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   Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - September 4, 1976, Traverse City, Michigan                                Traverse City Record-Eagle Traverse City, Mtetlgn, 4MM 7.9 percent jobless rate bothers Ford WASHINGTON (UPI) As a result of a discouraging government report on unemployment, the Ford ad- ministration no longer is predicting that the Jobless rate will fall below 7 per by the end of the year. Ford said he was "disappointed" in a Labor Department report Friday show- ing unemployment in August climbed to 7.9 per cent a high for the year but .he expressed confidence that a strong economic recovery will resume. In mid-July, the administration con- fidently predicted the nation's jobless rate would drop below 7 per cent by December: Despite two months of steep increases in the rate in June and July, the White House stood by that forecast. But Ford's .chief economic" adviser! Alan Greenspan, retreated slightly on thai forecast as a result of the August jump. Greenspan said the unemploy- ment rale may not" drop below 7 per cent until the early part of 1977. Jimmy Carter, the Democratic presidential nominee, told reporters in Plains, (ia.. the jobless rate was the worst .since "the Hoover depression" and said Ford plans for reducing iho unemployment figures.. concern is 'there ..is wo i he future no strong leadership-and no programs concerned with how to cut down on the Carter. .said. George Meany. president of the AFL- CIO. said the new unemployment report iirtually understates the nation's jobless rate. "An honest which includes those too discouraged to seek work and those forced into part-time jobs because lulltime Jobs are not available, is Meany said. "By that count, unemployment today is 10.5 per cent or 10.1 million jobless." Ford said through spokesmen that he still believed his policies "will sharply reduce unemployment and increase employment in the year ahead." Greenspan insisted that the trend "is a very temporary phenomena" and that unemployment should be dropping shortly, ile said, however, that this f alloff m joblessness will not occur until .-liter the November presidential elec- tion. Department said the jobless rate which now has increased lor three consecutive months rose by less than O.I per cent in August com- parwl 10 0.2 per cent rn June and 0.3 per cent in July. But August's overall rate of 7.8 per cent is the highest' since December, when the jobless rate stood at 8.3 per com. The report said the total number of Americans out of work last month 7.5 million, up slightly from July's figure of 7.4 million. _ It said most of the increase resulted fi om a large rise in the number of teen- agers without jobs. The jobless rate for teen-agers jumped from 18.1 per cent to HI." per cent in August. 2 lands on M ONLY THE BRAVE Stoat-hearted football fans withstand driving ratal and high winds to watch the Traverse City Trojans compete in play Friday Bight While rtiMty polesat TbJrlby precariously to the tane of esttmated winds and the rain fell, It falted to dampen the enthusiasm of those sports fans who took refuge under blankets, coats or sheets of plastic to watch iClr favorite team in action. (Record-Eagle photo by Dana Persiyk) Forest Area: pictures of the Martian plains of Utopia were transmitted back to Earth: early today from a tilted Viking 2: lander showing a very rocky surface stretching to the horizon. The photos were delayed for more than .nine hours by com- munications problems. They indicated the lander was sitting on a 10-degree slope or had put down with a footpad on a large rock, mission control said. The black and white television-images scanned across the. dust in front of the lander to prove the Viking robot's cam- eras were in good working order. An hour earlier, the lander had started beaming back engineering data. "This is just as much fun as it was the first Dr. Tim Mutch, head of he Jander imaging team. said. The second photo, the panorama, showed the meteorology boom jutting out from the lander in the right position, further proof of'the robot's health. The pictures, taken shortly after 9 a.m. on Mars with the sun still low .in the morn- ing sky, built up slowly-across closed- circuit television! screens at Jet .Propulsion Laboratory. The Plains of Utopia where the lander put down was believed one of sand dunes and rocks covered with wind- dust. The rocks were very evident m the first photos, however, ranging from pebbles to rocks that appeared to be large enough to damage the lander if it had struck them. "It looks like a forest of rocks out there." Mutch said. The first photo scanned from left to right to show one of the lander's foot- pads positioned on the edge of a scatter- ing of rocks several inches wide. Flat rocks were described as "sedi- "mentary." Engineers had worked around the clock to restore the communications capability of its orbiting radio relay satellite which went out immediately after the lander separated from the or- 6Tter while over the planet The nation's second spacecraft on Mars made a harrowing but "fabulously exciting" touchdown late Friday in an area where fogs' and frosts suggest there enough moisture to support Martian life if it exists.' The communications problem with its orbiting mother craft blacked out details of the landing and delayed transmission of its first pictures to earth. Seconds after separation of the lander from the orbiter, something caused the mother craft to twist seven from its proper attitude and turned its main antenna away The or- biler stopped relaying data'from the lander to earth 229 million miles away. The only indication the second Viking robot was on the surface of Mars, came in a quick data feed showing the lander's radio had switched from a slow to a higher rate ot transmission. That confirmed the laodeivwas in good shape. Even though ibe'communicalions link with earth was lost, the landing sequence continued. "It's fabulously exciting. The greatest thing." Dr. Carl Sagan. an astronomer and member of the Viking No Paper Monday Due to the Labor 'bay holiday, the Record-Eagle will not publish an edition Monday. Normal publication will resume Tuesday. flight team, toid UPI when landing was confirmed. "Whether we find life or not. the landing is fantastically significant biologically." he said. The landing area was 1.500 miles farther north and halfway around the planet from the Chryse desert where Viking 1 earlier found exotic.chemistry in Martian soU.that gave strange results in the lander's experiments. Viking 2 landed on orders stored in its computers. The landing was termed nominal" despite the communications blackout. The landing apparently was at p.m. EOT as planned. "It sure worked like a charm." pro- ject manager James Martin said. "It's very interesting that the lander doesn't seem to need .us." The suspense of landing the second spacecraft was greater than the landing of Viking 1 July 20 on the other side of the planet. The relief was explosive. When the word was shouted in mission control, champagne corks were popped, cups handed around and engineers and scientists were seea on closed circuit cameras with arms raised in a victory salute. Martin, in a news conference shortly afterward with NASA officials, said; "I'm most, most happy .to be here wide this distinguished company. There was some chance I might be here fejc myself." :-_- Martin said the radio relay problem apparently began when the orbiter lost, its bearings on the star Vega, used navigational target When the large antenna moved from; its position facing earth, a smaller antenna took over but it could transmit; data back only at the speed of 8 1-3 of information a second compared the normal per second new era This is about the farmer'who came to town fur his first dental appointment.. ;i tilling. The.dentist, drilled "a while, ami tln-n took the little hose that goes ssssshhhhhhhhhh and used it in the i-aviiy. feel that air'.'" asked the den-; list. And the farmer responded: "That air By MARILYN WJUGHT staff writer FIFE LAKE When school bells ring here next Tuesday, they will signal a new era for the Forest Area Com- munity School district. the! first time Tnasdny. It's located oa Ti acres SUppy. City (Editor's note: Thlt the last of a five-part scries OB Traverac Ctty'i government and how it dtvslopad to what It It today) By JIM HERMAN Record-Eagle ttaff writer TRAVERSE CITY City manager Larry Savage arrives at his office at city hall at about 9 a.m. almost every work day. As chief administrator of Traverse City the consistent starting'time work day is about the only routine part of his job. The remainder of his days and often nights is spent sifting through business ranging from pay raises to. bond issues to budget conferences. Since his telephone is always open to the public, he mixes in conversations with city residents each day oasubjects like neighborhood squabbles; rexoning casesind property taxes., And always, he is available I with any one or more of the seven-member city commiailon. The commission, after Savage's employer. him and set his benefits. commission sets city policy and I carry it out" the city manager pUined The bells will toll from three schools. Fife Lake Elementary. South Boardman Elementary and Forest Area High School, the result of a two-year ef- fort bv residents of the tiny rural com- munities of Fife Lake, South Boardman and Lund. The battle for consolidation began after the Kalkaska and Manton school boards voted not to Area students for the 1972-74 school year, ac- cording to Helen ,J. Hansen, secretary to superintendent Lee Sandy. A move, she said, "which area residents felt was designed to force them into con- solidating with the Kalkaska and Manton districts. "We didn't want she said, "we wanted our own schools." The petition to consolidate was granted by the state in January, Following the merger, the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District board appointed the first five-member Forest Area school board composed of Gertrude A. Gonyer. ai Fife Lake housewife: Gordon Hall, a heavy equipment operator from South Board- man? Marilyn L. Pojar. a South Boardman housewife; Harry Voice, a Fife Lake auto dealer and GerakfineL. Birgy. a Fife Lake housewife Sandy, former superintendent and principal of Fife Lake Schools, was named district superintendent In spring of that year, area voters overwhelmingly approved a million bond issue for construction of the new schools. Residents also ed a 17-mill operational levy. The new facilities are located on 70 acres on Shippy Road, just east of U.S: 131. The old Fife Lake elementary school was demolished this summer and the Boardman school was sold to a biWe school to make way for the new elemen- tary facilities. The high school was designed with the "open classroom" concept and encom- passes a multi-purpose auditorium- cafeteria, gymnasium, library, biology lab. machine shop, home economics lab and a band room in addition to regular classrooms. The Warriors will not field a football team. Hansen said, but will compete in soccer, basketball, baseball and trade as members of the Cherryland Conference. Formal dedication ceremonies for the new facilities will be held Sept 18. from 2 to 5 p.m. Jt will be a red letter day for area residents who have worked so tonjg and hard to see their dream realized. day that will only be surpassed-Twit June when the Class of "77. the first graduating seniors since 1959. will march the to the tune of Pomp and Circumstances." The 52-year-old Savage is the city's fifth city manager since the municipality adopted manager-' commission form of government in 1940. A He was preceded by Al Miller. Oscar Anderson. Howard Kramer and Anse DaMoose. r" Savage, who is currently paid about per vear. was hired by Traverse City to 1964T As a. young man he had earned an un- dergraduate degree from Northwestern University in economics and political science and has a Masters" degree in public administration from the Univer- sity of Michigan. He worked for the cities of Milwaukee and Saginaw before taking over as dty manager at Cheboygan and then Grpsse Pointe. From Grosse Pointe. he moved to Traverse City where he has remained for 12 vears, In Traverse City. Savage's respon- sibilities are diverse. In general, be has control over all departments of the city. There are more than-230 .regular employes, he said. But a large share of the 'day-to-day operations has been "turned over department heads, to whom Savage delegates authority. Gerald "Buck'.', for.: ex- ample, is Savage's right hand HMO his unofficial assistant dry manager. Williams beads the laVge of Public Works, wbkfc Mbtadar tht city's garbage collection removal system and a number of other responsibilities: Fred Hoisington, as city planner, is responsible 'both to Savage and to the citv's planning and "zoning board. City engineer Duane Brege is also answerable to Savage. So are dty assessor Jim Franklin, city treasurer Harold Truelove. city clerk Jim Tompkins, light and power department director William Strom and fire chief Duane Mehl. The city commission sets policy and Savage implements it through use of his staff. H has proved to be a workable, reliable system: "The.area. w growing fast and as a result we-navejnany today. Savage said. In many cases, city government has responded to those needs. "Since I have-been here we have seen an expansion of everx service we per- form." the dty manager said. "We have a new .water system, add- ed secondary, treatment to the, sewage plant and'Ware doubling the capacity of the power plant "There'has also been construction of a terminal building and runway at airport" Upper pMlamla rwrfy flgK Bra. Pafa   

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