Legislature leaves work unfinished DENVER (AP) - The 1977 Colorado Legislature, which convened Jan. 5 under pressure from voters lo stabilize the state's economy, and lighten their tax burden, quit work Saturday before meeting all those directives. The legislature finished its work at 6:45 a.m. after a marathon 21-hour session. The lawmakers will return to the Statehouse June 21 to tie up loose ends and consider any gubernatorial vetoes. Befo:-e adjourning, majority leaders In both the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to let a conference committee work until June 21 to try to find $8 million to provide property tax relief for the state's renters as well as homeowners. The six-member conference committee on the property tax relief bill voted unanimously to ask the leadership in both houses for an extension so they could go into the $1.7 billion main budget bill to determine if there might be excess money available. The delay also would allow them to examine revenue reports Â· that are due within the next few weeks. Earlier this year the House had approved a property tax relief bill granting about 524 million in relief to homeowners and $7 million to renters. But when the measure reached the Senate, the relief for renters was stripped away. Main problems facing the lawmakers when they started work were a faltering economy--with revenues down some $15.3 million from what was anticipated last spring--and calls for property tax relief from homeowners who were hardpressed to pay increased assessments levied by county authorities. Also on the list of problems to be handled were: --Unrest at the Colorado State Penitentiary, and renovation of the 100- year-old facility, which had been shunted aside by past legislatures. --Imposition of a minerals severance tax which some critics said was long overdue in Colorado. --School finance, which also had been a headachefor years. -Carrying out provisions of the 1976 Sunset Law, which was designed to weed out unneeded regulatory agencies within stategovernment. --Resolving a traditional fight over the sales tax on food, and deciding whether to eliminate it entirely or to increase the amount of credit a household could get on its income tax for the purchase of groceries. The property tax relief question was one lawmakers started working on im- mediately, and a half dozen plans emerged from the House. House members accepted, then rejected, a plan to give homeowners a 20 per cent reduction in their lax assessments. That proposal, which also included renters, would have been funded with the assistance of a hike in the state's 3 per cent sales tax, a five-cent increase in the cigarette tax and use of $5 million from the general fund reserve. But after freshmen members of the House GOP caucus objected to the sales tax increase, saying it was like taking money away from taxpayers with one hand and giving it back with the other. lawmakers went back to the drawing board. This time a 10 per cent reduction emerged--approximately $24 million in relief for homeowners and S7 million for renters. The plan would be funded through revenue from the severance tax, the increase in the cigarette tax and other general fund sources. Â·The Senate took the measure and stripped away the relief for renters, but added a provision to limit statespending. If revenue increased by more than 7 per cent over the preceding year, the excess would be funneled into property tax relief. Continued on page 2 15 CENTS A COPY Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 69, NO. 193 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 ANDTHEGREELEYREPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 MONDAY, JUNE 6,197) Two dead, 100 injured in Chicago rumble MICHAEL ROSENBAUM CHICAGO (DPI) - Weekend riots which left two dead and more than 100. injured were triggered by a "rumble" between predominantly Puerto Rican street gangs out to celebrate Puerto Rican Day. The youths turned on police who tried to intervene and a full-scale riot erupted. As the rioting raged, the youths cooly went about their work. They . methodically broke the windows out of police cars, then set them afire. Â· Reporters on the scene, who were attacked and chased away, remarked on the youths' deliberateness and intensity of purpose. Frustration and hostility were etched on their faces. The rioting cost the lives of two gang members, left more than 100 injured, a block of stores burned out and looted, and Â· local residents disillusioned. It began Saturday, a hot and muggy backdrop for Puerto Rican Day. Police Superintendent James Rochford said a bomb claimed to have been planted by the FALN, a Puerto Rican terrorist group, exploded on the fifth floor of the City-County Building about 12:30 p.m. and "set the climate for the riot." Near dusk with temperatures in the 90s police were called to Humboldt Park on Chicago's Near Northwest Side to" break up a fight between the Latin Kings and . the Spanish Cobras, two Latin street gangs. Â· The exact details of the shooting which followed remain unclear. In one version, Julio Osorio, 26, fired on police and killed a bystander, Raphael Cruz, 25. Osorio in turn was shot dead by police. In another version, police shot at Osorio when he refused to drop his. gun, killing him and t h e bystander. . . . Police said the killings triggered "a full-scale riot" which lasted five hours. Gangs, of youths roamed the Humboldl Park area overturning and 1 burning vehicles, throwing rocks, setting fire to shops and looting. Reinforcements were called in from throughout the city, including Soldier Field where 80,000 persons were attending an eight-hour rock concert. Heavy rains quieted the Humboldt 'Park area after midnight Saturday but looters came out Sunday morning, packing off cases of goods from non- Puerto Rican-owned shops. Rain breaks heat wave Whew! ,:".."..'. Â·'. " The hot streak that boiled Coloradans during the weekend apparently let.up Monday, with a welcome, if brief, rainstorm cooling things down. Weather service at the University of Northern Colorado reported only slightly measureable precipitation -- .01 of an inch. Still the. storm dropped blistering temperatures to a more liveable range.. Low this morning was a comfortable 59 One needn't be a weatherman to know it was hot during the weekend. Saturday's high was 99 (37.2c) -- a record breaker. Previous high for a June 4 was 96 (35.6c), set in 1958.' Sunday's high was a degree cooler -- 98 (36.7c). This tied the record for a June 5, reached in 1948. Early June is not always hot in Colorado. Record low for a June 4 is 33 (.6c) set in 1937; June 5 record low is 32 (c), also set in 1937. :.' The weekend record breakers added to Thursday's 9434.4c), which. also broke the record high for a June 2, 92 (33.3) in 1940. Surprisingly, water usage during the past week is hovering at rates normal for this time of year. According to Tom Ullman, city water engineer, average consumption during the last week was 26.28 million gallons a day, with peak usage coming a week ago; Monday, May 30. A total of 27.4 gallons were consumed that day. Ullman said comparisons to a year ago, when Greeley residents were restricted to every-other-day watering, can't be made with any significance, because it rained during this week a year ago. Still average consumption last year was 26.3 million gallons, indicating current consumption is about normal. Ullman said the new unrestricted water usage system seems to be working well. Residents may water anytime except between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Â· "The use seems to be constant. We really haven't used a lot of water," he said. ' Meanwhile, large numbers of people dived into the city's swimming pools to cool off. According to recreation supervisor Hod Hahn, some 1,050 swimmers were at Centennial Pool on 23rd Avenue for opening day Saturday, and a few more than that turned out again Sunday, although exact counts weren't available for Sunday. At Island Grove pool, there were close to 300 swimmers Saturday and a few less Sunday, while there were some 750 swimmers at Sunrise Pool Saturday with just a few less on Sunday. Hahn said there were no problems at the pools during the weekend, although some people had questions about hours. The pools are open daily from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. for open swimming, Hahn said. Persons with questions about swimming programs can call the pools during the morning hours, Hahn said. Police talked to ! uerto Rican leaders throughout the muggy Sunday but a plan of mutual withdrawal broke down at sunset. In scattered incidents, police .dodged rocks, bricks, bottles 'and Molotov cocktails. There were at least two reports of shooting but no deaths. In the major confrontation Sunday more than 200 Latin youths began hurling bottles, bricks and rocks at Â· police. Helmeted police stood their ground, then began throwing rocks back and finally wielded billy clubs to chase the. youths back into the park. Four Molotov . cocktails missed police cars and smashed in flames onto streets. A parked police motorcycle was thrown into Humboldt Park lagoon. The weekend count showed 130persons arrested on Saturday and Sunday, 43 policemen injured, more than 40 civilians injured including 7 with gunshot wounds, ; 8 stores looted, 3 police v.ehiqjes burned 'Â· and M others damaged, a'ST ^findings : burned. Puerto "Rican community leaders agreed to work with Acting Mayor Michael Bilandie to help slop.[he rioting. The police command post reported today the area had been quiet since midnight. Newspaper on horseback Kenton Dawkins, 12, throws a Tribune from.. the ..back seat of ".Cricket," a Pony Of America owned by Karen Miller, 11, daughter of Mrs. Judy Miller, 28 Alles Dr. Kenton, a Tribune carrier whose route is in the Â· Alles Acres neighborhood, got started delivering on horseback when he Â· became friends with Miss' Miller. Kenton is the son of. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dawkins, 2420 25th St. Road. (Tribune photo by Ron Stewart) Solons leave prison problem for decision in next session ByJOHNJ.SANKO DENVER (UP1) -- Ted Strickland, a Republican state legislator who dreams of being elected Colorado governor next year, says no one has convinced him yet the state needs a new maximum security prison in Canon City. The state senator from Westminster, chairman of the powerful legislative Joint Budget Committee, led a fight during the 1977 session to have the existing prison remodeled rather than rebuilt. The dispute ended in a stalemate this Colorado snowpack gone, snow survey chief says DENVER, (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's snow survey supervisor in Denver, Jack Washichek, says "there's practically no snow left in the state." The department's June 1 survey checked conditions at about 20 reporting stations scattered across the state. And only six of those stations, all at higher elevations, reported any snow at all. "For all general purposes, practically all of the snowpack has vanished already," Washichek said. At the USDA's Berthoud station, where 12.1 inches of snow would be a normal June 1 reading, only 6.2 inches were reported. The reporting station on Fremont Passhadonly3.6inchesofsnow .at the first of the month when a normal reading would be 8.6 inches. And on Wolf Creek Pass, where 20.6 inches of snow would be anormal reading for June 1, the snowpack totaled 7.8inches. . Streamflows have increased, -according to Washichek, "primarily because of really warm temperatures. "But we really don't expect it to last too long," he said. Washichek says the snowpack is definitely less than 50 per cent of normal and more likely in the range of 3540 per cent of normal. "It looks like kind of a tough year " he .aid. year with the final decision' awaiting lawmakers when they return to their desks in 1978. The General Assembly agreed to a compromise providing $537,000 in the next fiscal year to make an architectural study of a new prison. "Personally, I do not think we need it, but that's a personal observation," Strickland said. "! don't want to be unfair, but there has lo be a complete evaluation of the penal system in this state. "I think we will better know next year whether we need a new facility and can decide at that time. But there is nothing now (in this compromise proposal) that says we will have to build a new prison." The dispute over whether to remodel the existing maximum security prison at a cost of $3.4 million or lo build a new facility, costing $14.5 million, was one of the biggest battles waged in the legislature this year. The Senate - at Strickland's urging -decided to opt for the remodeling program. The House, led by Rep. Cliff Dodge, R-Denver, a freshman, fought for a new prison. "I just feel we need a new facility," Dodge said. "I view the compromise as a commitment that we will build one. I cannot imagine a new prison not being built. It simply has to be done -- I don't sea any other solution." Dodge also had support in the Senate particularly from Sen. Harold McCor- mick, R-Canon City. McCormick has been a leading spokesman in the legislature for years on programs lo help the prison. . McCormick said construction of a new maximum security facility could be the most important project involving the penitentiary since he has served in the Colorado General Assembly. He said he viewed the compromise proposal as the first step i n . constructing a new maximum security unit. In addition to the architectural fees for a new prison, the compromise plan -formally accepted on the final day of the session -- called for a $7 million overall corrections program. Included in the proposal was renovation and some new construction in the medium and m i n i m u m security areas, and a management plan for running a new State Department of Corrections. Although the dispute over construction of a maximum secuirty prison drew the most attention during the 1977 session, it was not the only legislation involving prison problems which lawmakers considered. Legislators, disturbed at reports that inmates sentenced to life terms were spending less time in prison than persons convicted of less serious crimes, approved a law requiring that life termers serve at least 20years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole. Inside the Tribune Weather Denver man dies of injuries auto crash Morning memorial service Ethel Kennedy, center, wife of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, kneels at her husband's grave in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., during ninth anniversary memorial service Monday. Mrs. Kennedy is flanked by her two sons, Robert, left, and Doug, right. In right, background, is Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. (AP Wlrephoto) I (48 pages, Abby Agri-news Classified Comics Crossword Editorial Heloise Horoscope 15 25 31-35 24 24 4 15 22 3 sections) Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TVlog Weather Wm'spgs. 6 35 6 28-30 24 6 14-17 Today's press ran: 20,100 If you have not received your Tribune by 6:30 p.m., call 352-0211. 1 p.m. temperature: 77 NORTHERN COLORADO -- Variable cloudiness with scattered showers and thunderstorms heavy at times, becoming isolated tonight and Tuesday. A little cooler today. Highs today and Tuesday 80s to lower 90s. Lows tonight 50s to lower CDs. Winds northeast to east 10 to 20 miles per hour today and tonight but briefly strong and gusty with thunderstorms. Precipitation probability 40 per cent today and 20 per cent tonight. A 25-year-old Denver man died from injuries he suffered in a fiery traffic accident southwest of Platteville Saturday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said. George H. Austin died at Weld County General Hospital about 2:50 p.m. Saturday. He suffered internal injuries in the accident, which occurred about 11:30 a.m. Officers said the 1974 pickup truck driven by Austin was in the wrong lane of Weld 19 about five miles southwest of Plalteville when it collided head-on with a 1976 car driven by Richard Yale of Longmont. Yale was treated at Longmont United Hospital for minor cuts and bruises. The impact caused Yale's car to spin around three times, then burst into' flames. Austin's pickup slopped on its wheels. Both vehicles were demolished. The death raises the 1977 Weld County traffic death toll to 12, compared with nine on this date a year ago.
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