Casa Grande Dispatch, March 3, 1976

Casa Grande Dispatch

March 03, 1976

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Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - March 3, 1976, Casa Grande, Arizona iv Is Up for Sale for Baseball Clubs ProSeason Training are Vague Staff Writer National Exhibition Co has sold the San Francisco Giants baseball team and is seeking a buyer for Francisco Grande Hotel west of Casa Grande NEC vice president Chuck Rupert said lodsv Meanwhile the team is still planning to return to Casa Grande for its prespring training workouts this year although any future connection between the hotel and the team is uncertain said Rupert in San Francisco Rupert said in a telephone interview with the Dispatch today that the clubs new owners financier Bob Lurie and Phoenix meat packer Bud Herseth plan to use it for spring training this year But Rupert added Beyond that I dont know what their plans Rupert did not rule out the possibility of the new club leasing Francisco Grande for its training grounds He did say however that National Exhibition is in the process of liquidating the Rupert explained that the sale of the Giants was only the first step of the liquidaton designed to convert the companys assets into cash and distribute it to shareholders We will be looking in the near future to dispose of Francisco Rupert said Were trying to sell assets for cash and distribute it to the shareholders and one of the assets is Francisco Rupert said he is unsure of the Giants plans for a training facility Laurie and Herseth were unavailable for comment today Frank Bergonzi a traveling secretary for the Giants told the Dispatch from his Candlestick Park office in San Francisco today that Francisco Grande still belongs to the National Exhibition Co It was not included in the Bergonzi along with Jack Kane general manager and Gus Moreno manager ortFrancisro Grande also told the Dispatch today that they dont know if any changes are in the offing for the hotel The hotels annual payroll has been estimated at more than It does more than million in businesseach year In a surprise move Tuesday night Lurie and Herseth purchased the Giants for million in cash The sale was immediately ap proved by National League owners and a flurry of activity and speculation began after the sale was announced Bergonzi said the million price tag was for the Giants team only The Phoenix Giants the parent clubs AAA farm team was also unaffected by the deal Bergonzi said Theyll Phoenix Giants still work with Bergonzi said Whether or not they the San Francisco team train there depends entirely on the player Bergonzi said If they come to terms in time they will still train I doubt very much that the new owners would build a new training facility I dont know what their plans Bergonzi added I dont know offhand if theyll continue to train there and I dont know if theyll change the See Giants Page 3 Final Countys Daily Newspaper CASA GRANDE WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 1976 10 Per Copy VOL LX1I Contract for Building In CG May Be Awarded April 15 FLORENCE Construction bids for the proposed sixbuilding county office complex for Casa Grande will be opened April 15 the Pinal County Board of Supervisors announced this week Estimated construction cost of the square foot complex is about said John Wilson Dick of Phoenix project architect Dick said today he is optimistic that a large group of bidders will try to win the construction contract and thet the contract amount will be under the estimate Publicfunded construction work has been at tracting more than the usual number of bidders recently Although prices of materials are going up and labor contract of craftsmen are subject to renegotiation I feel we can get a good contract Dick said He declined to speculate on the number of con tractors that might be expected to bid The supervisors last April purchased acres fronting on East Cottonwood Lane as the site or the complex The land for which the supervisors paid is located just east of the Presbyterian Church 702 E Cottonwood Meanwhile site preparation work is under way with county crews grading watering and doing other work to get the property ready for construction Starting March 15 contractors may obtain two sets of plans from Dicks office by paying a deposit The project consists of six separate buildings housing a sheriffs substation and jail a justice of the peace office and courtroom a Superior Court health department offices offices for the county agricultural agent and 4H agent and an administration building containing offices for the District 2 supervisor county assessor motor vehicle registration department and planning and zoning department The contract will include landscaping and a paved parking lot for 280 cars Specifications require bids on three addon alter nate features Dick said The alternates involve the addition of quarry tile flooring addition of vinyl wall covering and use of mechanical piping for running hot and cold water tc and from the air conditioning system Total cost of the building including land con struction architects fee and other costs has been estimated at around million The project is progressing on schedule according to a timetable drawn up earlier by him and James Kortsen district 2 supervisor Plans call for a construction contract to be awarded on the day bids are opened or within a few days for groundbreaking by May 1 and for the complex to be in use by Christmas BLOOD is applied to the stickon cui of a supposed victim of a twovehicle accident staged behind the Casa Grande Mail Tuesday night as an exercise to test emergency medical and fire personnel In Casa Grande For story and mow photos see page 8 of todays Dispatch Staff Photo Farmers in Electrical District No 1 received ap proval from the Arizona Corporation Commission Tuesday to purchase electricity at wholesale rates from Arizona Public Service Co to reduce irrigation costs District officials today expressed pleasure at the commissions action and said the proposed new rates would save them from having to go out of business The action affects owners of approximately 35 sections of land who formed the district last June At a hearing Tuesday in Phoenix the commission unanimously approved the series of agreements R J Brock Ellis of Phoenix the districts at torney said a possibility exists that APS will seek approval of the agreements from the Federal Power Commission before putting new rates into effect Im waiting to hear from them but I hope theyre able to go ahead without that FPC said EUis This is vital to the farmers Tom Caywood chairman of the districts board of directors told ifte commission that his irrigation costs last year were about a day for 133 acres of cotton In 1974 the costs of running his irrigation pump was about a month Last year his bills averaged a month during the heaviest part of the season Caywbcd said Some acres are under irrigation in the district Of the approximately 100 irrigation pumps is the district an estimated 67 are powered by natural See ED One Page 3 Navajos Accuse Barry of ForkedTongue Politics I covered wagon Train B ff Wr w WINDOW ROCK Tribal Chairman Peter Mac Donald Tuesday issued a strongly worded criticism of Sen Barry Goldwater who last week called for a federal audit of tribal funds At the same time Rep Daniel Peaches RTuba City said the Navajo tribe is no longer certain that Goldwater is a friend of the Indian Peaches a tribal administrator made the comment on the floor of the Arizona House MacDonald called the audit request was just another example of his forkedtongue approach to being an elected rep Peaches said Goldwater has been made an honorary cmef ot several Arizona tribes and has given his hilltop home in Paradise Valley a suburb of Phoenix a Navajo name He said the Arizona senator was also permitted fay the late Tribal Chairman Paul Jones to use Navajo Sandstones for his home and a Phoenix shopping center store which bears his familys name This was all done in the belief that Goldwater was indeed a Phoenix Police Trap Murder Suspect PHOENIX AP A convicted rapist is being questioned in connection with the slayings of at least two of eight women found murdered in the desert near here in recent years Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Blubaum said Tuesday Joe Clarence Smith 26 Phoenix was booked for investigation of false imprisonment and assault after he picked up an un dercover policewoman about midnight Sunday Blubaum said Smith has been considered one of several possible suspects in the series of slayings and deputies woking with Phoenix police had had him under surveillance some of the slain women vanished from or had links with the West McDowell Road area the policewoman was placed in the area Saturday night Blubaum said Smith invited her into his car and went to a machine shop operated by his father where he drove inside the building Smith said the sheriff refused to turn the lights on and refused to let the undercover officer leave then assaulted Wont Ads Work Wonders Want Ads Sells Miniature Schnauzer Bill Jocksors 1108 t lourel Or Coio Grondc recently ploced Ihe following Wont Ad in the Diipotrh The off icer was wearing a minature radio transmitter and when she screamed authorities converged on the shop Smith was convicted of two counts of rape in 1974 Blubaum said two knives some tape and bloodstains were found in Smiths car The latest of the series of desert slaying victims was Neva Lee 14 Phoenix Her nude mutilated body was found Feb 2 south of South Mountain Her hands had been bound her mouth had been taped and she had been stabbed repeatedly Dirt had been forced into her mouth and she died of suffocation Authorities say the slaying was almost identical to the murder of Sandy Spencer 19 also of Phoenix Her body was found last New Years Eve near Wittman Blubaum has said that six other bodies found in recent years in the desert areas near Phoenix may be those of women killed by the same man and investigators are virtually certain that Miss Lee and Miss Spencer were slain by the same person friend of the said Peaches But today we are not so Why is Goldwater doing these things asked Peaches Only Goldwater knows but I suspect Goldwater is mad at the Navajos because he realized they can think for Peaches concluded that Goldwater who fights for the freedom of the privileged should expand his efforts to fight for the freedom of the underprivileged as Concerning the call for the audit MacDonald noted in his statement that the tribe is constantly being audited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as well as the federal departments which provide money for activities within the Navajo Noting that Goldwater once supported former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate crisis but last week opposed Nixon for his comments in China said it become apparent that Goldwaters positions are at best temporary and subject to change like the At the same time that the senator switched from selling Nixon to selling him out he has decided that it is more profitable to sell Navajos than it is to sell them out though in our case he ap parently thinks he can do MacDonald said People have been auditing us for the last 10 years so in truth the only party in the current dispute who hasnt been audited and perhaps ought to be is Sen MacDonald said MacDonald noted that a recent news magazine story related that the senator is selling enlargements of a picture he took of an aged Navajo in 1938 for each At those prices he would only have to sell two pictures to exceed the average per capita Navajo said MacDonald While the senators position of posing as a friend of the Navajo See Navajo Page 3 A Bicentennial covered wagon tour of Arizona will settle in Casa Grande Saturday for an evening street dance in the Safeway parking lot on Florence Boulevard The wagon train sponsored by the Desert Troop Search and Rescue Squad a nonprofit corporation with principle offices in Peoria began its trek Monday from the Olive Square Shopping Center in Peoria Casa Grande is the trains first stop The trek willtake wagon train members on a mile tour of Arizona ending July 4 with a Bicentennial celebration in Peoria A street dance complete with live music food and refreshments will be held in each city the train visits Other points of rendezvous include Ft Huachuca Willcox Globe and Flagstaff In all 17 Arizona towns will be visited daring the fourmonth jaunt Those interested in becoming members of the wagontrain pay a fee and furnish their own sleeping bags All ii proceeds go to needy children of Arizona Begun three years ago the Desert Troop Search and Rescue Squad is more involved with aiding indigent children than with conducting search and rescue missions Retired Army Col Bud Adair began the organization and created the wagon train idea In three years the organization has helped about needy children The Casa Grande celebration is scheduled to start around and will end sometime after midnight Scoop Turns Thoughts fo Showdown Tuesday In Floridas We re wo found qood our dog so wcii Hr wofd from ffio Got o to get across to ihoirvand1 Want Arj You can do 01 a pi day on our 1776 7 fliy Spfnol or 99 ppr day nCjula1 ti ay plan in lourhwitliorK Ad lornc IiCJrj or jmlip nftfiriy lo ynlrwith your url frill Ht I I in BOSTON AP Sen Henry M Jackson the victor in Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary is turning his attention to Florida but says its primary next Tuesday will not be decisive in gaining the nomination Rep Morris Udall of Arizona ran second in the Massachusetts vote Tuesday and was clearly the leader among the partys liberal candidates Sen Birch Bayh another liberal was seventh among the eight Democrats and may decide today whether to bow out An aide to the Indiana senator said Bayh planned a meeting in Washington today with key campaign ardes In Florida Jackson will face his most serious challenge from Southerners George C Wallace and Jimmy Carter Wallace ran third in Massachusetts and Carter fourth President Ford meanwhile said hP was pleased wilh victory over former California Gov Ronald Reagan in Massachusetts where Reagans name was on Ihe Iwllot and in Vermont whore il wasnl With 94 per rent of he precincts in MassachusMs counted Ford had votes or 62 per cent and 27 delegates to votes or 35 per cent and 15 delegates In Vermont with 96 per cent of the precincts counted Ford had votes or 84 per cent to Reagans writein votes or 16 per cent Carter got nearly half the vote in beating two other major candidates Tuesday in Vermont He conceded however he was overly optimistic in predicting i finish in the top three in Massachusetts after winning New Hampshires primary a week ago He did not campaign as extensively in Massachusetts as the others The lineup in Massachusetts with 94 per cent of the states precincts reporting was Jackson votes or 23 per cent and W delegates Udall votes or IB per delegates Wallace votes or 17 per rent am delegates votes or 14 per cent and 1C delegates Fred Itarris votes or 8 per cent and 6 delegates Shriver votes or 7 per cent and 8 delegates votes or 5 per cent and 1 delegate Ellen McCormack the antiabortion candidate voes or 4 per cent and 1 delegate Pennsylvania Gov Milton J Shapp votes or 3 per cent and I delegate Jackson said his victory in Massachusetts was based on a broad coalition of support but both Udall and Wallace proclaimed triumph too The Washington senator said on the News that he did not think Florida would be decisive m choosing the Democratic nominee Wallace is ahead in the South lets face he said The point is that I beat Jimmy Carter and George Wallace in the kind of state you must w in He said Massachusetts was the first real mduslrial state to hold a primary calling it the kind uf slate most important to the Democrats Asked whether the race had come down to him against the liberals Jackson replied Whats a liberal0 The point is that in Massachusetts I walked off witfi the lunch bucket the labor vote is traditionally Udall who like Jackson appeared on both CBS and NBC news programs today said he did not think Wallace was a serious threat to the nomination but would be a factor There are only three people this morning who have a serious shot at the he said Their names are Jackson Carter and He also said the thought progressives have the balance of power in this party and that among liberal candidates Im the oniy horse to ride This is clearly thetimelo he said Wallace who pegged his campaign to antibusing sentiment in Boston said he with his showing See Jackson Page 3 ;