The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 14, 1975 · Page 12
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April 14, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 12

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Page 12—THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Monday, April 14, 1975 Rampton Urges Federal Decision on Kaiparowits SALT LAKE CITY (UP!) Gov. Calvin L. Rampton has threatened to turn off the water spigot for the huge Kaiparowits power plant in southern Utah unless federal bureaucrats tell him when it can be built. In a letter to Federal Energy Administration Frank Zarb, Rampton said Utah had tied up 102,000 acre-feet per year of the Colorado River for the 3,000 megawatt plant planned by a consortium of Southwestern utility companies. The Interior Department rejected a proposed site just north of Lake Powell in 1973 on grounds it would cause air pollution over the lake and downstream at the Grand Canyon. The power firms resubmitted the application for that site and for a second one further away from the lake, but Interior officials said this week it wouldn't acted on before the end of this year. Rampton said the water allocation is up for renewal this fall and "I am not willing to lie up this amount of water again for a period of five years unless we know it is going to be put to use." "We have too many competing applications for projects which would put this water to use for benefit to the people of the state of Utah to allow further procrastination of the Kaiparowits project," the governor wrote. Rampton said if he did notha ve word on the project prior to the renewal date, he would instruct the state engineer to consider Snowmobile Mishap Kills S. L. Woman SALT LAKE CITY (UPD-A 42-year-old Salt Lake City woman has been killed in a snowmobile accident on Guardsmans Pass east of here. Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputies identified the victim of the Sunday morning accident as Betty Berg. Officers said Mrs. Berg was driving her snowmobile up a steep incline when it flipped over, sending her sliding into a tree. The accident happened in Wasatch County but authorities from that county could not get into the remote and snowy area. Witnesses said the victim was wearing nylon, clothing which caused her to slide down the mountain after the machine tipped over. USU Researcher Seeks To Up Coal Efficiency LOGAN (UPI) —One pound of Utah coal, crushed and mixed with air, will burn with an energy output of 13,000 BTU's. One BTU is the energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. Put that energy to work in a steam turbine generator and it will produce electricity. But only 40 per cent of the coal's energy is efficient. The rest is dispersed into the atmosphere as thermal pollution. Dr. Edward W. Vendell of Utah Stale University is working on a project to increase the percentage of energy actually used to produce electric power. A new method, combining the generator with a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator, uses an additional 15 per cent to the useful energy output. But to use the new process, high temperature com- bustion gases must be accurately measured. Vendell's project involves developing a sophisticated electrical conductivity instrument that can withstand temperatures of 5,000 degrees while making the necessary readings. Known as a Rossow probe, the new instrument could result in the more efficient use of coal in the generation of electricity. The MHD process replaces the conventional copper-wound armature with electrically conducting gasses heated to very high temperatures. The problem is that temperatures high enough to produce the required level of conductivity also melt the materials used to channel the gas through the poles of the generator's magnet. Venell hopes his research will help solve the problems and result in a process which makes better use of coal as a producer of electrical power. Psoriasis Heartbreaking, Even For a Nude Mouse SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The heartbreak of psoriasis can be very serious -especially for a nude mouse. The television commercial notwithstanding, the skin condition known as psoriasis can be a debilitating and disabling disease and millions of Americans have it. To find out more about the disease and how to deal with it, a team of University of Utah Medical Center dermatologists are transplanting human psoriatic skin onto congenitally athymic (nude) mice. Dr. Gerald G. Krueger, head of the center's dermatology division, and his associates, use a special machine to remove psoriac skin from volunteers. The skin is then transplanted onto the mice which cannot reject it because they have no thymus glands. The glands act as a center for disease control and when absent, the mice have no immunity system. They are raised in a germ-free environment and thus grow much larger than normal mice. They are ideal for the research, said Dr. Krueger. Psoriasis is a scaly condition caused by an overproduction of skin cells. In its extreme forms it can be disabling. When the psoriatic skin is transplanted onto the nude mice it seems to lose the scales. But Krueger said the condition is still detectable under the microscope. Also working on the project are Dr. Dean D. Manning of Montana State University and two Utah medical students, James Malouf and Bruce Ogden. Utah State Tax Bite Will Be a Little Larger SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Paychecks will be a little smaller in Utah in the future. The State Tax Commission approved a new state income tax withholding Friday which will take 22 per cent of the federal withholding out of your pay instead of the old 16 per cent. Chief auditor Paul M. Holt said there is such a variance in withholding rates that no one percentage figure will apply to all categories but said most wage earners would probably fall into the 25 per cent of federal withholding rate. But because many taxpayers itemize deductions, Holt said 22 per cent would be amore realistic figure. The commission will mail out new withholding charts to thousands of Utah businesses soon. A lowering of federal income tax rates means people will be paying less federal tax but the state will be taking a bigger bite. A person earning $10,000 a year with one exemption will pay $1,562 in federal taxes and $367 to the state, said Holt. OUT OUR WAY giving the water to other developments. The Utah Democrat said he was enclosing a chronology of the planning of the coal-burning plant to date, which included 44 permits, agreements, acquisitions, leases and environmental reports dating back to 1962. "This chronology clearly shows the almost unbelievable bureaucratic delay and red tape which has plagued this project," Rampton said. He called the latest delay — prompted by the power firms refusal to pay the $60,000 per mile right-of-way across Arizona Indian reservations demanded by the Navajo and Hopi Tribes —"the type of proscrastination which has plagued us for a decade." Carnegie Foundation Sets Meet SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The trustees of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will hold their semi-annual meeting at the University of Utah today and Tuesday. The trustees and the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education will hold a news conference to release the council's first major publication on current problems in higher education. The council was created two years ago as a permanent working branch of the foundation to carry on the work of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education which has published 100 volumes on its research into the problems of advanced education. Council chairman Clark Kerr and Alan Pifer, president of the Carnegie Foundation, will hold the press conference Tuesday. University of Utah President David P. Gardner will address the 35 trustees after their semiannual business meeting today. Library Gets New Collection LOGAN (UPI) - Utah State University has been given a choice collection of the works, letters, notes and political documents of former Czechos- lavakian president Tomas G. Masaryk. The collection, weighing more than a ton, will be formally presented to USU Friday. The donor is Spencer L. Taggart, who met the Czech leader while a Mormon missionary in 1932. Masaryk was 82 at that time and Taggart recalls, "He climbed stairs that day like a 20- year-old." Masaryk was one of the first westerners to write a history of Russia and his "The Spirit of Russia" is still a standard work. He became president of the republic in 1918 and served until 1935. 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