Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 13, 1981 · 1
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Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico · 1

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Friday, February 13, 1981
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Its Vtzzt ALBUQUERQUE Fair today and tonight. Highs near 60, lows tonight in teem to mid 20s. Details on page G-4. Good Monskg So Far, NobotJy's Posted Any Odds On The Tax-Cut Proposal For Race Tracks. It 101st Year No. 44 Eight Sections Friday Morning, February 13, 1981 Price: Daily20 Sunday 50c w Leak Slows Jules Verne Over Arabia By KICK NATHANSON Jo&rn&l Staff Writer The Jules Vrne balloon flight attempting to cLde the globe developed a slow leak and may have to abort its voyage, a spokesman for pilots Maxie Anderson and Don Ida reported at 11 p.m. MST. Jin Mitchell, a spokesman at the New Bedford, Mass., tracking station, aid the flight might have to "be aborted In the next six to 48 hours depending on the location of the leak and the decision of the pilot on the best potential landing site." At the time, Mitchell said the balloon was about 210 miles due south of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and located ia the central part of the country, flying at about 20,000 feet and about IS miles per hour. ' Anderson and Ida launched their flight about 4:10 a.m. Albuquerque time Thursday from near Luxor, Eeypt it . Mitchell aid the pilot, believed to be Anderson, 46, an Albuquerque mining executive, apparently will have the option of landing the balloon on the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Sea, between the peninsula and India, and . In India Itself.- : ,. He emphasized the balloon "is In no danger and can fly for a number of hours." Although the location of the leak was unknown, Mitchell said at the time of his report the balloon was about 850 miles from its launch site and "could fly another 1,000 or 1,500 miles if the leak is as slow as it now appears " He said if the leak is in the lower Co-tinned oa A-3 Race Track1 Tax Reduction Plan Unveiled By EXUCX CAMF2ELL Joral Staff Writer A bill Introduced in the state Senate would cut state taxes on race tracks by an amount that would probably exceed S1.7 million the first year. Eat backers of the measure called it an Investment and claimed the state would get the money back eventually. The biH sponsored by Sen. Ben Alta-miraao, D-Catron-Grant, and co-signed by four other senators, would allow the tracks to use the tax on the first $250,000 of daily wagering up to $3,000 for capital improvements. It is scheduled to be heard today in a joint meeting of the Corporations Committee which Altamirano chairs Coetluutd oa k-i DMSO Bill From tia Jesr&Ti Capttoi Bortta SANTA FE The New Mexico Senate rt.'iiied to adopt Thursday a committee report which would have killed a bill to Utilize the use of DMSO as a drug. Icf.d, the Senate voted 32 13 to keep the measure alive by sendxg it to a dJ.'mst ccrnxittee for farther csciidifation. "It still bolia out for all the ptc; who art ia f'.n Sera'e E J 3's sponsor. Sen. Us Houston, DBeral-tA u,i afterward. r :3D til':i Civrn A if - tf I rr I - CSi'SJfl.f ii r f ' be i-1 efru- , : 1 f : ir. . : c -s ; . -7 - -i . I', ' 1 ' .. f ; i r: ;t I V American CiMocaliti Maxle Anderson and Don Ida Launch Jules Verne From Luxor, Egypt Two Pilots Hope to Complete Around the World Voyage Non-Stop in Less Than 10 Days : Panel Considers Shift To Punch Card Voting ByJIM BRADSHAW Of the Journal's Capitol Bureau SANTA FE - If New Mexico changed from voting machines to punch card voting, counties could save money and reduce or eliminate lines at the polls, a House committee was told Thursday. Supporters of legislation which would give counties the punch card option told the House Voters and Elections Committee that numerous large cities across the U.S. have switched to punch card voting. Among them: Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Miami and El Paso. Seventy percent of California is using it, 100 percent of Arizona and 25 percent of Texas. "Mr. Chairman, we think it will elim- Rescued by The act ion came after one of the Senate's most powerful members. Sen. Alex Mirttnex, chairman of the Finance Committee, unexpectedly sa4 that be, himself, had used DMSO to relieve pun and was satisfied with it "When I besrd about DMSO, I laughed about it," Martinez told Bis colleagues. Eat the Si-.U Fe Democrat sid be later uw tie product ia a dftg store aad purchased it to see whet it wss Ut- "AU of a sudden, I l targ this Lohvt I'ft Trior;';- aii r- -' ' -i s. crJy frf-d t-l cf r'. t s MixicoaJ7-!4cri:vut;ryctr Wr:-.-j b V-i'-l A:s:.c C".'tr- ZL-v, lief vry.z: r e C : v ly I r-y, n t j c r i f 1 1 w ; ' Tax Fund Plans Weighed: A-6. inate lines in Bernalillo County," said Rep. James Caudell, R-Bernalillo. "I think it's time to modernize our voting system." Caudell is sponsoring House Bill 159 which would give Bernalillo County the option of switching from voting machines to punch card voting if it desired. A similar measure, House BUI 283 by Rep. Fred Mondragon, D-Bernalillo, Continued on A 3 J Senate Vote stuff," Martinez said. "It worked. Whether it had a psychological effect or what, I donl know. But it worked." DMSO is currently banned by the Food and Drug Administration for medical uses except for treatment of a rare bladder disease. It ax however, be obtained in many health food stores in Albuquerque and cthtr pl;cts btceuse it Is esed es as Industrial se've-rt and in some cases, ci s treatmea far animals. The nuia rr. Ccti '.'a with the solvent-im4 e i A 3 iUot B4 Urt D-l 12 : t e-s r --sTv-JLa i m i tuci (.c . C4 Ci--.,t 4 r )! i.. ti l ...... C 4 f-- ... A 4 S i- isiz-izi , H I 21 x 7 - i 1 1 ? i--' H-i-a t - f ..... , G 4 t -;-j -$ V .: J ' 1 . . . . . 5M i t . . .. r s V . b 1 1 n V 'I Tombstone's DeEsca County -if T' :n yci the I'"1: 'i!;rv'.: ; t A :: V : Tl" Proposed Overhaul Of Social Security Would Cut Benefits WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Lawton Chiles, D-FIa., Thursday proposed Social Security reforms that would tap . the income tax, raise the retirement ' age gradually, strip benefits from students and eliminate the "floor" for minimum-level retirees. Chiles' legislative package would reduce the payroll tax rate from 6.65 percent to 6 percent next year and to 5.79 in 1983-84, compensating in part by tapping general government revenues. His plan also would eliminate mandatory retirement at 70. "The Social Security system needs a serious financial overhaul," he said, "and I am determined to restore it to full credibility and public confidence." Some 36 million Americans receive benefits from the Social Security system, making it the single largest program in the federal government. The . system, made up of three trust funds, will pay out S138 billion this year to retired and disabled workers and their families. C -v Two of the three funds are operating in the black, but one the Old age and Survivors Insurance is expected to have a shortfall of $12 billion next year. Chiles estimated that by the turn of the century it would have a $20 billion shortfall. " His proposals, to be introduced Tuesday in the Senate, would virtually bring the system into balance by that' time, he told reporters at the Capitol. 1 J d V : V f hS ' Home Again McDri-.1 tack to New f Witlisn "Et.l! e.e Kii" t-r-ty Ir.rerrtirnal A:r;rt. MtHriJ? u ty Tt x.? s I-.'frrjtviTI A :r i ;h isi-'in friths Virile- The most controversial aspect of the package probably would be the plan for raising the age at which workers may retire and receive full benefits, he said. Under his proposal, a new retirement age of 68 would be phased in, starting in the year 2000. It would not fully go into effect until 2012- The early retirement age similarly would rise from 62 to 65, and the age survivors of deceased workers coulo" claim benefits would go up from 60 to 63. Sixty-five would remain the age of eligibility for Medicare. s Gradually raising the retirement age to 68 has been proposed by several recent commissions on Social Security and pension policies and a panel that Ronald Reagan appointed during his transition to study Social Security. The alternatives to raising the retirement age are raising payroll taxes and cutting benefits, Chiles said. "If we sit on our hands now, the whole system will go broke next century when the post-World War II baby boom retires," he said in a statement released at the news conference. Chiles' proposal to prohibit employers form forcing their workers to retire would apply only to the private sector, where federal statutes now permit a mandatory retirement age of 70 or over. The proposal would take effect immediately upon passage. APS Defends Science, Math Curriculum By ARTURO SANDOVAL Journal Staff Writer Businessmen who claim the Albuquerque public school system is not teaching students basic science and math skills are "misinformed," Superintendent Frank Sanchez said Thursday. :, "I resent a blanket indictment of APS' math programs." Sanchez said. "We can prove we're doing the job in educating our students in math and science." Sanchez' comments came in response to comments made by several business leaders Monday during a public hearing in Albuquerque of the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space. The subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Harrison Schmitt, R-N.M. "If theae people criticizing us had ever bothered to look at our math and science curriculum, they'd see that our work is better than most districts in the country," Sanchez said. "We're above national norms in math and science in most grade levels." And, he said, the school system already requires more math for high school graduation than is required by New Mexico regulations. "We require two units of math for high school graduation," Sanchez said. "The state only requires ooe unit" The (kstrict's math coordinator, HJde Howden, said that the math cur-nculum is being ued as a "national model" by the National Gained of Teachers of Math. The former prtfticnt of rbe National Council of Teachers of Mata used ocr profnra to teach at the col-lege level," Mrs HowJen said. That's because our mala program U more ccrr;'-iee thsa most other prognms in the country." But one Iccil bestDtitssa h spot at M sTtttt's bfnrg s4 be Bevff tUred AJ"$ fx rp't-ai lack of U-c era a-Tg Cscir lckr, who is r -'rr of rr?'---4 rtU . s at Crrl n sij be C-'3l t"'" m t-j t--e f-f th ft N - si.ia, "Lf tr3f ttJta there's &a prct rs. tjrt 1(. ft "i r. ft: A 1 A I 1

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