Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 4, 1974, Page 7

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Fri., Jan. 4, 1974 Iowa Gas Price Tops 50 Cents By Charles Roberts AsiKlalM Press Writer The cost of getting around by car in Iowa took a giant leap upward this week as service Elation dealers charged as much as 54.9 cents per gallon of gaso- line. Prices across the state in- creased Thursday by as much as 7.8 cents per gallon, as As- sociated Press survey showed. "It's the most vicious thing ever perpetrated on the Amer- ican Gulf Service Sta- tion Operator Herb Berg- strom, Newton, said of the price rises. "There is a lot of skulduggery he added. The highest price charged for a gallon of gasoline was 54.9 cents for premium fuel at a Standard Oil station in Des Moines. But in Rock Island, 111., across the Mississippi river from Davenport, motorists were asked to pay 56.9 cents per gallon of premium. Davenport Area Prices in the Davenport area advanced as much as 7.8 cents per gallon for lead-free gaso- line. The top price was 52.7 cents. Regular grade fuel in- creased 6.8 cents to 50.7 cents. A Standard Oil dealer in Dav- enport, Joseph Goebel, said re- tailgasolineprices have jumpec 11 cents per gallon in the one year his station has been in operation. The lowest price he has charged in Ms 10 years of ser- vice station work was 30.9 cents, he said. The Internal Revenue Ser- vice charged with uncover- ing price gouging has checked GoebePs station four times in three months. "They also phone on oc- Goebel said. "I'm glad they're checking. It keeps the dealers in line." Some gasoline pumps are set to compute a maximum per- gallon price of 49.9 cents, dealers say. So the higher rates must be figured on half-gallon increments, times a factor of two. A station in Fort Dodge .in- creased its prices to a top of 52.9 cents per gallon of pre- mium gasoline. Dealers in other brands said they expected to raise their prices soon. In Cedar Rapids, one Stan- by Ray locke IT might appear the gas- oline shortage has caused this Independence gas station to switch to pumping soft drinks, but actually the pump just seemed a good place to put the advertising sign. dard service station reflected the price hike. Regular was sell- ing for 49.9 cents and premium for 53.9 cents a gallon Thursday. Price Is 53.9 At a top of 53.9 cents per gallon of premium, prices at one Storm Lake station rivaled the highest price charged in Des Moines. Dealers in major brands at Sioux City boosted prices as much as six cents per gallon, to a high of 52.9 cents. At Don Krueger's Standard Oil station in West Des Moines, the top price was also 52.9 cents. "It doesn't seem to tfurt business right said Krueger, "but I don't know what will happen in the long run." When confronted with the ris- ing cost of fueling a car, motor- ists "just shake their Kruger said. At independent stations in Al- gona, prices had risen to as much as 50.3 cents per gallon. In Clinton and jSpencer, the price rise was not as dramatic as elsewhere. Motorists were paying a top of 49.9 cents. Not Worried A business man from Nebras- ta who stopped in Clinton said was not worried about high jrices. He said he, has not slowed to the recommended top speed of 55 miles per hour, and las no intention of doing it. The traveler said his company jays him 12 cents for each mile drives and his car averages 21 miles per gallon. Senate Secretary, Chief Clerk Pay Fuss Settled DES MOINES A squabble over salary raises for the chief clerk of the Iowa house and sec- retary of the senate was ironed out Thursday by a legislative committee which endorsed an- nual wage increases for the two state employes. Seven members of the legisla- tive staff and salaries study committee recommended that both Chief Clerk William, Har- bor and Senate Secretary Ralph Brown be given annual salaries for their full-time jobs. Harbor now receives and Brown An attempt to raise the sal- aries of Harbor and Brown in the 1973 session died out in the heavy pack of legislation when house Republicans held out for a higher wage for Harbor, a former speaker of the house. Both men were questioned by the committee after Eep. Dale Cochran (D-Eagle the house minority leader, pointed out that Harbor's office hours and political appearances have an unusual pattern. Cochran voted against raising the salaries after questioning Harbor about the clerk's work hours and outside activities. Seven others on the legislative staff and salaries study com- mitte endorsed the pay raises Thursday. The full house will decide on Harbor's salary and the full senate will decide Brown's salary after the legislature convenes Jan. 14. Harbor told the committee that he had made six "non par- tisan" speeches around the state during the legislative in- terim, but 'refused to commit himself to the chief clerk post throughout the -1974 session. He indicated that he would drop the post for a political candidacy if a lucrative enough opportunity occurred. Brown, who along with Har- bor because of an error last year is only authorized to stay on the state payroll until Jan. 6, said he would work the full 1974 session. In other action, the committee defeated a motion by Sen. Min- nette Doderer (D-Iowa City) call- ing for a percent pay hike for some 240 secretaries, clerks and other staff personnel em- ployed by the legislature. Best Iowa View of Kohoutek Due Jan. 10 By Charles D. Schoffner DBS MOINES (UP1) A Drake university astronomer said Thursday lowans can now sec (he comet Kohoutek in the evening sky on a clear night, but the best viewing will come next week. Dr. Philip Riggs also said that although the comet won't be as bright as previously ex- pected, it will be "a real spec- tacle." Riggs said the comet is now visisble at twilight in the southwestern sky although lowans probably won't be able to see the tail yet. He said Kohoutek, named for the Czech astronomer who discov- ered the comet, will be "roughly below and a bit to the right of Jupiter and Venus." Venus, the second planet from the sun and closest plan- et to earth, is the brightest "star" in the southwestern sky and Jupiter Is the fainter "star" to the left. Kohoulek nil! have a brightness equal to that of Jupiter, Riggs said. After Jan. 10 "It will be a real spectacle even though it won't be as bright as Riggs said. "Now is the time to start looking for it, in the twilight." Riggs said he has tried sev- eral times to spot the comet but was unsuccessful because of cloudy skies. The Drake professor said the best time for lowans to view the comet will be after Jan. 10 when it moves closer to Venus and Jupiter. City lights will Interfere with view- ing the tail, he said, and the best view will be in the open country. Riggs said the head of (lie comet, which scientists say resembles a "dirty will look like a star with a "fuzzy appearance." The tail will be dimmer but can be seen clearly in the open country, he said. Riggs said the head of a comet is composed of mostly ice and dust picked up in outer space. He said one of the reasons Kohoutek isn't liv- ing up to expectations is be- cause of varying degrees of compaction of the nucleus and differing amounts of dust in the head. More Dust? He also said Kolioutek ap- parently has more dust than most comets and this may b e preventing the evaporation of ice, which would make it less bright than expected. Court Okays Investigation Of 4 Slayings ROCK RAPIDS (AP) A dis- trict court judge has approved a defense motion to hire an inves- tigator to look into the Nov. 17 shotgun slayings of four South Dakota teenagers. Judge Edward Kennedy grant- ed the motion Thursday in Rock Rapids. Two of the three brothers charged in the slaying appeared in district court but did not enter pleas as several defense motions were argued. The judge overruled a motion :o throw out information filed with the court by the Lyon county attorney. The defense claimed the information, which was used to bring the cases di- rectly to district.court without a ireliminary hearing, did not neet certain requirements of state law. Kennedy took under ad- visement a defense demand that the prosecution produce certain documents, records and evidence. He will rule on that matter next Wednesday. Appearing in court were Allen Fryer, 29, and David Fryer, 24. The third brother, James, 21, is ailed in Sioux Falls on another charge. The brothers, all from Sioux Falls, are charged with four counts of murder each in the ullings. They are being held on bond each: The bodies of the four Sioux ''alls boys, ages 14 to 18, were ound Nov. 18 in a relatively secluded Iowa state park about .0 miles southeast of Sioux Falls. The brothers were arrest- ed without resistance at their hree homes Nov. 29. DAVID FRYER, 24, (left) and his brother, Allen, 30, charged in the Nov. 17 shotgun slayings of four Sioux Falls, S.D., teenagers, in a northwest Iowa park, are shown outside Lyon county district court in Rock Rapids Thursday. Man Gets Five-Year Term on Drug Count IOWA CITY Phillip Ray Birkestrand Thursday was sen- t e n c e d to an indeterminate term not to exceed five years on a drug charge. Birkestrand was arrested Nov. 30, 1971, after a search of his residence here allegedly turned up a quantity of mari- juana. Judge James Carter sen- tenced him after he was con- victed in a jury trial. A request for a new trial was denied. He is to serve his term at the men's reformatory in Anamosa. Pay Boosts in Buchanan Set INDEPENDENCE The Bu- chanan county board of super- visors this week authorized pay raises for all county employes. The following received annual salary increases: Randall Mur- dock, county engineer, to Walter Osterhaus, assis- ;ant to the county engineer, to James C. Kor- ;enkamp, survey party chief, to Marvin Hay- ward, maintenance superin- tendent, to Ed limmer, draftsman, to Charles Brown, inspec- tor, per hour to per year, and Kathy Hersom, secre- :ary-bookkeeper, to The hourly pay rate of 28 employes in the secondary road department was raised from a ow to for beginners and ranged to a high of from !3.42 to ?3.73 for those at the top j of the pay scale. The courthouse and county home employes, other than of- ficials, received an across the board per month pay raise, which reflected an increase of about 9 percent. 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His candidacy fills a void left when State Rep. John Clark (R- Keokuk) announced last Dec. 5 he Kvas withdrawing from.the Republican race because he is unwilling to accept campaign contributions from out-of-state sources or special interest groups. Leach declared he will accept no contributions above and none from out-of-state sources. He also promised that "to in- sure openess on the part of my candidacy, I shall shortly make public my personal assets and tax returns for the past three years." Leach said he would beyond the disclosure require- ments of the law" by reporting all contributions regardless of amounts. The First district seat pre- sently is held by a Democrat, Rep. Edward Mezvinaky, Iowa City. Board Election Set For Amana Schools AMANA The Amana Com- munity school district will elect board directors March 4. Nomination papers presently are available at the board sec- retary's office and require sig- natures of ten or more qualified voters. Filing deadline is Jan. 23. The district's voters on Nov. 26, voted 113 to 6 to elect direc- tors at large rather than from each village. Currently serving as directors are Oren Hagen of Homestead, president; David Ahrens of Amana; Raymond Berger of Middle Amana; Leroy Graesser of West Amana; George Schuerer of East Amana; Marion Zierold of South Amana, and Carroll Zuber of High Amana. Schulze Elected by Benton Supervisors VINTON The Benton coun- ty board of supervisors has elected Clarence Schulze as chairman of the board to suc- ceed Lorenz Fett. The chair- manship is changed every year, Kenneth Ross was reappoint- ed to the Benton county board of health; Thomas Reisser was appointed to replace Everett Tilson and Patricia Baldridge will fill the unexpired term of Jim Gordon. Terms on the board of health are for three years. Members serving on the coun- ty welfare board are Supervi- sors Schulze and Hope Rogers, and Ruby Murphy from Belle Plaine. all for one-year terms. 20 YEARS AGO Mrs. Leon- ard Cloud, one of eight Czechs who escaped from their home- land the previous July in a homemade tank, spoke of her experiences to the Cedar Rapids Rotarians. HOUSE PLANTS Potting Soil Clay Pottery Decorative Planters Insecticides Terrarium plants TERRARIUMS Terrarium Tools Figurines complete terrariums from WELD BIRD Feeders Sunflower Seed Wild Bird Mix From 114 a pound HARDI-GARDENS 3901 FIRST AVE. S.E. OPEN 9-9 THURS. Tucs. Wed. Frl. 9-5 Sunday 11- Temporary Mayor Named at Rowley ROWLEY (UPI) The Eas- tern Iowa community of Rowley is still without a permanent mayor two" months after the election. Former Mayor Dick Ague was re-elected on a write-in basis last November but he has told the city council that he wouldn't accept the position. At the latest council meeting, Ague1 was sworn in as a mat- ter for formality but later told the council he still won't take the job. .The council named Kenneth Nielson as temporary mayor until a permanent mayor can be appointed. FatalFarm Mishap REDDING (AP) James Zu- ber, 19, rural Adel, has been killed while working on the Jack and Craig Elliott farm. Zuber suffocated while installing a breather bag in a grain storage bin on the farm. "It Isn't surprising that Ko- houtek isn't living up to ex- H i g g s said. "Comets are individuals. You can predict their paths but not behavior with any assur- ance." Riggs said Kohoutek ap- pears to be a "virgin" comet, meaning it is making its first pass around the sun. Because of its erratic behavior, he said it will be almost impossible to predict when it will return again. Riggs said most comets with long orbits, which Kohou- tek seems to have, won't make repeat trips for or even 10 million years. U.I. Observatory Opened to Public For Comet View IOWA CITY University of Iowa officials have announced they will open the university's observatory so the public may view the comet Kohoutek. The observatory, located in the physics building on campus will be open Friday through Monday evening. The hours are to p.m. Friday; to p.m. Saturday; 6 to p.m. on Sun- day and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Entrance to the observatory is at the east end of the seventh floor of the physics building. In addition to the usual large tele- scopes in the observatory, the university has arranged for a number of smaller telescopes of sufficient power to observe phenomena. According to John Neff, as- sociate professor of physics, The comet is not visible to the naked eye. You might just be able to observe it with binocu- lars if you knew exactly where to look. Gity Coordinator In Tipton Resigns TIPTON Russell Scott sub- mitted his resignation as cii coordinator Thursday evening to the city council meeting. Scott, who has held the posl for nearly six years, wit operate a new restaurant- he and Glenn Eaton are building here. No' replacement was named immediately. The council went into executive session to discuss city employe wages, but results of the meeting will not be an- nounced until Monday night's council meeting., Heads Air ROTC William J. Vavra of Ely has been named group com- mander of the Iowa State university air force ROTC cadet corps. He is a cadet colonel. Cadet Second Lt. Robert Shaeffer of Oelwein was named administrative of- ficer. Wiese To Head Cedar's Board Of Supervisors TIPTON -r Leroy Wiese of Bennett Tiiursday was named chairman of the Cedar county board-of supervisors. In other action, the board ap- proved the proposed articles of agreement for the Region 8 planning unit and passed a reso- lution aimed at restricting fuel use by county vehicles. "The board set Jan. 21 at a.m. as the time for four news- papers seeking to become of- ficial county papers to present certified lists of subscribers. Only three papers can be so designated. Present official papers are the Tipton Advertiser and Conser- vative, North Cedar Press and the West Branch Times. The Lowden News also is 'seeking that designation. Claim day was changed from the first Monday of the month to the first Monday or Thursday following the fifth day of the month. Appointments included: Con- servation board, Mike Pet- tinger, West Branch; soldiers relief, Glen Radford. West :ty Branch; board of health, Dr. Walter Kopsa of Tipton and Don Irey of Clarence; and airport zoning board, Don Armstrong. C.R, Drug Numbers To report a violation: Michael Dobley 377-8081 If you need help: Foundation II...362-2174 (4 p.m. to midnighl] 1 Junior Sportswear regularly lo SAVE Save on this special purchase from one of your favorite makers. 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