Harrison Daily Times, May 6, 1974

Harrison Daily Times

May 06, 1974

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Harrison Daily Times (Newspaper) - May 6, 1974, Harrison, Arkansas Home Owned Independent Evening Newspaper YEAR- NO. 1 Harmon Baily &me* Full Leased Wire of the Associated Press 54 HARRISON, ARKANSAS. MONDAY, MAY 6, 1974 16 Pages PRICE TEN CENTS Environmental Impact Statement on Buffalo National River Is Released Penn Officials Made Millions for Selves By J.E. Dunlap, Jr. The environmental impact statement on the Butfalo River National Park has been completed and a copy has been obtained by the Harrison Daily Times. Completion of the report, some 115 pages (81 ?xl 1, typewritten) has been underway for the past year. On May 16, 1973, District Judge J. Smith Henley in U.S. Court, Western District, Harrison Division, issued a temporary injunction in favor of the Buffalo River Conservation and Recreational Council, enjoining and restraining the National Park Service from condeming land or proceeding with any construction of development of the Buffalo River National Park, pending preparation and completion of the environmental impact statement. What effect the statement now has on the court proceedings in the long-running dispute is not known. Apparently, a hearing will now be held in U.S. Court to determine if the injunction will be lifted or whether the National Park Service will continue to be enjoined from condemning land and . proceeding with any construction or development of the National Park along the 132-mile stream which flows through Baxter, Marion, Newton and Searcy counties. The ruling in May a year ago by Judge Henley did not prevent the federal government from continuing" to purchase land or from making appraisal or from planning and surveying the park area. The ruling did lift the threat of condemnation from landowners whose land was scheduled for acquisition. Don Spalding, superintendent, Buffalo River National Park, of Harrison, was ill today and unable to be interviewed on future plans of the Park Service. Following are excerpts from the environmental statement draft, prepared by the Southwest Region and Denver Service Center, National Park Service: Any Adverse Effeets Which Cannot Be Avoided Should the Proposal Be Implemented A. Effects on Local Residents Not monetary considerations, nor time, nor a spirit of helpfulness on the part of land acquisition personnel-or all combined-can completely diminish the inconvenience and the trauma of dislocation-of separating individuals from their local cultural heritage, historical residences, traditional land use patterns, and way of life. B. Effects on the Local Economy The loss of tax revenue to local governments cannot be directly compensated, although such a procedure for the first 5 years from the start of land acquisition was discussed during congressional consideration of the bill to establish the national river. The State of Arkansas will reimburse the counties concerned for tax losses resulting from establishment of the Buffalo National River. This appropriation is limited to a 2-year period, and any tax losses thereafter will not be compensated. Any such losses will then be unavoidable. C. Effects on Water and Power Projects Developments for hydroelectric power and water supply have been precluded. Section 4 of the act prohibits the licensing or construction of any dam, water conduit, reservoir, power house, transmission line, or other project works on or directly affecting the Buffalo National River. This prohibition, although not a proposal of the proposed master plan, may represent an adverse effect to some. There are presently no proposed water supplies which would use the Buffalo as a water source. D. Effects on the Natural Environment Unmitigated impacts which may occur as a result of development include the following: (1) increased local air pollution as a result of increase'! automobile traffic; {2}minor local traffic congestion; (3) some disruption of primitive aspects caused by construction of park facilities and trails. Such impacts should be minor. The Relationship Between Local Short-Term Uses of Man's Environment and the Maintenance and Enhancement of Long-Term Productivity. The principal purpose of Buffalo National River is to provide recreational enjoyment for visitors to the area. Basically speaking, floating the river, fishing, swimming, hiking, hackcountry camping, sightseeing, and like activities are non-consumptive although there may be some deterioration of recreational experiences as a result of unregulated overuse. There are other uses resulting from tenure agreements on acquired land or based on land classification, such as grazing or farming which are generally considered consumptive, that will have no particular effect as a result of the proposal because they will be practiced where resources are readily renewable. As I he proposal reaches full implementation, there will be rules and regulations established to fully protect the resources and restrictions and limitations imposed where required to prevent overuse. Also, a full staff together with developments as may be necessary to maintain and enhance the recreational enjoyment of the area will be provided. This type of use and regulation will assure long-term productivity of the area. Environmental Action Impacts of the Proposed A. Sociological Impacts 1. Impacts of Land Acquisition. The major immediate sociological impacts associated with establishment of the national river will be related to the displacement of 330 area residents from seasonal and permanent dwellings and places of business as a result of land acquisition. Types and numbers of residences and businesses that will be displaced are given in table 12. In addition, there are 5 churches and 15 cemeteries within the proposed boundaries. Special permits and easements will be issued in order to allow them to stay within the National liver. The impacts of displacement and forced migration as a result of government action are often evaluated in terms of adequate or inadequate financial compensation. However, social and emotional effects can be quite severe and may actually outweigh economic problems. Sociological studies have attempted to define just what makes an involuntary move stressful ( Burdge and Ludtke 1970). The most significant factors seem to be: (1) identification with place, and (2) apprehension over new communities. Identification with place is found to be strongest among persons who are older, have low mobility, live in rural settings, and have a long term of residence in the area. Generally, these factors are commonly found in the affected project population. Leaving a familiar place often involves leaving close social associations and home types (e.g., moving from a farm to a city) for a totally new environment. When nearby replacement housing is not readily available, apprehension over moving lo a new location is often substantial. However, replacement housing is relatively abundant in the Buffalo River region. The social and emotional effects of a forced move will he much more severe for those 76 families whose homes are involved than for those 44 families who occupy cottages on a seasonal basis. 2. Impacts of Resource Management Policies The national river will both preserve and make accessible 132 linear miles of some of the finest free-flowing water in the Central United Slates. The unique recreational experience of floating one of the few undammed major rivers in the Ozarks will be readily available to more than 10 million people within a 5-hour drive. The national river will also open approximately 78,000 acres of land to public hunting and recreation. Over 90 percent of these lands are now in private ownership and are not available to the public without permission of the owner and any additional constraints on use that the owner might require. The National Park Service will provide free access to the entire Buffalo National River. Public access is presently restricted to three or four areas, none of which is a major access point. Impacts of Development and Use As greater numbers of people visit the area (SeeBuffalo on Page 16) Criminal Evidence Shows PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal criminal investigation ins developed evidence that some high officials of the Penn Central railroad made millions of dollars in personal profit before I he nation's sixth largest corporation went bankrupt in .lune 1970, sources familiar with the case say. A federal grand jury that met secretly in Philadelphia for 18 months went out of business late last year without being asked to indict anyone, the sources say. The grand jury investigation, run by the Justice Department, was separate from an investi gation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which last week filed suit charging the railroad and certain individuals with massive fraud to conceal losses and deceive stockholders. The SEC suit is a civil action which, although it seeks to recover personal gain by some former railroad officials and others, also seeks to enj6in defendants from continuing actions which presumably they couldn't take anyway after the railroad went bankrupt. C. Oliver Burt III, an assistant in the U.S. attorney's office here, said the investigation still is active but declined further comment. Burt was assisted by a Justice Department lawyer from Washington who also said he could not comment. Sources say the grand jury had difficulty obtaining all the records it needed. These sources say prosecutors still hope to obtain the records and present their case again to a new grand jury in time lo beat the five-year statute of limitations of federal conspiracy charges. The grand jury investigation, according to sources, focused on five key figures "and a few aides." "This involves millions of dollars in personal profit," said a source. The statute of limitations on conspiracy, which sources indicated was the central charge under consideration, runs from five years after the last overt act of conspiracy, but it is not clear when exactly the statute runs out in this case. Although the public was unaware of it, the Penn Central was in trouble almost from the day it was formed in 1968 by merger of the New York Central and the Pennsylvania railroads. It was forced to file for reorganization after failing to obtain $200 million in emergency federal loan guarantees. BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. District Judae John J. Sirica said today there is a possibility the White House and the special prosecutor may reach an amicable agreement for delivery of subpoenaed White House tape recordings. Superior Rating for Junior High Band Last Friday, the Harrison Junior Band was awarded a "Superior" rating at the annual Region 1 Band Festival held in Rogers. Each band performs a short concert of three selections and is judged by a panel of three judges. This years junior band chose "Red's White and Blue March" by Red Skelton, "Prelude'to Act I from the opera La Traviata"; by Giuseppi Verdi, and "Suite from Bohemia" by Vaclave Nelhybel. After the concert the bands are given a rating based on their performance. The ratings go from I to V with a I being superior and a V being poor. The Harrison Junior Band received a I from all three judges and was also awarded a I in the sight-reading competition. No other junior band received straight I's from all of the judges. Some comments by the judges were: "Many good players in all sections, this does make a good band."...William Shaver; "I think this was an outstanding performance. The musical taste was excellent, the phrases were connected, intonation was good. The balance was also outstanding......A very musical performance" ..... Melvin Lee; "This is a very fine band. You did a most musical job-excellent interpretation of the Nelhybel piece. Congratulations to you".......Bob Cartwright. The band will be awarded a plaque for their performance. Ed Milburn Is Honored At the annual convention of the Arkansas Insurance Alliance at the Majistic Hotel in Hot Springs, on May 1-2, Ed Milburn, agent and partner with McGaughey Insurance was elected president for 1974-75. Garland Hayes from Stuttgart was elected 1st vice president, Gene Huett from Morrilton was elected 2nd vice president and W.D. Roddey, Jr. from Warren was elected secretary-treasurer. New directors elected were.A.B. Cox, from Dardanelle, Ted Coker from Walnut Ridge and Waymon Harrell from Beebe. Ed Milburn also received the "Mr. Chairman Award," and the coveted "Mr. Mutual Agent Award." Leo Olberts, agent and partner with Lewis and Norwood in Little Rock is the outgoing president. FACING THE PRIMARY I Incumbent Gov. George C. Wallace, right, and Alabama State Sen- Eugene McLain face one another Tuesday in the Alabama Democratic Primary, seeking nomination for the governorship. (AP Wirephoto) In Alabama Election Tomorrow 40% Have less Favorable' View On Transcripts Wallace Heavily Favored Ed Milburn By The Associated Press The 1974 election season expands Tuesday when nominees for two governorships and three Senate seats will be chosen in Alabama, Ohio and North Carolina. The primaries will inaugurate a busy six-week period in which 20 states will choose nominees for the Nov. 5 midterm elections. In Alabama, Gov. George C. Wallace is heavily favored to win nomination to an unprecedented third four-year term. He faces four other Democrats, headed by state Sen. Eugene McLain and former Gov. James E. Folsom. Should Wallace fail to get 50 per cent of the votes cast, the runoff with the No. 2 finisher would be held June 4. Should he win, however, he would face November opposi-Republican Elvin only token lion, from McCary. Alabama's other major race includes freshman Sen. James B. Allen against John Taylor. Allen is favored to win and I here is no Republican candidate. In Ohio, Democrats will settle a strong fight between former astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. and Sen. Howard Metzenbaum. Ralph Perk, the mayor of Cleveland, meets Peter Voss, a Canton businessman, for the GOP senatorial nomination. In the Ohio gubernatorial contest, Democratic Gov. John J. Gilligan has token opposi tion. His GOP predecessor, James J. Rhodes, has encoun tered opposition from maverick state Rep. Charles Fry and 33 year-old Combiana County engi neer Bert Dawson Jr. In North Carolina, nine Democrats and four Republicans seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Sam J. Ervin, Democratic chairman of the Senate Watergate committee. In voting Saturday, Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe squashed his opponent, Frances "Sissy" Farenthold, by picking up 70 per .cent of a light primary turnout in-which about 1.5 million ballots were cast. There are 5.3 million registered voters in Texas. Briscoe is favored to win in the general election against Republican Jim Granberry. Among incumbent congressmen renominated in primary races were Reps. Jake Pickle of Austin, Wright Patman of Texarkana, and Bob Poage of Waco, all Democrats. / PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -j Forty-two per cent of the people who viewed or read about President Nixon's television address last week on the Watergate transcripts now have a "less favorable" opinion of him, according to the Gallup Poll. A special telephone poll of 694 adults also showed that 17 per cent were left with a more favorable opinion. Thirty-five per cent said their opinion had remained the same, but there was no way of determining how I his group felt about the President. Six per cent offered no opinion. The poll also showed that, by a 44-to-41 per cent margin, Americans believe there is enough evidence against the President to bring him to trial before the Senate. However, by a 49-to-38 margin, the national sample said it didn't believe the President's actions at this lime warranted his being removed from office. The special poll was taken to measure public response to the President's defense of his refusal lo surrender 42 tape recordings of White House conversations lo the House Judiciary Committee. Instead, Nixon provided edited transcripts. By a ratio of more than 2-to-1, Americans said the Judiciary Committee was right in its decision to reject the transcripts as a substitute for the tapes. On this question, 62 per cent agreed with the committee, 24 pei- cent disagreed, while 14 per cent had no opinion. In answers to "Whose statements about Watergate are you more inclined lo believe, John Dean's or President Nixon's?" Nixon edged Dean 38 lo 36 per cent, with 26 per cent having no opinion. A second Gallup study showed that Republican party affiliation is at an all-time low ;- 24 per cent - with 42 per cent describing themselves as independents. In terms of political philoso phy, 38 per cent consider them selves conservatives while 26 per cent place themselves in the liberal camp and 36 per cent are undecided. The proportion of conservatives is the highest recorded since the question was first asked by Gallup in 1936. Meanwhile, Time magazine said a poll taken for the magazine just before Nixon's announcement that he would release the transcripts showed a jump in the number of Americans who want the President to resign or be impeached. Time said 55 per cent of those polled by the Daniel Yan-kelovich organization wanted Nixon out. The figure compared with 39 per cent in a similar poll last November and 30 per cent last August. Persons Sought For Tax Refund The Harrison Post Office has received several income tax refund checks which are un-deliverable or unknown as addressed : Eldon N. and Walcie J. Downing, Box 31, Harrison, AR Orben D. Stills, Harrison, AR 72601 Billv D. Pierce, Route 7 N, Harrison, AR 72601 Cleo W. West, Woodland Hgts. Apis., E-8, Harrison. AR Billy G. and Margaret Snow, Harrison, AR Bobby D. Jackson, Route 8, B 69, Harrison, AR If these persons will come to the Harrison Post Office and present proper identification, the checks can be turned over to Junior High Choral Concert Tuesday Night The Harrison Junior High School Choral Music Department presents its annual spring Choral Concert Tuesday evening, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Junior High school auditorium under the direction of Sally Jo Gibson. The following choral groups will be featured: 7th grade Girls Glee Club; 7th grade Boys Glee Club; 8th grade Girls Glee Club; 8th grade Boys Glee Club; 9th grade chorus, and 9th grade Ensemble. Soloists will be Jim May, Mark Pangle.Jeff O'Neal, Danny Huskey, and Mary Ann Tilley. Ozark folk, pop, classic and spirituals are just a few of the styles of songs to be included in the program. The public is cordially invited to attend, fiiere is no charge. Readings May Be Cool; Dry To Tuesday By The Associated Press Arkansans will remain dry through Tuesday. There is no mention of precipitation in the National Weather Service forecast through Tuesday. However, the extended outlook calls for a chance of precipitation Wednesday and Thursday. A cold front is expected to move into the state tonight, but it should serve only to keep temperatures on the cool side. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies through Tuesday.' Rather cool temperatures are forecast today and tonight with slightly warmer readings expected Tuesday. Highs Sunday ranged from the mid 60s to mid 70s. Highs today should be in the low and mid 70s with highs Tuesday in the mid and upper 70s. Lows tonight are expected in the upper 40s northwest to the mid and low 50s south. Overnight lows include Pine Bluff 52, El Dorado 49, Texarkana 55, Eayetteville 48, Harrison 53, Jonesboro 55, Memphis 52, Little Rock 49 and Fort Smith 51. Rainfall reports for the 24-hour period ended at 7 a.m. include .01 at Pine Bluff. Lake Levels LITTLE ROCK (AP) Levels I^ke Beaver Table Rock Bull Shoals Norfork Greers Ferry Level Change 1124.8 u .2 916.4 u .1 659.6 unch 558.3 u .1 462.6 u .2 Democrats and 34 per cent as the proper addressee. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Northwest Arkansas - Partly cloudy through Tuesday. Rather cool again tonight. A little warmer Tuesday. Lows tonight upper 40s. Highs Tuesday mid 70s. * * * Local temperature for 24 hours: high 71, low 53. 7 a.m. temperature 55, ;