Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 6, 1976 · Page 1
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Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, March 6, 1976
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Stote Dems told to look at detente again ByJOHNSEELMEYER Tribune Stiff Writer Although detente is becoming an increasingly unpopular part of U.S. foreign policy, il deserves a second look, U.S. Sen. Dick Clark, D-Iowa, told a Greeley audience Friday night. Clark was keynote speaker for the biennial Colorado Democratic Party issues conference, which drew 500 delegates to the University of Northern Colorado campus. The senator said a policy of detente holds promise to allow the U.S. and Soviet Union to avoid nuclear war. And, he said, that's what detente is all about. He said U.S. citizens should recognize the detente policy for what it is--a policy to limit the arms race and slow the world wide proliferation of nuclear weapons. Clark said the policy isn't aimed at making the U.S. and Soviet economic and social systems more alike nor does it mean the U.S. supports Soviet domestic policy. "We do not say that because we support detente that we like the Soviet system," Clark said. Instead, he said, detente is based in the belief (hat the two superpowers have a mutual self-interest in avoiding nuclear war. He said the arms race continues to be a serious threat to detente. "If you're both determined to be number one. then it's an endless race that no one can win," Clark said. "I think arms parity makes more sense -- the idea that both of us are strong enough to be a deterrent to the other." At the same time, the senator said, the U.S. must maintain strong defenses. CU Community Service Award University of Colorado Alumnus .John Kinkadc, left, presents (he CU Community Service Award to Josephine Jones of Greeley. Miss Jones, a retired teacher, was honored for a wide variety of community service, ranging from story-telling in public libraries to service as a co-chairman of the Greeley Centennial-Bicentennial Commission. The award was made at a Greeley banquet Friday. (IVibune photo by John Scelmeyer) County ambulance approved for Pierce "They're in business up there," said Commicsicncr Glcr.r. EiHirgs ^3 the county board this week approved the operating agreement under which a county ambulance will be based with Pierce volunteers to serve northern Weld. The agreement ends several months of uncertainty for more than 20 Pierce residents who underwent extensive county-funded training last summer and fall, earning state certification as emergency medical technicians (EMT). The Pierce volunteers, who believed an added fourth county ambulance would be based tlrere early in 197G, were upset for a time late last year and early this year as (he commissioners offered the new vehicle instead to southwest-Weld's Tri- Area Ambulance Service. Commissioners said a Tri-Area vehicle could be overhauled by the county for Pierce use. However Tri-Area members last month turned down the county offer, leaving the Pierce volunteers eligible for the fourth Weld ambulance. Commissioners amended the agreement, granting the volunteers a token 51 a month salary, so that llicy qualify under county liability insurance and workmen's compensation coverage, and making county representatives voting members on a five-person advisory committee which also will include three volunteers. Under the agreement, the volunteers . must provide on-duly smocks and jackets, garage space for the ambulance and storage and classroom space. A heated garage in Pierce already had been built for the ambulance. The county will provide maintenance for (he ambulance, medical and other supplies -- and will pay for ambulance gasoline. The vehicle is to be refueled in Pierce after each use. Agreement also requires EMT certification for all active in the Pierce volunteer force and monthly training sessions. It notes that State Patrol and Empire Dispatch communications systems will be used until all Weld ambulances can be linked to the countywide communications system and a proposed Larimer-Weld regional emergency medical services system. In ullicr itcciil tiuUun, (he commissioners: -- Authorized advertising for an assistant ambulance director. Robert Mau, the former assistant director, recently was named tire new chief of (he county service. -- Directed special counsel Sam Telep to see if there are grounds for county action in a case of poor construction of a home near Gill. The residence had never received a final inspection by county building inspectors, inspection chief Joseph Jarvis said state law appears to allow counties to proceed with such matters as misdemeanors, although the statute of limitations may have run out in '.his particular t\vo year-old cae. -- Approved vacating several alleys and streets in the unincorporated community of flardin about seven miles southeast of Kersey. -- Noted that commissioners soon will take up questions on use of the underground parking area of the new services building, and will be seeking bids for operating the food service facility to be in the services building. State legislators racing against dock DENVER ( A P ) - The Colorado House and Senate continued plowing through their crowded calendars Friday - senators taking the weekend off while House members lagged behind to continue work. Both houses began devoting all their time to floor action last Tuesday, after a two-week hiatus during which no floor sessions were held while committees continued deliberations. The House and Senate have until March 13 to act on bills originating in (heir respective houses. House Speaker Reuben Valdez, D- Denver, said Friday that the House has about 70 bills still on its calendar, while the Senate has about 15 measures still awaiting action, according to Senate Majority Leader Richard Plock, R-Denver. The Senate met for two hours Friday, sending five bills to the House and giving preliminary approval to three more. But the senators spent a majority of their time debating a bill t h a t would allow land owners to dedicate their property as conservation casements to be preserved from development. The bill, introduced by Sen. Joe Schieffelin, R-Lakewood, is intended to preserve land in its natural state, although the measure contains provisions allowing farmers and ranchers to specify lhat their land be used for agriculture only. After lengthy debate and indication that several amendments were going to be offered to the bill, further consideration was postponed until Monday. Among bills given final approval were measures recodifying the state's liquor and beer codes -- both considered noncontroversial. "We cannot unilaterally disarm in this country. It must be done by both the U.S. and Soviet Union in our mutual interest," Clark said. He called for the U.S. to develop "strong but not excessiye" defenses. "Our defense must be adequate to deter the Soviets. No more and no less," he said. Failure of detente will see the U.S. and Soviet Union re-entering a "Cold War" and waste of material and financial resources, Sen. Clark said. "We will pay a very great price if detente fails. Let us be fully aware of what its failure is going to cost the more unfortunate people of this world," Clark said. If detente fails and the "Cold War" is deepened, Clark said, the resulting arms race will drain financial resources from social and economic programs in the U.S. He called for the U.S. to devote more of its foreign activity to food and economic aid and less to military activity. Among other changes in U.S. foreign policy supported by Sen. Clark were: --An end to support of what he called "morally bankrupt" regimes and increasing support of nations with which the U.S. agrees on ethical grounds. --An end to covert or para-military operations against foreign states. -- Increasing openness in conduct of foreign policy. U.S. Sens. Floyd Haskell and Gary Hart are scheduled to speak lo (he conference today (Saturday', with Gove. Richard Lamm set to speak at tonight's banquet. Delegates to the conference will specify policy positions Sunday. Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 68. NO. 116 GREELEY, COLORAD080631 ANDTHE G R E E L E Y REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 SATURDAY, MARCH 6,1976 County human services plan readied for review by state By RON TOU-EFSON Tribune Staff Writer County officials will be submitting a localized human services plan to state officials by March 15 -- a plan that in Weld County would see day-care subsidies for some families, expanded transit service and a home repairs handyman for the low-income elderly and disabled, a home budgeting-nutrition advisor for welfare and food stamp families and consolidation of two homemaker aid programs. Weld Social Services Director Eugene McKenna said Friday that the localized programs, allowed under recent federal law changes, and proposed funding ideas for them are being prepared for submission to the State Social Services IVpflrtmpnt hpfnn* March IS He said state officials' position of the plans, and funding ideas -- already endorsed by the Weld County Commissioners -- probably would come late this month. County commissioners Wednesday approved the programs which had teen developed by a 10-member ad hoc committee, and are allowed under Title 20, an amendment to the U.S. social Security Act. Commissioners Also voted 5-0 to make the ad hoc panel a permanent Weld County Human Services Com- mittee, charged with studying needs in the county and human services program improvements. Committee consist! of McKenna, Weld County Health Director Franklin Yoder, Weld Human Resources Director Walter Speckman, Weld Extension Agent Stan Boyes, Weld Fiscal chief Barton Buss, Weld Planning Director Gary Fortner, United Way Director Connie Green, COG human resources planner Alice Mack and state officials Betty DeGabain and Gordon Bourne. Commissioner June Steinmark, coordinator of the county Health Services Department, will serve as a chairman of the panel. Two financing methods have been proposed for the localized Title 20 programs. One would involve Increased state-federal funding of $111,042 for this year with 169,542 for the first half of next year, including a $13,908 county share. The other method, placed at an 183,500 cost this year, would involve day care .osts plus use of three social services staff posts currently vacant but which have been budgeted by the state; county 20 per cent share would be $5,506. Same funding for the first half of next year Is proposed as in the other plan. In approving the Title 20 proposals', the commissioners indicated favor for the first of these two plans, although funding allowed ultimately will be decided by- state officials. McKenna earlier had indicated about $100,000 or slightly more appears available. Weld and Pueblo counties earlier were designated as pilot-project counties for Title 20 changes by State Social Services chief Henry Foley. In other recent actions, the commissioners: --Conferred with Weld Library Director Betty Bower. She questioned commissioner proposals to expand the library board from five to nine members under the home rule charter; Mrs. Bower pointed out state law specific! five. Commissioners are to study this. --Adopted a resolution cancelling their usual business meetings on March 29 and 31; commissioners will be attending a National Association of Counties (NACOI legislative conference in Washington, D.C. Charter requires two meetings a week, but allows cancellations by resolution at least 10 days in advance. --Noted that Commissioner Glenn Billings, as chairman of the Larimer- Weld Regional Council of Governments (COG), has been appointed to a state advisory committee on economic development. A representative from the region's business community also is to be named. Erosion said worst in 21 years WASHINGTON (UPI) - Wind erosion damage in the Great Plains, spurred by a drought which has sharply reduced I97G wheat prospects in the area, has risen to the highest level since 1955, the Soil Conservation Service reported Friday. Officials said a new summary of wind erosion damage in the Plains states from last November through the end of February showed a total of 4.551 million acres damaged compared with 2.836 million acres last year. The March 1 damage figure was the highest recorded since the severe drought year of 1955 when 5.285 million acres were damaged up to March 1. In that year, total damage by the end of the season reached 15.789 million acres, the highest figure in records going back to the dust bowl years of the mid-1930's. The report on damage through the end of February showed a sharp increase over estimates in (he last SCS report which covered wind erosion through Dec.31. At t h a t t i m e , an estimated 1.035 million acres had been damaged. SCS officials made no prediction of the total amount of land which may be injured by wind erosion before the current season ends May 31. But they warned (hat in addition to land already damaged through February, an additional 16.991 million acres was listed as and "in condition to blow" because drought has stunted or killed crops and left the soil loose and vulnerable. On the same date a year earlier, when 2.836 million acres had been damaged, another 9.899 million acres were listed as in condition to blow, Much of the vulnerable land escaped without damage last year, however, and when the season ended last May 31 (he total damage figure stood at only 5.684 million acres. The heaviest damage through February was reported in Texas, where Boyd Lake access purchase approved by House committee Situation said overall improved for state water DENVER - A bill authorizing slate purchase of about 200 acres of public access at (he Boydc Lake complex east of Loveland -- and including limited condemnation powers -- was approved by Ihe House Appropriations Committee Friday. State Hep. Carl Showalter, Il-Gree'ey, who has worked on the bill, laler said hie measure. House Bill 1110, is expected to receive approval on Ihe House floor and in Ihe Senate. Chief sponsor of the measure is Rep. Jim Uoyd, D-Love!and, (he House assistant majority leader. However Showalter said the limited condemnation powers in the Boyd Lake bill must be retained if $1.24 million for Ihe land acquisition is to remain in the pending budgetary long bill. The Boyd Lake bill itself carries no funding. Showaller said the state has been leasing public access to the three-lake complex east of Loveland from the Greeley-Loveland Irrigation Co. But with that lease slated to end. he said the bill for land acquisition and purchase of recreational rights to Ihe lakes is sought to continue public fishing and other recreational use there. No minimum conservation pool for the lakes is stipulated in the bill, Showalter said, because the lakes historically have been maintained at adequate levels. Showalter said Ihe bill is expected lo pass in the Senate. II is slated to received support there from Sen. Fred Anderson, R-Lovcland, the Senate president, he said. DENVER (UPI) - Officials Friday said this week's heavy snows had improved Ihe state's overall water situation, although watersheds which provide water to metropolitan areas still were below normal. Inside the Tribune Abby Classified Comics Crossword F.dilorial Heloise Horoscope Hospital 8 Hi-19 12 12 4 t 2 f, Markets 19 Obituaries 6 Outdoors 5 Sports 13-15 Theater 7 TV log 12 Weather 6 Wm'spgs. (19 Today's prfss run: 19.704 If you have nol received your Tribune by 6:30 p.m., call 352-0211. Stale Conservationist M.D. Burdick said (he snows, which covered nearly Ihe entire stale, had improved mounlain snowpack and the outlook for normal water supplies this summer was good. "If the remainder of the year produces at least normal snowfall, there should be no major water shortages this summer." Burdick said. A Soil Conservation Service report issued in February indicated most mountain snowpacks were below normal. * Burdick said the San Juan and-Hio Grande River drainages were most improved by the latest snow, while the Colorado and Gunnison drainages were Today's diuckk' A office worker was muttering at his desk one day: "It's hard to feel important when all you ever get is a Xerox Copy of the seventh carbon." near-normal and the Yampa and White River drainages were slightly below normal. Burdick said there was a chance of minor water shortages in areas along the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers. The Denver Water Department, however, said all watersheds supplying water to the metropolitan area were below normal. The South Platte River was listed at 99 per cent of normal; the Fraser River, 90 per cent; the William rork drainage, SI per cent, and the Blue River, 99 per cent. Weather NORTHERN COLORADO Generally fair through Sunday. Warmer Saturday and Sunday. Highs Saturday in Ihe 40s and low 50s. Lows Saturday night mostly in Ihe teens. Highs Sunday 45 to 55. Variable winds 5 to IS miles per hour Saturday. 1.113 million acres were injured compared with 590,106 acres a year earlier. Other heavy damage was reported in Kansas, 896,108 acres; Montana, 703,704 acres; Oklahoma, 524,279 acres; and Colorado, 427,990 acres. Government officials and farmers in the Plains have predicted the drought will hold the 1976 winter wheat crop well below the 1.5 billion bushels forecast last December -- a forecast which was already 9 per cent below last year's crop. Administration officials have contended, however, that even after the drought losses are tallied up there will be ample supplies for domestic needs and heavy exports, partly because of increasing carryover stocks from Ihe record 1975 crop. Friday's wind erosion report, covering 341 counties in 10 Plains stales, said that in addition to land damaged through February crops or cover had been destroyed on 1.351 million additional acres where there was nc damage to the land. January sales show big jump Across-the-board sales gains were recorded in Greeley during January, according to statistics released this week by the city's finance department. Taxable retail sales during the month totaled $19.5 million, up a whopping 21 per cent from the $16 million in sales during January a year ago. Gross sales, which include wholesale sales, totaled $112 million during the month, up 36 per cent from a year ago. The city's sales lax collections were $201,938 during the month, an increase of more than 20 per cent from January. 1975. Leading relail sales groups during the month were general merchandise ($6.9 million l, foods ($4.B m i l l i o n ) , automotive ($1.6 million) and apparel ($1.3 million).

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