Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 17, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

January 17, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weath Colder through Fri. Uws lonlKht In 20s. llijjhs Krlday In 3Us. VOLUMK92-NUMHKH S CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAU HAPIDS. IOWA, TIIUKSDAY, JANUARY 17, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Nader Hits U.S. Units, Oil Firms WASHINGTON (AP) Con- sumer advocate Ralph Nader Thursday told congress that government agencies have a uniform desire not to know the facts about the country's oil and gas J-eserves. He described I he reserve figures published by Ilic American Petroleum Insti- tute as "an utterly phony sta- tistic." Nader said that while API es- limales list proved oil and gas reserves at 38 billion barrels other figures show reserves of 285 billion barrels. National Scandal It is nothing less than a na- tional scandal, that' the govern- ment does not know the extent of energy reserves on federally and privately owned lauds, Na- der 'said. Appearing before a house small business subcommittee, Nader said the government's lack of information was due to the "incestuous relation between federal energy policy officials and the oil industry." He listed the Federal Trade Commission as the only agency which has attempted to get the facts. The API released figures in a weekly report Wednesday which said imports decreased 12.2 percent last week from the previous week and U.S. gaso- line stocks dropped by 3.6 mil- lion barrels. With new and sometimes con- flicting supply and demand sta- tistics coming out daily from the industry and government, congressmen mostly Demo- crats, are also pressing for ac- tion to soothe the public. 90-Day Freeze Five senators and three rep- resentatives Wednesday jointly called for a 90-day freeze or prices of domestic crude oil and petroleum products, charging the Nixon administration with giving in to "the extortion of the American people by the major petroleum companies." Senator Richard Schweiker said he will bill to create a federal c'ommis-! sion to subsidize domestic fuel production for the purpose ofi making the country self-suf-i ficient in energy and to regulatei U. S. oil firms. Unless the lawmakers act, "the fabricated energy crisis of 1974 will generate a trillion dol- lar trauma for consumers over the next 20 Nader said in prepared testimony before a house, small business subcom- mittee. He asked congress to set up a government-run corporation to explore for gas and oil on fe- derally owned lands. Detailed Information Representatives of federal agencies who followed Nader in testifying at the house hearing also asked congressional back- ing to extract detailed informa- tion on fuel resources. Johr N. Nassikas, chairman of the Federal Power Commis- sion, said prospects for suf- ficient natural gas in the next two or three years were "bleak dreary." James T. Halverson, of the Federal Trade Commission, said his Bureau of Competition had found "serious under-reporting (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2 Today's Index Comics 2S Courthouse................ 3 Crossword Dally Record :l Deaths 3 Editorial Features s Farm n Financial Marion Movies Society Sports ...................19-2'f State (i'7 Television Hi Want Ads ...............'H-M Two Die, Nine Missing In West Coast Rains Ford Homecoming Telepholo Gerald Ford listens to a high school band welcoming him home to Grand Rapids on his first visit as vice-president. Gas Price War? Drop In NE Iowa MCGREGOR A gasoline price war is slowly but surely forming in the McGregor- Marquette and Piame du Chien, Wis area Monday the Speedway service station in Prairie du Chien opened, its gasoline pumps with the price of 38.9 cents a gallon for regular. Speedway is a sla .tion operated by Consolidated Oil Co. of Portage, Wis. Consoli- dated has a number of service stations mainly in and aroum Portage. At that time, the top price in the McGregor-Marquette-Prairie du Chien area was 52.9 at Stand- ard and Sunoco. Other brand names were clustered around the 48.9 to 50.9 cents per gallon range. Since that lime, however Iowa Oil Co. has dropped its prices to an even 42 cents a gallon for regular. Other brands of gasoline are dropping theit prices more slowly and nov range from the 44.9 to 46.9 cents per gallon. The three-city area has a tola! of 19 service stations, but Con solidated Oil's Speedway is pres- ently hogging the area market. Tanaka Flies Home JAKARTA Min- ister Tanaka flew home to Ja- pan Thursday as Ihe Indonesian army made a house-to-house search for leaders of student riots that marred his visit. FBI Probing Erasure Of White House Tape Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON The FBI be- gan ah investigation Thursday .nto the erasure of a .key por- tion of one of President Nixon's Watergate tapes, and the White House promised full coopera- tion. A presidential spokesman de- clined to say whether President Nixon would personally agree to submit to investigators' ques- tions. "I wouldn't expect them to ask for an interview with the deputy press sec- retary Gerald Warren said. In response to questions, War- ren said the President "has ab- solute confidence" in Rose Mary Woods, his longtime personal secretary. Warren branded as "false and incredible" published re- ports quoting sources familiar with the investigation as say- ing the President asked Miss Woods in mid-November if she would take the responsibility for erasing the ISVi-minule segment missing from one tape. Confirmation that the FBI had entered the probe came from spokesman Robert Frank, who said the agency had been asked to investigate by special Water- gate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. a court inquiry into the tape erasure continued. Prosecutors, armed with a tech- nical report on how the 18.5- minute.gap occurred, looked to additional testimony lor an t Questions Rccordb y An assistant special prosecu- ;or Thursday questioned the re- .lability of secret service records' showing who in the White House had access to the presidential tapes. Assistant Special -Prosecutot Richard Ben-Veriiste asked Ray mond Zumwalt, a secret service .echnician, about the records he (Continued Page 3, Col. 7) Farmer Charges Stage Is Set for Meat Price Hike By Al Swcglc MAQUOKETA A Cascade farmer, Bill Talberl, charged thai Ihe American Meal Insti- tute is setting the stage for a re- mcal price rise without Cedar.Rapids worucs about the closm, of' the; A avenue NE viaduc disrupting ambulance service t Cedar Rapids' west side appea to have been unnecessary, ,ac-' cording to an announcement Thursday by Bernard Grahek, a's s o c i a I e administrator of Mercy hospital. A direct telephone "hoi line" has been established between the Area Ambulance Service at the Mercy hospital Trauma (Continued Page 3, Col. 8) liy Associated Press Nine men are missing after a ock and earth slide smothered telephone company building in r e g o n and two children rowned in northern California s a furious rainstorm roared urough the West. The men were working in a 'acific Northwest Bell Co. tructure near Canyonville in outhwestcrn Oregon Wednes- ay night when the landslide oared off a mountain, pushed structure into a creek and icn buried it in mud. Authorities moved heavy quipment to the scene to dig or possible survivors, then bandoned the rescue attempt emporarily until geologists .ould gauge the danger of fur- ber slides. The Oregon landslide came in tie wake of heavy fains and an arly snow melt thai sent al- eady swollen streams in many areas of the Pacific Northwest urging to new highs. Five States Hit The storm left its soggy im- a c t on western Montana daho, northern Washington, vestern Oregon and northern California. Dams broke and mudslides blocked highways. Hundreds ol amilies were forced from theii homes by floodwaters. At Myers Flat, on a branch of the Eel river in northern California, 14-year-old Jimmy Moore and his 12-year-old sister, Kathy, died Wednesday when a dam created by a log- jam burst and surging water swept them from the back- yard their borne Sheriff's U. Robert William said the youngsters were hel] lames Matthews Iowa Corn Crop Falls Short of 1972 Record Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON-Although passing onto consumers the de- cline of meal prices late last! year. Talbcrl, testifying for the Na- tional Farmers Organization at n senate hearing into beef prices, charged that "retail meal prices were never adjust- ed back from last summer's high to reflect the per hundredweight decline in farm prices. "Yet Tuesday night, major radio and television networks bliircd to the nation Hint (lie wholesale incut prices Inivc gone up ,'13 percent In I lie lust two weeks anil tluit beef prices will hu shooting up In rclnll stores again." Talbert said the American Meat Institute has put out a statement "which was clearly intended to set the stage for a retail meal-price rise." A Cedar county farmer, Bill LiH'cnUial, 33, told the hear- ing, chaired by Sen. Dick Clark, thai "the cattle indus- try has been the victim of Hie most catastrophic administra- tion bungling in recorded his- tory." Lillicnlhal questioned reports thai the price decline last fall could be blamed on qvcrfal cat- 111; and cuttle being withheld from market. "According nation's com crop squeezed out a record 5.64 billion bushels last year, up one percent from 1972. the Iowa corn crop failed to live up to expectations and fell far short of the 1972 record. The corn estimate, part of a preliminary report viewing U.S. crop production in 1973, was about 35 million bushels less than the department forecast two months ago. It was the first general esti- mate by USDA of fall-harvested crop production since last No- vember when the corn crop was put at about 5.68 billion bushels. The Iowa corn crop, at 1, bushels was S mil- lion bushels short of the 1972 record of and down substantially from a record bushels predicted in November. Iowa corn yield was 108 bush- els per acre, just one bushel under Ihe November projection. The previous record was 5.G4 billion bushels in 1971, and the 1972 output was 5.55 billion. The 1973 soybean crop, anoth- er important feed ingredient for meat, poultry and dairy pro- duction, was estimated at 1.56 billion bushels, also a record, and 23 percent more than in 1972, the previous high. The No- vember estimate was about 1.57 million bushels. The Iowa soybean crop con- tinued its year-to-year record- setting pace in 1973, but its bushels was down 6.15 million bushels from the bushels predicted in November. Iowa soybean yield was 34 lushels per acre, off a full bush- el from the November projec- lo federally in- spooled figures, beef production has been below year ago levels since last March by amounts ranging from 5 lo 30 percent. "The fact Is that the nvcniKC weights huvc only (Continued Page 3, Col. 6) Rep. H. R. Gross WASHINGTON (Ul'l) Rep. II. n. Gross, a 13-lcrm congrcss- iii announced Thursday hni lion. The Crop Reporting Board said in a companion report that Ihe farm value of Ihe 1973 corn crop was a record billion, compared with billion for the 1972 crop. There were no new produc- tion estimates for 1973 crops of wheat and other grains har- vested last summer. Those were reported previously and showed wheat output last year was a record 1.7 billion bushels, up 11 percent from the 1972 crop. ing their father, Emery, mov property to higher ground whe they were swept to their deaths Moore escaped. His wife wa in the family home, which wa torn loose by the swirling wate She escaped death when th house washed back to shor after being carried some 75 fei out into the raging stream. Disaster Area Eight counties in Idaho wer declared a disaster area. The Idaho mining district Cocur d'Alene was virtually iso I a t e d Dams burst. Wale blocked highways. At least persons were evacuated from their homes. Fifteen persons were reporte trapped by high water on bridge over the north fork of th Coeur d'Alene river. A majo bridge over the south fork of th Coeur d'Alene collapsed, isola ing hundreds of persons. The world's largest silve mine, ironically named the Sun shine mine, was shut down power was cul and a nearb dam broke. In Idaho's Bonner count authorities said nearly ever area road was washed out. Si county bridges collapsed an families in outlying areas wer evacuated. Storm Warnings ween Vancouver, li. C., and Oakland, Calif., because of the rains and high water. Am- rak's Seattle-Chicago service was suspended west of Havre and Billings, Mont. Hundreds of persons were irced from their homes by high 'ater in northern California and ozens of roads, including sce- ic coastal highway U. S. 101, ere closed by slides and flood- ig streams. Miiny Flee Homes Authorities reported that 400 esidents were evacuated from iw-lying areas in Humboldl ounty, some 200 persons flee heir homes at Pepperwood anc nother 150 were forced from leir homes near Dunsmuir. orth of Mt. Shasta on the Sa ramento river. More than four inches of rair elled the Dunsmuir area in 2' iours. "It's quite a said Po ice Sgt. Bernie Schneider o )unsmuir. "There are cars am (her debris floating down thi iver." n dun Mishap Cedar Rapids James Matthews, 17, of 156 Bever avenue SE, was kille vhen a .22 cal. rifle held by mnting companion discharge Wednesday afternoon and th )ullet entered his chest fronrth side Capt Dennis Blome, chief deputy of the Linn sheriffs de- partment, said Thursday it is believed the shooting was an ac- cident, but the incident remains under investigation. He said Matthews and Geralc Bell, 18, were hunting together Settlement On Troops, Nixon Says BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP) President announced Thursday that the govern- ments of Egypt and Israel "have reached agreement on the disengagement and sepa- ration of their milijtary forces." Jazctlc Leased Wires.. JERUSALEM Israeli of- icials reported that they ex- iccted Israel, Egypt, the U. S. and the Soviet Union to issue a oint communique Thursday an- nouncing an agreement on a roop disengagement formula 'or the Suez Canal battlefront. UPI Correspondent Maurice ruindi reported from Aswan, :he Egyptian resort city on the Nile river, that the agreement is expected to be signed Friday or this weekend at Kilometer 101 on the Cairo-Suez road, where Israeli and Egyptian generals first sat together at the peace table last November. Cabinet Meeting The Israeli cabinet issued a statement after its meeting ;that said there still had to be some "technical clarifications." The statement said the cabi- net unanimously empowered Premier Golda Meir "to trans- mit to the secretary of state the Israeli. government's reply to the proposals regarding the sep- aration