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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 39

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, April 3, 1969
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•» UJ CITY UNDER THE GUN — Residents of Guadalupe, faced with an ordeal which caused many a soldier to cringe, had these reactions during a mass immunization program against diphtheria. The 75-year-old woman at left faced it with stoical understanding; the teen-age girl next to her reacted with more emotion, apparently attempting to stifle any scream which might erupt; the toddler reacted with a predictable baby's cries for Mama. But the 9-year-old boy in the center definitely had an idea that the whole thing was painful and merited a healthy yell of "Ouch!" The 3- and 5-year-old girls pictured next to him reacted with true bravery in the face of the unknown. Finally, grimacing in horrible anticipation, a 42-year-old woman received the shot from the pressurized vaccination gun. The project was conducted by the Mari- Republlc Photos by Con Keyes copa County Health Department as a precautionary measure after two confirmed diphtheria cases were reported in the community. Eight others were reported in south Phoenix where more shots will be administered. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Charges ?chaos ' Thursday, April 3, 1969 Page 23 Highway Dept. workers happily eye budget hikes By DON BOLLES Highway officials and employes were generally pleased yesterday with a $3.4 million hike in their department's annual budget, but workers reserved judgment until they could determine the exact pay boost for each worker. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees raised the non-construction budget frtfm $23,550,085 to $26,946,354. They were trying to head off further unhappiness among the 3,900 workers, which led to a one-day wildcat walkout of some 100 motor vehicle workers Feb. 5. The workers contended then^that they are extremely low paid. The workers will get an average 8.5 per cent merit and cost of living pay increase on July 1, when the new budget takes effect. Some will get more. In addition, the appropriations committees provided another $1 million to pay for another 8 per cent average pay increase on Sept. 1, when a new "equal pay for equal work" plan is to be started by the State Personnel Commission. "I think these raises will forestall further talk of walkouts," one highway official commented yesterday. And Justin Herman, state highway director, said he believes the boosts will solve his problem of losing key people to better paid jobs in other governments, other states and private industry. Herman said he believes the pay boosts can be funded from the average 5 to 7 per cent per year rise in gasoline taxes and other income. This way, the •department would not have to dip into road construction funds, which run about $91 million. David Conner, president of the highway chapter of the ^irizona Public Em- ployes Association, said he can't comment until his co-workers analyze the budget bill and see what it means in dollars for each highway family. He said he would call an emergency meeting of the chapter as soon as the analysis is completed, probably in a week or more, and then will call a press conference to issue an official statement. Vice president Bob Vetter noted that "our association did not condone or recommend the Feb. 5 walkout and our position is still the same." The big question among the employes was, "Who will determine what raises we get." Herman said he didn't know; others said that apparently will be up to the legislative budget analyst. One spokesmen for the motor vehicle clerks, who asked not to be identified by name, said the clerks now draw $279 a month to start. The license examiners, who give driving tests, get between $385 and $508 a month. The spokesman said the workers were disappointed that a supplemental appropriation was not passed to provide immediate pay raises. "We have waited a long time since Feb. 5," she said. "We don't know why we have to wait until July." House Appropriations chairman John C. Pritzlaff Jr. replied that "We are disappointed that there cannot be an immediate raise, but we discussed this problem with their leaders and gave as much as we could when it was available." White Mountain Apaches reject mill's expansion bid By WADE CAVANAUGH Eastern Arizona Bureau WHITERIVER - A proposed multimillion dollar expansion of Southwest Forest Industries facilities at McNary received a setback yesterday when the White Mountain Apache Tribal Council refused to guarantee SFI 30 million Bank chairman sued for divorce A. B. Robbs Jr., chairman of the board of the Continental National Bank, has been sued for divorce by his wife Helen. The couple has been married for 28 years. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Kenneth C. Chatwin signed a temporary restraining order to prohibit Robbs from disposing of any community property. Chatwin scheduled a hearing for 9 a.m. Monday before court commissioner Douglas H. Clark on whether or not to make the restraining order permanent. Mrs. Robbs has asked for $5,570 a month alimony and $800 a month to support the couple's daughter, Allyson, 19. The couple also has a 27-year-old son, Robin. Mrs. Robbs said the couple owns community property with a value of more than $2 million. She alleged her husband "his from time to time expressed the intention of liquidating the assets of the parties and leaving the United States." board feet of reservation timber annually. James Edens Jr., manager of SFI's McNary operations, made the request for the timber allocation before the tribal council yesterday. Edens told the tribal leaders that if the firm could be guaranteed the timber allotment on an eight-year basis, the company would immediately construct a article board plant either in McNary or Whiteriver. The company official said construction would amount to an investment estimated at $7 million, and that the firm had the necessary financing secured for such an operation. In addition, Edens told th? council that if a 20-year contract were approved, instead of one for eight years, the company would also build a plywood plant at an additional estimated cost of $3 million. The tribal council went into executive session in the afternoon to study the offer. Tribal Chairman Ronnie Lupe was not available for comment after the council session ended, and other tribal officials referred any questions to Lupe. Informed sources revealed, however, that the timber request was rejected on grounds that the tribe did not have enough timber reserves to supply their own tribal saw mill and SFI. Edens said the rejection of the company's offer would mean a possible reduction in the present operations at Me* Nary, but added he could not say how much or when this might take place, Farm spokesman blasts assessor By ALBERT J. SITTER County Assessor Kenneth R. Kunes is violating a state tax law and creating "chaos in agriculture," Floyd Hawkins, president of the Arizona Farm Bureau, charged yesterday. Kunes has done this, Hawkins maintained in a statement issued to the press, by refusing to follow assessment guidelines for farmland devised by the State Department of Property Valuation. The accusations were denied by Kunes, who described Hawkins as a "lobbyist for a very powerful special interest group." What rankles the Farm Bureau, Kunes said, is its mistaken assumption that the guidelines pegging the top cash value of farmland in the county at $650 an acre, were firm figures from which the assessor was not permitted to deviate. However, Kunes explained, the guidelines contain "average" values. In the Salt River Project area, for instance, Kunes said, the per-acre value will average out to $850, the same as last year. The cut demanded by the Farm Bureau, the assessor said, will cost the county about $2 million in taxes. "I know of no chaos in agriculture," Kunes added. "As of today, the values of farmlands are identical to those of last year. I can't recall hearing of any agricultural chaos at that time." Should farm interests be given a tax break, Kunes said, the difference would have to be made up by other sources of revenue. "Unlike Mr. Hawkins, who does a good job of speaking for a special interst group," the assessor asserted, "I cannot represent any one segment of the county taxpayers, but have an obligation to represent all of them. "I'm sure of at least one thing: the legislative intent of the statewide revaluation program was to give ta?c relief to the homeowner. If, as Mr. Hawkins seems to believe, the lawmakers desired to give special tax relief to farm interests, the legislators had enough time this year to clear up this situation by passing such legislation. "The average taxpayer doesn't belong to any such special interest group. Nor does he have a lobbyist to come in and pound his fist on my desk and demand special consideration. "In spite of the fact that he's not organized, or maybe because he isn't," Kunes said, "I feel an obligation not to allow the average citizen to be run over by any special interests who have lobbyists at their disposal." Hawkins contended, "B'arm people are asking for no special favors. They just want their property assessed according to law." Kunes, the Farm Bureau president insisted, "is making up his own rules and causing chaos in agriculture." "If he is successful," said Hawkins, "people will be forced off their farms, an important segment of Ari- Continued on Page 25 Republic Photo by Jack Wtit Motorcycle club members run afoul of the law after funeral yesterday Police 'Taps' close cycle club funeral By JACK WEST Two motorcycle club members were arrested and others were given 30 traffic tickets yesterday as the group returned from a funeral for one of their own. The motorcyclists had been attending the funeral of Deen Garfield Dennis, 23, tvho died Saturday with Mrs. Virginia Dansereau, 21, in an accident that injured four others. Both lived at llth Street and Hatcher, patrolmen said. Investigators said the convertible they occupied left U.S. 80 4 miles east of Tacna and overturned. Tacna is 41 miles east of Yuma. Graveside ceremonies at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale were observed first-hand by two Glendale police officers, while Phoenix police, Arizona highway patrolmen and sheriffs deputies watched from across the street. As the procession, including 13 motorcycles and eight autos and trucks, left the ceremony, police units began trailing them. A number of other police units waited at the Phoenix city line on Northern, and as the procession rolled past one patrol car, a patrolman signaled for one motorcyclist, who was not wearing the safety helmet required by a new state law, to pull over to the side. The entire procession stopped, and police began checking drivers' licenses and examining vehicles for possible equipment violations. Two of the group, Richard A. Reinhardt, 22, who gave his address as "2912 Findley Ave., Texas," and Patricia Ann Jones, 19, who said she lived in Albu- querque, were arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct. Police also handed out .a total of 30 citations for such offenses as failure to wear a safety helmet, driving without a license in possession, handlebars too high, arid improper registration. Later, club members said they felt it was impossible that Reinhardt and Miss Jones could have been drinking. "No one here has had anything to drink all day," said one man who identified himself as "Buddha." "We're going to party tonight, because that's our way. We don't weep for a brother, we party Continued on Page 35 ASU faculty stand Limit set on demonstrations TEMPE — Campus demonstrations that are "destructive to the pursuit of learning" were condemned yesterday in a motion approved by the faculty senate of Arizona State University. But, noted the motion, the faculty must continue to establish and maintain an "atmosphere conducive to the search for truth and its free expression on our campus, in our community and in our nation." The statement, submitted to the senate by Dr. Thornton W, Price, professor of engineering and chairman of the faculty assembly, noted the "common and primary commitment" of ASU faculty members is respect for the right of all: —To search for truth and knowledge without obstruction or restraint. —To attempt to persuade by reasoned argument or peaceful process. —To form judgments based on full and free exploration, exposition and discussion. However, continued the motion, "deliberately violent, obstructive or disruptive actions ... prejudicial to these rights and destructive to the pursuit of learning .... are therefore unacceptable on this campus and stand condemned by this faculty." Barry Jr. calls campus problems campaign issue Los Angeles Times Service LOS ANGELES — Barry M. Goldwater Jr., Republican nominee in California's 27th Congressional District, said yesterday he believes problems on college campuses will be a paramount issue in his campaign against John K. Van De Kamp, the Democratic nominee. The 30-year-old son of the Arizona senator and former presidential candidate was elated by his showing in Tuesday's election, in which he attracted 39,580 votes and ran well ahead of 15 other opponents in his first try for public office. But the Los Angeles stockbroker failed to receive a majority of the votes, so he will face Van De Kamp in a runoff on April 29. The prize is the House seat made available when Republican Ed Reinecke accepted appointment as lieutenant governor. Van De Kamp, 33, former U.S. attorney here, was the top vote getter among six Democrats. In semiofficial final returns, he received 17,356, a comfortable margin over his closest opponent, Cary A. Schlessinger, who got 12,278. Van De Kamp, whose most recent job was director of the executive office for all U.S. attorneys in Washington, left yesterday morning for Washington and thus was not immediately available for comment about his campaign plans. In the days before Tuesday's election he called for additional federal funds to combat the Cosa Nostra, grants for state and local crime research, more manpower in the battle against narcotics, and more judges to cut the backlog of pending cases in courts. Van De Kamp has to be considered an underdog in the forthcoming race. Although the 27th has a slight majority of Democratic registrants, it has generally favored conservative candidates. The junior Goldwater is just that. When he stated that he felt turmoil on the campuses will be a major issue in the campaign, he added that he was one of the organizers of the state chapter ot Continued on Page 28 • IHf » MM N*nt / ( PRAIRIE POSS ARe MAKING A COME PACK

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