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J2ort1)tucst Sriuinsas CintrS The Public Interest U The Fir* Concern Of This Newspaper 114* YUft-NUMMk 331 FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, MAY 26, 1974 i»A6es-75 com State-Wide Emergency Medical Service System Planned By JAM NOGGLE TIMES Stall Writer At present there is no legislation in Arkansas, Samoa or the V i r g i n Islands concerning emergency medical services and technically, anyone in the state could take a wheelbarrow out on the streets and call it an ambulance. This statement was made by Dr. James Gattis, who is working with Dr. Neil Schmitt (both are electrical engineering professors at the University of Arkansas) on a state-wide communication s y s t e m t» improve ambulance services entitled "Arkansas Emergency Medical System." Although the medical emergency situation in Washington County is one of the belter ones n the state, the picture is quite ·!eak in other counties of the Northwest Economic District, according to Hershal Sullivan of Harrison. Northwest District Emergency Medical System's director. Newton County, for example, does not have a hospital, a pharmacy or any type of ambulance service and only one medical doctor. Sullivan said. Six other counties in the state are also without a hospital. Arkansas -was one of five areas' selected to be a demonstrator for the project funded by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) with an initial $3.4 million contract. Illinois, San Diego Calif. Jacksonville. Fla. and a six-county area around Columbus. Ohio, are the other areas selected to receive funds from $15 million HEW had to set up a demonstration project. The money received by the demonstrators is in the form of a .contract rather than a grant and is paid out as certain areas of the program are completed. BIG AND INNOVATIVE Gattis described the system as "big and innovative to Arkansas."' It includes the purchase of new ambulances and upgrading of existing ambulan- c e s ; emergency medical training (EMT) for ambulance personnel; a system of r a d i o communications for ambulances and hospitals and the installation of one statewide emergency telephone number for ambulance assistance. Gatlis added that the system also involves an effort , to upgrade hospitals to better receive emergency patients with the purchase of equipment and training of nurses for emergency situations. The first grant for the program was received in October of 1972 and Uie system should be operational this fall. Each of the state's eight economic districts have an Emergency Medical System (EMS) Council to set priorities for the projects in their district. Washington, Madison, Benton, Boone C a r r o l l , Newton, Searcy Marion and Baxter Counties are represented by 2S members on the Northwest Arkansas EMS Council who were appointed by the county judges.. Washington County EMS council representatives are: Washington County Judge Vol Lester; Danny Schook . of Springdale; Dr. J. Warren Murray of Fayetteville; Richard W i l l i a m s , administrator of Washington Regional Medical Center, and Kenneth Sanders, administrator ot Fayetteville City Hospital. INITIAL PROPOSAL The Nortbwest Arkansas Planning agency of the economic development districl made the initial proposal and is under contract with the Ar tansas Health System Founda- icm to initiate the plans, Sullivan explained. Washington Regional Medical Center and Boone County Hospital in Harrison are to be resource coordination (or dispatch) centers in the Northwest Economic District. Contracts for the dispatch centers require a minimum of five emergency dispatchers to provide 24 hour coverage at each hospital. ' The dispatcher who receives the emergency call will know the location of ambulances and specialized equipment which may be needed. T h e coordi nation center will then dispatch the closest available ambulance, which will then take the patient either to the closest hos pital equipped to meet the needs of the patient or to the hospital requested by the patient. All calls on t h e statewide emergency medical number (that number is to be announced at a later date) from persons In Washington. Benlon, Madison and the west part of Carroll Counties will be routed through the telephone system to the Washington Regional dispatch center, Sullivan said. The district EMS budget for improvements allots $69,000 for communication systems (radios in hospitals and ambulances), $65,700 for transportation (purchase of new vehicles and upgrading) and $8,700 for training and consumer information and education expense, Sullivan said. Eleven hospitals in the district which have emergency rooms and 16 ambulance services will be involved in the program. Sullivan added that six new ambulances which will meet Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements will be purchased. One of the ambulances will be in Washington County, two in Benton County, one in Madison County and one in Newton County. Gattis said that each ambulance will cost approximately $14.000. Communications for each hospital will cost $5,000 - $6,000.and the state-wide communications system includ- (OONTINTJED ON PAGE 8A) Nixon Says No To Tax Cut; Announces Economic Czar Senatorial Race Remains Close In Final Days By BILL SIMMONS LITTLE ROCK (AP) - kansas voters decide Tuesday to give Sen. J. W. Fulbright a sixth Democratic nomination tantamount to election or to replace him with Gov. Dale Bumpers. Most observers predict a close race, but some give How Does The Garden Grow? Well! Gardening, ia · time ·! steadily rislaj prices, is rapidly beeomiHC » serioK Instoess, as wtfaK» this home garden at the Intersection of Somth Church Avenue with South Street. Healthy and growing, the plants ran right oat to the curb. (TIMESphoio by Ken Good) Millions In Road Aid Involved Fulbright Defeat Said Expensive To State The state of Arkansas could lose between $290 million and $300 million in federal highway funds if the state loses the experience and seniority of J. W. Fulbright in the U. S. Senate, according to J. C. "Jake" Patterson of Lavaca. Patterson, a member of the · state Highway Commission, said In a prepared statement that other states are competing for funds under the National Highway Act of 1973 while Arkansas is trying to persuade Congress to appropiatc money for a major north-south highway in the state. The exact location of the highway would be determined by engineers of the state Highway Department and the Federal Highway Administration, but Patterson stressed his con- Speed Limit Expected To Trim Annual Memorial Holiday Toll By THE ASSOCIATED PRF,SS Millions of Americans took to the highways Saturday for the first warm weather holiday weekend of the year and officials predicted that more people would make it home .alive because of the 55 m.p.h. speed limit. The National Safety Council estimated that between 450 and 550 persons would die in traffic accidents during the three-day for the 1973 holiday was 486. Memorial Day weekend. The prediction was 100 below last year's pre-Memorial Day estimate, also for a three day period. "This is In part due to lower speeds and we also expect less miles to be driven," said Ron Kuykcndall, a spokesman for the council. He said the counci e s t i m a t e d that Americans drove 12.6 billion miles during the 1973 Memorial Day holiday ami will drive 12 billion 'miles this year--a decrease of almosi 5 per cent. The final death toV ccrn that the weakening of the Arkansas state delegation to Congress at this time might result in the loss of the necessary 'ederal funds. "I feel that It is my duty to express my opinion at this time," Patterson said, "because some members of the Arkansas Highway Commission are working actively in support of a candidate (Bumpers) for the U.S. Senate whose election could cost the state $200 million to $300 million in highway funds. "I feel the people of Arkansas should he made aware that this active involvement by Highway Commission members in this political race is opposed to the interest these commissioners are sworn to serve. I cannot remain silent in thte face of this conduct." Patterson added that Arkan- The 55 m.p.h. speed limit was imposed on a nationwide basi earlier this year in a move to conserve fuel during the heigh of the energy crisis. Bumpers the edge. The 48-year-old governor, political unknown lour years ago, was in front 60 per cent to 27 with 13 undecided in an independent poll March 11, when he announced as a Senate candidate. But in the eight-week cam paign, which began with the ticket closing April 2, Fulbright has made inroads. He said two weeks ago that his poll showed the gap had narrowed to 6 per cent. The senator's chance for victory appears to hinge on an un usual mix of support: --Some blacks impressed by his seniority and voting record. If not by his history on civil rights matters. GOP ANGLE -- Republicans who hope to knock him off six years from now but fear that Bumpers, i elected, might hold the post for 30 years in light of Arkansas tradition of letting Incumbent build seniority. --George Wallace supporter who see in Bumpers, amon. other things, a figure whi might erode Wallace's influeno in the South. --Many of Arkansas' wealth; leaders who have exercised'po- litical influence for years. Fulbright has spent nearly $500,000 more than Bumpers, $674,000 to $199.000. and is'run- ning a deficit of about $123,000. He has a $150,000 loan from retired insurance company president W.E.Darby of Little Rock. The Bumpers deficit is less than $15,000. He has reported receiving no loans. Both candidates have called s .from outside Arkansas except -- Ar-lfrom persons who knew him be ore he was governor. Ful right, while not limiting, dona- ons---he accepted gifts of $6,00 from some individuals--told eporters his vote was not for ale. Roughly 30 per cent of Ful- iright's contributions have :ome from outside Arkansas. Implicitly acknowledging the (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) sas needs these funds, not only to finance the necessary north- south highway, but to release other funds for the construction and improvement of rural roads throughout the state. "This political involvement by commission members affects not just those counties through which the proposed north-south highway runs," Patterson said. "It affects all 75 counties in the state of Arkansas and I feel Tor curbs on campaign spending and contributions, but only Bumpers imposed limits $1,000 or less per donor and no money LOCAl FORECAST- Jloslly cloudy and mild today with showers and thunderstorms l i k e l y . Decreasing cloudiness tonight, and Monday. Low tonight mid 50s; high Monday near 80: sunset today 8:24; Ihe people of Arkansas should sunrise Monday 6:03. be made aware of this. Weather map on page 5D. Middle East Talks Enter Final Round DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Henry A. Kissinger headed Into the final round of 'his peace talks Saturday, and a senior American official said the secretary of state would be home by Monday night whether or not he achieved a Syrian-Israeli troop disengagement. In Key Biscayne, Fla., White House spokesman said President Nixon will visit the Middle East "at some point in the near future," but there was no immediate indication if the trip was connected with Kissinger's mission. Kissinger and Syrian President Hafez Assad were meeting for the llth time on the seere- ary's current peace mission. Kissinger planned to return to Israel later, and will meet again with Assad Sunday only f it is necessary to complete drafting details, the official said. In any event Kissinger will return to Washington by Monday night, said the official, unnamed under the briefing rules. By then he will have been away from his desk for 30 days trying to end the fighting on the Golan Heights and to separate the Syrian and Israeli armies. The official said Kissinger had not yet formally presented a U.S. proposal to the two sides regarding a thinning out o! their forces on the Golan Heights. This, and argument over the size of U.N. peace keeping unit, are the two key issues standing in the way of an agreement. Plane Undergoes Search Security men search stairs leading to Henry Kissinger's Air Force 707 at Ben-Gurion Airport Saturday following an anonymous telephone bomb threat. Kissinger left for Damascus an hour later after search failed to turn np a bomb. (AP Wirepboto) NEWS BRIEFS Nursery Looted For the third time in three days, thieves struck at the Green Country Nursery in Johnson Saturday, taking an estimated $171.50 worth of slants. Friday burglars broke into :he building and made off with about $7 in change. Thursday, a calculator and a small amount of change were taken in a burglary at the nursery. Strikers Defied LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Harold Wilson pledged Saturday that his government would stand firm in the face of an 11-day-old general strike by militant Protestants that has brought life in Northern Ireland close to a standstill. But Wilson made no reference to press reports that he would use troops to maintain fuel supplies in the province Nor did he disclose any other measures to resolve the strike. IWaamillllllBIIIIBBIIIMMIIIIfflllilllllllimillBllllllllll Jewelry Stolen SPRINGDALE -- A tray con aining 16 wedding bands wa reported stolen from the Wa Mart North store in the Piaz Shopping Center, Hwy. 71 north during business hours Wednes day. A store employe told polic that the tray was taken frorr a display counter in the jewelr department between 1:15 an 2:15 p.m. The empty tray wa later found on top of anothe display case. The rings are valued at $584 Market Hits Low NEW YORK (AP) - Th As Primary Date Approaches Gubernatorial Races Hearing Peak By LINDF.L HIITSON Associated Press Writer David Pryor looks at the old days, sees them as bad, and promises no return to that; Orval Faubus looks at the old days, sees them as good, and promises more of that; Bob Riley looks at the other two candidates and promises in alternative. They're the three choices in Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary The Republicans offer Ken Coon, the Conway resident who ran unsuccessfully two years ago for lieutenant governor, and Joseph Weston, the fiery Cave City newspaper editor. Th» r»c» started cool. It has warmed with Arkansas' spring weather. Pryor, 39, the former three- term congressman who failed two years ago to unseat Sen. John L. McClellan, launched his campaign by talking about himself and his intentions, but avoiding commitments on specific issues. Then Faubus warmed up. He took pot shots at Pryor, saying the Camden native supported gun control and amnesty. Pryor stepped up his attacks on Faubus. He said the Faubus years produced illegal gambling in Hot Springs, roads paved for political favors, pensions for pals and midnight pay raises for highway employes during his six terms as gover- or. Faubus swatted at Pryor's labor backing and claimed Pryor is the hand-picked candidate of a group of so-called "governor makers." T h e s e "governor-makers," are a group of influential businessmen who. Faubus says, conspired to put Pryor in the governor's office and dry-up campaign funds for other potential candidates. Neither candidate has mentioned Riley by name very often, though Faubus did compare he and Riley to World War II troops standing on the beaches fighting a common enemy, apparently the group of "governor makers." This hasn't e.iactly pleased Riley, who underwent open- heart surgery in early April. Riley emerged from the hospital and appeared no worse for wear. He says he has campaigned in most of the state's large cities. A former Arkadelphia mayor, Riley has made a special effort to drop in on county and city officials. Riley, a disabled war veteran who is blind in one eye, is a political science professor at Ouachita Baptist University. He says skepticism about his health may have hurt his cam paign. However, Riley has pre dieted he'll b» in a runoff. Riley wants a public campaign finance law. He also has called for strengthening public and higher education, improving the criminal justice system, improving health services, a commission to study tax reform and more help for local governments. Some political observers say Riley has gained support in recent weeks, while some of Pryor's following has slackened. Pryor appeared the easy winner two months ago, hut now a runoff seems probable. Faubus' campaign also has jelled and he may be eyeing accounts of the 1972 McClellan- IOON1JJ4UUJ CM PAGI TWO) Closings Set For Monday Federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. However, the county clerk's office in the Courthouse will remain open until noon to allow voters to pick up absentee ballots. Both banks will be closed as will some retail establishments. The Fayetteville Public Library and the Employment Security Division office will be closed. City Manager Don Grimes said only those city employes necessary to the continued operations of the city such as policemen and firemen, will be on duty. The TIMES will publish as usual. Mail will be placed in boxes at the post office, but there wil be no city or rural delivery Monday. slock market hit the low poi so far this year during the pa week but managed to perk up bit by Friday. The net result, as measurei by the market averages, wa an inconclusive showing. Nixon Proclamation KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (A!" -- President Nixon called Americans (o observe M morial Day Monday "as a da prayer for permane aeace." In a proclamation Saturda ie ordered the flag flown half-staff on all U.S. building nstallations and naval vesse and urged display of the flag talf-staff from U.S. homes well. Prescribes Tight Money For Nation KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP)' President Nixon reported en- uraging progress Saturday in ising the nation's economic s but prescribed more harsh edicine--a prudent federal udget. tight'money and no tax ut--to complete the economic ecovery. In a national radio address om his bayside home. Nixon so announced that his former aw school professor, Kenneth ush, will become his Cabihet- evel coordinator of domestic nd international economic pol- cies. Rush now is No. 2 man at ie State Department. The President said he would end Congress next week a special report on the state of the economy and would hold a eries of meetings with labor nd business representatives. The Florida White House said ie report would go to Capitol iil] on Tuesday and would deal ·ith a review of the inflation ituatipn and measures neces- ary to deal with it. A ranking Nixon adviser said, owever, that no changes will proposed in the adminis- ration's economic game plan. STILL OPTIMISTIC In his 18-minute radio ad- ress, Nixon told the nation: "We are beginning to emergB rom a very difficult period in he history of our economy. We ire not completely through this difficulty, but all the economic ndicators prove that we are making encouraging progress. 'The weeks ahead will still require restraint and sacrifice. But the ultimate goal of pros- jerity in peacetime is one which is worthy of sacrifice. It s attainable." The President said, "The requirements for full economic recovery may sound like harsh medicine--budgetary restraint, no tax cut, tight money--but here is no alternative." He singled out suggestions for i general tax cut as "possibly he gravest danger to the economy today." "However popular that may be, nothing could be more irresponsible t h a n to cut taxes in the present inflationary situation," he said, repeating his opposition to Democratic proposals for a cut. Rush, his new economic coordinator, will hold the rank as counsellor to the President and "will serve as the President's chief economic adviser," the White House said. Rush will preside at the daily morning meeting of such Nixon economic advisers as Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, Director Roy Ash of the Office of Management and Budget and Chairman Herbert Stein of th» Council of Economic Advisers. For the past 15 months, Rush has been deputy secretary of state and previously had been deputy secretary of defense and ambassador to West Germany. He is a former president of Union Carbide and in 1936 was on* of Nixon's professors at tha Duke University Law School. Inside Sunday's TIMES From The ReooV* Viewpoint Area Cowples Are Married An (hark Trail Into History Crossword Pwile TeU __ . 4A IB ID . M) 130 JM Maaioth; Tbt Way Ha look TnMNLW Editorial 4A For Women 1B-2B Sports 2C-9C Entertainment *D Book Reviews 9D Classified 19D-13D

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