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Use of pesticide forces warning on asparagus Daily Sentinel 32 pages Newsstand price 1 5c Grand Junction, Colo. Thursday, April 29, 1976 Kose upholds firing of policeman The firing of former Grand Junction policeman Richard Deavens has been upheld by City Manager Harvey Rose following a formal grievance hearing at city hail Tuesday. In a printed statement, Rose said: It is the opinion of this hearing officer that a thorough investigation was conducted into the activities of Mr. Deavens, and the resulting dismissal from the Grand Junction Police Department was appropriate." Suspended Oct. 8 Deavens was suspended from duty without pay Oct.

8 following his arrest, and that of Bobby Wilson of Grand Junction, the same day on a charge of pos session and selling less than an ounce of marijuana. Both men were found guilty of a petty offense for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana on Arpil 15 by a Mesa County Court jury. He was found innocent of additional charges of official misconduct and conspiracy to commit official misconduct. Wilson was also cleared of the latter charge by the jury. Roses decision backed the termination action made by former Police Chief Ben Meyers on Jan.

12, an action that was delayed after Deavens appealed on Jan. 26. If the 27-year-old Deavens decides to had no part In those incidents. Poor judgment Rose noted Deavens contention that he was investigating the organized crime incident for the police department, but pointed out that Deavens supervisors had no knowledge of it. The manager said Deavens argument that he didnt contact his superiors because they had ignored him on a previous issue involving a woman who wanted to buy marijuana from him was "at the very showed poor judgment.

That statement also applied to the drinking in uniform incident which Deavens had admitted to city officials. appeal the city managers findings, the case will be heard in district court. Rose noted In his written decision that it was based on not just the marijuana conviction, but also citizen complaints involving drinking in uniform whileoff duty, another jury finding Deavens guilty of three charges for writing short checks and an incident where Deavens and Wilson discussed with a state undercover agent bringing organized crime into a bar Wilson was planning. Rose said while hearing testimony tried to show some of the complaints were made because of racial prejudice-both men are black that prejudice spite pressure from environmental groups to do so. Dodson added that 245T is an "extremely effective" chemical agent against woody and brush-like plants.

It's for this reason the chemical is being used in the local weed removal program, according to Jack Bowman, head of the county road department. But Bowman says, Asparagus around the roads being sprayed should not be gathered as a result. Bowman says the chemical is being used along all county road rights-of-way except those near fruit orchards. Bowman also says that anyone experiencing sickness that may be related to eating asparagus picked from near these roads should contact the Mesa County Health Department. Criticism of speed Bowman says the county decided to use chemicals as part of its spring weed removal project because of criticism that the project did not proceed fast enough.

He says the eight mowers owned by his department cannot adequately handle the amount of weeds and brush that need to be removed along county roads. A chemical that has been partially banned from commercial use by the federal government Is being used to kill weeds around road rights-of-way in Mesa County. As a result, the county road department has asked citizens not to pick wild asparagus growing near the areas being sprayed. The chemical, known as 245T, was banned a few years ago by the federal government from use in products used around homes or gardens. Use restricted According to Ivan Dodson, chief of the pesticide branch of the Environmental Protection Agencys Denver office, the chemical is now restricted to use as a weed and brush killer on open ranges and along road rights-of-way.

Dodson said 245T was banned from use in areas where human contact would definitely occur because of concern that the chemical could lead to skin disease and, in extreme cases, birth defects. But Dodson said that after extensive hearings" on the chemical by the federal government in the last two years, there "was not enough scientific evidence" to totally restrict its use, de Fight begins over spy agency panel not take up the issue of revealing the U.S. spy budget, another recommendation of the intelligence committee, until it has resolved the problem of what type of permanent intelligence committee it wants. Two Republican members of the intelligence panel, vice chairman John Tower of Texas and Sen. Barry Gold-water of Arizona, have announced their opposition to creation of a new in-, telligence committee.

The nine other members of the committee appear united in their support of such a panel. I Sprinp clearance Mrs. Jeffry Haskins And her son, Eric, of 3839 Road found an inter- ing at 11th and Ute, in the block east of the Salvation Armys Hospi- esting toy among the wares offered by the Salvation Armys Thrift tality Center. Store at the annual bargain sale. The three-day sale opened this morn- WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate intelligence committee's catalogue of a variety of domestic intelligence abuses marks the end of its investigation and the beginning of a fight over whether a special congressional panel should monitor spy agencies.

396-page report In a 396-page report released Wednesday, the committee detailed previously disclosed abuses such as CIA domestic spying, the FBIs Cointelpro program and the National Security Agencys eavesdropping. All this occurred because intelligence agencies were ordered to break the law, felt they had a right to break the law, and even felt they had a duty to break the law, Sen. Walter F. Mondale, a member of the committee, said after release of the report. The intelligence panel declared that "intelligence activities which undermine individual rights must end and made a total of 96 recommendations, including the formation of a strong congressional panel to guard against future spy agency abuses.

Without the new watchdog panel, the great work of this committee will have been lost, said Mondale. But within hours of Mondale's remarks, the Senate Rules Committee voted to gut that recommendation by stripping all budgetary and legislative authority from the proposed watchdog panel. Direct repudiation Rules Committee member Dick Clark, D-Iowa, called the 5 to 4 vote a direct repudiation of the intelligence panels findings that the government used bugging, burglary and blackmail to collect vast information on the private lives and political beliefs of Americans. The Rules Committee adopted instead a substitute proposed by chairman Howard W. Cannon, to convert the proposed watchdog panel to a study group with no legislative or budg- etary powers.

Clark, along with most of the members of the intelligence committee, vowed, in Mondales words, to fight very, very vigorously when the issue reaches the Senate floor within the next two weeks. Clark predicted that the Senate would Humphrey fools experts; won't seek nomination Very simple philosophy pays off WASHINGTON (AP) As a cab driver over the years, Ive tried to follow a very simple philosophy, says William Taylor Sr. Wien I find something in my cab, my first obligation is to find the owner. In the past, the 51-year-old driver has gone to the police with a womens umbrella, a briefcase and even a childs pocket radio. So on Tuesday night, after a rider spotted a brown suede purse on the floor of his cab, Taylor looked inside for identification, saw some money and took it to the police.

The purse contained nearly $42,000 in cash, travelers checks and jewelry. It belonged to Dollie Cole, wife of retired General Motors President Edward N. Cole, both of whom Taylor had driven from National Airport to a Washington hotel late Tuesday. Taylor picked Mrs. Cole up at her hotel Wednesday and drove her to the police station, where she promptly took four crisp $100 bills from her recovered belongings and gave them to Taylor.

The Coles also indicated they may be able to give Taylor a chauffeur's job for $18,000 a year, $10,000 more than he earns now. clared. Ive also said if at the time of the Democratic convention my party needs me and wants me I would be prepared and honored to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Humphrey said he would stand by that statement. Earlier, in Trenton, N.J., the Democratic state chairman had said Humphrey would not enter the states primary.

The announcement by Chairman James P. Dugan preceded by a few min- WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, rejecting an old familiar siren call, today announced he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination. Leaves door open While leaving the door open for a draft nomination, Humphrey said he will seek re-election to the Senate and will not enter New Jerseys June primary.

In the past Ive said I would not enter the primaries, Humphrey de Lamm eyes compromise on severance tax bill firms sell grain to Soviets WASHINGTON (AP) New grain sales have been made to the Soviet Union, including some wheat and corn, which will be charged against a longterm agreement calling for deliveries to begin this fall. 3 million tons The Agriculture Department said late Wednesday that Russia has bought 3.4 million metric tons of grain, the first round of sales since early last November. The new sales had been anticipated by department experts for several months. Although USDA declined to identify the firms, Continental Grain New York, announced later that it had sold tw? mill ion tons of the grain. Other companies involved, according to trade sources, were Cook Industries, Memphis, and Cargill, Minneapolis, Minn.

$350 million price tag No sale price was announced, but Alvin Donahoo, executive vice president of the Minneapolis grain exchange, said at current prices the tansactions might total about $350 million. The Agriculture Department said a total of two million tons of com involved in the sales would come from the 1975 harvest. That boosted to about 15.8 million tons the amount of grain sold to the Soviets since last July, including about 11.4 million tons of feed grain, nearly all corn, and 4.4 million tons of wheat. A metric ton is 2,205 pounds and is equal to 39.4 bushels of com or 36.7 bushels of wheat. It is the unit most commonly used in international grain trade.

The new sales have been counted in official export projections for some time and will not materially affect consumer food pcjces, according to department experts. Record grain crops last Swine flu vaccine available in July utes the news conference Humphrey had called in the Senate Caucus Room, a traditional forum for launching presidential campaigns. Several sources close to the senator had said they expected him to enter the race for the Democratic nomination. Humphrey also ruled out plans by his friends to set up a preliminary committee to begin preparations for a possible campaign later. Demands impractical At a news conference in the Senate Caucus Room, where John and Robert Kennedy announced their candidacies for the presidency and where Sen.

Henry M. Jackson, announced his current campaign for the White House, Humphrey said time and the heavy demands of campaigning fpade it impractical for him to enter the primaries or to mount any other kind of preconvention campaign. In light of all these circumstances and others, I have arrived at a decision, Humphrey said. I shall not enter the New Jersey primary nor shall authorize any committee or committees to solicit funds or work in my behalf. Humphrey said he would continue his campaign for re-election to the Senate from Minnesota and I shall continue to speak out on the issues as I see them.

I shall serve my party to the best of my ability in the status of a noncandidate, Humphrey said. There had been increasing pressure on Humphrey to enter the contest in the wake of Jimmy Carter's primary win in Pennsylvania on Tuesday a win that was a setback for two other major Democratic candidates, Sen. Henry M. Jack-son of Washington and U.S. Rep.

Morris K. Udall of Arizona. Most of us that are in public life know that public life is never easy, said Humphrey. Public life is an experience filled with critical decisions and during these past 36 hours Ive been called upon to make a basic decision regarding the presidential The former vice president and unsuccessful 1968 Democratic presidential nominee said that to become an active candidate at this late hour is an enormous responsibility I have no organization, nqcommittee and frankly, no campaign funds for the presidency. DENVER (AP) Gov.

Richard Lamm believes the chances are less than overwhelming that the Colorado House and Senate can resolve their $12 million difference over a proposed severance tax. But a compromise still must be explored, he said at his Wednesday news conference. Rejects changes The House earlier Wednesday had rejected Senate changes in the severance tax bill that in the House form -would have brought 18 million in revenue to the state. The Senate version pared that amount down to about $6 million. Both sides have some give, Lamm said.

The governor would not say what changes he would seek, if he were a member of the conference committee. But he commented favorably on the Democratic version earlier in the session. A compromise is difficult to judge, he said. He was asked what effect the passage of the severance tax would have on a Democratic proposal to eliminate the sales tax on food and replace it by increases in the corporate income tax and passage of a severance tax. Lamm said he feels if the severance tax is passed without a significant revenue impact it would probably not call off the.

momentum built up behind it i (the petition drive). The governor was asked if there is virtue in a Republican proposal to abolish the food tax and at the same time require a cut in governmental spending to make up for lost revenue dollars. He said that proposal, which is being considered by the GOP as a possible referred ballot issue, may be unconstitutional. Replacement tax The GOP proposal may need a replacement tax, he said, and it may tie the hands of the state's policy makers. Lamm also was hopeful that a compromise position could be reached on a bill to replace the states anti-obscenity law, thrown out last January by the State Supreme Court.

He said he was not fully informed about the status of two "compromise bills now being drafted in each house, but said he thinks some legislation is necessary to cover promotion of obscenity to adults. The House has voted to support a bill that protects minors only from obscenity, and the Senate feels legislation is necessary to cover both adults and minors. The House refused to consider Senate changes in a previous bill, and unless new legislation is drafted and passed, the state will be without any anti -obscenity law. 1 The department already has received some vaccine which is being tested for reactions among military personnel. Public clinics offering free vaccine hopefully will attract almost 100 per cent of the population, Dr.

Jacobson said. Vaccination important Vaccine will be especially important to two high-risk groups people over 65 and those who have chronic heart and respiratory ailments or diabetes. Plans are to give this group a combined vaccine which protects against three types of flu, the swine and A and strains. Healthy people under 65 will be given only the swine-type vaccine. Two groups will be excluded infants under one year, and people who are highly allergic to eggs, since the vaccine is cultured in eggs.

While blood titers indicate that most people over 50 have been exposed to swine-type flu, those under 50 have no immunization whatever. Dr. Jacobson said. Since no one can predict how dangerous a swine-type flu epidemic would be, it's only prudent to prevent one if possible, Dr. Jacobson said.

Vaccine for the swine-type flu immunization program will be available by mid-July, Dr. Warren Jacobson, director of the Mesa County Health Department, learned in Denver Tuesday. The means of organizing the biggest immunization program yet attempted was the topic of a conference of local and state officials. Appearance of the Swine-type flu, believed to be related to the 1918 flu virus which killed more than 600,000 Americans, prompted the Center for Disease Control at Atlanta, to recommend preventive measures be undertaken. $265,000 allocated Colorado Health Department will be allocated $265,000 to administer the program, none of which will be available to counties.

Dr. Jacobson was told. The state department plans to employ 20 persons who will conduct clinics in the various communities. The vaccine will not be available on the open market, but some will be released to private physicians for their own patients. The physicians may Russia after Oct lfromth is ears har- charge for the service but not for the vest.

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