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   Albuquerque Tribune (Newspaper) - March 14, 1973, Albuquerque, New Mexico                                Albuquerque Tribune ui.Uj.FM.orr. Vol. 54, No. 162 LOCAL FORECAST: Snow showers tonight. Partly cloudy, cool and breezy tomorrow. Albuquerque, N. M., Wednesday, March 102 Pages in Nine Sections HOME EDITION p.m. Stock Prices PRICE: TEN CENTS JOcWKKLV Byrd resigning as Albq's police chief By RALPH DOHME Tribune Staff Writer Police Chief Donald A. Byrd today submitted his resignation to return to Dallas. Chief Byrd handed his resignation effective in two weeks to City Manager Herb Smith during a 20- minute, closed door meeting at City Hall. "THIS COMES as a great surprise and shock. This is something we were not prepared Mr. Smith said after the meeting. Byrd, police chief since April 1, 1971, will become head assistant chief of the Dallas Police Depart- ment. Smith said a deputy chief probably will be named acting chief until Byrd's successor is named. Smith said he has no idea at the presentas to what course will be taken to get a new police chief. CHIEF BYRD told The Tribune he will leave his position in two weeks to accept the "number two position" on the Dallas police department. "I Will begin there April Byrd said. Byrd, who was an assistant chief on the Dallas force before coming to Al- buquerque, said "I'd be foolish not to go back." He said that although "the pay is about the same" as he made here, he will "retire at twice the rate." He said he was pleased with his years as police chief here. "I think we've got trends developing now in crime reduction the men and women of the Police Department can take it from Byrd said. HE SAID HE received the "most sat- isfaction from coming into a new community as a stranger and being accepted." See BYRD, Page A-4 Chief Donald Byrd Last of Albq bills shot down WALKER'S BEST FRIEND: Barry Lane values Darci the bur- ro very highly as he hikes cross- country with a friend, Niels Hen- riksen, on a walkathon retracing pioneer trails. Two students and a burro start on a walk By CHARLES WOOD Tribune Staff Writer SANTA FE The last of the City of Albu- querque's 1974 State Legislature proposals has gone down in flames. The proposal is House Bill 418, which would have siphoned tax money from coun- ties rich in natural resources and distributed the wealth among other counties, cities and school districts. The bill was shot down in the House by a voice vote. WHAT WENT WRONG with the city's elaborate plans to get financial aid from the Legislature? A survey of House members uncovered several reasons why the city may have failed. These reasons include: 1. The city started its legislative campaign too tate. 2. The legislature does not want to give up state revenue to the cities. 3. The city never won the support of a ma- jority of Bernalillp County legislators. 4. Many legislators are skeptical of the city's need for new revenue. "THE MOOD OF the legislature is anti- Bernalillo said Rep. Eugene Cinelli, D-Bernalillo. "If people in the Legislature get the idea that a bill is solely for the benefit of Albu- querque, then it's as good as Rep. Ci- nelli said. He said this may be why two bills he intro- duced for the cities, including House Bill 418, may have been killed. "I think another one of the reasons they may have been killed is that they represent See LEG ISLATURE, Page By LAURA ROBERTSON Tribune Staff Writer Two Minnesota college students and a burro are slowly trudging their way to Albuquerque on the first leg of a walk. Tracing old pioneer over- land trails, they have five gallons of water, a few cooking utensils, 130 pounds on their backs and about miles to go. STARTING FROM El Paso, Barry Lane and Niels Henriksen, and their burro, Darci, have walked about 250 miles up the Chihuahua Trail toward Santa Fe. From there they'll follow the Santa Fe Trail to Olathe, Kan., then the Fort- to-Fort Trail to Fort Atchi- son, Kan. The last leg of the jour- ney will take them over the Traverse des Sioux Trail to within three-fourths of a mile of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., where both are students. THE ROUTE was laid put after the two men studied U.S. Geographical Survey maps and compared them to an 1845 atlas and maps of radbeds made between 1840 and 1875. Mr. Lane andMr.Hen- riksen aren't merely re- tracing the old trails. They're doing it as authent- ically as possible, using few modern conveniences. Darci wears a pack sad- dle and carries two round, covered baskets similar to the panniers used on mules or donkeys in Spain and other countries. THE MEN SHARE a pack load which totals about 130 pounds. They carry five gallons of water at a time. See TWO STUDENTS, A-4 asks for crime legislation The New Mexico Civil Liberties Union has urged Gov. Bruce King to veto legislation that would make the death penalty mandato- ry for persons convicted of first-degree murder. The group said in a state- ment that the death penalty was "provably unfair" and had not been proved to act as a deterrent to crime. The New Mexico Senate passed the bill Monday and sent the governor for action. The House had ap- proved the measure earlier in the session. million construction begins By KATY WOOLSTON Tribune Staff Writer An Oklahoma construc- tion company is starting to build million worth of apartments and townhouses in Albuquerque. Plaza Construction Co. of Tulsa, owned by James Jackson Associates of Tulsa, has broken ground or plans to start construc- tion on: 1. A million town- house project at Academy Estates which will see 80 luxury townhouses; 2. A million apartment development, Sandia Vista, at Copper and Tramway NE; 3. A million apart- ment development, Vista Oriente, at Cooper and- Chelwood NE; 4. A million apartment development. Plaza Dorado, at 401 Western Skies SE. In 30 Days Construction of the town- houses will start in the next 30 days. They will be at Academy and Burleson NE, with an average selling price of Jack Stahl of Hoc- ten Stahl Inc. Realtors, said. Hooten Stahl will han- dle sales for this project, with sell ing to start this summer. Sq. Ft. The townhouses will have from to square feet of space. A swimming pool and recreation building will be included on the 10-acre site. Construction has just started on Sandia Vista. This project, developed by Sanborn Foreman Ltd., of Las Cruces, will have 138 units withone, two and three bedrooms. A group of Albuquerque investors, Chelwood Invest- mentlnc., is developing Vista Orinte, with the Hoo- ten Stahl as manager. Construction is to start in the next few weeks and is to be completed in March 1974. Vista Orinte will have 94 apartments units, plusa day care center for child- ren. Slated for family ten- ants, it will have one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Its nine buildings will be on a landscaped four-acre site. WASHINGTON Presi- dent Nixon asked Congress today to restore the death penalty for wartime trea- son, sabotage and espio- nage and for federal crimes such as hijacking and kid- naping in which a death results. He also called for harsh, new mandatory penalties for narcotics violations. 'Escape Hatch' The President said this would sharply reduce the discretion of courts which he said had often become "an escape hatch for those who are responsible for the menace of drugs." Tribune index Buenas Noches.......A-2 Comics............G-ll Crossword Puzzle.....A-2 Editorial............B-4 Horoscope ..........B-3 Inside the Capital.....A-3 Markets ...........G-12 New Mexico Vistas B-l-2 Public Forum........B-5 Sports........F-l-2-3-4-5 Theaters............D4 TV Page ............A-7 Weather Map ........A-2 Women's News-----B-l-2-3 It Happened in S.F. D-10 Town Crier..........C-l, Weather data, map-----C-l Obituaries ..........F-6 The Albuquerque Tribune New Mexico's Significant Newspaper In the sixth installment of his written State of the Union report, Nixon also proposed a complete revi- sion of the federal criminal code. Included is a restric- tion on the insanity defense which would permit acquit- tal only if a defendant "did not know what he was doing." The code revision also would alter penalties increasing some and reduc- ing others and would eliminate such obsolete crimes as interference with a carrier pigeon. Nixon said the Justice Department was convinced that his death penalty pro- posals would be constitu- tional in spite of last year's Supreme Court decision outlawing most capital pun- ishment laws on the grounds that they are arbi- trary and capricious. 'Best Way' "I believe the best way to accommodate the reserva- tions of the court is to au- thorize the automatic impo- sition of the death penalty where it is the President said. The President's plan would establish a two-tier trial in which following conviction for a possible capital crime, a separate hearing would be held for a defendant to determine whether death should be the penalty. MR. FIX-IT Q Is the U.S. Secret Service which guards the president, among other things, part of a govern- ment department or does it function entirely on its own? G.M. A The Secret Service is an agency of the Treas- ury Department. Enraged Japanese wreck train stations By RICHARD HALLORAN (C) 1973 New York Times News Service TOKYO Frustrated Japanese commuters protested a slowdown in Meet 1 6 more spelling champs Sixteen more schools have selected their champi- ons for The Tribune's an- nual Spelling Bee. The story and the pic- tures of the 16 school champs appear on Page C-2 in today's Tribune. service today by going on a rampage. It started during the rush hour when a train that was packed to overflowing because of a nationwide union slowdown pulled into the Ageo Station north of Tokyo. Commuters unable to get aboard hauled the motorman from the cab, then turned their wrath on the station office. Break Windows They broke windows, smashed furniture, ripped out phones, rifled cash boxes, scattered papers, pummeled the stationmaster and his assistant enough to send them to the hospital. The stationmaster, Uukichi Aramaki, 52, said later from his hospital bed, "I tried tp persuade them to stop but it was no use." Shuck Clothir The enraged commuters held some station workers hostage and forced the rest to flee. Some railroad men shucked their working clothes so that they would not be identified, After wrecking the Ageo Station, commuters started roaming the rails In bands, stoning trains, jamming switches, occupying other stations, and holding stationmasters as hostages. At one time or another six stations were seized. About of the commuters who use the Takasaki line were in Ageo, officials of the Japan National Railways called for the police from Saitama Prefecture, or state, in which the town is situated. Later the Saitama plice asked for help from the police of adjoining Gumma Prefecture. Finally, special riot policemen were called in. But not until afternoon was service on the three lines restored. Five people were reported arrested for breaking ami entering or for causing a public disturbance. Whether any comn.'Jlers were injured was not immediately known. The slowdown, which started on March 5, was called by the National Railway Locomotive Engineers Union to back Its demand for two motormen to each train, a work week of 40 hours and five days instead of the present 44 hours and six days, and improved train safety. DID THE SKY FALL? Not exactly but it sure looked that way to the owner of this parked car who found a utility pole teetering on his auto. The pole came crashing down on the car, parked on a lot at Fifth and Lomas NW, when a trencher on a flatbed truck snagged power lines strung across Lomas, snapping it and two other poles. Three cars werev bashed by the falling poles. >Uw-------------...   

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