The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 9, 1976 · Page 12
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 12

Kalispell, Montana
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Wednesday, June 9, 1976
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Jun» t. 1»7t ID* May Mar Lato, KatofM*. Montana New speedgun may slow local Faced with · 'large area to raw with · given number of oflicw, one problem historically conf ratine members of the Mootua Highway Patrol has been mobility.. But the patrol is on the more now, bolstered by recent acquisitions of speedflun, the latest device used to check motorists' speeds. "The old style of radar control was a green box affair which often was mounted on the rear of the patrol car," Montana Highway Patrol.Howard Gipe said. While those devices could adequately check . a motorist's speed, Gipe said the patrolman was somewhat hindered because be had to find a position, set up and stay there during the ,, trafflce control check. i "There are usually few good locations along a highway that are unique for this type of operation because you have to htde somewhat out of sight. "Regular dally traffic became accustomed to these areas which were frequented by officers aid thus trae traffic control wan't accomplished," Gipe said. B* 5»» "»« different story, he said, with me Highway Patrol a much more mobile unit. "The officers can run wita the flow of traffic due to the aid of the new mobile speedguas and therefore check for accidents, drivers in distress, drivers under the influence of alcohol and other problems as well," Gipe said. But the new "guns," which cost 11,100 each, also have other advantages and a couple of unique features. Gipe said the speedguns can monitor the speed of the patrolman and the oncoming motorist as well. When it is determined by Uw patrolman an oncoming motorist is speeding, the officer can lock the speed readout in a stationary position £** « note *f «* be shown his acted speed after he has been stopped, he said. The speedgun is quite unique, Gipe said, to that a patrolman can follow another vehicle and still get a reading on oncoming traffic through the windows of the automobile the patrolman is following. ^^ "Abo a patrolman can be parked vertically to a building with a solid wall and get a reading from passing traffic doe to the fact the gun will bounce the beam off the watt and onto the passing vehicle. Gipe said the highway patrol has been very pleased with the overall operation of the speedguns and feels that it has been very successful in aiding the patrolman working traffic control. "The Highway Patrol also feels that with the use of such equipment the public will be forced to slow down to the legal speed limit and hopefully that will cut down on accidents and deaths on the highways," Gipe said. Bardanouve sees problems Labor's demands increase SOPHISTICATED INSTRUMENT Montana Highway Patrol's new speedgun Montana Power request rejected HELENA (AP) - The Public Service Commission, in a unanimous order announced Tuesday, rejected a three-part Montana Power Co. request to speed a decision on its application for higher gas and electric rates. PSC Chairman Gordon E. Bellinger said one part of the order leaves in effect a June 15 hearing on a consumer-counsel request that the utility be required to temporarily cut electric rates by 1917,000 a year. - .'· · . ..The 10 a.m. hearing was called to give Montana Power a chance to explain why the rate cut proposed by Consumer Counsel Geoffrey L. Brazier on April 29 should not be put into effect. Brazier; on behalf of the Legislative Consumer Committee, said the same law that let the state Supreme Court open the door to a temporary gas-rate boost of .111.6 million lastJJec. 30 would allow a temporary cut in power rates. Montana Power on May 28 asked the PSC to deny Brazier's rate-cut petition and cancel the hearing. The utility described the proposal as "nothing more than a request for a decision on the merits of the electric utility portion of this rate case." The PSC order, in one part, refused to deny the requested rate cut, at least prior to a hearing. A third part of the regulatory commission's order refused to set a new schedule for requiring all parties to submit final arguments in written form. The utility had proposed a deadline of July 20 regardless of whether a transcript or record of the hearing was available. The first segment of the PSC hearing on Montana Power's March 12,1975, request for $44.5 million in rate increases was held last fall and the second part was held early this year. Under a commission schedule, final briefs in the rate case are not due until 50 days after the transcript is filed. HELENA (AP) - Budding labor negotiations covering Montana state employes are shaping up like a fiscal monstrosity, says state Rep. Francis Bardanouve. The chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee, Bardanouve claims that labor demands for increased salaries and benefits could nearly double the state personnel costs. In a prepared statement, Bardanouve said that if all demands of the Montana Public Employes Association are met and the benefits extended to all 14,000 state employes, the state will face about 1208.9 million in increased labor costs for the 1978-1979 biennium. According to Michael Billings, the governor's budget director, the state's total outlay for employe salaries and benefits for the current (1976-1977) biennium will come to about $233 million. The figure cited by Bardanouve would mean an increase of about 90 per cent over the current labor spending. A formal report on the possible implications .of the MPEA demands is expected to be discussed Friday at a meeting of the legislature's Select Committee on Classification and Pay. Billings said on Tuesday that the state could not afford such an increase without raising taxes or paring down the state's employment roles. Billings said the MPEA proposals are just a first-stage package of demands. "These have a way of being just a starting point for discussion," he said. By Bardanouve's figuring, the unions have a pair of loaded pistols and a new prelegislative bargaining process that could stifle the legislture's intentions. The union's armory, says Bardanouve, includes a faulty, stratified pay plan adopted by the legislature and collective bargaining rights which do not limit the number of bargaining units. "The pay plan, as conceived by state employes, is only the minimum, and they can go up from there depending on how much clout they can exert," said Bardanouve, a Harlem Democrat who also is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Bardanouve was a vocal opponent of the pay plan passed by toe 1975 legislature. "It has proven far more expensive than originally conceived and many of the costs have not surfaced yet," he said. The law gives unions two ways to go -- appealing for upward classifications on the pay plan and bargaining collectively for wages and benefits beyond the pay plan scales. The pay plan made job classiciations negotiable. Bardanouve said that section of the law should be repealed. "The state can't appeal the negotiated settlements. Therefore the state does not have an equal standing under the law," be said. The legislature killed a bill which would have limited the number of collective- bargaining units. Bardanouve said the bill should be revived and passed. Without such a limit, Bardanouve said, Montana runs the risk of "disintegration of the state's current labor-relations structure." An estimated 72 bargaining units currently represent state employes, including those employed in the University system. Peter Byrnes of the Department of Ad- ministration said some unions, like the MPEA, can bargain for master contracts applicable to nine or 10 units. But Bardanouve said such fragmentation is another financial headache the state cannot afford. "The collective - bargaining process at Eastern Montana College required a carefully estimated 250 man-hours of staff time " Bardanouve said, "The total cost of preparatory time, bargaining time and travel and other related costs was calculated at $35,000 for the state " he said. For the first time ever on a statewide basis unions are bargaining with the state prior to legislative approval of a biennial budget. Labor negotiations now are being held'to work out agreements prior to the meeting in January of the 1977 legislature. Additional negotiations will commence after the legislature adjourns. Bardanouve said the prebudget negotiations and related post - legislative settlements could thwart legislative moves to increase certain vital services. By Bardanouve's reasoning, for example, the legislature could approve funds for an additional 10 highway patrolmen, only to see the money eaten up by benefits awarded patrolmen in negotiations held after the legislature adjourns. Billings is more optimistic. He said the unions "realize and understand a lot of problems that we have. "I'm sure they can accept the fact that the state has a budget to work within," Billinra said. Carter delegate totals rise Creech trials possible BOISE, Idaho (AP)-Prosecutors in Oregon and California say they want to try convicted murderer Thomas Eugene Creech for slayings in those states and the self-professed mass killer reportedly wants to stand trial. Creech, 27, is under death sentence in Idaho for the slayings of two itinerant painters in November of 1974. Execution has been stayed pending appeals. Creech, during his murder trial, claimed be killed 42 persons in 13 states. Officers discount many of Creech's stories but say he has led them to additional bodies. Creech also is charged with two slayings in Oregon. Joel Grayson, senior deputy district attorney for Multnomah County, said if Idaho authorities release him, Oregon will try Creech. "We do have the concern it (the death penalty) may not be applied in Mr. Creech's case. As a result, we want to insure he is not ultimately released back into society," he said. Geoffrey Burroughs, chief deputy prosecutor at Sacramento County in California, said Creech should be held accountable if he committed a Sacramento slaying. By ASSOCIATED PRESS Jimmy Carter, at best an outsider when the primaries began, has capped his run from nowhere with a delegate harvest that puts him within a few quick moves of the Democratic presidential nomination. For the' Republicans, the end of the primaries means a continuation of Ronald Reagan's challenge to President Ford. Carter won only in Ohio of the three big states that held primaries on Tuesday. But he picked up more than 200 delegates, and all his rivals but one seemed ready to concede him the nomination. The one who said he won't quit chasing Carter is Jerry Brown, who won big in his home state of California and was joined with Hubert Humphrey as preferred candidates MI an uncommitted delegate slate that won in New Jersey. "I will go forward," Brown said. "I think the nomination is still open." Ford and Reagan, meanwhile, fought to a standoff that virtually guarantees a fight to the convention in Kansas City two months from now. Reagan took the California primary and with it the 167 delegates that go to the winner there. But Ford won almost all of Ohio's 97 delegates and an uncommitted slate that swept New Jersey's 67 delegate spots is packed with the President's supporters. Here is how the delegate count looks with the primaries over: Carter, who picked up 218 delegates on Tuesday, now has 1,125 of the 1,505 needed for nomination. His closest pursuer is Rep. Morris K. Udall, who has 334.5. Brown, who won 200 in California, has 225 and a number in the uncommmitted bloc of over 400 delegates. Ford has a lead over Reagan of 892-868, with 1,130 needed to be the nominee. But Ford's edge is actually greater since no more than a handful of the nominally uncommitted 67- member New Jersey delegation backs Reagan. As the votes were counted Tuesday and even before, it was clear it would be a day for jumping on the Carter bandwagon. Carter himself told supporters in Atlanta: "I think I'm going to be the nominee." And at a news conference, he said he had spoken by telephone during the day with three active rivals, Udall, Frank Church and George Wallace; one inactive rival, Humphrey, and Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago, who controls a bloc of 86 delegates nominally committed to Sen. Adlai Stevenson, a favorite son. "All of them, as a general group, agreed that I would be the nominee," Carter said. And that was what just about all of them said, finally conceding defeat after a spring of seeing silver linings in cloudy results. Udall, speaking to supporters in Cleveland after his ninth second-place finish, congratulated Carter on a "solid victory, and a brilliant campaign." He said Carter is now a heavy favorite for the nomination and said he wouldn't engage in a stop-Carter move. But he added that be would not release his delegates because they "cannot be delivered." The Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department pictured above, will host the 24th Annual State Volunteer Fire Convention, June 17,18 and 19 at the Evergreen Firs Hall. The con- Volunteers to convene vention will include fire lighting demonstrations, meetings and election of new officers, Evergreen Fireman Frank Cabbage said. The women's auxiliary will host the firemen's wives June 18 with tours and luncheon on Flathead Lake and a brunch June 19. About 400 volunteer firemen from around Montana are expected to attend. WEISSMAN'S GALVANIZED DELTA-RIB ROOFING: 51* LINEAL FT. ·26" Wide ·30 Gauge Hi-Tensile Steel ·Stock Lengths 6 Ft. Thru 12 Ft., 14 And 16 Ft. ·Other Lengths Colored Available On Special Order c!ST^e2 y y IMC o i w c o « » o « A r » o | SONS located Sourh of Fairgrounds Meridian Applawoy Op«n 8-5:30 Men. - Saf.

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