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Reno Evening Gazette (Newspaper) - December 1, 1965, Reno, Nevada Road Agency Records Available to Laxalt; He Charges 'Diversion' PHONE 323-3161 Gazette-Journal Canon City Bureau Lt. Gov. Paul Laxalt said to- day the latest position taken by the Nevada Highway Board is "nothing but a continuation of its efforts to divert the course in inquiry away from an im- partial state grand jury." Laxalt was referring to a statement by the board Monday that "state government might collapse" if the state grand jury Laxalt requested is im- paneled. "The assertion that state gov- ernment may collapse if a grand jury is called is too ridic- ulous to comment Lax- alt said. THE OFFER The highway board also of- by the board in its investigation of the department. Laxalt said: So far as I am concerned, have performed my duty as 1 have seen necessary and no fered records in the highway department to Laxalt for his review except the transcripts of "personnel" sessions conducted Down 20% in '65 Stead Base lation Decreasing Popul Full Force away closure Base is and the of Stead Air There are now 430 and there seven be 400 by Jan. 1. phase-down has decreased the number of mili- tary and civilian personnel The phase-down is more ap- parent in the decrease in the number of helicopters being op- there 1965. by 20 per cent during erated. At the start of this Capt. Richard Ashburn, public Information officer, reported there were military per- sonnel on the base, exclusive or trainees in the and helicopter schools, at the start year there were 45 on the base. There are now 24 and there are expected to be only 16 by the end of this year. Ashburn said that number could fluctuate while the heli- copter school remains in opera- of this year. There are now tion but, generally speaking, and that number is ex- there will be about one-third pected to be cut to by Jan. 1, 1966. CIVILIAN TOTAL Civilian personnel numbered 500 at the first of this year. Sierra Lines Makes First Reno Air Stop Sierra Pacific Air Lines inau- gurated its first flight into Reno Tuesday on a daily ser- vice which will become effec- tive Dec. 6. The airline will have four flights into Reno. Or.e will orig- inate in Oakland, home basr for the company, stop at Fres- no, arrive in Reno at p.m. and fly to Klamath Falls, Ore. A Klamath Falls originated flight will arrive in Reno at a.m. on its path to Fres- 30 also. no and Oakland. Another Reno to Fresno flight will arrive at p m. And a Reno to Klam-j ath Falls flight will depart at p.m ENERGETIC PLAN The airline has "quite an en- ergetic program to service oth- er points in Gene Huntington, manager in Reno, said today. the number in use on Jan. 1, 19S6 that there were a year ago. Helicopter training will finish at Stead in February. Twenty to 30 students are involved in that operation at any given time. The survival school handles some 300 students at a time for its one week courses. It will close in the spring. "The base has to be closed by June .10" Ashburn said. But, he added, there will be no great exodus but rather a "steady trickle" of personnel leaving during the period from Jan. 1 to the closure date. After June 30 there will be only a final clean-up crew to provide maintenance and secu- rity for what is left. The defense department has also announced that the Reno Air Defense Sector which is located on (READS) the base will phase out during the fourth quarter of fiscal 1966 which would place the closing dead- line for that operation at June useful purpose can by further verbal be served exchanges until the Supreme Court of Ne- vada has decided if the people of this state will be allowed a complete and impartial state grand jury investigation." Gov. Grant Sawyer, chair- man of the highway board said today he had no eommen on the statement by Laxalt. Board member Harvey Dick- erson attorney general, said "the matter is before the Su preme Court. I will make no further comment until the court has made a decision." "State Controller Keith Lee the third member of the high- way board, had no comment. Monday the board Issued prepared statement: "We .have nothing to hide or conceal. "We have asked Mr. Laxalt to give us information. "We have tried to get Mr Laxalt to file criminal com plaints. We have asked him to present his information to the existing county grand jury. "He has refused to do any o these things. "We are not disposed to turn every officer, agency and em- loye of state government over to investigation and interroga- tion for many months. This is the effect of Mr. Laxalt's re- quest for a state grand jury. "State government would be seriously damaged might r even collapse under such con- ditions. "We now advise Mr. Laxalt that every record, document and file in the highway depart- ment is available for his in- spection. His investigators will be welcome and can have any information they desire." However, the board said transcripts of recent "person- nel" sessions conducted during an investigation of the depart- ment by the board would not be turned over to Laxalt. The three members on the highway board are Democrats. Laxalt is a Republican. RENO EVENING GAZETTE RENO, NEVADA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1965 PAGE TWENTY-THREE As president of the Greater Reno Chamber of Commerce, Roy Powers welcomed the new airline to Reno at the inaugural flight. "We are happy to see addi- tional service come into our Powers said. "We Two-way Traffic Resumed First Street from Arlington Avenue to Sierra Street is open to two-way traffic today. Sierra Pacific Power Co. has completed the work on the un- derground power line ducts run- ning under First Street and has built the two underground vaults which will serve 1he line. This work caused partial clos- ing of the street and a contro- _. versy between Howard Wells City employes may get an Jr and Ule power company. ers in their job, Ihe Nevada Joard of Examiners decidedjbasis that they made the work- Tuesday. "I dsn't think it's the busi- City Employe Pay Increase To Be Sought across the board six per cent wage increase next year. City manager Joe Latimore said he will ask the council to approve such a raise and has instructed his department heads to include that percentage in feel preliminary budgets, that small feeder lines are am All department budgets must Wells complained that cars could not travel First Street to park in his Riverside garage. The power company promised :he work would be completed by Dec. 1. Work proceeded at integral part of any airlines system and certainly wish Sier- ra Pacific Air Lines success and good luck." The airline uses nine passen- ger, B-18's, Twin Beech air- craft. It has a ticket counter at Reno Municipal Airport. U.S. Highway 95 Work Bid Opening Dec. 23 The Nevada Highway Depart- ment will open bids Dec. 23 for long-awaited reconstruction of Alternate U.S. Highway 95 in Western Nevada and installa- tion of traffic signals at a ma- jor intersecton along the Las Vegas strip. Sharp curves and narrow pavement on Alternate U.S. 95 between Yerington and Schurz have made this route one of the most dangerous in the western part of the state, highway offi- cials say. Five traffic fatalities have oc- curred along this stretch in the last four years. High construcion costs and limited funds have prevented the reconstruction until now, the de- partment said. The present sec- tion of roadway dates back 3C years. The job to be offered for bic Dec. 23 calls for widening and straightening 11.3 miles of the highway, beginning just east ol Yerington. It is estimated to cost million. Also set for competitive bid ding the same day is a eontrac to install traffic-actuated signals at the intersection of U.S. High- way 91 and the Dunes-Flamingo Road. The system will be simi- lar to the one recently installed at the junction of the Boulder Highway (U.S. 93) and Lamb Boulevard in Las Vegas. be complete by Jan. 10 for pre- sentation to the council. Latimore said employe groups should start negotiating for the wage requests now. Last year, the Reno firemen were refused their request for wage boosts ranging from sev- en to 15 per cent. The council cent boost approved a three per across-the-board salary for all city employes, including the firemen. Firemen say thic year they will ask for a reduction In the number of hours they work from 64 to 56 per week. Latimore said that he ar- rived at the six per cent raise increase after considering wage likes granted by state and county political subdivisions and he increased cost of living. pace to meet the Dec. 1 rapid dead- line promised merchants so they could have the full share of Christmas shopping business, a power company executive said today. Additional work will have to be done after the holidays to run the volt power lines through the ducts. The power lines will service the Arlington Towers high rise apartment be- ing constructed at Arlington Av- enue and First Streets. BIJOU AIRMAN Airman 3.C. Ralph C. Kenner son of Mr. and Mrs. Rowlanc Hughes of Bijou, has been se- lected for technical training a Keesler AFB ,Miss., as a U.S Air Force communications-elec tronics specialist. Christmas Glitter in the Rail City fireman William Bayliss installs decorations on B Street as part of the Rail City's campaign to take on the holiday look. The B Street Merchants' Association it sponsoring holiday look at a cost in excess of Twenty-five merchants are participating. The decorations required four days to install. Neil Baker is decorations chairman. (Gazette Photo) State Employe Education, Training Aid Due Only If It Applies to Their Jobs The state will finance educa- ion and training of employes Dnly wnen it directly aids work- Board members have been requested from time to time to finance university courses tak- en by state employes on the and Secretary of State John Koontz. The board decided the state will pay for short courses in spe- ers more valuable to the state. to educate Arty. said Gov. ness taxpayers tate Grant Sawyer, board chairman. 'I commend any employe who ;oes out on his own and seeks urther education. "I think part of one's ad- vancement in life is based on vhat does on his own." The three-man board adopted he regulation as part of a gen- eral consolidation of state ad- ministrative procedures. The )oard hasn't had standing poli- cies on many of these matters until row. Gen. Harvey Dickerson cifio work skills, and finance comes to lavs to attend the classes on heir own time. The average state worker job only partially college studies for employes Other board members are who face upgraded job require- ments. But the workers will Jury to Decide Fate of Mears Young Fuetsch May Be Home For Christmas Paralyzed Reno teen-ager Jo- seph Fuetsch may be home for Christmas from the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Los An- ;eles. Fuetsch, left paralyzed from the neck down when shot Feb. 18 by Kenneth Ronald Graves, 30, a Reno been under bar operator, treatment at has Ihe lospital, a rehabilitation center which specilizes in spinal in juries. He is unable to move from the neck down but is learning to operate electric arms ami a wheel chair by using his tongue. He has already used a typewriter to write notes to his parents, Mr. and Mrs Edward Fuetsch, 1220 Fairfield Ave. A Washoe District Court was o decide the fate today of James Bonsall Mears, charged virh the murder of Howard Clif- :ord Hawthorne during a Sparks loldup attempt March 20. -nsp attorneys Robert Herz and Leslie Mack Fry have sought to prove the Reno area Western musician was insane at the time he is accused of shoot- ng the Sparks bartender out- side a Greenbrae Shopping Cen- ter supermarket. IN AND OUT A Reno psychiatrist, Dr. Rich- ard W. Brown, said he believes the 38-year-old suspect was slip- ping in and out of sanity at the rime. But California experts. Dr. Rudolph Toller and Dr. David B, Schmidt, maintainod Mears was legally sane. The psychia- trists were called by dish-let at- torney's deputies Gene Barbage- lata and Herbert F. Ahlswede as rebuttal witnesses. If Mears is found guilty, the jury must set the penalty at a terminal prison sentence, at life in prison with or without possi- bility of parole, or at death in the gas chamber. Judge Grant Bowen read In- structions to the jury this morn- ing. Jurors were to retire conclusion of the attorneys' fi- nal arguments tiiis afternoon. TRACE EVENTS Now in its second week, the trial has traced events from the moment a robber entered the Safeway Store at Greenbrae March 20. According to testi- mony, he fired a shot at or near a cashier when she screamed, men bolted, firing twice toward i crowd of bystanders outside he store as he fled. A bullet strurk Upon Barrett's recommenda- tion, the board tightened quali- fications for paying independent contractors, which falls outside the operating budget. The con- trained, and often needs must, in fact, be operat- training to handle additional ing independntly and not be employed on they said. a regular basis, tasks, said Administration Di- rector Howard E. Barrett, who serves as clerk of the board. Other policies were adopt- ed covering overtime, travel, in- dependent contractors and tort claims against the state. Overtime should be kept to an absolute minimum and gen- erally be compensated for with time off at the earliest possible! The United Fund of Washoe United Fund Hits 86.1% Of '65 Goal date, the board decided. j County Employes who travel as bers of non-state agencies will] not be able to use state credit' cards or accounts for payment! or loan towards the trip. has this reached 86. 1 per An has contributed the larg- est gift in the professional di- vision of the drive, according to Richard Schuster, general campaign chairman. "The wind-up is going slow- Schuster said, "But dona- tions are coming in steadily." Campaign target date was Nov. 4. By mat time the drive had reached 80.2 per cent of its 578 goal. "Educating for "We couldn't It will be the topic of a
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