears to present a threat. "I know that makes it kind of hard on people living in mobile home parks, but our hands are tied," he said. If the parks have a leash law and want to enforce it they can tranquilize the dogs and take them to the humane society, but it is up to the management of the park to enforce a leash law, Wilson added. The county's stray dog problem was brought to light by a letter to the editor in Monday's News, complaining of a dog shooting incident Thursday at Countryside Estates mobile home park. One of the dogs shot hap- pened to be a doberman pinscher, which belonged to Mrs. Nina Norvell, wife of 23rd district State Senator- elect Joe Norvell. According to Jan Weilert, owner of Countryside Estates, the dogs, Mrs. Norvell's doberman and German Shepard, were shot by persons who work at Countryside because they thought the dogs were a threat to children playing in the mobile home park. Weilert said although he did not take part in the shooting or have any knowledge of it at the time, he did not want children playing in the streets while a pack of "wild" dogs was running loose. A poodle was apparently accompanying the doberman and shepard. "I know I would be scared to have children playing in the streets with a pack of wild dogs running around. Especially if one of them happened to be a dober- man," he said. Weilert said the workers chased the dogs off Countryside Estates property and shot them after the sheriff's department informed them it could not take action. Weilert said he planned to purchase a tranquilizer gun and dispose of the stray dogs through the humane society or a veterinarian in the future. The park's rule prohibiting loose dogs will be enforced, he said. Thursday's incident, however, was a "senseless thing todo," according to Mrs. Norvell. The humane society or sheriff's department, she said, could have told anyone that she owned the dog, because she has the only doberman in the area. The dog, Mrs. Norvoll said, was well trained and behaved tind had it good disposition. If the dog was a threat to anyone, it would have been chained, she added. Mrs. Norvell said she began searching for the dog when it did not return Thursday afternoon and Friday discovered it had been shot. Pretrial Motions Set For Nemechek WAKEENEY - Trego County District Court Judge Steven P. Flood will hear pretrial motions in the trial of Francis Donald Nemechek, WaKeeney, at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trego County District Court. The pretrial motions will be the last pretrial court proceeding against Nemechek, who is charged with five counts of first degree murder. Kansas Supreme Court Justice Alfred Schroeder named Saline County District Court as the site for Nemechek's trial after Flood granted a request by Nemechek's attorney, Robert L. Earnest, Russell, for a change of venue. Nemechek is charged with the murders of Cheryl Lynn Lovette, 21; Diane Lynn Young, 21; and Guy William Young, 3, whose bodies were found January 13, 1974, near Hill City; Paula Fabrizius, 16, Ellis, who was abducted from her job at Cedar Bluff Reservoir and allegedly stabbed to death last August; and Carla Baker, 20, Hays, whose skeletal remains were discovered near Cedar Bluff in September, after she had been missing since June 30. \ Nemecheck has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges. His trial is scheduled to begin January 31, 1977.

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