Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 4, 1977 · Page 1
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Energy department established Cornerstone of Carter energy plan approved ByTOMRAUM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Friday to establish a new department of energy but insisted that the agency should only have a life of five years unless renewed by Congress. The energy department bill, slightly trimmed from that requested by President Carter, was appro ,'ed 310 to 20. Similar legislation has already passed the Senate. Before the bill can go to the President's desk, a House-Senate conference committee must reconcile differences between the two versions. Both measures would pull together energy programs now scatlered throughout the goyernmenl and abolish three existing agencies outright. ' And both measures reject Carter's proposal that the secretary of the new agency -- expected to be White House energy adviser James R. Schlesinger -be given broad powers to set prices of energy. : Instead, the House and Senate voted to vest these powers in a commission to be included in the new department. Carter has asked Congress to create the new department to carry out the energy proposals he wants enacted. On a 202-126 vote, the House approved an amendment by Rep. James Broyhill, R-N.C., thai would kill the new agency on Dec. 31,1982. This would require further congressional action then if the department is to be continued. Although sponsors of the bill protested it would lead to inefficiency in the new department by creating an atmosphere of uncertainly, Broyhill argued that "Congress does a very good job selling up new agencies but a poor job at reviewingthem." He said if Congress determines that the energy department is doing a good job, then it can vote to extend it beyond the 1982culoffdate. Before approving the bill, the House rejected a proposal to include within the new agency a unit empowered to strip large oil companies of their authority to buy foreign oil directly. The amendment was proposed by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who said the government could strike a better deal for consumers than do the oil companies that now deal directly with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries -OPEC. "This would show to all who are looking thai we are not unmindful of the relationships between OPEC and the big multinational oil companies," Conyers said. Opponents of (he amendment argued' that'purchasing oil should be left in the hands of the energy industry. Conyers amendment was rejected by a vote of 31 to 23 under a procedure that did not require a full roll-call of House members. Under the House bill, a five-member commission would regulate prices of natural gas and wholesale rales of electricity transmitted across state lines, responsibilities now vested in the Federal Power Commission. The Senate-passed bill would establish a Ihree-member board which, along wilh natural gas and wholesale electricity rates; would also regulate some oil prices. But Hie Senate version permits input from the energy secretary and gives Ihe President veto power over the . commission's decisions -- a power not contained in the House bill. This is a key difference that will have to be resolved by the House-Senate conference committee. The House version also gives Congress the right to veto rules issued by the new department. The Senate bill does not. 'Who's that fella I saw you with?' Thai's no fella, you dummy. It's an anatomical dummy, er, model. Greeley West teacher Sue Green had to take her friend, seat belt and all, back to the administration building Thursday, the last day of school. The strange passenger In the. VW convertible caused a tot of stares in downtown Greeley, though. (Tribune'photos by Steve Bauer) 15 CENTS A COPY Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 69, NO. 192 AND THE GREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 GREELEY, COLORAD08063) SATURDAY, JUNE4, 1977 Property tax relief the stumbling block ByCARLHILLIAHD and JUDY HERB DENVER (AP) - Majority leaders in the Colorado House and Senate have agreed to let a conference committee work 10 more days to try to find $8 million that would provide property tax relief for the state's renters · as well as homeowners. Final approval of a property tax relief bill was one of the obstacles to a recess prior to final adjournment Friday. The six-member conference con\. miltee voted unanimously to ask the leadership in' both houses for an ex- · : ' *** tension so they could go into 'the 51.7 billion main budget bill to determine i f " there might be excess money available. And that delay would also allow them.lo , examine revenue reports that are due within the next few weeks. House Speaker Ron Strahle and Senate Majority Leader Richard Plock, as well as Senate Presidenl Fred Anderson, gave thego-ahead. · Earlier this year the House had approved a property tax relief bill granting about $24 million in relief to homeowners and $7 million to renters. But when the measure reached the Senate, the relief for renters was stripped away. *** Winners in adjournment race DENVER (AP) - Some major bills which won final approval in the Colorado General Assembly Friday would: --Set up a Hospital Rate Commission to review, in advance of implementation, the budgets of private and public . hospitals and approve each hospital's charges. --Tax businesses to provide about 51 million for an anti-litler campaign. --Set up a six-month pilol program to provide low-cost dental care to old-age pensioners at a cost of $1 million. --Require certain recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children to register for work programs in order to qualify for benefits. --Exempt automobiles 'sold to oul-of- stale residents from the state sales and use tax. --Set up a system for inspection of auto, emissions thai would begin in 1980 and apply primarily lo nine counties along ' the Fronl Range. Standards for the inspections and emissions would be adopted in 1979. --Allow the state-to set up a sweepstakes race program that would put 45 Inside the Tribune (36 pages, 3 sections) Abby 12 ' Markets 27 Classified 21-27 Obituaries 6 Comics 20 Outdoors 8-9 Crossword 20 Sports 18-19 . Editorial 4 Theater 16-17 Hcloise 13 TVlog 20 Horoscope 7 Weather 6 Hospital 6 Wra's pgs. 12-13 Today's press run: 20,172 If you have not received your Saturday Tribune by 8 a.m., call 352-0211. per cent of the proceeds up'for money or prizes, give 10 per cent to the.track and place the rest under the jurisdiction of the stale treasurer for the Conservation Trust Fund. The fund would be used to purchase land and waler righls for recreational purposes at'lhelocallevel. --Change the method of assessing agricultural land for inheritance lax purposes, aimed at keeping small farms in operalion. --Give senior citizens additional credits or refunds on their property tax to be applied against the state income tax. --Lighten the lax on retirement or pension benefits or annuities received by the elderly. --Cul down on welfare fraud by requiring social service workers to make monthly fraud detection reports to law enforcemenl officials. - In addition, welfare caseworkers would be required to have eight hours of welfare fraud training. . --Transfer the Colorado School for Ihe Deaf and Blind-from the Department of Institutions to Ihe Department of Education. --Bar the Departmenl of Revenue from placing liens on certain types of rental property siezed for delinquencies for income, sales and use taxes. --Tighten restrictions on ballots obtained for absentee voting. --Allow students trained in foreign medical schools to practice in Colorado, under restrictions imposed by the University of Colorado Medical School. -Reduce from 5350,000 to 5150,000 an appropriation to Ihe governor's office for a drought council, allowing 5100,000 to go to the executive committee of the council for distribution, and $50,000 for a drought coordinator, staff, and equipmehl. --Guarantee that criminal records be kept open for a certain period of time for scrutiny by the press and the' public. . The General Assembly was poised for recess prior to final adjournment Friday night, but stumbling blocks in the form of a handful of major bills made it appear likely lawmakers wouldn't finish work until early Saturday. · Agreements were reached on a bill aimed at barring major hikes in tax assessments, and on a bill creating a graduated food sales tax credit. 'Also given final approval were a compromise bill making changes in the state's bilingual-bicultural education law, and a stricl anti-obscenity law. Another controversial issue, an antismoking bill, also cleared both houses and was sent on to the governor. But stalling progress was. a compromise on a properly lax relief plan, a bill to grant major pay increases to elected county officials, and a bill changing contract agreements belween labor and managemenl under the Colorado Labor Peace Act. And final resolution of differences over a new corrections system and over State hi several Hems in Ihe $1.7 billion main budget bill still needed to be reached. Senate changes in a bill aimed at keeping properly tax assessments from soaring -- at least for one year -- was okayed and readopted by the House shortly before noon by a vote of 37-26, and then readopted 52-11. As accepted by Ihe House, the bill would require all tax assessors to use -1973 tax manuals -- currently used by most counties -- until 1981. In 1981, assessors would starl using 1977 manuals. Manuals would change every four years. The measure also sels a limil on assessment increases for the next "two years. It provides that the 1977 valuation for assessment of any piece of property could not be more than 40 per cenl higher than the average assessed valuation for the years 1974, 1975 and 1976. For 1978, Ihe valuation could not. exceed the previous year by more than 25 per cent. Anolher limil would prevent the Stale Board of Equalization, which ad- ministers the property tax system, from raising the valuation for assessment in 1977 on any class or subclass of property more than 25 per cent over the previous taxable year. Finally, the bill creates a new property tax classification to cover large tracts of land not subject to lower agricultural assessments. Under that provision, the acre on which the residence is located would be assessed at 30 per cent of actual value, the next three acres at 50 per cent of value and the rest of the land -- up to 35 acres--at 25 per cent of actual value. The graduated food tax credit bill accepted by the House would hike the amount of credit taxpayers could claim on their state income tax from the current 57 per person to 516 per person for lower income taxpayers. The 57 credit would remain for households with adjusted gross incomes 54,000 or more. For households with an adjusted gross of 53,000 to 54,000 it would be 511, and under 53,000 it would be $16. The measure was accepted, 49-14. 'The price lag on the graduated food tax' credit plan was about 57.6 million. The Senale readopled a compromise bill- changing Colorado's bilingual- bicullural education law. : The bill, readopted by a 33-1 vote, now goes lo Gov. Richard Lamm for his signature. The law was passed lo help children in kindergarten through third grade who are linguistically-or-culturally different become better students by giving them instruction in Ihe language with which they are mosl familiar. A lough anti-obscenity bill thai would bar adults, as well as children, from reading or seeing any malerial deemed to be pornographic was moved out of the Senate and on lo Ihe governor. ' The Senale readopled Ihe measure, 295, despite warnings that it may be unconstitutional. Sen. Ted Strickland, R-Westminsler, sponsored the bill, which passed the Senate withoul a single word of debate. DENVER (AP) - Highway deaths in Colorado are running about 13 per cent higher than last year, the State Patrol says, with more driving, faster driving and an increase in drunk driving all contributing lo the dealh toll. The state highway death toll stood at 239 Friday after the deaths of seven people in highway accidents Thursday. The death toll was 212 on the same dale laslyear. Lt. Don Moomey, head of the State Patrol's education and safety office in Denver, said that speeding citations and drunken driving arrests were both up about 9 per cent this year compared to last year. He added, however, lhat there was no indication Colorado drivers were simply Weather NORTHERN COLORADO - Partly cloudy afternoons and evenings wilh widely scattered showers and thunderstorms through Sunday. Mostly clear nighls and .mornings. Continued very warm daytime temperatures. Lows Salurday night 50s to low 60s. Highs Saturday and Sunday 80s to mid 90s. Winds variable 5 to 15 mph Saturday; locally strong and gusty near thun- . derstorms. Precipitation probability 20 per cent Saturday and Saturday night. ignoring the 55 mile-an-hour speed limil and that parl of the increase in road deaths was simply the result of more driving. Through April of this year, travel on Colorado roads totalled an estimated 5.3 billion miles, up from 5.1 billion miles through April of last year, the statistics section of the state Highway Division said. That is an increase of about 5.3 per cent. There also has been an increase in fatalities resulting from drivers falling asleep al the wheel, improper parking beside roadways and persons driving on Ihe wrong side of the road, Moomey said. The seven deaths on the state's roads Thursday was the largesl single-day death count since lasl Oct. 13, when 16 people were killed. Nine of those deaths occurred when a station wagon overturned and burned on Inlerslale 70easl of Byers. Four elderly Denver residenls were killed Thursday when the car in which they were riding collided with a pickup Iruck in Longmont. Death takes jouth injured eight years ago ByDONBEMAN Associated Press Writer GOOSE LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Gareld Mayne's funeral was Friday -- nearly eight years after he collapsed on a high school football field and never regained consciousness. Gareld, 22, died Tuesday night at a nursing home. "In a way it was a shock and in a way it wasn't. You don't really think it will be today," said his father, Lloyd Mayne. "We are happy that Gareld has been released. "We knew Gareld's dealh would come and our faith in God and our Saviour have held us together," he said. The Mayne family is Mormon, and the father said the Mormons have a differenl outlook on life and death. Mayne is (he unpaid branch president of the Church of Jesus Chrisl of Latter- Saints in nearby Clinton. \ d a y "We believe thai our family will be logelher again as a family unit in the afterworld if we live as we should. We know that we will be with Gareld again." Following the services, Lloyd; his wife, Willa Mae; daughter, Lynette, 20, and another son, Gregory, 11, left for Gypsum, Colo., for the burial in (he family plot. The family lived there until Gareld was 12. "We never really did give up. We did 90 per cent, but there was still 10 per cent hope. Deep down we knew he would die," Mayne said. Gareld was a 15-year-old high school sophomore halfback when he was injured at a football practice session Oct. 8, 1969. He complained lhat his head hurt after making a tackle. Then he collapsed on the field. He underwenl surgery thai night, but doctors said his brain stem had been crushed and he probably wouldn't make it Ihrough the nighl. But Gareld lived for nearly eight years, without the assistance of any machines. "He was young and was a strong wiry kid," his father said. Gareld was fed intravenously. Mayne said the family visited him at least once a week, telling him of things that happened even though they were certain he could not hear. "It was hard, very hard, to see him lay there and deteriorale," said Mrs. Mayne. Area residents helped the family pay medical expenses. A counlywide benefit featuring former Detroit Lions all-pro lackle Alex Karras raised 56,000 in 1971. Mayne said he had no idea about the total cost for caring for Gareld, but the stale had paid since Gareld reached age 18.

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