Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 28, 1972 · Page 1
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House Group Wrangles Over Reapportionment By GORDON G. GAUSS Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) - An informal subcommittee of both Democrats and Republicans took over the job Thursday of trying to work out a plan to reapportion the G5 seals in' Colorado's House of Representatives. The group was given the task during an hour long wrangle between the Democrats and Republicans during a meeting of the House Stale Affairs Committee. Tliey were asked to come up with at least an outline for presentation at a committee meeting at 1 p.m. Friday. Chairman Clarence Quinlan, R-Antonito, of the committee indicated he might ask the House to take a three or four day vacation next week so that any agreement reached by the committee could' be drafted into bill form./ Surprised Speaker John Fuhr, R-Aurora, expressed surprise to a reporter at the talk of a break in the' legislative session, saying it had not been discussed with him. ·Fuhr said he thinks the lawmakers probably should stay in session and get the all important $961 million Long Appropriations Bill adopted while waiting for a legislative reapportionment measure. The Senate State Affairs Committee called off a Thursday afternoon meeting because no plan for apportioning the 35 Senate seats in a manner acceptable to the Republican majority had been worked out. The Senate committee also is expected to meet Friday. One GOP senator told a reporter, however, the problem was simply one of getting a map drawn -- that there had been substantial agreement. Some legislators would welcome a break in the sessions next week so they can take advantage of a free trip to Washington offered them by the Colorado rural electric associations. Declines Offer Fuhr said such an offer had been made to him and he described it as in effect a trip to lobby Congress for rural electrification. He said he had personally declined the offer. The national administrator of the Rural Electrification Administration is David Harnil of Sterling, a one-time speaker of the Colorado House' and later the state's director of .institutions. The Democratic subcommittee named to .work on the House reapportionment outline included Heps. Durant Davidson, D-La Junta; Robert Jackson, D-Pueblo; Donald Horst, D-Denver and Paul Hamilton, D-Denver, working with House Minority Leader Tom Fariey of Pueblo. Republicans in the group will be Reps. Michael Strang of Carbondale, Lowell Sonnenberg of Fleming, Majority Leader Carl Guslafson of Denver and Fuhr. Has Revisions Strang said during the committee session that he had several revisions of districts worked out but he did not want to present them at a committee meeting because they would be interpreted as Republican party suggestions. House reapportionment plan offered in Farley's name was not even explained to the State Affairs Committee when no one offered to take on the assignment. Farley said he had not seen the plan in detail himself, that it simply had been drawn by the Legislative Council at his request. At one point Hep. John Byerly, R-Golden, said he doesn't think the Farley plan represented a serious attempt at reapportionment. Farley retorted that it was an attempt to get an objective view. Community Interest He said some Democrats are considering an introduction of a plan stressing a community of interest in each legislative district but that it could not be ready until sometime next week. ' "I think- the issue (of community interest) is viable in federal courts," he added. Republicans interpreted this as a hint might be threatening a federal court suit challenging any reapportionment act approved. At different times both Gusafson and Quinlan accused Democrats of. backing away rom support of plans and they contended this represented a caucus-decision. The assertions drew hot re- lorts from Farley and the assistant Democratic leader, Rep. Jichard Lamm of Denver. "You guys had two years to reapportion the state," Lamm said at one point. "Now you ex- ject us to come in overnight." At Grant's Tomb NEW YORK (AP) -- A 40- man band outnumbered the spectators at Grant's Tomb during ceremonies Thursday honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Denver Man Killed In State 66 Mishap A Denver man was fatally injured when his car skidded into auto west on Colorado 66. the Denver man applied the car's the front'Of a switcher engine brakes and. the vehicle skiddei at a railroad crossing on Colorado 6 6 - a . half mile west of Interstate 25 about 1:35 p.m. Thursday, the Highway Patrol reported. The victim, Manfred Hirschfeld, 50, suffered a broken neck, crushed chest and skull and numerous other faclures. He died at 2:05 p.m. in an ambulance at the north edge of Longmont while being taken to Longmont United Hospital. Patrolman Harold Payne reported the Great Western Railway Co. switcher engine was pulling a train northbound and approached the crossing at a speed of 20 to 25 miles. Visibility was over a half mile and the signal lights at the crossing came on when the train was a half mile from the crossing, Payne said. Ilirschfeld was driving a 1971 into the right front corner of the locomotive. The car was estimated a lota loss, switcher damage $50. The switcher engineer was George F. Bernhardt Jr. of Loveland. Hi rsch fold's third traffic death was fatality in the the county in two days. It raisec the county's toll for this .year to 16 as compared with only 10 on this date a year ago. Weather NORTHERN COLORADO Generally fair tonight and Saturday. Warmer Saturday. Low tonight in the 30s. High Satur- Jay, 60s and upper 50s. Variable winds, 5 to 15 m.p.h. Precipitation probabilities near zero through Saturday. Written by Horace Greeley in 1W1 VOL.M NO. 154 GREELEY, COLORADO Will AND THE GREELEY REPUBLICAN FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1972 WEEKLY TRIBUNE ESTABLISHED 1871 Letter Outlines Terms For Sugar Company Sale El/ R f t N RTPW APT onrl \\-\a /"! t«nat \U«t«rm-r» T T n i f nrl (1/1 sin..*. *«. ~ _.. , _ J _ f ' _ ! i _ A - n . . . 1 1 1 . RON STEWART Tribune Staff Writer A long-zought letter of intent was signed late Thursday by representatives of the Great Western Producers Cooperative and the Great Western United Corp. (GWU), for the sale of Great Western Sugar Co.. a GWU subsidiary. Under provisions of the letter of intent, the cooperative ha? 90 days to arrange definite financial commitments satisfactory to GWU for at least $40 million of the purchase price, which was set at $90 million. The purchase price included ' SERIOUSLY INJURED -- Mark Koenig, 29, can be seen through the battered wreckage of his auto as he is loaded onto a stretcher to be taken to the hospital. He was injured in an accident at lllh Avenue and 5th Street at 9:52 Thursday. Koenig was improving Friday, according to hospital authorities. He received a broken jaw, internal and external injuries. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) Four Persons Hurt on Greeley Streets Four persons were injured in two separate auto accidents Thursday in Greeley, and one of Hie victims was" taken to Weld County General Hospital by ambulance. Most seriously injured of the four was Mark Owen Koenig, 212 6th Ave. He received a fractured jaw, internal injuries and lacerations. Hospital authorities reported his condition as "improving" and he will be out of the intensive care unit Friday. Also injured in a mishap Thursday were Karen Jean Penton, 2100 7lh Ave., Susan Jean Parks, 1(138 7th Avc., ami Ed Dean Penton, son of Mrs. House and Senate Agree On Compromise Well Bill DENVER (AP) -- A six- member House-Senate conference committee agreed late Thursday on a compromise version of the bill to regulate domestic wells. The measure has been (he center of a controversy throughout the session during which charges of lobbying by subdivision representatives have been levied. New Windsor Board Wont Hire Planner The Windsor Town Board Tuesday night dismissed its town planner on a 4 to 2 vote. Against the move were Fred Casten and Duane McDonald. Planner Dennis Scholl's part time contract with the town expires April 30.' The Windsor Planning Comission had recommended hiring a full-time planner for the town, but the board voted to not renew Scholl's contract at all. Personalities were partly involved In the decision which was prompted by a pre-election attempt to enforce the town's sign code. The code was designed to phase out all signs protruding more than 18 inches from the face of a building. Any alterations in old, over langing signs would mean the owner would have to bring the sign inlo compliance with the sign code. Windsor baker Floyd Meis lad changed the sign over his justness earlier this year but balked Scholl's attempts to enforce the sign ordinance. Mcis, now on the town board, was among the four voting against Scholl. Joining him were Alvin Schlotlhauer, Sam Schauerman and Roland Margheim. Mayor John Ferch said fhe vote did not mean the board opposed planning. However, as reported in the Windsor Beacon, Planning Commission chairman Glenn Anderson said he could not remain on fhe commission unless the town has a professional planner, The. central part of the com- iromise gives the stale engineer authority to reject permits 'or wells, either ones dug only 'or use inside a single house- nold or wells heretofore exempt producing up to 15 gallons ol waler per minute. The compromise provides, however, that the slate engineer must give his reasons when he rejects any application and it provides for review by a waler judge, with appeals to the courts possible. The measure now will go before both the House and Senate for consideration.' It must be accepted or rejected wilhoul further changes. If both branches of the legislature ap prove it will be sent to the governor for signature. Senate conferees were Re publicans Fred Anderson o Loveland and Fay DeBerard o: Kremmling and Democra' Christian Wunsch of La Junla. House conferees were Rep Harold McCormick, R-Canon City, the principal sponsor spon Rep! Clarence Quinlan, R-Anlo nito, and Rep. Richard Lamm D-Denver. Penton. None of their injuries required hospital care. Koenig was involved in a col- ision wilh a flatbed trailer at 9:51 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of llth Avenue and 5th street. Driving the tractor puling the trailer was Marvin Foster of Lander, Wyo. Koenig's nuto struck the trailer from behind, breaking the axel on the trailer, and causing extensive damage to Koenig's aulo. The trailer damage 'was set at $500, and Koenig's auto received $250 in damages. At 11:49 a.m. Thursday, autos Gallon Absent From Meeting Regional Planners Urban Development By RON STEWART Tribuno Staff Writer LOVELAND - The newly ormed IB-member executive council of the Regional Planning Commission assembled for Is first formal meeting here Thursday night, but conspicuously absent was Greeley's representative, Councilman Ned Callan. Callan told The Tribune Friday he missed the meeting Decause "the city of Greeley has not approved the bylaws of the Regional Planning Commission and therefore is not a legal member" of it. U n d e r bylaws recently adopted by the Regional Planning Commission, Crecley and Port Collins, the two major municipalities in Weld and Larimer counties, are allowed one voting member each on the executive council. But in order to become a member of the council, each city must first endorse the bylaws -- a stipulation Greeley hasn't accepted. According to Callan, Greeley "very definitely wants to be a member (of the Regional Planning Commission) and feels the unit is very beneficial to Wek! and Larimer counties, Greeley a n d the entire northern Colorado region." C a l l a n , Greeley Mayor Richard Perchlik, and other city council members have previously stated that Greeley should have more say in the doings of the Regional Planning Commission. Part of the current dis enchantment, s o u r c e s say, stems from refusal of the Board if County Commissioners to appoint Jack H u f f m a n , Gree- cy's new city manager as a representative of "cilizen interest" from Weld County. The council feels it had been assured H u f f m a n would be appointed. Instead, the commissioners a p p o i n t e d former Greeley councilman Wayne Wells. The appointment was a surprise to the council, sources say, which Pet Dog, Pa ·^ * I n j u r e d Me LEADVILLE, Colo. ( A l ) -A Bureau of Reclamation maintenance man is alive today, thanks to his pet cocker spaniel and an alert slate patrolman. Don Swell said he fell 30 feet Into an old tunnel about 10 a.m. Thursday. At 8:30 p.m. a search parly, which had followed his dog to (he area, rescued him. Swell said the accident occurred as he was checking the area around the old Leadvillc drainage tunnel about a mile and a half mirth of Lcadville. The ground suddenly gave way under his legs and he fell through a small hole in the ground to the bottom of the old tunnel. ·Swell, who was conscious driven by Mrs. Penton and Hi Parks woman collided nt the intersection of 19th Street nm 7th Avenue. An estimated $150 damage was reported to the I'cnloii aulo, and Ihe Parks aulo re ceived $800 damage, according to police reports. resulted in Ihe council's delay ing endorsement of the commis sion's bylaws. The political hassle pmvci embarrassing for l!cv. l,yl Mueller, chairman of Grceley' Urban Renewal Authority, wli WDS on Thursday's agenda d make a presentation for ap plication Io the Department o Housing and Urban Development ( H U D ) for funding of a ncighborhrxid development plan. 50 million net worth of the ugar company plus retirement f long-term indebtedness of a pproximalely ${0 million, a ompany spokesman said. . The Idler of intent is a boon growers who have sought ince last September to pur- liase the sugar company. But no indication was given ·lielher the proposed purchase vould effect operation of the Ireeley processing plant which emains on a "standby basis" util officials decide whether islallation of pollution control quipmcul is "economically cusiblc." Robert Y. Sakala, chairman if the co-op, and Robert Owen, o-op president, met Thursday vith GWU's board of directors or Ihe signing of the letter. Snkata has committed the co,) Io operating Hie Greeley actory if Hie co-op is successful u obtaining the sugar company. The loiter of intent signed 'hutsday indicated a "willing- rcss by GWU (o accept up to 15 million of the purchase iricc in casli equivalents." In addition, the leller pro- 'idcs that an agreement for the wrcliasc and a closing dale be set wilhin 180 days fron Thursday. The co-op, which is compose; if most of (lie sugar company'? powers, was formed last fal or Hie purjwse of buying Ihe sugar company. According Io a joinl release 'GWU and co-op officials boll suid they were pleased that Hit eller of intent had been signei nd the co-op officials said th» 3tler would be very helpful in ichieying the next stage in egotialions, which is reaching i definitive agreement." The release added that "GWU ilso pledged its good faith and ooperation in helping achieve he consumalion of the transac- ion." Lee Johnson, executive ecretary of the Mountain [tales Beet Growers Associa- ion, said he was very happy he letter of intent has been signed and felt "It will be a won to the sugar industry." Asked if Ihe operation-of Ilia Ireeley factory had a bearing n negotiations, Johnson said, "I mpe it would be a factor, but I don't know that it was." Sakafa was not available for comment Friday. The purchase would slill have to be approved by the boards of GWU and the co-op, and the transaclion would have to be ipprovcd by GWU's shareholders and lenders, the release Minted out. In addition, the sale would require Ihe approval of a majority of GWU's outstanding $ 1 . 8 8 cumulative preferred slock, voting as a separate class, as well as approval by all classes of GWU's shareholders. GWU hos three subsidiaries: the sugar firm, Great Western Cities, a developer of new communities in Colorado, New Mexico, and California, and Shakey's Inc., n chain of more than 400 pizza parlors. Electric Service Still Out in Parts of Weld Electrical power was restored in Fort Luplon nnd Brighton Friday after Public Service work crows lalwrcd (o repair miles of downed higli-vollagc power lines, but Hudson mid Kecneslmrg remained blackened following :i severe spring snowstorm Wednesday. Schools in Brighton, Lupton, Hudson and Kcenesburg were kept closed Friday, but a Foil Lupton srhool cILstrict .spokesman wiid schools would lie open Monday. Ron Donovan, Public Service Co. official, said power was being supplied by generators In run water systems in Hudson and Kccncshurg. lie added (hat power would be provided the two (owns by diescl-drivcn (,'enoralors Hint he toped would bo in operation by I'Yiday night. Love Signs Welfare Bill J J K N ' V K I I f A P ] quiring employable parents tif choir concert scheduled children receiving wclfnro pay- droppcd from Ihn rolls signed Thursday aflernonn Gov. John I/jve. 'Hie measure rcprcncnls Several southern towns were w i t h o u t telephone service Thursday, and a Mountain Bell spokesman said nt leasl COO subscribers were out of service. A temporary microwave system was installed on top of n Fort Luplon church in order Io provide .some telephone Foil service In Frederick, Dacono and Firestone in southern Weld County. Mountain Bell said nt least GO miles of lines were down. Public Service workers said cables running cast and west in Weld County were thick with ice when they arrived on Ihe scene Wednesday. "Then poles began snapping' like matchslicks," ,1 lubbcr- snilcd workman said Thursday. "What » moss." Donovan said some 275 workmen from as fnr nway os Cheyenne, Wyo., arc replacing |Hjlcs and re-stringing power lines, lie siiid full service would not be restored u n l i l next week. Deep snow d r i f l s and muddy (.'nndiliuiis are hampering (he work, DuiHivan added. In l''»rl Ijiplon, .school officials canceled and for Friday night, and a special help inents to lake joh.s or he carnival scheduled Salurday (Continued on page C) night was also called off. A golf by class Srilurday was also canceled. Although he contended he was compromise ;iml nnrr w:rs al- when found, said lie had Khoiiied all day, but nnfxxly w;is wilhin hearing range. . Stale Patrolman Cordon Smith, who noticed Swell's truck aboul noon and again aboul 8:10 p.m., cheeked the truck and found the keys in it, and the radio on. He then radioed for assislancc. Lake County Deputy Sheriff Ron Senske and Ron Macx, plus several residents of the area, followed Swell's tracks through the snow. They said they were met by the dog, which led them to the hole. They lowered n rope to Swett, pulled him out and took him Io St. Vincent Hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises and a shoulder injury. rnosl killed in the Scnnlc iluring debate. Mnlhrrs w i l h children younger t h a n M.-hwl age arc :x- jmpl:d f r f i i i r ils provisions l";ii; w i l l ] primus whose call IP is inadequate for jobs. The ijic;isiir(: r i l l n w s romilk'S Io require I In: parents Io work on public type projects which. Ihc counties (ran establish if no oilier jobs an; available. Those jobs could include such as housekeeping. The new act writes inlo law s e v e r a l requirements n o w made by (he Deparlmenl of Social Services through regulation. Another of (he bills Increases fhe membership of Colorado's 1 9 7 6 Cenlennial-Bicenfcnnial Commission by six persons, all of whom must he from outside fhe Denver area. One of the others allows changes in plans for the University of Colorado's new law building and the olhcr gives district boards of Iieallh authority to set standards for noiv municipal waslo disposal systems, including scplia tanks. 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