Oelwein Daily Register, October 1, 1977

Oelwein Daily Register

October 01, 1977

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Oelwein Daily Register (Newspaper) - October 1, 1977, Oelwein, Iowa News in Brief Security IOWA CITY AP A second request has been filed for ac cess to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commissions investigation of security problems at the Quad Cities nuclear generating station The request was filed by Free Environment a citizens lobby group The group had appealed the Federal Bureau of Investigations decision not to release the results of its in vestigation of plant security Former plant guards have charged that the security system is lax The group said the commission had ignored an informal request filed in August for access to the report Visitor DES MOINES AP President Carter will stay with a Des Moines family when he visits Iowa later this month for a Democratic fundraising dinner the White House announced Friday However no specific family has yet selected Carter will be in Des Moines Oct 2122 as part of a trip that also will take him to Michigan Nebraska Colorado and California The President will attend the annual Democratic JeffersonJackson Day dinner Oct 21 in Des Moines Indicted ALGONA AP Three Kossuth County supervisors and a former supervisor have been indicted on a total of 27 counts of neglect of duty The four are board Chairman Lawrence Newbrough of Lone Rock Vern Rafdahl of Titonka EJ Kollasch of Bode and George Weringa of Lakota Newbrough and Rafdahl are Republicans as is Weringa who resigned from the board Jan 1 to become a county road supervisor Kollasch is a Democrat The charges involve allegations that the super visors filed false expense claims for mileage made illegal use of county vehicles gas and gravel and accepted gifts and gratuities Controls WASHINGTON AP Every man woman and child in the state of Iowa would pay an additional a year in direct costs if all federal controls on the price of natural gas are lifted said Sen John Culver DIowa Friday Culver said his projection is derived from data supplied by the Congressional Budget Office the Library of Congress and the American Gas Association Culver said his study reveals that lowans would pay billion more for natural gas from 1978 through 1985 under the deregulation plan proposed by Sens Pearson of Kansas and Bentsen of Texas Quotas WASHINGTON AP The Carter administration is taking a new look at the problems of steel imports and has indicated it might consider quotas on steel from Japan and Europe President Carters special trade representative Robert S Strauss said Friday night that temporary quotas are under consideration His comments came after the Bethlehem Steel Corp announced it would lay off 2500 salaried employes this month WASHINGTON AP The governments power to borrow money and pay its debts ends today but government wont stop The Treasury Department would not elaborate but officials saidjthemis a contingency planThe wholeprobJem arosewiHn the Senate bogged down in a Filibuster over the natural gas deregulation issue did not approve the debt ceiling imtil Friday The Senate version was different than that passed by the House which already had adjourned So no debt ceiling was approved when the new fiscal year began at midnight Friday Breakthrough UNITED NATIONS NY AP The United States and Soviet Union are on the verge of announcing a proposed breakthrough in the deadlock over Palestinian representation at Mideast peace talks Details of the proposal were worked out Friday by Secretary of State Cyrus R Vance and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A Gromyko It represents the highest degree of cooperation between the two cochairmen of the Geneva peace conference since it convened briefly in December 1973 following the last ArabIsraeli war Hawaiian volcano erupts KALAPANA Hawaii AP A river of red hot lava from Kilauea Volcano inched toward this evacuated coastal village and threatened to destroy a Catholic church and 18 of the communitys 50 homes Dr Jack Lockwood a scien tist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory at the scene said the 1000footwide sixinch deep stream of lava was ex pected to begin passing through the village and into the sea sometime today Scientists said the historic Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the homes in the lavas path were doomed but it ap peared the villages other build ings would be spared Some residents who returned briefly Friday to feed their ani mals and water their trees got a closeup view of the stream The green trees literally are exploding said one resident watching from the secondstory porch of his home as the flow moved down the forested hills Scientists orignially expected the lava to reach Kalapana Fri day afternoon but its flow was slowed by a series of gullies county Civil Defense officials said Nine miles away high on the slopes of Kilauea volcano sheets of molten lava continued to spout up to 200 feet in the air The temperature of the lava has been measured at 1 800 degrees Fahrenheit The eruption in an area known as the east rift zone be gan 18 days ago and has contin ued sporadically The latest ac tivity resumed Monday Evacuation of Kalapanas 50 families began Thursday Many of them have left their homes in the past to escape eruptions tidal waves and earthquakes Lockwood said observatory instruments continue to show strong underground movements of lava indicating there would be no immediate end to the eruption The spectacular yellow orange fountains being thrown up by the volcano are in an area inaccessible to and out of view of the public Tbe churchand most homes in the community are nearly bare furniture and other be longings having been hauled away Weather Registerland Rain ending thii evening becoming cliv and quite cool Lam tonight mid to upper 30s Sunny and cool Sunday Hlgtit mid Sttt Northeast winds 10 to 30 mph tonight Chances for measurable precipitation 30 per cent tonight DAILY RECORD At DeKalb Research Sunset Hlgn Frl61 Sunrise Low Frl45 Sunset 18 Inch rain ONE YEAR AGO High78 Low42 VOL 268 SATURDAY OCTOBER 1 1977 Registerlands only TOTAL offset daily newspaper PER COPY 15t OELWEIN IOWA 50662 New code tougher on jobless pay Stiffer penalties for cheating Gas price controls get new setback WASHINGTON AP Senate Democratic leaders are ready to throw in the towel after a major new setback for President Carters plan to keep price controls on natural gas But two senators waging a filibuster say theyll keep on fighting for it despite the odds Sen Howard H Metzenbaum DOhio said he and Sen James Abourezk DSD are ready to continue remains GI on way home CLARK AIR FORCE BASE The Philippines AP A US Air Force CI30 today left for Hawaii with the remains of 21 American servicemen and a civilian released by Vietnam They were handed over Friday during a brief ceremony in Hanoi that brought to 61 the number of American bodies released by the Communist gov ernment since the Vietnam war ended in April 1975 The United States lists 2500 American soldiers as unaccounted for in Vietnam and 700 of them are listed as missing in action Failure to make faster progress in returning bodies and accounting for those missing has been a major issue between the United States and Viet nam US officials said the fourengine cargo plane would arrive at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu at 8 am 2 pm EOT today after a refueling stop at Guam The remains of the servicemen will be received on American soil with full military honors officials said In Hawaii medical investigators of the Armys Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu prepared to verify the identities of 16 of the service men tentatively identified by the Vietnamese and to try to identify the five other bodies The lone civilian in the group was Tucker Gougelman whose family was listed as living in New York their stalling action for another week 10 days maybe even two weeks despite a 5044 defeat in the Senate for the administration on Friday By that vote the Senate declined for the third time in two weeks to scrap an industrybacked plan to free natural gas from price controls Deregulation proponents viewed it as an im portant victory since the alternative this time was not even President Carters proposal but a watered down compromise version The compromise had been proposed by Senate Majority Leader Robert C Byrd and the energy committee chairman Sen Henry M Jackson D Wash It was an effort to save as much of Carters plan as possible in the face of a Senate majority that appears to favor deregulation But the Senate vote on Friday indicated that even the compromise plan faces the likelihood of defeat After the vote Jackson said thatcontinuing to try to pass either Carters plan or the compromise could be a futile gesture He said those who want to keep price controls on natural gas as does the President should move their fight to another battleground a House Senate conference committee The conference committee will be named to reconcile differences between House and Senate bills The House has already passed the Presidents plan I think the handwriting is on the wall said Sen Dale Bumpers DArk another administration ally ready to give up the floor fight Bumpers made the motion that produced Fridays decisive vote He said he did it in hopes of breaking the ongoing deadlock and because he was curious to see whether the administration had made any gains since earlier votes The vote showed that the administration had picked up a scant two votes those of Sens Gary Hart DColo and John Spartaran DAla Both had previously voted with the industry supporters Bumpers concluded that isnt enough to make a difference DES MOINES AP People who think penalties should be stiffened for lowans who collect unemployment compensation they arent entitled to are going to get their wish Paul Moran chief of the Job Service of Iowas claims section says the new Iowa Criminal Code which goes into effect Jan 1 will do the trick Such an offense now is a simple misdemeanor but under the new criminal code it may be a serious or aggravated misdemeanor or even a felony depending on how much jobless pay is collected fraudulently Moran says The change however isnt likely to have much effect on job service benefits Moran says We really dont have many cheaters Moran said The number is way under one per cent of all claims Abandoned in Russia sues Ford DETROIT AP A 62year old American is suing Ford Mo tor Co for million claiming that it sent him to Russia in the 1930s to help build an auto plant and then abandoned him to the mercies of a Soviet pris on camp Victor Herman of Royal Oak Mich insisted Friday that he and his father Sam Herman were among nearly 300 workers shipped to Russia by Ford in 1931 to help build the plant But Ford denied that Victor Herman worked for the firm and says it sent only a few em ployes to Russia Herman who said he believes nearly all the other workers died in prisons or concentration camps said he tried to nego tiate with Ford officials when he returned to this country last year I thought they would be glad to see me or at least shed a tear for the others Herman said They seemed very sym pathetic at first But it seems they are afraid if they do any thing for me others will turn up BULLETIN DACCA Bangladesh AP Hijackers of a Japanese airliner tried to maneuver the jet into possible take off position today and threatened to execute an American hostage unless their demands for six freed prisoners million were met officials here reported The hijacked Japan Air Lines DCS and a sister craft that flew the six prisoners and ransom money in from Tokyo later inched toward each other in darkness on a runway at Dacca airport The commandeered plane had been moving toward a possible take off position but a convoy of automobiles and fire engines blocked the runway The hijackers refused negotiators demands that they free all 141 hostages in exchange for the cash and their released comrades The ultraleftist Japanese Red Army terrorists said they would free 58 hostages but wanted to keep 83 others to ensure safe pas sage to another destination I cannot give you more than 15 minutes time a hijacker at one point told Bangladesh negotiators by radio from the jetliner But that deadline passed without reported incident A lot of the people who are loudest in complaining about cheating cant give us anything substantial to investigate They go only on what theyve heard about abuses in the system Republicans in the Iowa House tried repeatedly in the last session to amend two bills dealing with unemployment com pensation to attack what they charged are widespread abuses House Speaker Dale Cochran DEagle Grove ruled the amendments out of order Democratic leaders said a study com mittee would look into the complaints this fall and recommend any needed changes in the law The Republicans contended the widespread cheating was one reason the states unemployment compensation trust fund was running low on money But Moran said many unemployment compensation claims which are disallowed are filed not out of any desire to cheat but because of ignorance of what the law requires He said there were 109000 appeals from the initial determination of the Job Service on eligibility and most of them involved the voluntary quit provisions of the law That provision says a person is disqualified for benefits if he quits his job without good cause attributable to the employer But there are certain exceptions He or she escapes disqualification if he quits to take another job and stays with it for at least six weeks And if he leaves to accept better em ployment and his new job is then ter minated or he is laid off in the first six weeks he is eligible for jobless benefits The same is true if a person is tem porarily laid off and takes temporary work with another employer until he is called back to his regular job You also escape disqualification if you leave your job solely to take care of an ill or injured member of your family quit your work on account of illness injury or pregnancy on advice of your doctor or leave on advice of a doctor to take a member of your family to a different climate In all these cases you have lo return when the emergency is over offer to go back to your job or a comparable job and be told there is no work available in order to qualify If your reason for leaving was to take a family member lo another climate you arent eligible for benefits during the time you are gone Miss October JULIE WEBER 17 daughter of Jim and Kate Weber of 203 9th Ave SW In dependence is the REGISTERS girl of the month for October A junior at Jefferson High School in Independence Julie has lived in that community all her life In school she is active in varsity basketball varsity track plays guard in basketball and competes in the high jump 440yard dash and sometimes on the mile relay team in track She is a twoyear letter winner Other school activities include a capella choir parts in the musicals Annie Get Your Gun and The Sound of Music as well as helping with the mechanics of performance in the fall play She is president of the junior class this year Hobbies include sewing cooking and eating as well as running and other sports Future plans include furthering her education although she has not yet decided on the school and then entering the coaching field REGISTER colorphoto by Richard Wilkinson At Urban property tax down in county DES MOINES Property tax evaluations for urban Bair noted that in approximately 18 of the assessing how much a particular propertys assessment might DES MOINES Property tax evaluations for urban residents should drop about 18 per cent in Fayette County as a result of a final adjustment made by State Revenue Director Gerald Bair Friday The issuance of the final equalization orders follows three weeks of hearings before the director when local officials had the opportunity to present information which might indicate errors in the valuation adustments proposed in the tentative notices issued Aug 18 During this period 36 of the states 118 assessing jurisdictions appeared before the director with seven other jurisdic tions submitting written protests in lieu of an oral hearing There will be no change in the assessment evaluations for agricultural and rural residential property but commercial property will have evaluations raised by eight per cent See the evaluations orders for other local counties below Bair noted that in approximately 18 of the assessing jurisdictions the proposed adjustments were changed for the final orders Bair stated the changes in the proposed adjustments resulted from the receipt of information previously not available to the Department and from corrections made to the abstracts of assessments sub mitted by city and county assessors Bair explained that local assessors have a great deal of latitude in applying the adjustments contained in the final order and that they are by no means limited to applying the adjustments across the board He noted that legislation enacted in 1976 requires city and county assessors to implement the orders as part of their mandatory reassessment of all real estate in 1978 Thus although assessors will be required to adjust aggregate valuations by a prescribed percentage Bair stated that the adjustments made to individual assessments could vary considerably depending upon how much a particular propertys assessment differ from its actual value The revenue director also explained that taxpayers will have an opportunity to protest their 1978 assessments by filing petitions with local boards of review next July Board of review at that time will decide if in im plementing the equalization order the assessor valued the taxpayers property in excess of its actual value Bair again called attention to this years legislation which imposed a six per cent limit on the amount by which statewide residential and agricultural valuations could increase This action according to Bair will cushion the impact of this years equalization orders and next years reassessments by local assessors since residential and agricultural realty will ultimately be assessed at a per centage of actual value Continued on page ;