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Canyon Sunday News (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Canyon, Texas Microfilm Center p. 0.tt-x.s inc 75235the Canyon undo a volume 7 no. 39 Canyon. Tout sunday. May 29.1977 12 path 19 Cauli nuclear waste study geological Survey would have its own benefits when geologist poke around in the vast Palo Duro Basin Dunn the next five months to five years to find a formation suitable for nuclear waste storage they la Alao be producing a byproduct of great potential value to the Panhandle. In fact according to the geologist heading the search project and a geologist from Etsu even if the search for a nuclear waste storage site fizzle the Date produced from the search itself will be invaluable because they say in order to determine the feasibility of using the Palo Duro Basin which underlies Randall county and several other area counties for storage of nuclear waste from commercial reactor plants researchers from the Texas Bureau of economic geology must also determine that storage Sites will have no Impact on Petroleum or Mineral reserves in the Basin or on water. Thus in a sense the studies will be aimed at determining the likelihood of there being Petroleum or other valuable Mineral reserves in what has so far proven to be a Barren Basin or. William Fisher director of the Bureau of economic geology headquartered on the University of Texas at Austin Campus said Friday the Bureau has signed a $365,000 contract with the . Energy research and development administration Erda for the five month study of the Palo Duro and Dalhart basins of the Panhandle. The Dalhart Basin underlies portions of the North Plains. Fisher said the study which is expected to stretch into a five year full scale Survey for the Bureau will concentrate on the geology of the Basin for which Little geological data has already been accumulated. While considered much like its sister Ana Darko Basin which lies North of Amarillo the Palo Shiro Basin has never produced Petroleum. The Ana Darco Basin is a Rich source of Gas and Oil. Quot the problem with the Palo Duro has been that no one has stumbled into anything said or James r. Underwood a Etsu geologist. A we be had a few holes drilled Here and there the drilling density is just a Little More than one Well per 100 Square mile that s so Low As to offer no real guidelines for explore Tion. In exploring for Oil you proceed from the known to the unknown and its All unknown Here Underwood said the studies of the geology of the Basin could provide much needed data not Only on whether there is potential for Oil and Gas production in the Basin but Alao on the status of the water Supply not Only in the gel Lala formation but at deeper Levels. Underwood said traditionally the Palo Shiro Basin has been considered a geologists As too shallow for production of Petroleum Quot but then an the kinds of which get you into trouble he said when Higgins w As trying to get people to Drill in the spindle top Field All geologist of the time laughed at him and Sag then was no Oil i Woof the Mississippi Quot Fisher agrees that the Bureau studies even though directed at determining suitability of Salt formations in the Bast for Stonge of nuclear waste will have desirable and much Mhd spin off benefits Quot we done to want to recommend any site that May overlay a Petroleum Oil and Gas trends he said. A to satiety the requirements for deter mining suitability we be got to know All there is to know about it Fisher said Frda imposes strut require be study Page a Simpson voted against Money Bill governor veto of it funds unlikely its unlikely the governor will veto any funding for West Texas state University state rep. Bob Simpson said Friday. Simpson said a record appropriations Bill which gives 3.4 per cent salary increases to state employees and professors for each of the next two years As Well As what amounts to an additional 5.7 per cent for 1978-79. Has gone to the governor for signature. Simpson voted against the measure As recommended by a House Senate conference com Mittee thursday he said primarily because it contained too much Money. The conference committee report recommended a $14,336,100 allocation for Etsu for the next year and $11,747,062 for the second year of the biennium. The amounts Are about $4 million less than Etsu requested but also include several special items for which formula funding is not available. Simpson said he a optimistic the governor will not veto a $180,000 appropriation for a Etsu wind Energy study and will not veto an $85,000 appropriation for a Etsu study of cattle management. Likewise he said it is unlikely the governor will veto a $2.5 million appropriation for completion of an underground Utility Tunnel system particularly since the funds were earmarked Early in the session in the governors own budget proposal. The appropriations Bill Calls for the state to pick up full funding of social Security payments currently withdrawn at the rate of 5.7 per cent each month from state employees salaries during the second year of the biennium an action which will mean a healthy salary increase for the employees Etsu financial vice Peai Dent Herman Miller said Friday the appropriation for the University was far better than the appropriations for some other uni verifies in the state Quot we got a lot of the things we asked for Quot he said. A of course you never get everything you ask for. A we fared much better than most other Miller said the Success of the University in arguing its Case through the legislative process lies to a great extent in the efforts of sen Max Sherman and Simpson. Simpson said Friday the Rea Tion he voted against the Bill in final form was it was too much Money Quot its an increase Over current expenditures of 37 per cent out of key Fonds and i feel that a too much Quot he said �?oovers11 i Don t think the state government need to grow 37 Jer cent every two years Simpson said the allocation approved for the 1975-77 him mum was 36percent the allocation for the previous two years a that s a lot of new programs that the p�4�pie of Texas would like to have but some of them Are not necessary Quot he said Quot we re building in state costs that Well see veto 1�?Tage 5 taps practice Brian Lehman a local Hoy scout get into tune in preparation Tor monday memorial Day service at dreamland Ceme ten at 11 . Phone Coop asks rate hike revaluation winds Down head mum on Impact poppy sales Hazel Cumby left president elect of District Xiii veterans of foreign War auxiliary and Naomi Daniels president elect of the Canyon vow auxiliary were among those Selling a buddy poppies a in Canyon Friday and saturday. Even though new Home costs have almost doubled during the past decade in Canyon Randall county urbanite probably wont see their property values make to drastic an upswing the head of a county wide revaluation Here said thursday As he faced a deadline for completion of the nine month project. I any Beard of southwestern appraisers co. Of Austin who has coordinated the $250,000 project in Randall county since last county lets pm go Back funds keep coming for jobless although Randall county has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation it has just been allotted $85,000 More in Federal funds for the Long time unemployed. Altogether the county has been awarded nearly $200,000 this fiscal year of Federal unemployment Money. But Only a Small portion of that has been spent. The Money comes to the county As part of the comprehensive employment and training act Ceta. The approximately $85,000 for Long term unemployed was just approved this week said sue Jones at Panhandle regional planning commission which oversees the Ceta funds. The county has spent about $2,000 so far in that category title i under a Grant approved in january. To get title i funds a person must have been out of work at least 15 of the last 20 weeks she said. A it is real hard to find someone like that in this area Quot Jones said. A we Are fortunate to have a very Low unemployment rate if the funds set aside for Randall county under the title i program Arentt will revert to the Federal government for use in a higher unemployment area she said. So far this year the county has spent about $25,000 of a $71,696 allocation under title i a designed for unemployed underemployed or Dia the a Are the Public service jobs created by Congress to ease unemployment which in other areas of the nation has been a major problem. Some 27 Persona in Randall county have been hired with the Ceta Money to work in the City and county government the school system Etsu Palo Duro state Park and the South Amarillo fish and wildlife commission see funds Page 5 August said tentative and Only partial figures compiled from the revaluation indicate that property values Quot wont outright and even if values do Rise through the revaluation Effort. Beard cautioned that that fact does not mean taxes will increase any for next fiscal year because against those values must be applied a tax rate and ratio necessary to raise the funds to meet expenditures anticipated in the county budget for the Fis Cal year beginning oct. 1. Beard said his revaluation team of appraisers were to finish to Weir fieldwork review Uig More than 30,000 pieces of real property saturday. But he said his office is behind on clerical work by nearly a month and that work a which includes translating the Field figures onto tax cards with computed values a should be completed by the time county com missioners must have a budget hearing. The full Impact of the revaluation wont be known until All clerical work is done he said Quot this county is fortunate Quot he said Quot in that what s saved you for 10 years As far As a Large in crease in taxes is concerned is that there s a lot of new construe Tion going on with this new Revenue coming in it s generally made up for inflationary in creases in the budget so it a enabled the currant taxpayer not to have such an increase Quot Bend said since Jan i i9? the county has had an increase of 2000 parcels of real property a a 6.8 per cent increase Beard said the primary growth area is in South Amarillo which continue to move farther South. Even when Beard finishes the denial work necessary to pro sent a valuation figure to county no a Missi owners and county auditor Bill Tirey for use in pro paring the income Side of next year s budget hell not have finished his Job in Canyon Accord my to the contract southwestern signed with the county under the Contr t. Beard and other appraisers an to la on hand when the commissioners see Impact Page 5 ther unil Telephone cooperative which serves customers in Randall county has Inq iwed to raise base phone rates by nearly Dou ble this summer new rates of $15 for residential customers and $20 for Husinez a us tamers on the Cleta Umbarger. Gurley and goodnight exchanges of mid Plains Rural Telephone cooperative inc., could go to effect As Early As july 1, according to r a Shackelford manager Shackelford said the cooperative has made application to the Texas Public a Tiitu a commission in Austin Forth rat increase he said it is Likely the rate increase will or okayed without having a formal hearing on the request before the utile to com Mission since rates on other Exchange have been approved in the past by the commission without opposition from local customers no hearing had been set As of last week or mid Shackelford mid the new rate a Are needed to help pay for new equipment and new service for customers in Randall county including a Cut Over this summer to one party service on Alt line for customers of the Umbarger Exchange the Cut Over to on thirty service Wal begin on june 7 and should take about three to four Days to Complete he a Aid. The cooperative plans to Liege Hilling Umbarger customers at see phone Page 5 openness required in new pres meets the Etsu presidential search committee which is to i attn deliberations tuesday should discuss everything about the search in open session except when Dis Russman moves into applicants Hilliard says now he can build a Road new Road gear will pay for itself the $80,000county commissioner have used to Purchase five key piece of Road construction equipment is Money Well spent. Road superintendent Herb Hilliard said last week. Over the past two months commissioners have purchased three new pieces of heavy equipment and two used pieces of equipment to put into operation a Complete Road building inventory. Hilliard believes the county will have made its Money Back pm the equipment punch aaes within a year and s half. Commissioners transferred funds from new roads and Road repair items in the current years budget to make the equipment purchases after a hot contest which consumed nearly a month earlier in the Spring. Two commissioners wanted the county to contract with outside firms for future Road construction projects while two other commissioners argued the county Dould maintain a complement of Road equipment to allow for county performed Road construction. After years of contracting the construction work to outside firms the commission finally voted to Purchase new and used equipment to allow Hilliard and his Crews to do the work themselves. The result Hilliard said will be substantial savings to Tike county and the county # taxpayers. He notes for example that with the new equipment county Crews Are now building an almost three mile stretch of Sundown Lane in North Randall county. Likewise the Crews Are working on completion of an unnamed county Road which nuns from Spur 56 in Canyon North to a huns Ley Road Extension. Hilliard said the commissioners completed Purchase of the new Road equipment necessary to put the county into the Road building business last weak with the Purchase of an Asphalt Heater. So for a and this should be All needed for Road construction according to Hilliard a the county has purchased a a 25-ton pneumatic roller for $21,500 a a 12-ton steel wheel roller for $9,500 ran Asphalt distributor for $14,000 a Chip spreader for $26x100 Rand die Asphalt Heater for $0,400. That s it a he said. A now we can build a sex con Hilliard who had complained in a news article earlier this year about the Lack of manpower in his construction department said last week he has two men now who have Prience at Road a True Tion. A we can build a Road a he mid. Hilliard said the new equipment Purchase will be a Good Deal in the Short and Long run for the county. A a that equipment will pay for itself in s year and a half of work Quot he mid. For example he mid if the county this year asked for outside bids for Seal see roads Page 5 and individual qualifications. That was the opinion rendered last week by Etsu Legal coun we Arthur Glover at the request of regents chairman James Divell of Dumas and by fast atty. Randall Sherrod at the request of the news. Is veil said last Wal them Arch committee which consists of a quorum of regents two family members and two students will have its first meeting at 10 tuesday an the Etsu rumpus. During that meeting he said lust week initial deliberations will is made concerning the qualifications which Whf be sought in the search for a successor to or. Lloyd i Watkins who has resigned he said the committee might also begin consideration of some applications. Sherrod said he interprets the Texas open meetings Law to mean that any discussion by the committee of qualifications or Dutin or matters not related to deliberation of specific individuals should be conducted in open session. Likewise he said any discussion of guidelines to be followed in seeking or analysing Applina see meets Page 5 Streaker hits City faster than a speeding Bullet the Streaker apparently struck Mcdonald s at noon Friday and sped on with s apr unit m under the Bridge a tone calf Peers across the Palo Duro Creek Northeast of c Anyon which is being forded by workmen who Are extending Huntley Road East of die Santa be Railroad tracks. Port edit giving d the dispatcher at tha sheriffs office said a Dps officer had spotted s nude youth at the fast food restaurant but i oat sight of him while he turned his car see Streaker Page 5

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