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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa • ' .. SHU Midwest Governors Urge Return to Standard Time MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Federal Energy Administrator John Sawhill told Midwest governors Wednesday they should pave the way for electric companies to charge higher rates to consumers. Sawhill said utility firms are in ^‘disturbing financial trouble” and may not be able to build the nuclear generating plants needed to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil. In return, Sawhill got from the governors a unanimous plea to drop the nation’s year-around Daylight Saving time. “Please don’t ask us to endure another winter of Daylight Saving time,” said Gov. Arthur Link, North Dakota Democrat. The governors adopted a resolution urging a return to the old system of advancing the clock only from April to October. Link and other governors said the year-round DST plan is almost universally hated in northern states, where the clock change sends youngsters to school in early morning darkness. Sawhill defended the plan, saying it has resulted in an energy saving of one-half of one percent, an amount he called “significant.” “Perhaps I don’t fully understand the hardships . . . It’s one of the tough decisions that will have to be made,” Sawhill said. Sawhill told the governors that gasoline prices may be edging downward slightly but said the long-range trend for all energy prices is upward. “There’s no question in my mind that the era of low cost energy is over,” he said. Sawhill said any gasoline price cuts will be minor, with inventories now higher than for the past two years. “I wouldn’t see any sharp reduction in price because, fundamentally, the price is determined by the price of the oil we import into this country,” Sawhill said. He said supplies n ( heating oil this winter should be adequate, barring unusually cold weather. Sawhill said a threatened strike by coal miners could alter the situation and said there will be a continued shortage of natural gas. Sawhill took his strongest stands on the need to provide bigger profits for power companies and natural gas producers. He said he is “dedicated” to deregulating the price of natural gas as an incentive to find new supplies. Sawhill said power companies have IOO nuclear plants on the drawing boards, but added that utilities arc failing to attract investors because of low returns. “It’s up to the states to streamline t h e regulatory process, and to expedite rate decisions so that utilities can quickly meet rising costs,” Sawhill said. He said utility firms now netting ll or 12 percent should be allowed to earn “14, 15 or even 16 percent.” Without new nuclear plants, power companies will need millions of barrels of imported oil,” the energy chief said. Most governors agreed with Sawhill (that the national 55-inile-per-hold speed limit is a success. Sawhill said it’s saving 200,000 barrels of oil a day. “What do you tell the truckers?” asked Gov. Christopher Bond, of Missouri. “You just have to tell them to drive at 55 miles per hour, said Sawhill. Low Covers Fair Purchases By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDEA)- Attorney General Richard C. Turner said Thursday the three-day right-to-cancei law applies to all purchases which exceed $25 made at the state fair. Turner, in a letter to fair board Secretary Kenneth Fulk, asked that sellers in fair booths be notified that they will be expected to comply with this law. The attorney general told Fulk the state must, in its own activities, on its own property, take exceptional care to see that its laws are “scrupulously observed.” In his letter, Turner said his consumer protection division had called to his attention that a booth at the state fair falls within the purview of the three-day cooling off law. Place Defined Normally it applies to door-to-door sales. Technically, the law covers sales “made at a place other than the place of business of the seller.” Turner construes place of business to mean “the main or perma nent branch office or local address of a seller.” Consequently, Turner said this means that the seller at such a booth must furnish the buyer of goods or services worth more than $25 with a fully completed receipt or copy of any contract which is in the same language as that principally used in the oral sales presentation. In addition, the seller must furnish each buyer a “notice of cancellation” which states the buyer’s rights as far as cancelling the order at any time prior to midnight of the Settlement Is Approved On Utility DAVENPORT (AP) - A settlement has been approved between Iowa-Ulinois Gas and Electric Co. and the Iowa commerce commission of the utility’s three-year-old rate increase request. Scott county District Judge Max Werling Wednesday approved the settlement which calls for refunds of $6.3 million to 200.000 Iowa customers. Judge Werling also ordered interest and sales tax refunds totaling about $840,000 paid to customers. In August, 1971, the company sought a general gas and electric rate increase averaging ll percent and for 26 months Fryer Ordered to Remain in Custody Rate Hike Plea FORT DODGE (AP) - Allen Fryer, 30, convicted of four had collected the increased rates under bond pending the outcome of the request. The ICC had allowed the utility about 54 percent of the proposed rate increase in June, 1973, and ordered the company to refund $10.2 million of the $16.7 million in revenue collected under the higher rate. The refunds will amount to about $36.50 to the average residential customer using both gas and electricity, said Charles Whitmore, president of the utility. He said each customer would be mailed a single refund check in October. counts of first degree murder, was ordered to the custody of federal marshals during a hearing Wednesday before U. S. Magistrate William Thatcher. The magistrate also continued the Sioux Falls, S. D., man’s bond at $25,000 on a charge of interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle. Fryer must remain in custody pending final action on the murder charges, the magistrate said. The Dakotan was convicted of murder in the shotgun slaying of four Sioux Falls teenagers at Gitchie Manitou state park in northwest Iowa. He awaits sentencing on the conviction. Capital Punishment No Issue In Iowa Gubernatorial Race DES MOINES (1DPA) -Restoring capital punishment will not be an issue in the gubernatorial campaign. In something of a surprise the Republican state convention went on record as being in favor of reinstating the death penalty for crimes where it can bo shown to be a deterrent. Republican Gov. Robert Ray immediately disavowed this particular plank, saying he is convinced that capital punishment does not serve as a deterrent to crime. Ray’s opponent, Democrat Jim Schaben, says, he, too, is opposed to capital punishment and always had been. “My views haven’t changed; we’ve never hanged a rich man,” Schaben said. If he were governor, Schaben said, he would commute the death sentences of prisoners to life. “I couldn’t take the responsibility for executing anyone,” Schaben remarked. Innocent Person The Dunlap Democrat said he couldn’t live with the thought of even one innocent person dieing. The Republican convention adopted the capital punishment plank on a roll call vote, 2,122 to 1,338. The death penalty was legal in Iowa, by hanging, until the mid-1960s when a successful move to repeal it was led by then Gov. Harold Hughes. ♦ * * In the next week or so, Gov. Ray is expected to appoint a committee by executive order to look into the feasibility of an Iowa Housing Authority. Tile authority, if created by the legislature, would have broad powers to develop council I means of providing adequate housing for low and moderate income facilities. The authority would be able to guarantee or insure home mortgage loans, to make such loans and to issue bonds. One of the major duties of the committee Ray is contemplating appointing would be to make an inventory of housing needs in Iowa with particular emphasis on rural areas. * * * For years legislators and others have questioned the wisdom of dredging Iowa lakes. In an attempt to resolve the issue once and for all the 1974 legislature appropriated $100,000 to the state conservation commission to undertake a study on the economic and engineering feasibility of dredging lakes. The general assembly specifically stated that the study should include Black Hawk, Silver Lake, Five Island and Blue Lake. Eight Lakes The conservation commission has decided to expand the list to eight lakes to include all types of lakes in Iowa, said Steve Brenton, a conservation commission official. The lakes to be studied are Lake Manawa and Blue Lake, both ox-bow lakes; Silver, Five Island and Black Hawk, all natural lakes; Mill Lake, a small artificial lake; Backbone, an artificial lake on a river, and Rock Creek, a large artificial lake. The contract is being awarded to Economics Research Associates, headquartered in Los Angeles. The firm has indicated it will have the study completed by January, Brenton said, so the commission will be able to report back to the 1975 session. third business day after the transaction has been completed. Right To Cancel Turner said the seller must inform each buyer orally, at the time he signs the contract or purchases the goods or services, of his right to cancel. The seller also must, within ten business days after receipt of notice of cancellation, refund all payments made under the contract and return any goods or property traded in. The attorney general said he realizes that much of the merchandise sold at the state fair is for a value of $25 or less. “It seems to me,” Turner continued, “that most of the merchants who sell for greater amounts will be Iowans already familiar with this law, such as sellers of sewing machines, cookware, encyclopedias, furniture and the like. “And, consumer goods or services is a defined term meaning ‘goods or services purchased, leased or rented primarily for personal, family or household purposes, including courses of instruction or training regardless of the purpose for which they are taken’. “Thus, goods and services sold for business or agricultural purposes, for example, would not be covered.” Turner conceded that it will be a “nuisance” for Fulk and the state fair board, but nevertheless, he asked that they notify each of the sellers who will be selling consumer goods primarily for personal, family or household purposes, about the three day right-to-cancel law. Johnson Margin: 138 Votes Services Are Set For Wesley Kolek MT. VERNON — Wesley Joseph Kolek, 69, died in his Mt.    MOINES    —    It's    official.!59,840, won the Democratic nom- Vernon home Wednesday after §t a t e R C p stephen Rapp beat ination for governor over Wil-noon.    Nicholas Johnson by 138 votes liam Gannon, 52,420 and Clark Born Sept. 28, 1904 in Solon, he for the Democratic nomination Rasmussen, 21,240. married Lilyan Nodurft July 14, for Third district congressman. ,    Miller    Won 1942, at Kahoka, Mo. He was That’s what the official state the Democratic nomination with 111,788 votes. He faces State Rep. David Stanley who beat State Sen. George Milligan, 87,464 to 43,206, for the COP employed 26 years as a truck canvass of the June 4 primary State Sen. Charles Miller won nomination. Results rn congres-driver for Hawkeye Motor election, delayed due to a spe- Demo nomination for lieu-sional races included. Express.    cial Tama county election July 2 tenant governor by 61,684 to first district— James Leach He is survived by his wife to determine the Ra Pf >Johnson 31.948 over State Sen. WiUiam.fR), 15,746; Congressman Ed-a daughter, Mrs. Weith Mitchell,! winner, showed Thursday.    Palmer, and Thomas Miller, W ard Mezvinsky (D), 13,644. Mt. Vernon; three sons, Gary, Rapp beat    Johnson    by 62    31,142,    scored an upset our    Second— State Sen.    Tom Cedar Rapids; Douglas. Lisbon, votes on June    4. But a    voting    l ames    Reynolds, 38,093 and    Riley defeated Mike Feld,    12,179 and Robert, Mt. Vernon; a step- precinct mixup involving the Richard Hermann, 24,686 tor the to 5 441 f or the GOP nomina-son, Ralph Thomas, Mt. Ver- Mesquakie Indian reservation party’s nomination for attorney I Ron . state Michael Blouin, non; two sisters, Mrs. Emil Rey-resulted in the special election general.    12,705, defeated Martin Jensen, hons, Mt. Vernon; Evelyn Staf-    in four Tama county precincts.    Daniel litzgerald won    10,638; H a rry Sulli Va n,    3,482    and kal, Marion; three brothers,    Rapp won the July 2 election    nomination for treasurer    over    q j Adams, 1,192,    for    the Richard, Springville, and Bur- by an unofficial 139 votes. But George Erickson, 65,539 to j) emo nomination, ton and Donald, both of Cedar he lost one vote in the official 42,437.     Third    _ stat(J R charles Rapids, and nine grandchildren, count.    Unopposed    Democrats mclud-;^^^^ J3 495 ^ ^ GOp Children.    Fourth Term    f or ^ecretarv"of s ate WOoT "° m '" at ' on ° vcr Robert Case - Services will be Saturday at 2 Gov. Robert    Ray, out    for an     rnld    Fnr * t fnr _.. d \ t ’ no 573    9,044; Charlene Conklin,    6,043; at Morgan’s where friends may unprecedented    fourth    term,     u . France York fnr secretary    ^ ta * e ^ en ‘ ^chwiger,    3,123 call after 2 Friday.    topped the Republican ballot f ~ i ]t qi 9 e 2    ‘    and John Williams, 1,412. Rapp,   ——- with 126,123 votes. Secretary of    8.661, defeated Johnson, 8,523, Reunion Set    State Melvin Synhorst was sec-    Culver    Unopposed    Ron Masters, 3,652 and James AURORA — Descendants of    ond with 118,313 and Lt. Gov.    Congressman John Culver, un.    Skaine, 2.853, for the Demo nom- Edward and Sarah Duckett will    Arthur Neu third with li7,129.    opposed for U.S. senator,    won;ination. hold their 22nd annual reunion All were unopposed for renom.    ---------- ----------------------------- at the Aurora park Aug. ll.    ination as were Atty. Gen.    ll    ./Ar    C"    »rnrsl Those attending are to take    Richard Turner, 115,007: Audi- UOf/16// IX GCG IV 65    WIU/// picnic dinner and beverage for    tor Lloyd Smith, 114,207; Treadled* families.    surer Maurice Baringer, 112.784 --and Secretary of Agriculture Advertise where people look .    Robert Lewisberry, 112,700. Use a want ad. Dial 398-8234. State Sen. James Schaben, 1 For Humanities Project Ankeny Explosion Damage at $100,000 ANKENY (AP) — “I got out}three of there when it exploded,” said | keny. Ankeny volunteer fireman Bill Duncan. “I don’t know what the miles northwest of An- MT. VERNON - A grant of $30,559.60 has been awarded to Cornell college by the Iowa board for public programs in the humanities. The one-year grant is to fund a project entitled “Native Americans: A Part of or Apart from Iowa’s Past, Present and Future”. The project will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Richard H. Thomas, associate protes ts fire Wednesday in five pc- services, estimated the tanks to ** es . serves on behalf of the Larson Injured In Cycle CtqsH trolrum l)lllk storage tanks Ladora Cyclist The tanks would have held a maximum 70,000 gallons of die- I sel fuel, heating oil and gasoline I     sor 0 f    history    at    Cornell, and others did, but    as big    as it was, | “but they were not all full,”    Nickel    R. Brown of Iowa we didn’t    want    to    mess said Russ Kroegcr, office man-    city, formerly    a    research as- around ”     a S er tor Central Iowa FS, Inc., Duncan was among     fire . I owner of the tanks located in a ,    .    ... 'ann pasture. fighters from ten communities Don Paulson of Ellsworth, cen-who subdued a raging, explod- tra , Iowa manager for Farm sociate with the Office of State Archaeologist. The Iowa board for Public programs in the humani- be a total loss and said damage could cost as much as $100,000. Company officials said an employe, Leroy Passmore, 21, Sheldahl, had filled a 1,000-gallon truck with petroleum products and was about to drive I away from the tanks when his* backfired collision an( f ignited fuel in the area. WEST UNION - Paul Alan Larson, 18, West Union, was in satisfactory condition at a Rochester, Minn,, hospital follow-    111 ing a three-vehicle accident two Ulvu III VI Cl a ll miles east of West Union on the' VI# _ D ~ i i u Elgin biackton Wednesday.     V    . P * e    , ,f n .; vehicle annarentlv Fayette county authorities .    ’    ’ ru Ladora, was killed j ^     in said Larson, who was driving a J 11 a motorcycle-car motorcycle, attempted to pass a e „ ^ tuesday night at about truck driven by Ernie Thein, 67, accor ^ n 8 to state high- West Union, and pulled into the! wa ^ P a t r °l authorities. path of a car driven by Frances 1 Hansen reportedly drove his Irene Lauer, 38. Eldorado. I cycle from the drive of the Vic- Larson was thrown onto the j tor Catholic church into the blacktop as he attempted to re- of a car driven by Joseph turn to his lane and smashed; Allen Sey e « 20, also of rural into the left side of the truck. Ladora. The Lauer vehicle swerved to, Hansen suffered head injuries miss Larson and went into a in the accident and was dead on ditch.    |    arrival at Marengo hospital, Authorities charged Larson j said the highway patrol. The ac- with improper passing.    Icident    is under investigation. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Cornell project will consist of a series of in-depth programs exploring Native American — Anglo-American relations. About 50 academic humanists and other individuals, including several American Indians, will take part. The programs will be given in six Iowa communities which have sizeable American Indian population, or are situated within 30 miles of an Indian settlement. Admission will be free to the public. Cities under consideration at this time are Cedar Rapids, Waterloo. Davenport, Tama, Toledo, Marshalltown, Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Each program will consist of six meetings scheduled over a one-month period. Metings will be held in October, November, February, March, April and May. Final selection of cities, dates and guest speakers will be made in September. Goal of the programs is to involve both persons who already have an interest and understanding of native American affairs, and also those who have never had any exposure to facts on Indians’ history, culture and current problems. DR. CRAVEN . DENTIST PRACTICE LIMITED TO DENTURE WORK 113 I st Av#. SE, Cedor Ropids, la. DM Mom** • Mown City Sioux City lf so, it s time to get ready for fall heating. We will relight your pilot light without charge providing your request is received by August 15 and the service can be completed by August 23. 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