Whltesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April 15, 1971 Vol.
Hechler seeks ban
on strip mining
At least 68 members of the
U. S. House of Representatives,
as well as a growing number
of significant Senators, are
backing a bill which would
within six months of passage.
The bill, filed by Rep. Ken
Hechler CD- - W. Va. ) alms "to
provide for the control of surface and underground coal
mining operations which adversely affect the quality of
our environment, and for
Hechler contends that his bill
is the only satisfactory one
dealing with strip-miniwhich is currently before Congress. He claims that "popular support for such a Federal ban (on stripping) is mounting throi'hout the nation. "
men come from 22 states.
However, no Kentucky members have endorsed the bill yet.
Other strip-- mine bills have
been filed in Congress, Including one by the Nixon administration, but Hechler 's Is by
far the strongest. Hechler , In
criticizing the Nixon bill which
applies to all minerals and
which would not ban surface
mining, noted several points.
For example, the Congressma n
said, Nixon's bill does not apply to Indian lands. He emphasized also that his bill, H. R.
4556, deals also with the question of underground mine damage, which the administration
bill does not.
The Hechler bill would prohibit all coal mining in national forests and wilderness areas.
The abolition effort received
a major boost with the introduction of the same bill in
the U. S. Senate by Sen. Gay-lor- d
noted that since Nelson Is one
of the founders of "Earth Day, "
devoted to Environmental action, the endorsement is "par(D-Wl-
Cornell takes a few moments
to relax before continuing his masterly demonstration of the art of
(Mountain Eagle photo by Phil Primack)
Annual Craft Fair held last Saturday in Whitesburg.
USING THE MOST READILY AVAIABLE SEAT,
School dispute unresolved
The dispute between black students and teachers and the Jenkins Independent School District remained unresolved this
week, despite some efforts to
ease the situation before school
reopens after spring vacation on
Most black students began a
boycott of the Jenkins schools
last Wednesday in protest to the
suspensions of six black students
which, the blacks contend, were
unfair and discriminatory.
ticularly significant. "
action is Sen. George McGov-er- n
Monroe Hogg of Whitesburg
has been named as magistrate
of District 1 by Gov. Louie
The appointment was made
to fill the unexpired term of
Magistrate Joseph Banks, who
resigned the post about a
briefing is planned for April
22 in Washington for members
of Congress interested in federal strip mine regulation,
tuning tne Doycorting sruaents,
The protesten say they will
sponsored by Hechler. Among
not return to srhofil until the
those planning to attend is
Likewise, according to Mrs,
susoended students are reinstate J.
West Virginia Secreatary of
Katherine Ellis, "we weren't al
and, they add, "until they arc
Sure Jay D. Rockefeller IV,
lowed Into the meeting that
treated like human beings.
who last month led an unsucThey contend that teachers and Wright was holding.
cessful effort to ban stripping
That meeting, Wright exparticadministrative personnel,
in his state.
plained last week, was a closed
ularly at the high school, are
"Even though Secretary Rockemeeting, with no press allowed
prejudiced and 'more concerred
feller will confine his remarks
" either. He claimed it was necwith discipline than education,
exclusively to West Virginia's
essary to close the meeting "in
as one high school girl said.
order to accomplish something. " experience with
At least two meetings were
Wright was unable for comment I feel his presence will give a
held during the week in an eftremendous boost to federal legfort to solve the problems. One this week. Most Letcher County
islation to place a total ban on
educators are attending a Ken"
was a meeting held at the Bap).
tucky Education Association meettist Church In the Tom Biggs
ing in Louisville during this vasection of McRobera on last
The offor t to ban stripping may
Wednesday night; the other was cation week.
have received a major gain with
Mrs. Ellis, whose daughter
a session called
the release last Sa turday of a
has been refused admittance to
School Superintendent Henry
U. S. Geological Survey Report
Jenkins schools for almost two
on an 11- - year field study of
Reports from the first meeting years now (school authorities
ecological developments In a
claim that despite numerous efIndicate that little was accom25- - square- - mile creek basin
forts, they have been unable to
plished other than an airing
in a stripped area of McCreary
resolve her" chronic discipline
of grievance. Some of the boyCounty.
problems"! issued a statement
cott leaden complained that
The report concludes that ever,
in which she emphasized the
although It was run by other
the relatively minor stripping
ln- black parents, some blacks,
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done along the creek between
63 No. 49
1955 and 1960 killed or reduced
fish In streams by filling them
with acid and mineral poisons.
Also, hundreds of thousands
of slit and broken trees
clogged the water.
The report also predicted that
there is little hope for Improvement. "The killing of aquatic
vegetation has resulted in an
unstable stream substrate.
life will not return to
those streams until the stream
habitat has been restored ,"
"We don't ever come right
out and say it directly, one
of the report's three editors
said, "but this Is a study of a
disaster. If you care anything
about fish or wildlife or esthetic values and you read between
the lines, John J. Musser continued, "this studv does sav
it's a disaster. "
The Geological Survey's study
is significant in that it is believed to be the first independent, scholarly analysis of a
confined area and Its strip-minis
It tends to support most of the
and also tends to refute the
coal Industry's claim that land
reclaimed by the Industry Is
"better" than It was before
for local offices
in May Primary
A total of 25 candidates for
local offices will appear on
the May 25th primary ballot
in Letcher county, in addition
to candidates for the governorship and other state offices.
City races in Jenkins have
attracted the most candidates,
with 12 candidates for city
councilman, and two for mayor.
The race for county sheriff,
to fill the vacancy caused by
the death of R. C. Warf, has
attracted five candidates,
while four are running for
magistrate, and one for county
A formal drawing for position
on the ballot was held in the
office of County Court Clerk
Charlie Wright Tuesday.
Candidates, and their posit
ion on the ballot, are:
Jenkins City Councilman,
Democrat Ed Powers, James
Osley, Dale Walker, Carl
Johnson, Ray Banks, Buddy
Anderson, Robert Harris,
Wayne . Fleming. Charles
R. Johnson and Herman Bel-
Jenkins City Council, Republicans, JohnC. Butler and Paul
Mayor of Jenkins, Democrats:
William H. Toth. Jim Re vis
and W L. (Bill) Terr ill. Republican, none.
County attorney - Republican,
Leroy W. Fields. Democrat,
Magistrate, Democrat, Add
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