Clipped From Albuquerque Journal
House Passes Water-Projects Bill; Includes Animas-La Plata Irrigation Compiled From Journal Wires WASHINGTON The House voted Thursday to spend SI 19 million to start construction on 43 new water projects across the country, from Baltimore Harbor to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Rep. Silvio Conte, R-Mass , appeared in the House press gal lery in a pink rubber pig mask to register his protest against the "pork barrel" legislation and against lawmakers with their "schnozzle ... in the trough " Only 13 of the 43 new projects were requested by President Reagan. Moreover, only 23 of the projects in the bill were previously authorized by Congress. One of the projects that received approval is the Animas La Plata Irrigation Project that would serve Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Martin Roche, acting projects manager for the Bureau of Reclamation in Durango, said he did not know the amount of money in the bill earmarked for the project, but that a House subcommittee earlier had approved $1.35 million for it The irrigation system, which has price tag of $500 million, would supply water for farming, city and Indian users between Farmington and Durango. Two dams, two major pump plants and numerous canals and reservoirs would divert water from the Animas River The money approved Thursday would fund the first phase of the project, Roche said. It would be used to hire a construction engineer, purchase land and relocate pipelines, he said. First authorized by Congress in 1968, the project has been discussed since the 1940s, Roche said. The bill passed by voice vote after the House defeated 271 to 133 an amendment by Rep. Bob Kdgar, D-Pa., to delete money for the unauthorized projects "The bill is pork barrel and everything else," said Conte through the mask, which had a long snout and big ears. To demonstrate his point. Conte put his snout to a table and made slurping, oinking noises Conte called his mask "descriptive of these congressmen and congresswomen who . . . have their schnozzle right in the trough and slurping up taxpayer expense on these projects" He said it was likely Reagan would veto the measure. But Rep Tom Bevill, D-Ala., the sponsor of the bill, said he had "no doubt" the Senate would also pass the legislation and Reagan would sign it "We do not anticipate having any difficulty," Bevill said. "It's very critical. This nation cannot be competitive in the international markets if we do not upgrade our harbors and inland waterways." The new water projects for the Corps of Engineers include replacement or construction of new locks and dams on the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon, on the Ohio River in West Virginia, and the Ohio and Mnnon-' gahela rivers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Other projects are port and channel improvements in Baltimore, Mobile, Norfolk, Sacramento, San Francisco and Tampa. In addition to the Animas-It Plata project, the bill appropriates funds for three other new Bureau of Reclamation projects: the Narrows Unit f lood-control-and-irrigation project in Colorado and hydroelectric projects in Wyoming and Arizona. The proposed improvement of the Baltimore Harbor would provide for a uniform main channel, 50 feet deep and generally 800 or 1,000 feet wide, through the Chesapeake Bay from the Virginia Capes to Fort McHenry. I Rep. Silvio Conte Hears Protests Lawmakers With Russian Emigre Maestro Blends Music, Charm Continued From A-l sum repression would return every time he programmed a conceit. "I always think, how (is it) possible for me to make my program and not (have toi approve this program with some body'" In Russia, the minister of cul ture would review his programs and tell him he couldn't play one work, or had to insert another He said that from IsMS to 154, Soviet conductors were forbidden to perforin works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich the two greatest contemporary Russian composers And even today, he added, it is difficult to get permission to perform certain of their works "Now I am free.'' he said. "I conduct what I like, what I think is good " That includes a fair amount of American music Kostropovich is obviously sensitive to the fact he is a Russian conducting the Unit ed States' National Symphony, questioned about his commit ment to American music, he reeled off a long list of works by U.S. composers he has per formed Former Policeman Robert Earl Davis Gets Deferred Sentence in Gun Case KSTANCIA A judge on Thursday deferred sentencing former Albuquerque policeman Robert Karl 1 avis and placed him on three years' probation for his July 5 conviction of possessing a deadly weapon as a prisoner. The penalty imposed by state District Judge Kdmund H Kase in effect means no additional time will be added to the 22-year term Davis currently is serving for his role in a multistate robbery and burglary ring. Assistant Attorney General Jeff Romero said Thursday, however, that the state will prosecute Davis as a habitual offender, which could add four years to the sentence. Romero said a hearinR is sched 4 I " i VI1 lavrphnti' Pig Outfit in House Gallery "Schnozzle ... in the Trough" The only piece of American music in his Albuquerque concert was the very short "Adagio for Strings'' of Samuel Barber But Henry Fogel, the National Sym phonv's executive director, noted that tour sponsors usually prefer a conservative repertoire, so con certs w ill have a belter chance of selling out (Censorship can take different forms l Kostropovich spends half his professional life conducting, and the other half playing the cello He responded to a question about w Inch fit prefers u ith an analogy What you like." he asked the inquiring reporter, "something sail or something sweet' Alter dinner, you prefer something sweet, during dinner, something sail " In the same way. he .said, he likes both pursuits in different ways "Because I'm conducting. I'm sure I play better cello, because I get much clearer point of view of the music, of the structure," he added "My cello is also a help to n it- as a conductor I can talk to my colleagues m the string section about bow mg, ;. bout kinds of sounds " uled for Dec 1 before Judge Kase in Kstancia Davis, 34, faced a basic three-year sentence for the gun-possession conviction Davis was charged with several crimes in connection with the June sK2 escape of convicted murderer Thomas Wayne Crump from the Torrance County Jail. Crump, who already was serving two life terms, later admitted killing Albuquerque cab driver Ian Smith and wounding cab driver Steve Hewitt after the escape. A Torrance County jury last summer convicted Davis of possessing a weapon but acquitted him of conspiracy, assisting an escape and furnishing Crump with articles for the escape.