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Farmington Daily Times (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Farmington, New Mexico
Writer claims Public misled editor the Anim amps la Plata project pushers have gone to great lengths trying to keep us from voting and now that a vote is apparently forthcoming it seems they will expend much Effort in trying to mislead the Public. The assertion that san Juan county a Cost is a a Only $12.8 million ignores the fact that we pay Federal taxes too but that a not the end of the Story. The a a Protection of the $16 million a a Cape in the repayment contract is Only a Choice Between bailing out at that Point and accepting a Mere fraction of the promised water or spending additional millions for the full 30,800 acre feet. The Bureau of reclamation a projection for total Cost of the project is $589 million. Bor water projects typically run three to five times projections. The Federal government is Adamant that their share is fixed at around $360 million. If a App runs three times projection and the feds share remains fixed Colorado and new Mexico communities could be left holding the note on a $1.4 plus billion debt. In other words local communities could wind up paying an amount equivalent to Well Over 100 anasazi museums plus operation and maintenance Cost plus the Cost of local storage structures for a project to pump the River Early dry most of the year ostensibly to gain rights to water which in All probability we can establish Legal claim to anyway. If we a dumb voters buy into the line that we re getting 30,800 acre feet of water for $12.8 million then the Razorbacks Arentt the Only suckers in this scenario. No wonder the politicians left it to opponents to make the documentation available in local libraries. Joseph Knight libertarian party a App committee Farmington writer sees conflict editor on March 6 we have an election for the Farmington City Council which should be of importance to All City residents. I am concerned that we could be building an Empire at the College which could affect other portions of the City. At the present time we have two Council candidates for District 4 which Are affiliated with the College. The College is represented on the county Industrial development committee has the president of the chamber of Commerce has a lot of Power and influence Over the operations of the new Golf course and who will be playing on it. The ill fated anasazi museum project was to be located in the College area. If a swimming Pool is to be built it could be built at the College and Infin Tum. I am concerned about Council candidates Brewer and Rahn and their possibility of a conflict of interest when making decisions if either is elected to the City Council. In 1987, a City proposal would allow the College to operate and maintain the Golf course with profits to go to the College foundation. I protested at that time stating that the taxes to build the recreation facilities were provided by All the citizens and any benefits or profits should accrue to the benefits of All citizens. The proposal was Defeated at that time. For the future of All citizens i think we should elect a person to this Council position who would have the interests of All the Community at heart. If we done to the College could Benefit in the future to the detriment of other areas of the City. Keep it in mind. . Irvin Farmington editors note Pete Rahn is no longer director of the College foundation. He did say however that his past connection with the College will not cause a conflict but provide an insight into another Community institution. Larry Brewer said he talked with both the College and City attorneys prior to running and neither believed his position As a College Board member and As a City councilman would cause a conflict of interest. Irvin is a member of the re election committee of Charles Hughes Rahns and brewery a opponent in the District 4 race.thet.p�1j.zimes four Corners obscenity Case goes to Appeal Roger Burr daily times staff an Appeal by a Farmington video store owner of his conviction on dissemination of obscene materials charges is scheduled to begin monday in san Juan District court in Farmington. Gerald Stansbury was convicted on two counts under the City a ordinance in a september trial before Farmington municipal judge Johnnie Byrd. The Appeal of one of Stansburyy a clerks a convicted on one count of an obscenity charge a will be heard at the same time. According to municipal court testimony two a rated video tapes were rented at Stansburyy a video City in san Juan Plaza. People who rented them testified they viewed the video tapes at the Farmington police department found the material on the tapes to be obscene and filed a complaint through the City attorneys office. Judge James Brown is scheduled to preside Over the Case which will begin about 9 . With jury selection. On tuesday the hearing is expected to continue in Aztec where a courtroom also has been reserved for wednesday in Case the hearing lasts that Long. Assistant City attorney Dave Thomsen said 100 prospective jurors have been called from which a panel of 12 will be selected. He and defense attorney Tom Hynes agreed that is a larger than usual number of potential jurors but Hynes noted the Case has received extensive Media attention and Many people Are expected to be familiar with it. New pumping Plant contract announced a $4.2 million contract for construction of a water pumping Plant and furnishing and laying about 10 Miles of pipe for the Navajo Indian irrigation project was announced by the Bureau of reclamation earlier this week. The project was awarded to a Provo Utah firm k and p plumbing and heating inc. With the completion of the Plant and pipeline in addition to the construction of a sixth irrigation Block the project will have a capability of irrigating 70,000 acres according to a prepared statement by the Bureau. People places sh1prock Central school districts 874 Indian education committee will meet at 5 . Monday at the Shiprock Board room. The Way we see it a read the editorial on Page 4 daily except saturday to Check out the daily times perspective on the news j. Craig Edgerton m.d., . Adult and adolescent allergy As related to ear nose Throat offices in Aztec and Durango Telephone 303 247-2920 by appointment Only for 1990, a one of the five Best cars in the world has been enhanced and enriched inside and out. Take to the Road and experience the ride and the reassurance that took the experts by storm. And Well be Happy to work out a plan that helps make leasing or buying the 300e in Ronnii to s As pleasant As driving it. Like no other dealers in the world. New. Attractive retail and leasing plans available through Macc but Hynes foresaw no problems with the notoriety of the Case stating a a in be never not been Able to select a Thomsen said at Issue is the constitutionality of the City a obscenity ordinance which he noted has been upheld by the state court of appeals. In commenting on what hell be looking for in prospective jurors Thomsen said a the question is whether a juror can fairly decide a put aside any feelings he or she May have if any a and judge the Case based on the but Hynes told the daily times the opposing counsels Burden of proof is broader than whether renting the tapes violate the City ordinance. A the Thomsen is going to have to show that these video tapes violate the Community standards and we Are going try to show what the Community Standard is. He added that he thinks most Farmington residents wont rent a rated films themselves but done to believe they have the right to prevent others from doing so. Hynes said the matter to be considered by jurors is one of censorship. Of this weeks hearing Hynes told the daily times a the jurors will have to decide whether the needs of the City in controlling what people View outweighs the danger of censorship that May a this Case will be tried on the basis of censorship a whether or not this Community feels that the City should be delving into what they watch in the privacy of their own Homes a Hynes said. Shiprock group wants preschool fund Resolution Shiprock about 30 people attending a meeting agreed that Shiprock chapters preschool needs to be completed so it can Start serving Young children. Organizer Ray Begay said those present approved a Resolution requesting that funds allocated to the school be used to Complete it and expand it As soon As possible. The Resolution also asks the chapter to add its support and Send the request to the Navajo tribal Council he added. Begay also said he has obtained about 100 signatures on a petition asking for completion of the preschool. The petition drive will continue at least until this months chapter meeting he added. About $69,000 is needed to Complete and furnish the two room preschool which already has Cost about $250,000, he noted. The school has been sitting incomplete and empty for almost two years which Begay said makes it a prime Ronna Jordan in concert civic Center tonight �?sun., March 4 a 7 30 no admission charge e u e a n v400s.\\ a to o Boi i i Vari. In k21 Kim iwo Aulon cil Civ cd Hen Dak Mercede s i ten Redit c it it up it it a it it it i i Al Ltd it i in us la it Kyj l a message to All Aztec citizens our City administration needs some closer scrutiny and tighter control the audit report of our City s financial operations reveals a Slipshod control Structure of alarming nature. We Are handicapped by not having our own newspaper to put a spotlight on such carelessness through news reporting so we take this Means at our own expense that our fellow citizens May be alerted to mismanagement of City funds. The audit summary lists some 17 instances of grave neglect in keeping accounts records and control of City monies our tax Money. One tells of failure to reconcile the various Bank accounts for the entire year. Another of not keeping quot Complete and detailed records quot of the City s fixed assets As required by state Law Sec 12-6-10, Namsa 1978, Etc. With an election coming up tuesday voters need to know of these things in time to discuss and weigh the facts in order to determine their votes. Attempt to present the information via a letter to the editor was turned Down by the times editor with the erroneous claim that the letter a accused the City of breaking the the fact is that the auditors cited that the City was in violation of the Law mentioned above so that there was no possibility of there being an accusation. The times editor no Effort to Check the facts by examining the audit summary. Voters need to know the facts presented in the audit and a few other facts also. For instance our City manager and commission paid one Larry Gladstone a quot finders fee quot of $7,000 out of the electric Utility funds on the Promise that a Copper tube Industry could be persuaded to locate Here. They weren to careful enough to make the fee payment contingent on delivery. A number of finance companies have examined the project and refused to finance it. We Are out $7000 on that one. Another item a 42-acre Patch of tumbleweeds was bought without any appraisal at $3,050.85 an acre. By the time the monthly payments of $1,525.89 Are Complete the Cost per acre will have increased to $5,821.17. News of All this has pretty much been kept hush hush by City Hall and has not been presented by any newspaper unfortunately though it has been called to a reporters attention. Adding insult to injury As it were because Aztec has no newspaper of its own arty More the times pokes its editorial Page into aztecs election by picking and promoting candidates it favors. And just when the old friction fussing and feuding Between the two mum parities was beginning to be forgotten which it should be. Farmington like Aztec trying to influence its City election and no More do Aztec citizens want Farmington telling it How to vote. But lets Don t let this unfortunate happening sidetrack the developing climate of cooperative Goodwill Aztec. But rather say forgive them father. Note this and is being paid for by a committee of concerned citizens. Anyone wishing to contribute to the considerable Cost May do so by contacting Dwight Payton. Concerned citizens committee Dwight Payton chairman candidate for vandalism. The tribal Council has allocated about $90,000 to the school but that Money has not yet reached the chapter so it can be used for the school he said. Parents of preschool children said they want the school to begin accepting children because Early childhood learning experiences Are an important Factor in. Later educational Success. Kenneth Mccain a kindergarten teacher at Nataani Nez elementary school said Early education can help children develop self Confidence and self esteem which Are valuable when they Start later grades. Begay said he called the meeting because his daughter is among about 200 children on waiting lists for pre i school services in the Shiprock area. When it is completed this preschool will at least be Able to accommodate about 40 of those children he added
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