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Platte projects’ future in doubt
OMAHA (AP)—A proposed cap
on development projects along the
Platte River is putting in doubt the
future of two major proposals for us
ing the river’s water.
A proposal from the Central Platte
Natural Resources District calls for
removing water from the Platte to
recharge depleted groundwater re
serves in Buffalo and Hall counties.
Ron Bishop, manager of the NRD
in Grand Island, said he didn’t know
how or if a cap would affect the Prai
rie Bend project.
A cap has been under discussion in
Nebraska and Wyoming as the states
try to persuade the federal govern
ment to renew permits and licenses
for scores of irrigation, power and
municipal water projects.
Ross Lock, a program manager for
the Nebraska Game and Parks Com
mission, is not sure how a project cap
would affect his agency’s proposal to
designate certain Platte flows between
Overton and Plattsmouth for wild
“I think people have a lot of ques
tions about the ramifications of a
cap,” Lock said.
There also are questions about how
a cap might affect Grand Island,
Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha permit
requests to use Platte water to protect
and enhance municipal water sys
Federal officials want to be as
sured before continuing these projects
that Platte River wildlife in central
Nebraska has enough water to sur
vive. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser
vice said that could be accomplished
best by assuring certain flows in the
river at various times of the year.
But neither Wyoming nor Ne
braska likes that idea. Instead, they
“I think people have a lot
of questions about the
ramifications of a cap. ”
Nebraska Game and Parks
Commision program manager
wonder if a pledge to stop develop
ment of the river would pacify federal
Although details have not been
worked out, a cap has drawn fire from
Colorado, another state in the Platte
Colorado officials say they cannot
stomach a cap because they need more
projects to generate drinking water
for their growing population.
Omaha, Idaho similar in engineering
By The Associated Press
The engineering education system
in Idaho bears striking similarities to
the system in Nebraska, which is
among three states still in the run
ning for Micron Technology Inc.’s
$1.3 billion expansion.
Omaha, Oklahoma City and Utah ’ s
Utah County are finalists for the Boise
based company’s new computer-chip
manufacturing plant and the 3,500
jobs it will create.
Micron’s decision to expand out
side Idaho follows criticism from com
pany executives that engineering edu
cation in Boise is inadequate. But
what Micron would find in Omaha is,
in some ways, similar.
Micron considered access to en
gineering education important
enough that it offered the state'$6
million to establish an independent
engineering college at Boise State
University. The existing program is
operated cooperatively with Boise
State but is administered by the
University of Idaho, 200 miles north
The state Board of Education voted
5-3 last month against creating a
separate college at Boise State. It
endorsed expansion of the coopera
tive program in Boise instead.
University of Nebraska regents,
also by a 5-3 vote in December, re
jected a proposal for an engineering
college at the University of Nebraska
A full range of engineering de
grees are offered at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, but options are
more limited at UNO. The Omaha
program is administered from Lin
The Idaho Board of Education last
year agreed to ask the Legislature for
$2 million to expand engineering
education in Boise. But new Republi
can Gov. Phil Batt did not include
money for those plans in his budget
Robin Dodson, chief academic of
ficer for the Board of Education, said
Micron’s short list, pared from 13
sites on Monday, raises questions
about what the company is looking
for in terms of educational opportuni
“There’s not actually an engineer
ing college in any of the cities they’ve
chosen,” Dodson said.
Mike Erhart, director of manage
ment information systems for the
Oklahoma Regents for Higher Edu
cation, said the University of Okla
homa offers the engineering disci
plines Micron requires at its Norman
campus about 30 miles from Okla
Oklahoma State University oper
ates an Oklahoma City technical
branch, which is linked to its
Stillwater campus by fiber optics.
Utah County has no university of
its own, but three universities nearby
offer a wide range of engineering
Payson is about 20 miles south of
Provo, home of Brigham Young Uni
versity. The University of Utah is
about 50 miles north of Provo in Salt
Lake City, and Utah State University
in Logan is about 125 miles from
Men send golf putter to Clinton
OMAHA (AP) — The next time Presi
dent Clinton misses a putt by a mile or
chalks up a double-bogey, he can blame it on
a putter from Nebraska.
Two Nebraska businessmen mailed
Clinton a putter Wednesday night after learn
ing that he had misplaced his favorite putter,
a 35-year-old Titleist Bullseye that he thinks
he accidentally stowed in someone else’s
Jim Arbogast, president of Superior Metal
Products of Omaha said the “Scout” putter
was aluminum with brass weights.
Engraved into the club are “Limited
Edition” and “Nebraska Comhuskers —
1994 National Champions,” which com
memorates the NU football team’s champi
Its serial number is 0042—picked espe
cially for Clinton, the nation’s 42nd presi
“I’m pretty excited,” Arbogast said. “I
guess I feel like you don’t get an opportunity
like this every day.” •
Norm Stokes, the company’s vice
president, got the idea to send the presi
dent the putter after hearing a news
report about Clinton’s misfortune,
Clinton joined former Presidents George
Bush and Gerald Ford and comedian Bob
Hope to open the first day of the Bob Hope
Classic tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.,
Pnncipai shaves head for Internet
OMAHA (AP) — Blumfield Elemen
tary School principal Jerry Rutherford
had a hair-raising idea for funding the
school’s access to the Internet computer
Make that hair-cutting idea.
Rutherford told Blumfield pupils eight
days ago that he would have his hair cut in
a trendy, buzz-cut style if they raised 84,480
pennies—enough to stretch a mile—to be
used toward bringing the Internet to the
The students gathered 107,616 pennies.
On Tuesday, they marched a mile around
the school as a symbol of their fund-raising
Then they walked through the audito
rium, where Rutherford sat getting the let
ters “B” for Blumfield and “I” for Internet
shaved on either side of his head.
Doug Gorham, 11, a fifth-grader with a
blond, spiked ‘do, said that Rutherford’s
new coif was pretty cool.
Blumfield will hold its grand Internet
opening March J, Rutherford said. The
school has raised about 80 percent of its
$6,000 goal for hooking up the computer
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said he feared cutting income taxes this year
would result in raising taxes two or three years
down the road.
Sen. Bob Wickersham of Harrison asked
one person testifying in support of the bill if it
was more important to address the more costly
* problem of personal property tax.
John Jordison, of the Nebraska Tax Re
search Council, said the property tax problem
still needed to be addressed.
“There is little question in my mind we rely
too heavily on property taxes,” Jordison said.
Wickersham also asked Jordison how an
income tax reduction would affect the average
family as determined by Jordison’s organiza
The Nebraska Tax Research Council has
developed a statistical family based on the
average Nebraska family.
That family of four making $41,827 per
year and paying $937 per year in income tax
would have a savings of $42.17 per year.
Jordison said he had questions about what
money was being used to fund the the income
tax cut, but he still supported it.
“How can anyone not support a tax cut?” he
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