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4o e MOUNTAIN EAGLE . IT SCREAMS! 40506 Whltesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, Thursday, April 15, 1971 Vol. iililtirnnnii Tii mi iKiMim iffi 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 halt nationwide 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 purposes. " 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. " strip-mini- ng ng The- Congress- 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 s. Nelson ). Hechler 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 at the 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, Woodrow ng 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 Monday. 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. " Also the Senate action is Sen. George McGov-er- n (D-S.- A Monroe Hogg of Whitesburg has been named as magistrate of District 1 by Gov. Louie B. Nunn. The appointment was made to fill the unexpired term of Magistrate Joseph Banks, who resigned the post about a month ago. ). 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 Were excluded. 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 g, 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). Hechler said. 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 by Jenkins 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 Ed Wright. 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, (Continued on Page 10) done along the creek between snip-minin- (strip-mining- HOGG APPOINTED 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 ," it stated. "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 ng problems. It tends to support most of the forces, and also tends to refute the coal Industry's claim that land reclaimed by the Industry Is "better" than It was before claims by strip-minin- antl-strippi- ng g. 25 running 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 attorney. 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- -- cher. Jenkins City Council, Republicans, JohnC. Butler and Paul Fleming. 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, none. Magistrate, Democrat, Add (Continued on Page 10)

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