Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 27, 1976 · Page 12
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Greeley, Colorado
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Friday, February 27, 1976
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12 OKKKLKY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Fri.. Feb. 27. H7» Fowler boy, II, named More appeals J«yff ' ' DENVER (AP) - Crusade YOU VE. HAP 'handicapped achiever' STATE HOUSE LEADERSHIP -- These three men comprise the leadership in the Colorado House of Representatives. Left: Minority Floor Leader Ron Strahle, R-Fort Collins. Center: Majority Floor Leader Bib Kirscht, D-Pueblo. Right: Speaker of the House Ruben Valdez, D-Denver. (AP Wirephoto) legislative roundup Legislators feel last minute crush .By THOMAS E. SLAUGHTER Associated Press Writer DENVER ( A P I - A last-minute crush of committee action on measures including a controversial pesticides certiiica- tion bill all but cleared crowded committee calendars on Thursday. Legislative committees have until the end of the week to act on bills introduced in each house. The Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Water Committee ended months of controversy over the pesticide certification bill by killing the measure on a 5-4 vote. Mandated by the federal government, the bill would have met requirements that states develop a certification plan for persons, mainly farmers, using certain restricted pesticides. The committee has been warned that without a plan, the federal Environmental Portec- tion Agency could cut off the supply of those restricted chemicals to Colorado, ef- fetlive October 1977. Many committee members objected to the federal requirement, saying it constitutes excessive intrusion by Washington into the affairs of Colorado's citizens. The bill killed by the committee would have allowed farmers to certify themselves by attesting to their familiarity with the particular pesticide. Federal spokesman had told the committee that such a plan would not meet EPA specifications, and some committee members said it would lead to a court suit. The committee heard little testimony in support of the certification requirement, although several legislators argued that the measure would avert possible adverse effects if the pesticides were banned in Colorado because of a lack of a suitable certification plan. Despite Thursday's vote, Agriculture Commissioner J. Evan GnnMing still could formulate a tentative certification plan for submission to the EPA. EPA approval of such a plan would hinge on it gaining legislative approval during the 1377 session. Colliding told the committee before its vote that the legislature's failure to adopt a plan this session could make it difficult for the 1077 legislature to approve his tentative plan and certify the private applicators before the 1977 deadline. While the agriculture committee was debating the pesticide bill, other legislative committees were acting on measures dealing with reconnection procedures for public utilities, grand jury .proceedings and revisions in the state's banking laws. The House Slate Affairs Committee approved a bill to prohibit public utilities from charging customers deposits for reconnectingservicc.Sponsored by Rep. Arie Taylor, D-Denver, the bill cleared the committee on a 9-5 party-line* vote. Republicans opposed the measure. The bill as originally drafted would have applied to most utilities, but it was amended to apply primarily to the Public Service Co. of Colorado. Despite provisions prohibiting reconnecting deposits, the bill allows companie-s to charge for the direct cost incurred in renewing service. The House's State Affairs Committee passed a bill that would create a slate Commission of Indian Affairs. Supporters of the measure said it is intended to help, the state deal "fairly and effectively" with Colorado's two Indian tribes, tiie Southern Ules and Mountain litre, as well as the Indians who live in the slate's major population- centers. In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee approved a resolution directing the slate attorney general to prosecute in- diclmonls returned by the state grand jury instead of relying on local district attorneys. The resolution was drafted by Ally. Gen. J.D. MacFarlane. who said he believes that some district attorneys, because of ineptitude or politics, are failing to prosecute cases. The resolution was amended by the committee to allow the attorney general to prosecute .only if the governor decides the attorney general could do it more effectively than a local district attorney. Earlier Thursday, the Senate Business Affairs and labor Committee passed a bill enabling banks to establish electronic funds transfer systems. The bill is the second EFTS measure to gain legislative approval this week. An earlier, similar bill got the nod from the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. Both bills would enable a customer to use a bank-issued, plastic credit card to make a variety of financial transactions .at retail outlets, other than banks, that participate in the electronic funds transfer system. Currently, tire law allows only savings and loan institutions to use the systems. DENVER (UPI) - Fifth- grade student David Allen Brown of Fowier, Colo., says the first 11 years of his life have not been so bad, but he expects the coming years will be even better. David was born with a cleft lip and palate. Slate health officials, who claim one of every D60 babies born in the state suffers from a similar birth defect, say they are especially pleased with David because of the way he has overcome his handicap. David, who plays football, baseball and basketball with his fellow classmates at Broderick School in Fowler, was named Thursday as the Colorado Department of Health's handicapped achiever of 1976. "I have 11 years behind me," David said. "The rest of them are going to be better." Tbe youngster, son of Oliver and Zella Brown, was received a certificate of recognition from Denver Bronco defensive lineman Lyle Alzado at the annual legislative luncheon of the Child Health Council. Health officials, in discussing the birth defect, said the lip usually is repaired as soon as the baby regains birth weight and the palate is closed surgically within 18 to 24 months. A department spokesman said other problems associated with the defect can include speech and hearing deficiencies, missing teeth, compressed nostrils and retarded growth of the upper jaw bone. David, who has three older brothers, has been enrolled in the state's Handicapped Children's Program since his family moved to Colorado in 1971. The program provides medical and dental surgical services to 10,000 children. David has received orthodontia, plastic surgery, and speech Between 1933 and 1974, the gross national income of America increased 24 times, or by five times if price increases are discounted. and physical therapy at a total cost to the state of (1,713. He also has been evaluated in the diagnostic and evaluation clinic conducte by the state and the Otero County Health Department. "Without the Handicapped Children's Program, David wouldn't have gotten all that help," his mother said. "We simply couldn't afford it, and it certainly has helped David. We have seen considerable improvement in the last four years." DENVER (AP) - Crusade for Justice leader John Haro filed an appeal Thursday in U.S. District Court, seeking to overturn his conviction on charges of illegal possession of hand grenades. Haro, 45, has been free on bond since his conviction- Last week District Court Judge Sherman Finesilver rejected arguments by Haro's attorney for acquittal or a new trial and sentenced him to four six-year federal prison terms, to be served concurrently. Defense counsel had argued that suppression of evidence by the prosecution had abridged Haro's rights. About 9.G billion barrels of oil arc bcncalh Alaska's Norlh UpKcat Co. BanMmericard - Mastci Charge Ifrrj Powti*. Ophlhjlmic-Oplician 919 l«th St. 353-928' NOW OPEN... A New Off-Road Hi-Performance Shop CUSTOM OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE 3850 S.E. Frontage Road Vz Mile South of Johnson's Corner Open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday Phone 669-4460 Sales Installation. Most Items in Stock Vi Mil* JOHNSON'S CORNER Grand Opening Free Refreshments Beer or Pop 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday Sunday FEB. 27, 28, 29 Free Drawing for one 23-Channel CB Radio Need Not Be Present to Win ... No Purchase Necessary CUSTOM OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE All Off-Road Accessories... Hi-Performance Parts Transportation program to be renewed DENVER (UP1) - Gov. Richard Lamm said Thursday Colorado would, for the second year, administer a program making federal funds available lo private, non-profit organizations to meet special transpor- aion needs of elderly and handicapped persons. Tlie governor's office said the program this year provided $245,000 in federal funds for 22 projets across the state. The federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration had made available another $2-13,000 to carry the program through Sept. 30, 1977. The special funds are administered in Colorado through the division nf planning. Tu qu?lify, local agencies must meet the following criteria: -- Agencies must have private, nonprofit status, -- Proposed service must be developed for the elderly and-or handicapped. Existing transportation services must be unavailable, inappropiratc or insufficient, and private transit operators must lc given fair and timely opportunity to participate. -- The service to be provided must be included in the short range transit pian for the are;:. -- Twenty per cent local matching funds must be availa- ble for requested equipment. Agencies ar^ responsible for meeting all vehicle operating costs of the project. -- Agencies must have the fiscal and managerial capability to carry out the project. -- Agencies must give assurance of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. -- Agencies applying for the grants are subject to local government review. Wyoming taxpayers may be in for a shock »J. PHILLIP MAGKIIS CHEYENNE (UPI) - In September, many Wyoming homeowners are going lo open their property tax notices and be in for a shock. They will face sharp tax increases unless the legislature acts. Rep. Robert Frisby, R-Park, is one of four lawmakers sponsoring bills to lessen the impact of the increases which could be $GO to $80 or more in some Wyoming counties due lo actions of the State Board of Equalization. Frisby, who is chairman of the Mouse Revenue Committee, said the equalization program is necessary in Wyoming and long overdue, but he hopes the impact on the average homeowner can be lessened. "Government should serve the people, and this is (he best way to serve the people," he said. "In a state as wealthy as Wyoming, it's rather foolish to slam on the homeowner that hard." The equalization of assessed valuations in Wyoming will mean an average 28 per cent increase. Increases will range from 2 per cent in Teton County up to 56 per cent in Campbell County. The House last week voted to consider a bill authored by Frisby tn permit a $500 Consumer price index up DENVER i U P I ) - Two University of Denver researchers say Ihe city's consumer price index rose 5.8 per cent last year, the lowest 12-month lotal since January 197.1. DU statistics professors Drs. Margaret Brit tan and Paul Merry Thursday said the 1975 figure compared with a i;i. 1 per cent increase during 1974. The n u f ] per cenl increase for (lie Ot I rjbiT- January period com- 'Ss:-A with a 1.3 per cent rise ';i!i. 'A/ucfi were up ' :-! 'he quarterly , ',-j,rl. zr,4 reorea- »·'.: _ p 1 2 per rent. Food prices rose .6 of 1 per cent. The statisticians said apparel and upkeep costs dropped 2.7 per cent and transportation costs declined .1 of I per cent. Brittan and Merry said the 5.8 pnr cent figure was the lowest yearly rise since January 1973, when a 3.9 per cent increase was reported for the previous 12 months. They said the Denver consumer price index now stands at 165.6. meaning it takes $16.56 to buy Ihc sarr.o goods and services which could be purchased for $10 in 1967. exemption in assessed valuation for every homeowner. Another bill drafted by Rep. Edness Kimball Wilkins, D-Natrona, allowing a $2,500 exemption, was also taken up. In the Senate, the prospect of skyrocketing taxes also brought action. A measure authored by Sen. Harry Leimback, D- Natrona, to hold the increases to 5 per cent was also introduced. Kep. Joe Stewart, D-Natrona, also readied a similar bill, only for 10 per cent, in the House. Frisby opposed the Leimback and Stewart approaches because they would tie the hands of the board and eventually put it as far behind in equalization as it is now. It takes several years to development corrections in assessed valuations and such restrictions make the work harder, says the former county assessor. "If they are limited by 5 or 10 per cent, by the time they can get all the corrections done, we'll again be behind," he says. The Frisby bill was brought up for consideration by a vole of 53-8, which was considerably more than the 42 votes or two- thirds necessary to introduce nonbudget bills in the session. Frisby says it was an indication of the concern lawmakers have for the problem, although (he public at large apparently is unaware of the prospect. "I don't think the public realizes what is coming," the Cody banker said. "They will understand when they get their tax notices." The Frisby measure would not repeal the current homestead exemption for the elderly and disabled, but a homeowner could receive only one kind of exemption. Frisby's committee early this week is expected to work out a compromise between his bill and the Wilkins measure, probably settling on an exemption between $500 and $2,500. He said no means has been found to offer any relief to renters, who will also feel the effect indirectly. There are ants that specialize as hunters, harvesters, d a i r y m e n , farmers, thieves, parasites, beggars and slaveholders. [Moin the Club!" INSIST ON HOOVER At Perry's in Greeley Tip-Toe RUG PILE ADJUSTMENT Pile-Level Eye Model U4059 PERRY'S VACUUM CENTER 1501 9th Street Weld County's Only Authorized Hoover Warranty Dealer 353-0084

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