Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 24, 1973 · Page 3
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 3

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, April 24, 1973
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Meeker residents meet Rio Blanco organizers with mixed emotions Tucs., April 24, It73 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 3 By KENNETH T. WALSH Associated Press Writer MEEKER, Colo/ (AP) Both angry questions and polite silence greeted organizers of a planned underground nuclear gas stimulation experiment in northwestern Colorado at Meeker High School Monday night. Most of the 60 persons at a public meeting on Project Rio Blanco sal quietly listening to a presentation on the experiment. Some persons in the audience took notes on the project, which is designed to free natural gas sealed deep in underground rocks.. But a handful of spectators voiced angry objections. Their arguments focused on feared contamination of water in the area and unforeseen damage from the blast. Calling the project a "mistake," Bruce Polich, who traveled nearly 100 miles from his home in Steamboat Springs to attend the meeting, said, "The effects may not be fell by bur generation but by our grandchildren." Dr. John Toman, project scientist from the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, Calif., explained the reasons for and predicted effects of the experiment during a lengthy technical presentation. Toman, a physicist and engineer, said the tests will involve simultaneous detonation of three nuclear devices totaling 90 kilotons of energy. Among the effects, Toman said, will be "ground motions capable of slight architectural damage" to nearby structures. He cited as possible damage fine cracks in plaster and concrete buildings. He said extra radiation would be released but claimed that even residents within five miles of the blast site would experience only "insignificant" Legal advertisements measure is modified DENVER (AP) - A bill cutting requirements for legal advertising of county and municipal ordinances and expenditures was modified Monday by a Colorado House of Representatives committee,then was approved 10-3. The action sent the bill to the House Rules Committee which will decide when it is brought out for debate. Struck from the measure, was a provision for posting lists of expenditures in courthouses. The bill was presented by Rep. John G. Hamlin, R-Fort Morgan, and the series of a m e n d m e n t s was driven through by Rep. Lowell Sonnen- bcrg, R-Fleming. Sonnenberg said dropping publication of every expenditure and salary is "contrary to the things some of us believe are very important." He said that "to me the printed word is the best way" to advise the public on expenditures. The verbatim expenditures reports, he said, are better than news accounts and editorials which sometimes only present one side of the case. Rep. Anthony Mullen, D- Northglenn, one of the original cosponsors of the bill, said he has changed his position and he voted against bringing the measure out for debate. Under the Sonnenberg amendments local governments would have to publish resumes of salaries and expenditures, RENT-A-TRUCK A TRUCK? RENT A FORD FROM Greeley Leasing · Got a truck job that needs doing? Moving furniture, hauling supplies, etc.? We can give you a hand with a Ford truck to meet your needs. · Low, Low Rates - Includes Insur- GREELEY LEASING CO. Offices In the Girnity a Wheeler Building 716 llth St. 352-»174 but not necessarily detailed items. Another amendment removed references to "posting" at court houses. The action came in the Local Government Committee, which held its second hearing on the bill within a week. doses of radiation. The goal of Rio Blanco is to determine the practicality of using nuclear devices to free gas resources in the Piceance Basin. The three nuclear devices would be implanted more than a mile below the surface in a "nuclear chimney" Toman said. The explosions are supposed to fracture surrounding rock formations and release the gas. Polich, 49, a restaurant, owner, said he feared contamination of the Colorado River and other water sources. Toman 'denied that such contamination would occur. Angrily interrupting Toman, Polich said, "I'm only a layman. You have all the advantage and I have none^-except my fear." After the meeting, several Meeker residents said they favored Rio Blanco because they thought it would encourage new jobs and help relieve the nationwide energy shortage. . Ron Gitchell, 39, a technical consultant and member of the Meekr Town Council, said he had studied environmental impact statements and was "satisfied" that the blast was safe. "It got pretty cold here in the high school last winter when the gas ran out to heat the school," Gitchell said. He added that Rio Blanco would help prevent a future recurrence. But Frank Cooley, 49, a Mee- ker lawyer and chairman of the Oil Shale Regional. Palling Commission at Rifle, said Rio Blanco might endanger the possible oil shale industry in the region. "I believe this experiment is being done in the wrong place," Cooley said. "There are lots of places in the western United States where there are tight gas sandstone formations. But there is only one place on the surface of the earth where there are two trillion barrels of oil locked up in oil shale--that's the heart of the Piceance Basin." Cooley added that water quality in the area may also be harmed by the project. DONIZETTI OPERA GIVEN U.S. PREMIERE NEW YORK (AP) - Opera Theater of New Jersey performed the North American premiere of Donizetti's "Caterina Cornaro" a lyric tragedy in prologue and two acts, at Carnegie Hall in April. The action takes place in Venice and Nicosia 20 years before the discovery of America by Columbus and revolves' around the life of the Queen of Cyprus. The title role was sung by Turkish-born soprano Leyla Gencer, making her New York debut. She previously had sung the role in San Carlo, Italy. Aspen residency requirement unconstitutional GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- A three-year residency requirement for city council and mayoral candidates in the City of Aspen was declared unconstitutional Monday by District Judge Charles Steward. Three municipal candidates had challenged the city law which required three years of continuous residence in Aspen to be eligible to run for election. Steward said he based his decision on a recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling which held that a five-year residency re-, quirement for city council candidates in Colorado Springs was too long. The judge heard arguments in the case here on Friday. STIU, NOT A CHIME VVAVK BKAMPTON, Onl. (AP) - A police report said (here was one murder in Brampton in 1972 compared to none the previous year. Attorney sentenced in plane parts theft COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- George. Silvola, a Colorado Springs lawyer convicted of seven counts of conspiracy and theft of airplane parts, Monday was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of from 2 to 4 years and from 3','z to 5 years. Silvola was convicted in Prowers County District Court in January of the offenses in connection with an alleged air- torneys said that appeal could craft theft ring. take up to two years. Attorneys with Silvola when he appeared in El Paso District Court here Monday said he would appeal the conviction and sentence to the Colorado Supreme Court. Bond for Silvola was raised from »25,000 to $50,000 while he is awaiting the appeal. The at- The Supreme Court suspended Silvola from the practice of law in an order handed down March 22. The trial was held in Prowers District Court at Lamar after a change of venue motion was granted from El Paso District Court. 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