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Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1972, Yuma, Arizona WIOilEK. OH APPROVAL URGED Nixon Reveals Fine Print of Arms Pacts SUN 182nd Issue, 67th Year SENTINEL 77th Issue, 100th Year Yuma, Arizona, Tues., June 13, 1972 Caucus Set On Revenue By JONES OSBORN President Nixon will have a special guest in the White House this week: President Luis Echeverria of Mexico. He will be there on Thursday and Friday. It will be Pres. Echeverria's first official visit to Washing- ton and one topic that is high on the list of probable topics is the salinity of the Colorado River. By treaty, the U.S. agreed in 1944 to guarantee that 114 million acre feet of water from the Colorado River flows to Mexico each year. When a Mexican delegation visited the White House a month ago, its leaders put Mr. Nixon on notice that they con- sider the salinity problem ur- gent. So that is almost certain to be a topic of prime consider- ation when the presidents confer. There is no argument about the salinity of the Colorado River. Every time its waters are put to use, and then re- turned to the river, they be- come saltier. And so, by the time they reach Yuma (and Mexico) they have increased in salts. The real problem began in 1961. In that year the drainage waters from the Wellton- Mohawk project, heavy with salts, began to flow into the Gila River bed and thence into the Colorado River and on to Mexico. Secondly, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began to exert more control of the amount of water going to Mexico. We had been sending as much as 2 mil- lion acre feet of water to Mexico, to satisfy Ihe ]V4 mil- lion required in Ihe treaty. Thus, when the total flow of waler was reduced, nearer to the treaty requirement, and EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK when Echeverria And Nixon Confer Sharing when the salt-heavy drainage water from Wellton-Mohawk was added, salinity did in- crease substantially. The U.S. took steps to im- prove the quality of water. The by-pass channel was extended in 1965. This gave Mexico a choice: make use of the Well- ton-Mohawk waters, or by- pass them into the Gulf of Ca- lifornia. Moreover, drainage waters from Wellton-Mohawk have declined in salinity every year since 1965. Yet the fact remains that the water going to Mexico is saltier than we would like it to be, even though we have no legal responsibility for the quality of the water. So it should not come as a surprise if Mr. Nixon agrees to some further relief measures. That may, in fact, explain why the federal government is so eager to see a nuclear- powered desalting plant built in this region. A likely site would be on the Mexican border, south of Yuma. Such a plant could process huge amounts of water from the Gulf, not much more than 40 miles awav. It could pro- duce up to million acre feet of pure water a year enough to satisfy the entire Mexican contract. By mixing its "pure" water with the waters of the Colorado, the resulting mix- ture would be eminently suit- able for farm use anywhere with water left over to satisfy other domestic and agricul- tural needs in this arid part of the world. So it is probably notan exag- geration to sav that Mr. Nixon and Sr. Echeverria will very probably be discussing a nu- clear-powered desalting plant this Thursday and Friday in the White House. State Sen. Harold C. Giss and State Reps. Elwood Brad- ford and Jones Osborn of Yuma have been called to Phoenix tomorrow to recon- sider the urban revenue shar- ing proposal. One version of the proposal, calling for increased luxury taxes and higher state income taxes on corporations in order to provide million for in- corporated cities, failed in the final minutes of the Legisla- ture last month. It is understood that Repub- licans and Democrats will caucus on a new proposal, to learn whether there are enough votes to assure its pas- sage. Gov. Jack Williams would have to call a special session in order to get the bill WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon, disclosing some of the fine print of arms curb agreements negotiated with the Soviet Union, urged Congress today to act "without delay" in giving its approval to the accords. A treaty limiting the deploy- ment of antiballistic missiles -ABM-to two sites in each country was sent to the Senate with a request for early ratifi- cation. Both houses of Congress were asked to pass a resolution approving a companion execu- tive agreement that would freeze the total number of land-and sea-based offensive ballistic missiles in the United States and the Soviet Union at present levels. While terming the agree- ments "an important first step in checking the arms Nixon told Congress they "do not close off all avenues of strategic competition." He said it was "essential that we carry forward a sound stra- tegic modernization program to maintain our security and to insure that more permanent and comprehensive arms limi- tation agreements can be reached." Nixon revealed that the United States feels it would have a basis for withdrawing from the ABM treaty if tighter curbs on offensive arms are not negotiated within five years. Either side can withdraw on six months' notice. The fine print Nixon sent Congress disclosed that the United States and the Soviet Union remain far apart in con- sidering the question of mod- ern submarines operated by U.S. allies in the North Atlan- tic Treaty Organization. The Soviets take the position that should the NATO allies build additional modern subs, over and above those now op- erational or under construc- tion, "the Soviet Union will have the right to a corre- sponding increase in the num- ber of its submarines." The United States took the position that it "does not ac- cept the validity of the consid- erations" raised by Moscow re- garding submarines belonging to third countries. American negotiators had wanted to restrict land-mobile intercontinental ballistic mis- as part of the agreement on offensive arms hut deferred the topic in order to an agreement in time for Nixon's summit visit to Moscow last month. However, the United States has served notice it would re- gard the deployment of such launchers "as inconsistent with the objectives" of the executive agreement. The Soviets expres- sed no view on the subject. The exact timing of congres- sional hearings on the treaty and the agreement is still un- certain. Chairman William Ful- bright, D-Ark.. of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman John Stennis. D-Miss., of the Senate Armed Services Committee have in- dicated they favor approval of the accords. VALIANT BATTLE Firemen from Lynn, Mass, and nearby communities battle a church blaze Monday evening. The flames won the battle and the historic Methodist Church in Lynn's City Hall Square was destroyed. Arson is suspected. (AP Wirephoto) U.S. Blasts 2 Bridges 25 Miles from China Social Security Hike Polished Typhoid Outbreak Under Control MEXICO CITY (AP) Mexican health authorities said today a typhoid fever out- break "may be considered under control." The secretarial ofhnalth and welfare offered statistic data in an effort to disprove what it called rumors and said "no tourist is in imminent peril" in Mexico. The authorities said the epi- demic reached its peak in April and began to diminish by the end of that month. They reported cases of typhoid fever were reported this year in Mexico City and neighboring states. WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate Finance Committee completed work today on a measure contain- ing the greatest expansions of Social Security and welfare in history. The bill would raise Social Security benefits 10 per cent for 27.8 million recipients, im- pose strong new work require- ments on many welfare recipi- ents and make many changes in the Medicare and Medicaid health programs. Winding up 11 months of consideration of the monu- mental bill, the panel adopted new Social Security payroll tax schedules raising the levies for the 96 million Americans who pay them. The new schedules would mean a tax hikeof year, as compared with 1972, for persons earning or more in 1973. Chairman Russell B. Long, D-La., reported that his panel had finished its work on the measure but did not take the final vote ordering it to the Senate floor for debate. This will come after the members have had a chance to take a look at the final draft of the legislation, he said. Long said it would be impos- sible to start the floor debate until after the Senate resumes work following the Democratic National Convention which meets July 10 in Miami Beach. THE WEATHER Highest yesterday Lowest this morning Temperature at 1 1 n.m. todny Hinh this afternoon Wednesday Low toniRht Relative humidity at 1 1 a.m. Average high this date Average low this date FORECAST to Wednesday nipht: Mostly clear through Wednesday. Slight- ly higher humidity this afternoon. South- erly daytime winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. SunSet 7: 47 Sun Rise 5: .10 SAIGON (AP) U.S. pilots reported they knocked out two more railroad bridges in North Vietnam within 25 miles of the Chinese border Monday, a few hours before Peking broadcast a strong protest against Ameri- can air attacks along China's southern frontier. Military spokesmen said laser bombs brought down the two bridges on the northeast rail line to China and that they had not been hit before. They were 55 and 60 miles northeast of Hanoi. U.S. planes have bombed North Vietnam's two railroads to China repeatedly in the past week at points 20 to 30 miles from the border. The Chinese Foreign Ministry in a state- ment broadcast Monday night said the air raids threatened the security of China and were "grave provocations against the Chinese people." The U.S. Command said American pilots flew more than 290 strikes against targets in North Vietnam on Monday. B52 bombers battered North Vietnamese supply dumps north of the demilitarized zone today for the sixth successive day. North Vietnam claimed its gunners shot down a U.S. Phantom jet fighter-bomber northeast of Hanoi on Mon- day. The U.S. Command said it had no plane losses to report, hut it disclosed the loss of the third OH6 observation heli- copter in two days 13 miles southwest of Hue. One crew- man was reported missing and one wounded in the crash Monday. The South Vietnamese com- mand said 51 North ese were killed and 105 wea- pons and 15 field radios were captured in a series of clashes Monday at An Loc and south of the city along Highway 13. Nine South Vietnamese were reported killed and 24 wound- ed. Field reports indicate the South Vietnamese are begin- ning to break through the 68-day-old siege at An Loc, a ..provincial capital 60 north of Saigon. But U.S. ad- visers say the siege cannot be considered lifted until High- way 13 is open. It is the only overland route to the city. Supervisors Nix Wilderness Plan The Yuma County Board of Supervisors is opposing mak- ing a wilderness area out of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. (Yuma will be the site of a special hearing on the wilder- ness question on Saturday, July 1st at 9 a.m. in the City- County In a letter to the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife the Board said turning the ref- uge along the Colorado north of Yuma into a wilderness area would permanently remove the land from the county's tax base. The letter pointed out that only 6.7 per cent of Yuma County's land is privately owned. This includes 1.5 mil- lion acres in game ranges and wildlife refuges, the board said. "It is the firm belief of the board that further withdraw- als or acquisition of lands by state or federal agencies in any manner whatsoever... is a catastrophic program for the future of this county and its said the letter. The board said the plan con- flicts with the proposed na- tional parkway along the river suggested by the lower Colora- do Land Use Office. The letter also said the wild- life refuge consists of "small chopped-up blocks of almost all of which have man- made scars. YUMA WORK Million Set In Highway Plan Yumans To Join in Flag Day Celebration i Flag fliers will be in their glory tomorrow. It's Flag Day, the 195th birthday of the American Flag. And continuing in their ef- forts to make Yuma the flag flyingest city in Arizona will be the members of the Boys' Club of Yuma. During the Memori- al Day holidays, the club sec- Inside The Sun Comics..........................16 Crossword......................8 Editorial.........................6 Markets..........................2 Movies.............................8 Women............................3 ceeded in adding 135 owners to their list of flag fliers. The goal is homes in Yuma. The Boys' Club offer is that they'll deliver and install heavy cloth flag with sewn on stripes and printed stars for just the purchase price of That phone number is 782-3972. The club is also selling flags through these outlets: 1st Na- tional Bank's Catalina Branch; 1st Federal Savings, 16th Street; Arizona Bank's 4th Avenue Branch; Valley National Bank's 4th Avenue Branch and Western Savings, 4th Avenue and 17th Street. During the next five years slightly more than mil- lion will be spent for highway construction in Yuma County, according to a recently releas- ed Arizona Highway Depart- ment report. During fiscal year 1972-73, more than million is scheduled to be spent within Yuma County. Of this million will be spent to build the Interstate 8 bridge over the Colorado River. Another million has been set aside for construction of the j'4-mile section of Inter- state 8 between 16th and 4th Streets. And million is programmed for construction of the Ehrenberg section of Interstate 10. Other construction pro- grams during fiscal year 1972- 73 include landscaping and rest area facilities near Ligur- ta and work on Highways 72 arid 95 near Parker. Slightly more than mil- lion will be spent in Yuma County during fiscal year 1973-74 with almost pro- grammed fojr landscaping of Interstate 8 and more than million set aside for work on Interstate 10 near Quartz- site. Of the almost million scheduled to he spent in Yuma County during fiscal year 1974-75, million is pro- grammed for work on Avenue 3E between MCAS and the Interstate 8 junction. Almost million more will be spent to resurface Inter- state 8 near Aztec. The re- mainder is set for landscaping of Interstate 10 near (Turn to Page 2) NO PLACE TO GO A enant cyclist stops at the top of the unfinished portion of Interstate 8 here near the Territorial Prison. A just- released budget plan of the Arizona Highway Depart. shows that a total of million is budgeted for paving of this section as well as construction of the ramps and new Colorado River bridges. (Sunfoto)