2 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Fri., Feb.27.1976 THE FAMILY CIRCUS By Bil Keane Lamm urges Narrows begin at once DENVER ( AP) - Gov. Richard Lamm announced today he is supporting the decision of the Central Colorado and Lower South Platte Water Conservancy Districts to contract for the immediate construction of the Narrows Dam and Reservoir on the South Platte Riv- i er. "Is this a napkin or a diaper?" The governor said to delay the controversial project any longer-- since it has been authorized by Congress since 1970 and funded for the last three years-- might put the dam in jeopardy. The dam would be located a few miles upstream from the city of Fort Morgan, and has been opposed by a group of Weldon Valley area residents calling themselves the "Regional Landowners Group." The two conservancy districts represent most of the people of the South Platte River Valley between Brighton and the Nebraska state line, and are the sponsoring and contractual agencies for the Narrows Project. Actual construction has been delayed pending the preparation and Filing of an environmental impact statement. The statement was completed last December, but until now, Colorado has made no official comment on the statement. Lamm said today he is approving the statement and urging the immediate construction of the project. Lamm said, "The Narrows Project has been studied and restudied now for a period of over 30 years. It has been twice authorized by the United States Congress and funds are available for its construction. "No water resource project in the history of Colorado has been more thoroughly evaluated," the governor said in a prepared statement. "Netbenc- flts from Â· the project to the people of Colorado will amount to more than $8 million annually. The project will provide great benefits to the people .of Colorado for generations to come." Lamm acknowledged arguments of opponents--that the dam should be located closer to Greeley, and that the construction at the current site would take thousands of acres of 'farmland out of production. He said, "Opponents of the project concede that regulation of the lower South Platte. River- Is desirable, but want the project restudied for toe purpose of constructing a dam or dams at some other location. "Congress has plainly stated in the authorizing legislation that the dam is to be constructed at the Narrows site and has placed a celling on the authorized financial expenditures. A major change in the project plan at this time would almost certainly require congressional reaulhorization and additional expenditures. Because of the time element and other critical factors, further delay of the already long delayed project poses a formidable ahd unacceptable risk." The governor pointed out that "in government ... debate must ultimately stop and a de- cision must be made. "I believe that unless we make a decision to support the Narrows Project at this time we may Jose the project or any proposed alternate.- I do not choose to take this risk." He said the displacement of people in the reservoir area- one of the main complaints of opponents to the project-is "distressing." But he said he is asking responsible federal agencies and directing responsible state agencies "to take every possible action to insure that this displacement occurs with the least possible disruption of the lives of the people involved." Lamm's decision was based on an analysis of the project prepared by his office, the Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. On Nov. 3, 1975, a group of concerned Morgan County residents belonging to the Regional Landowners Group protested the building of the dam and asked Harris Sherman, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, and the director of the Water 'Conservation Board, Felix Sparks, to intercede in their behalf. Sherman listened patiently to their arguments, then said he would carefully study all the evidence they presented before making his recommendation to Lamm. Kt luii i Allen *From our house to yours quality, service tindvulue" I Save 10 % to 40 % on many selected items at the Homestead House Ethan Allen Galleries One more week to choose from a wide selection of our most popular dining rooms, bedrooms, occasional pieces and upholstery at these savings. This is your opportunity to begin ... or complete your COLLECTION OF FINE FURNITURE at SALE PRICES. And to achieve the beautiful home you want, we offer you the competent guidance of professional home planners who will gladly assist you in creating rooms that express YOUR decorating tastes . . . come in today and experience the beauty of Ethan Allen at special sale prices. Sale ends Sunday, February 29,1976. Discover unusual savings on many Ethan Allen upholstery pieces Homestead House has selected some of our most popular Ethan Allen upholstery designs, including sofas, loveseats and chairs, and are offering these select styles at substantial savings during our annual Winter Sale. Choose from a wide selection on our floors and ready for immediate delivery or special order in the fabric of your choice from the factory. Â· Sale ends Sunday, February 29. STORE HOURS: Monday. Tuesday. Thursday Friday to to 9 Wednesday 4 Saturday 10 to G - Sunday 12to Â·; 3817 W. 10th ST. GREELEY 356-8383 Homestead House Quaflfcf-44w Drexel Heritage Save 10% to 40% ON MANY SUECTED ITtMS Our Drexel Montage sale events are eagerly awaited, and tor very good reason All Drojrel and Heritage upholstery is Included in this sale. All Btshopsgate bedroom (in stock only); all Cross- Â·vindi dirniiLj jnd LiudiotHit, M in-stock Fraucusca bedioom, all Talavera. Maracay. and many other items too numerous to men- lion Don'l miss this opportunely, come choose today - the result is furniture (o cherish, in every room in your home. ... for those who prefer European and contemporary furniture Weld may ask stand Continued from page 1 6 (Fort Lupton, Weld Central, Platte Valley- areas), Ronald Heitman, Fort Lupton. -- Health Board: current five members (o go (o nine; has three district areas vacant and three current members in one district area. Current make-up compared to districts: District 1, Catherine Benson, Au!t; District 2, no representation; District 3, Ralph Aab, Clarence Sitzman, Dr. David Werking, all Greeley; Districts 4 and 5, no representation; District G, William Blick, Roggen. --Weld Library Board: Current five-member make-up may be enlarged to nine by commissioners, though it is not directed in the charter; if enlarged, two district areas arc unrepresented now, and one has two current members. Current make-up compared to districts: District 1, no representation; District 2, Ernest Ross, Severance; District 3, Lillian Bird, Forrest Freese, both Greeley; District 4, Marie Moinat, Greeley; District 5, no representation; District G, Mary Margaret Carlson, Fort Lupton. -- Board of (Zoning) Adjustments: Currently has five voting and three non-voting members, to be enlarged to nine voting; has no unrepresented district areas, but two with two current members each. Current make-up compared to districts: District 1, Gordon Lacy, Aull; District 2, Bob Hogan, Windsor; District 3, Sam Rank, Ted Funk, both Greeley; District 4, Robert Seyfried, Evans; District 5, Pat Thomas, Johnstown, Frank Stewart, Plattcvillc; District 6, Ray Sarchct, Fort Lupton. Meanwhile during their work session Thursday, the commissioners discussed the controversial Parkland Estates subdivision proposal Ihey must act on. It calls for 91 estate- sized lots, a private air strip, airplane parking areas and open space on 336 acres a mile north and a half-mile east of Erie. Proposal was granted a zoning change by tire com- missioners more than two years ago, but the board then stipulated that negotiations proceed aimed at linking water and sewer service from Erie to the outlying subdivision. Those talks failed, however, and Parkland Associates seek final plat approval for a plan involving a well water supply and individual septic systems. However nearby residents, Erie spokesmen and area farmers with ditches potentially affected by the subdivision have raised strong objections including fear of aircraft crashes from the private operation and objection to air plane noise, subdivision encroachment on ditches and to subdivision growth in a rural area generally. After reviewing questions, charges and answers raised by both sides, the commissioners Thursday agreed to vote at their business meeting Monday on seeking a recommendation from the Colorado Iand Use Commission. Consensus from the work session appeared to be (hat such a state stand will be sought. Commissioners also named several county residents who will be recommended next Wednesday to board of the Larimer-Weld Regional Council of Governments (COG) for appointment to vacancies on COG advisory committees. They include: Barbara Tooker, Creole;;, COG human resources panel; John P. Watson, Greeley area, COG land use- transportation committee; Maurice Kline, Dacono, and Bonnie Morgan, Johnstown, COG aging agency committee, and Annette Rice, Greeley, COG criminal justice planning committee. Commissioners also noted they will act Monday on ap pointing a new Weld ambulance service director from among four applicants interviewed Wednesday. And the commissioners indicated they will consider a Weld-area health services consolidation plan Wednesday, and will take up the proposed county personnel system plan and bids for leasing the county- held Davis Ranch cast of Greeley on March 8. In Colorado Territory ... 100 years ago A valuable Norman horse, belonging to G. S. Hill, on the Big Thompson died recently. -Tribune, Oct. 25, 1876. A small parly of Indians crossed the Plalte about ten miles below Sterling, the other day. They did no particular damage except destroying some of Illff's fence. -- Tribune, Oct. 25, 1876. Some of our public spirited Maple Street men are raking up the cottonwood leaves from (he sidewalk and irrigating ditch, thus making public benefactors of themselves. Such noble conduct as this deserves special commendation. "Labor, all labor, is noble and holy." -Tribune, Oct. 25, 1876. Weld County Centennial-Bicentennial Calendar Feb. 27-28--S p.m., Frasier, "Faint Your Wagon." Feb. 29 7 p.m., Butler- Hancock Hall, Centennial- Bicentennial religious heritage program with Paul Harvey. March 2 -- 1 0 a.m. lo noon and 1 to 2:45 p.m., UNC Library, autograph party, Gary Morgan, author of "Sugar T r a m p : Colorado's Great Western Railway." March 2 - 3 p.m.. U N C L i b r a r y , Edward Kearns. program. "The H u m a n i t i e s , History and Meaning of the Bicentennial." March ! -- 7 p.m., La Salic Middle School, auction of donated items from town speople, proceeds to centenncil- bicentcnnial projects. March 9 -- 3 p.m., UNC Library, Kay McElroy, program and exhibit, "Fossils of Weld County." March 13 -- 7:30 p.m., Briggsdale school auditorium, adult talent show. "Hats Off to Air.crica." March 22 -- Eaton School auditorium, awards ceremony for design of town flag.
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