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   Middlesboro Daily News (Newspaper) - March 24, 1977, Middlesboro, Kentucky                             Weather Sunny and coo] today with highs to the low or mid Ms. Clear and cold Knight with lows la the upper 20t or the low Wi. Sunny and a little warmer Friday with highs In the mid or upper XX. VOL. 64 NO: 307 The Home Daily of the Curobertands MIDDLESBORO, KENTUCKY THURSDAY MARCH 24, 1977 15 Cents Goal Companies Win Strip-Mine Concession WASHINGTON, D.C. Pushing lor quick passage of a federal strip-mine bill, the House Interior Committee has made a major concession to Kentucky coal interests The latest version of a bill being debated by an Interior subcommittee flatly sanctions with no qualifying pre- requisites the mountaln-lop-removnl mining method that Appalachian operators have lobbied for. As the current session of Congress began, the pending legislation authorized mountaintop removal, but required coal operators to meet a number of qualifications that would asa ure a bona f ide use of the land lef t a f ter min in g. Kentucky coal operators, joined by Gov, Julian Carroll and the state's chief environmental officer, Robert Bell, argued that such prerequisites would be difficult to meet and should be dropped. Rep. Morris Udall, D-Ariz., the committee chairman, agreed after a trip to Kentucky last month that mountaintop removal could be beneficial in creating flat land for future development. So Udall's bill has been modified, and the version now being debated by the energy and environment subcommittee puts mountaintop removal on a par with all other types of strip mining and adds no.extra tests for the permit- application procedure. In the mountaintop-removal technique, which is being used with increasing frequency in Appulachia the top of a hill is lopped off, the bed of coal removed and a area of flat terrain is left behind. A Udall assistant explained yesterday that the sub- committee did not consider the elimination of thepre-mitiing tests on mountaintop removal as a major concession. Gov. Carroll, Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, coal operators and the Interstate Mining Compact Com- mission agreed that it the subcommittee recognized mountaintop removal as a legitimate mining process it should be treated like all others. The subcommittee this week began the lengthy procedure r Files for Sheriff Seeks Reelection Jesse Shackelford, 47, of Mlddlesboro, has filed as a Republican Sheriff's candidate in the upcoming May Primary. A native of Middlesboro, Sfcackelford U retired from the U.S. Air Force in wbkh he terved for 20 years, ID as an in- vestigator. He has studied poKee science at Sacramento State College in California and has at- tended seminars in that state on control and abuse of drugs, fie has also voluntarily attended local training sessions sponsored by the City Police. He is married to the former Carolyn Hurst of Mld- dlesboro and operates Jesse's Speed Chek on Cumberland Avenue. He stated in making his an- nouncement that If elected Continued on Page 11 Willie Hendrickson, 49, of Mlddlesboro. has an- nounced that he will seek a second full term as Bell County Judge. Hen- drlckion went Into the job to complete an umpired term of the late Judge Jesa Slusher, was elected for a full term, and now seeks his second. In making the announcement. Judge Hendrlckson stated that there are several major construction projects for the county (hat he would like an opportunity to serve on including a county health building for Mld- dlesboro through matching state fundl. a cooperative effort with (he city of Mlddletboro to construct a new city hall through the use of federal funds, and he would like to continue (o Continued on Page II Files in 2nd James Simpson. Jr., a Lifelong resident of Jenson, Kentucky, has filed as a Republican in the May Primary race for Con- stable in (he Second District. He Is the son of the late Rev. Jim Simpson and is employed by the Bell County School System. He is a Vietnam veteran, having served three years In the 82nd Alrborn Division. If elected he promises increased protection forchurches and school property in the Secoad District. Files in 6th Steve Schoemaker, 32, 104 Prospect Road, has filed for 6th District Constable on the Democratic ticket. Schoemaker li a graduate of Mlddlesboro High School and has a background in law enforcement, having attended patrolman's school and served as a road patrolman and a Military Pollcjmin. Schoemaker sayi that he feels there Is a need for more young people In law enforcement and more education for law enforcement officials. of hammering out a bill that will be sent on for the full Interior Committee. The subcommittee sessions will continue this week and next. Udall is hoping to move the final version of the bill to the full committee early next month. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is dealing with a counterpart measure, has scheduled two days next week for discussing .its bill at the sub- committee level. The bill now being dealt with by the House subcommittee contains a number of changes from the original version that are not likely to be applauded by coal operators who are lobbying to weaken the legislation. One change would reduce number of companies that could qualify for an exemption from the payment of core sampling analyses that would be required with mining permits. The first version exempted any company that produced tons per year or less from such payments. The new version scales that down to companies mining tons or less annually. Another change, applicable to mines on steep slopes, Is more res trie live on spoil m a terial the wa a te re moved from above the coal seam its handling by the operator. The original bill allowed the operator to put the spoil from his first cut Into the coal seam on the lower side of the Elope. No other was te ma terial would be a llowed to be dumped over the side. But as rewritten, the bill prohibits dumping of the material from the first cul and requires that it be placed In a surplus spoil disposal area somewhere within the mining-permit zone. During debate Tuesday, the subcommittee adopted an amendment by Rep. Joe Skubitz, R-Kan., that removed a provision that half of the coal-tax money collected for a reclamation fund would have to be returned to the state of origin. The original intent was to give each stale a guaranteed portion of the reclamation tax for use as It saw fit, which Skubitz objected to. The rest of the money would have been allocated to the states with the greatest reclamation needs on previously mined but unreclaimed land. The Skubitz action Is expected to be reversed by the sub- committee, however. Hep. JohnSeiberllng.D-Ohio, plans to introduce language that would allow up to 50 per cent of the coal tax to be returned to the state of origin, at the Interior secretary's discretion, for implementing a state reclamation program. Although coal Industry lobbyists have continued to push, the subcommittee has given no sign that it will bend on its .stance that all mined land must.be returned.to Its. ap- proximate original contour. The strip-mine companies, Gov. Carroll and Bell have contended that the requirement Is too restrictive and in some instances may cause greater environmental harm than good by leading to excessive erosion on steep slopes. A minor change in the bill will permit operators to retain access roads on the slopes, as long as they are consistent with land-use planning programs. But the bill continues to require the elimination of all high- walls provision that the operators and Carroll objected to strenuously. They have contended that leaving some high- walls exposed after mining could help curb erosion. bfHS Artwork Wins Awards At a recent Art Exhibit held at Wllllamiburg. Ky., on March 19, these works of art brought awards to the Middleiboro High School student. Winning a tint place award wag Kevin HuBklnn, for hli pen and Ink exhibits tit bear Kevin also won second place for head iculpture. Sherry Rowlell won a third place for decoupage. Bailey MrDade won third place In pottery a.id Don Reynolds won tint place In painting. Theie exhibits were taken to Wllllamiburg by the Mlddleiboro Junior Club to the Exhibit iporuored by the Ken- tucky Federation ol Woman's Club in the N'lnth Dlilrlct. Tht first place winners will advance to the itale level to be held In I.oulivllle on April IS, 19 and 20. Organized Labor Fails Attempt In Overturning Picketing Bill WASHINGTON (UPI) Or- ganized labor has. lost its first major battle in the. heavily Democratic 95th Congress with an attempt to overturn Gerald Ford's 1975 veto of a controver- sial conduction Industry picket- ing bill. The bill, known as "common situs was defeated by the House Wednesday night on a vote 217 to 205. The outcome raised doubts about many other item son labor's big legislative agenda for 1977. "This is the end of situs picketing for a long concluded Hep. Frank Thomp- son Jr., D-N.J., closing the book on a 25-year lobbying Kidney Recipient Dr. Asher Rapidly Resumes Normal Life By HERBERTSPARROW FRANKFORT.Ky. 
                            

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