Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on March 11, 1976 · Page 2
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Nampa, Idaho
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Thursday, March 11, 1976
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. Atihejtotehoose Legislators face familiar issues By Karen Soulhwick h ,u ,j T l5SUes remaini ng to be resolved by the Idaho Legislature, as il faces a session expected to extend into nexl week are very nearly the same as when it started Senate Majority Leader Phil Ball R- Vtllder, listed resolution of the highway funding problem and the mailer of state employes salaries and improvement of the accuracy of revenue projeclions on surplus as three priority ilems still facing the session He said indications of additional surplus of up to $« million more than the $10.9 million arilicipaled earlv in the session by the Legislative Revenue Projection Committee were only "speculation." Batt added the revenue projection committee had not taken action on the possibility of additional surplus and it should meet and make a delermination before discussion on how to use the funds. Batt said if Ihe additional surplus is there Ihe first use suggested for it would probably be for highway funding. However, he noled Gov. Cecil Andrus is opposed lo such a concept because the money might nol he left over in surplus. Highway funding should be taken off Ihe lop of surplus, bul "wehave already written a bill which lakes first crack out of surplus with the four-mill property tax," Batt said. Ball noted the governor has until Ihe end of today lo sign [he bill, veto it or allow it to become law without his signatur" R=" himself opposed the four-milt relief, which had been passed on a temporary basis in previous sessions, because "we" need the money now." Ball indicated he may ask for suspension of the rules today to gel consideration of his bill on the stale employes pay issue. His bill enlarging'the powers of the Human Rights Commission will be on third reading loday after Ihe State Affairs Committee allowed him to lake il directly to (he floor. The bill on the employes pay'issue which ho is co-sponsoring would implement the majority of the Hay plan, which includes a job classification and salary schedule for state employes, on July 1, 1977. The bill does include one section implcmcnling pay raises based on a stepgrade salary schedule this July. An amendment to Ihe employes salary bill includes a supplemental appropriation of nearly $1.7 million from the general fund for personnel cosls during fiscal year 1977. The human rights commission bill makes several changes in Ihe existing law. including giving Ihe commission the right to issue subpoenas and cease and dcsisl orders approved by Ihe courts. The bill also would require [hat the commission include representatives of industry and labor and would change an emplover lo a person who has 10 or more employes "instead of four. Letter not binding BOISE - The effecl of placing a letter opposing the proposed closure of the Nampa tax office in the Senate and House journals will have lo be in Ihe area of informal, extra-legal influence. Both the House and Ihe Senate have placed in their journals, Ihe official record of legislative actions, a letter from the House Revenue and Taxation Committee strongly opposing an executive proposal to close the Slate Tax Commission field office at Nampa and reduce Ihe staffs of five others. However, such a letter "has no legal force over the agency," said W. Allen Willis, senior legal analyst of the Legislative Council. "In order for the statement formally to direct some agency to acl a cerlain way. the legislature would have to pass a bill or concurrent resolulion," he added. However, "slate agencies are always cognizant, or should be. of what liie legislature feelsand may well react t j the expression of the letter I even though it is not a formal requirement." Willis said. Slate .Tax r C6n1ttfissioiu)riJLarry Looney 'said 'Ihe' commission Kai not 'defmilely " decided to eliminate lift Nampu office. The proposal was simply one of several alternatives offered to the governor as a way to cut costs. "All four commissioners will have to go through the budget and figure out what is best lo do Ihe job for the state of Idaho." he added. The Joint Finance-Appropriations C o m m i t t e e approved Ihe governor's budget for (he tax commission, which included reducing costs by S 1 I R . Q O O primarily by eliminating the Nampa office, bul also added $130.000 lo upgrade audit procedures. Sen. R i c h a r d H i g h , It-Twin falls, chairman of the joint finance committee, said Ihe additional $130,000 would be adequate money lo fund all of the field offices. Looney noled Ihe legislature generally gives the agency a lump sum budget anri "Ihe agency a d m i n i s t e r s Ihe f u n d s . Normally, the legislature doesn't make administrative decisions with regard lo how the agency runs (he budget. . "But if they did direct us lo do certain things.-1 suppose \vu would have lo do it." he added. Cities may get nothing Bulletin BOISK i L'Pli -- ' Heeding (he argument that Ihe move was an at- lempt In kill the measure, the Senate refused loday to amend a proposal which woulrl give Idaho cities limited home rule. Byftouerl Van Buskirk BOISE ( U P I ) - Idaho cities may wind up this legislalivc session with Ihe same thing they gol out of last year's legislature -- nothing. Although two bills sought by Ihe state's cities were approved by the" House this session, only one has managed lo gel lo [he Senate floor -- a proposal which would give them limited home rule. Their sales tax measure was held in the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee Wednesday. Indications were loday the bill to give cities a little more leeway in self governing may have a rough lime getting Senate approval It would allow the cities governing powers not prohibited by state law or the constilulion. "It's going to be nip and tuck," said one senator aboul Ihe outcome of Ihe vote on the bill. Another senator said there probably would be an attempt lo amend Ihe limited home rule hill to make it dear that cities could only impose taxes authorized by Ihe legislature. He said if the amendment was nol adopted, there appeared little chance the Senate would approve the proposal. And. if il goes lo committee of Ihe whole for amendment, il probably is dead for Ihe session since Ihere would be only a slim chance it could complete the legislative cycle again before Ihe legislature adjourns Amendment retained BOISE -- The House acling as a Commillee of Ihe Whole has decided to leave in an amendment to an abortion reporting bill which would prohibit use of stale funds on most abortions. The original bill, sponsored by Sen. Leon Swenson, R-Nampa. set out strict reporting procedures for physicians performing abortions and institulcd criminal penalties for failure to comply wilh the reporting provisions. Swenson later added an amendment which would prohibit use of state funds administered by the Deparlment of Health and Welfare U be used on abortions unless i! is necessary lo save the life or health of the mother or unless the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. Swenson's amended bill passed the Senate and wenl lo the House Health and Welfare Commiltec, where a similar bill b Rep. Ralph Gines. R-Nampa, which had (he sole purpose of restricting stale funds used for abortions, already was being considered. Since Swenson's bill incorporated the same provision, Gincs backed that bill, hut (he committee reported il out lo general orders for amendment with the rccommendalinn thai Ihe prohibition on state funds and the criminal penalty for not reporting both be eliminated. The House left in Ihe prohibition on stale funds bul agreed to eliminate Ihe proposed criminal penally. Rep. Rudy Andersen, R-Boise, pointed out a civil penalty for failure to report any vital statistic already exists in the Idaho Code. He also cited courl cases in olher states which held that public funds such as Medic;id could nol he withheld from any legal abortion. However. Gincs sairl Ihe decision would have to be rendered by Ihe U.S. Supreme Courl or (he circuit courl which includes Idaho before il would be binding on the stale. He said he had not heard of any decisions on the use of public funds (o pay for abortions al even Ihe appellate courl level Canyon reps enter debate BOISE -- Three Canyon C o u n l y representatives took part in floor debate Wednesday on a hill to penni! school districts to establish a contingency fund of 2' 2 per ccnl of (heir general budget. Floor sponsor Rep. Carroll Dean, R- Notus. said Ihe contingency fund is needed for such items as acts of vandalism nol covered by insurance and oilier emergencies nol budgeted for. "This is not a 2'j per cent levy on school districts," he said. "The bill simply says they may levy up lo 2'i per cent as a contingency fund." Rep. Dorothy Reynolds, D-Catdwell, argued [hal the contingency fund would be extremely expensive for school districts and could take money away from other ilems. She said Ihc 2 ' 2 per cent fund would cost $500.000 for Boise school district: $178.000 for Ihe Idaho Falls district; SIW.OOO for N'.impa; and $6-1.000 for Caldwell. Rep Pcrcival Wesche, R - N a m p a , countered lhal district superintendents he had talked lo indicated a contingency fund would mean Ihey would not have lo pad their budgets as much because emergency funds would be put out where they can be seen. The bill passed (he Mouse 4l-2: and now goes to Ihe Scnale. Reynolds was Ihe only one in Canyon County to vote against the measure. Dean, Wesche and Reps. Virginia Smith, ft-Caldwcll: Ralph Gines, R-Nampa; ami C.L. "Hutch" Otter, R- Caldwcll, a!! voted in favor. Greenley: Seasons stay closed SALMON. Idaho ( U l ' I t Salmon area fishermen, angered aboul the closure of salmon and sleelhead seasons, were told Wednesday t h a i fishing will not be permitted unlil the run sizes increase. Joseph Greenley, director, Idaho Deparlment of Fish and Game, lold a Salmon Chamber * * * of Commerce luncheon group of 75 persons lhal the department is committed by law to close seasons when il is apparent fishing would do harm lo the fish runs. Area fishermen have scheduled a fish-in March 20 to protest the closures. Greenley said the runs of * * * salmon and steelhead to Idaho have dipped so low the past few years thai allowing fishermen lo calch and keep the fish would cut loo deeply into brood stocks. "If the fish-in occures, (he department must enforce the Idaho Fish and Game Commission's regulations. We must project what is left of Idaho's * * * Oregon official aware of Gem fish woes SALMON, Idaho (UPI i - T h e chairman of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission said Oregon is aware of Idaho's anadromous fish troubles and is not l u r n i n g its back on the problem. In a telephone interview with "The Recorder-Herald" of Salmon, Allan L. Kelly also said plans by Salmon fishermen are to bold a 'fish-in' lo protest Ihe closure of fishing in Ihe Salmon River would be a mistake. "Nol only the Idaho Deparl- menl of Fish and Game is under fire, hut we are under fire, too. The problem is a regional problem." Kelly, who serves as Oregon chairman of Ihe Columbia River Compact, said u n d e r the comprehensive plan for Ihe Columbia River fishery the Indian has the opportunity to take 50 per cent of Ihe salmon and steelhead runs "We are fully cognizant of your problems. We have supported (he inclusion of Idaho in Ihe Columbia liiver Compact repeatedly. I have been on Ihe Oregon Fish ;md W i l d l i f e Commission aboul five years and each legislative session we have supported the inclusion of Idaho." "Attempting to discredil the Idaho Deparlment of Fish and (Same by such an effort as a 'fish-in' is in my opinion a mistake. For five years I've observed (he conduct of Idaho Fish and Game Deparlment directors and staff in attempting to protect and enhance Ihe in- Icrests of Idaho and Ihey have done a good job despile the obstacles of not being in Ihe compact and in trying lo gel some order inlo [his thing. "They have very capably represented the sport fishermen of Idaho in all their public representations before us." salmon and steelhead." Greenley said. Afler Ihe meeting, Jack Cook, Salmon businessman and a critic of Ihe closures, said Ihe protesters will meet again Sunday to consider Greenley's remarks. "There is no question (hat a lol of agencies are working hard to straighten ou! this fish mess but it seems Idaho is Ihe only one restricted in its sports fishery." Cook said. "According to a Corps of Engineers study, all the things lhal are bring done to solve fish passage problems will be accomplished by 1953." Cook also said, "1 don't know if Idaho fishermen have (he patience or not lo wail lhal long. We should have some kind of an idea for those of us here lo plan for our future." "As a resull of Ihe closure, no lourist, no out of state angler can plan ahead of lime lo make Idaho his vacation headquarters." Greenley told (he group (hat if a fish-in o'ccured the fish would be the losers. "We have gol to be working in a constructive way." "It appears [he low point has been reached in the fish runs and indications are that the steelhead run will look better 'nexl fall." Decision favors (Idaho news briefs ) Snake dams BOISE ( U P I ) - A joint venture of Ihe Idaho Power Company and the Idaho Water Resource lioard to build the SGO million Swan Kalls-Guffcy dams on the Snake River south of Hoise has passed its court lest. Idaho's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the joint venture Wednesday in a three-year-old case lo lesl the constituiionalily of Ihe proposal. The board ancf the power Students withdraw NAMPA - Two Northwest N'o?arene College students, one a final-term senior, have withdrawn from the institution in lieu of being suspended following the distribution of an underground newspaper on the campus Monday. Wayne Mackeson. senior, and Gary Bennett, junior, were advised Wednesday, following a conference with NNC President Kenneth II. Puarsall. Vice president for Student Affairs Irving W. Luird and Uean of Men Lyle W. Robinson, lhal Ihey had Ihe choice of withdrawing or being suspended, according In sources al the college. The two men edited and d i s t r i b u t e d a 12-page paper entitled "Kxfjression " company brought the against Donald R . ' Kramer, water hoard secrelary, after he refused to sign a "joint application to (he Federal Power Commission for a license lo operate the project. The "friendly" lawsuit was set up lo clear up any legal problems in selling revenue bonds lo finance construction of Ihe dams. Under the proposal, the water hoard will sell revenue bonds and Ihe money will be used lo construct a dam and power plant al Swan Falls and a smaller dam to rcregulale river flow at Guffcy. Power generated by (he dam would be sold to (he power company. The hoard estimates the 1(H megawatts generated by the dam would pay off the revenue bonds and still, give it S1.5 m i l l i o n a year to f i n a n c e irrigation projects throughput Ihe stale. Hoard Chairman John Strciff. I.ewislon, said whether the dams will he buill will be up to the board and the power company. A power c o m p a n y spokesman said the tirm had no immediate comment. Last summer, at hearings on a proposed coal-fired plant near Orchard a power c o m p a n y consultant said Swan Falls- Guffey was nol in the company's pmror plans through 198.'!. BOISE tl'PlI - Boise Cascade Corp. a n n o u n c e d case Wednesday the local labor unions representing the company's workers at pulp and paper mills in Ontario. Canada, ratified a new three-year contract and ended a six months strike. Mills al Fort Frances and Ki'iiora. Ontario, started work late Sunday after members of the Canadian Paporwnrkers' Union employed al the Iwo mills ratified the pact by a large majority. The mills were expected to be up lo full production by the weekend. The contract was r a t i f i e d .Monday and Tuesday by similarly large majorities in voles taken by local unions of Ihe United Papervvorkers' International Union, (he Inlernation- il lirotherhood of Electrical Workers and the International Union of Operating Engineers. There are" i;600' union em- ployes in Ihe two mills. BOISE t U P I ) - Michael Highlowercul his wrist and the crooks of his elbows in Ihe prison's m e n t a l heallh u n i t Tuesday night after fighting with his wife in the visiting room. Hightower is scheduled to go on trial March 22 on a charge of kidnaping and raping a Boise Slate U n i v e r s i t y coed in December. 1973. After his capture he was found Daughter testifies about grisly killing (Continued from Page I ) was in the bathroom crying..." The night of Sepl. 6, I.ori sairl she and her mother returned home lo find [he defendant at home, in (he living room. She was (old by her mother to run some hath water. She did so. returning to the kitchen. At this point in Ihe testimony. Coffel asked Judge Edward J. Lodge to excuse the jury, anlicipating a legal argumenl from defense a t t o r n e y Dean Miller, Caldwell, on whal Lori was aboul to say. Continuing without the jury, Judge Lodge threw out part of Lori's testimony as hearsay, bul overruled Miller's objections to another part. The jury lelurned In hear Lori say she was talking lo a friend on the telephone, bill beard her mother swearing at her father. "Then I heard a loud a great big whip," she contimifil. She ran lo Ihe bathroom, noting her father - gun in hand -- was falling to Die iJoor oulside Ihe bathroom. Asked by Coffel what she observed about her mother, she said only "that she'd been shot." I/ri said she ran out of the house to a neighbor's home. Owyhce County Scrriff Tim N'elllclon lold how he found Donna V'anderhoff in the bathtub, wash cloth in hard, an apparenl shotgun blast in her left cheek. A sholgun wadding and some shot was on the wall above (he tub, he said. Hecheckcd for vital signs, determined she was dead, and checked the rest of Ihe house. Nelllelon said he found five expended shotgun casings throughout Ihe house, one slill in a 12 gauge shnlgun found in (he house. He told of finding large amounts of blood in several locations, several holes in walls and ceilings, apparently shotgun-caused, saw human tissue on a wall, a "tooth lying in Ihe hallway." Roy Herman, a Mnrsing volunteer ambulance attendant called to Ihe stand late Wednesday, told how he [hough! Gerald Vanderhofl was dead when he saw him lying on the floor, bleeding, wilh no shirt or shoes on. He said Vanderhoff's lower jaw was gone, and al least part of his tongue was no! apparent. He dirln'1 recollect seeing an upper j a w . He described Ihe scene as "ghasu.i." Herman said he checked Donna Vanderhoff. decided she was drad, pressed a pillow lo Gerald Vanderhoff's head to (ry loslein the Weeding, and transported him lo the Caldwell M e m o r i a l Hospital. V'anderhoff was later laken lo a Boise hospital and ihen lo a Veteran's Administration hospital in Salt Lake, where be has spent most of (he last 2', years. Other witnesses called by Coffel included James Dakan. Caldwell funeral home operator who removed Ihe deceased woman's body later lhal evening; Dr. Roy McLaughlin, Caldwell pathologist; and Bill Anderson, Canyon County sheriff's i n v e s t i g a t o r who assisted Netlleton's office. Several color photographs taken hy Anderson were admitted inlo evidence over Miller's objections. Anderson was nol able lo lake prints from a sholgun introducer! into evidence, as i) was "saluralcd with blood," he said. He was also not able lo confirm Ihe shell casings found were fired from the gun which Herman said he found lying by Gerald Vanderhoff's body. Tests' werc'not performed on the weapon until after il became corroded, Anderson Icstified. The prosecution's case began afler opening arguments in which Coffel asked for a firsl degree murder conviction. Miller, while saying the defendant "is not a perfect man," asked for a verdict "in accordance with Ihe evidence and the law." Miller said his evidence would show a "difficult marriage" existed in which Donna Vanderhoff had lefl her husband several limes -- even divorced him and remarried another man before returning Donna Vandorholf was guilty of adultery and illicit relationships, which she "openly flaunted" before her husband, Miller lold Ihe jury. Miller said he would show such a cataclysmic event had happened to Gerald Vanderhoff ihat he. on Sept. 6, 1973, was "incapable of making normal judgment." The defendant's actions were taken "nol wil of hate, revenge...but out of love " Miller said. menially incompetent. The charges recently were refiled after testimony thai he was not menially ill al Ihe lime of the incident. Dr. Karl Humislon. consulting psychiatrist for the mental health unit, said the staff feels Hightower was trying to commit suicide Tuesday night. He said Highlower has been irritable and difficult and is feeling "a hell of a lot of pressure in connection wilh the trial " liOISE i UPI) - The Public Utilities Commission recessed hearings Wednesday on Inler- mountain Gas Company's application for a SG.S million general rale increase. Witnesses for the company tcslified Wednesday in support of the request for half the increase now while (he commission considers tlie full r«|uesl. Company treasurer William C. Glynn. Boise, told the com- mission I m e r m o u n l a i n has experienced s i g n i f i c a n t increases in its cost of capital, labor and related cosls since its last general rate increase in 1974. Glynn said the company is no! receiving enough money (o earn a reasonable rale of return and without (he emergency rale increase il will become virtually impossible for the company lo obtain rimfcti longlerm financing. Tlie commission recessed [he hearing indicating the lime and hearing for Ihe nexl round of hearings lor cross examination of Ihe company's witnesses and testimony by the IPUC staff and intcrvcnors and i n f o r m a l s l a t e m c n l s by Ihe general public. Commissioners have nol rlc- lennined if later proceedings should be scheduled for consideration of the request for an interim rate increase. Reker Industries of Soila Springs, an inlervenor in the case, has requested Ihe opportunity lii furlhcr cross examine com'panv witnesses. Commission president Karl Shurlliff assured Beker's counsel lhal the commission would exlend all parlies opportunities for questioning. He said the fish -in is arising from a sense of frustration. The department estimates some 16,000 sieelhead are expected to enter the Snake River which it says is not sufficient to support a sport fishery in Idaho. Many al Ihe meeting were critical of the department's closure of Ihe Salmon River to all fishing in Ihe Salmon area. There was criticism that the closure resulted from whal the departmenl claimed was widespread violations of Ihe steelhead closure. One i n d i v i d u a l asked, "If there were no cilations issued, why are we being accused o( breaking the law?" Greentey did nol respond to lhal. A survey of 125 anglers indicted lhal 80 per cent said they were nol fishing for steelhead but were using sieelhead tackle, said Mel Reingold, fishery research biologist in Salmon. Court records do not show any citations were issued. Cook asked Greenley if he could assure Idaho of salmon and sieelhead f i s h i n g and Greenley replied, "I can't positively assure you anything. We do feel there will be a better steelhead run this fall, it took a long time lo tear Ihese runs down bul we are going in the right direction now." Additional story Page 13. if you fail to receive your paper by 5:30 p.m., please contact your carrier or, unlil 6:30 p.m.. The News- Tribune ollke, 459-4664, or Irte Idaho Free Preis oil ice, 466-7891. Noon stock quotations STOCK QUOTATIONS FURNISHED THROUGH EDWARD D.JONES and CO.ofCALDWELL iThcse figures do not represent actual transactions. They are intended as a guide lo Ihe approximate price range.I DOW JONES AVERAGES NOON' Industrials 998.19-12.91 Transportation 210.76-f.83 Utilities 87.07+.03 Composite 304 71 LISTED STOCKS ,. - Albcrtsons ' · l j?iVj American Telephone 56'n Bethlehem 47 Boeing w\ Boise Cascade 29 Chrysler igs;, Champion Hnire Builders 5'* Exxon 88! t Fleetwood 19' ; General Electric 52 General Motors 69' i Idaho Power 26'.fc IBM 262. Kennecnti 353^ Kit 4:1,. Morrison-Knudsen 24 Occidental Pelroleum 15'j Phillips Petroleum 51 7 s Portland Gen. Elect 19V liCA 28 I f . I i. Robertson 26 3 j Reynolds Tobacco 63 Sears 741, St. Oil of California 304- Union Oil 42J K Union Elect. w f Union Pacific 7'i. 171, Winnebago g LOCAL OVER THE COUNTER QUOTES BID ASK Firsl Security Bank 32' 2 331, Idaho 1st Nal'l Bank 34 36 Ir.termounlainGas I2 5 « 131 h MUTUAL FUNDS BID ASK Col. Inc. Fund R.52 9.31. Inv. Co. ol America 13 58 14 84 Key,D-4Bon.Fd. 7.81 8 M Putnam Growth Fd. 10.49 11.46. Putnam Invest. Fd. 7.87 8.60 Every 0«y Low Prices! MILK »[W3W«TMIITO» 2% 115 reg. 1.2S J[ HOMO 120 i«g. 1.29 1 ! CARNATION COTTAGE CHEESE ,,,,, ,63' u M S QUIK * OREO COOK I E S AND GET A HALF GALLON OF MILK FREEI «.. .Mc.up.nn.., NESTLE'SQUIIU 1" QREQ CQQK1FS» 95 C CARNATION YOGURT ,.,,.. OT r;. 33' HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE SYRUP :,*,%, 43' SUN RAY

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