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   Color Country Spectrum (Newspaper) - January 23, 1977, Saint George, Utah                               Country Spectrum January The printed voice of Utah's booming Southwest! Volume 13 Number 240 Local forecast Cedar City: Decreasing snow with "partly cloudy skies and patchy fog through Monday; highs Sunday and Monday near 40; lows Sunday'night in the 20s. St. George: Partly cloudy through Monday; patchy night and morning fog; highs Sunday and Monday 50 to 55; lows Sunday night in the mid 20s. Virgin gets well, new water supply jf VIRGIN-If one person leaves the tap running all night, the town's water supply- is drained dry. Hot. dry summers leave the townspeople without drinking water. The problem may soon be eliminated. Virgin is now pumping water at the rate of gallons per minute instead of six gallons per minute, according to Virgin City Councilman Bill Clarke. A well has been drilled on Gooseberry Mesa, southeast of the small southern 1 Utah community and it is pumping a generous supply of water. The pump was started Jan. 10. During r the first few hours the rate was increased until it pumped about 600 gallons per -minute, Clarke explained- It was then slowed down to 250-300 gallons per minute. "It would have broken your heart to see .all that water pouring off that Clarke said, referring to the scant water supply the town now has. Clarke doesn't know how long it will take to put the water to use in Virgin. "I wouldn't even venture a he said. "How would you guess what the govern- ment is going to Clarke is optimistic about the future of Virgin now. The town has not been able to get any funding for homes because of the water supply, he said. He said he hopes grants will be given to the city to help it improve now. The water supply still has to meet state approval, and federal funding also has to be obtained. The city fathers have applied for a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A holding tank has already been in- stalled but a new distribution system must yet be installed, Clark" said. The town needs federal funding to help subsidize the project. Three lack conformation Cabinet to be sworn in WASHINGTON (UPI) President Carter swears in most of his Cabinet Sunday, but the absence of three men who still lack Senate confirmation shows that, for Carter, the customary honeymoon with Congress is already over. Taking the oath of office will be the eight Cabinet members who did get quick Senate confirmation, plus four top advisers: Budget director Bert Lance, economic adviser Charles Schultze. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and energy chief James Schlesinger. The new Cabinet members are Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Defense Secretary Harold Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus. Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal, Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland. Commerce Secretary Juanita Kreps. HUD Secretary Patricia Harris and Transportation Secretary Brock Adams. But on ice temporarily are the nominations of Griffin Bell as attorney general. Joseph Califano as secretary of health, education and welfare and Ray Marshall as labor secretary. Ail are expected win delayed Senate approval this week. But the Senate's refusal at Republican in- sistance to confirm them last Thursday in- dicates the traditional White House vs. Congress adversary relationship is very much alive. Califano's main foe is Sen. Bob Packwood. R- Ore.. who questions Califano's personal op- position to using federal funds for abortions. But that is not likely to stop Califano from winning confirmation Monday. Marshall is opposed by conservatives like Sens. William Scott. and Paul Laxalt. R- Nev., because he wants to repeal right-to-work laws and enact legislation permitting common- site picketing. He is also expected to win con- firmation, however, with overwhelming Democratic backing. But the Bell nomination, which comes up in the Senate Tuesday, presents serious problems for both Democrats and Republicans, chiefly because of his role as a top adviser to a segregationist Georgia governor in 1959. Opposition from black civil rights advocates has perplexed liberal Democrats and given Republicans a chance to act as the champions of blacks and of civil rights. Pouncing on the issue Saturday, Sen. Robert Dole. R-Kan.. Gerald Ford's vice presidential running mate, said Bell faces trouble on three counts: "His announced intention to dismiss FBI Director Clarence Kelly, his close political association with President Carter, and his past civil rights record." Some liberal Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, including Sens. Edward Kennedy. Birch Bayh. and Don Riegle. admit Bell's nomination "troubles" them. But none resisted when the committee approved it 10 to 3. Only the three committee Republicans Charles Mathias of Maryland. John Chafee of Rhode Island and John Heinz of Pennsylvania opposed confirmation of the former 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judge. Blacks bitterly criticized the 58-year-old Atlanta attorney for his membership in clubs which exclude "blacks and for allegedly ob- structing school desegregation when he was on the federal bench. But Bell insisted he had steered a moderate course in his school desegregation rulings and had integrated more schools in the South than "any judge alive today." Annexation request tab led CEDAR on a request to annex 621 acres of .Jjland by the city was tabled during the weekly Cedar City meeting Thursday night. The petition to annex the land was presented by Frank During the hour allotted for the hearing two people "raised questions concerning the proposal. Dr. J.S. Prestwich expressed his concerns about the water situation in Cedar Valley. The culinary water capacity was also discussed, and the city engineer Matt Bulloch assured the" citizens and the Council that there was enough -water-to---- cover future growth at a normal rate. At the close of the hearing, the council tabled the action for further personal "study and consideration. Action will be taken at the first council meeting in February. Bids were opened for materials and installation of a chain link fence at the city sheds on the airport road. Blackburn and Gower submitted the low bid of S1290.00. The bids were referred to the city engineer for study and recommendation. The city attorney reported that proper advertising procedures had not been followed in calling for a public hearing Ja. 13, 1977, to consider a 330 West zone change request. A new public hearing was set for 8 p.m. Feb. 10. An authorization to call for bids to furnish public liability insurance for the city was granted. City Manager Mike Embley introduced Cedar City's new golf professional. Gale Parcell. Parcell has been awarded the city contract to serve as golf course manager and con- cessionaire at the municipal course. He assumes the responsibility Feb. 1. The Utah State Outdoor Recreation Agency notified Cedar City that a SlOO.OOO grant for construction of an indoor and outdoor swimming pool had been approved. A Class A beer license was granted to James Edwards Jr., the new owner of the Savemore Arco on Main Street. A letter was read to the council urging the formation of a utilities committee to study present electric power distribution problems and costs within Cedar City. Council members took the request under advisement for future study discussion. The Cedar City cycle club was granted a city property I'lease at the Knoll area in Cedar City to use for moto-cross track events. The council authorized the payment of the balance owed to keep a memorial monument at the City Cemetery. The monument is a memorial to the city's war veterans. Judge Christan Ronnow urged the council's support of a Utah Senate bill. SB 22. creating a circuit court system. Jail escape attempt thwarted by police ST. GEORGE-Three inmates of the Washington County Jail attempted to break out escape early-Saturday morning. The three had been incarcerated in the tank area of the jail, according to St. George Police Chief Joe Hutchings. The three inmates are Parker Robert Petrilak, 20, Robert Weston Mercier, 20, and Robert Elaine Gray. 30. They have been charged with injuring a jail, a third-degree felony, Hutchings said. St. George Police OfficerBill Sevy was making a routine check at the jail when he saw someone .inside. The intruder tried to hide from the officer. The three were apprehended before escaping from the jail and put back into jail cells. They damaged the commode, shower, doors and padlocks. The inmates broke the padlock on the cell door, lifted the door off its-hinges and-osed-the door as a battering ram. .._.-. Petrilak is being held on car theft charges out of California. Mercier is being held for another law enforcement agency on car theft charges. Gray is incarcerated for charges relating f o a theft in Hurricane. St. George Police Sgt. Roland Simmons examines a door that was taken off the hinges in the Washington County jail during an attempted jail break early Saturday morning. Bars were broken out of the door inside the jail, where the three occupants were trying to escape. St. George gets new park funds ST. GEORGE-A third city park should soon be under construction, as the City of St. George received word that the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation has awarded a grant for the construction of the project. Announcement of the grant award was received Friday from the office of U.S. Senator Jake Garn. Gam's office reported the federal agency had awarded the for the creation of the 22-acre park, and indicated the city will be required, to match the. funds to complete the. project. The new park will contain four new ban fields, a small pond and approximately 10 acres of picnic and playground area. The park will be located below 800 South between 200 East and 300 East, expanding the present recreational facilities located bet- ween Dixie High School and Dixie Junior High School. In addition to the granted by the Bureau of Recreation, the city has applied for an additional from Four Corners. The remaining will be financed by the city, by the sale of city property. The addition of the four new ball fields will expand the current facilities from five fields to nine. A recent survey, by the city parks and recreation department, indicated that 123 teams played on the five existing fields, and that the current facilities were inadequate to handle the requirements of the teams. The four ball fields will be located in the northern end of the park in a circular-shaped complex, with each ball field occupying a one- fourth triangular shaped portion of the complex. The grandstands, backstops, and announcers stands will be in the center of the complex with the outfields on the fringes. The southern portion of the park will be general park facilities, picnic area and playground facilities. The present plans call for the installation of 10 picnic tables and grills, two restroom facilities, plus the construction of roadways, and the installation of sprinkler equipment to water the lawns. Roving Reporter HOW DO YOU FORESEE THE GOVERNMENT CHANGING UNDER JIMMY CARTER'S ADMINISTRATION? "I see him being more for the average person like myself. I like his idea of being an average person himself Wilson, Virgin "There's not much he can do unless he's got the Congress behind Unford, Cedar City "I think there will be more welfare spending. No great change. I don't think there will be that much Clarke, Virgin "i don't really think it will change much. There are to many people he has to answer Clark Cedar City "I anticipate a quickening of the inflation rate because of increased deficit spending. The first year of the administration I would think there will be some subsidizing to the interest rate in the housing Htekman, St. George "He'll work at it, but it won't really Clark, Cedar City   

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