the crash of an Air Force A7D jet near the University of Arizona in 1978,
Congressman Udall asked military and civilian aviation officials to study
ways to reduce aircraft noise and improve safety within the Greater Tucson
from this task force:
Front: Combination Of Solutions
than two years, our bill for imported foreign oil has jumped from $40 billion
to $70 billion a year, and ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC) promise more price increases.
much of our money is leaving the country, the effect, as we have seen,
is serious. If the U.S. were to have only one goal in the 1980s, it should
be to break the grip of OPEC on our economy and our national life.
in this fight, as noted elsewhere in this report, has not been fast enough
for most Americans, but there have been some victories.
is written, the Udall bills on solar energy, wind power and gasohol all
have been approved in committee, and may come to a full vote of the House
of Representatives at any time. Another bill, dealing with geothermal,
is before the House Interior Committee, and faces action soon.
with the moves to find alternative energy sources are several approaches
aimed at conservation -- everything from appropriations for research and
development to the authorization of low-interest loans to assist homeowners
in installing solar energy devices, to tax deductions for certain types
of home weatherizing.
was cheap energy, which disappeared. The solution will have more than one
answer, a combination of the best alternative energy generating systems
the U.S. can develop.
The group is now looking at the possibility of moving some area military
aviation to Marana Air Park, to temporarily relieve local air congestion.
environmental and legal restrictions are satisfied, Marana Air Park could
become a permanent "satellite" airfield for some Air Force and Air National
* An attempt
to upgrade Ryan Field is underway, to allow expanded use of that field
by private aircraft.
the Air Guard has agreed to reroute two of its A7 squadrons from D-M to
other bases, cutting the total number of flights over the city this winter
by about 40 percent. Air Guard units from out of state normally fly from
D-M from January to April of each year.
Air Guard flights still operating from D-M will be doing so under new D-M
rules that require them to reduce their total number of flights over Tucson's
is expected to continue their work on noise abatement, air traffic congestion
and air safety through 1980.
Sought On U.S. Plan For Ajo Land
Udall will oppose a move by the Bureau of Land Management to designate
land in Ajo as wilderness unless there is community support for the BLM
is required to study potential wilderness acreage in Arizona and report
its recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior, who then is to transmit
them to Congress.
concern about the inclusion of land in Ajo because the community already
is virtually land-locked, being bounded on the east by the Papago Indian
Reservation, on the north by an Air Force gunnery range, on the south by
the Organ Pipe National Monument and to the west by Cabeza Prieta Range.
by Congressman Udall during the first session of the 96th Congress, of
special interest to residents of the 2nd Congressional District:
the case of the Florida-Arizona "Tomato War" to the White House and urged
a ruling favorable to the Arizona produce industry. Treasury Department
ruled in Arizona's favor in November, a major victory in this long fight.
through last year's effort to help Tucson build Kolb Road extension and
aided local officials in obtaining $37 million from Secretary of Transportation
to help pay for the project.
help of local co-sponsors, held a Small Business Seminar for Southern Arizonans,
resulting in the Small Business Promotion Act, introduced in this Congress.
crash of Air Force A7D jet in 1978, urged formation of study group to address
a wide range of airspace problems. (See related story, this page.)
Pima County Parks and Recreation Department in gaining $224,000 to add
442 acres near Gates Pass to Tucson Mountain Park.
Pima County-City of Tucson complaint about postal charges for mailing a
double billing to area residents straight to Postmaster General. Ruling
was overturned at considerable savings to both governments and to local
Ajo residents in opposing a further expansion of Bureau of Land Management
wilderness in the Ajo area.
in creation of the Papago-Tucson Foreign Trade Zone, dedicated in 1979
by Ambassador Robert Strauss.
* At the
request of the City of Tucson, was instrumental in seeing that the Bureau
of Land Management release 170 acres of federal land adjacent to Tanque
Verde and Prudence Roads, enabling city development of a major regional
park. The federal land was released without charge to taxpayers.
for continuation of Central Arjzona Project and for alternative studies
to solve Arizona water problems.