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VOL I.Vl NO. Ml Independent Daily \'irs/xi/cr Dedicated lo Community NAMl'A. IDAHO. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12. 1975 :ll PACKS 15 CENTS Senate committee votes to rescind oil import fee WASHINGTON l U P I t - The Senale H m a n c e Committee today approved a House-passed bill lo rescind President Ford's increase in oil i m p o r t tees [or 80 Jays. The measure is designed lo rescind Ihe ' SI a barrel fee on imported oil which Ford imposed Feb. l and lo block him from increasing thai fee (o $2 on .March 1 and S3 un April 1 ns he intends. Congressional Democrats say they intend to frame an a l t e r n a t i v e energy program during Ihe 90-day period. They say Ford's program, to conserve oil and other fuels by driving their prices up. will i n t e n s i f y the i n f l a t i o n a n d i m p e d e recovery from the recession. Senate consideration of Ihe bill is expected to start next week. The threat of a filibuster by Ford's supporters from Republican ranks and from the oil stales appears to have faderi because his supporters believe the) 1 have the votes lo sustain a veto. A two-thirds Idaho taxwriters promote permanent tax break bill BUISE ( L ' P l i -- In a surprise move. House laxwrilers sent to the floor with a favorable recommendation today a bill to provide SIC million in permanent income lax relief. Hep. Maurice Clements. K-NMipa. told the Revenue and Taxation Committee his bill was aimed at t w o things: reducing the recurring general fund surpluses and providing taxpayers a break. This measure would reduce the rates at each level of Ihe income lax an average of seven to eigbt per cent and would make permanent a $20 grocery credit ucr person on income tax returns. At present. Ihe permanent credit is Sic and the temporary credit is S15. Clements conceded thai his hill would Rebel rocket rips Cambodia capital PHXllM PENH ( D P I ) - A rebel rocket ripped into central Phnom Penh today, killing five persons and wounding 10 sources said. K was the first shelling of Ihe capital in six days. On the edge of the Cambodian capital. Communist gunners fired eight rounds of rockets into Ihe vicinity of Pochentong airport in the morning but did not inflict any casualties, military sources said. Earlier, a Chinese-made rocket slammed into the city in front of a school but caused no damage. The blast near the French-build market sent vendors scurrying for safely and caused the government lo close it for Ihe day. E l s e w h e r e . pro-Communist rebels Tuesday routed two government infantry battalions defending Moha Saing, on route ·)about 25niilessoulhwest of Phnom Penh. field officers said. Rebels also attacked the besieged Dey Doh base on the Mekong river, 24 miles southeast of the Cambodian capital, and cut its communications w ith the capital create a problem for (hose "who want lo expand slate spending at a dramatically increasing rate." Bui lie said spending is in excess of what needs to be done and it is lime to pul Ihe brakes on expanded f u n ding of slate government and give the taxpayers some relief. Only Hop. Perry Swisher. D-Pocatello. spoke out on Ihe bill when it came time lo comtnitlee discussion. He contended Ihe relief does not fall on (hose who have been hit the hardest by i n f l a t i o n and the lax structure. Ihe middle income taxpayers. Swisher also said he fell (he rale structure itself needs an overhaul and that . portions of it are obsolete. Clemcnls replied he was nol arguing w i t h the present tax structure bill simply I r v i n g lo provide equal lax relief for ail those who pay income taxes. "It you wanl to completely revamp our i n c o m e l a x s t r u c t u r e t h a t ' s a n o t h e r thing." Clements said. The committee voted 10-6 to send the bill lo Ihe floor with a favorable recommendation. Earlier, Hie House approved bills (o provide for $12.4 million in temporary lax relief.-- paying for it mil of the anticipated general fund surplus. These measures now are in the Senate. majority is required lo override a veto. A sustained veto would mean a key segment of Ford's program will have been achieved despite (he clear opposition of Democralic majorities in the House and Senale. T))e Demoi'rals were frustrated --and embarrassed, loo --by their failure lo muster a quorum al Tuesday's meeting of Hie linancc committee, giving Ford more ammunition against a "do nothing" Con- Ford intends lo achieve another segment April 1, when lie removes controls on (lie price of domestically produced oil. Controls hold the price of 60 per cent of U.S. production lo $5.25 a barrel. Non- conlrollcd oil sells for the world price of about Sll a barrel. Imported oil, afler the three-stage 53 l.'iriff is in full effecl April 1, will cost about $14 a barrel. Another Ford proposal, lo -cmovo price controls on interstate shipments of natural gas, requires congressional approval. Natural gas shortages, leading lo some factory closings, appear lo be slrenglh- ening (he President's hand. Opponents are nol SUIT they can inusler a majorily against decontrol. A Senale Interior Cnmmillee slaff study published Tuesday says the higher price for energy which will result from Ford's program will amount lo SM billion a year -not Ihe $31) billion the administration estimates. 1'aslorc is chairman of a committee searching (or alternatives to Ford's ideas which Democrats can u n i t e on. A t e n t a t i v e program d r a f t e d by Democratic senators' slaffs calls for heavier gasoline taxes, which would be increased gradually as unemployment gradually declines. The Democrats are heeding the advice of economists who question the need for a one million barrel a day cut in oil imports. They, say too drastic an energy program can intensify inflation and prolong the recession. Paslore says his committee's proposals are based on Ihe assumption the oil import tax will be rescinded. Nampa High fully accredited N A M P A -- For the firsl time in at least six years, Nampa High School has received full accreditation status from (he Northwest Associalion of Secondary and High ScrJools. (tie N a m p a school board was told at ils regular meeting Tuesday nighl. Darrel Reisch,, high school principal, announced lliestatus as par! of a review of education programs at (he high school. In past years Ihe accrediting association has i placed N a m p a on an advised status ( j u s t below full approval I chiefly on grounds of slaff -shortages and facility problems. Reisch said He said slaff added last year and changes in teacher-student ralios brought :he school into conformity with association standards, and new cons t r u c t i o n al the high school takes care of · the facility problem. Reisch fold the board "student morale, cnliesiveness and pride is improving" at MIS each year, and can be noted in jludcnl-lo-studenl and student-to-faciilty relations. He also noled improvements in Ihe high school activities program, especially in the area of girls' athletic programs. And for ihe firsl lime, next year, he said, with (he addition of the new construction presently underlay at the high school campus, all high school students can be housed al one l i m e . Presently, he said, between 100 and WO students are not in class a( anyone lime of the day. because of break periods and early classes lo help alleviate overcrowding. Heiscb said major problems remaining al Ihe school lall inlo areas of attendance and motivation. He also said there is a problem in finding funds for equipment and instructional materials for teachers lo use in the classroom. The district's junior high school principals also presented reviews of programs al their schools. Roy Bennett, principal a( Soulh, told Ihe hoard Ihe school has in operation now a reading program "taking some of the best of Ihe experimental leading program in the English department at Wesl Junior High." He said (hescience department has been working as a learn to improve lesson planning and (he social science department has provided "exciting classes mat are man-cenlered. ralher than history d a t e - c c n t e r e i l or geographic a r e a centered." The major problem facing Soulh is the size of ils student populalion, Bennett said, pointing out that projected enrollment is sel al MOstudenls next year "in a building designed for 750 students."Superintendent Hex Engelking advised the board lhat administrators are preparing (o look al rezoning Ihe district to heller equalize Ihe sludenl population load al West and South. Vilas Brandt, principal at Wesl. said student-teacher ratios there are in "good shape" relalive lo accreditation standards, and the student population is nearly equivalent to the school's capacity. The biggest problem facing West, Brandt said, would he student load if (he board decides to rezone. He also commended an improved student altitude and (he dedication of West's instructional slaff. In other action, (he board: -Upon receipt of a check from Henry- Persons of Rnise, signed lo him a w a r r a n t y deed for (he I,one Slar School property which Persons bought al public auction Saturday for $17,100. --Approved a personnel report which noted Ihe hiring of three new staff members employed under a bi-lingual project approved by the board last monlh. Those new teachers are Roque Maravilla, bi- l i n g u a l resource s p e c i a l i s t ; Slanlon vStringfellow, bi-lingual media specialist; and Terry U h l m a n , media literacy specialist. --Approved members of Ihe business community lo serve on committees lo advise Ihe district and adminislrators on the f o r m a t i o n and execution of four partially stale funded Trade and Industry programs to begin al Nampa High in September. The courses and their advisory committee members arc: Aulo m e c h a n i c s - B i l l Wood. Woods Rebabilling, Harold Wiseman, Honstead Motor; and Vernon Carpenter, Brown Bus Co. Aulo body -- Larry Obendorf, Obendorf and Rowe Auto Body; Del Wright. Del's A u l o Body; Ron McDonnell. McDonnell and Mace. Electronics - Doug Cleveland, Execulone; and Ross Cliastain. Clioslain Alarm Systems. Welding -- Bill Brown, .McClurc Machine Shop; and Vaughn Howard. Howard's Welding. -Approved Change Order No. 1 on construction project al NHS and the new elementary school. The order is concerned mainly wilh changes in melal doors, entrances, frames and masonry pilaster reinforcement involving an increase in project cosls of S16.M-1. Engelking said he expects to make up the funds in oilier areas of project construction. The board also passed a motion lo reemploy 26 a d m i n i s t r a t i v e personnel in Iheirprescntcapacities, including: Koberf Hums, William Barnard, James Bieker. Wesley Sleek, Darrel Reisch, Hoy Dennett. Vilns Brandt, William Montgomery, Dale T h o r n s b c r r y , Raymond Hill, Brenl M c D o n a l d . W i l l i a m S c h i n k , Wayne Schimraels, Marvin Rose. Andy York, (lary Unramus, Warren Taylor, John .Mcrrick, A r v i n Springlhorpe, Louise Curl. Caroline Hulse. John Cramer. Raymond Parks, Ray Heed. Marvin I.aub, and N'orma Shefslall. **«*lnside **** Tfie best way Id bring the cost o! food down/ or at least to stop prices from going up r is lo step up irrigation in the West a water expert Irom Texas says. Page 9. Njmpa evened the score in a b a s k e t b a l l r e m a t c h wild Caldwell Tuesday night, beating Ihe Cougars 5543. Page 17. FROM A WIMHIW in Abraham Lin coin's original law utfice overlooking Hie restored (till Capitol in Springfield, III., Chillies (Ml prrscnls n s t r i k i n g resemblance of the laic president. 0£t. ii LiiH'uln. III., re.sidenl, has been p o r t r a y i n g L i n c o l n al v a r i o u s ceremonial functions lor over three years a f t e r receiving assistance in o b t a i n i n g his uuritrobr from a county bistiirira) swirl.i. Toriat is Abraham l.iiiruln's birthday. il'i'l Pholoi Arbiters hook up with city firemen NAMl'A - A majority of a three-man arbitration hoard has ruled in favor of the .Nampa Fire Department local union regarding a pay grievance tiled against the city of Nampa. Local 804 of the I n t e r n a t i o n a l Associalion of Fire Fighters has claimed Nampa broke the ID74 contract, which runs through March 31 of Ibis year, when il switched from semi-monthly to bi-weekly pay periods in December. After the local rejected a compromise proposal by the city of an extra check on March 31 to make up any unpaid salary during Ihe contract period. Ihe mailer went before an arbitration board. The board, in a decision released this morning, ruled Z-l lhal "Ihe city lof Nampa i should comply w i t h semi-monthly pay periods as (specified) in said contract until Ihe end of the contract period." The board cited Article 22 of the fireman's conlracl as (he basis of Ihe decision. The article slates that "benefits now existing in (lie fire department nol covered in (his agreement shall remain in effect unless .1 change is agreed lo by both parlies." "11 is Ihe decision of (he arbiters that the pasl practice of paying on a semi-monthly basis became, under Ihe f a d s of (his case, a 'benefit' and therefore is conlrolled under Article 22," (he decision read. When (he changeover was made during the last pay period in December. Ihe board said, "this was done unilaterally fcy the cily with no prior negotiation between the parlies." Ken l l a r w a r d . finance director for the cily, said it uould abide by Ihe decision and firemen will receive an extra check Feb. 14 paying them through Feb. 10. After this. Ihe schedule of payments through March si will reverl to the semi-monlbjv basis, with checks on Feb 28 March H and ,11. He criticized the board's decision as "subverting the mayor and council's policy-making ability, ll is my contention lhal pay dales arc a policy esiablished by (he mayor and council and nol an 'existing benefit' under (he conlracl." The board decisions disagreed, staling t h a t "by custom and usage, pay periods became a par! of Ihe contract." llarward also commented lhal the method of deciding a grievance (hrough Ihe arbitration board "isa very poor one " In a press release, Mayor Ernest Starr said the firemen and (be cily "both losl bv Ihe action l a k e n . The ruling by Ihe ar- b i t r a t i o n panel . .was a hollow victory for our [iremen. "To date, they have been paid more (nan they would have received under (he semi- monlhly pay periods. After March 31, they « i l l be on (lie same schedule as (he res! of our employes and will nol receive one cent more in actual money." the mayor con- linued. "The [ i r e m e n w i l l h a v e the inconvenience of long and short periods of lime between pay checks. The double b o o k k e e p i n g and exira l i m e for programming our computer will be added expense for (he cily," he concluded. John Hodge, president of the Nampa local 804. said Ihis morning the grievance (he firemen filed "was based striclly on our contract and nol on personal feefings or animosity toward Ihe city. Our pay periods are a part of Ihe conl'raci, which was broken." James Martinez, seventh district vice- president of the International Association of Firefighters and the member of (lie arbilration board chosen by the firemen, explained he was concerned over the possible precedent if Ihe city of Nampa was allowed lo violate its contract with the firemen. "In I d a h o , a r b i l r a l i o u over labor disputes is fairly new."said Martinez, who has served on a r b i t r a t i o n boards in four slalcs. "My concern is not just with Nampa, bul with selling a precedent for Ihe rest of the stale. "Can you violate a c o n t r a c t just so m u c h . ' he asked. "I don't believe a cpniract should be'violated on any level bv either side, even for a good reason "Our pnim was lo prolect (he conlracl language and (o improve labor relations and communications for 1975," he added Other members of the aibitralion board «we Gary Doom, a Nampa accountant chosen by the cily; and Allen tierr. a Boise allorney chosen after firemen and (he city each eliminated Iwo names from a list of f i v e senl by Ihe labor commission. Derr acled as chairman. In a dissenting opinion. Doom commented lhal the decision by Ihe city lo pay bi-weekly (26 pay checks a'yean inslead of bi-inonlhly 124 pay checks a yean "was tesed on good business and financial reasons. "The city of Nampa musl follow (he rules of (he Fair Labor Standards Act " Doom added. "I do not feel Nampa has violated the conlracl w i t h (he firemen bul.. has tried lo do w h a l is best for all and ai Ihe same time comply with federal regulations." Arms race shell game Defense eyes mobile missile Tilts W U K C K i W l K IS typical of nhat lakeshore troslon. caused hy lhc high water level of Ukf Michigan coupfed w i l h slrimg winds, is doing lo collages in the Grand Haven. Mich., hfach area. In the past srvm months, five collages within a quarlrr-fliilf of fach olhfr ha\f crashed in(o (he lake as lh« strep, sandy shore washes a w a y . WASHINGTON l U P l J - Defense officials say a new arms race wilh the Soviel Union could mean (he development of (he u l t i m a t e shell g a m e - u s i n g mobile missiles. In his annual defense report lo Congress. Secretary of Defense James Schlesingcr also said Tuesday China's efforts lo develop super power slalus have bf-en stymied for Ihe moment by "technical difficulties." The Mi-page report is the Pentagon's primary public Malcmcnl on defense issues. II is a lode mined bv defense specialists, newsmen, Pentagon critics and (he Snviel Embassy. A Ihree-inch . classified version w e n l ' lo the Armed Services and Appropriations committees of Congress. Schlesinger lold Congress he wanls In continue research work on -bul nol production of -a new ICBM for Ihe m i d - 1980s in case arms limitation lalks wilh ihe Soviel Union fail to progress. The missile could he buried in silos like the currcnl Minuleman, Schlesinger said Hut missiles the Soviels began deploying a few weeks ,igo are so powerful Ihcy will n U h e J 0 avoid lhal. he said, (he Unilcd Slates should consider going to a "mobile" missile in the mid-1980s. The Soviets couldn'l targe, mobiles because C wouldn l know where (hey were Air Force experiments have proved il is feasible lo drop a missile oul Ihe back of a "nWTM an(i ig " ile l h c TM*TM' Thai w m i M he one possible form of mobile missile. But Schlesinger said il wouldl£ *ery expensive because bolh planes and missiles musl be bought and the Dlan« n»'« be kept airhornelong hours

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