Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 17
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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CAnrfrsfiin. Vf'Sa., June ).V. KCONI) RONT Hi VICTORY Davis Project Opponents Buoyed by Judge's Ruling By Skip Johnson Environmental groups who have fought the proposed Davis Power Project in picturesque Canaan Valley were claiming at least a partial victory last week. They were buoyed by Administrative Law Judge Jair Kaplan's recommendation that the project not be built on the main Blackwater River, as Allehgeny Power System wants, but on Glade Run, a tributary. The power companies' proposal would have flooded more than 7,000 acres in the valley, a unique area at 3.000-foot elevation in Tucker County. Kaplan proposed an alternative that would flood only approximately 785 acres of the vallev. Sun Fun Cato Park was crowded Saturday as sunbathers and swimmers visited the pool. This is the first year that the park will be open for a full season. Last year, it was open only a few weeks. i Staff Photo by Leo Chabot) A SPOKESMAN for the environmental groups said Saturday that "it appears Kaplan has accepted our argument that Canaan Valley is a unique natural area and that it should be preserved in its present condition. "He further agreed lhat the w i l d l i f e losses that would take place under Ihe companies' proposal couldn't be adequately replaced even if nearby land could be acquired and set aside for wildlife management." The spokesman pointed out that in addi- lion lo slate and national conservation groups, a number of officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Power Commission's own staff have recommended against the original site. Environmental groups that oppose the Davis project include the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. Sierra Club. Canaan Valley Assn. and Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. *· MEANWHILE, a spokesman for Monongahela Power Co. said the company is studying the recommendation by Kaplan that Rural Summer Ugandan Official Arrested In Assassination Attempt Playgrounds Open Monday Rural summer playgrounds operated by the Kanawha Counly Parks and Recreation Commission will open Monday. They will be open through Aug. 6 with hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Activities will include weekly swim trips to Coonskin Park, arts and crafts, tournaments, games, storylelling hours and special events. The playgrounds which will be open are: Campbells Creek Park. Midland Trail Elementary. Chesapeake Town Hall, Sharon- Dawes Elementary, Eskdale Pa, Decota Elementary. East'Bank Park. Pratt Elementary. Handley playground. Clendenin Elementary. Big Chimney Elementary. Ruthlawn Elementary. Avesta Drive playground. McKinley Junior High, Amandaville playground. Fairview Elementary. Shawnee Elementary. Andrew Jackson Junior High. Boreman Elemenlary and Wallace Heights Elementary. Water Rate May Increase In Clarksburg The AssociatPtl Press The Clarksburg Water Board asked the state Public Srvice Commission to approve a 24 per cent rate increase, the board said Salurday. Unless Ihe PSC orders otherwise, the rates would become effeclive July 12th. The board serves 8,000 customers in Clarksburg and surrounding areas. If approved, the rates would provide an extra 5174,000 annually - money the water board claimed is necessary because of rising operating costs the past three years. " The PSC turned down the board's .request for a rate hike last year. Bicentennial Chuckling is Julius deGruyter, 82. Charleston's venerable historian and artist, as he looks over a presidential profile shown him by Taylor Jones. 23. artist for The Charleston Gazette. The Bicentennial Edition of the Sunday Gazette-Mail will be published next Sunday. DeGruyter will paint a section front for the edition, and Jones will draw caricatures of all the U.S. presidents. The public is invited to attend a reception next Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Charleston Newspapers Building to meet the two men. (Staff Photo by Chet Hawes) NAIROBI. Kenya ( A P ) - A Ugandan cabinet minisler was reporled arrested after three hand grenades exploded at a parade atlended by Ugandan Presidenl Idi Amin on Thursday night, travelers from Kampala said Saturday. One Ugandan said a police officer who was at the scene lold him a cabinel minis- ler, believed lo be a high-ranking army officer, was laken to Makinde prison, where many opponents of Amin's five-year-old mililary regime have been jailed. Informed sources in Kampala said in telephone calls Saturday that the unidentified minister had disappeared. The police officer said at least 10 persons were killed in the explosion, according to the travelers. First reports said one person was killed and more than 30 injured, several critically. The Ugandan informants said Amin suffered slight injuries in the face from shrapnel. Diplomats who saw Amin Friday said ho did not appear lobe injured. The travelers said thai as soon as word spread through Kampala that an attempt had been made to kill A m i n . people swarmed into the streets, singing and dancing. Soldiers armed with automatic weapons soon cleared the streets, m a k i n g several arresls, the Iravelers said. One passenger said there was "state of panic" in Kampala and most shops and business were closed Friday. A goverment spokesman, quoled by Uganda radio on Friday night, appealed to the population lo remain calm. Amin, 51, is currently chairman of the 48-nation Organization of African Unity, a post lhal rotates among the members. He has verbally attacked the West and gotlen involved in several feuds wilh other African stales. Ugandan officials have reported several attempts on his life since he look power in a m i l i t a r y c o u p . Craft Unions. Contractors Reach Settlement Tin' .·Is.vorwfrr/ /'rfs.v A three-year settlement has been reached between nine building craft unions and building contractors in northern West Virginia. The contract provides for 7 to 7.5 per cent wage and fringe benefit increases the firsl year. The pact was signed by Davis Coombs, executive secretary of the Construction Employes Association of North Central West Virginia and the presidents of the Morganlown, Clarksburg-Fairmont Building and Construction Trades Council. The agreement covers bricklayers, carpenters, masons, millwrights, operating engineers, plumbers, p i p e f i t t e r s and Teamsters. an alternate site be used for the proposed pumped storage- project. "It's quite lengthy." said M.W. For- sylhe, m a n a g e r of p u b l i c relations for Monongahela. "and none of us here t a t the company's Fairmont office) have seen it." Forsythe pointed oul lhal the judge recommended a site that does not match tho application made by Monongahcla and its two sister companies of the A l l e g h e n y Power System, including West Pe-nn and Potomac Edison. "We made application for a project on the Blackwater River." said Forsythe, "and the judge recommended a project on Glade Hun. At this poinl. we will probably have to make a decision whether or not we will ace-ept a license if one is offered only for Glade Run." Kaplan's recommendation is nol the final word on the project, necessarily. The FPC could rule otherwise. Exceptions to Kaplan's recommendation may be filed during a HO-day period after June 10. Afterwards--the FPC can initiate a review on its own. if no exceptions are filed. FORSYTHE SAID t h a t any decision made' by the power companies on how lo proceed would probably be made on ihe basis of whether Ihe Glade 1 Run alternative would provide the electric gene-rating capacity desired. Glade Run is a tributary of the Blackwa- ler in upper Canaan Valley near Davis Wildlife biologists from the DNH have opposed any pumped storage project in Canaan Valley, but they have testified at hearings as f a v o r i n g Glade- Run over Blackwater, if any project, is authorized. As recommended by Kaplan, Substantial modifications would be made in the project compared to what was originally proposed by ihe power companies, although the upper reservoir on Cabin Mountain would be unchanged. The power companies have been pursuing Ihe Davis project officially since June :i, 11170. when they made application to the FPC for a license. Herb Little /s oil Vacation The new federal Rehabilitation Act will increase the number of blind vendors in public 1 buildings from the present 3.780 to about 7.000 in three to five years. Sen. .Jennings Randolph. [)-\\. Va.! told Ihe Slate- Lions Convention al llu- Civic Center Saturday. Randolph was coauthor o| UK: hill which was passed 40 years ago placing blind vendors in public buildings. He told the Lions that last year. Hie vendors had an average income of $li,790 and sold a total of $149.600,000 in merchandise. Randolph, who has been a Lion since 1925 and is a former stale governor of the organization, commended the group on its established sight conservation program and its new deal conservation project. He was the originator of the Rehabilitation Act which was enacted a few months ago and said it "broke new ground in rehabilitation." Randolph will speak today at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the M a r t i n s b u r g Veterans A d m i n i s t r a t i o n Hospital. Always on Sunday Hy 15. S. Pahmsky How many of you saw the Geal WOi; on television I he other day? I did. It was spooky. No. it wasn't one of those bayou horror mcvics It was the Geat Whispering Our Governor, lie was being i n t e r v i e w e d about something or other by one ol our local TV personalities. The personality is the guy whose eye keeps winking al you during tin- news. I have no idea of what Our Governor was whispering about. Even when I spent my childhood, in Pennsylvania's hard coa! country, it is still considered impolite to eavesdrop. I'll admit though t h a t it was just a shade difficult to pretend that tin- pair of them wen- not over there in tin- corner of my living room murmuring into each other's cars. Do they give an Emmy or something for tender moments on local TV? Anyway, does this signal a new era for Our Governor in public relations'.' If he hasn't got a now P.H.-type phrase (slogan if you will) to cover the development. I offer this one: "Talk softly and keep one hand on t h a t big desk drawer." »· BIG SHIRLEY, the child-bride, came home from work all excited the other day. making joyful sounds. "You can no longer." she warbled, see the water through the holes in the bridges on the turnpike!" "And," she trilled, "there is now some new and smooth p a v i n g on some other parts of it!". One of the main reasons for her ecstasy was that she thought that all of that would cause me to call a truce in my boycott of the West Virginia Turnpike. I've been telling her during the past several months that in addition to the- pure fear I have of driving on that piece of road that 1 have no craving to be out on that bridge- near the tunnel--air sick, car sick and sea sick, all at one time. BEFORE WE LEAVE OFF discussing thai bloody stretch of nonsense that brings in enough tolls to bankroll sumptuous far- is dinners and etc.. there's a couple of other things: First, I want to offer my condolences to Lt. Jack Gribben, commanding officer of the state police turnpike division. From all outward appearances, the other day when he swallowed the offer for an interview about the lurnpike like a hungry carp, he must have been doing something else. I got the impression that he must have been simultaneously listening to that new CB love ballad. "I Don'l Wani No Ne- gatory Romance." (toiyway, the interview came out roughly like this: Because of a super job of patrolling the turnpike during the past six months, there was not one death. During the six months prior to the super job of patrolling. IT persons were killed. He also went on to say. "We'd like- to show the public that it's the drivers who cause the accidents, not the turnpike." When you think about thai for a while, you've got to come to the conclusion that whatever Lt. Gribben was trying to say did not come out exactly right. Because if it did. it means that during Ihe six months he-fore the crackdown there- was super laxity by Ihe state police and that this was directly responsible for 15 deaths. It. also means that those of us who have been whining for years thai heller patrolling was needed were right, all along. Personally, I don't think Ll. Gribhen meant all ol that at all. I also think that there's a combination of a lot of things that make the turnpike the most dangerous road in the country. Also, during Ihe past six monlhs. Ihere has been no pavement, on Ihe bridges and there has been a lot of other construction in progress. That kind of stuff slows down even maniacs--not counting the trucker that nearly ran over my van a couple of months ago while we were trying to get to Mossy for some fishing. And. by Ihe by. how in the heck is it that the taxpayers of this stale have to pick up the tab for patrolling that profit-making toll road in the first place? I can't even remember the: last lime Ihe commissioners sent me a doggie-bag with a Paris label. And. by the way. plans for strip mining coal along the turnpike have mercifully been dropped. Oh, it wasn't because of the safety factor or esthetics that the idea was dropped. What it was. was that the commission decided there just wasn'l enough money in it. How aboul that, turnpike fans? CREDIT WHERE CREDIT is due. I say now and then. I would l i k e everyone to give South Charleston recreation czar Bob Anderson a big hand. No. not across the hack of the head.. .thai wouldn't be civilized. I nolict-d not loo long ago thai he did a good recreation Ihing. He had the trees and underbrush cut down inside the solitary tennis court over there in FMC Park. Of course, that ruined part of my game- plan for thai court. I used lo just love darting out of the bushes to deliver an overhand smash. Now, with Ihe court defoliated. 1 have to fall hack on my underhanded backhand to streak the ball across the almost-high-enough net. Other than lhat, Ihere's nol much new down hcr» in South Charleston. When last seen and heard fnir,. Mayor Richie Robh had.just compleiwi the diyy inventory of his fearnacles and was walking around saying, "I'm still mayor here."

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