The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on July 1, 1977 · 28
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The Grand Mesa-Uncom-pahgre-Gunnison now has its own ' terminal, which also serves other departments of the forest as well as fire control. Any one of the -Staff or clerical personnel can ac tivate AFFIRMS by dialing the proper WATS number the computer center for fire control is in Cleveland, and coding in the data. . Adequate manpower The forecasts are used to adequate manpower available, Mrs. Stockemer said. Known as manning classes, the guide ranges from low, to moderate, high, very high and finally, extreme. At a low rating, personnel on alert can be held to a minimum, while at the extreme, all crews and equipment are mobilized for instant action. During the fire-danger season, all districts are in contact with Haskell still hopeful of project funding From The Sentinel Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Sen. Floyds Haskell, D-Colo., held out hope Thursday night that one or more of the Colorado water projects killed earlier would still be in the conference report listed as new firoject starts when the 1978 pubic works funding bill goes to the President. If not, he told The Sentinel, he had a fallback position to keep the projects alive by using general planning money earmarked for the Bureau of Reclamation for redesigning the Fruitland Mesa , and Savery-Pot Hook projects on the Western Slope. In addition, he said, $300,000 in already, appropriated .funds. is available for the Narrows Project in eastern.Colorado, and the bill itself carries $350,000 in planning money for the Animas-La Plata project in southwestern Colorado. The 1978 public works funding bill carried new start money for, all four Colorado water projects when it passed the House last month, but all four were zipped r IXPLCRI COLORADO WIST 1 -Wfegfr I tornado Liquor's Cutty Andres Wines. Creme De Coconut for Pina Coladas Samovar Vodka.. Colorado Friday, July 1. 1t77 the supervisors office by radio. These include Collbran, Grand Junction (combined from former Mesa Lakes and North End districts), Miguel at Montrose, Norwood, Ouray, Cebolla, Taylor River and Paonia. Weather conditions are read at six stations Mesa Lakes, Pitkin and Tellurlde, in the spruce zones; and Sanborn Park, Norwood and Cathedral, in the Ponde-rosa pine zones. Each afternoon, the stations report such information as the state of the weather at the moment (clear, cloudy, rain), dry bulb temperature, humidity, lightning activity level from midnight to reporting time, wind direction and speed, maximuiA' temperature and precipitation,' including duration and amount. Risk factors Other observations, such as - man risk (the number of people , on the forest) and fuel moisture (the amount of moisture in vegetation), also are included in the re-port, which goes into the computer for considerationvith other data received from such reporting points as the U.S. Weather Bureau and the Bureau of Land Management. Most BLM lands are at low elevations, where the fire-danger rating frequently is higher than at higher elevations, Irvin V. Case, staff timber and fire control officer, noted. Since BLM lands adjoin forest lands in many cases, the data submitted by BLM plays an important part in forecasting fire danger, he said. A print-out from the computer terminal provides all the fire danger information necessary to' alert the districts, Mrs. Stockemer said. by the Senate Appropriations Committee. A floor amendment by Haskell to restore construction money for the four Colorado projects in the Senate bill after all four had been cut by the Senate Appropriations Committee failed Thursday afternoon in the Senate by a vote of 19-73. A second amendment by Sen. Thomas McIntyre, D-N.H., to cut virtually all projects on the Presidents hit list still in the Senate bill also failed by a vote of 34-52. Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., a cosponsor, spoke for and voted for the Haskell amendment to the public works funding bill. After it failed, Hart voted for the McIntyre amendment Haskell voted for his amendment and against the McIntyre amendment Sizes 9 acres to 40 acres Irrigated Only 10 Minutes North From Downtown VCall 242-3517 or 242-0063 mnaasammmtmK2S& ASK epEC' M.S weDO'J Ifsnihe' ON 1 41s, Sark; ttGAL.- J1 95 5th r - $1 50 ....I is OZ. $A99 ...f QT. ALSO COLD KEGS! . V Carnival time Armstrong criticcal of spending From The Sentinel Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - Rep. William L. Armstrong, R-Colo., said here it will take Colorado taxpayers eight years to pay for the cost of just one appropriations bill which has just passed the House, the 1978 Interior Department funding bill. The predominant feeling that I have about serving on the House Appropriations Committee. the Colorado Republican said, is that prudent men and women vote without much concern to spend billions of dollars in federal programs funding. For example, I serve on the Interior Department Appropriations subcommittee. That bill which carried a $9.5 billion price tag when it passed the House on June 9 will take Colorado taxpayers eight years to pay for. And that is just one of the smaller appropriations bills. Look at the 1978 Labor-Health, Education and Welfare Appropriation bill, Armstrong said. The Labor-HEW funding bill carried a price tag of $01.3 billion when it passed the House by voice vote on June 17, and the Senate has increased the price tag since then. Armstrongs concern What is of concern to Armstrong, he said, is the matter-of-fact way that members of the Congressional Appropriations Committee vote funding in the billions of dollars for all types of federal programs without batting an eye-lash. These are members who would think' hard about FOR SALE The City of Grand Junction, Colorado and the Grand Junction Older American Center Inc. has for sale the following houses for demolition andor removal from property, located at 555 Chipeta Ave. and 625 26 14 Road. Sid Forms and specifications are available' at the Purchasing Oept. 250 North 5th Street, Grand Junction, Colorado. Bids will be received until 2.00 P. M. July 13, 1977. "t ' Lynn C. Taylor Purchasing Agent City of Grand Junction Phone 243-2633 Ext. 227 & LiyiiE P all WIHES : 20 off (except our special sale items!) Schlitz & $167 I 6 - Miller Lite 7, Coors & Busch 7. I 6 - $160 $00 ....I 6-PACK W Wild Turkey. COOLERS! 6 pack Coaster . 2-6 Holders & 2-Car "7CC Packs O EA. Carnies, those who follow the carnival circuit, assemble one of the Kastle Shows rides being set up in the Paonia park in preparation for the Cherry Days Festival July 2-4 at Paonia. Cherry Days events also include a parade, selection of a queen and citizen of the year, along with booths, displays and other events. Sentinel photo spending $5,000 of their own money, and doubly hard about spending $50,000 of their own, Armstrong said. He said he has often wondered since he became a member of the House Appropriations Committee two years ago, whether there is a concentration of too much power in the two appropriations committees. The House and Senate appro- firiations committees particu-arly the House Committee are regarded as key committees in Congress. Traditionally members who serve on them are career representatives and senators who serve many years in each body. Rep. Frank E. Evans, D-Colo., is also a member of House Appropriations panel. Armstrong said, when asked, that he was unaware he is the only Colorado member of Congress who usually votes against most big appropriations and authorizations on grounds of cost. He said he keeps track of his voting record, but not of others in the delegation. Sometimes an unusual voting pattern emerges in the House, where Armstrong, the most conservative member of the delegation, and Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., the most liberal, vote together on key roll-calls. He usually takes the position that most programs are over-funded, hence he votes against them; she usually takes the position that, as tax dollars are limited, priorities must go to the social welfare programs that she favors, so she opposes those that she regards as marginal. - PACK pack pack.. ' me Dig amereuce between the two is on defense funding. Armstrong is a hard-liner on a strong defense policy, backed by adequate funding. Mrs. Schroeder is a dove on defense spending, and would like to reduce it to put more money into education, public health and similar social and welfare programs. She and Rep. James P. Johnson, v R-Colo., are wary of U.S. military involvements. Armstrongs voting patterns are important to voters now because he is pointing toward a statewide Senate race next year against Sen. Floyd K. Haskell, D-Colo., who is expected to seek re-election. Armstrong was the only Coloradan in the House who voted against authorizations for the new public works jobs program, the U.S. Railway Association (Am-trak), housing and community development programs including supplemental housing authority, the bill creating the new Department of Energy, repair of Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and the Eleanor Roosevelt .Historic Site at Hyde Park, N.Y. - Armstrong ended up voting for the Interior Department funding bill, for the amendments to the Clean Air Act, and for the 1978 public works bill, the Energy Research and Development Administration funding bill. - now at the Cork 1ST Ember's: BLACK TIMBER RHYTHM BAND 9:30pm to 1 :30am, Mon. thru Sat. Speaker . Scotch.. Cocktails For Two Old Stagg ..... Evan Williams 90 Proof 7-yr.cgg Sour Mash U qi Reunite Lambrusco $450 $050 -T 1.49 U. Cm 7.1 , OPEN MONDAY JULY 4th Moyers loaves 5 t. ! r Pitkin County law position ASPEN -Pitkin County Undersheriff Ben Meyers, formerly police chief of Grand Junction, has resigned after 14 months in office. Meyers served as acting sheriff in the interim between the forced ouster of former Pitkin Sheriff Carrol Whitmire and the election of current Sheriff Dick Kienast. While Meyers resignation follows immediately a pair of resignations directly related to the recent escape of Theodore Bundy, Kienast said Meyers de- fiarture is not connected to that ncident. Kienast said he and Meyers differed over law enforcement philosophy. Meyers said he will vacation at Aspen, and possibly at Lake Powell, before considering new job opportunities. His resignation took effect Thursday. Kienast said he will seek a successor to Meyers whose philosophy reflects KLenasts commitment to humanistic goals in law enforcement Armstrong often votes for amendments to cut. funding for controversial programs. He was the only Coloradan in the House to vote, for example, for an amendment to the just-passed La-bor-HEW funding bill to cut funding for the Occupational Safety and Health Administratin (OSHA) by $6.3 million. It failed in the House on June 16 by a vote of 162-231 with the Democrats voting against it, and Johnson unrecorded. Service news Army Spec. Four James T. Harper II, son of Dr. and Mrs. James T. Harper of 1720' N. 17th St., has completed a basic music course at the Armed Forces School of Music. A 1970 graduate of Grand Junction High School, and a 1975 graduate-of Texas Tech University at Lubbock, he joined the 1976. Army in November : WITH A CHECKUP AND A CHECK AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY ugal . OPEN 8:00 A.M. - MIDNITE PHONE 243-5080 Ext. 404 718 HORIZON DRIVE I .. f f a- A

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