Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 3, 1976 · Page 5
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The newest member By Karen Southwjck BOISE-"I don't like to be just a slick occupying a seat/' said Rep. Virginia Smith, R-Caldwell, as she look her seat in the Idaho Legislature (or the first lime Monday. Smith was selected lo finish the term of former Rep. Maurice Clements, R- Nampa, from District 13. Clements slepped down Friday for personal and business reasons. The legislature is in its 59th day today of a session supposed to last only 60 days, ll will probably run al leasl a week or more longer so Rep. Smilh will have her chance lo "buckle down and work." "1 have always been interested in government and I'm happy to have an active part in it." she said. Although she has never run for an elective office. Smith has been involved in politics and the Republican parly most of her life. She has served as slale and precinct committeewoman for Canyon County Republicans. She is presently second vice c h a i r m a n representing t h e Firsl Congressional Districl and was involved in the Steve Symms and Jim McClure campaigns. On Ihe stale legislative level, she helped organize and manage the campaigns of all Ihe Republicans elected from Districts 11.12 and 13 in Canyon County Smith also has been Senate hostess for seven years and knows many of the people al Ihe legislature. "I feel this is my family and my people," she said of the legislature. She is the wife of a fruil grower in the Sunny Slope area near Caldwell and has four children -- three sons who have graduated from college and a daughter working toward a masters degree in political science. Smilh said her family all supported her appointment. She is also Ihe sisler of Nampa City Council member M a r g u e r i t e Brown. 1 who recently became Ihe first woman elected lo lhal body. "'flirt! 1 h'6'f-"bere '16''do anything b u t ' t r y to be -an assel." Smith c o n t i n u e d . "I'm not here lo grind an ax Virginia Smith or get even with someone." She does intend to run for Ihe seal this fall, although she would not have done t h a t if Clements had decided lo run again. "1 have been satisfied with the people we have elected from Canyon County and have enjoyed electing other people." Once Clements announced his intention not to try for reelection, "I felt Ihis might be Ihe chance lo run," Smith said. "I don't want to be here just for a litle. I want to feel I am adding something." She believes most people don't take enough interest in Idaho government and don't realize how hard a legislator must work. "If a person believes he can do boiler, he should run for the office." she said. "Al! Americans should offer services to government. That is Ihe way we can have better government." She noted most of Ihe jobs she has had in her lifelong service to Ihe Republican parly have been donated, "i did Ihem because I believe in service." Smith intends to vote "the way my conscience leads me. I'm not a person who just blows with the breeze I like lo Ihink things over and I will be open to suggestions ... but I'm not particularly swayed by how any one else votes." She gave an example of that Monday morning when she was the only Canyon County Republican to cote in favor of a home rule bill lo allow cities to exercise powers of local self- government not specifically prohibited by general laws or the Idaho Constitution. "I like the idea of home rule, allhough House bill 422 is a little open," she said. "There needs lo be some changes." "I don't like to just vole no unless I'm sure," she said. "I vote my own convictions. Politics, like religion, is a personal thing. 1 am an individual and have been an individual in my political efforts." She declined to label herself "as anything bul Republican." If there's a straight parly-line vote that would help the party, "I would vote in favor." lint otherwise, "my vole will depend on the fads presented." Smilh will lake Clemenls' place on the Joint Finance- Appropriations Commillee and the House Judiciary and Rules Committee. Both these committees are engaged in c o m p l e x , i m p o r t a n t decisions, she said. "II will be a challenge to be a good member of those commillees. I simply will try to help in my humble way, I don't think it would be appropriate for me, as a latecomer, to make strong decisions at eilhcr of these committees. I will just play it by ear." she added. Entering the legislature and the committees so late "is like going into a college class at the last minute and seeing how much you have to learn. I certainly have here." She did not want lo take a stand on any issues until becoming belter informed on the details, but did fed Ihe problem of highway funding must be resolved. "I certainly can't say where (Die funds should come from), bul they need the funds they're asking for. We all wear the roads out and highway funding affects everyone." Smith will be living al home during her term in (he legislature and her phone there is 459-7192. The Idaho Free Press i The News-Tribune. Wednesday, March 3,1976 -- 5 Committee kills gun controls WASHINGTON ( D P I ) - Tin- House Judiciary Commillee has killed a tough gun control bill which would have banned cheap, easily concealable handguns, afler what one supporter called "one of the most blatantly crass lobbying campaigns ever." "This kills gun control legislation for this year," declared Rep. Don Kdwards. I)Calif., one of the bill's chief cimnnrtors The committee unexpectedly voted 17 to 1C Tuesday to send the gun control measure back to its crime subcommittee. The motion was made by Hep. Tliunus Hailsback, K-lll. While the bill was intended lo ban the sale and manufacture of new handguns, it would not have affected the more than 40 million existing handguns presently in circulation. The bill's supporters com- plained of an intense lobbying campaign against the bill by the National Hifle Association. liep. John Sciberling, D-Ohio. said "This was one of the most blatantly crass lobbying campaigns ever." (inn control supporters said Hie measure would have curbed the proliferation (if the small, cheap handguns mosl used by criminals. Opponents said it would have banned m a n y handgun models used primarily by sportsmen and made it more difficult for taw abiding citizens to obtain firearms for self- protection. Other key features in the bill included: - Mandatory sentence for anyone using a firearm in the commission of a felony. - Higher license fees and stricter licensing procedures for gun dealers. - Tougher laws to prevent illicit firearm traffic by making it a felony to knowingly sell a gun to a person with a criminal record. -- Limit any person lo only one handgun purchase a month. - Require a 21-day wailing period for anyone wishing to buy a handgun. Analysts tally Amtrak losses through Boise WASHINGTON (Ul'll A proposed passenger route from Denver to Portland via Iloise w o u l d lose $7-10 for every dollar it received in revenue since only one-third lo one-half of the seats would be filled. Amlrak analysis estimate. "The problem is lhat there's just no population density between Ogden and Portland." said Donald C. Matthews, of financial analysis and planning for Amlrak. "The end points arc the only places where you'd pick up any ridership." The preliminary report in dicaled lhat there would be no more than 30-30 passengers on board the trains making the routes pushed by Northwest legislators. Idaho is one of three stales which does not have passenger rail service lo any of its major population centers. Robbery suspect added to FBI list WASHINGTON ( U P I l - The latest member of the KBI's list of 10 mosl wanted fugitives is a suspected bank robber whose righl arm carries a lalloo reading "In Memory of Mom." The KRI said Patrick James Huston, 45, and two other men were arrested shortly afler they allegedly robbed a bunk in Queens, N.Y., in September, 1974. All three escaped lasl March and Ihe other iwo were captured and convicted. The FBI said Tuesday Huston also was involved in a shooloul with police in which two persons were killed. Four routes have been proposed for the route, the mosl economical being one running from Denver to Salt Lake City three limes a week, and daily from Sail l.;ike lo Uoisc, continuing to Portland and Seattle. The run would generate $13 million per year in revenue from passenger fares, meals and payments for carrying mail, bul it would cost SI 1.5 million lo rperalc. The least economical of the routes, running from Denver to Ogden. Utah, three times a week, Ihen continuing daily lo Hoise and Portland. 11 would lake in less than $1 million while coslinp, $11 million. The Portland-Seattle train, one of several routes being considered for possible elimination because of its huge deficit, loses about SI for every dollar of revenue. Urian Duff of Amlrak said Ihe Moist 1 study was primarily lo narrow Ihe number of routes for a more (totalled study to be compiled later, and did not include inspection of tracks, stations and maintenance facilities. He said it was assumed these costs would be the same as Ihe national average. The study also assumed that the Denver-Porlland routes could save money by hooking onto an existing Denver and Kio (Irando Western Railroad t r a i n M mil Denver to Salt Lake City or Ogden. A Senate subcommittee is scheduled lo hcgin hearings Thursday on the f u t u r e of existing routes, including Portland-Seattle. CHAROLAIMIAYS SEVERAL STYLES OF BOOTS BOOTS DRESS and WORK NEW SHIPMENT TEXAS BRAND B60TS, JUST ARRIVED MEN'S, WOMEN'S, CHILDREN'S, INFANTS i'lkmis Si/es lo Men's. 13 W i d ' n s B i o E E E E ·BANXAMERICARD] j master charge Corner of Kimball and BlaineSts.. Caldwell Comet brightens horizon WASHINGTON i U P I ; - The latest comet lo swing around Ihe sun is much brighter than expected and should give early- risers a spectacular view for the rest of the week.a space agency astronomer said Tuesday. Dr. .Inhn C. Brandt, of the Goddard Space Flight Center, said Comet West is lour times brighter than Kohoutek. the much-heralded comet of two years ago that turned out lo be a viewing dud. "As a morning object, this is truly spectacular." Brandt said. The best lime to spol (he i-iimcl is lo look eastward about an hour before sunrise. Although \Vcst is far brighter t h a n Valley weather BOISE -- Temperatures dipped to near-record readings Monday night and Tuesday under fair skies and snow- covered ground. New records for the date were set al Boise for both the m i n i m u m and m a x i m u m t e m p e r a t u r e s Tuesday. Areas of valley fog or low clouds developed in Ihe Snake liiver plains during Ihe nighl, somewhat limiting the cooling this morning. The fog or low clouds dissipated in mosl areas by mid-morning, but persisted into Ihe afternoon in the upper Snake Kiver Valley. Otherwise, generally f a i r skies with cool temperatures arr in slore for southern Idaho ihrough T h u r s d a y . Northern Idaho w i l l have some cloudiness, with a chance of a few snow flurries over Ihe mountains today and tonight. Temperatures are expected to continue quite cold through Thursday, but begin a warming trend over the weekend. The extended outlook over the weekend calls for a chance of snow in northern Idaho Friday: otherwise dry weather. Temperatures should climb from the 30s mostly on Friday lo the 40s ami even some lower 50s by Sunday afternoon. Overnighl lows will also be moderate, reaching the 20s and mid-Ms Sunday morning o r i g i n a l l y predicted. lirandt said the lights and smog of metropolitan areas may interfere with the view. The comet, discovered late lasl year hy Kichard West of (he European Southern Observatory in G e n e v a , came w i t h i n 18.d million miles of the sun Feb. 25 and is now heading away from Ihe sun. It was loo close to Ihe sun to he seen last week bul Brandt said it was observed Sunday as a very brighl object with a dust Irail slrelching 7 degrees across Ihe sky. Today's Weather 30 2 1 S T 3 - 4- 7« S.VOW ACTIVITY' is forecast tonight for (he mid Rockies, most of Ihe Great Plains and into Ihe vicinity of the Great Lakes, as well as in the upper pail of Maine. Clear to partly cloudy skies should prevail elsewhere. Albany Albuquerque Atlanta Bakcrsfield Boise Boston Brownsville Buffalo Caldwell Charlotte Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas Denver DcsMoines Detroit Eureka Fairbanks Fresno Helena Honolulu Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Us Angeles tauisville Memphis High Low 26 15 62 35 80 XI 59 42 29 15 40 24 84 71 1)1 34 78 42 74 58 85 55 36 34 46 25 48 3 79 68 61 53 52 76 78 21 35 ·2C 68 60 31 38 39 a, 68 Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Nampa New York North Platle Oakland Oklahoma City- Omaha Palm Springs Paso liobles Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Me. Portland, Ore. Rapid City Kcd Bluff Reno Richmond. Va. Sacramento St. Louis Salt Lake City San Diego San Francisco Scalllc Spokane Thermal Washington 81 55 26 33 41 27 47 85 36 56 48 44 71 SB 26 46 20 38 34 74 43 79 33 60 46 ·12 27 66 52 73 33 24 17 32 39 3R 22 44 36 36 54 60 14 25 2R 25 48 M 55 20 50 41 38 13 45 44 Hack bft Popular Demand, Miss Caret/ with he THURS. thru SUN. -K ARCHER MALL THVRS. thru SAT. -CALDWELL March -ilh thru 7lh fT10D 0' Dfl V 11 "Anu Caplesx Wig, GYPSY, FLUFF or SUMMERET" YOUR CHOICE. . 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