Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 19, 1973 · Page 1
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Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, April 19, 1973
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JL- ' . . · Storm closes schools, delays planting ByLYNNIIElNZE -' ! Tribune Agricultural Writer Planting schedules are likely to be set ·.(back 30-45 days as the result of the ';'. moisture from the latest spring snow ;j which moved into the county early ^Thursday. " The storm, which dropped as much as v'nine inches of snow in some areas, has caused roads to be closed around the county, school closures, travelers /warnings and power outages. But the farm schedule of the county is likely to take the brunt of the late spring , ( storm. Stan Boyes, Weld County ; Extension Agent, told the Tribune Thursday morning that this storm will probably result in a delay in planting of up to 45 days. "Usually 90 per cent of all the corn in the county is planted by April 20, with the majority of it going in after April 10," Boyes said. "But this year, I don't really know of any corn which has been planted." Other sources indicated that less than one per cent of the corn was in the ground: before the storm began. Soucres said that most people were putting their efforts, into planting sugar beets. Boyes said that sugar beet planting was "at least a month behind schedule. Most of the growers usually try to have their beets in by about April! 15, but in most areas, the seed bed preparations aren't complete because of the moisture we've received." No estimates were available as to the amount of sugar beet acreage which had been planted, but Boyes indicated that it is undoubtedly small. "We're at least a month behind the planting schedule for sugar beets now," Boyes said. Onion growers have also suffered severe setbacks because of the above average moisture this year. Boyes said that most of the onions grown in the Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 ANDTHEGREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 VOL. 65, NO. 152 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 THURSDAY, APRIL 19,1973 On the edge Strong winds and blizzard conditions combined early Thursday and caused this semitrailer truck to jackknife near the intersection of U.S. 85 and U.S. 34 by-passes. The fuel carrier was empty, according to a spokesman at Consumer's Oil, and a wind gust caused the driver, John Dyke of Kersey, to lose control. Damage to the truck was estimated at $500. The dollies on the rig kept the semi from rolling to the bottom of the hill. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) Younglund memorial would ask U.S. to sell Weld land '.*; ' DENVER - Rep. Walt Younglund, R- ·'';''. New Raymer, has introduced a measure '.[·I in the Colorado House seeking the sale of "·;« the 193,000-acre Pawnee National Grass- ;«! land in northern Weld County. 'i Sale of the grassland, Younglund said, 'M would allow it to be used for more exten- sive farming and ranching purposes than its grazing-permit status now allows. And it would place the federal land back on the tax rolls of five county school districts -- Ault, Eaton, Briggsdale, Grover and New Raymer -- raising an estimated $80,000 to $100,000 annually for Re-3J teachers sue board in salary schedule dispute By JIM CRAIG Tribune Staff Writer A group of tenured teachers of the Keenesburg Re-3 J has filed a $100,000 law suit against the school district and the board of education in a salary schedule dispute. The action calls for injunctive relief that would require the school district to place all teachers on a single salary schedule adopted by the board in accordance with state law. The $100,000 monetary adjustment was placed in the suit to receive back pay lost in the 1969-70 school year because of the board's failure to place all teachers on the salary schedule as adopted. According to Ruth Gartrell, Weld Central Teacher Association (WCAT) I president, "we have been compelled to take this action because the board of , education has rejected our petitions for i relief pn five separate occasions during ' 1W2. "The requirements of Colorado [ statutes and legally adopted district | policies have bcsn ignored for years, i'n I spite of individual and group request for [adjustment. We hope for early con- sideration by the court in this matter, since the board of education has withheld action on salary increases pending resolution of the problem. "Our teachers continue to suffer loss of pay in the face of rising costs of living and continued delay can only result in severe loss of morale on the part of our professional staff." The teacher action, filed in Weld County District Court Monday, was done in their behalf by the WCTA, a National Education Association (NBA) affiliate. They have received additional support from the Colorado Education and NBA DuShane Fund. Teachers claim that they are not being given credit for all of their prior experience that is owed them according to law. They also claim that salaries arc paid to teachers on an arbitrary basis and not based entirely on experience, work area or ability. They pointed out that the association has been denied a meeting with the board since November when the board told them meetings were no longer necessary. those districts, he added. Younglund's measure, House Joint Memorial 1010, asks Congress to authorize sale of the grassland. The measure, introduced April 10, has, been assigned to the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee which Younglund chairs. The measure, Younglund said, would exempt from the asked-for sale the 12,000-acre experiment station east of Nunn. Younglund said the 193,000-acre national grassland is not a solid block of federal land. It is in odd-shaped segments, he said, purchased by the federal government during the early 1930s dust- bowl days as assistance to land owners. His measure, Younglund said, would ask congressional approval for the grassland sale, but does not go into detail over terms of such a sale. However, he said, local residents appear to support sale of the land in parcels to local farmers and ranchers. The land is valued at $40 to $80 an acre, he said. Public and recreational use of the grassland is minimal, he said. Much of the grassland is held under lease with the federal government by two grazing cooperatives, Crow Valley and Pawnee. Such control, Younglund said, effectively bars other residents from use of the grassland. Younglund said the Crow Valley Cooperative, which holds leases on about 100,000 acres of the grasland, last year paid $13,000 for those leases. That amounts, he said, to $1.50 per month -- about $8 for the grazing season -- for each cow-calf grazing "unit" under the Crow Valley Cooperative's leases. Grazing costs on private land in the area run to seven times that, Younglund said. He charged (hit such grazing-pcrmlt rates amount to government subsidy for thoM holding them. county are usually in the ground by April 1. Boyes indicated' that less than 10 per cent of the onions had been planted to date, based on information available to him. "We got off to a bad start last fall," Boyes notedi "At least 60 per cent of the plowing is done in the fall in this area, but because of the early snows and severe cold, very little fall plowing was completed. "You might say that we've been behind since fall," Boyes said. "With all of the moisture we've had this spring, it complicated the matter even more." Boyes also noted the losses to cattlemen and dairymen in the county. He pointed out that most of the cattlemen have recorded rates-in-gain far below normal throughout this past winter. "This latest storm will extend the time: lost before normal gains are possible' again," Boyes said. Boyes indicated that because of the extreme conditions this winter, many cattle were barely able to hold the weights achieved last fall. As a result, according to Boyes, a loss of as much as $560,000 a day resulted. The figures were based on an average of 450,000 head of cattle on feed in the county times the value of the meat which would normally be produced. "The figure is probably a little conservative," Boyes noted. "This storm will continue to have the effect of holding gains down," Boyes indicated. Boyes also noted that dairy production in the area was also down as a result of the severe winter, and said that this storm would likely continue to hold production below normal. But the immediate effects of this latest storm are felt in the form of power outages and hazardous driving. In the Greeley area, at least two areas lost power early Thursday. The Hillside area, bounded by alh and 12th avenues, from the 2300-2800 blocks lost power at 5 a.m. The Highland area was also without power for a short period of time beginning at 7 a.m. Spokesmen for the Home, Light and Power Company said that all power had been restored. The State Highway Patrol discouraged travel throughout (he area Thursday morning because of blowing and drifting snow. Colo. 257 north of Windsor and U.S. 287 north of Fort Collins were closed to all travel Thursday morning. The Patrol reported that as much as nine inches of snow had fallen in the Briggsdale area and reported hazardous driving conditions in that area. School officials throughout the county reported that all schools were closed Thursday. The only exception was the University of Northern Colorado which planned to hold classes as usual. Greeley officials indicated that schools would open again Monday, since schools were scheduled to beclosed Good Friday. Disaster designation needed for Army help in flood area By RED EDGERTON Tribune Staff Writer A new damage estimate for the Kersey flood was revealed Wednesday at the regular weekly meeting of the Weld County Commissioners. Glen Paul, County Health officer, said he estimated it would cost $120,000 to rebuild the Kersey sewage system to meet state health department standards following the flood unleashed last week when the Latham reservoir dam broke, flooding more than 4,000 acres of Weld County and inundating the town of Kersey. During the meeting, the commissioners received a long distance phone call from Col. Robert Emry with the Department of the Army in Washington, P.C. Col. Emry told the commissioners that the Corps of Engineers would be able to help in cleanup and reconstruction work if the area affected by the flood is declared a disaster area. So far, indications are that the damage was not widespread enough to qualify for disaster status. The commissioners approved a bid for $47,330 to Dave Fenton, Inc. for construction of a warehouse type building to store voting machines. The building will be built near the present county shop area in Greeley and will measure 50 by 130 feet. Thirty feet on the north end of the building will be to store autos and the remainder will be for a storage area and workshop for the county's voting machines. The Fenton bid was higher than one submitted by Cropper Construction Company for $42,432. The commissioners accepted the Fenton bid because it contained extras not included in the Cropper bid. One of the items was Builder's Risk Insurance and another was a gas line to the building and installed. A third extra was chip proof paint which is expected to have a longer life than ordinary paint. The commissioners also awarded a $10,947 contract to Iliff Construction Company for the purpose of moving a two-bay motor grader storage building from island Grove Park to Grover. A letter from Greeley School District Six regarding the traffic situation at 17th Avenue and the Highway 34 by-pass was read and during discussion of the situation it was brought out that most of 17th Avenue from the by-pass south to Evans belongs to either Evans or the city of Greeley as far as maintenance and signing is concerned. The commissioners, however, said the county would cooperate with both Greeley and Evans in working out possible solutions to the problems caused by commercial and residential development in the area. It was pointed out that Patrick Collins, who operates a greyhound dog kennel in the Firestone area, has filed a suit against the commissioners because they denied permission for him to enlarge the kennel. A resolution, authorizing County Attorney Sam Tclcp to defend against the suit, was passed. Inside . the Tribune (46 pages, 3 sections) Abby 21 Hospital 6 Agri-news 30 Markets 43 Classified 39-43 Obituaries 6 Comics 32 Sports 28,36-38 Crossword 32 Theater 34-35 Editorial 4 TV log 32 Hclolte 21 We«tn*r 6 Horoscope 33 Wm'ipgs. 18-J1 T»4ty'» yreu rM: 1MM County Clerk and Recorder Ann Spomer informed the commissioners that due to recent annexations to Greeley, it would be necessary to divide many precincts. Mrs. Spomer said this work would have to be completed 90 days before the city elections in November. She said the work will involve many changes in maps and overlays and that such changes are expensive. Following the regular meeting, the commissioners met with Glen Paul, county health officer, and Gene McKenna, head of the county welfare department, to discuss the Weld County Homemakers Aide Service. Margaret Clemmons, who heads the service, was also present, along with several staff members of that service. Mrs. Clemmons said the service was started last May and that it now serves a great many senior citizens in the county. Joe McKenna, representing the American Association of Retired Persons in Weld County, as well as several other organizations of retired persons, spoke in favor of the plan. He said that steps should be taken to allow indigent aged persons to stay in their homes as long as possible before going to nursing homes and that the Homemaker Aide Service was very useful in helping carry out such a program. He pointed out that (he Weld County Medical Society also favored the plan. He said costs of Ihe aid program would be more than offset by savings effected in nursing home fees. Mrs. Clemmons said that there are now about 25 homemaker aides working on the program each month. The charge for the services they perform is $2 per hour and they are paid $1.75 per hour. The 25 cents per hour difference allows employment of a full time employe to coordinate office and field work. She said that the service had been forced to refuse services to nearly 70 people in the county because they could not afford to pay. Gene McKenna said that state welfare rules prohibit his department from helping in the program unless people are eligible for some other form of welfare benefits. Glen Paul said that the health department has been trying to help, but has no funds allocated. Mrs. Clemmons said that some months the program makes money and some months it operates in the red. She said that about $1,000 per month, or $12,000 per year would insure that the program could operate and serve those elderly indigent people who could not afford it now. Gene McKenna said that it would take state approval for the welfare department to take part. The commissioners pointed out that there are no county funds now, but that it could be considered for next year's budget. The commissioners said, however, that they would like to have a monthly report on the program and that the program should be kept in operation. Commissioner Glenn Billings asked Gene McKenna and Paul to discuss possible means of keeping the program going and to report back to the commissioners with ideas for possible solutions. Blind man's dog stabbed OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A blind man's seeing-eye dog was stabbed and left in a pool of blood here by attackers who fled on foot, police said. Lester Bernard, 44, told officers Monday he and his guide dog, Jerry, were walking Sunday night in front of their home. Bernard said he heard youngsters shouting, apparently trying to get Jerry into a dogfight. Jerry is trained to avoid battles unless his master is threatened. Bernard said he heard the dog whimpering and assumed he had been kicked. Bernard's wife, who has only partial vision, came to the door and found the dog on the porch in a pool of blood. She said all she could see were vague forms running away. Deputy sheriffs file suit for 1970-71 overtime pay By FRANK COLOHA.N Tribune Staff Writer Thirty past and present Weld County deputy sheriffs have filed a complaint in District Court for a total of $31,959.31 in overtime pay which they claim is owed them by the county for service they performed in 1970 and 1971. Named as defendants in the suit are the Weld Board of County Commissioners, and County Commissioners Glenn Billings and Harry S. Ashley and former Commissioners Harold Anderson and Marshall Anderson individually. The plaintiffs in the action are: William F. Aimer, Bernita Andrade, Harold L. Andrews, Newton L. Bostron, Robert E. Brown, Charlotte B. Clayton, Guy Elliott, Richard D. Estreich, Henry Frcnze, Felix A. Gallegos, Pete R. Gasca, Maurice Hubbs, Walter W. Huffer, Don King, Duane D. Integer, Harry E. Lamb, Irene Leakey, Alfonso Lopez, Ernie A. Maitinez, Lawrence A. McHale, Kenneth Miller, Kenneth Rowc, Jerry R. Smith, Joe Tcrroncs, Franklin Vawter, Pat Vinton, John Wach, I^arry E. Wcitzel, Sherman Zimblcman and Pat Zimmerman. Their complaint, in a first claim for relief, alleges the defendants agree to pay time and a half pay for all overtime work. The plaintiffs say they presented their claim for tlic overtime pay to the County Commissioners for audit and allowance as provided by law but that the board refused to act on the claim. "Such refusal constitutes a disallowance of the claim," the complaint states. In a second claim for relief, the com- plaintsets forth that the County Commissioners about Dec. 10, 1969, adopted a resolution relating to overtime pay and that the sheriff and the board represented to the deputies that they would be paid for overtime work pursuant to the resolution. The complaint states the defendants failed to pay the plaintiffs the $31,959.31 due them as a result of the resolution and representations. In a final claim, the plaintiffs contend that, if sufficient monies were not appropriated to pay them the $31,959.31, under the law, the individual defendants arc personally liable for the amount. The plaintiffs ask for a judgment for the $31,959.31, interest on the money owed and for court costs. The weather NORTHEAST COLORADO - Snow tonight diminishing to Intermittent light snow Friday; much colder tonight; highs mostly 30s; lows tonight 20s; precipitation probability in per cent 80 tonight and 30 Friday;

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