The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on January 7, 1985 · 3
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Monday, January 7, 1985
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-. r r ( r .. . ; ..t, m ".in T wfftPmvmSA The Rockies Gov. Lamm assails U.S. Senate Debating club is ineffectual DENVER Alter announcing he would not seek re-election in two years nor run' for the U S. Senate, Gov. Richard Lamm has enlarged on his reasons and labelled the U.S. Senate "ineffectual." In a copyrighted story in Sunday editions of the Rocky Mountain News, Lamm also admitted he thinks he is presidential material but quickly added that all politicians think that of themselves. He also squelched rumors that he might seek the office of president of the University of Colorado at Boulder because of his adversary relations with the Legislature. Lamm has picked up the nick name Governor Gloom" because of his dire predictions about America's shrinking economic pie and the crippling costs of health care and illegl immigration. Still, he has been considered a top Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1986 or 1990. There are three problems with that. No. 1 is the price you have to pay to get there. I dont want to have to raise $3 million again. 1 dont want to have to go through that its outrageous. Second, it is true that in my last year as governor I will have both my kids (Scott, 17, and Heather, 14) at home. My family has always been my top priority "Third, if I win, what do I have Im a member of a debating club the most ineffectual institution of the last 30 years. I cant see Congress as solving problems. Its deferring them .. If I got back there (Washington), I think my frustration level would go right through the roof," he said. Although he did not rule out pursuing another public office, he said he saw his role as author, teacher and informal American prophet Sure, I've been forcasting some fairly dire things. With Old Testament certitude I can say this country is really on some very bad courses and it will lead us to a lot of grjef And you dont run for president on that," he said As for presidential aspirations, Lamm replied, "Sure, I'm presidential timber I look around and think' My God, thats terrific! But the practicality of that is that the average city councilman in Glendale also thinks hes presidential timber Thats the dilemma Meanwhile, Lamm says he plans to finish out his last two years as governor with undiminished energy From left, Mike Miller of Idaho Springs displays a photo and reward poster of missing youngster Jonelle Matthews, 12, of Greeley, while his wife, llene, holds a reward poster of her missing daughter, Beth, 15, during a news conference with Jim and Gloria Matthews. Beth has been missing since August, 1983, and Jonelle Matthews disappeared Dec. 20. Missing girls parents meet to share tips noolMPrM GREELEY Parents who have learned the hard way for more than a year how to deal with a missing daughter shared that knowledge Saturday with Gloria and Jim Matthews, whose 12-year-old vanished just weeks ago. "If you call on anybody, they will help," said Mike Miller, father of Beth Miller, 15, who disappeared from near the familys Idaho Springs home Aug. 16, 1983. "Call on people, Miller told the Matthewses. You cant do it yourself. Since Beth disappeared, the Millers said, they have issued 100,000 posters to ask for her return. Truckers distributed some nationally; others went in the mail to sheriffs departments. At a news conference after a five-hour meeting with the Millers, Mrs. Matthews said she hopes to get volunteers to help type addresses so that a reward poster on Jonelle Matthews can be sent to every sheriffs department in the country. So far, Matthews estimated, about 2,000' posters with Jonelles photo have gone out around the country via truckers. Mrs. Miller contacted the Matthews family last week, minutes after she heard them tell a television reporter that they thought the Millers could help explain how to search for Jonelle. - Miller showed reporters posters that feature a $20,000 reward for a bright-eyed, dark-haired Jonelle and a $10,000 reward for a slim, blonde Beth. We are expecting a miracle, said Mrs. Matthews. Mrs. Miller said more than 300 psychics have tried to locate Beth. "None of them have found Beth, but you never know, she said. Reports from all over the country also help, Miller said. Naturally you feel good when these things come in from Atlanta, Ga.; North Dakota, New York City, Miller said. You really feel good because that means your posters are still being seen. The reward money for Jonelle comes from pledges from friends, family and strangers, Matthews said. Bus drivers from Platte Valley School District Re-7 handed him a fresh apple pie and $60 in cash Friday, he said. Matthews is principal of Platte Valley Elementary School. The money cannot help Jonelle directly, he noted, adding that he believes she is strong enough to survive any hardship. As his wife and the Millers listened somberly, Matthews recalled his first meeting with Jonelle, after her adoption in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the age of 6 weeks. She gripped his thumb. It was a strong grip, he remembered. Its been that way ever since. I call her a survivor, if you would. From some of the stories (Ive heard) its going to take a survivor to get through all this. Batey teen focus of child-stealing trial toaeotatodPiwM SAN DIEGO A fundamentalist Christian woman who allegedly hid her son from his homosexual father for 19 months before surfacing in Denver was scheduled to go on trial today on charges of child stealing, r The charges against Betty Lou Batey, 40, stem from the 19-month disappearance of her son, Brian, while he was legally in the custody of his father, Frank Batey. . The scheduled start of the trial may be delayed, depending on the availability of a courtroom. During a custody modification hearing last year, Mrs. Batey admitted she took the boy in September 1982 and fled the state. The pair went underground for 19 months before surrendering to authorities in Denver in April. A member of the United Pentecostal Church, which considers homosexuality a sin, Mrs. Batey said she took the boy out of fear he would be corrupted by his fathers lifestyle. The couple divorced in 1975 after a four years of marriage. A judge switched custody of the boy from his mother to his father in 1982 after Batey complained his ex-wife had denied him court-ordered visitation rights. Batey contends his lifestyle has no bearing on his fitness as a parent. In addition to the criminal counts, Mrs. Batey was found in civil contempt of court for keeping the 13-year-old boy from his father against a court order. She is scheduled to be sentenced on the contempt charge next Friday and faces a possible $3,000 fine and 15-day jail term. On the same day, Superior Court Judge Judith McConnell has scheduled a review of the custody arrangement for Brian, who has been staying in a foster home. Following an 18-day custody modification hearing, McConnell ruled last November that Brian should remain in the foster home .rather than be placed with his mother or his father. Wire check Sentinel wire services Denver Fort Collins sees most hot' material As much as a fourth ofthe hazardous material shipped on Colorado highways passes through downtown Fort Collins, according to data being considered by the governor's group on toxic substances. Materials traveling through the northern Colorado city include radioactive substances, explosives and toxic chemicals, says the data, which was collected in October and made available to the study group last week. The panel will seek legislation directing the Colorado Department of Highways to restrict hazardous loads to routes away from populated areas, said group member Jeanne Faatz, R-Denver. Bill would outlaw disarming officers Colorado law enforcement associations are pushing a bill that would make it a felony crime to forcibly disarm a peace officer. Under present law, penalties for disarming a peace officer range from no citable offense to a minor misdemeanor crime of resisting arrest. If an officer is injured, felony charges could be filed, according to Sen.Tom Glass. D-Dillon. Glass introduced the bill last week that would make it a felony for anyone to take an officers weapon. The bill calls for sentences of up to eight years, depending on degree of force used. Glass said he agreed to sponsor the bill after learning that 20 percent of police officers shot in the United States are Wounded with their own guns. High Voltage' can be seen at show A four-legged celebrity, who was snapped up for a record $1.5 million during last years National Western Stock Show, will visit two Denver hotels this week. High Voltage, a purebred, black Angus bull, was sold last year by Bear Creek Ranch of Cameron, Mont., to the Leatherstocking Farm at Easton, N.Y., for the highest price ever paid for a breeding bull. He will be on public display in the south convention lobby of the Denver Radisson formerly the Denver Hilton from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and in the Brown Palace Hotel lobby from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. . He was purchased via a "private treaty transaction, in which the buyer and seller discuss the sale and agree on a price without going through any formal sales channels. November jobless rate falls to 57 Colorados unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in November from a rate of 5.9 percent in October, the director of the state Department of Labor and Employment said today. Ruben Valdez, executive director of the labor department, also said the number of people employed in the state established a record in November. He said the seasonally adjusted rate change was caused partly by poor weather worsening the picture in October. He said the 5.7 percent jobless rate in Colorado in November was the same level reported in November 1983. Valdez added that improving weather since November has not substantially reduced the jobless rate further. Reasons, he said, include recent, massive layoffs at high-tech employers in Boulder County, such as Storage Technology Corp. He said total numbers of Coloradans employed hit a record 1,652,100 in November. Employment continues to be a bright spot in Colorados economic picture as larger-than-seasonal gains in several industries pushed the number of jobholders up by 12,400," said Valdez. Golden Flats still worrying ex-health official Former Jefferson County health director Carl Johnson said that despite his $150,000 settlement with county officials over his controversial firing, serious questions remain concerning government secrecy. Johnson did not get his $62,400-a-year job back in the settlement He contended throughout the 3 12-year lawsuit that his 1981 firing was because of his critical studies on radipactiveTeleases from Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant northwest of the Denver metropolitan area. He said the federal government lied when it said no significant amounts of plutonium or other radioactive materials were released into the air during fires at Rocky Flats in 1957 and 1969. Johnson said county officials wanted his Rocky Flats studies stopped because they had scared away developers. TW Paly mlil (USPS 145-900) Published live weekday afternoons and Saturday and Sunday mornings at 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO. 81502. Second Class Postage paid at Grand Junction, CO. Suggested retail price: $1.35 per week home delivery, $70.20 per year; single copy 25 cents daily and 50 cents Sunday; by mail $2.10 per week, $109.20 per year. "POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Daily Sentinel P.O. 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