STATES & CITIES: Crashing Echo

When an economy-minded Congress lopped off a ponderous $83 million from the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation, the resulting crash echoed throughout the West like the crash of a felled Sequoia. Four Republican, four Democratic governors of California, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Washington rushed to Seattle's Olympic Hotel to take counsel. Arizona and Nevada sent representatives.

The meeting was short and sharp. Washington's Mon C. Wallgren declared that such cuts, which hit irrigation and power projects, reminded him of a home-builder leaving a dwelling half-finished. California's Earl Warren chimed: "These are not appropriations . . . but...

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