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   Waterloo Courier (Newspaper) - February 6, 1977, Waterloo, Iowa                              Sunday February 6, 1977, Waterloo, Iowa 90 pages 9 sections 35 cents Weather crisis: Easing the punch WASHINGTON (AP) Besides declar- ing disasters and emergencies, the gov- ernment is taking action through as many as 10 departments and agencies to ease the icy crisis paralyzing parts of the nation. It's banning evictions from federal housing if throwing out tenants who can't pay would injure their health or safety. It's sending troops, trucks and tankers with fuel into stricken areas. And it's setting up a hot-line for governors. President Carter added parts of upstate >New York on Saturday to areas of the nation where he has declared major dis- asters because of ice, snow, deep-freeze temperatures and fuel shortages. Buffalo. N.Y., is hardest hit in the new disaster RECORD snowfall and low tem- peratures have paralyzed the countryside in nine western and northern New York counties. Carter sent his son. Chip, and presidential assistant Midge Costanza to inspect the impact Friday. Forecasters predict more frigid tem- peratures and more snowfall for the area part of a new cold wave moving into the eastern United States. It is expected to drive temperatures as low as last month's cold snap, the worst in a decade. Because of that extreme cold, the Pre- sident already had declared disaster areas in Maryland, Virginia and Florida. Such disaster declarations provide these major benefits: Unemployment aid to the self- employed, watermen and migrant laborers; low-interest loans for busi- nessmen and home-owners; emergency food stamps; and the opening of major waterways by Coast Guard icebreakers. CARTER also declared an emergency Saturday in Michigan, providing aid for 11 counties hard hit by snofr and ice. He already had declared emergencies in Pen- nsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. Emergency declarations provide these special benefits: Military personnel and equipment to clear blocked highways and streets; special equipment to thaw frozen water mains: helicopters for rescue and the delivery of food and essential supplies; funding to provide the unemployed with jobs related to emergency recovery work. A White House spokesman estimated the cost of disaster and emergency as- sistance for all eight states at million. Here are other actions the government has taken to ease the impact of winter and' accompanying shortages of fuel: 1. Treasury Department. special permission for a Uberian flag vessel to transport natural gas from Alaska to Massachusetts. 2. Labor Department. a special million fund for job training to aid persons forced out of work. a survey to estimate the energy-related unemployed. 3. Interstate Commerce Commission. railroads to give priority to moving fuel and key commodities. size and weight restrictions on trucks hauling fuel to the hardest-hit areas of the country. field offices authority to ap- prove requests from truckers to change routes to change routes because to the crisis. 4. Federal Power Commission. administer the Emergency Natural Gas Act. signed by Carter on Wednesday, giving the government power to shift gas reserves to areas suffering the most severe shortages. 5. Interior Department. heavy equipment to New York and helped plow roads in Pen- nsylvania and Indiana. 6. Department of Housing and Urban Development. forbidden evictions from federal housing projects if the occupants' health or safety would be in danger. unspecified additional funds available, to meet fuel-related cost in- creases in federal housing projects. 7. Department of Transportation. establishing a hot line for gov- ernors and other state officials seeking aid in moving barges, trains and trucks in emergencies. the limit on hours worked by truckers and granted emergency ex- emptions permitting them to move liquid natural gas and propane. icebreakers to clear the Potomac and James rivers. 8. Defense Department. front-end loaders, dump trucks, bulldozers, tanker trucks and other equip- ment to Pennsylvania. an engineer battalion of 300 men and equipment to Buffalo. 9. Federal Energy Administration. utilities 'to use propane as a supplement to natural gas. nine refineries in Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan and Illinois to increase production of fuel oil. gallons of propane gas to ease a shortage in residential areas of West Virginia. 10. Commerce Department. establishing clearing-houses for information in its 63 regional offices for businessmen trying to cope with the weather emergency, Ask Courier 'hot line' about school closings The Waterloo Courier "hot line" will be in service Sunday to help residents obtain answers on the proposal to close four elementary schools in the city. To use it, merely call 234-3566 or 2M-3567 or 234-3568. The "hot line" will be set up to receive calls between noon and 9 p.m. Sunday. When calling, wait for the brief recorded message, then state your question for the recording device in about 20 seconds. There should be time for a ques- tion of about 60 words before the recording device disconnects. It will be easier for callers if they jot down the question first. BECAUSE of time limitations on the recording, the caller should simply ask the question he or she wants answered and avoid .state- ments of opinion on the proposal. The Waterloo Courier will select the most frequently asked questions and go to school officials -for answers, which will be published in an upcoming Waterloo Courier as a public service. The Waterloo School Administra- tion is proposing to close Nellie Garvey, Cedar Terrace, City View and Van Eaton as the reasons declining enrollments and financial problems. DO YOU have a question you would like school officials to answer on this proposal? Call the Waterloo Courier "hot line" and state your question.... AMP I JUST ORDERED ANOTHER. OF TRAWTIONAL. SUITS WITH ext quake 'may be worse LOS ANGELES (AP) Six years after a major earthquake in the northern sub- urbs killed 58 persons, Los Angeles still has thousands of older buildings likely to tumble if a big quake hits near the heart of town. The Feb. 9, 1971. San, Fernando quake was a near miss. A few miles to south it could have been devastating. Local gov- ernment heeded the warning and formed an earthquake commission that recom- mended ways to avoid tragedy. THE NO. 1 recommendation was to make the older buildings earthquake safe or destroy them by 1980. Any progress? "No progress so far, it's a very hazardous said George a California Institute of Technology scientist and building .safety- expert who was on the earthquake com- mission. "If a big quake were to hit Los Angeles, it would be a disaster, no ques- tion about it." Progress has also been slow on the No. 2 recommendation that dams be ex- amined and made safe. And homeowners apparently have ignored the recommen- dation, that they buy earthquake in- surance. Preparation is critical because quake experts say a big tremor is overdue along the San Andreas fault in Southern California. THE FAILURE of Los Angeles to do anything about the problem of old. unrein- forced buildings is highlighted by the fact that Long Beach, 20 miles south, has made great progress in getting rid of such structures. Ed O'Connor, the man most responsible for Long Beach's success, says Los Angeles officials have ducked the pro- blem for 20 years. Nobody knows how many old, unrein- forced buildings there are in Los Angeles, but the most common estimate is about to 14.000. Officials figure about people either live or work in the buildings. The owners of the old buildings point out that their structures have lasted 40 or 50 years without collapsing. Luckiest lottery number ever Awaiting rescue (APLaserpholoi Passengers await rescue after their elevated train was involved in a collision Friday in Chicago. Eleven persons died and 200 were injured. Officials Saturday were saying a motorman is to blame. Story on page 2. NEW YORK (AP) Anthony J. Califano had predicted he probably would faint, but the 32-year-old son of an immi- grant cobbler and seamstress didn't faint as his number was picked to win The New York state lottery prize was said to be the biggest lump sum payment ever made by a U.S. lottery. "We're all gonna be the father of two beamed, referring to his whole fami- ly. "We're all gonna have a few dollars." HE WASN'T the only winner Friday. Fifteen others'competing for the top prize through a complicated random system employing two sets of envelopes, come- dian Bob Hope and spinning plastic bar- rels each came away with Most oppose long trucks Courier Poll The question: "Do you favor legislation of the longer, 65-foot double-bottom trucks on Iowa's Results: Yes... 31% No... 50% Undecided... 19% A strong plurality of Waterloo- Cedar Falls residents responding to the latest Waterloo Courier Poll opposes legalizing longer, 65-foot double-bottom trucks on Iowa's highways. Fifty per cent of those responding said they were against the longer trucks. Thirty-one per cent favored legalizing them. And 19 per cent were undecided. The poll asked, "Do you favor legalization of the longer, 65-foot double-bottom trucks on Iowa's The poll was of such a size as to provide a 93 per cent accuracy rate. A REGULAR feature of the Waterloo Courier, the poll is con- ducted with an electronic telephone recording device. This week's question is one that has been haunting the Iowa Legislature for the past couple of sessions with battle lines drawn between ardent supporters and op- ponents. House debate over the long truck issue recently occupied a string of committee sessions, and the Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the controversy. The Iowa Department of Transportation voted in 1975 to legalize the longer rigs on condition that the legislature ban studded snow tires and reclassify the state's highways. BUT AN attorney general's opi- nion ruled the long trucks could roll without the legislature abiding by the two conditions. The Motor Club of Iowa then brought suit and a Scott County district court judge ruled the two stipulations had to be complied with. Attorney General Richard Turner appealed the ruling and that's what took the matter to the high court. This week's Courier Poll in- dicates that most Waterloo-Cedar Falls residents who have an opinion on the matter don't want the longer trucks legalized. in lottery prize money. With 20 per cent federal taxes withheld, they got checks. Califano's check was for Billed as the colossal year-end bonus prize, the money was left over from the 1975 state lotteries, which were aban- doned until late last year because of irregularities. Califano was one of three finalists from the field of 16. The three finalists surrounded Hope as he opened the last three envelopes. Re- tired federal employe Lacy Rogers was eliminated first. Then Hope opened the next envelope. LOOKING over Hope's shoulder. Califano, who was wearing badge No. 13 in the field of finalists, flushed and gasped, "Oh, my God! I got He said he expects to keep working as the head of the computer department of Economy Food Services. Today's Quick Comment WHILE people are shivering and shoveling on these cold and snowy winter days, they should take a minute to re- member that other living things also find winter dif- ficult: We can add moments of brightness to our lives if we make an effort to feed the city's wild residents. Seeing a cardinal, chickadee, blue jay or jun- co at a feeder can give us a moment of warm pleasure. Inside While public school enroll- ment drops, enrollment at Walnut Ridge Baptist Academy climbs. Story page 13. Weather Clear to partly cloudy and colder through Monday. Com- plete weather on page 2. Capitol quips It's been so cold in Washington lately that some congressmen are refusing to let go of their hot potatoes.   

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