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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - April 10, 1990, Burlington, Iowa M Community colleges celebrate 3a a baseball without bitterness i tuesday is Fri u a1 Aitse la Quot or to forecast april 10, 1990 la j tie i awk i Iowa s oldest newspaper Snow and cold return to night but warmer conditions i should return by the weeks enc Page 2a 153rd year a no. 156 Burlington Iowa 52601 40 pages a 35 cents proposed conference goes 2-0-3 in opening roundly Ron Parker and Kevin Robins the Hawk Eye two Southeastern Iowa school districts will join a shared conference of smaller schools. Three will wait. The Central Lee school District is upbeat. The school Board last night overwhelmingly decided to become part of a proposed 20-school conference which would fuse the Deerwood and Southeast Iowa conferences with three schools of the great River Valley conference. A none of us really sees any fallacies in the conference a said Marjorie Wilhelm Central Lee superintendent. A at this Point it looks very very the Board discussed the proposal briefly she said. A we had kept our Board apprised of the possibilities along the Way a Wilhelm said. Travel to other schools in the experimental conference would be Cut she said. In addition Gate receipts at Home athletic games could increase. A they Board members could see that it was going to be less time on the Road a Wilhelm said. A the activities will be closer to Home so our people May feel More free to Road mileage and Competition with larger schools marred last night s conference discussion among Louisa Muscatine school Board members. The Board approved joining the con Ference Board Secretary Mary Knoll said this morning. However one Board member abstained and the three who supported the measure saw no Choice she said. A where would we go if our adjoining schools joined a Knoll asked. A there was some Mary Ann Schmidt refused to vote. More information is needed she said this morning. A i did no to know enough about it so i chose not to vote. I did t have my questions answered. They chose to vote so i guess there a nothing i can do about it the Board voted 3-0 to join the conference for two years. Time spent on the Road a pretty much was the pervasive concern a Knoll said. The Mediapolis Winfield mount Union and West Burlington school boards last night discussed the Confer ence but took no significant action. The Mediapolis school Board approved the first Reading of the proposed super conference. A the meat of it is that the Mediapolis school people Are receptive and positive to the concept of a new conference a said Steve Waterman Mediapolis superintendent. A we just have to work out the the Mediapolis Board probably will take further action on the plan next month he said. Questions about the safety of High school athletes dominated the Winfield mount Union school Board meeting said superintendent John Roederer. Joining the conference would pit powerful football teams with the smaller less experienced Winfield mount Union squad he said. A when you re putting sophomores and freshman against juniors and seniors you re talking about a bad Roederer said. A us being Able to compete week after week with bigger schools for us to hang Heads with some of those larger schools concerns the Board. The District will submit written objections to the conference Constitution he said. A the Tough part is to get everybody to agree. That a going to be twin Saint suggestion is twice As Nice problem forces Nasa to scrub launch Cape canaveral Fla. A Nasa scrubbed the launch of discovery with the $1.5 billion Hubble space Telescope today when a problem developed four minutes before liftoff in a unit that supplies Power to the shuttle s Wing and Tail surfaces. Nasa quickly decided to wait at least until thursday before trying again said launch commentator George Diller. As the five astronauts began emerging from the cockpit where they had lain on their backs for More than three hours engineers worked to determine the extent of the problem with the auxiliary Power unit. The scrub was a disappointment to the hundreds of astronomers who had gathered at the Kennedy space Center to watch the launch of discovery and the Telescope that it carries in its cargo Bay. A it s a real Downer. You could see it be a More Beautiful Day a said Nasa scientist Stephen p. Maran. Hubble the most expensive unmanned spacecraft Ever built has been waiting to take its place in space since 1983 a delayed by technical problems and the 1986 challenger explosion. Of the Apu has to be replaced entirely it would mean a delay of at least several Days said Keith l. Hudkins chief of nasal a shuttle orbiter division. Replacing a part however could be done in a Day or so. By Ron Parker the Hawk Eye Burlington could be doubly blessed with easy Access to two a avenues of the saints instead of one Iowa congressman Jim Leach said Here last night. Leach said even though a proposed Iowa a route that passes through mount pleasant makes the most economic sense a Campaign by Illinois Congress men carries plenty of political punch. A a there a a slight possibility of instead of one being built there might be two a the Davenport Republican told 75 people at a 90-minute forum at the Yew Myca the transportation network in the Burlington area has been one of the a weakest aspects of our area for several years he said. He described the possibility of building the a Avenue of the saints a a four Lane Between Here and Des Moines and a new Bridge Over the Mississippi River As a an about a a it a a rather extraordinary thought Quot he said. Last month a task Force of Midwest Highway engineers recommended the Avenue of the saints a a freeway Between St. Louis mo., and St. Paul Minn. A pass through Hannibal mo., and mount pleasant Iowa City Cedar rapids Waterloo and Mason City. The route recommended last week would Cost an estimated $359 million to build and the Federal government would pay most of the Cost. A proposed route through Illinois would Cost $1.3 billion. It would follow . 67 from St. Louis through Jacksonville 111., to Davenport . 61 to Dubuque and then to St. Paul by Way of la Crosse wig. A a it a Ray View that the overwhelming Case is for the Iowa route a Leach said after the forum. Quot but there s a slight possibility that we would have two interstates not one Quot in the next five to to years. Leach pointed out that Illinois congressmen Are urging . Transportation Secretary Sam Skinner a former Illinois state transportation official to support routing the proposed Highway through Western Illinois. A bipartisan letter to Skinner urging support for the Illinois route was signed by 18 members of the . House of representatives and both . Senators from Illinois. The letter signers include Dan Rostenkowski a Chicago Democrat who is chairman of the House ways and Means com Mittee and Robert Michel a Peoria Republican who is House minority Leader. The Illinois route would take the Highway through four counties in Michel s District. A by serving a greater population and passing through All five states involved the shared economic benefits will More than offset the higher Cost estimates for this particular route a the letter said. The congressmen contend the Western Illinois route would produce More than twice the economic benefits by 2010 than the closest option and save motorists nearly twice As much a year. They also note the Illinois department of transportation is committed to spending nearly $65 million to improve . 67 Between Macomb and Monmouth and $55 million to build a bypass around Alton. Leach said those commitments indicate Illinois May go ahead with plans to expand . 67, even without Federal fund ing Leach also said he supports widening . 34 Between Bur Lington and Monmouth 111., although he said Illinois officials Are hesitant to Back the plan. That s because iowans see it As a better route to interstate 74 in Galesburg. Iu., but Illinois officials Only see it As a Highway to Burlington. On other issues Leach said a proposal to Cut the military budget to $150 billion a about in half a a a Little More Radical than we in Congress Are pre pared to look although changes in Eastern Europe and soviet Union have produced an Opportunity to Cut the military budget he said a i think we re going to have to be a Little Prudential in measuring where we re going. A the key is to get the direction going while it is unlikely there will be a War Between the United states and soviet Union the chances remain Likely for armed conflict in the Middle East Africa. Central America and Between India and Pakistan. Leach said he is optimistic about the Chance for a very serious Progress Quot on reducing arms and troops in Eastern Europe during next month s a tour gives planners look at City projects. Story on Page 3a. Classified ads 6b midlands 1b comics crossword 9b opinions 4a dear Abby 2b sports a deaths happenings 5b television 8b for the record 4b 6 supplements inside report a More widespread Rains Are needed Des Moines apr More widespread Rains Are needed Quot for Iowa even though parts of the state remain so wet it is delaying Field work agriculture officials report. Dry conditions especially in the Northwest and North Central parts of the state Are causing some concern among Farmers said the weekly crop report released yesterday by state and Federal officials. Quot blowing soil has hampered tillage operations in some of the drier areas a the report said. After record rainfall in March the state averaged just 0.03 Inch of precipitation last week with much of West Central and Central Iowa getting no rain and Sidney in the extreme Southwest getting 0.27 Inch. Normal for that week is a statewide average of 0.68 Inch. But the report also said that the seeding of Oats was running behind Normal in Southwest South Central and Northeast Iowa a because of wet pasture conditions were reported much improved from a year ago when the state was in its second year of drought. Four percent of the states pastures Are rated excellent 64 percent Good 31 percent fair and just i percent poor. A year ago nearly half of Iowa s pustules were rated poor. Bogged Down in traffic Tony Millor Tho Hawk Eyo a smoother ride will be the end result for Drivers on . 34 pavement on that stretch of Roadway. The work is shutting off from Central Avenue to Macarthur Bridge but they will have to one Lane of traffic in each direction and is scheduled to take wait in line until Shipley construction co. Finishes replacing about seven months. . 34 work leaves Bridge users fuming by Steve Sands the Hawk Eye Jack Street waited for three lights at main and Columbia streets last week. Two recent Road projects Are causing delays for Illinois Drivers like Street who work in Burlington but must patiently wait to Cross the Macarthur Bridge at first shifts end. Quot it started last week really bad a Street said yesterday from his car As it inched toward the toll Booth. A i even get out of that intersection Back a . Case employee from Stronghurst iu., Street said he had been delayed a a Good to the traffic tie up begins after 3 . And usually lighten up by 4 . A a it a damned aggravating a said Jim Sutton a Case worker from Dallas City 111. Quot i done to know what a causing he said traffic has bogged Down on the Bridge Entrance ramp three Days in a Row causing a delay of 15 to 20 minutes for him. But Larry Gantz an administrative assistant with the City county engineers office has an answer for Sutton. He said the Iowa department of transportation is replacing pavement on . 34 from Central to Macarthur Bridge shutting off one Lane in each direction. Gantz said this project is the primary reason traffic is being restricted. Shipley construction which is under a $2.1 million contract for the Highway work is also completing a City project to reconstruct the front Street ramp in trance. This project has Cut off one Access to the Bridge. The state project will take about seven months while the ramp Entrance project with a contract of $341,608, is estimated to take four to six weeks Gantz said. In the meantime Drivers like Bob Helton Carman. Iu., must take it All in stride. Quot up to a Point it is frustrating. If you travel this Bridge As much you be got to have some Herman Boche a Burlington resident who gets lottery tickets on the Illinois Side said Quot they need something to manage the flow especially at crucial times of the Doug Mccoy Laharve explained it simply a a it a just too much traffic trying to get Over at

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