Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 25, 1973 · Page 1
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Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, April 25, 1973
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Senate passes no fault Insurance bill $ ' ByRONTOLLEFSON ·'.' Tribune Staff Writer ;j,*ENVER - "To make a football ·Analogy, it's the fourth quarter, 30 .peconds left. Annd I'm gonna put the'ball ,1n-the air," said State Sen. Richard -jplock, R-Denver. .-In the end Tuesday in the Colorado .".Senate, Plock made one significant ^completion" in four attempts as a .heavily debated no fault car insurance ·bijl was passed 23 to 8. Flock's sole success in amending the iijl-carrled by Sen. William Garnsey, ft^Greeley-came on a 17 to 14 vote which lowered the threshold from $1,500 to $500 at which point lawsuits may be filed for "pain and suffering" from auto accidents. One other success came to critics of the no fault bill as an amendment by Sen. Ralph Cole, R-Littleton.was adopted 20 to 11. The Cole amendment requires insurance companies to make public their new rate schedules under the no fault program by next Jan. 1, and puts off the effective date of the act until April 1, 1974. This would allow the legislature to amend the bill next session, if it is felt necessary, based on what is shown in the insurance rate schedules. Flock and Cole, both Denver lawyers, had been among several critics of the House-passed no fault bill. The Senate had killed a rival Flock bill April 17, the same day it gave initial approval tc the Garnsey bill. The bill carried by Garnsey in the Senate had been introduced and sponsored in the House by House Majority Leader Carl Gustafson, R-Denver. The Gustafson-Garnsey no f a u l t measure now goes back to the House where its members will consider the Senate amendments. Statehouse observers feel a House - Senate conference committee probably will be required to work out compromises in the two chambers' versions of the bill. Meanwhile, Sen. Hank Brown, R- Greeley, later said the no fault bill, with the $500 Plock threshold, might result in increased insurance rates. However Brown said he favors the no fault measure generally because it benefits consumers with broader coverage. Garnsey, though, said later that insurance-industry "average" figures indicate insurance rates still will go down, even with the Plock amendment, but by about half the cut (hat could have come with a $1,500 threshold. Garnsey said Stale Farm Insurance Co. figures indicate average rate cuts of $3 under the no fault plan with the $500 threshold. And Aetna figures a $6 average rate cut, lie said. Those reductions would have been, on the average, $7 and $10 with a $1,500 threshold, Garnsey said. The Gustafson-Garnsey no fault bill is mandatory in the sense that it puts responsibility on the motorist for recovery of medical costs if he does not carry no fault. Under (he bill, insurance companies must offer no fault insurance in Colorado, but it is not mandatory for motorists to buy it. The main concept of the no fault bill is that, within its defined "no fault" limits, insurance companies must pay iheir own policy holders promptly after an accident without delaying to determine who was at fault. The measure covers bodily injury, not property damage. It sets $25,000 minimum coverage for medical costs and $25,000 for rehabilitation, plus a formula for repaying lost wages--this at 100 per cent of wages up to $125 a week. The measure limits the right to sue for pain and suffering to persons whose medical expenses exceed $500, and it says insurance companies may not shift claims between companies unless they exceed $500. One of the Plock amendments which failed, 16 lo 15, with both Brown and Garnsey voting against, would have required insurors to cut rates by 2.5 per cent. Original Script Wrilten by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 65, NO. 157 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 AND THE GREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 WEDNESDAY, APRIL25,1973 High-rise parking under study Shirt off his back "' Milton Lamb, manager of employe relations for the Illinois Department of ; Revenue, holds a short-sleeved shirt 'deposited at a Chicago bank Tuesday, ' Check was sent to the revenue depart- me nt by taxpayer James E. Dolbee of Danville, 111., with his income tax return and a note implying that the state had taken the shirt off his back. (AP Wirephoto) By FRANK COLOHAN Tribune Staff Writer The Greeley Central Business Development Association has arranged for Nelson, Haley, Patterson Quirk, local consulting engineers, to make a study regarding building high-rise parking facilities here to solve the downtown parking shortage. Harlan K. Houtchens and Clark Ewald, representing the newly incorporated association, reported at a meeting of City Council's finance committee this week that the association's board of directors had approved the parking study. Ewald said the association has concluded that "parking has got to come first in improving the downtown." He added the association feels providing adequate parking is of critical importance is maintaining the vitality of the downtown business district. Houtchens said the study basically would answer three questions, which are: 1, What are the desired locations for W. 10th St. median planned for the construction of median barriers to separate the east and west bound traffic lanes on 10th Street between 23rd and 35th Avenues were explained at a meeting of City Council's public works committee Monday afternoon. .- Keith Eberhardt, city director of public Vrarks, said the State Highway division here hopes to receive funds after July 1 to bjiild the barriers, which would prevent cross traffic on W. 10th except to certain intersections. *Eberhardt explained the plans for the barriers were developed as a result of conferences w i t h highway officials. Traffic problems on W. 10th Street are iStiltiplying rapidly as growth in that area continues at a fast pace. He reported traffic counts show about 18,000 vehicles daily are traveling on 10th Street at 24th Avenue and, at 10th Street and 32nd Avenue, the count is 11,000 vehicles daily. Miss Barbara Huner, city traffic engineer, told the committee there will be eight openings in the barriers between 23rd and 35th Avenue with left turn lanes being provided at each of the openings. The openings will be at 24th Avenue, 25th Avenue, 26th Avenue, 29th Avenue Court, 30th Avenue, 30th Avenue Court, 32nd Avenue and 33rd Avenue. Eberhardt and Miss Hiner explained the barriers will consist of raised concrete curb. The barriers will vary in width from four to 16 feet. ·New 1 Tribune to be shown -Want to see the most modern methods ol newspaper production? 3f' so, you'll want to attend the TJiblme's open house for the general pllbllc from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. ;Until the change-over to "cold type," ot''offset printing, the Tribune was produced by "hot type." This was the method used by all newspapers for years and continues to be used by many. " This method involved producing metal lines of type on the linotype, locking this type along with the advertisements, also set in metal type, into a chase, or form; making a matted impression of the page arid'from this impression, making a ni'etal cylindrical plate to place on the rotary press. iJiow coded tape produced by Associated Press perforators or perforators operated by Tribune employes are fed into phototypesetting machines. The" result is printed matter on slick paper. The "slicks" are pasted on a page. The page is then photographed to produce a negative, from which the aluminum plat: that goes on the press is m.acie. Whereas the paper was formerly printed directly from metal plates, the image on the aluminum plates goes onto ·^rubber mat, with the image being trrtsfcrrcd from the rubber mat to the paper. 'AH the new equipment, plus (ho remodeled Interior of the Tribune building, will be shown during the open house. Tribune employes will be present to greet the visitors and explain the various processes involved in producing the newspaper by offset printing. Eberhardt also reported t h a t engineering has been completed for a curb and gutter improvement district created on W. 10th Street about two years ago. The city will put the project to bid as soon as certain legal questions are clarified, he said. The work will involve construction of about 4,000 lineal feet of curb and gutter, roughly the equivalent of eight blocks. Eberhardt said about 4'/ blocks are on the north side of W. 10th, the other 3Vz on the south side. The state, as part of its participation in the improvements, would "blend" or extend the existing pavement out to the gutters on each side of the street where necessary. The weather NORTHEAST COLORADO -- Rain ending and becoming partly cloudy and cooler tonight. Thursday partly cloudy and warmer. Low tonight mostly 30s. High Thursday 50s and low 60s. Winds variable 5 to 15 miles per hour tonight. Precipitation probabilities diminishing to 30 per cent tonight and 5 per cent Thursday. parking in downtown Greeley to most effectively serve initial needs; 2, How m u c h w i l l the proposed high-rise facilities cost and how many spaces will they provide; and 3, What type of financing alternates are available to accommodate these parking requirements. The sludy will not explore the number of p a r k i n g spaces needed. Robert Hritzman of Nelson, Haley, Patterson Quirk, said in a letter presented at the committee meeting that the "need as I understand has previously been defined by the association to be 300 or 400 spaces located in one or two sites having the Kersey school damage sef af $222,705 DENVER (AP) -- Damage incurred by the Kersey School District in the April 12 flood has been estimated at $222,705, an official of the Colorado State Department of Education says. Dr. Neal McCormick supervisor of supporting services for the department, presented the damage estimate to the Slate Board of Education Monday. The total includes $162,000 in damage lo school buildings and grounds; the $57,570 cost of replacing and repairing damaged equipment; $1,135 to replace damaged instructional and building supplies, and $1,150 to replace damaged textbooks and library books. Inside the Tribune (72 pages, : sections) appearance of significant mass parking availability." Houtchens said the study will cost the association between $1,500 and $1,800. The study was endorsed by members of Hie finance committee, Councilman Gil Hausc, chairman, and Councilman Gid Gates and Councilwoman Martha Benavidez, and olher c i t y o f f i c i a l s present. At the request of City Manager Jack H u f f m a n , the association representatives agreed that Brilzman would work witli the city public works department and traffic engineer in preparing the study, so city officials will he informed in regard to it. Huffman said the city for its part would provide the association with information regarding the city's plans and progress in regard to traffic improvements. The association, in a letter dated March 2 and signed by Houtchens, pointed out there presently is about $250,000 in the city's parking lot fund, due in large part to (lie sale of a parking lot to fhe Greeley National Bank. "This would go a long way to help finance the additional parking," Ihe letter said. "We are recommending that the balance of Ihe funds be raised through the selling of bonds for the improvement district. "The city could either put an extra mill levy on the property in the downtown improvement district or assess a percentage levy upon each stores' volume of business in the improvement district area." Marich recall petition filed Abby Agri-news Classified Comics Crossword Editorial Heloise Horoscope 20 32 3ii-4:i 14 14 4 21 211 Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TV log Weather Wm'spgs. (i 43 0 15-111 12-13 14 li 20-22 Today's press run: lit,399 ny JIM CKAIG Tribune Staff Writer Sufficient signatures to force a recall election of Rudy Marich, Greeley School District Hoard of Education president, were filed with Ihe school district Wednesday. The steering committee that initiated the recall action presented more than 2,800 petition signatures to Mel Foxhoven, director of business affairs and board secretary. The petition drive took 21 days with 102 petitions being circulated. The recall action may prove to he the first lesling of new language changes developed into the recall law. The changes were passed by the slate legislature in February. The new law reads lhat petitions for recall must have signature numbers representing at least 40 per cent of those who voted for the person in the election lhat gave him Ihe office but not less than 10 per cent of Ilic total registered electorate in the dislricl. Since the law does nol state which year the 10 per cent figure must come from, the steering committee obtained a ruling from the State Department of Education indicating that the 1969 registration figure should be used. This means that the number of signatures needed number more than 1,600. If the 1973 registration figures must be used then more than 2,700 are needed. Members of Ihe steering committee pointed out lhat only 1,306 votes elected Murirh to Ihe board seat. Foxhoven said that he could not say either way if the recall election will be held on (he May 1 general ballot without a legal ruling. The law states that the election should be held in conjunction with the regular election but also provides for a challenge period from Ihe person being recalled that goes past the May 1 date. According to Ihe law Marich now has 15 days to formally file a protest to the recall and an additional 15 days to con elude Ihe protest hearing. Grazing policies at heart of Pawnee bill By RON TOU.EFSON Tribune Staff Writer DENVER -- The agenda of the Colorado House Agriculture and Livestock Committee Tuesday listed a measure on the sale of Weld County's Pawnee National Grassland. But at the end of two and a half hours of hearing, it was apparent the real issue was a northeast county struggle over the grazing permit policies of the Pawnee Cooperalive ( Grazing Association. The House'agriculture panel -- headed by Rep. Walt Younglund, R-Ncw Raymcr -- heard from 14 persons, seven of them northeast county residents disgruntled with the Pawnee grazing co-op. No action was taken on the measure by the committee. However, the idea of national grassland selling expanded a bit as Rep. George Boley, D-Pueblo, whose district includes Otcro County, said he was checking with constituents about asking sale of that area's Comanche National Grassland. The bill before the committee, House Joint Memorial 1010, sponsored by Younglund, asks Congress to authorize sale of the 193,000-acre federal grassland in northern Weld County. The grassland, purchased by the government during Ihe depression and dust bowl days of Ihe 1930s, lies in parcels across a 772,000-ncre expanse generally between the Logan County line and U.S. 85. Testifying before the committee were James Lawrence of the 100,000-ncre Crow Valley Grazing Cooperative, which holds Forest Service grazing permits on the western portion of the grassland, and DiiiTell Johnson, sorrclary of Ihe 90,000- acre Pawnee grazing co-op, which has permits on the grassland's eastern expanse. liolli associations were criticized for Ihe low cost grazing I heir Forest Service permits allow. Younglund charged Iheir cnsl for Ihe five-month grazing season is about $11 per cow-calf grazing unit, while costs on private land run lo about $40 a unit. "People up around Greeley now refer lo them ( I h e co-ops) as Ihe 'Northern Colorado welfare aristocracy, 1 " said one witness. However Ihe majority of critical hearing statements ccnlercd on Ihe policies of the Pawnee co-op in granting permits and in numbers of units allowed lo graze. Typical was the testimony of Dale Green. He said his family in 1951 bought land which had held a Pawnee co-op grazing permit, but they were denied grazing rights because their operation was defined as a "big farm." He said a corner of Iheir land lay within the area covered by Forest Service permits administered by the co-op. "We paid Ihe (axes on that land -- and the association used the grazing," charged Green. He said his family finally fenced, plowed and planted that part of Iheir land. "But Ihe fence had a way of being lore up, and part of the crops eaten," he added. He said that parcel finally was sold. Green estimated it had cost his farming operation an estimated $30,000 since 1951 by not being allowed a co-op permit. Also, Kenneth Littlefield, a Pawnee member said lie had been granted a 12- unit grazing permit when he joined the co-op in the late 1940s. Since that time, he said, liis allowance had increased only to 14. Lawrence of the Crow Valley co-op and Johnson of the Pawnee co-op testified against the bill. Lawrence expressed fears that large outside interests might dominate a sale of the public land. And Johnson said a sale might lead to extensive plowing of the area, with another dust bowl situation possible. "We question Ihe ability of some of our members to survive if this is sold," said Johnson. "Then what would happen lo the area's economy, and schools?" Continued on page 44

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