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Havre Daily News (Newspaper) - January 5, 1983, Havre, Montana Forecast bulletin prepared by the National weather service office at Havre january 5,1983 maximum yesterday 39 minimum last night 33. Temperature at i . Today 44. Precipitation for 24 hours ending at 12 30p.rn today of Sunrise tomorrow 8 to a m. Sunset today 4 38 . Snow i. Havre forecast Good Chance of Snow tonight with West winds thursday morning show showers partly Cloudy during afternoon Low tonight 22 High thursday 37. Chances of precis 50 percent tonight 40 percent thursday record High this Date 56 in 1921. Record Low -39 in 1890 inside gassified.a8 7 editorial.a4 Ann landers.b2 5 2 people Bucky May Many hats Page by about town United methodist women meet at 1 30 . Thursday in the Vanorsdel methodist Church. Agnes Wilder Circle will hostess the group. Signe Costin is in charge of the program. Community choir organizational meeting a monday at 7 30 p in in the Havre High school music room Frank Payn the High school chorale conductor will direct the choir. Call Dena Baker. 265-2585, or Debbie Leeds 265-4603 for More information. Hill county Garden club a a potluck supper w ill be at 6 30 . Thursday in the citizens Bank hospitality room bring a Small White elephant Quot fora prize. Mrs. Elmer Gwynn will show slides of their recent trip to China guests Are Welcome Montana Brief great Falls a Public service commissioner Danny Oberg said tuesday he is not willing to give up his employment rights with the Burlington Northern Railroad even though the pc regulates railroads. Oberg is on unpaid leave from his Job As a in brakeman but is still on the railroads Job seniority list. He was sworn into his pc Post monday. Oberg said he wants to see w Hether the legislature deregulated railroads or lessens the a Sci a authority Over them in any other Way before he decides whether to quit his Job Blaine county Rimes it the Havre 357-2010 i this week Blaine county crime stoppers is seeking information on the theft of a 243 Winchester Rifle with a three to nine variable Bushnell scope from a pickup on 5th Street and Missouri in Chinook Between dec 30 and 31 the value on the stolen items is bet Cen $350 and $400 anyone with any information on this or any other serious crime should Contact crime stoppers at 357-2010 any time As this phone is manned 24 hours a Day. No Calls Are traced or recorded and All callers will be guaranteed anonymity. Price Twenty f1vf cents daily news vol. 68, no. 62 a copyright. 1983�?th Movre doily new inc Havre Montana wednesday evening january 5, 1983 Williams plans court Appeal of libel ruling by the associated press and daily news staff Helena a Larry Williams will ask the . Supreme court to overturn a Montana supreme court ruling that prevented him from collecting damages in a libel suit against democratic National committeeman Jim Pasma of Havre. Williams the Republican . Senate candidate in 1978 and 1982, filed the suit against Pasma. Pasma had wrongly said in a news release that Williams of Kalispell had been under Federal indictment. The . Supreme court might be More than routinely interested. A state District court dismissed the suit saying Williams is a Public figure and thus cannot collect damages for libel unless he can prove that the disputed statement was made with malice a hat is knowledge that it was false or reckless disregard of whether it was false. An Ordinary citizen needs to prove Only that a libellous statement was damaging to him regardless of whether malice was involved Williams argued that he was not a Public figure but the Montana supreme court upheld the District courts decision last week Williams attorney Gerald Neely of Billings said tuesday that the . Supreme court might be More than routinely interested in the Case because it involves some Legal issues that the court has not yet decided he said it involves important issues because it is does not involve a news medium As most libel suits do Neely said he also questions whether Williams qualifies As Quot an All purpose Public he said Only entertainer Johnny Carson and columnist William f. Buckley or have been found by courts to have that status. The supreme court does not automatically accept every request but decides on a Case by Case basis which ones to consider Neely estimated that the court accepts about to percent of the cases but he said the chances of the court hearing the Williams Case Are better because some of the Legal issues involved have not yet been decided by the court. Williams was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for the . Senate in 1978 and 1982 he filed a libel suit seeking $144,000 in damages from Pasma. Pasmas attorney Mike Meloy of Helena said he believes Neely is stretching a . Supreme court ruling that hints at the possibility some publicly known individuals Are not Quot Public figures Quot under the courts landmark new York times is. Sullivan decision of 1964 the court held that Public figures cannot collect damages in libel suits even if false statements Are published unless actual malice can be proved. Both the Montana supreme court and a District court judge used the new York times Rule in rejecting Williams suit by finding that Williams is a Public figure Meloy also is concerned because Neely appears to be arguing that an individual is not entitled to the same Protection under the new York times Rule As the news Media. He added that if Neely prevails in watering Down the definition of what is a Public figure this would a promote filing of lawsuits and continuation of lawsuits because it would be More difficult to prevail on a motion of summary a pm. A it it Jaycee Shute a second grader at Sunnyside elementary school took All necessary precautions to avoid Havre a Brief rain showers this morning by carrying an umbrella to recess. Sunnyside teachers took advantage of the unseasonal weather to let their students run off pent up Energy out Knirs fair Board makes plans for activity barn the Hill county fair Board and some county residents met recently to discuss plans for an activity barn that would be built on the Fairgrounds the proposed building would replace the existing wooden buildings at the East end of the grounds to be replaced by one Large building would be the horse barns the baby animal barn and the wildlife barn. Bob Sivertsen fair Board president stated that the existing buildings Arentt sufficient to handle the Large number of 4-h livestock animals that Are entered at the fair. Besides that there Are Many livestock related events that could be held in the area during the year if such a building existed. Other possible uses could be Winter time ice skating and Community related activities Sivertsen also said that the present wooden structures having been built during the w p a Days pose a real fire Hazard when filled with livestock the activity barn has been in Long building plans that the fair Board developed several years ago another building that has been considered is a Metra Type building however Sivertsen said that because of the Cost it won t be pursued for some time. Quot in fact the Metra building won t get off the ground until such time the people want it and Are willing to pay for it. But because of the economic conditions we re presently experiencing this is not the time to pursue it. Quot the activity barn however in my estimation is a feasible project there is a lot of interest and support for the building in Hill county. It is our aim to make this a Community project and the upcoming activities that the committee has planned As fund raisers will give everyone an Opportunity to get involved a the building committee consists of fair Board members Bob Sivertsen Dave Evans de Hammer Ginny Reynolds and de Haugen along with 4-h leaders Cathy Besette Georgia i arson Mark Peterson and Bill Henry and Extension agent Woody Ekegren. Caille Langohr who with her husband owns Mcdonald s in Havre and or Richard vysoky from Northern Montana College Are working with the committee the committee at their last meeting picked a theme for the project Quot bigger better barn Quot of which was submitted by Nancy Manuel a South Havre 4-her also discussed were ways of raising Money for the building there will be a number of events held during the year As fund raisers the 411 foundation has almost $10,000 in the barn fund already it was raised by 4 Liers and donations from Community people Phil Gramm will switch to gop by Kathryn Baker associated press writer Bryan Texas a rep Phil Gramm a Democrat who was removed from a committee for supporting president Reagan a economic policies announced today he will resign and try to win Back his congressional seat As a Republican Gramm submitted his resignation to gov Bill Clements in a one line letter that said he would vacate his seat at the close of business today. Gramm said said at a news con Ference that he will switch parties and try to regain his seat in a special election although he expects democrats to Quot make an All out Effort to defeat me a Quot i cannot in Good conscience continue to work within a National party that seeks to limit my effectiveness on behalf of those i represent in its Effort to perpetuate the spending spree which has crippled our nation threatened our position of world leadership and robbed workers a a Sai Gramm Quot i recognize that my political future might because of this action go Down into oblivion i do not know whether this is a Wise decision but i do believe that it is an honest one Quot said Gramm Gramm a Quot Boll Weevil Quot Democrat was removed from a committee by his party As disciplinary action for his support of Reagan a policies House Republican leaders promised him a continued seat on the House budget committee if the conservative Democrat switched to the Gap Clements said he sent Gramm s letter to Secretary of state David Dean who will advise the governor on the process and procedures of calling a special election Quot if that is what he Gramm wants is a special election and Fiat is what the Law provides i will Call one Quot Clements said House minority Leader Bob Michel r Iii said he and other Gap leaders would Welcome such a decision and were holding open one of the committee spots for Gramm whom he called Quot an articulate aggressive and effective spokesman Quot for conservative fiscal principles the Start of each new Congress firings a shuffling of committee assignments by the leadership of each parly since the democrats control the House they hold the majority seats on each committee the decision by democratic leaders to remove Gramm from Fie budget panel earlier this week was Quot a grievous assault on the right of an individual member to represent the views of his constituents As honestly and openly As possible Quot Michel said Quot we Are ready to give him and his constituents the opportunities they deserve a he added any member of Congress is free to change parties at any time merely by declaring the new allegiance legislature is to review reapportionment by Jarry j. Moes associated press writer Helena apr despite a senior senator s lawsuit to prohibit the state distracting and apportionment commission from presenting its plan for redrawing legislative districts the House and Senate were to meet in joint session today to View the plan. Sen Dave Manning a Hysham the Montana Legislatures oldest and longest serving member asked the supreme court shortly before the session to Block the plan but the court has not yet responded meanwhile the House was expected to debate and vote today on a $3.6 million Bill to finance the 1983 session of the legislature including a previously scheduled 23 percent pay raise for lawmakers the Bill endorsed by the House appropriations committee tuesday. Was the first measure to be sent to the House floor during the session which began on monday. Members of the Cony Pittee particularly former chairman Gene Donaldson. A Helena. Claimed it would be unfair to say present lawmakers Are voting themselves a pay increase he pointed out that legislators salaries Are tied to the general pay plan for All state employees and state employees have received a 24 percent increase in pay since the legislature last met in regular session that increase was approved by the 1981 legislature so if anyone is responsible for the legislative salary increase this year it is the members of the last legislature. Members of the present legislature will receive a salary of $48 42 per Day compared to $39 50 per Day last session in addition members of the legislature get $45 a Day for expenses bringing their total compensation to $93 42 per Day in All. Salaries benefits and expense reimbursements for lawmakers and staff during the session will Cost $2 8 million if the Bill is approved general non salary operating expenses would be funded at $790,635, and equipment expenses of $21,505 would be covered a members of the committee expressed dismay at the increase in Telephone costs for the 1983 session phone expenses will increase from about $25,000 to $45,000 due mostly to rate increases said rep William Quot red Menahan d Anaconda head of the House legislative administration committee rep Joe Quilici d Butte chairman of the Legislatures consumer counsel committee said the big jump should Alert lawmakers to the burdens which Consumers of Utility services Are tearing meanwhile the two minor Bills clarifying language in Laws dealing with termination of a Parent child relationship and with minors were the first Bills to reach the Senate floor also sent to the Senate floor was a Bill which requires a governors veto message to be sent to the legislative staff As Well As lawmakers themselves As to the reapportionment plan Senate president Stan Stephens r Havre and House speaker Daniel Kemmis. D Missoula. Said today s joint session would be Only to explain the commissions work in redrawing legislative districts they said no questions from lawmakers concerning new boundaries of specific districts will lie fielded by the commission at the meeting those. Stephens said will be allowed during subsequent committee hearings on the reapportionment plan the plan has drawn fire primarily from republicans claiming the com missions democratic majority was partisan in voting to shape some of the districts to the disadvantage of Gap legislators the legislature although it cannot Aller the plan May make suggestions for change Manning s lawsuit contends that the state constitutional provision prohibiting the legislature from determining its own District boundaries violates the us Constitution guarantees of representative govern ment meanwhile some legislators will tour the state prison and the abandoned territorial prison at Deer Lodge on Friday while others will visit Boulder re or school and Hospital at Boulder the prisons Are the subject of several Bills including one for renovating and reopening the old facility to House maximum Security inmates the governors Council on Mange men has recommended the Boulder River facility Fie closed to save Money but the citizens of Boulder who will Host a dinner for visiting lawmakers Friday evening hop to convince the legislature that the institution is needed and the town could not survive without it in other legislative news roust and Senate republicans whose numbers dwindled significantly As a result of the november 1982 election have hired a Public relations Man to help keep their views in the forefront the Gap caucuses have named Wayne Phillips of Helena As their Quot legislative Phillips was on the House staff last session when republicans controlled that body democrats Are now in the majority in the House while republicans hold Only a i to vote Edge in the a a Riate

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