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Waterloo Courier (Newspaper) - February 6, 1977, Waterloo, Iowa Sunday February 6 1977 Waterloo Iowa 90 pages 9 sections 35 cents Weather Easing the punch WASHINGTON AP Besides ing disasters and emergencies the is taking action through as many as 10 departments and agencies to ease the icy crisis paralyzing parts of the nation It's banning evictions from federal housing if throwing out tenants who can't pay would injure their health or safety It's sending troops trucks and tankers with fuel into stricken areas And it's setting up a for governors President Carter added parts of upstate York on Saturday to areas of the nation where he has declared major dis- asters because of ice snow deep-freeze temperatures and fuel shortages Buffalo is hardest hit in the new disaster RECORD snowfall and low have paralyzed the countryside in nine western and northern New York counties Carter sent his son Chip and presidential assistant Midge Costanza to inspect the impact Friday Forecasters predict more frigid and more snowfall for the area part of a new cold wave moving into the eastern United States It is expected to drive temperatures as low as last month's cold snap the worst in a decade Because of that extreme cold the Pre- sident already had declared disaster areas in Maryland Virginia and Florida Such disaster declarations provide these major Unemployment aid to the self- employed watermen and migrant laborers low-interest loans for and emergency food stamps and the opening of major waterways by Coast Guard icebreakers CARTER also declared an emergency Saturday in Michigan providing aid for 11 counties hard hit by and ice He already had declared emergencies in Indiana and Ohio Emergency declarations provide these special Military personnel and equipment to clear blocked highways and streets special equipment to thaw frozen water helicopters for rescue and the delivery of food and essential supplies funding to provide the unemployed with jobs related to emergency recovery work A White House spokesman estimated the cost of disaster and emergency sistance for all eight states at million Here are other actions the government has taken to ease the impact of winter and accompanying shortages of 1 Treasury Department special permission for a flag vessel to transport natural gas from Alaska to Massachusetts 2 Labor Department a special million fund for job training to aid persons forced out of work a survey to estimate the unemployed 3 Interstate Commerce Commission railroads to give priority to moving fuel and key commodities size and weight restrictions on trucks hauling fuel to the areas of the country field offices authority to prove requests from truckers to change routes to change routes because to the crisis 4 Federal Power Commission administer the Emergency Natural Gas Act signed by Carter on Wednesday giving the government power to shift gas reserves to areas suffering the most severe shortages 5 Interior Department heavy equipment to New York and helped plow roads in and Indiana 6 Department of Housing and Urban Development forbidden evictions from federal housing projects if the occupants health or safety would be in danger unspecified additional funds available to meet cost in- creases in federal housing projects 7 Department of Transportation establishing a hot line for and other state officials seeking aid in moving barges trains and trucks in emergencies the limit on hours worked by truckers and granted emergency ex- permitting them to move liquid natural gas and propane icebreakers to clear the Potomac and James rivers 8 Defense Department front-end loaders dump trucks bulldozers tanker trucks and other ment to Pennsylvania an engineer battalion of 300 men and equipment to Buffalo 9 Federal Energy Administration utilities to use propane as a supplement to natural gas nine refineries in Minnesota North Dakota Michigan and Illinois to increase production of fuel oil gallons of propane gas to ease a shortage in residential areas of West Virginia 10 Commerce Department establishing for information in its 63 regional offices for businessmen trying to cope with the weather emergency Ask Courier hot line about school closings The Waterloo Courier hot line will be in service Sunday to help residents obtain answers on the proposal to close four elementary schools in the city To use it merely call or or The hot line will be set up to receive calls between noon and 9 p.m Sunday When calling wait for the brief recorded message then state your question for the recording device in about 20 seconds There should be time for a tion of about 60 words before the recording device disconnects It will be easier for callers if they jot down the question first BECAUSE of time limitations on the recording the caller should simply ask the question he or she wants answered and avoid ments of opinion on the proposal The Waterloo Courier will select the most frequently asked questions and go to school officials answers which will be published in an upcoming Waterloo Courier as a public service The Waterloo School tion is proposing to close Nellie Garvey Cedar Terrace City View and Van Eaton as the reasons declining enrollments and financial problems DO YOU have a question you would like school officials to answer on this Call the Waterloo Courier hot line and state your question AMP I JUST ORDERED ANOTHER OF SUITS WITH ext quake may be worse LOS ANGELES AP Six years after a major earthquake in the northern sub- urbs killed 58 persons Los Angeles still has thousands of older buildings likely to tumble if a big quake hits near the heart of town The Feb 9 1971 San Fernando quake was a near miss A few miles to south it could have been devastating Local heeded the warning and formed an earthquake commission that mended ways to avoid tragedy THE NO 1 recommendation was to make the older buildings earthquake safe or destroy them by 1980 Any No progress so far it's a very hazardous said George a California Institute of Technology scientist and building expert who was on the earthquake com- mission If a big quake were to hit Los Angeles it would be a disaster no tion about it Progress has also been slow on the No 2 recommendation that dams be ex- and made safe And homeowners apparently have ignored the dation that they buy earthquake in- surance Preparation is critical because quake experts say a big tremor is overdue along the San Andreas fault in Southern California THE FAILURE of Los Angeles to do anything about the problem of old forced buildings is highlighted by the fact that Long Beach 20 miles south has made great progress in getting rid of such structures Ed O'Connor the man most responsible for Long Beach's success says Los Angeles officials have ducked the blem for 20 years Nobody knows how many old forced buildings there are in Los Angeles but the most common estimate is about to 14.000 Officials figure about people either live or work in the buildings The owners of the old buildings point out that their structures have lasted 40 or 50 years without collapsing Luckiest lottery number ever Awaiting rescue Passengers await rescue after their elevated train was involved in a collision Friday in Chicago Eleven persons died and 200 were injured Officials Saturday were saying a motorman is to blame Story on page 2 NEW YORK AP Anthony J Califano had predicted he probably would faint but the son of an grant cobbler and seamstress didn't faint as his number was picked to win The New York state lottery prize was said to be the biggest lump sum payment ever made by a U.S lottery We're all gonna be the father of two beamed referring to his whole ly We're all gonna have a few dollars HE WASN'T the only winner Friday Fifteen for the top prize through a complicated random system employing two sets of envelopes dian Bob Hope and spinning plastic rels each came away with Most oppose long trucks Courier Poll The Do you favor legislation of the longer double-bottom trucks on Iowa's Yes No Undecided A strong plurality of Cedar Falls residents responding to the latest Waterloo Courier Poll opposes legalizing longer double-bottom trucks on Iowa's highways Fifty per cent of those responding said they were against the longer trucks Thirty-one per cent favored legalizing them And 19 per cent were undecided The poll asked Do you favor legalization of the longer double-bottom trucks on Iowa's The poll was of such a size as to provide a 93 per cent accuracy rate A REGULAR feature of the Waterloo Courier the poll is con- ducted with an electronic telephone recording device This week's question is one that has been haunting the Iowa Legislature for the past couple of sessions with battle lines drawn between ardent supporters and op- House debate over the long truck issue recently occupied a string of committee sessions and the Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the controversy The Iowa Department of Transportation voted in 1975 to legalize the longer rigs on condition that the legislature ban studded snow tires and reclassify the state's highways BUT AN attorney general's ruled the long trucks could roll without the legislature abiding by the two conditions The Motor Club of Iowa then brought suit and a Scott County district court judge ruled the two stipulations had to be complied with Attorney General Richard Turner appealed the ruling and that's what took the matter to the high court This week's Courier Poll in- that most Falls residents who have an opinion on the matter don't want the longer trucks legalized in lottery prize money With 20 per cent federal taxes withheld they got checks check was for Billed as the colossal year-end bonus prize the money was left over from the 1975 state lotteries which were until late last year because of irregularities Califano was one of three finalists from the field of 16 The three finalists surrounded Hope as he opened the last three envelopes Re- tired federal employe Lacy Rogers was eliminated first Then Hope opened the next envelope LOOKING over Hope's shoulder Califano who was wearing badge No 13 in the field of finalists flushed and gasped Oh my I got He said he expects to keep working as the head of the computer department of Economy Food Services Today's Quick Comment WHILE people are shivering and shoveling on these cold and snowy winter days they should take a minute to re- member that other living things also find winter We can add moments of brightness to our lives if we make an effort to feed the city's wild residents Seeing a cardinal chickadee blue jay or co at a feeder can give us a moment of warm pleasure Inside While public school ment drops enrollment at Walnut Ridge Baptist Academy climbs Story page 13 Weather Clear to partly cloudy and colder through Monday Com- plete weather on page 2 Capitol quips It's been so cold in Washington lately that some congressmen are refusing to let go of their hot potatoes
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