Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 6, 1977 · Page 12
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12 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Mon.,June 6.1977 Women's advocacy asked BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Women's Conference ratified s plan Sunday calling for establishment of a high-level state Women's Advocacy Office. The plan, aimed at improving the status, education and health of women, was the result of a three-day convention at the University of Colorado here. Twenty delegates elected at the meeting will take Colorado's plan to Houston this fall to the National Women's Conference. There it will be incorporated into a national plan aimed at improving the status of women. More than 3.000 women -from the aged to teenagers too young to vole on the plan -- attended the conference. Conference coordinator Betty Salazar said the sweeping changes called for the Colorado plan are "only a beginning. "We don't expect everything to change in one year or even five years," Ms. Salazar said. "The point of the convention is not just to get together and feel good and make some neat statements. The convention has given us a plan. The next step is to organize, work and see ·some results." The recommended Women's Advocacy Office would work with the legislature and state agencies on welfare rights, credit, fair housing and other legislative issues affecting women. The plan also includes recommendations for: --Recruitment of women for policy-making positions in both the private and public sector. --Development of agencies to provide vocational training, job counseling and education on job discrimination,sexstereotyping and affirmative actions programs. --An end to exploitation of women through pornography. -Equal access to quality medical anil dental fare for women in rural areas, including disseminaion of information on reproductive alternatives, midwife assistance, nutrition and alternative mental and physical health care. -Establishment of a media advisory committee to avoid sex stereotyping of women in the media. -Periodic review of affirmative action programs. -Enforcement of child support orders and protection of battered persons. Low reservoir levels curtail recreation Four persons were killed in this crash of a Denver car and a pickup truck Thursday on a main street in Longmont. Colorado recorded seven deaths in one day was the highest total since last October when is died in separate accidents. To Four killed date, 239 people have been killed on state highways this year, an increase of 13 per cent over the previous year. (AP Wirephoto) Lightning hits Morrison youth GOLDEN. Colo. (AP) - A man who said he learned his techniques from television was credited with helping to save the life of a 16-year-old youth struck by lightning near here Sunday. The victim, Gary Hunter of Morrison, was listed in critical condition at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Doctors said the lightning struck him on the left side of his head and passed through his entire body. Witnesses said Hunter was hit as he walked near the intersection of U.S. 6 and U.S. 40 east of here about 8 p.m. Sunday One of those who came along just as the lightning struck was painting contractor C. Wayne Marco. Marco said he and his girlfriend came around a corner on a motorcycle just in time to see the youth hit by lightning. Marco said he stopped and went to the young man's side in time to see his color turn "whitish -- even light blue." Feeling his chest and jugular vein, he concluded the youth's heart had stopped. Marco be- gan hitting him on the chest. "I hit him maybe seven or eight times, then I kind of pushed his chest up and down in a regular breathing motion. Then another guy came along and gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "The kid threw up but he kept giving him mouth-to- mouth. We got the kid's mouth cleared and finally his breathing started again. We kept it up until the ambulance came." ' Marco said he didn't know the name of the person who helped to revive Hunter. Marco said he had no first-aid training, but said he had watched a television special that explained how to perform emergency resuscitation techniques on heart attack victims. An ambulance driver who helped carry Hunter to the hospital said Marco and his anonymous helper "did a good job." But, the driver added: "In this particular case it was beneficial. However, if he'd done it wrong, he would have killed him." "Radioactive man' tells about hazards By JOE WHEELAN Associated Press Writer POWELL, Wyo. -- Michael Olveda, who is believed to have absorbed more radiation than anyone in the history of U.S. nuclear facilities, is on the lecture circuit these days.' He rasps out his story, coughing occasionally, and tells the folks what nuclear pollution can do. Olveda, now 43, inhaled a dose of plutonium 28 times the amount allowable on Aug. 22, 1971, as he tried to extinguish a "hot fire" in a laboratory at the Rocky Flats nuclear facility near Denver. The fire, ignited spontaneously in a special container of plutonium shavings and light oil, fiUing the room with dangerous fumes and smoke. The 10-15 seconds that elapsed before Olveda could don a respirator altered the course of the Powell, Wyo., native's life. · Olveda now is barred from working in the plutonium-recov- ery building at Rocky Flats; where he absorbed the radiation. Federal Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) officials say Olveda cannot work with radioactive materials any longer because of the niassive dose of radiation he already has received. So Olveda draws and paints in Powell and tells others about the dangers of nuclear'prolife- ration. If he can't get his old job back, he doesn't want to Showcase Your Office... complete planning service, free installation 353-0246 8078th St. work al Rocky Flats at all, he' says. He also thinks about dying. Lately, Olveda says, he can't seem to catch his breath at times, and he lapses into coughing spells. He says he notices a dull ache in the lower reaches of his lungs, too. oiveda doesn't have cancer, but he believes he'll contract it eventually. "I seem to be heading in that direction. As far as the stuff in the lungs, it's going to be there for a good 24,000 years." What still rankles Olveda is that he hasn't received a penny in compensation for inhaling the radioactive fumes. His insurance company, Travelers Insurance, and Dow Chemical, his former employer at the federal plant, don't consider Olveda eligible for disability payments. Travelers Insurance attorneys won't comment on the matter, but an attorney for ERDA said Olveda can't receive compensation because he doesn't have a disability that can be documented. Jim Stout, attorney for ERDA, was intimately involved with the case in its early stages, when Olveda Tiled his- claim with Travelers and Dow Chemical. He said he remembers when Olveda unsuccessfully pressed his claim with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. "The case can be reopened at any time, in the event Olveda can demonstrate he has a disability that can be documented," Stout said. During the period 1971-1974, Olveda peppered Congressmen, Dow officials and area newspapers with a steady barrage' of letters pressing his claim for disability compensation. Olveda now views the situation as hopeless. "AS far as : anything specific,knowledge of; radiation is scarce. I can go back (for further treatment and observation), but still as a guinea pig." It wouldn't be the first time Olveda has served as a guinea pig for medical science. Eight days after he inhaled the radioactive fumes at Rocky Flats, Olveda became the first human to undergo a lung "la- vage" operation. One of his lungs was flushed with a saline solution, while the other was fed oxygen. But Olveda called off a "la- vage" operation for the other ( lung because he didn't think the first operation had any effect. Too much time had passed since he absorbed the radiation, he said. DILLON, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado residents may be able to escape the heat by heading for mountain lakes, but they won't be able to escape the drought. Large expanses of land -normally underwater at this time of year -- are barren now at Dillon Reservoir near here. Dillon, which is the main storage facility for the Denver Water Board 77 miles to the east, is one of five man-made lakes in Colorado that have been seriously affected by the drought that plagues the West. Similar conditions exist at Lake Granby, Green Mountain Reservoir near Kremmling, Crawford Lake near Paonia and Vega Lake weast of Grand Junction. A spokesman for Colorado Division of Parks and'Outdoor Recreation said Vega and Crawford on the Western Slope are closed to large boats for the season. Crawford is lower than it ever has been, the spokesman said. At Tarryal Reservoir in Pike National Forest, the reservoir is full and conditions are good, the spokesman said. But al other lakes and reservoirs where boating is possible, boaters may have to search for launching spots. The ramp in Peninsula Campground on the shore of Dillon is high and dry. At nearby Heaton Bay Campground, large areas of water lie stagnant, cut off from the lake by higher ground. Boats are being launched from a ramp and from an electric hoist. Usually, water in the lake is sufficient for customers to ap- proach the boats on the floating docks by descending stairs to a ramp. But this year an extra flight of steps had to be built to get down to the dock level. At a boating supply shop in Dillon Basin, Larry Blackmun said business has been a little slow, but he's not worried. "I believe they (the Denver Water Board) paint the bleakest picture possible so they don't come up with any surprises," he said. Jay Eberhard, who runs the basin with his brother, said business has been "fairly good." Normally, when the spring runoff ends, the reservoir is full. This year, the water board predicted'it won't get higher than 15 feet below the spillway. A board spokesman said last week that the board hopes -to keep levels at Dillon about 20 feet below the spillway throughout the summer. Two DAs limit plea bargaining DENVER (AP) -' Two Front-Range district attorneys, Boulder's Alex Hunter and Denver's Dale Tooley, say they will cut down on the practice of plea bargaining in their areas later this year. Tooley, who complains that his prosecutors "spend too much time wheelin 1 and dealin' with defense attorneys," said .recently he will halt the practice in September. Hunter, who has spoken repeatedly in recent months against plea agreements, said he plans to follow suit before the end of the year. Plea bargaining involves a defendant charged with a crime agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser offense, thereby cutting back on court dockets and demands on prosecutors' time. Tooley and Hunter will join a handful of other prosecutors across the country who have undertaken efforts to cut back on plea bargains. The new policies, according to Hunter and Tooley, will require persons charged either to plead guilty or to go to trial on the charge. Once they go to court, the district attorneys said, neither will allow his staff to persuade the judge to render a light sentence in return for a guilty plea. Hunter estimates the policy will result in a tripling of felony cases that go to trial in his district where 24 felony cases were tried last year out of about 500 that were filed. Tooley predicted that about 240 felony cases will be tried in Denver this year out of 3,000 expected to be filed. He said he doesn't expect a large trial increase because the five Denver judges who preside over felony hearings can't handle more than 240 cases a year. 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