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Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1972, Yuma, Arizona CKO PHO'IO D1V BELL-HOivELL CO S DAVID HILL OLD MRNhriELE KD OH I Thunderstorm Brings Yuma Spectacular .23 Inch of Rain SUN 176th Issue, 67th Year SENTINEL 71 st Issue, 100th Year Yuma, Arizona, Tues., June 6, 1972 Melon Shipments Rising as Both Sides Claim Success Just under 100 rail and truck-loads equivalents of cantaloupes left Yuma yester- day, as both shippers and union pickets claimed success in the labor controversy. Growers said they are re- turning to near normal opera- tions and claim the strike is not as effective among pickers as it was at the start. But Jerry Cohen, attorney for the United Farm Workers Union, said pickets found crews in only 10 of 70 melon fields yesterday. Growers are using high school and college students and some "green card" crews still on the job to harvest the melons. Harold Hosford of F.H. Hogue Co. said today that "ev- erything is going real good. "We'll probably finish here about the middle or latter part of next he stated. "We didn't have any late melons." He said the labor situation "is still good." However, he added, "Because we're all be- hind in the fields it's slowing .us down a little bit. We have so many soft melons that we have to throw a lot away. But we have quite a few green carders today and plenty of workers." Manuel Chavez, local union leader, said today that "we are 468 Coal Miners Missing in Blast SALISBURY, Rhodesia (API A total of 468 coal miners are feared dead in the worst mining disaster in Rho- desia's history, a spokesman for the Wankie Colliery said today. A major underground explo- sion occurred this morning at the mine about 200 miles north of Bulawayo, the spokesman said. He said 435 Africans and 33 whites were underground in the mine at the time, and there was no indication of any sur- vivors. Rescuers were hampered by gas and by damage to the ven- tilation system. The world's worst mining di- saster occurred in Manchuria in 1942, when workers were killed in the Honkeiko Colliery. The worst in the United States was on Dec. 6, 1907, when 361 died at Monon- gah, W. Va. A spokesman at the Wankie Mine Hospital said only four miners had been admitted with injuries. They were four sur- face workers injured as a result of the underground explosion. The spokesman could not de- scribe their injuries or say how they were caused. There was no explanation of what caused the blast. The Wankie Colliery, owned by the giant Anglo-American Group, produces about mil- lion tons of coal a year. It sup- plies all Rhodesia's coal needs. successful, but only with the workers. We don't picket the students. They don't know what's happening. All they know is that they are making some money." He added that he heard the packing shed workers "aren't very happy because they are having to throw too many melons away and are not mak- ing much money." Saying the union plans to stay here year round to pursue picketing activities of all crops, he added, "Last night at our meeting we voted to continue the strike throughout the har- vest. "The growers said they wanted an election, and I of- fered to give them an election, but got no response. They can't say we are not a bona fide he continued. Chevez added that the strik- ing workers are mad because the growers are using students to work. He claims between 800 and regular workers have now walked off their jobs. (Turn to Page 2) By DUNCAN OSBORN The Yuma Daily Sun Thirsty, parched Yuma was rewarded with its first measur- able rain of the year last night flooding many streets. But ev- eryone didn't rejoice. The .23 of an inch of rainfall, accompanied by spectacular lightning displays and thunder, played havoc with the electrical facilities of Ari- zona Public Service, according to Bob Wilkinson of APS. And there's a 20 per cent chance of more to come. Vic Gotten of the National Weather Service says there's a slight chance of thunder- showers with a 20 per cent chance of rain through tomor- row. If nothing else, consider- able cloudiness is assured. Wilkinson said APS had 11 men at work combatting mul- tiple outages all over town last night. Three outages due to lightning occurred last night, with two more this morning. During the storm peak, from about to last night, the west side of Main Street downtown and a section be- tween 4lh Street and 10th Street west of
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