Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 26, 1973 · Page 2
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2 GREELUY (Colo.) TKlBUNU Inurs., Aprtl2«, ma State takes testimony on Latham 19*+* **· statements on gra««g · · a,, 0 ii=n wan vnunaliinri *it.-ihiiinri in VnnnBlnntl durina Ih'e 193,000-acre Continued from page 1 "By the time we left the area, which was a few minutes, the breach was over 50 feet wide, but still to the west," Klein said. Klein noted that the spill-way was located at the site of a natural island in the reservoir. "That island goes about 150 yards out into the reservoir, and the water at that point was probably pretty shallow," Klein said. Klein noted that there had been rumors of excessive seepage from the dike. "To my knowledge," Klein said, "no one ever came to the board wilh any mention of the excessive leakage or spill-over. If they did, I didn't hear of it. "The only real seepage that I know about," Klein said in his testimony, "was what everyone referred to as the spring. This spring was about 250 yards from the point of the breach. It's been there as long as I can remember, and was always crystal-clear." Klein also noted that the reservoir has natural fill from the Beebe Draw and seep in the area of the inlet. "It has been the policy of the board to allow about as much water out of the outlet as is going over the spillway. In this way we felt we could keep ahead of the water," Klein said. Klein also .noted that "we kept the amount of fill down this year in expectation of increased run-off this spring. So we didn't fill it at the same rate as we have in the past." Joe Brantner, whose farm lies to the northwest of the point of the breach, confirmed the time of the breach and noted that he and his wife were the first to see and report the break. Brantner denied, however, the claims that there was no excessive leakage or seeping at the dike. "I had a lake of about two to three acres in my pasture which is right at the base of the dike," Brantner charged. "There was so much water in that pasture that the two 24-inch tubes which are supposed to take the water off my pasture couldn't handle it. I called the board about it, and they voted on April 4 to take no action on the situation." Although Brantner said he could not determine tiie specific reason for the excessive ground water in the area, but said he noticed the "excessive groundwater many weeks before the breach, but the board took no action at the time." Johnny Rein, president of the reservoir company, testified that he had walked the area in which Brantner had said there was a problem. "I went to the area with the superintendent (Roy Mitchell) and there was only a few indies of water. It was clear, and was groundwater, in my opinion, not the result of a leak." Rein said that while inspecting the site Mitchell's hat blew off into the seep ditch which was designed to carry off any excess water. "I walked out in the ditch to get Roy's hat," Kein said, "it was only a couple of inches deep." Rein said the inspection was marie on April 2. The board decided not to take action to increase the size of the tubes under the road, Rein said, "because there didn't seem to be a problem." Mitchell was the next In offer testimony at (he hearing. He told the state engineer that Branlner had called him in late March complaining of excessive seepage in his pastures. "The board was waiting to find out what the county was going to do about the road that the tubes went under," Mitchell said. "The county had indicated at one time that the road might be re-routed, and the board didn't want to spend the money until it knew what 'he county was going to do." Mitchell continued, "The day that Johnny (Rein) and I went out to the area, there wasn't that much water. There was probably more than usual because other farmers had cut water from their field across to run into the seep ditch. But, I couldn't see that there was that much considering the moisture we've had." Mitchell was asked whether he'd noticed any cracks in the dike on the day he and Rein had been in the area. He indicated that there were none. "There was a crack in the dike which was reported many months ago," Mitchell noted, "but that was located more than a city block from the point of the breach." "In that case, we dug out behind the break in the wall and filled it wilh cement. There's never been a leak at that point though and it's still in place," Mitchell concluded. Mitchell also said that he had been across the dike two days before the breach and "saw no indication of any cracks or leaking." Other testimony indicated that there was an extremely deep frost line in the area this past season. State Rep. Walt Younglund, R-New Ki. vmer, Wednesday denied statements attributed to him that seven to eight times the number of cattle now grazed there could be supported by (he Pawnee National Grassland. That statement has been attributed to Younglund during a Monday meetingofofficialsof the Pawnee and Crow Valley grazing co-ops rcporled in Tuesday's Tribune. The meeting had been called in Greeley to organize opposition to a bill sponsored by Younglund calling for sale of Ih'e 193,000-acre national grasslands in northern Weld County. The two grazing co-ops control U.S. Forest Service ..grazing permits on the eastern and western halves of the federal grassland. Younglund said he had never slated that an increased number of cattle could be grazed on the grassland. Younglund .also said that contacts from constituents -which he earlier reported at a ratio of 10 to 1 favoring sale of Ihe grassland - have come entirely from the Pawnee co-op area in the northeast county. Greeley schools picked for possible TV project Greeley School District Six has been selected as a tentative site for an educational technology demonstration of educational television transmitted via satellite. According to Dr. Robert Tewksbury, assistant director of career education, Greeley was chosen to host both the early childhood development a n d v o c a t i o n a l - c a r e e r education aspects of the program. Dr. Tewksbury added that chosen for both aspects, the district stands a good chance to be approved as a finalist among school districts in the eight- state Rocky Mountain 'region. In a presentation made to teachers and supervisors of the district, it was pointed out that the television series will be transmitted via a satellite that will be launched in April, 1974. The satellite will be placed into demonstration series of educational programs to regions where geographic barriers present a transmission problem to standard communication procedures. An importanl aspect of the project is that it will be used to explore new modes of audience involvement by taking advantage of built-in feedback systems. Dr. Tewksbury pointed that provide television sets but that Greeley already has many sets that can be adapted. He added that funding will include a salary for a site coordinator who will be stationed at Greeley if the district is approved. a geosynchronous orbit some the .cost to the district will he 22,000 miles above the earth, very little since it is a federally The basic mission of the funded project. He added that since the district has been satellite is to provide a the districts selected must Credit-to-women bill due debate DENVER -- An amended bill ; on credit-granting to women ; has been scheduled on the 1 Senate calendar, but likely will not come up for action until early next week. The bill (HB 1129) Monday was reported out of the Senate Business Affairs Committee headed by Sen. William Garnsey, but part of its House- passed language was changed. Members of the Senate panel eliminated language expressly forbidding marital status as a factor in granting credit. 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