Friday, May 28, 1976

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Walla Walla Union Bulletin (Newspaper) - May 28, 1976, Walla Walla, Washington Walla Walla Union 108th Year    Friday,    May    28,    1976 L. *We've Got the Spirit' players entertain at Edison and Green Park schools ^Bulletin 15 Cents l B photos b\ Marianna Jone«. We've Got the Spirit rolls into Wa/la Walla By MARIANNA JONES Of the Cnion-Hulletin When "Big Mamma" rolls into town there's going to be a show That's the name the Washington State Bicentennial Traveling Festival players have given their equipment van The show's 19 actors, three musicians and three auxiliary personnel ride in two red and white "We've Clot the Spirit mini-vans, named after the musical revue they will be presenting in 39 communities throughout the state this summer They are spending this weekend in Walla Walla to participate in Rendezvous Northwest activities and to give performances Saturday and Sunday at Cordiner Hall. When they appear at a gathering m their matching blue-denun traveling costumes, people are liable to ask them if they're a bowling team We tease each other about being the Mini W’heat commercial." says Pattv Holley The players are all amateur performers selected by audition from community colleges in Washington. By the time they reached Walla Walla this morning, they had made 12 appearances in 15 days and had a pretty good idea of the problems of a traveling acting troupe Living together has got to be the hardest thing." says Barbara Livingood. a student from Grays Harbor Community College The rigid schedule on the road is pretty tough, says Susan Wands, from Spokane Falls Community College. Most of all. the actors agree it takes a sense of humor "It’s a good place to find out if you're really going to like this (kind of life" says Van Allen Cooper, a former Walla Walla Community College student who aspires to an acting career Curtis Liberty, from SFCC, hopes to be a minister. He joined the show because he "wanted to meet people " And he has found them very accommodating In Pomeroy, he says, a family drove 40 miles to take him to an evening church service. Although the players are limited to two pieces of luggage, most "brought a little piece of home," with them says Cooper The items are odd or practical — a football, guitar, eight pairs of shoes and "all my earrings,'' says Miss Livingood One of the things they didn't bring that they wish they had is a sewing machine The players aren't making any money for their summer's work — just expenses. Occaionally. they get a free lunch from a service club or church There has been a lot o* enthusiasm for their show, especially in smaller towns, the performers agree. Some people, particularly teenagers, may be turned off by the "flag-waving Congress may extend income-tax cut WASHINGTON iAPl    Congress is taking steps to head off a tax increase scheduled for July 1 that would cost a typical four-member American tamilv earning $15.(KM) an extra $180 annually The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously Thur^dav ui favor of extending current tax cuts The House has approved a similar bill If the antirecession tax cut' enacted last year are allowed t<> expire as scheduled on July I, it would mean a $245 tax increase for a family of tour earning $8,000 a year, a $204 hike for a couple earning $10.000 and i $151 increase for a single person with adjusted gross income of $10,000 The Senate bill also has some bad news for wealthv investors and some good news for housewives and working parents Some of the pro\ isions that have been used by investors to shield their incomes from taxation would be tightened, but not as much as by a bill passed by the House last year Working parents would be allowed a tax credit of up to $800 a year tor t ertain childcare and household expenses necessan for both parents or t&e sol» parent to work And for the first time, a housewife could qualify for tax-exempt treatment of contributions to a pension fund This would be available onlv to person' whose spouses are not covered b\ a company retirement plan but who contribute to an Individual Retirement Account «IRAi At a cost to the I S treasury of $40 million a year the spouse's maximum 1R V contribution of $1.500 a year could be increased to $2.000 for a joint retirement fund to cover husband and wife Extension of the tax cuts will allow current withholding rates from pavcheeks to continue Here are the tax cuts that would be extended — Increases in the standard deduction, used by taxpayers who do not itemize would be made permanent at a cost of $1 1 billion a year The minimum i' $1.700 tor single persons and $2.100 for loint returns the maximum is $2.400 for singles and $2.800 for joint returns A $35 credit which is subtracted U.S., Soviets sign nuclear pact WASHINGTON <AP> President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid 1 Brezhnev today signed a precedent-setting treaty that will open some Russian nuclear test sites to American inspectors for the first tune The simultaneous ceremonies here and in Moscow followed 18 months of complex negotiations and a delay in signing that some thought was politically inspired It may according to U.S. officials, spur negoiiations in Geneva to reach a long-delayed agreement limiting strategic nuclear weapons Ford said the treaty "demonstrates that our two countries can soberlv negotiate responsible and beneficial agreements despite the difficulty of the challenge " Negotiators in Moscow completed work on the treaty in early April and it was initialed on May 12 However the signings were delayed Some administration officials privately suggested that Ford wanted to wait until after the Michigan primary before signing the treaty. But the administration «.aid "technical reasons" caused the delav With Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin standing alongside the President during the ceremony. Ford said the treaty would "contribute significantly to lasting peace and better relations among all nations." Terms of the five-year treaty permit American inspectors to visit sites when the Russians conduct certain underground blasts that have potential use tor changing the levels of rivers or excavating for minerals Years ago. American scientists abandoned the idea of experimenting with underground nuclear explosions for those purposes directly from taxes owed — is provided for a taxpayer and each dependent at a cost of $9 8 billion This would be extended through June 30. 1978. to allow the new Congress and the next president to gauge the economy before determining whether it should be renewed again As an alternative, a taxpayer could have a credit of 2 per cent of the first $9.000 of taxable income, or a maximum credit of $180 -A "work bonus" for poor, working families with children would become permanent Under this provision, costing $4 1 billion a year, a family is given a tax credit of up to 10 per cent of earned income up to $4.000 The benefit phases out at $8.000 income Also made permanent are reduced inside today's U-B Classifieds 17-19 Comics ........... 6 (Voss word 6 Dear Abby ........ 9 Editorials 4 Friday 9 Habitat 10 Horoscope 6 Markets 7 Obituaries . ........ 7 Religion 11 Sports 12-14 TV schedule 6 corporate taxes to benefit small business. The rate is 20 per cent on the first $25.000 of taxable income. 22 per cent on the next $25.000 and 48 per cent above $50,000 Here are some other key provisions in the bill PRIVACY — Rules limiting White House, congressional and Justice Department access to tax returns would be strengthened One provision could make news organizations liable to prosecution lor receiving and printing private tax returns, SHELTERS Wealthy investors would find it less profitable to invest ih oil-and-gas, movies, farming and other op erations that provide quick deductions to offset regular income the uienther Forecast for Walla Walla Valley: Cold tonight with a chance for local frost in the colder areas of the valley; low temperatures tonight in the 3th to low 40s downtown; increasing high cloudiness on Saturday and a little warmer; high tomorrow 65 to 70; light winds becoming southwesterly, 10 to 15 m.p.h. on Saturday; chance for measurable rain less than 10 per cent through Saturday. (Weather report, page 7) lil’aid Advertising 11 IR0DE0 & RACESI DAYTON DAYS SAT. NIGHT AMATEUR RODEO 3 AFTERNOONS HORSE RACING Starting 1:00 p.m. Sat., Sun., Mon. 9 RACES DAILY • PARI-MUTUEL BETTINC Fun—Thrills—Entertainment COWBOY BREAKFAST 6 a.m. SAT., Dayton Drug Parking Lot. DANCES FRI.SAT.NITES Fairgrounds - Admission $3.00 couple Music by "PAINT ME COUNTRY" PARADE 10 AJE. SAT. Infant knows only prison life SEATTLE (AP) — Some may consider her a queen, but one-year-old Jessica Evers isn't getting any royal treatment at Los Reyes womens' prison near Mexico City Jessica is the daughter of Julie Evers. 23, well known among American prisoners in Mexico A photograph of mother and child, born on March 14. 1975 in prison, appeared in a Mexico City newspaper Reporters for various I nited States newspapers who visit the prison rarely fail to mention the pretty girl from Seattle with the baby "Jessica s a queen down there,” says her grandfather, Gene Evers of Seattle But Evers and Jessica s father have spent almost $30.000 trying to get Miss Evers and her daughter out of their prison palace Miss Evers was pregnant when arrested on charges of carrying cocaine in Mexico City, July 12,1974 "The baby has been my daughter's salvation,’ said Mrs Evers. "But the prison has a new rule that no baby over 12 months can stay there " She said paperwork has been completed and Evers will be going to Mexico to pick up the infant But Miss Evers, who has not been sentenced yet, will remain The usual sentence for importing drugs to Mexico is eight to 18 years Mexican law follows Napoleonic Code, under which a person is guilty until proven innocent Mother and baby have lived in an unheated prison cell with no hot water, where the temperature in the winter drops to about 40 degrees They sleep together on a cot, since no crib is provided "I pay for my mattress, food, vitamins, clothes, blankets, pillow, sheet, toilet paper and laundry soap everything,” wrote Miss Evers in a deposition smuggled m and out of the prison Her experiences have included fights with lesbians m prison, the theft of food and clothing, night searches by armed guards and times when she says she considered suicide When Evers first learned of his daughter's arrest, I said, It can t be. it just can t be our Julie " He asked a federal agency in Seattle what he should do. "Well, his advice to me was to take a big bundle of money, grab the first plane I could and buy her out of there,” Evers said But that didn't work Since then Evers and the baby’s father have spent thousands of dollars on visits to Mexico, telephone calls, and even $4.000 on a Mexican lawyer who turned out to be a fraud Prison queen Jessica Evers, 1, has lived in the Los Keyes womens’ prison near Mexico City since she was born. JuUe Evers, 23, Seattle, holding Jessica, was arrested in Mexico over a year ago for possession ol cocaine. theme of the Bicentennial. Cooper says, • but we have real things to speak of and real problems. "We make that point in a light, airy way," says Miss Holley. Songs and dances from the show presented at Edison and Green Park schools this morning gave that impression. The revue compares better with "Up With People than Mini-Wheats. And there are no cardboard characters amongst the players. Cooper emphasizes. Street show tonight opens weekend fun By VANCE ORCHARD Of the Union-Ruiletin Strolling minstrels, marching units, visiting bands and a lot more are ready for the Funzapopptn street show tonight which opens on Main Street at 7. Bob Andres, general chairman for Rendezvous Northwest '76, said all manpower needs for the event had been tilled under the leadership of Mrs Opal Wilson and the fraternal and veterans organizations sponsoring it. He said a snag had been struck in presenting the Walla Walla version of the television show "Almost Anything Goes He said some participants had tailed to show tor teams to stage the show. Andres said a group of strolling minstrels and a puppet show from »he Tri Cities would be a big hit at the street show and there would be entertainment going on in each block between Colville Street and Third Avenue “We are hoping the clouds keep breaking and we get good weather, especially for the parade on Saturday,” Andres said I’h.it is a good likelihood, according to Hob Hadler of the National Weather Service here "It should hit about 65-70 by parade time Saturday but after that there r emains an increasing chance of ram on Sunday " Saturday s program for Rendezvous Northwest has the fullest schedule of the three days. It opens at 7 a m when the Walla Walla 59ers put on their big pancake feed at Eastgate Mall The Fun Fair opens there at 11 a m The Bicentennial parade with more than 100 floats, marching units, bands and many other attractions will start at 2 p.m at Fourth Avenue and W Alder Street Following the parade, action moves out to Borleske Stadium for the "stadium Spectacular” at 4 30 p m The Saturday events close with the Bicentennial musical. "We’ve Got the Spirit being staged at 8 pm at ( ordiner Hall The Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center will sponsor a picnic for former residents ol all states of the nation at noon Sunday at the west end of Ft Walla Walla Park Here is a schedule of the weekend events:    ™ tonight ~ p in l- unzapoppm i townttm n entei Uinment on Mam Nreel between ColuUe and Third avenues. Saturday 7 j in t i‘*boy BreakfaM at Kavlgate Mall bv the Walla Walla 5»ers> 11 a m Fun Fair at fejungate Mall 1 p m Jainboradc preliminary to parade 2 p in Bicentennial paiade downtown 4 30 p in Stadium Spectacular ai Borleifce Stadium featuring Pen usswnNaul Patriots of Spokane N 15 pm We ve Uot the Spurl m usual entertainment at ( ordiner Hall Sunday 11 a m Fun Fau at Kastgate Mall Spm Wt veliot I he Spirit at (ordiner Hail (Related story, page 2)