The Canyon News from Canyon, Texas on January 29, 1970 · Page 11
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The Canyon News from Canyon, Texas · Page 11

Canyon, Texas
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Thursday, January 29, 1970
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County horse track to be constructed Proposed horse racing and training track in the county an artist's conception BY CARROLL WILSON Construction of a $500,000 horse training track, which will host about 72 days of horse racing a year, was announced last week by a corporation formed of local and area residents. The track, which i« to be built on 330 acres of land about one-half mile west of Umbarger, could bring as much as several million dollars into the county. Charles Sanders, chief executive officer of the corporation, said the track will be known as Amarillo Downs. Construction on barns for housing as many as 700 horses year-round is expected to begin within 30 days and the track is expected to be completed bv June 1. Sanders said a training track houses, trains and races horses with no paramutua) betting allowed. He said as many as 30 trainers and helpers could be employed and live at the track. Five barns, each of which will house 50 horses, will be built on the site as well as the track, grandstands, a public restaurant and eventually a private clubhouse. Sanders said the corporation already has been contacted by owners of about 250-300 horses. The owners have already consigned their animals to the track as soon as facilities are completed. “We’ll be pulling horses from all over the country,” Sanders said. “Horses have to be trained somewhere.“ Some horses, which run at the Amarillo Downs on ran* days, may be trained at Midland. Lubbock or other training tracks Sanders said races will be set for every Sunday weather permitting throughout the year, and special race (See H()RSK, Page9) Paper is censored, cries news staff The Canyon Sunday News VOL. 2 NO. 21 CANYON, TEXAS SUNDAY, PliRUARY 1. 1970 1 SECTION 10 PAGES Three will seek election Oth Miller Oth Miller, 36, of 6212 Calumet in Amarillo has announced his candidacy for Precinct 2 of the Randall ('ounty (Commissioners (’ourt. Miller, a Democrat, is a former attorney for the City of Amarillo and an assistant Potter Countv District Attor Musts . I I More drafted Iwo more West Texas State I niversity football players have been drafted during late rounds of th<* annual professional football draft. Dag Azam, a senior guard, and Roland Reichardt, senior punting specialist, were drafted in the 15th and lttth rounds of the draft respectively Wednesdav. The Los Angeles Rams took both WTSl players. Buffalo standout Duane Thomas was drafted by the Dallas Cow* ho> s in the first round of the draft Tuesday. Reichardt, who came to WTSl from Blinn »Junior College, was (See 1 )RAFTEI), Page9) Car registering Registration of motor vehicles in Randall County begins Monday in the tax assessor-collector office in the county courthouse. Registration ends April 1. Mrs. Audrey Bruse, assessor- collector, said county residents who have received a pre-printed form from the Texas Highway Department will be able to use an “express line“ in the office for fast service. “if you come before the last two weeks in March and have the preprinted form, it should take only a few minutes to register,“ she said. She also offered the following suggestions for those who received the pre-printed form: Compare information on your title with that on the pre-printed form. If the form does not show your 1969 license number, bring 1969 license receipt. If there is (See CAR, Page9) WT growing Registration figures tallied through the day Friday at West Texas State Cniversity indicate that during last week more than 5.000 students registered. Enrollment continued Saturday on campus. Registration figures were well above figures for the same time last year. Last spring, 5,102 students registered through the Friday before classes began. This year the total was 5,503. The total is down about 2,500 from enrollment during the fall semester at WTSl’. Voters sign Voter registrations in Randall County topped the 21,000 mark by I p.m. Saturday and were expected to reach above 22,000 before registration ended at midnight Saturday. Mrs. Audrey Bruse, tax assessor-collector, said voter registration this year would probably set a record for corresponding non- Presidential election years. Last year 19,339 voters registered in the countv. ney. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University Law School. “I think Randall County and Amarillo are both among the fastest grow ing area in the state,” Miller said. “I also believe a lot of emphasis must be placed on local government.” The candidate said in the past he was able to “basically agree with most of the decisions of the present commissioners although I disagree with a few.” Miller said that if he is elected he will "work to keep a low tax rate.” Clarence Beckman of Umbarger is currently the Precinct 2 commissioner Beckman no longer lives in the district under new boundaries drawn when the county was redistricted last September. Wayne Barfield A second Amarillo attorney announced Friday that he will be a candidate for the Precinct 2 seat in the Randall County Commissioners Court. Wayne Barfield, 31, of 3326 Otsego announced his candidacy as a Republican only hours after Attorney Oth Miller had announced he would run for the office as a Democrat. Barfield engages in the practice of private law with the firm Merchant and Barfield. He attended Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1960 and receiving his law degree in 1962. The attorney said he was running for the office because he is “concerned (See BARFIELD, Page 9) No fishing this year at lake; fish dead Prospects for fishing in Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge are negli gible for the coming spnng and summer months, according to a report from Jack Crabtree, of the Inland Fisheries Biological Station in Canyon. “It looks as if all the game fish put in last spring are gone,” stated Crabtree referring to a fish kill at the lake for the past two-to-three weeks. The fish kill was the result of unsuitable water quality at the lake and was aggravated by an ice cover according to Crabtree. "Our January 23 net samples indicate no game fish in the lake,” Crabtree stated. "This is a tragic occurence due to the tremendous effort and expense last spring in renovating the lake.” After last spring’s renovation, which cost in excess of $50,000, this will be a tremendous disappointment to all, related Crabtree. In the spring renovation of 1969 about 23,000 channel catfish from state and federal hatcheries were placed in the lake in addition to 16,000 adult crappie and other game and forage species which were stocked as fry. A work session involving the management of the refuge and the fisheries biologist will be held during February to discuss the possible future of plans for the Buffalo I^ke to determine what if anything can be done for the future. Cattlemen offer reward A cattle company and seven farmers and ranchers have combined to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons who shot nine calves January 12 near Umbarger. The calves belonged to l^eonard Batenhorst, who lives 1.5 miles east of Umbarger on U.S. 60. "Cattle being shot hasn’t been much of a problem in the past.” Batenhorst said Friday. “But we are offering the reward to make sure it doesn’t become a problem." The rancher said the calves were part of a herd of 132 cattle near a water tank at the edge of his property. Seven were killed instantly and two are expected to die soon because of inr fection. “It must have happened over the noon hour,” Batenhorst said. "My son Gerald went out to feed them about 10:15 a.m. and they were all right. He went back at 2 p.m. and they had been shot.” Randall Countv Sheriffs Deputy (See CATTLEMEN, Page 9) Recently, according to Crabtree, a count was made of 1,100 dead channel cat (some weighing up to 3 pounds) along one short strip of the lake shore. “The key to fishing is to improve the water quality," stated Crabtree noting that water samples are under constant testing with both the Water Quality Board in Amarillo and the Parks and Wildlife Department in San Angelo. The cattle feedlots upstream have improved with guidance from the Water Quality Board, according to Crabtree, who explained that the lake’s problems could be stated as: 1. pollution upstream in the past, 2. water in the lake not going over the spillway since 1951, 3. low water level at the lake causing crowding among the fish, and 4. a heavy winter ice cover which was (See FISHING,Page9) Nancy Moyer The wife of a state representative announced Thursday she will seek the 31st District Senatorial seat to be vacated by Grady Hazlewood. Mrs. Nancy Moyer, wife of Rep. Hudson Moyer of Amarillo, said she is a candidate for election pending the May 2 Democratic primary. Mrs. Moyer joins a growing list of at- tornies and legislators seeking Hazlewood’s seat. "With the retirement of Grady Hazlewood from the Texas Senate, the next senator from the 31st District, whoever it is, will be a freshman in the legislature,” she said. “Experience and good knowledge of the workings of our state government are particularly needed now and I am looking forward to becoming the Panhandle delegate to Austin for that seat in the Senate.” Mrs. Moyer said area voters "can count on me for persuasive leadership and energy in the legislature pushing for projects and legislation that is beneficial to the people of the Texas Panhandle.” She said that as the wife of a representative, as a teacher and real estate broker, she is qualified to represent the district. "It has long been my desire to hold public office and my long years of service along side my legislator-husband have prepared me for this opportunity,” she said. The candidate said she will sponsor legislation permitting evidence of oral confessions in Texas courts, that she supports a proposed constitutional amendment that spells out equal legal rights for women, supports educational reforms, and meaningful standards in existing pollution control. Mrs. Moyer is a graduate of Boling (See MOYER, Page 9) More men to be hired The Canyon High School newspaper attacked the school’s administration editorially this week for what it termed “censorship.“ The editorial, which appeared in Friday’s Eagle’s Tale, cited three inci dents, which it said proved the censorship. .John Sommer, principal of the school, at first had no comment on the editorial, but later said the facts related in the editorial were “inaccurate.” The paper, which is distributed to CHS students on a regular basis, is sponsored by Miss Mina McClendon, journalism teacher. “There are two basic purposes for maintaining a high school newspaper. It gives journalism students an opportunity to learn through experience, and it provides a chance for all the students to express opinions regarding school life,” the editorial said. “We feel that the administration has hampered the attainment of both these goals.” The editorial was signed by 12 paper staff members and Susan Lindemann, editor. The editorial cited three incidents, which it said indicate the administration hampering the paper’s expression of opinions. “1) When several CHS students were suspended during the October moratorium, the journalism staff was told that an article could be written, but that it was in no way to criticize the school administration. “2) A popular Eagle’s Tale feature, Tail Feathers, was cut out entirely because of a vague fear that someone might be insulted. “3) A recent plan to make a survey of drug use by CHS students was flatly turned down because the administration felt that it would alarm the students Miss Lmdemann said “every time we put something in they (the administration) don’t like they get onto our sponsor. They just take ht r down to the office and gripe at her Miss McClendon was not available for comment on the editorial. Miss Lindemann said she is not too upset about administration control of the paper, but that her staff members were mad about the “censorship.” The editor said even if Miss McClendon were given complete control over what goes in the paper, the teacher would still be subject to callings on the carpet by the administration. Sommer at first declined to comment, saying “this is a student newspaper and I don’t know if I’ll even answer it.” When asked about the three incidents related in the editorial, Sommer said he has had communication with Miss McClendon about the incidents, but that the editorial was inaccurate. He said the feature, Tail Feathers, a gossip-type column, was criticized “but there was no censorship ’ About the drug survey, Sommer said “that’s not the way it was. They had a poorly written survey they sub(See PAPER, Page9) Hank Stram due here for WT coach clinic Hank Stram, coach of the world champion Kansas City Chiefs professional football team, will be the principle speaker at the seventh annual West Texas State Coaching Clinic, March 13-14. Stram’s Chiefs are fresh from a convincing 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl. Stram is the only American Football League coach who has been the head mentor since the team was formed. He was hired to coach the Dallas Texans and remained with the team when they moved to Kansas City. When Lamar Hunt, owner of the Chiefs (then the Texans), picked Stram as his head coach he picked a man who had never held a head coaching position. An all-state halfback at Gary, Indiana, in high school, Stram entered County wif/ help on dump Officials of Canyon and Randall County agreed Thursday night that a possible solution to city dump ground problems would be to leave the dump open 18 hours per day and the county agreed to loan equipment to the city to bury existing trash at the dump. Randall County Commissioner Clarence Beckman and Glenn Dowlen met with the Canyon City Commission specifically to disuss the dump ground. Beckman suggested the grounds be kept open and that extra men be hired to take tolls at the dump gates. After a brief explanation by Mayor Paul Lindsey of the recent act which forced the city from their old method of burning trash to the present landfill method, Commissioner Ken Olen asked if a man was needed at the gate. “If we just opened the dump, would people go out there and dump properly,” he asked. “No," said the mayor, "I think they’d just set it afire.” The mayor said the only answer to the problem "is more manpower. “It’s the only way to get more control," he said. Lindsey explained that increased costs to the city because of the land fill operation had spurred the commission to seek aid from the county. "Well, I think everybody on the court is willing to put their equipment at your disposal to get the thing level­ led off and start from scratch,” Beckman said. Dowlen and Beckman said the county could lend its equipment to clean up and bury existing trash on a rotating basis, with each county precinct allowing the city to use its equip ment on a scheduled basis. The commissioners also discussed the possible purchase of a tracked loader, which could be used at the dump. Cost of the vehicle would be about $35,000. No action or serious discussion was centered around the purchase of new equipment, however. "Would it be worthwhile to put another man out there?” Beckman asked. "I’d be in favor of that," the mayor said. Beckman indicated the county might pay to hire the man, but said “we’d want him to be your man.” Christo- wherebv City Commissioner Jim pher suggested a schedule the dump would be open to the public 18 hours a day. Currently the grounds are open from noon until dark seven days a week. He suggested the hiring of an additional man for morning work and additional help for late nights. City Manager Howard Northcutt said Friday he has hired a man to work from 7 a.m. to noon. It was generally agreed that the city should put its recently purchased gar(See COUNTY, Page 9) Purdue, where he earned four baseball and three football letters. He remained at that school for eight years as an assistant. In 1956 Stram coached as an assistant at SMU and moved to Notre Dame for two years in a similar position. He had just accepted a job at the University of Miami as an assistant when he was contacted by Hunt about coaching the Texans. Stram is noted for the versatility of his teams on both offense and defense. He first started using the Stack defense, which makes the line appear to have anything from a three to a seven- man front, in 1962. His multiple offense, which features a tight end moving out of the backfield on to the line, blossomed in 1967. The Chiefs captured the AFL title in 1962, 1966, 1967 and lost in a playoff for the crown in 1968. The Chiefs were beaten in the 1967 Super Bowl by the Green Bay Packers. In 10 years, Strain’s regular season record is 87-48. His clubs have a 41-11 mark in pre-season games and are .”>-2 in post season contests. He has been named AFL coach of the year in 1966 (Associated Press and Washington Touchdown Club), 1968 (AP, Unit Press, Washington Touchdown Club, Pro Football Weekly), and 1969 (Washington Touchdown Club). The Rockne Football Club, picking from both the AFL and NFL, named him pro football coach of the year in 1962 and 1966. The remainder of the staff for the coaching clinic will be named in the next several weeks. * am* Standing in a long line Registration was a co/d process for most students as they lined up for the twice-yearly ritual at VVesi Texas State University Registration figures indicate enrollment is up at WTSU

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