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Wednesday, april 9, 1975 lincoln, nebraska vol. 98 no. 108
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oosalis, incumbents among winners in primary
City Council Chairman Helen Boosalis headed the
list of vote-getters as more than 2.3,000 Lincolnites
went to the polls Tuesday in the city's primary
Boosalis, who will try to unseat' two-term Mayor
Sam Schwartzkopf in the May 6 general election,
finished with 12,258 votes, better than 53 per cent of
the vote in the race for mayor. Schwartzkopf placed
second with 9,293 votes (40 per cent), while social
worker and volunteer policewoman Jo Bragg was
third with 1 ,433 votes (( per cent). Only the top two
candidates, Boosalis and Schwartzkopf, will compete
in the general election.
Bill Davidson, Lancaster County election
commissioner, said 23,533 Lincoln residents cast
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Photo by Stv Bocrnor
Helen Boosaiis, center, finished first in. the
mayoral primary election.
ballots compared with 53,608 who
means about 30 per cent voted.
expected about a 20 per cent turnout.
City voters also narrowed the list of City Council
candidates from 15 to eight, with four of those to be
elected in May. Also qualifying were candidates for
the Lincoln Board of Education and the Airport
Boosalis, 55, said she was "overwhelmed" with her
showing in the election.
"It was better than I had hoped for," she said. "I
thought Sam (Mayor Sam Schwartzkopf) and I would
be more neck and neck. I am veiy happy, although I
realize I am only half way there."
She said she is not sure of the general election
outcome and that she was "not overly confident at
this stage" that her showing will insure a victory in
Boosalis said she would decide within the next few
days what form her campaign for the general election
will take.
But, she said, her campaign will try to meet the
people and bring the issues to the people of Lincoln.
The main issue, she said, would be the need for
more visible, forceful, and responsive leadership in
the mayor's office.
Schwartzkopf said he was not surprised at the
outcome of the primary.
"There was nothing I would have rather done over
in my campaign, except. possibly getting more people
out to vote," he said.
The voter turnout of 23,533 was about normal, he
Third term
Chances for capturing an unprecedented third
term in the general election look very good,
Schwartzkopf said.
"If people want to continue with our present
accomplishments, such as improvements in sewage
treatment, public transportation, police and fire
departments and public housing, I feel I have a very
good chance of winning," he said.
Schwartzkopf said Lincolri faces a series of
challenges, not one urgent problem;
Spring blizzard takes cattle toll
By Don McCabe
Opening spring like a lion, the late season blizzard
in western Nebraska two weeks ago killed hundreds
of cattle and caused untold damage to the winter
wheat crop.
High winds with the March 27 and 28 blizzard left
10 to 18 foot drifts in some areas and blew
considerable amounts of topsoil away.
Hardest hit was the spring calf crop, as the blizzard
swept across the Panhandle area during the annual
calving season. Some estimates of losses range as high
as one third of the calf crop.
Dr. Ivan Rush, livestock specialist at UNL's
Panhandle Experiment Station in Scottsbluff, said he
would not be surprised to find a 10 per cent loss of
all cattle in the region.
Lost 350 head
He said cattle lossej were suffered over most of the.
area, with the northern counties of Sheridan, Cherry,
Box Butte and Gardner hardest hit. He said he knew
of a Rushville rancher who lost 350 head of cattle.
See related stories
and photos, pt 1 1
Mickey Steward, executive secretary of the
Nebraska Stockgrowers Association, said that
approximately 30 per cent of the calves born on the
day of the storm were lost.
"Most ranchers are operating on a very small profit
margin already," he said, "with a two calf loss cut out
of every 100 as the entire margin." With a 30 per cent
loss, the rancher will be operating at a loss the entire
year, he said.
Stewart compared the March storm with the 1949
storm that left large numbers of cattle dead. He said
some ranchers told him it -was the worst storm they
had ever experienced.
April 10 reports
The extent of the cattle losses will not be
accurately known, however, until the snow melts and
country emergency boards can make reports on the
losses. They will file the reports by April 10 with the
Nebraska Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation
Service (ASCS) office in Lincoln.
Locating wandering cattle on the larger ranches
was a major problem, although according to Stewart,
most ranchers have by now found the strays.
"Those cattle that can't be located," Stewart said,
"are probably dead."
A second snowstorm cf last week, which dumped
as much as 12 inches of snow in some areas,
hampered ranchers in locating strays, he said. The
Nebraska Army National Guard was called up by
Gov. J. James Exon to aid ranchers in finding and
feeding many of the cattle.
Needed dry areas
Stewart said the second snow would not have been
a problem, except that cattle were in a weakened
state and "desperately needed dry areas to lie down."
In addition to losing cattle, most ranchers are
faced with the problem of saving surviving cattle,
according to Rush. The snows covered available
forage, he said, and also weakened cattle to the point
where they are more susceptible to pneumonia and
other sicknesses.
"Many cattle have frozen feet and other tows are
still wandering looking for their dead calves," he said.
The high winds also left their toll on the winter
wheat crop but to what extent is not exactly known.
Charles Fenster, agronomist at the Scottsbluff
station, said producers will not be able to determine
the damage until the snow melts.
' However, he said the high winds did move some of
the topsoil because the snow was covered with dirt.
Fenster said much of the wheat in the region was
already thin and short because of a lack of moisture
throughout the winter.
He added that the- second snow was probably
beneficial for the wheat because it came without high
Meanwhile, Gov. Exon is seeking federal assistance
for the storm-stricken farmers and ranchers. Bill
Hoppner, administrative assistant for Exon, said the
governor has requested help from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Agriculture
Secretary Earl Butz.
Ranchers and farmers could become eligible for
federal low-interest loans, Hoppner said, if Butz
declares the Panhandle area a disaster area. 2xon
already has declared a 13-county area a disaster.
Poor market prices
Cattle producers arc already suffering from poor
market prices before the storms. Now many will be
operating at a loss, according to Stewart.
The effects of the losses on the cattle market may
not be felt until next fall, he said. The losses,
however, will have an effect on the general economy,
especially of western Nebraska, he noted.
"The cattle industry effects everyone out in
western Nebraska," he said. The farmers and
ranchers will not be buying the usual products that
they have in the past, Stewart said, and businesses in
the western cities will reflect this.
"We have quite a few challenges facing us, such as
the redevelopment of downtown, more urban
housing, and the updating of the community
development plan," he said. "It is crucial to maintain
a balanced budget with maximum service to the
It is hard to predict which mayoral candidate will
receive the votes gathered by primary loser Jo Bragg,
he said.
Bragg said she also was not surprised with the
election results.
"It was my first time around, and I thoroughly
enjoyed it," she said. "I have four years in which to
consider my next campaign, but I have made my
entrance into Nebraska's political arena."
Money deciding factor
Bragg said she thought Helen Boosalis would win
in the general election due to her financial ability to
run a more extensive campaign.
"Helen has the money, and that will be the
deciding factor," she said.
Lack of campaign money and early organization
hurt her own campaign, Bragg said,
"The person with the money alwrys seems to
win," Bragg said. "I'd like to see it possible for a
person without the money to be able to win."
One way to equalize each candidate's potential to
win, she said, wo'jld be an equalization cf television
and radio time. Bragg said Omaha television stations
offer free time to the candidates.
Bragg said she Will consider running for office
"I wasn't afraid to raise the issues this time, and I
won't be in the future," she said.
Incumbent City Councilmen Steve Cook and Bob
Sikyta headed the list of eight candidates qualifying
for the council general election. They were followed
by Robert Jeambey, incumbent Richard Baker, Steve
Tiwald, William Theirstein, Jim Carson and Mary
Cook gets most votes
Cook said he felt "very great" about finishing with
the most votes in the primary.
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Photo CourJaty of The Omaha World-Herald
Arthur-Rancher Waldo Haythorn, with one of
the many head of livestock he lost in the year's
second big spring blizzard.