The Times-News from Twin Falls, Idaho on September 5, 1986 · 9
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Friday, September 5, 1986
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. Friday, September5, 1986 Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho Obituarieshospitals B2 .' IdahoWest B3 T75V Valley lifeDear Abby B4 .. i-Q) Symms: Get some 1 disclosmiire rales By DEAN MILLER . Times-News writer. " TWIN FALLS - Idaho Sen. Steve Symms told Twin Falls Kiwanis Club members Thursday that he supports eliminating some financial disclosure rules for congressmen because they deter qualified people from running for Congress. - Responding to audience questions after his luncheon speech, Symms said he would eliminate current provisions that require congressmen to reveal their investments as well as their income sources. "You should disclose the source of your income and that's all. I think that this emasculation is not helpful to get people in Congress," he said. ' Symms, whose investments in the legislation-sensitive silver futures market have been questioned by Barron's business magazine and The Nation magazine, said successful businessmen who would make good congressmen are deterred by the prospect of such scrutiny. Other congressional reforms Symms said he has supported Include constitutional amendments to limit the terms in office of senators and congressmen and to raise the minimum age for members. s v The first-term senator told the Kiwanians it is important to send him back to. Washington to help maintain a Republican majority in the Senate to support President Reagan. ' "Overall, one of the reasons the election is important is because of the direction President Reagan has taken the country,". Symms said. : Reagan's push for lower interest rates and emphasis on a stronger military have been backed by the Republican-controlled Senate, he said. ", "If the (Republicans should lose control of the Senate, it would be a real blow," said Symms, who is challenged by Democratic Gov: John Evans. It the Democrats took control of the Senate, the Western states would lose six of seven committee chairmen from this region, he said. In an interview after his speech, Symms said he concentrated on Republican politics rather than his own qualifications for the job because time was limited on the Kiwanis program. ' Symms reserved comment on the tax reform bill: currently before Congress. He said the compromise version is different from the House ana senate bills and he needs to look closely at it. , Balancing the budget should be a top priority, but recent efforts have proven unsuccessful, he said. He expects to be criticized for his votes in favor of freezing cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other entitlement programs. He said the Senate has taken that step twice in an effort to slow the growth of the federal budget deficit, but the president and the House of Representatives have stalled the move both times. Symms said Reagan and House Speaker "Tip" O'Neill are "both gregarious Irishmen who want to be loved by everyone." He said he told the president, "If anybody wants to be able to talk to senior citizens, you should." Symms told the Kiwanis Club that when Secretary of Education William Bennett was in Idaho he told Bennett he thought teachers should be treated like coaches, who are fired if their charges do not win games. "At least half my education came off the football field," from a college coach whose philosophy he adopted, said Symms. . He would like to see the U.S. stop loaning money to countries whose farmers compete with U.S. farmers, and said aid from the U.S. should be in the form of commodities, instead of cash. . Symms criticized Congress for "idiotic" debate over proposed sanctions against the South African government, which stalled debate of federal highway law chages he is proposing. "It's not a big issue in the hearts and minds of Idaho farmers," Symms said of the sanctions debate. ' Good weather By BOB FREUND, . Times-News writer I7TT tin m...i m ti - r luiun i win r ans way was a sunburner on the grounds of the ; Twin Falls County Fair. mu i ii i j i i a. " tie 1'iiiiiniuKB Giru ann nrmnr cim continued to bring the fair to life, as Cthey have since opening day. In snort, u was strolling weatner, the - type fair officials pray for. '" Between strolls, clusters of people :t rested in the shade of trees near the entertainment stage to watch ' quick-draw artist Bob Munden and the Sawtooth Country Cloggers demonstrate their skills at mid-afternoon. L: Then the diners drew out their , wallpre In nnwn hupaarc hnr Hnrre and ice cream under the covered food booths. - Fair officials were hoping that Twin Falls Day would boost attendance figures that have been lagging behind last year's. On Wednesday, 13,986 visitors passed through the gates, 2,096 less than on the same day during the 1985 fair. For the first two days, 28,571 people have come to the fair. That is 3,871 off last year's pace, said Fair Secretary-Manager TomShouse. Part of the cause may involve the perfect weather. It's also perfect for harvesting crops, and the harvest is getting under way sooner this year than in some previous seasons. "It's time for these farmers to work," Shouse said. Some area school systems, including Twin Falls, also are holding classes during Fair Week, breaking with previous tradition. But Twin Falls schools and many businesses in the city closed early Thursday afternoon, giving students and : employees , an opportunity to take in the show. Fair President Stanley Snow said he was hoping for a thick crowd on Thursday: Attendance figures will be available today, v The visitors ' were sparse early Thursday, .when most livestock events took place. The fairgrounds started filling in mid-afternoon. Politicians, including Sen. Steve Symms and Rep. Richard Stallings, stopped by to pump hands. Sightseers and bargain hunters coursed through the aisles of the merchant buildings. Carnival rides started twisting, turning, upending and rotating into action, ; their seats filled , with youthful riders. The rodeo in the evening ahead also promised to bring bronco riders and a crowd to the grounds. Today's fair schedule will include major cattle shows featuring the Hereford breed, some 4-H and FFA See FAIR on Page B2 Wendell Holstein cow at age 11 is top milker By BOB FREUND Times-News writer FILER Riggs Charmer Paulinda is standing in a stall at the Twin Falls County Fair, doing what she does best delivering milk. The white fluid squirting into the mechanical pump attached to her underside is adding a few more gallons to her career total of 168,000 pounds. At age 11, the Holstein cow from Votray Dairy's herd is still milking three times a day, and is winning ribbons to boot. The well-used cow nicknamed "Grandma" by owners Terry and Sue Votroubek of Wendell won the blue ribbon for the best cow with lifetime production ? of 100,000 pounds or more at the Idaho Intermountain. Dairy Show on Thursday. The competition wasn't plentiful. Few commercial cows remain healthy and productive at that age. But Grandma's average yearly production still is 21,495 pounds a year at 4-percent butterfat hefty even for a milker in the prime of its career. .' Dairy judge John Fullington has respect for these elders. "To me, these 100,000-pound cows are somewhat of an elite group," he says. . Sure, their udders aren't as firm or formed as the younger animals. They may nof carry their weight as well. But after all, milk is the dairy business, Fullington reminded the scattering of people in the bleachers Thursday. ' This contest marked Grandma's second year as a show animal. Votray Dairy, near Wendell, also brought other cows from his 60-head herd to the contest, partly as a business move and partly to support a local dairy show, says Terry Votray. ; He wants other dairy producers to see them. "They're registered cows and we feel the value of the herd is increased by the individual sale of the offspring," he says. Votray has ribbons to show for his efforts. But the big winners in, the Holstein championships at the Idaho Intermountain show went to Will-O-Dell Farms of Filer, : which showed the grand and reserve champion cows, as well as the grand performer. Will-O-Dell is owned by Dale and Delia Ann Williams. Their grand champion, K B Hope Supreme, won her second champion- See DAIRY on Page B2 ' limes-News photo ANDY ARENZ Jerry Tews of Filer teamed up with his black Angus 'Mick' to win grand championships in the steer shows Thursday Tews' 'Mick' proves who has the beef By BOB FREUND Times-News writer : - FILER He's one handsome steer, this jet-black Angus. Long, lean and glossy ' when primped for the parade into the show ring. "More important, "Mick" is a meat machine. That's why the 1,249-pound animal and 17-year-old owner Jerry Tews of Filer rated grand championships in the 4-H and FFA Market Steer . Show and the "Open to the World" Steer Show on Thursday at the Twin Falls County Fair. For Tews and his 4-H project,; Thursday's championships completed a ; Fair sweep. The team also had won Wednesday's 4-H and FFA fitting and showing competition, which stresses the style of the exhibitions. - ! ' But on Thursday beef judge Ferral Meeks of Taylor, Neb., was looking beneath the hide. He was interested in the meat the 'steer was packing. , "A steer should be ready to'slaughter today," he said. "So we look at the leanest steer out there that will grade choice." For instance, a steer has to have some marbling small pockets of fat in the muscle for tenderness. But it can't carry a thick layer of waste fat along its backbone. Meeks, a Hereford breeder, eyed the build of the steers to figure what meat they were carrying. "We don't need any visual waste; we've got enough we can't see," he told the crowd. - In Mick, he saw a meat-laden animal. Its frame is big and strong to carry the weight; the muscle that becomes meat was developed correctly in all quarters; its backbone was long and straight to yield maximum amount of cuts. , Tews, a senior from Filer High School, is in his second year as a member of 4-H. " I was happy to win even one (contest)," he said after claiming , his second championship. , Another Filer boy, Jason Draney, took home ribbons for reserve grand champion from both shows. His steer also had Aneus bloodlines. In the market quality show Thursday, 4-H and FFA members showed steers ranging from 938 pounds to 1,388. The top 36 steers and eight independent entries competed in the Open to the World show for the Harry Eaton Memorial Trophy, awarded yearly by Twin Falls Bank and TrustCo. ! ''' Meeks clearly was impressed with the quality of this year's competition, saying he saw the steers the meat industry wants. "They would look good at any show," he told the young beef-raisers. He also encouraged them, just before he took his final trip into the ring to pick the 4-H-FFA champions. "You can't all be winners; but you are a winner, I believe, if you come , out here lo participate," Meeks told the boys and girls showing their steers. Mick and the other 131 steers shown Thursday will be marketed to the public for slaughter or resale at the 4-H-FFA Fat Stock Sale on Saturday at the fair. Region IV development plan has county eligible for funds ! By CLAUDINE CHAMBERLAIN Times-News writer TWIN FALLS - The Region IV Development - Association Inc. adopted its overall economic development program for the fiscal year 1986-87 at a meeting last Thursday. The OEDP is a document published annually that describes the economic climate of: the Magic Valley and lists the planned projects for the coming year. This year, Twin Falls County has been designated a . redevelopment area in accordance with Title 4 of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965. As a redevelopment area, the county will be eligible for certain types of federal assistance. The total budget for this fiscal year has not been finalized, said Executive Director Joseph Herring, but is expected to be in the neighborhood of $250,000. The OEDP includes about 50 different projects in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls counties,-as well as projects that cover the entire region. Local projects include work on the Twin Falls Industrial Park, which, would mean finishing off the water, lines and access roads, Herring said Thursday. A Main Avenue vitalization pro-, gram will also be initiated, which would attempt to change negative attitudes about shopping in downtown Twin Falls. Herring said that if shoppers lose interest in the downtown area, other cities will suffer as well. - : The OEDP also includes expansions, and improvements at the Soldier Mountain and Magic Mountain ski areas. 1 Blaine County projects include a transportation system from the Friedman Memorial Airport, Bellevue sewer system . improvements, Ketchum water system improvements, and a bike path between Sun Valley and Hailey. Minidoka County projects include sewer ! system ' improvements in Minico, Rupert, and Paul.? The main regional project is a study into the feasibility of an Idaho international agricultural trade development .center. Recommendations on Idaho's needs concerning agricultural trade on an international level "will be made, Herring said. ' . '- - The Region IV group and the College of Southern Idaho will be working together to develop a small-business assistance center, which will provide help for struggling new businesses. In other business, the Development Association received a $2,000 increase from the Idaho Department of Commerce for its procurement outreach program. The program will attempt to increase Idaho's role , in federal procurement, Herring said. Forty new jobs will be available in Burley at Farmland Manufacturing Company due to a Region IV project. The project was originally started in May of 1985, but "fell apart," Herring said. Vaccine maker's attorneys say juries shouldn't set health policy By MARK WARBIS The Associated Press BOISE Attorneys for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and the maker of a whooping cough vaccine that paralyzed a month-old Burley-area boy say juries should not consider negligence claims against federally approved prescription medicine. "Lay-juries should not be allowed to set public health policy," Robert Koontz, Boise attorney for Lederle Laboratories, told the Idaho Supreme Court Thursday. The high court was hearing oral arguments in the case of David and Susan Toner, a Cassia County couple who filed a $5 million negligence suit against Lederle Laboratories in 1980. - The Toners argued that Lederle's vaccine for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, Tri-Immunol, was responsible for the permanent paralysis from the waist down of their son Kevin in 1979. The so-called DPT vaccine has been in use since the 1940s. An estimated 90 percent of American children born each year are administered the vaccine. Lederle's parent company, American Cyanimid Co. of New Jersey, is the only licensed manufacturer. A federal court jury in Boise awarded the Toners $1.13 million in 1984. But Lederle appealed, arguing that since no alternative to its vaccine could be found, Tri-Immunol was "unavoidably unsafe." . The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco turned the case back to the Idaho Supreme Court. It asked Idaho justices to decide whether the legal principle protecting pharmaceutical manufacturers from liability when their vaccines are the on- Iy ones certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a particular disease, despite their side-effects, was applicable in Idaho law. Koontz urged the high court on Thursday to rule that the principle does apply- He argued that all previous jury decisions in negligence lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers were in regard to companies' failure to provide adequate warnings of side-effects to "learned intermediaries," such as doctors. That was not the case with the suit against the DPT vaccine administered to Kevin Toner, with the safety of the product itself being questioned, Koontz said. . But Kenneth Pedersen, the Twin Falls attorney representing the Toners, protested that Koontz was attempting to retry the case before the Court of Ad- See TONER on Page B2 ,

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