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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 9, 1980, Altoona, Pennsylvania Oil Firms Pinch Gas Supplies for January By United Press International January's gasoline supplies are the lowest in almost five years but if wintry weather keeps driving down, motorisis lace only spot shortages at the nation's pumps, ihc Lund berg Letter reports. The independent petroleum letter pub- lished in Hollywood, Calif.. Tuesday said oil'conipanies'this month plan to deliver S9.4 percent o[ the gasoline they sold in January 1979. As a result, Lundberg said, American motorists face spot shortages, "keeping the country on the ragged edge of shortage for another month" despite a 4.8 per- cent drop in overall demand between April and December of 1979. Lundberg said, however, that Janu- ary's curtailed gasoline supplies and im- proved U.S. gasoline stocks indicate "the oil companies have begun the bell-lighten- ing that will evidently be necessary to avert worse problems in the spring." In terms of gallonage, the companies expect to release 6.13 billion gallons a day in January, "the smallest monthly gasoline deliveries in the United States since February 1975 when demand was 6.09 billion gallons athiy." Lun.dberg.saUl. January's gasoline supplies are 11 per- cent tower than the 6.80 billion gallons available in December 1979. Motorist de- mand, however, historically has plum- meted by 7.8 percent in January from December levels, the letter said. "Thus, the II percent cut in supplies from December to January is not as severe as it looks, but even so it's 3.2 percentage points lower than the seasonal l.undberg said. "Sporadic disruptions are likely in January, barring very bad weather be- cause of (he tightness of available sup- it said. "Since January is usually such a poor driving month, relatively good -m. weather would cause commensuratcly more disruption." Tho letter, which specializes in gasoline data, said pump prices were not likely to rise fnst enough this month to reduce demand to ihe January supply level- UIIILtJ pIlLLVi. US Illy Mlir-> Illt-dbUI C, in percent price hike would cut deina percent. Therefore, l.tmdberg said, it would lake a price increase in January to an average a gallon from in December to cause enough of a de- crease in demand to match supplies. appears safe to say that it will not bo price but rather weather or other factors that will largely determine how troublesome January's available gasoline supplies will Energy producing and consuming na- tions are watching world oil markets closely to see if prevailing high crude prices will withstand the effects of what some see as a growing oil But government and industry ob- servers agreed Tuesday iTs too early to tell whether Saudi oil minister Ahmed 7aki Yarrumi was right when he predicted a looming world surplus woutd moderate prices and restore order to the market. Since rancorous OPliC meeting in Caracas when the producers went their own ways on prices, telltale signs of softening have appeared in (ho spot markets for gasoline and heating oil Rut an Energy Department official cautioned that the weakness could be a temporary result of mild weather in HIP past three months. U.S. consumption sank last year, thanks to rising prices and conservation. Eltoona SHWrror VOL. M NO. 1 7f. PHO.N'K Alloona, Pa., Wednesday Evening, Jan. I-'nundcdJunc 187-1 .1 COPY U.S. Adds Pressure On Soviets WASHINGTON (DPI) Intent on sending a "clear signal" to the Soviet Union over its invasion of Afghanistan, the United States stung the Russians on land, sea and in the air with new retaliatory measures.- At the same time, Ihc use of lorce again was inlet! out. Slate Department spokesman Hodding Carter said the United States is "prepared to use two of the three options economic and political, but not the military one. We will be pursuing this, not for the short- term, but for the long-term." On Tuesday the government: plans for an American con- suhile in Kiev and a Russian consulate in New York. The State Department said seven Americans who were preparing the office in Kiev have been ordered home and 17 Russians in New York were asked to "leave the country expetlitiously." the Soviet airline AerofJot to two flights a week into the United Stales, effective Stincfity. Currently, Aeroflot np- eraies three weekly roundtrips between Moscow and the Washing ton-New York area in winter and four in summer, enforcers out to the Boring Sea between Russia and Alaska to make sure the Soviets do not get more fish than allowed under President Carter's new limits. Transportation Secretary Neil Goldschmidt said the Coast Guard was doubling its patrol force in the area and increasing air surveillance as well. Earlier, President Carter placed an embargo on 37 million tons of American grain (hat was to be sold to (he Soviet Union and suspended sales to Russia of million worth of American oil drilling equipment, computers and oilier prod- ucts. Also, the Pentagon said it will send a technical team to Oman, Kenya and Somalia to examine what military facil- ities those countries could provide the United Slates, The three countries have offered the United States the use of their bases. Spokesman Carter answered some crilics who questioned whether ihc United Slates is "shooting itself in the foot" by closing a lucrative overseas market for U.S. grain and technology. (See SOVIETS, Page 3) In the Mirror Judges Busy There was liule lime on "organiza- tion day" for Blair County's two new judges and their staffs to get things organized.................Page 4- Free Throws Alloona High won its ISEh straight basketball game Tuesday, hut Ihe Lions' coach wasn't happy with their performance so he called a practice, for free throw shooting, following the game...........Page 25. New Pact Northern Bedford County School District's teachers and school board have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, before any forma] negotiations were even scheduled.........................Page 38, INDEX Accidents......II Area.............M Classified. Crime...........14 Features.......42 Movies..........40 N.Y. Obituaries.......4 TV Listing.....n WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, very cold, low 5 lo 15. TOMORROW: Cloudy, warmer, high 30 to 35. Details.........Page 13. Yesterday's Circulation: Khomeini Top Aide Toward Freedom PbDlo Ijy Lion BrtVer WORK HAS BEGUN on new Route 220 near Duncansville at Hamill's Hill by crews from H.J. Williams Co. of York, under contract to build Ihc .51 miles o[ new 220. The groundbreaking ceremony was held less tables and she fell to ihe floor. She said Mr. Stasik Mopped between Mr, Ryan nnd Mr. Walters, Miss Troiano said she heard five shots and the first one siruek Mr- Walters in the chest. She said Mr. Walters stumbled back and fell. also lohi the court rh.ir Mr- Ryan lurned around and started aiming the gun at patrons. Miss Troiano said Mr, Ryan goi "kind of wild -She recalled saying, "My God, he shot him-" Next lo tesiify was Robert Yinpling of Bos 31. Ashville RD L lie said he saw Mr. holding a gun pointed direeily at ihc heail of a man near the hack door of the inn. The man was not idciuificd ai the hearing but Mr, Yingling said Mr. Ryan said "get them away or I'll kill them all." Mr. Yingling said he told everyone to get hack inside ihc inn, and a light-blue (See MURDER, Page 3)
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