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Odessa American (Newspaper) - April 5, 1986, Odessa, Texas Vets caught off guard Page 13a to guide to features regional gymnastics Page 1b Bridge. Horoscope. .14b Church news. 18-21a Jumble. 9a classified. Medical. .15b comics. .8b opinion. Crossword. 9a sports. .1-7b entertainment a 8-9a stocks. 9-11b warm see weather Page 2a Essa 25 cents a Freedom newspaper saturday april 5, 1986national debt passes $2 trillion�?~86 deficit expected to flit $208 billion Washington apr the National debt which has doubled in the past five years passed the $2 trillion Milestone for the first time in history this week the government said Friday. The level was surpassed sometime thursday. By the end of the Day the total debt owed by the government stood at $2,008,201,000,000, according to a summary of the nations finances released each Day by the Treasury department. The size of the debt a the result of an accumulation of decades of deficit spending a came As no Surprise to government officials who anticipate that it will go even higher. Thursdays level was $70 billion below the current debt limit set by Congress last dec. 12 of $2,078,700,000,000. That ceiling was supposed to be adequate to cover spending through next sept. 30, but Treasury officials say the administration probably will have to seek another increase in the debt limit before then. The current debt is double what it was just five years ago. It was at the beginning of president reagans a first term in 1981 that the debt topped the $1 trillion Mark. Liaising the debt limit above $2 trillion was so controversial that it got through Congress last year Only with an amendment requiring that the annual Federal budget be balanced by 1991. That amendment named for sponsors Sens. Phil Gramm a Texas and Warren Rudman r-n.h., became the Gramm Rubinan Law which has already triggered deep cuts in Federal spending. According to both congressional and administration estimates the deficit for the current fiscal year which ends sept. 30 is expected to be in the Range of $208 billion. Rep. Hal Daub r-neb., a member of the House ways and Means committe commenting thi Ough a spokesman said a the outrageous $2 Tillion debt should inspire everyone in Congress to reduce the Federal deficit this goddess of Liberty Rig into shape Rhome apr Bravo Walker moved to this Rural town Northwest of Dallas and converted an old Cotton Gin into his Art foundry his Refuge to sculpt and escape. But these Days he is drawing distracting crowds. The goddess of Liberty is occupying his already storied american Art foundry and the folks in Liis town of less than 500 situated off Texas Highway 114 Are visiting with the open eyed vigor of tourists. A a it a the biggest thing that has happened Here a said Walker who is making master holds from the old goddess for the casting of an aluminium replica. A a we be had so Many people come by Here a from the banker to the Man who owns the grocery store. They really want to see it. A the replica is expected to be airlifted to the top of the Texas Capitol on May 31. Today they would see the weather and time worn goddess scattered in about too Large pieces throughout walkers studio. In in pc a jell Ray Bronze inc. Employee works on new statues head please see goddess Page 2a is m cum. Walker sits with original head and Small replica of statue businessmen band together in chamber by John Watkins staff writer when the Economy goes sour chamber of Commerce membership usually drops. But the greater Odessa chamber of Commerce has added 327 members since the beginning of the year an unprecedented surge in membership chamber executive vice president Jim Flowers said Friday. Meanwhile Midland chamber of Commerce reported a drop in membership As businesses went under and some chose to Cut expenses by dropping chamber membership. A they have to make cutbacks and this is one of the first places a Amy Weldon Secretary for economic development said Friday. She said a planned Spring membership drive should gain Back some of the lost members. In Monahans new memberships Are keeping up with the number of a people who might have gone out of business or left town a keeping the chamber a membership at about 225, Monahans chamber of Commerce president Jerry Cash said Friday. And in Pecos chamber membership has remained steady for about five months Nita Smith Pecos chamber of Commerce administrative manager said Friday. A there have been times before when we be had a lot of businesses drop at once a during recessions. Smith said. But the City is riot As heavily dependent on Oil for its econ nut base As some other West Texas towns so few members have been forced to close their doors she said. Midlands chamber has seen its membership drop from 1,603 on Jan. I to 1,432 Friday Weldon said. Odessa a Flowers said his chamber a increase during the same period is the greatest a in anybody a please see chamber Page 2a voting official predicts Good turnout today from staff reports about 10,000 voters Are expected to cast ballots Between 7 . And 7 today for a mayor and two City Council members according to the election manager. Voters today also will decide a civil service Issue select three Odessa College trustees and choose four Ector county Independent school District trustees. Out of la races today Only one a the position i of Board seat a lists a candidate running without opposition. Election judges in each polling place will be Given extra ballots because of the expected Large voter turnout said Scisi business manager Bill Walker who also is serving As election manager. Candidates for mayor in order of their appearance on Hie ballot Are l. Mem Foreman Ernest Cole Don Carter Dave Cox Lorraine Bonner and John minor. Council candidates for the South and West Odessa District i Are George v. Ontiveros jr., Margaret Burton and Jaime Salazar Rodriguez. Northeast Odessa District 2 Council candidates Are Cliff seminar and . A a Barneys Barnett. Voters also will decide whether they want Odessa a 186-person fire department to operate under a state civil service plan. Bill Masterson is running without opposition for a position i seat on the ode l College Board. For position 2 on the of Board candidates Are Sandra Shaw Richard Hoffman Raymond Chavez and Chuck Mchargue. Position 3 candidates Are Lazar Kirven Mike Furman and Sam Howell. For the Ector county Independent school District Ixia re position i candidates Are James w. Spencer jr., Darrell w. Carliie and Olen Arnold. Position 2 candidates Are Judy c. Brid Egeorge e. A a buddy West Don Davis Brad Allen and Larry Riley. Position 3 candidates Are David Dunn and i a Buice. Bill Turner and Fred Pomroy face each other for the position 5 ec1sd seat. Map directs voters to polling places Page 2a a first time filing for jobless benefits nearly doubles from staff reports first time jobless claims for unemployment benefits in March soared above the already High feta uary figure and a spokesman for the Texas employment commission expects the number of layoffs to increase. Figures released tuesday for the Odessa tec office showed that 2,058 jobless workers filed initial claims in March compared with 1,427 first time filings in february. Iii March 1985, the office reported 648 first time filings. More than $650.000 in equipment records and buildings were damaged thursday afternoon in a fire that broke out an Odessa pipe fabrication Plant. The fire that damaged five buildups and their contents at permian pipe fabrication inc., Proctor Avenue and trunk Street apparently was started when a company welder used a cutting Torch to Cut a Hole in a Wall. An Odessa teen Ager was charged tuesday in connection with the suffocation death of his 7-Inonth-old son whose body was found in an apartment Complex trash dumpster earlier that Day. Orlando Hernandez Banuelos 17, 706 in Laredo drive was charged with murder after he told police that he stuffed a sock into the crying child a Mouth Early tuesday and then dumped the baby a body in a dumpster after discovering the infant was dead according to a probable cause statement. Odessa and Midland could lose 25 percent of their current jobs in the next two years an economist told a . House of representatives subcommittee conducting a hearing in Odessa on the state of the Oil business tuesday. Jim Williams an economist for Texas business forecasts told the subcommittee that the workforce of the two cities could fall from 100,200 to 85,000 or even 75, within two years if the Price of crude Oil averages $15 a barrel. Phillips Petroleum co. Announced plans wednesday to Lay off at least 2,000 workers from its worldwide roster but the permian basins 1,250 workers do week in review not yet know if they will be affected. About 400 Phillips workers live in Odessa and another too live in Midland and most of the employees Are in production and exploration. Odessa College announced plans to Cut $200,000 in part time salaries from its $15 million budget As Pari of Budt trimming actions in the face of a predicted shortfall m state revenues. The cuts which will account for half of the $400,000 the school expects to trim from its budget were aimed at part time w orders because declining student enrolment at the school requires a shrinking part time staff cd a president Phil Speegle said tuesday. West texans spoke against a Federal proposal thursday to save the combo water Snake at the possible expense of a proposed dam and Reservoir citing the areas great need for water. More than 250 texans including representatives from Odessa jammed the Runnels county courthouse in Ballinger to offer con nent during the one Day . F ish and wildlife service hearing. Critics railed against plans to have the Snake placed on the endangered species list

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