The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on March 6, 1976 · 1
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Mayor calls resignations 'normal turn over7 By ALICE WEIGHT Sentinel staff writer "Normal turnover" is how Grand Junction Mayor Larry Kozisek termed the resignations of four top city officials in recent weeks, adding that he Is "flabbergasted" by the rumors floating around, especially on the Eastern Slope. Speaking to Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce directors Friday, Kozisek said he had been deluged with inquiries from reporters. "The reasons quoted to me by the Eastern Slope reporters are not the reasons given in Grand Junction. If these comments are 'accurate, Id think the city is better off without them (the resigned officials), he said. Resignations coincidental Kozisek, backed by city council members Jane Quimby, Larry Brown and Bob VanHouten, maintained the four resignations are coincidental. The string of resignations began last October when police Capt. Robert Burnett, the number two man in the department, resigned. Police Chief Ben Meyers announced, his resignation, effective Jan. 30, on Jan. 19. City Manager Harvey Rose held a news conference Feb. 19 to announce that he plans to resign but declined to give a date. On Feb. 23, Public Works Director Gus Byrom said he would resign on April 2 and then City Engineer Rodger Young announced last Monday that he would resign on March 19. Blames the press Kozisek blamed the press for greatly exaggerating what is happening, and Even Grand Junction city employes have begun to joke about the recent exodus of top administrators. One who works in City Hall said hes thinking about putting up a sign with the words he had seen on a Seattle billboard deplored the pressure" applied, intentionally or otherwise, by every article and broadcast. . He sees no reason to pressure Rose into setting a date for his departure, on the grounds that "Hes a conscientious, dedk cated professional who wont let us down. "Theres only one job here for a person in his field," Kozisek said. "If he wants to improve his lot, he must go somewhere else. "The council feels he has done a good job, he is doing a good job, and he will do a good job as long as hes here. "The Council has time to decide what several years ago when the Boeing Co. closed its airplane factory there. It reads: "Will the last one out please turn out the lights?" we want in the next manager, and what we can pay the next manager. Kozisek said the council will not start recruiting until the date of the manager's departure is announced, and he foresees that the recruitment period may take five to six months. "If the manager leaves before that, well have an interim manager; Im not prepared to say who, but logically it will be someone from within the administration," Kozisek said. Brown added that there is at least one man at city hall whose salary is partly predicated on the assumption that he can "run the ship if needed." ' Defending the managers action in announcing his intention of leaving, without specifying a date, VanHouten sees no reason to penalize the man because he chose to be fair, rather than saying nothing until he is ready to go. Chamber directors were doubtful of the wisdom of the procedure. Lame duck' position D.S. Dykstra thinks the manager has placed himself in a "lame duck" position as long as he stays, even if its five or six years. Ray Meacham thinks the council's decision not to advertise until a departure date is set, is "another reason the date is important. "What's wrong with asking for a date?" said Jim Gale. "Ive never seen this happen before," Exodus prompts sign joke said Montgomery Ward manager How- - , ard Butterfield. "If I told my firm I was going to quit, theyd replace me tomorrow. The city is a business too." "If theres no animosity, there's no firoblem ; were not anxious to have him eave," Kozisek replied. Questioned about the matter of ap- -pointments to the other three vacated posts, Kozisek said the manager has no intention of selecting a new police chief. He foresees a period of at least eight months before a permanent appointment is made. Meacham objected that this places act- ' ing chief Ed Vandertook in an untenable position, but Kozisek disagreed: "I'd look at it as an opportunity," Kozisek said. "I think he should be made chief, but I said that two' years ago, Meacham said. Wild Rumors Bill Anderies confirmed the fact that rumors are circulating wildly in Denver: "When I was there Thursday, several people asked me whats the matter that the top people are leaving? Maybe we should plug the hole as fast as possible." The 16 pages Newsstand price 1 5c Daily ENTINEL Saturday, March 6, 1976 Grand Junction, Colo. .NFO eyes market boycott CORNING, Iowa (AP) - The National Fanners Organization (NFO) called on cattlemen across the nation Friday to withhold their livestock from market in an attempt to raise beef prices. The action is being called because cattlemen have suffered a $14 per hundred pound price drop since Jan. 1, said NFO President Oren Lee Staley. Cattle prices drop Staley said cattle prices have arti-fically dropped and a new cattle grading system which went into effect last Monday further hurt cattlemen. - Top steers are currently selling at about $36.50-138.00 per hundred pounds at the Sioux City stockyards.' The NFO held meetings in 20 cities throughout the country Friday and an-- nounced the holding action after hear-ing from those meetings. The NFO has called a nationwide cattle marketing vacation starting Monday morning to continue until further notice, Staley said following the meetings. He said the timetable calls for getting commitments from cattle producers by Wednesday night. The NFO would then start bargaining with meatpa-ckers on price to correct unfair discounts under the new grading system. Five-day meat supply ' This vacation should not take much ' time," he said. There is never more ' than a five-day meat supply in the pipeline between farmers aqd consumers. -The NFO plan is tohold back the cattle, then take commitments from cattlemen and packing plants. The slaughter cattle would then be scheduled into packing plants as they are required to meet demand, Staley said. It is intended, among other things, to stop the nonsense of discounting the very best beef animals under the new grading system - the grades that consumers like most, Staley said. New grading system Under the new grading system, cattlemen are penalized when their steers are sent to market weighing in excess of 1,100 pounds, an NFO official said. Guidelines set or coverage of murder trial By MARY LOUISE GIBLIN Sentinel staff writer Representatives of the Grand Junction news media have acted responsibly in coverage of incidents since the arrest of Kenneth H. Botham on four murder charges, Dist. Judge William Ela said Friday afternoon. ' But, in a meeting he called to discuss the bar-press guidelines on responsible trial coverage, he outlined to newsmen what he feels continued fair coverage of the upcoming Botham trial must be. Opinion stories Judge Ela warned newsmen particularly about opinion stories on the accused man or prospective witnesses at any stage of the hearings, and about voicing opinions on any of the evidence or arguments in the hearings. Prior to the meeting with newsmen, Judge Ela granted a motion for a free transcript of the earlier preliminary hearing to Botham and his lawyers. He said he would defer until after the trial the question of Bothams ability to pay. He also said he would hear further arguments on a motion for discovery of evidence, if the public defenders office . did not find voluntary compliance by the district attorneys office satisfactory. Change wording Dist. Atty. Terrance Farinas motion to be allowed to change wording on the four first degree murder charges from with premeditation to after deli her ation was declared a proper amendment by the judge. However, he agreed to allow Public Defender Robert Emerson 10 days to file a written objection and to list the grounds for that objection. - . Farina had Sought the change in wording to comply with the most recent statute drafted and passed by the Colorado Legislature. Botham is charged in the Aug. 23, 1975, deaths of his wife, Mrs. Linda Miracle and her two sons, Troy and Chad. Minor Shane Maxwell, 19 months, is held by an unidentified man (left) while the boys mother, Marion Maxwell, 25, dabs away blood from a small cut she suffered in an automobile accident at Fourth and Ouray Friday afternoon. Looking on are city police officers Robert Kibler (far right ) and John Jackson. The Grand Junction woman was charged with failing to stop for a injuries stop sign after the car she was driving and a pick-up driven by Walter B. Boyer, 21, also of Grand Junction, collided in the intersection. After the collison Boyers pick-up ran into another pick-up parked on Fourth. Young Shawn, his head bandaged after suf- fering a cut on the forehead, was taken by the rescue squad to Osteopathic Hospital for treatment. Sentinel photo by Robert Grant Postal Service wins office dosing suit Mine layoff impact 'won't be serious7 OURAY - Layoffs at the Idarado mine are not expected to have a serious impact on the economies of this or other small towns in the area. That is the opinion of Pete Loncar, an official of Idarado Mining Co. with headquarters here. The company has announced plans to lay off about one third of its employes because of falling lead, zinc and copper prices. The company mines several minerals in its mine which reaches through the mountain from Ouray to ' Telluride. The layoffs will reduce the work force employed by the company from 375 to 250. Most of the workers laid off have been working Inside the mine. Mill employes will continue to work because the company expects to mill about 25,000 tons of ore a month. In the past, the company has milled between 30,000 and 35,000 tons a month. The reason company officials do not expect the layoffs to affect local communities is that workers come from a number of communities ranging from Montrose and Norwood to the north and west to Durango on the south, according to Loncar. The officials expect the layoffs to last as long as 18 months. Shouting match interrupts testimony of 'key' witness SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Patricia Hearsts attorney angrily accused a - prosecution expert witness Friday of urging the heiress' parents to try to fix this case" by settling with the government and avoiding a public trial. . Courtroom fireworks The courtroom fireworks nearly overshadowed the witness key government testimony later - that Miss Hearst was not in fear of death when she participated In a terrorist bank robbery. The shouting match between F. Lee Bailey and Dr. Joel Fort continued through the entire afternoon of testimony that was damaging to Miss Hearst. But the doctor managed to tell jurors that on the day of the Hibernia Bank robbery with which she is charged. Miss Hearst had no mental disease or defect ... which would affect her functioning. Forts testimony capped a day in which the government told jurors that Miss Hearst carried in her purse secret coded messages that hid the communications system of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Shady dealings The dispute arose after Bailey sought to show jurors that the witness was involved in shady dealings to try to force Miss Hearst to plead guilty. Didn't you tell Mrs. Hearst that the trial would be agony for Patty and that as a kidnap victim, the mdst she would get is six months probation? Bailey asked heatedly. 1 I did not, replied Fort. "Thats false," Bailey shot back. "Youre lying, Fort shouted from the witness stand. The crowded courtroom was hushed and shocked. The exchange prompted U.S. District Court Judge Oliver J. Carter to interrupt and sternly warn both men to stop calling each other liars. Themen lowered their voices, but in responseto another question, Fort admitted he told the Hearst family he believed that "a public trial would be destructive. I felt personal, moral responsibility to raise the issue." Intense study Then, turning to his direct testimony, Fort told of the intense study he had done of the Hearst case, including 15 hours of interviews with the heiress, about 300 hours of perusing documents - and one hour spent locked in a closet where she said she was held captive by the SLA after the kidnaping two years ago. In December I visited the Daly City house and I spent several hours there in-(Continued to page 12) WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service resumed closing and consolidating small post offices around the country after a federal judge" ruled Friday that the agency has the authority if it follows its own rules. Judge John Lewis Smith Jr. rejected a contention that the Postal Service should be prohibited altogether from closing the post offices. He said that in some closings postal rules have not been followed and ordered the Postal Service to follow its own rules in future actions. . Program resumes The Postal Service announced that its program of closings resumed Friday evening, but a spokesman said he knew of no immediate closing announcements. ' Postal officials had argued that not being allowed close the offices will cost them $5,500 a day. The ruling means that in order to close a post office the Postal Service will have to conduct a survey of mail users affected and provide a 90-day notice of the closing. Two associations of postmasters and ' a group of congressmen had argued that the law prohibited the closing of small post offices. When a rural post office is closed, rural delivery routes are extended or a local citizen is given a contract to operate a community post office. Since last July 1 the Postal Service has closed 186 post offices for an annualsaving of nearly $2 million. Some 600 other offices are being studied. ' Service not efficiency Opponents of the closings had argued that the law prohibits the closing of unprofitable offices merely for economic reasons. Congress wanted service in this area rather than efficiency, said Isaac N. Groner, a lawyer for the oppo- nents. But John K. Villa, attorney for the Postal Service, said the agency uses other criteria besides economics in deciding whether to close small post offices. For example, the Postal Service is more likely to close a small post office if there is another office in the area, he said. He added that in no case would a post office be closed unless equal or superior service can be provided in the area. Book banned in junior high schools CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -Attheurg-ing of a group of parents, a school administrator has ordered that the book The Learning Tree" by Gordon Parks no longer be used in the city's junior high schools. Leo Breeden, assistant superintendent of Laramie County School District No. 1, took the action after some of the parents tried to convince him to ban the book totally from the citys public school system. Life is a black ghetto Mrs. Betty Lou Pagel, coordinator of English and language arts for the school district said the bookdeals with life in a black ghetto and was being used in ethnic studies classes at both the junior and senior high levels. She said it wasn't required reading in the classes, and also was in some of the school libraries. After the parents complained to the school district about the book, a committee was formed to review the matter, Breeden said. J Various reactions I received various reactions from the committee members, Breeden said. But the committee on the whole felt that the book told a story of the life of an ethnic group and recommended to . restrict the books to the ethnic class at both the junior and senior high schools, but to excuse the students who didn't wish to read the book. At a meeling Thursday night, some of the parents challenged the committee's recommendation. Breeden said Friday he had decided the book shouldt be offered on the junior high level and that a better screening process of books was nessary, including more input from parents. Wasnt satisfied After Breeden's decision to remove the books from junior high schools, one of the protesting parents, Mrs. Sandy Wallace, said she wasn't satisfied. I don't feel this book is necessary to the' teaching curriculum and will pursue the issue until the book is banned completely, she said. School Supt. Dr. Joe Lutjeharms said Breeden's decision could be appealed to him or the school board by teachers, Mrs. Pagel said English teachers in the school district would meet Tuesday and probably discuss the matter. She said she has been in the school system here for 27 years, and couldn't recall a book ever being banned before. $ V t

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