Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: FrL, Dec. 27, 1974Top Story of 1974:Weather Impact on Iowa’s Crops Cited
By Dan Even
Assoc toted Press Writer
Three-fold weather problems hit Iowa crops in 1974 and led to the smallest production in four years and the farmer’s strange plight was voted the state’s top story.
Spring rains, summer near drought and an early frost sharply reduced Iowa’s two stable crops — corn and soybeans — and led to a disastrous year for some farmers.
The weather-related crop problems drew 15 of the 31 first-place votes in a survey of Associated Press Iowa members and easily out-polled the defeat of two longtime GOF congressmen and the removal of 3 percent state sales tax of food and prescription drugs as the state's top story.
Following in the voting, in order, were:
Landslide victory by Gov. Robert Ray in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term.
Ankeny tornado kills two persons and causes an esimated $15 million in damage.
Democrats gain control of the Iowa legislature for the first time since 1965
Three Fryer brothers convicted of first-
degree murder in the slayings of four Sioux Falls, S I)., youths in C.itchie Manitou state park.
Financially-troubled National Farmers
Organziation (NFO) investigated by the securities and exchange commission.
Annual rate of retail revolving charge accounts goes back to 18 percent from 9 as part of the new state consumer credit code.
And tied for tenth were;
Brutal killings of two Cedar Rapids teenagers and subsequent arrest and conviction of their slayers.
Fiscal year ends with Iowa enjoying a
budget surplus of more than $200 milion.
Legislature authorizes a state department of transporation.
Led the Field
The ongoing crop troubles and resulting subpar yields collected 238 points in a graded
Report: Problems at Mitchellville
DES MOINES (AP)—A >ear-end report by the Polk county grand jury says the hospital building at the Iowa girls training school at Mitchellville appeared neglected and unsanitary when it was inspected earlier this year.
Thursday's report said grand jury members “found electric cords running on the floor in the halls and a general appearance of neglect" in the hospital building.
It didn t say on what date the grand jury inspected the school, but it calk'd on the ad
ministration to “rectify this unsanitary facility" promptly.
"In an institution of this nature, where we are attempting to aid and influence young persons, there is no room for shoddiness." the report said
The grand jury said it found all other buildings at the training school in good repair and maintenance.
It also recommended the facility put “more emphasis on an educational program," adopt a standardized dress code, hire “older personnel as
house mothers" and see that residents maintain their rooms better.
In a section on parole, the grand jury said it has been “forcibly called to our attention, through actual cases, that crime does repeat’’ and recommended that courts refrain from granting probation to repeaters immediately after pronouncing sentence.
It also urged that paroles not bi' granted unless enough trained probation officers are available to provide adequate superv ision of parolees.
rating of the state’s top stories, far out-dist-ancing the defeat of veteran Republican Congressmen William Scherle and Wiley Mayne.
The latter story was number one on three ballots and had 151 points. In all, ll stories were tabbed as best of the year by the newspapers and radio and television stations voting
Iowa’s farmers started the year with hopes of record corn and soybean crops, but a soggy five-day period in May caused some of the worst soil erosion in 25 years and nearly one million of the state’s 13.2 million acres of corn had to bt' replanted.
A prolonged dry spell in .July and early August, especially in ‘southwest Iowa. added more woes and caused an estimated 30 percent crop loss in some iireas.
A killing frost, ending all soybean and corn growth, hit the stale earlier than usual to complete the bleak weather year.
The final LLS. agriculture department estimate set Iowa’s corn crop at 951 75 million bushels. If the prediction holds up. the crop will be nearly 300 million bushels below the record 1972 output and about 30 percent less than farmers had hoped to reap.
The state’s soybean crop, if the latest estimate of 197.98 million bushels holds good. would bt* off more than 71) million bushels from the record production of last year.
Rough Legislative Sledding Seen for Regent Fund Requests
By ( harks Roberts
DES MOINES (AP) — The state board of regents' money request for their five institutions during the coming biennium apparently is in for rough sledding in the Iowa legislature.
The board wants the legislature to approve an appropriation of $390.2 million for the two years. The total budget is $502 million to pay capital and operating expenses at the University of Iowa, Iowa State university. University of Northern Iowa, Iowa braille and sight-saving school and Iowa school for the deaf.
About $111.8 million is expected to come from federal funding, and services, such as patient care at University Hospitals in Iowa City.
“No. Too much!" said Sen. W. R Rabe-deaux, Wilton, when he responded to an Associated Press questionnaire which asked, “The board of regents has requested $502 million for the next biennium Would you support that level of funding for regents’ institutions'*”
Nineteen said they would not support the proposal and only five would vote in favor of the request.
The proposal fared badly in the senate, too. where 17 members said no. 13 were uncertain and none said without reservation that they would support the budget request.
“It is not possible with the resources we have available.” said Sen. Forrest Schwen-gels (R-Fairfield).
“The request is always inflated” commented Sen. Roger Shaff (R-Camanche).
Most respondents were unequivocal their rejection or reserved judgment.
A total of 22 house members want to study the matter, feel they would reject the money bid, or probably would favor it.
The request comes at a time when inflation has blown prices for new buildings and services higher than many planners would have thought possible a few years ago.
Also, the federal government has cut back on its share of the cost of Iowa higher education
Sen. Earl Willits (D*Des Moines) agreed “substantial increases are obviously needed” but he said he probably would not support the asking.
Sen. leonard Anderson of Sioux City also said no. adding, “They need to toke their proper share of the available money."
“Rep. R VV Weldon of Iowa Falls said that “based on past sessions, it (the request) probably is somewhat high."
When asked about the request. Rep. Senior Tofte, Decorah, said. “I am not nuts."
More Road Worker Job Losses Predicted
By Harrison Weber
DES MOINES (1DPA) - An official of the Iowa Good Roads .Assn., predicts nearly 7,(MXI road construction workers in Iowa could be unemployed if the legislature doesn’t beef up appropriations for building highways.
The estimate by Chet Sloan, executive vice-president of the association, is based on a formula perfected by the federal highway administration.
Road construction by the Iowa highway commission has been averaging $105 million a year over the last five years
But this will drop to $80 million a year, according to Sloan, unless the legislature take some positive adion
To begin with. ten percent of two-thirds of the state sales tax, about $17 million a year, is slated to go into the state's general fund starting July I instead of the road use tax fund.
A reduction in motor vehicle fuel tax collections accounts for the rest of the dip, about $8 million. Collections arc running about three percent behind a year ago, but some experts are forecasting a drop of five to six percent, or greater
Sloan said his fgures are
rough, but, he added, they are “ball park figures."
In projecting a $25 million reduction in road funds. Sloan has not taken inflation into account.
Rt»ad building has been hard hit by inflation, costs are up 42 percent this year. “This means," Sloan said, “the $80 million will provide the equivalent of only $56 million of road construction at 1973 prices.”
Based on I he study by the federal highway commission, Sloan said, the drop from $105 million (which includes federal aid) to $80 million, combined with the reduced purchasing flower of today’s dollar, could result in loss of jobs for 3,430 iowa workers directly and indirectly engaged in state road works plus an additional 3,500 workers on county and municipal road work.
If this number of people were put out of work, it would riot only be a hardship on
them, but it would also seriously damage the financial position of many companies and force a few completely out of business, Sloan said
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The Watergate backlash caught Mayne and Scherle as Democrats took five of the state's congressional seats. Spirit Lake business man Berkley Bedell defeated Mayne and Scherle lost to Tom Parkin
Clark Asks Agency For Probe of CIA
Mayne, who had been a solid supporter of former President Nixon through the Wat-ergate hearing, had served four terms, as had Scherle. who immediately perdicted that Harkin “would be a one-term congressman
The Iowa legislature was faced with a pleasant task when it convened in Janaury — a surplus in the state funds and tax relief was an immediate suggestion
It took the form of rebate of about $20 milion so far this year bv the lifting of the 3 percent sales taxes on unprepared food, prescription drugs and some other items.
Popular Gov. Robert Ray had little trouble in winning re-election, but this time for a four-year term under a new amendment to the Iowa constitution. He defeated Democrat James Schaben by more than 140,000 votes
The night of June 16 proved one of terror for the 10,000 persons of tho Des Moines suburb of Ankeny. A tornado cut a two-block swath through the city, killing two, injuring 15 and heavily damaging more than HNI homes.
Democrats rode the voters’ post-VVater-gate distrust of Republicans to sharp gains in tho Iowa legislature. Democrats hold a 25-24 edge in the senate and a 59-39 margin in the house with a good chance of picking up the three remaining three seats in the special election Dec. 30 in Dubuque county.
Three Sioux Falls. SD, brothers -James, David and Allen Fryer — were arrested only weeks after the shotgun slayings of the four youths in the northwest Iowa park in November, 1973. but it wasn t until this month that the final trial came.
All were convicted of first-degree murder, although the life sentence of one brother has been appealed and James has yet to be sentenced.
Two Escape Attempts Fail
ANAMOSA - An 18-year-old resident of the men’s reformatory here was back in custody Friday after two escape attempts Thursday.
Authorities said Daniel I. Smith was taken to an Iowa City hospital for treatment Thursday. About I p.m., he fled
However, about 9 30 p.m., Sharon Harms, a reformatory officer, was shopping with her husband in Cedar Rapids when she spotted a man she believed was Smith. When confronted, authorities said. Smith confirmed his identity and agreed to return to the reformatory after calling his mother.
As the car carrying Smith and Mrs. Harms was going through Springville, however. Smith reportedly lea|K*d out and fled. Mrs. Harms began pursuit, but wrenched an ankle. Her husband. Louie, took up the chase and apprehended Smith.
Smith was admitted to the reformatory Oct. 2 under a ten-year sentence from Marshall-tow n on a robbery' charge
By Dorothy Williams
W ASHINGTON. D C. - Sen. Dick Clark (D-Iowa) Friday urged creation of a special senate-house committee to probe charges of domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency.
“The American people are not going to be satisfied with an investigation into the situation by the same people who have been in charge of overseeing the agency all along,” Clark said.
Clark was referring to the membership of the senate and house subcommittees responsible for watchdogging CIA operations.
Ile said he did not rule out these* senate and house mem-ln*rs as appointees to a special committee named for the inquiry. It would be helpful to draw on their knowledge of
the agency and its work through the years
But. hr said, the allrgations of improper CIA activities in this country call (or a fresh approach by “the most distinguished members" of the sen ate and house to get the facts and to restore the confidence of the people in the agency.
“A lot of the problem is public confidence.’’ Clark said “If serious law violations were found, they could be referred to the department of justice ”
Clark’s proposal, in an interview with The Gazette, came at the same time former defense secretary’. Clark NI Clifford, also recommended a special congressional committee look into the CIA matter.
Clifford helped draft the 1947 legislation creating the agency.
Federal authorities started looking into the dealings of the NFO when reports surfaced that one of its grain trusts was in trouble. After a hearing, a federal judge gave the organization additional time to put its financial house in order.
Besides the 12 stories that rated a place in the year-end survey, 21 others received some votes.
The major ones were.
James Hall, former ll. of Iowa football player, convicted of second-degree murder in slaying of University of Iowa coed.
Series of stabbings at Iowa state peniten tiary and subsequent investigation by legislative committees, governor’s office and a special study group
Iowan Alary Louise Smith named Repuh
bean national chairman
Cedar Rapids police department controversy leads all the way to Iowa supreme court
Special re-vote ordered in four precincts
of Third district congressional primary by federal judge, who ruled that Tama Indians were not provided polling places.
Convict Bobby Ferguson ask for life in prison, but is paroled, only to land back in prison for parole violation.
Orville Kelly, Hartington man dying of cancer, forms organization to help persons with terminal illnesses and their families.
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