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   Austin Daily Herald (Newspaper) - August 8, 1977, Austin, Minnesota                                WEATHER Portly cloudy tonight and with a of thun- tormt. High low to mid tonight low AUSTIN DAILY HERALD ESTABLISHED 1891 VOL. LXXXV No. 226 AUSTIN, MINN., MONDAY, AUG. 8, 1977 SINGLE COPY 20' 20 PAGES Carter sign air, water bills PLAINS, Ga. (AP) Presi- dent Carter is giving final con- sideration to clean-air legisla- tion and a billion public works bill that includes nine of 18 water projects be originally wan ted to kill. The President is expected to sign the two measures today, barring any last-minute snag, said White House Press Secre- tary Jody Powell. Canadian airlines grounded OTTAWA, Canada (AP) Virtually all commercial flights into and out of Canadian air- ports were grounded today by an air traffic controllers strike called to press demands for a 12.6 per cent pay increase in defiance of government anti-in- flation wage guidelines. The government dispatched military aircraft today to bring members of parliament back to Ottawa from summer recess. They are scheduled to meet Tuesday to debate legislation that would order the govern- ment-employed controllers back to work. A spokesman for the Air Tran- sport Association of Canada estimated that the strike, which began early Sunday in the midst of Canada's peak tourist season, was costing Canadian airlines between million and 17 million a day in lost revenues. The walkout by the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association which represents 200 controllers, appeared to dim hopes the industry might break even this year after losing more than million in 1976. "They (the controllers) couldn't have picked a better time to disrupt said Steve Howe, a British Airways spokesman in Toronto. Considering the legislation, along with a stack of proposals for his tax program, interrupted a five-day vacation the President began in his home- town last Friday. Carter and his family ducked taking sides in a bitter dispute over racial and other issues that have divided their Plains Bap- tist Church. They attended Sun- day school there, but went to services at the new Maranatha Baptist Church, formed by a splinter group. The public works bill contains money for 500 water projects. Although be gave in to Congress on nine, Carter has won acknowledgement that, because of his review of 30 of the projects and his fight to kill 18, the pork barrel will be harder to fill from now on. Carter reviewed the original 30 projects for their safety and environmental and financial costs. Last April, he announced that 18 failed to pass the test. Of those 18, these projects and these amounts to fund them were included in the com- promise: Applegate Lake, Ore., million; Atchafalaya River, La., 15.1 million; Cache Basin, Ark., million; Columbia Dam, Tenn., million; Hillsdale Lake, Kan., million; the Richard B. Russell Dam in Georgia and South Carolina, million; Tallahala Creek, Miss., million; Auburn, Calif., 139.7 million, and Bayou Bodcau, La., million. The public works bill omits funds for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor in Tennessee. Carter wants to halt construc- tion of breeder reactors because they produce phitonium while they make power. Plutonium is an ingredient of atomic bombs. As part of his effort to stop the spread of atomic weapons, Car- ter has urged other nations to follow the lead of the United in curbing -piutonium production. Carrier Delivery 90' per week U.S., PLO in contact about talks Four local boys waited outside the grandstand at the Mower County Fair this morning hoping to land jobs setting up the carnival midway. Mike Barb, Arthur Shawback, Dan Christopherson and Robert Shawback, Anticipation left to right, expressed varying degrees on an- ticipation. The Mower County Fair officially opens at 6 p.m. today for a seven-day run. (Herald photo by Brian Ojanpa) Pipeline builders waste ADDV A AC A By BARRY SCHWEID Associated Writer TAIF, Saudi Arabia (AP) US. officials confirmed today they are in indirect contact with the Palestine Liberation Organiztion (PLO) on possible ways of removing roadblocks to a Middle East peace conference. These officials, traveling with Secretary of State Cyrus R. Van- ce on his tour of the region, said the PLO has advised the United States through intermediaries that it is considering "some modifications" in U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which serves as a basis for American efforts to reconvene the Oneva Mideast peace conference. The informants said, however, there is "nothing firm" yet in- dicating the PLO is about to recognize the existence of Is- rael, a key point of dispute. "We are seeking clari- one official said. The officials gave no further detail on how these contacts were established, but PLO chief Yasir Arafat has shadowed Van- ce on almost every stop of his Mideast trip, showing up in Arab capitals a day before or af- ter the American. It was reported Sunday that the PLO wants to have the res- olution reworded to recognize Palestinian rights to a home- land. As now worded, the reso- lution, passed in 1967 with U.S. backing, simply calls for a "just settlement of the refugee problem." Second passage of a reworded resolution would firmly commit the United Nations and the United States to a Palestinian homeland. But the developments also in- dicate that President Carter is permitting the United States to edge closer toward negotiations with the PLO, and that the PLO might be willing to accept the resolution's other provisions, in- cluding its call for a peaceful settlement of the Mideast con- flict and for recognition of the right to exist of all states in the region, including Israel. So far the United States has backed Israel in its refusal to negotiate with the PLO as long as it advocates destruction of the Jewish state. The Palestin- ian issue Palestinian partici- pation in peace talks and the creation of a Palestinian home- land is at the heart of the current stalemate. But it is not clear that the present hard-line government in Israel would deal with the PLO even if it decides to accept Israel's existence. Taxpayers would benefit from plan WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Carter's plan to overhaul the nation's welfare system would put at least a few dollars into the pockets of more than half of America's taxpayers, ad- ministration officials say. A provision that Carter said would go largely to "hard- pressed workers with modest in- comes struggling successfully to avoid welfare" also would benefit families whose annual earnings are as high as for a family of four. One official, who took part in the plan's preparation, said it "would constitute substantial tax relief for millions of Ameri- cans, and well over half of American taxpayers will re- ceive at least some benefit." The gains for the middle class as well as the poor would come from an expansion of the earned income tax credit, a billion addition to the President's billion plan to provide cash for those who can't or aren't ex- pected to work along with jobs for those the government says are employable. Another administration offi- cial, Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph A. Califano Jr., was asked Sunday why billions of dollars in tax relief for the middle class was included in the package. "It has always been part of President Carter's tax reform objective to provide some relief for the middle class Americans in this Califano said. "It becomes an integral part of the welfare-jobs program of the President because it's im- portant to have a mechanism to make it always more valuable for an individual to work in the private sector than in public ser- vice jobs, and the earned income tax credit does he added. News Highlights Noon Dow down 5.37 NEW YORK (AP) Stock prices posted a moderate loss today amid fears of a further rise in short term in- terest rates. The noon Dow Jones average of 30 in- dustrials was down 5.37 at 888.32, and losers held an 8 5 advantage over gainers among New York Stock Exchange listed issues. Car dealer fined ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A Champlin car dealer. Peter Spasov, has admitted turning back the mileage on used cars and has been fined Arty. Gen Warren Spannaus said today. Spasov is the fourth per- son to be found guilty among five named as defen- dants in lawsuits brought by the attorney general's of- fice in April 1976. Midwestern governors meet AFTON, Okla. (AP) Energy, agriculture and water headed the list of topics to be discussed at the opening session of the Midwestern Governors Con- ference here. Most of the 13 governors and the 400 others attending the conference arrived over the weekend for today's opening meeting. Israel admits artillery fire JERUSALEM (AP) Prime Minister Menahem Begin admitted today that Israeli artillery has fired on Palestinian units in southern Lebanon to defend Christian villages under attack. 102-year old minister dies WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) A 102 year old man who served as a Lutheran pastor for 65 died Saturday at a Willmar nursing home where he had lived the past three years. Funeral services will be held at p.m. Tuesday for the Rev. Nils J. Njus, at Norway Lake Church near Sunburg. By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Trans-Alaska pipeline builders wasted billion as workers sunbathed on the job, equipment that was stored outside ruined and contractors ordered parts already in their own warehouses, a new report says. The report on the billion pipeline was prepared for the Alaska Pipeline Commission by Washington attorney Terry F. Lenzner, a former Watergate prosecutor. "One of the most serious of Alyeska's- labor problems was that of workers frequently idle at the job site (including sleeping on buses and sunbath- ing along the the report said. ''Alyeska's own documents show that the principal respon- sibility for idleness rested with management's poor supervision and utilization of the work for- ce." The pipeline, operated by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., delivered its first oil from the North Slope to the Alaskan port of Valdez last week. The pipe- line has been the subject of a number of investigations follow- ing fharges of irregularities and excessive costs. The report described a chaotic process of storing equipment and ordering spare parts. "Execution contractors des- perately sought to requisition spare parts which (unbeknownst to them) were already located in their own Lenz- ner's report said. "Because of inadequate ware- house space, equipment and material were often stored out- side and effectively lost after the first snowfall. By the time the spring thaw came, much material had either been ruined by the weather or stolen.'' The findings could be helpful in Alaska's drive to keep to a minimum the costs for trans- porting oil through the pipeline. A special formula gives Alaska more oil income as trans- portation costs decline. The state could argue that unreasonably high construction costs should not be counted in determining the transportation charges, Lenzner said. He called such an exclusion "established regulatory doctrine." Alaska is one of several pro- testers trying to convince the In- terstate Commerce Commission that the eight oil companies who built the line want to charge too much in oil transportation costs. The commission has approved temporary charges but is in- vestigating permanent tariffs that the companies can charge. The new report could become part of Alaska's case if the state agrees with the findings. But fir- st there must be public hearings at which the oil companies have a chance to respond, said a member of Lenzner's staff. The chairman of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., Edward L. Patton, declined to comment on the report because of pending litigation before the ICC. Peter DeMay, an Alyeska vice president, said in Anchorage, "I don't think there was anything wasted. After a job of this magnitude, someone could always look back and point to in- stances where something should have been done better." Rain and cooler aid firefighte rs 6Nuke' battlers active on By The Anociated Press Thousands of helium-filled balloons wafted across Ameri- can skies, launched in dozens of weekend protests against nucle- ar power and meant to sym- bolize the possible reach of ra- dioactivity. Demonstrations at nuclear power plants and proposed plant sites were held in at least 17 states to commemorate Sat- urday's 32nd anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiro- shima, Japan. "Fallout from a nuclear acci- dent may travel this far. How far did your balloon read a card attached to a bal- loon released Saturday from Seabrook Harbor in New Ham- pshire. "You are downwind from a nuclear power said an- other sent from Waterford, Conn. "Just as these balloons have arrived at your doorstep, radioactive particles may have also." Counter-protests were staged in some states by power com- pany workers. In North Carolina and South mb anniversary Carolina, personnel of the Duke Power Co. launched balloons of their own with the message, "Nukes Make Good Neighbors." The Virginia Electric Power Co., two of whose plants were weekend protest targets, issued a statement claiming it has saved customers millions of dollars in fuel costs by using nuclear power to generate elec- tricity. The groups which organized the demonstrations pattern themselves on New Hampshire's Clamshell Alliance, which last May spearheaded a weekend oc- cupation of the construction site of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, at which persons were arrested. They're called the Catfish Al- liance in some southern states, the Palmetto Alliance in South Carolina, the Paddlewheel Al- liance in Kentucky, the Sunshine Alliance in Virginia. Many of the protests were small 20 persons at one Vir- ginia plant; a single man who launched 100 balloons at the Farley plant near Dotham, Ala 25 at Marble Hill, Ind where a billion plant is proposed on the Ohio River. But 200 residents of western Massachusetts rallied and re- leased balloons in Montague; several hundred demonstrated at the Monroe, Mich., site of a nuclear reactor; and at least 600 gathered at Avila Beach, Calif., to hear music and speeches against nuclear power. After two days of protests at the Trojan nuclear plant along the Columbia River near Rain- ier, Ore some 85 demonstrators stayed there overnight Sunday, vowing to remain until arrested. "They are sitting, laying and talking in front of the said Bob Richardson, a spokes- man for Portland General Elec- tric, which owns a majority in- terest in the Trojan plant. "It's just like they're camping out." At the Avila Beach protest, 48 demonstrators who climbed over barbed wire and three who swam ashore from a boat in San Luis Obispo Bay in an attempt to "occupy" the Diablo Canyon plant were arrested Sunday and booked on trespassing charges. By The Associated Press Cooler weather and rain helped firefighters working on 44 blazes across 1.5 million acres of range and tundra in Alaska. But in Western and Nor- thwestern states, crews were being strained to their limits today in battling an estimated 300 square miles of timber and brush fires. The acre "MarbleSouth Cone" fire in California's Los Padres National Forest near Big Sur may double in size before it is contained, said Joe Nadolski of the federal Interagency Fire Center at Boise, Idaho. About firefighters were trying to maneuver around the blaze to protect the Carmel River watershed, which purifies and collects water and acts to prevent mudslides for Carmel Valley towns, including Monte- rey. The six-day-old fire has al- ready claimed watershed that officials say will take mil- lion to replace. "We have a limited number of firefighters and we have to make a decision about what re- sources are most important to Nadolski added. In Alaska, the fires are still "covering an area larger than the state of Kerry Cartier, a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management said late Sunday. But the Big Salt River fire, which at one time appeared to threaten the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of the Yukon River is "no longer a threat at he said. That fire has been "60 per cent contained and the other 40 per cent borders on the Yukon, so it's not going any- he added. Most of the Alaskan fires were burning within a 175-mile radius of the Kotzebue area in the nor- thwestern part of the state, with more than firefighters on the line at 28 of the blazes. Six- teen fires were unmanned, Car- tier said. The largest of the fires, cov- ering acres about 100 miles north of Nome, has been burning since July 9. Nearly 90 men were concentrating on that blaze in an attempt to keep flames from spreading north to the village of Deering, he said. On Sunday, 24 fresh crews, 20 men to a crew, from throughout the country were flown to fires raging in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Zashington. The crews are professional firefighters on loan from states and various federal agencies, Nadolski said. "We are not go- ing to pick up any untrained he added. The firefighters are given hazardous duty increments, de- pending on how close they get to the fire line. Their base pay varies from agency to agency. Schedule of Pages Farm 5 road deaths hike toll to 457 for '77 SEVERAL HUNDRED nuclear power protesters demon- aim is to halt construction work on two big reactors peacefully near a nuclear power plant at San being built along the beach. The area is just south of Onoire, Calif., Saturday on the anniversary of the U.S. Son Clemente. There were also demonstrations at bombing of Hiroshima. One of the said the several other nuclear plants. (AP Laserphoto) By The Associated Press Five deaths in separate week- end accidents, including a hit- run accident, raised Min nesota's 1977 highway toll to 457, compared with 454 a year ago. Mary Hoover, 21, Eveleth, was killed when struck by a hit- run car while walking along Minnesota 37 four miles south of Eveleth, the St. Louis County sheriff's office said Her body was discovered aboout a m. Sunday but it was not known when she was killed. A Spring Grove man, Mark Ingvaldson, 22, was fatally in- jured in a one-car rollover near Spring Grove early Sunday. Houston County authorities said Ingvaldson was a passenger in a car which left Minnesota 44 about a mile west of Spring Grove around 2 a.m He died several hours later at a La Crosse, Wis., hospital. The State Patrol said the car was driven by Kenneth Moulis, 26, Spring Grove, who was in- jured. The Patrol said David W. Branson, 22, Minneapolis, was killed early Sunday in a single- vehicle accident on Minnesota 101 five miles north of Prior Lake. The car skidded into the median and rolled over. The driver of the car, Leon E. Johnson, 22, Minneapolis, and two other passengers were not seriously injured, the Patrol said. Other weekend victims in- clude Dr. Timothy S. Doty, 40, who was killed in an accident in Clay County and Crystal Sven- sgaard, 15, who died in an ac- cident in Pennington County, also in northwestern Minnesota. Doty, Crookston, was lulled late Saturday afternoon when his car left Minnesota 9 about five miles northwest of Glyndon and rolled over he was alone in the car. Miss Svensgaard, Goodridge, was killed Fnday night when she was struck by a car while bicyclcing on a Penmnggtton County road near her home, about nine miles east of Thief River Falls, her brother, Kyle, 2, was was riding with her on the bicycle, was injured They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Svensgaard. Man Rents House by using want-ad This man had no trouble ren- ting his two-bedroom house by placing a low-cost ad in the Herald want-ad section. FOR RENT 2 bedroom with Oath m Stove and refngerator lur- tig utilities Callxxxn While thisTd was scheduled to run under houses for rent classification for six days, it was cancelled after it appeared in paper only two days   

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