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Nevada State Journal (Newspaper) - September 21, 1977, Reno, Nevada Nevada Guard: No Help from Gaming Employer Cooperation Big Problem Feisty Renoife Battles Tradition And Fires By BARBARA HENRY Ann Harding is a feisty, ambitious 25-year-old Reno woman who decided to do battle with a formidable foe that often just can't be beat tradition Ann besides winning her battle agaiast convention, she proved to be one more exception to the adage "You can't fight City Hall." Starting in October, Ms Harding will be the first woman firefighter in the Reno Fire Department Since women broke through the sex barrier in many formerly men-only jobs, stories abound about the first woman telephone pole climber or the first woman truck driver But the case of Ann Harding has an added twist (hat's causing waves in trie fire department ranks' Firefighters work on 24-hout shifts and sleep in barracks at stations throughout the city Some firemen have no objections to having a woman as a fellow firefighter, but others believe she isn't strong enough to perform the duties And one Reno firemen noted that complaints are coming from the wives of firemen who are concerned about their husbands sleeping with a woman i other than themselves) in the same room So how does the cit> handle the problem of where the only woman firefighter should sleep'" Reno Fire Chief Ham Van Meter said no adjustments will be made in sleeping accommodations at Ms Hardmg's request "We asked her about it and she said she wants to be treated like everyone else Some of the men are very concerned right now, this is newto them Van Meter said some of the firemen's habits may have to be adjusted since sleeping quarters won't be They'll have to stop running out of the shower and sleeping in casual dress Ms Harding, an attractive, 5-foot-5 brunette, said sleeping with a bunch of men won't present any problems "What do they think I'm going to do9" she asked and then answered her own question with another sarcastic one (See FIREFIGHTER, Page 2, Col. 1) Reno Exception Ann Harding handles the controls of a Reno Fire Department engine as she prepares to become the first woman firefighter in the department. She is an exception to the addage. "You can't fight City Hall (Journal Photo) Israel-Arab Meeting Hinted U.S., Israel Split on Big Issues WASHINGTON an, hinting he has met with Arab leaders, said Tuesday lie believes a Middle East peace conference can be convened before the end of the year But Day an, at a news conference, said Israel and the United States "can't see eye to eye" on a number of major issues. The differences include Israel's settlements on the West Bank, as well as "the future of all the neighboring boundaries, and the idea of almost a complete with- drawal, "Day an said Meanwhile, the chairman of a Senate subcommittee on the Middle East accused the administration of tilting away from agreements with Israel. Dayan said he based his prediction of a reconvening of the Geneva conference on what he knows of "the attitude of the Arab states" Later, on Capitol Hill, he said he did not meet with King Hussein of Jordan over the weekend, thereby discounting one widely circulated report. But Dayan said, "When and if some of us are meeting with other Arab leaders, it is not us who are in trouuble, it is the other party So we cannot discuss it At the news conference he said, "If it were up to Israel alone, I could have told you I did meet or didn't meet with a certain personality." The statements fanned speculation that Dayan did meet with another Arab leader late last week while he was in Europe His travels were clouded in mystery. Before coming to the United States for his meeting with President Carter on Monday, he unexpectedly returned to Israel to report to Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The congressional criticism of the administration came from Sen. Richard Stone, D-Fla., who said he "deeply regretted" that the State Department had decided "to lean to a PLO formula" that offers no chance for a settlement in the Middle East. The State Department recently has urged represen- tation of the Palestinians at Geneva and said the United States would be willing to talk to the Palestinian Liberation Organization if it accepts U.N. Security Council resolutions that recognize Israel's existence. IRS: Lance Asked Restriction Removal WASHINGTON (AP) Bert Lance allegedly told a federal banking regulator last year he "just wondered if you could see your way clear' to lift restrictions on a Georgia bank that Lance headed, according to an IRS memorandum disclosed Tuesday. The conversation was reported secondhand in the memo released by the Senate Government Affairs Committee. The committee said it received the sum- mary Tuesday from the Internal Revenue Service of an interview conducted by the IRS investigators with Michael M. Patriarca, an attorney in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The investigators said Patriarca told them Donald L. Tarleton, regional administrator for the comptroller's office in Atlanta, Ga., described to Patriarca on Feb. 23 in Miami, Fla., a conversation with Lance that took place shortly before Lance's appointment was announced by President Carter. According to Patriarca's account, as reported by the IRS, Tarleton said Lance told him: "Jimmy wants me to be the head of the OMB (Office of Management and and I want to go into it with a clear record so, I just wondered if you could see your way clear to lift the agreement on Calhoun.'' Both Lance and Tarleton have denied in testimony before the committee that Lance asked the banking regulator to remove the agreement, which imposed restrictions on the First National Bank of Calhoun, Ga. Lance was at the time chairman of the board of the Calhoun bank Lance said in his testimony that he and Tarleton did discuss the agreement at a Nov. 22 meeting in Tarleton's office, but only in a general way. Lance told the committee last Thursday: "During the course of that meeting we briefly men- tioned the greatly improved condition of the Calhoun First National Bank and in that context made passing reference to the agreement which had been entered into between the comptroller's office and the Calhoun First National Bank. Mention of the agreement was made simply as a reference in discussing in a general way the improvements that had taken place at the bank." Lance also has also said that at no time did he ask Tarleton to lift the agreement. Tarleton testiflea previously that he did not recall discussing it at all during the conversation. Carter, then the President-elect, announced on Dec. 3 that he intended to nominate the Georgia banker as budget director. Tareton, in an affidavit for IRS investigators, said he "did not recall Mr. Lance ever discussing anything" regarding the Calhoun bank after the agreement was entered into in December 1975. Tarleton lifted the agreement a few hours after Lan- ce's visit. Tarleton could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Congressional leaders held a breakfast meeting with Carter Tuesday, and said later they did not discuss Lance and his problems. The President scheduled a news conference today at which the Lance matter was expected to be the main (See LANCE, Pages, Col. 1) By BILL PHILLIPS FT 1RWIN, Calif. A lack of support from the gaming industry, Nevada's major employer, is ham- pering the effectiveness of the Nevada National Guard, a guardsman said Tuesday. Maj. Gale Dupree, commander of the Guard's Third Squadron, told Nevada Gov Mike O'Callaghan, state legislators and other officials visiting the Suard here during its two weeks' training, that one of the best things officials could do to help the Guard is gain more cooperation from the gaming industry "One of our major problems is employer support, especially from the gaming industry." Dupree said during a briefing Mark Curtis, Harrah's Club spokesman, said Tuesday night he could not comment until he had a chance to look into the major's statement Other representatives of the gaming industry could not be reached for comment The commanding officer said a man is hesitant ,o join the National Guard if he isn't sure he will have a job to return to after the annual two-week training period. O'Callaghan said he had heard of only one incident of gaming not supporting employes' participation, but Dupree said harassment comes in subtle forms. "There are laws which say an employer must allow time off for Guard participation, but we've had incidents where a guy comes off his two-week training and is fired for being five minutes late to Dupree said O'Callaghan, a strong supporter of the National Guard, said later in the day he will personally check into the situation brought up by Dupree. Atty Gen. Bob List, also on the tour, said he was made aware of an individual who has been told there is no need for him to return to work after the two-week training period (See NEVADA, Page 2, Col. 4) Abortion Nevada Board Cufs Off Funds Big Blackout in Quebec MONTREAL (UPD A massive power failure caused transformer trouble in the far north Tuesday blacked out Quebec, Canada's largest province, halting air traffic, trapping hundreds of people in elevators and causing a rash of accidents in the vehicle-snarled city streets Police reported only a small increase in attempted robberies at downtown Montreal stores and offices, but feared a surge of petty crime in the still-darkened residential suburbs as a rain- swept night fell Hydro-Quebec, the government-owned power company, said electricity had been restored to much of the province within three hours of the 3 25 p m EDT failure but Montreal and Quebec City still had darkened sections after five hours The power failure apparently was caused by a malfunction in a transformer located at Montagnais. about 350 miles northeast of Quebec City. The power blackout struck while most available police and firemen were struggling to contain a general alarm fire wl.idi swept through the province's largest psychiatric hospital the Lafontaine Hospital, in Montreal s east end More than 600 patients were rescued unharmed although much of the hospital complex as destroyed Bomb Debris Reaches U.S. WASHINGTON (UP1) The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday radioactive debris from China's nuclear blast last week is moving south over the Pacific coasts of Alaska and Canada in the upper atmosphere. The EPA said it got the projection from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration "This radioactivity originated from a nuclear detonation in the Peoples Republic of China on Sept the EPA said It said the projection indicates that on Tuesday "debris was moving southward over the Pacific coasts of Alaska and Canada in the upper atmosphere, to feet. "Debris is forecast to continue moving southward over the West Coast of the United States the EPA said. "The path is expected to curve eastward near the California coast and then move northeastward toward the Great Lakes region Thursday. There is a possibility of rain out of nuclear debris over the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, which could result in the contamination of pastureland Postal Change Proposed WASHINGTON (AP) President Carter recommended Tuesday making the postmaster general a presidential ap- pointee, a move that would reassert much of the White House control over the Postal Service that was given up in 1971. W. Bowman Cutter, a budget official who delivered the ad- ministration proposal to a House panel, suggested the post- master general should be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a six-year term. Nude Beach Losing SAN DIEGO (UPI) San Diegans appeared to be telling their city council Tuesday they want an end to the three-year experiment with the only legal nude beach in the nation. Voting on a ballot proposition that would have the council ban nude bathing along all 31 miles of the city beaches, early returns showed 53.7 per cent of the voters were for the prohibition, and 46.2 per cent were for it. Those were the results from 391 of the city's 957 precincts. Cannon Explodes ROLLA, Mo. (AP) One person died and at least four were injured when a ceremonial cannon exploded Tuesday night as a University of Missouri-Rolla fraternity was inducting women into its auxiliary organization. Ronald C. Crystals, 21, of St. Louis, was dead on arrival at St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Police said the cannon did not go off the first time it was lit and exploded when a second attempt was made to fire it. Police said the man attempting to fire the cannon was not injured, but went into shock. Pieces of the cannon were scat- tered over a wide area, The Kappa Alpha fraternity normally fires the cannon after football games and during other celebrations. CAKSON CITY (AP) State to pay for poor women's elective abort ions was cut off Tuesday by the state Welfare Board after aixwtion foes termed the birth control progi am "hideous But Welfare Board member Joanne Kelly who made the motion to cut off the program, said use of state money could be resumed if Congress provides new federal dollars Federal funding for almost all welfare abortions has been cut off, leaving the state with the prospect of paying the entire costs of elective abort ions on it s own State Welfare Department chief George Miller said only was appropriated by the sta'te legislature for its .share of the elective welfare abortion costs this year, and that monev is nearb gone The federal government had paid 90 per cent of the total Rosa Matthews of Carson City said she was plad the Mate money was lu'ing cut oft because the program represents a 'hideous" concept that kill them off liefoie >ou have to support them there with welfare Bu! woman Nancy (Jomes DHeno, said the state protrrun should IK- continued She said rxxir women should have a free choice just as a woman who can af- ford an abortion on her own Mrs Matthews and Miller got into a brief argument, when Miller said she should not "impo.se youi views on eveiyone else" and "twist words He added "me thinks you speak with a forked tongue Mrs Matthews denied she was exaggerating and added "killing them off is exactly what this <the curtailed) program is Miller had wanted to continue spending state dollars on abortions for welfare mothers but recom- mended against paying the full cost now that the federal money is gone. Miller has said an abortion for a welfare mother might cost to while costs of child delivery In such cases can run more than and the mother is men eligible for ad- ditional welfare benefits Congress temporarily knocked out federal funding for welfare abortions. Action is expected next month on two measures, one which would continue the restrictions on use of federal money for elective abortions, and another which would continue the old program of allowing them. Mrs Kelly said her motions provides for use of state funds for abortions only in cases where a woman's life is in danger, unless Congress loosens up its funding. She added that the Welfare Board has to be "fiscally responsible" because of the limited amount of state funding for the program but "It's not that we don't care about people." She added that opposition to the abortion program was un- derstandable in Nevada in view of the big percentage of Mormon and Catholic Church members in the state. 7 Sections, 76 Pages Amusements Classified...............3644 Comics.....................33 Crossword.................42 Dear Abby...................8 Deaths ..................35 Editorials ..................4 Focus Horoscope..................43 Health Column .............34 Markets...................17 Sports.................1M6 StateNews.............23-25 TV Vitals ......................36 Weather.................... 2