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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - June 22, 1974, Abilene, Texas HPfje Abilene ^Reporter—"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 04TH YEAR, NO. 5 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 22, 1974-THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Pratt OP) 2 Farmers Request Steps For County Disaster Aid Bobby Toliver and Billy Bob Toombs of Merkel Friday requested the help of Taylor County Judge Roy Skaggs and Taylor County Agricultural Agent H. C. Stanley in securing disaster relief for the county’s farmers. Toliver said that lack of rain in the county has severe ly damaged spring cotton planting. “Of the crops that are up, 50 per cent are bad stands. Twenty to 30 per cent (of the planned cotton acreage) is not planted,” Toliver said. If Taylor County is declared a disaster area, farmers will be eligible for low interest loans. The local Agricultural Stabi-11 z a t i o n and Conservation Service will have to pass on the application as the first step in gaining disaster relief, said Toliver. The President of the United States will make the ultimate decision, based on information he has received through government channels. South Jones Group Wins Court Battle STAMFORD—A group of south Jones County taxpayers won a court decision Thursday over the Stamford Hospital District when 181st District Court Judge R. L. Mc Rim of Odessa ruled the state law expanding the boundaries of the district is unconstitutional. Pete Andrews, attorney for Missile Deal Made In Secret—Jackson WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., said Friday he has “reliable and creditable information ’ • hat there have been some “rather startling” changes in the U.S. and Soviet missile levels permitted under the 1972 strategic arms limitation agreement. He said the changes were made without notification to Congress, adding. “It’s a material change. It’s not a matter of talking about 5 or ll) Bar Croup To Decide Nixon (ase SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -President Nixon’s case probably will be the last decided by the California Bar investigating seven Watergate-connected attorneys for possible disciplinary action, the president of the state bar association said Friday. “I think it will be a while before a determination is made as far as the President is concerned,” Seth llufstedler of Los Angeles, president of the State Bar Association, told a news conference. “It will take appreciably more time (than the others) and will be the last to come to our attention. His case is much more complicated. The evidence is scattered all over, among various committees and prosecutors. A lot of it is ■imply, cot available,” Huf-stedler said. The bar official said he expected action in the near future on convicted dirty trickster Donald Segretti and former presidential attorney Herbert W. Kalmbach and two or three of the other attorneys. Brent Abel, president-elect of the bar association, identified the others beside Nixon as former presidential aide John D. Ehrlichman, Gordon Strachan, Frank DeMarco and Robert Martian, who is from Phoenix, Ariz., but is licensed to practice law* in California. missiles.” Jackson declined to specify in which area the revisions wc'ie made. However, knowledgeable sources said Jackson was talking about a reportedly secret agreement reached by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger with Soviets, after the original agreement, which permits additional submarine-based missiles for the Russians and lowers the level permitted to the Americans According to the sources, the 950 sea-based missiles permitted the Soviets were raised to 1.020, while the U.S. total was lowered from 710 to 656, the level before the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement was reached. Spokesmen for the Pentagon and the State Department could not lie reached immediately for comment. Jackson said he intends to ask Kissinger about the matter Monday when he appears before the arms limitation subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee. While Jackson was telling reporters about the changes in missile levels, Kissinger was briefing members of the Foreign Relations Committee on President Nixon s just-completed Mideast trip and his Moscow summit mission lie-ginning Tuesday. Governor Endorses AUSTIN. Tex. (AP) - Gov. Dolph Briscoe endorsed the proposed new Texas Constitution Friday after winning a series of changes he said were necessary to keep a proper balance of power between the governor and the legislature. Some legislator-delegates to the Constitutional Convention grumbled, but Briscoe got his way because two-thirds of them felt his support was necessary to win voter approval of the new charter. The key vote of the day was the 105-27 decision to knock out a previously approved see the district, said the district would appeal. In the meantime, he said, the practical effect of the decision is to keep the taxpayers in the southern part of the county from having to pay taxes to the hospital district Jones County was split into three hospital districts by a May, 1973, act of the legislature. Rural voters opposed the plan because there are more voters in the towns of the county but two-thirds of the property is owned by rural residents. The Jones County Taxpayers Assn., the group formed to fight inclusion in the Stamford district, also fought the creation of the district because many residents of southern Jones County use Abilene hospitals and do not want to be taxed for another hospital. The group appeared in Austin during legislative debate on the proposal, but failed to prevent its enaction. Sen. Jack Hightower of Vernon sponsored the bill. Three hospital districts—at Hamlin, Anson and Stamford —were created by the bill for the county. The Stamford district covered roughly the eastern third of the county plus the north central sector. Home with his family Kgil Krogh reminisces as he visits with newsmen at his home in Chevy Chase, Md., Friday after he was released from a federal detention center. Krogh, the former head of the White House “plumbers” unit who served a six-month prison term for his part in the burglary of the Los Angeles office of Dr. Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, sits ttith his four-year-old son Matthew. Story, photo, Pg. 2A. (AP Wirephoto! Oil Lease Changes Groups Goal Farmers Union Displeased With Oilmen's Tax Proposal 13,000-Year-Old Bone Tool Found LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) -Texas Tech University ar-cheologists said Friday they have found a bone tool at least 13,000 years old. Eileen Johnson, field supervisor of the digging, said the tool was found among mammoth bones near here. By JERRY REED Reporter-News staff Writer The Taylor County Farmers Union, in response to county oil and gas producers’ demand that agricultural land bear a greater relative tax burden, have resolved to seek changes in the terms of oil and gas leases oil TOFU members’ land. 'the TCFU met Thursday night in Merkel to adopt resolutions “in protest to higher fuel prices and to the oil people wanting to raise taxes on J arni and ranch land by two-thirds.” i John Chalmers, president of the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Assn., Monday asked the Taylor County Commissioners Court, acting as a tax Wins Changes: New Contitution tion enabling two-thirds of the House and Senate to call the legislature into special session. “I am offering this amendment as a practical matter to gain support for the constitution,” said Rep. Carl Parker. D-Port Arthur. “How much are we giving up? As a practical mutter we are not giving up much because it would be well nigh impossible to get a two-thirds vote for a special session.” But Rep. Richard Geiger. D-Dallas, said the constitution already provided a good bal ance of power. “The provision we are debating today is not a power grab by the legislature but an effort to keep power equal to the executive branch,” Geiger said. Briscoe won on another point when the convention struck a provision, without objection, that would allow a legislature to override a veto of a bill passed during a previous session. The governor had worked hard to get his way, calling a See PLAN, Pg. IGA, Col. 6 equalization board, to equalize the tax burden borne by agricultural landowners with that of oil and gas property ow ners.) LEASE TERMS the Farmers Union has voted to demand of oil and gas producers include: • $25 minimum lease per acre. • $5 per acre renewal. • $1,000 per location plus rdditional damage if they set off staked locations. • $1,000 to set tank battery. • $250 per year for each year a tank battery is there. • $1,000 minimum any time a line breaks on a place. to $1,600 for each road to any location other than the original location. • No water to be sold at any price. Two Farmers Union officials from Merkel, Eobby Toliver and Billy Bob Toombs, emphasized the immediate source of the farmers’ dissatisfaction was the oilmen’s tax proposal. “That put the frosting on the cake,” said Toombs, a district officer of the state Farmers Union. “IF’ THEY want their taxes cut, they should work on it and leave ours alone,” said Toliver. The Farmers Union resolution also complains of a rise in butane price from IO cents to 29 cents a gallon in the .space of a few months. Both men stressed their opinion that tax rates should be based on productive value of the property. “Good land is leasing for $10 an acre,” Toliver said. Toombs said that nearly all the agricultural land in the county had its valuation increased by 50 per cent across the board three years ago. The Merkel farmers conceded that last year was a great year for farmers, but said that this year is making up for it “A year like this and a farmer is back borrowing money within six months,’’ said Toliver. THE TCFU resolution condemned the Chalmers’ proposal to raise farmers’ land evaluation by two-third if it were not possible to cut the oilmen’s property evaluation by two-thirds. Chalmers contended Monday that oilmen's properties in the county were evaluated at almost IOO per cent of market value, while Farmers’ holdings were evaluated at one-inorth to one-third of market value. (Chalmers acknowledged Friday that he had erred iii his formula to correct the inequity. Raising the farmland evaluation by two-thirds still would not bring the two groups’ property tax liabilities into balance; the farmland See LEASE. Pg. UA, Col. 7 Jacobsen's Texas Trial Is Delayed Crash Survivor Walks ll Miles to Rescuers By JEFFREY ULBRICH Associated Press Writer JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - “I didn't want to go. I was afraid to leave her by herself. But after two days I decided nobody was ever going to find us, so I decided to walk out,” said Nancy Sheridan after the plane crash that claimed the life of her boyfriend and one other person. Miss Sheridan was one of two women who survived the crash of a light plane Tuesday to tho Wind River Mountain Range in western Wyoming. Killed in that crash were Francis Lahmann anh dis son, Ted, of Indianapolis, Ind. Eighteen-year-old Miss Sheridan walked more than ll miles through the rugged forest, nearly drowned in a rain-sv/ollen river where she lost her shoes, and finished the trip barefoot to reach rescuers. Because of her efforts, helicopter crews were able to reach Mrs. Evelyn Lahmann, 57. She was taken to a hospital here, where she is listed in serious condition. “I blacked out as we went down,” Miss Sheridan told newsmen Friday. “I think that’s why I have no broken bones, because I blacked out and was limp. I was in shock for a while. Mrs. Lahmann told me I ripped out the back seat of the nlane to give her something to sit on.” The four were en route from Indianapolis to Portland, Ore. to visit another son of the Lahmanns. Ted, whose age was not immediately known, was piloting the plane. Miss Sheridan said they had planned to stop for the night in Jackson and then continue the trip the next morning because “the sun was making the engine overheat a little and a real strong downdraft from the mountains was pulling us closer. “The first thing I remember is asking Mrs. Lahmann what happened. Then I just started helping her. She had a broken hip and I tried to make her as comfortable as possiMe. “We crashed Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday I didn't want to go. I was afraid to leave her by herself.” She said that by Thursday it was apparent nobody would come to their rescue. “I told her I uouldn” come back until I had foun< some help. “I woke up when the sui: came out ... it was real cold When it wanned, I wrapped Mrs. Labmann up real good See CRASH, Pg. WA, Col I DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the trial of Jake Jacobsen, a Watergate figure, who was indicted on charges of misapplying $825,000 in savings and loan funds. The lawyers for Jacobsen. Informed sources in Washington said during the week, had abreed to have him plead guilty to a reduced charge of bribery in another case if the savings and loan indictment in drooped. The Washington source said Jacobsen in return would testify that former Texas Gov. John Connally took $10,000 in two installments for help he gave Associated Milk Producers Inc., a Jacobsen client, on milk price supports. The delay in the Texas trial was confirmed bv the office of U.S. Atty. Frank McCown of Fort Worth. The office said Friday that the order delaying the trial in San Angelo, Tex., was signed by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hill in Dallas Thursday. Jacobsen was indicted on seven coimts alleging misapplication from the First Savings and Loan Assedat on cf San Angelo. Indicted with him was Ray Cowan, a former \ustin. Tex., businessman. Jury selection in San Angelo was scheduled lo start July I with actual trial set for July 8. , In this week's action, both A to defense and prosecution asked that the case be postponed until Sept. 23 because of the illness of a w itness, Mot gun Pierce cf Austin. The district attorney's office said Pierce had a heart attack. The indictment charges Jacobsen and Cowan as directors and controlling shareholders of the savings and loan firm "did unlawfully and Willis TRIAL io\. (ol. g Inside Today 'Twister' Will Hit Coleman A tornado will cut a wide swath through the middle of Coleman next Wednesday, but no property will be destroyed nor anyone injured. Pq. 10A, Amusements 78 Astrology SB Bridge SB Church News 4B Classified 1-6D Comics 6-7C Editorials 4A Form 8,7 A Markets •-BC Obituaries BD Oil 6B Soerts I-SC Today in History BB TV Log BB TV Scout Women's News BB , 2-3B ;

  • Billy Bob Toombs
  • Bobby Toliver
  • Carl Parker
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  • Dolph Briscoe
  • Donald Segretti
  • Eileen Johnson
  • Eobby Toliver
  • Evelyn Lahmann
  • Francis Lahmann
  • Frank Demarco
  • Frank Mccown
  • Gordon Strachan
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • Henry M. Jackson
  • Herbert W. Kalmbach
  • Jack Hightower
  • Jake Jacobsen
  • Jeffrey Ulbrich
  • Jerry Reed
  • John Chalmers
  • John Connally
  • John D. Ehrlichman
  • Kgil Krogh
  • Nancy Sheridan
  • Pete Andrews
  • Ray Cowan
  • Richard Geiger
  • Robert Hill
  • Robert Martian
  • Roy Skaggs

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: June 22, 1974

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