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   Alamogordo Daily News (Newspaper) - August 7, 1975, Alamogordo, New Mexico                             SOUTHWEST MICROFILM' BOX 10054 EL PASO, TEX-79901. in-Preliminary plans for a joint Holloman Air Force Base and Alamo- gordoOtero county community Bicen- tennial project of a permanent type were explored further during a meeting of a co-ordinating ad hoc committee last night at the Chamber of Commerce office chaired by Col. Charles Busick, chief of civil engineering at HAFB. 'The, proposed project is being co- ordinated with the Mayor's Bicenten- nial Committee, of which Mrs. Tony (Nan) Genta is chairman. She, with Mrs. Dan Gudeczauskas, of the Mayor's Committee, attended'last night's session of the ad hoc committee. Discussion last night centered mainly around construction of an amphitheatre seating persons, partially covered, and so constructed.that the remainder of the seating could be covered, and the entire .amphitheatre later enlarged if use demanded: The committee agreed to contact'the Governor's Commission on the Interna- tional Hall of Fame regarding the pos- sibility of tying the proposed amphi- theatre in with ISHF. The Hall of Fame may be Bicentennial Commission has in its original plans an amphitheatre, which would be developed further down the road time- wise. Col Busick presented a rough drawing of the proposed amphitheatre, which would be. designed for multi- purpose use. Holloman Air Force Base intends to make substantial contribution to the project in labor, equipment and funds raised by various on-base projects. His thinking is that the facility could be completed before the July 4 dedication of the International Space Hall of Fame and could be used for Bicentennial events as well as community programs of various types. HAFB would provide all the labor and equipment for the project, he stated and he has cleared the proposal with the 49th TFW commander and the base commander, and TAC headquarters. Col. Busick was encouraged "to proceed." Contacts have been made with city and county officials, with favorable results. A number of questions have been raised including: Who will have control of the facility For what functions will it be avail- able? Can the entire seating area be covered? How much use would such a facility generate? Other questions are being considered. Busick said the structure he envisions could be used for band concerts with the shell large enough to seat for instance the Marine, Army, Air Force or Navy bands; high school orchestra or band; and for stage 'productions, and pageants. The stage' would be' so equipped that it would itself to productions of the nature presented in the Alamogordo Music Col. Busick said there is the possibility of obtaining some additional Bicentennial matching funds. Some local matching funds would have to be provided in addition to the "in-kind" labor and equipment. There still is some consideration of a covered pavillion. 186 Alamogordo, New Mexico, Thursday, August 15' Just before disappearing Laugh lines Only a mediocre person is always at this best. Small world We mentioned about a week ago that we had spent a few days Washington, D. C. While there, we attended the meeting of the Washington Rotary club. A Rotarian from Bethesda, Md., also was visit- ing there, he sat the same table with us, and we became acquainted. He is an em- ployee of the State Depart- ment, in the foreign service, and his home town Is Tucson. He said that he would be gotog to Arizona shortly, and would drop in to see us here at oar, own Rotary club.' That's fine and dandy, and of course we did expect him to do so sometime to the future; He did so yesterday, just one week after we had become acquainted. Just one more ex- ample of the small world in which we live any more. Hoffa may have made big fund withdrawal Plate sale The New Mexico Bicen- tennial license plates that have gone on sale are at- tractive, and we predict a good sale of them. We were in a meeting where it was an- nounced that they were avail- able, and when the meeting ended we know that several were sold. Not only does it indicate our individual interest in the Bi- centennial but the sales also provide some funds for the local committee. You'll be interested in buying one for your car we're sure. 'Lion'rove We've had some publicity for an upcoming event, but we want to add more to it. The event is the production of "Lion In set for showing at the New Mexico School for the Visually Handi- capped auditorium Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. That's Aug. .8 and 9, in case you want to check it out. The production Is by a group of totally amateur, mostly college student types of people, who work days and have worked hard evenings and whenever they could find the tune to produce the play. They had a dress rehearsal last night, and we have a "rave" review from one of the parents who attended, and she'd recommend it very highly. She says the players are good, have produced a most enjoyable play, and she feels you'd enjoy it. It's totally short budget, with the 12th century players being dressed in 20th century clothing, but that doesn't distract from it one bit, she says. Even giving consideration prejudiced, she still feels you'd like It. Besides that, she says there Is enter- tainment during intermission which you'd like, and seeing Ike newly-decorated NMSVH auditorium Is a bonus you'd appreciate seeing. We're going to take her word for it, highly recom- (Continued on 6) DETROIT (AP) State and federal officials are investigating reports that ex- Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa withdrew about million from a union pension fund shortly before he vanished last week, according to informed sources here and in Washington. A Michigan law en- forcement official said the allegation came from un- named informants and he left the impression that the in- formants were Teamsters officials and knowledgeable underworld figures. The official said he believes the withdrawal allegation is not tied to the- Hoff a disappearance. Another source in Washington, familiar with the Justice Department's in- vestigation of Hoffa's July 30 Hostages free. Reds fly away KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Five Japanese Red Army terrorists today freed 15 hostages, including U.S. Consul Robert Stebbins and a Swedish diplomat, before taking off from Kuala Lumpur airport for Libya with four substitute hostages and five other radicals. The terrorists stormed a building housing the US Embassy Monday and took the 15 hostages to the airport after demanding tran- sportation out of the country and the freedom of the five other radicals from Japanese jails. En route to Libya, the plane put down for a refueling stop at Colombo, Sri Ceylon. It left after two hours and was expected to arrive in Tripoli, Libya at a.m. Friday p.m. EOT Thursday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Stebbins, 42, of Clovis, N.M., said he believed the terrorists would have killed their hostages, originally numbering 52, if their demands were not met. Stebbins and other freed hostages agreed that the terrorists treated them well, however, and gave them candy, cushions and in one instance a bottle of perfume. Stebbins said the terrorists also took valuables and money from the hostages, but later gave them all back. Stebbins said he believed the terrorists were "very precise, assured, well- organized, courageous people (Continued on Page 6) Little bit late, Congressman! DEMING, N.M. (AP) Rep. Harold Runnels, D-N.M., has a practice of sending congratulatory letters to newlyweds and parents of new babies in his congressional district. Runnels said Wednesday he mailed a letter recently to Isabel Bishop of Las Cruces congratulating her on the birth of a baby. Mrs. Bishop, he said, then wrote a letter to the congressman thanking him for his letter. But she told him she wasn't the mother of a new baby. Mrs. Bishop said she is 77 years old and a widow. disappearance, said similar information reached federal investigators. The Washington source said the alleged pension'withdrawal was million. Rumors have circulated since Hoffa's disappearance that Hoffa had obtained a large sum of Teamsters pension money before he dropped from sight. But family members told The Associated Press they were unaware of any such" tran- saction. Meanwhile, federal officials were still pursuing theories that Hoffa was kidnaped or killed because union foes had learned he might win a court effort to make a comeback bid for Teamsters power. The significance of the alleged pension withdrawal was not clear. If true, it would tend to support a published theory that Hoffa arranged his own disappearance and is still alive. However, U.S. Atty. Ralph B. Guy was quoted today as saying there is "no evidence" to support thattheory. The Michigan law en- forcement source said his information is that Hoffa received the pension money for an unspecified investment. He said he did not know if the withdrawal was a loan or was Hoffa's own pension money. "Jimmy definitely got the million out of the pension fund two days before he the state source said. In another development' today, investigative sources said Hoffa's foster son, Charles "Chuckle" O'Brien, who was questioned by the FBI on Wednesday, had returned to Memphis, Tenn. O'Brien and Hoffa had "a series of disappointments in their personal in recent months, according to Barbara Crancer, Hoffa's daughter. Hoffa's son, James P., said he believes O'Brien knew what happened to the former labor boss, and demanded that O'Brien take a lie- detector test. O'Brien, the 41-year-old (Continued on Page 6) Isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers through Friday with little change in temperatures. Low 62, high 94. SEA BEE Members of the 123rd Sea Bee Battalion register for a three-day re- union in Alamogordo. Participating in registration this morning at the Desert Aire Motel are from left Walter Krpan, Pekin, 111. Jack Shevchik, Sun City, Ariz.; Wendel Mitsdarffer, Alamogordo, sponsor of the get-together; Mrs. Shevchik and Zalah Mitsdarffer. This is the 27th reunion of the 123rd which saw service in the South Pacific during World War II. Seabees gather to relive WWII days Members of the 123rd Bn U S Navy Seabees, who during World War II began gathering in Alamogordo today for the 27th annual convention. Wendel C Mitsdarffer, a member of the battalion, is hosting this year's convention which continues through today, Friday and Saturday. From 50 to 70 are expected to attend. The 123rd was formed in Providence, R. I. and went to Port Hueneme, Calif., and from there to Midway Island to rebuild the' base after. Allied troops reoccupied the island in the Battle of Midway. From there, the battalion went to Pearl Harbor and later into the Philippines after the Allied invasion to retake those islands. The convention is being held at the Desert Aire. This is the first time for the convention to be held west of the Mississippi. Next year's convention will be in Plainfield, N. J. Jordan bows neck to U. S. on arms aid AMMAN, Jordan (AP) King Hussein said today he will buy an air defense system from the Soviet Union if he cannot get 14 Hawk missile batteries from the United States. "We simply must have this request met fully or else find a compatible Hussein told newsmen at a lunch in his palace. "A compatible option does not exist in Europe and this means we will probably have to go to our friends in the Soviet Union." This ruled out speculation that Jordan might go arms shopping in Britain or France if the U.S. Congress continues to block the sale. And Hussein indicated that Soviet advisers might be stationed in Jordan if he buys Russian missiles. "We prefer to send our officers abroad for training (in weapons systems) but if we have to receive expert technical advice here we will do so for a limited Hussein said. Hussein and his premier, Zaid Rifai, obviously were angry at congressional op- (Continued on Page 6) WASHINGTON Agriculture Department pro- jects a decline of nearly 20 per cent by 1980 in the number of persons eligible for food stamps, a finding contrary to top officials' assertions that the program faces future in- creases in the number of participants. The depart- ment's projections were dis- tributed Wednesday by Sen. George McGovern D-S.D., after the Ford'administration had refused to release them for more than four months. BOSTON (AP) Alger Hiss, convicted of perjury in a spy case 25 years ago, was re- admitted to the Massachu- setts Bar today: Legal sources said it was the first time hi the state's history that a dis- barred lawyer has been rein- stated. ably will include a meeting between state liquor director Carlos Jaramillo and the gov- ernor to assess the appli- cations, Apodaca said. WASHINGTON (AP) Disabled veterans will receive cost-of-living increases rang- ing from 10 to 12 per cent, despite White House fears that the raises are too high. President Ford signed the measure Wednesday and warned Congress the In- crease, which more than doubles amounts asked In his budget proposal, will cost half a billion dollars a year. CHATEAULIN, France (AP) A violent explosion ripped through a explosives factory here today, killing two persons and in- juring about 30, officials said. SANTA FE (AP) Gov. Jerry .Apodaca said today he'll be involved in the allo- cation of the five liquor licen- ses available in the city of Portales. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says it has received 34 appli- cations for the five licenses. The selection process prob- SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) An indigent defendant in a criminal case must be repre- sented by a public defender before he gives any state- ments to police regarding the crime he Is charged with, the state court of appeals has ruled. Prices climb WASHINGTON (AP) government today reported a 1.2 per cent jump in wholesale prices last month, reversing a previous decline, but a top Ford administration economist insisted the figure does not reflect a resurgence of inflation. And President Ford's press secretary, Ron Nessen, said the increase "was slightly less, actually, than expected at the White House." The Labor Department said the July hike in the Wholesale Price Index which works out to an annual rate of 14.4 per "cent was spawned primarily by rising food and fuel costs. The 1.2 per cent monthly figure was the second sharpest of the year and followed a decline of one-tenth of one per cent in June. James L. Pate, No. 1 economist for the Commerce Department, said that "The July increase, while ap- pearing bad, does.' not represent any reacceleration of inflation tendencies at all." Nessen Ford's chief Greenspan, had testified before Congress in July that a significant increase in farm prices could be expected. So, said Nessen, the July wholesale figures "came as no surprise." Nessen also said the increase in fuel prices was expected because of heavier demand for gasoline caused by summer driving. However, an AFL-CIO economist, Nat Goldftnder, said: "We've heard all of this adding that maybe the administration experts "don't understand people eat food and use Pate said the fact that since higher food prices accounted for most of the increase this means 'the base level of inflation hasn't changed much. Food prices, he noted, are one of the few items which customarily decline in price as well as climb. The rate of increase in industrial commodities, which many economists consider to reflect the basic pace of inflation, was unchanged from the previous month. The hike in wholesale costs followed the report that consumer prices had climbed in June to an annual rate of 9.6 per cent after subsiding at the 5.2 per cent level the previous threemonths. Wholesale price increases, of course, usually mean higher prices for consumers the latest report did not include several factors already in place which will push up prices. Administration economists, however, contend the' current surge is; temporary and will give way within a few months. The wholesale index in- cludes prices from all levels of the economy, including in- dustrial raw materials and other, items several steps (Continued on Page 6) CB sets proliferation sparks concern, problems ByMKEMAGDA With the dramatic increase of Citizens' Band radios in- stalled in personal cars, many law enforcement officials: have expressed their concern whether the radio operators are using their sets properly. State Police Captain M. A. Matteson said the radios can perform an Invaluable service to the public but he is hesitant to approve the practice of giving "Smokey" reports. A "Smokey" report relays the position of a patrol car, whether on the move or stationary while running radar surveillance. Matteson said there are pros and cons to the Smokey reports. "I think it alerts everybody in the area and makes them aware of the fact an officer Is near. One of our prime func- tions Is to be said Matteson, to "On the other hand, it un- questionably encourages people to speed and break the law. These continuing 'Smokey' reports tell drivers to slow down just in a par- ticular area." Matteson related a story in 'which he and another officer were having coffeejn Capitan. A trucker came Into .the cafe and reported he flipped his truck loaded, with wood. The trucker later confessed he had been traveling too fast hi the mountains because he heard on his CB that "the coast is clear, the Smokeys are in Capitan." "In this case, the driver just lost his truck and load, but he could have killed a lot of said Matteson. He added this driver had a previous record of similar accidents under the same conditions. "We hope this 'Smokey' information is not for some ir- responsible speeder to go out and kill said Matteson. "They give the green light to some Individual and he could wipe out a law- abiding citizen, This sets up a hazardous situation." "They're not hurting was the opinion of State Police Sgt. Robert Miller. "If all we did was give 'citations, we easily could get enough vio- lators without worrying about CB'ers. I just don't see why people think we are the If used properly, CB radios could be a priceless aid to the motorist.' Matteson told of a situation recently where a car was stranded between Alamo- gordo and Las Cruces with no gas. The driver called for help on his radio and an officer copied the message and arrived at the scene within minutes. Matteson said if the driver had had to hitchhike, it would have been more than an hour before he would have been on his way.again and added the man's family would have had to remain in the car under the hot sun with no water or food during the time he was gone. Under a trial evaluation (Continued oa Page 3)   

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