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   Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, Yuma, Arizona                             J SERVICE COPY Extends fo State Justices of Peace VUMA SUN-151st Issue, 70th Year OOD ..a.n.d AR.IZO.NA x SENTINEL 28 Pages 10 Cents Yuma, Arizona, Thurs., May 9, 1974 Telephone 783-3333 SENTINEL 47th Issue, 102nd Year IMPEACH HEARINGS BEGIN Quitting, Rhodes Tells Nixon LEARNING THE GAME Norman Bann (left) of Somerton and Yufna's George Gilley, partners in the upcoming. Tri-Valley .Golf Tournament at Yuma Golf and Country Club, give some, lessons to. 22-year-old Debi Schoff prior to the opening of the event on Friday. Debi won't be in the tournament, but with spectators like her, the watching will be Half the fun. (Sunfoto) Farm, Food Prices Slow Wholesale Rate Increase WASHINGTON (AP) Sharp declines in farm and food prices slowed the rise in wholesale prices in April to its slowest rate in six months, the government reported today. The Labor Department said wholesale prices increased se- ven-tenths of one per cent sea- sonally adjusted and five- tenths of one per cent unad- justed. The increase' was., still high by normal standards but con- siderably below increases re- corded since November. April's rise compared with adjusted increases of 1.3 per cent in March, cent in February and 3.1 per cent in January. Despite the slowdown in farm and food prices, there was Robber Forgot ho hint that the inflationary 'surge was abating. Industrial prices, regarded as one of the surest barometers of inflation, jumped an adjusted 2.3 per cent in April. In March industrial prices climbed 2.9 oer cent. 1 Farm products, processed foods and feeds declined for the second consecutive month, dropping an adjusted 3 per cent and an unadjusted 3.7 per cent. The Agriculture Department predicted Wednesday that food prices would begin to level off during the second half of the year and possibly even decline in the final quarter. Wholesale prices rose 18.8 per cent in the past 12 months. Changes in wholesale prices usually are reflected later at the retail level. April's increase lifted the government's wholesale price index to 155.3. That means it cost S155.30 to buy the same volume of wholesale goods that_ purchased in 1967. Price increases by industries freed from price controls ap- peared to be cracking the Cost of Living Council's heralded anti-inflation commitments for big business -unless Congress votes to hold them together. Wholesale prices for April reflected other increases in a wide variety of materials. Machinery and equipment rose 1.4 percent. Lumber prod- ucts jumped 4.7 per cent .and furniture products l.Sper cent. Weather Highest yesterday Lowest this morning Temperature at 11 a.m. today High this afternoon Low tonight Relative humidity at II a.m. Average high this date Average low this date FORECAST to Friday night: Mostly clear and warm through Friday, South- erly daytime winds 10-15 mph. High temperature tomorrow will be 96. HIS change Trucfeau Toppled By Canada Vote LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) A would-be bank robber ended up S20 short Wednesday when a teller refused to give him any money. Police said a young man with long hair entered a branch of Lynchburg Federal Savings Loan Association and asked for change for a bill. Along with the money he also handed the teller, Mrs. Ruth 0. Smith, a note saying he wanted all her 85, and bills and gave her a paper bag to put the money in. said Mrs. Smith. Police said the man, who didn't produce a weapon or make any threats, panicked, grabbed his bag and note and ran off. He forgot Jiis bill. OTTAWA (AP) Canada's political parties began prepar- ing today for a general election in July after the toppling of Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Liberal government. Inflation was certain to be the major campaign issue. By a 137-123 vote, the House of Commorci adopted a motion of no confidence in Trudeau's minority government. The 54- year-old prime minister said he would call on Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger today to ask him to dis- solve the lower house and call an election. Election day is expected to IK) July 8. Meanwhile, Trmlemi and the Liberal cabinet con- tinue in office as a caretaker government. Trudeau said in a telecast after his defeat that he wel- comed the electoral fight but considered the interruption of parliament while the country faced inflationary problems "unfortunate and unneces- sary." Trudeau was brought down by the New Democratic Party, Canada's third largest political faction, whose support had kept him in office since the Liberal majority in Commons was reduced to a minority by the 1972 election. New YUHS Superintendenf Jolns A i White House Says 'No' Is Announced by Board Dr. Paul Plath, assistant to the superintendent for the Phoenix Union High School System, will become superin- tendent for Yuma Union High School District July 1st. The announcement was made today by Mrs. Helene Bennett, school board pres- ident. Plath succeeds W.A. Canode, superintendent the past 10 years. "The school board was look- ing for an energetic, decisive highly ethical and strong lead- er, possessing skills in inter- personal relations, capable of assessing future needs and de- veloping said Mrs. Bennett. "The board also wanted a person with interest and tal- ents in communications and public relations. Dr. Plath fits the bill in all these she added. Following Canode's resigna- tion, the board contracted the services of the state universi- ties under direction of Dr. Lyle Mullens of Northern Arizona University to assist in the screening of applicants. .Donald Jackson, school board president at Phoenix Union, praised Plath for his effective work in legislative and community relations. Phoenix Union Superin- tendent Gerald DeGrow pro- dieted Plath'will make a fine DR. PAUL PLATH superintendent. "I .have work- ed, closely, on many projects with Dr. Plath, and I recom- mend him as a very capable said DeGrow. Plath, 38, is married and the father of three children. He has served as assistant to the superintendent in Phoenix, since July, 1971, and has serv- ed as interim principal- at South Mountain High School, federal program, director, guid- ance counselor, basketball coach and art'feacher. Piath has been active in nu- merous community activities including board membership in Junior Achievement, Phoenix YMCA, Phoenix Human Rela-' tions Commission, Community Organization for Drug Abuse Control and Arizona School Public Relations Assn. He was named Outstanding Young Educator for Arizona in 1970. According to Mrs. Bennett, they were assisted by an advi- sory committee composed of an administrator, two teachers and another person from each of the high schools. This group and a board member made trips to the lo- cales of. the top men in the state and conducted inter- views in Yuma, she said, Plath said the district pre- sented a real challenge in de- veloping long-range plans to keep ahead of the rapid growth of the area, and plans to form advisory groups to involve stu- dents, teachers and parents in the planning process. "I welcome the opportunity to serve a system with a sound reputation for a good educa- tional program and communi- ty support of he commented. "Also the excel- lent cooperation and working relationship that exists be- tween the'.board and school district personnel is a plus fac- tor triat any school fedrnvms-. 'trator would welcome." WASHINGTON (AP) Two members of the House Republican leadership said today President Nixon should consider resigning because of public reaction to recent Wa- tergate disclosures but the White House said Nixon "is determined to remain in of- fice." House Republican Leader John Rhodes of Arizona said Nixon "ought to consider resig- nation as a possible option" if it becomes apparent that ero- sion of public confidence pre- vents him from effectively dis- charging his duties. Rep. John B. Anderson of Illinois, chairman of the House Republican Conference said it would be best for the country if Nixon resigned and predicted Nixon will be impeached if he does not step down voluntarily. The House Judiciary Com- mittee began hearing evidence today on possible impeach- ment of the President. At the White.House, Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. War- ren said Nixon "is determined to remain in office'despite the comments by some and the at- tacks by others." Warren said Nixon "feels he has a personal and constitu- tional responsibility to defend the presidency" by continuing with his work. The spokesman said mail re- action, to Nixon's last week and release- REP. JOHN RHODES Those hearings resulted in the impachment of Andrew Johnson, but the Senate ac- quitted him. Rodino, whose remarks were carried over national televi- sion, said the committee would begin its hearings by consider- ing materials relating to the question of President Nixon's responsibility 1'or the Water- gate breakin and its subse- quent investigation by law en- forcement agencies. Immediately after Rodino. Legislators Get Brief Marathon Break PHOENIX (AP) With House leaders vowing to end the session today, bleary-eyed legislators returned to work a few hours after ending a mara- thon 16-hour session early this morning. "This is said House Majority Leader Burton Barr, R-Phoenix. "We ain't going home until it's over. There ain't no tomorrow." House Speaker Stan Akers of Phoenix gave fair warning .to legislators shortly before ad- journment at 1 a.m. today. When the legislature recon- venes, he. said, "come prepared to stay...forever." It promises to be a long day, probably stretching well into Friday .morning, with legisla- tors bouncing from floor ses- sions to caucus to conference committees and back again. Here the key items re- maining on the agenda and how they stood: Nearly 5700 million in state appropriations. Passed by Additional stones, page 12 the House and little trouble is expected in the Senate: Medicaid and catastrophic health insurance. A compro- mise was worked out in confer-. ence between the two houses. It now. goes back to both chambers for action. Constitutional spending limit: Passed by the Senate, but still bottled up in the House Republican caucus. The House is expected to make changes and return it to the Senate. Ethics package. Confer- ence agreements have been set- tled on three of four bills, while the measure on official disclo- sure faced the uncertainty of a conference committee. commitment pro- cedures.- Passed by the Senate and held for a week in' the House as a means of leverage for its chief sponsor, Sen. Scott Alexander R-Tucson, but pas- sage is expected. of the transcripts running pretty heavy" and -that "the general -nature js 'supportive of the.President." The House Judiciary Com- mittee opened its historic hear- ings on the evidence gathered by its impeachment staff today with a pledge from Chairman Peter Rodino that the panel would meet. its "high constitu- tional responsibility." Rodino said the presentation of evidence on the possible im- peachment of President Nixon would be conducted in a spirit recognizing that the integrity of .the nation's institutions rests on the trust and confi- dence of its people. "I don't need to stress again the importance of our under- taking and the wisdom, de- cency and. principle which we must bring to Rodino said. His remarks opened the first House committee hearings to consider whether a president should be impeached since 1868. R-.Mich., ranking -Republican member, delivered their brief addresses, the. session was to be closed to. the public for the pre- sentation of evidence.. The presentation will give committee members their first look at the material gathered in the last four months by the impeachment inquiry staff. Rodino said Wednesday the closed sessions probably would continue. through next week, after which a decision will be made on opening them. JNSIDE THE SUN Crossword....................20 Food................................6 Markets..........................2 Movies...........................20 Parker News..................3 Weather.......................15 Women............................7 100 J.P.'s and Gather Here for Law Review Compromise Is Agreed PHOENIX (AP) One of the major stumbling blocks to legislative adjournment was overcome late Wednesday as House and Senate leaders agreed to a compromise Medi- caid plan for Arizona's poor. The massive milUon program of complete medical and hospital services to low in- come and welfare families was completed during a day-long meeting of the joint legislative conference committee. The package also includes accident and sickness, and catastrophy assistance for any Arizonans in danger of having their savings wiped out because of serious medical problems. Both programs would go into effect Oct. 1, 1975, if signed into law. Under the basic Medicaid program, the counties would pay million of the mil- lion cost, with the federal gov- ernment picking up the re- maindci. Present indigent programs cost the 14 counties mil- lion, thus there would be a sav- ings of nl least million. By WREN LISTIAK The Yuma Daily Sun More than 100 Justices of the Peace and City Magis- trates from throughout the state registered this morning at the Stardust Hotel for the 1974 Arizona Judicial Confer- ence. It is the first time the con- ference, which has been held annually for 12 years, has been held in Yuma, and only the second time it has been held outside of Phoenix or Tucson. Purposes of the conference, sponsored by the Arizona Su- preme Court, are to inform the Workmen Burned Old Timbers at Rodeo Grounds A large cloud of black smoke rose over Arizona Avenue and 16th Street this morning around The smoke was caused by men burning the last of the timbers left from the old Jay- cee Silver Spur Rodeo Ground. The property was sold recently to Glen Strohm and the arena was torn down immediately nftcr this year's rodeo. lower court judges of the latest changes in Arizona law and exchange ideas. The Supreme Court hopes to achieve more uniform justice throughout the state by spon- soring the conference. The conference opened at 9 a.m. in the Planet Room with a general assembly conducted by Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice James (Duke) Ca- meron. This afternoon at the City Magistrates meet in the Planet Room and the Justices of the Peace meet in the Apol- lo Room. At p.m., Marvin Linner, state administrative director of the courts, will present an administrative update. He is expected to discuss writs of garnishment and forfeiture of bail. Today's activities end with a banquet at p.m. At 9 a.m. tomorrow, Appeals Court Judge Eino Jacobson, Phoenix's Chief Magistrate Rodger Colston, Yuma County Attorney Mike Smith and retired Justice of the Peace Al Flood will discu.ss criminal rules problems with the judges. At 2 p.m. Douglas Walters, Dept. of Public Safety legal advisor, will speak on new leg- islation and recent Supreme Court decisions. DISCUSS LAW Appeals Court, Judge Jack L. Ogg (left) and Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice James (Duke) Ca- meron discuss various aspects of the law at the 12th Arizona Judicial Conference being held at the Stardust (Sunfoto)   

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