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Clovis News Journal (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Clovis, New Mexico Newspaper journal serving Eastern new Mexico and West Texas vol.54 no. 264 a report via satellite Clovis new Mexico wednesday february 2,1983 22 pages today daily or sunday 25c Oil Price cuts spread Newt journal photo waiting and counting a school Board candidate Wilbur Johnson seated Waits for the Clovis school Board election results As superintendent Cal Trice reads the voting machine forms. Johnson won the election tuesday by 50 votes. Johnson retains spot on Clovis school Board the incumbent candidate tor the Clovis school to it Oard won in the Only contested position tuesday night by a margin of Only 50 votes Wilbur Johnson incumbent school Board member who has been on the Board for about to years won Over Dwight Watkins 608 to 558 Johnson after the vote tally said. Quot wow a Quot i m glad no doubt about that Quot said Johnson adding that the Light turnout 1,175 out of 14,192 eligible voters and close vote were Quot rather indicative. Sometimes the citizens May not realize the importance of the school Board to the education Quot we had a Good clean election. I enjoyed it and 1 11 continue to support the Clovis schools Quot Watkins said today a i made a lot of Nice new friends. I done to feel bad about it at All i feel real Good Quot he added he said he doubts he will run for the school Board again. Asked if he was nervous As the numbers appeared on the tally Iward. Johnson said Quot i think anybody who runs for Public office is going to experience some degree of nervousness ifs anxiety time Quot he said however that the turnout was Quot about what i expected Quot because of the cold weather and the fact that there was Only one contested race a it was pretty Light but the weather was bad Quot Watkins said Watkins did not attend the tallying at the superintendent s office which toot Only about 40 minutes after the polls closed at 7 p m. Quot i did t know i was suppose see voting on Pace 2 Ulibarri has no plans to resign office Clovis municipal judge Frank Ulibarri said today he has no plans to resign his office in spite of an ultimatum from the attorney general a office that he resign or to indicted for a felony offence of failing to Deposit Public monies in a statement released to the Clovis news journal judge Ulibarri outlined the circumstances relating to the funds in question and said Quot i am not knowingly guilty of any crime against the Laws of this state and i will not Bow to the demands of the attorney general a office. If i must defend myself in a criminal proceeding then i must Quot he went on to say Quot the one fact that Burns inside me is that i am innocent and have been wrongfully accused again i shall not resign and i shall stand against this pressure from the office of the at Torney Ulibarri who was first appointed to the City judges position and then won the seat in a 1982 election issued the following statement concerning the questioned funds Quot the accounting firm of Ernst and we Hinney of Clovis was contracted by the City of Clovis to conduct the 1981 82 annual City audit. This firm conducted the audit during the month of August 1982 Quot in the past years As new municipal judge i realized an accounting problem existed for municipal Bonds collected by the municipal judge. I had approached the administrative office of the courts of new Mexico both As an individual judge and As president of the new Mexico municipal judges association asking see probe on Page 2 by the associated press a Price Cut of $1 a barrel is spreading through the american Oil Industry and four open members have threatened to slash their crude by $4 a barrel unless the Cartel settles a dispute Over production and prices the reductions along with decreased demand for fuel could mean that gasoline prices at the pump will continue dropping along with the Cost of heating Oil analysts say. Eight major u s refiners reduced the Price they pay for Domestic crude on tuesday to $31 a barrel and sources said the soviet Union dropped its Price by $2 15 to $2.35 a barrel on a Long term con tract with an italian Oil company the official Kuwait news Agency reported that saudi Arabia Kuwait Qatar and the United Arab emirates All members of the organization of Petroleum exporting countries would Cut their prices by $4 a barrel Quot within one week unless the Cartel settles its dispute Quot a warm Winter Winter has tended to develop an oversupply not Only of gasoline but of heating Oil Quot said Industry analyst Dan Lundberg publisher of the Southern California based Lund Berg letter Quot with there being plentiful heating Oil and soft prices throughout the whole Range of Petroleum products the falling crude prices can Only cause a Continua Tio Nof this decline he estimated tuesday that Gas prices would fall 5 to 7 cents a gallon by april i in Oregon for example a Price War escalated tuesday when Portland area service stations began offering regular gasoline for 88 9 cents a gallon Lundberg said that was the lowest Price he knew of anywhere the collapse of an emergency of Pix meeting last monday in Geneva Switzerland triggered speculation that persian Gulf producers have decided they must Cut their Price to regain lost sales in the glutted world Market an unconfirmed report by the iraqi news Agency said open would hold another meeting in Vienna Austria next week. The belief has become widespread in the Oil Industry that saudi Arabia and its allies on the arabian Peninsula Are striving for an orderly reduction in prices. The current open reference Price of $34 a barrel was reaffirmed by All 13 ministers last december and was not changed in the Geneva meeting Jan 23-24 t Boone Pickens or chairman of Mesa Petroleum co in Amarillo Texas said he did not expect u s prices to fall As much As $4 a barrel Quot if we Start talking about $4 and $5 cuts then things Are going to get serious a he said adding that Domestic Oil producer Quot can handle a $1 reduction Congress works on jobs Bill plan Washington a Over the objections of president Reagan Republican and democratic congressional leaders Are working on Public works jobs programs to lower the nation s to 8 percent unemployment rate Quot with 14 million people out of work a the highest number in history it is time for a combined program of Relief recovery and House speaker Thomas p of Neill or said tuesday. Similar efforts were under Way in the Republican controlled Senate where majority Leader Howard Baker said he r a Iii i it \ inside today a bbl. A almanac. .5 Bridge. .8 classified. Id 28.21 comics. A crossword. .4 deaths. A or. Vonohl e. .4 editor Al. .4 entertainment. A a i Ehm \ Bombeck. 18 farm ranc h news. 13 glad vol asked that.18 Horoscope. A iiosp1t Al notes 9 i a rets .14 society. .6 sports news. .11,12 f. A. A weather i news j by the associated press East Central Plains tonight partly Cloudy wind shifting to northeasterly 8 to 15 mph. Thursday increasing cloudiness and colder with Chance for Snow showers. Clovis overnight Low near 20 thursday High upper 30s Portales near 20 and upper 30s new Mexico fair and colder tonight increasing cloudiness thursday with Snow developing Northern and Western mountains by the afternoon lows tonight single digits and teens mountains and Northwest to the 20s South and East highs i thursday ranging from the upper 20s extreme Northeast to the Middle 50s Southwest. A 24 hour Check of temperatures from the Gas company of new Mexico showed the following 8a.m. 29 8pm 29 10a in. 30 10p m 28 2p.m 33 2am. 29 7p.m. 28 7a.m. 30 tuesdays High was 33 degrees at 2 00 p m today slow was 27 degrees at 1 00 am mar interested in assuming operation of memorial service Center Here mental health resources inc is interested in assuming operation of the memorial services Center 816 w. 12th, if it can get the funding to upgrade the facility. Mar director Chuck Fleming told members of the Clovis City commission his Agency would like to continue operating the building if the City and county discontinue its operation the two governments have been jointly operating the building to comply with the Hill Burton act. However they will no longer be obligated to do so in april. The Hill Burton act requires the building be used for health care for a certain length of time mar currently occupies a Large portion of the building. A the uncertainty of what the City plans to do with the building has caused my Board to ask me to investigate other options in Case the building is vacated a Fleming said. Roosevelt general Hospital in Portales has offered to give the nursing Home Wing at their facility to mar a private company is considering constructing a nursing Home in Portales if the nursing Wing is closed. Fleming pointed out he would prefer to keep their current living units located in Clovis even though their main Headquarters Are in Portales the living units located at the memorial services Center children a living unit and detoxification program serve a seven county area and Clovis is the largest populated town in that area Fleming explained he also said mar has received a great Deal of Community support from Clovis. The building needs extensive repairs to the roof and heating and Cooling system. The City is considering obtaining an architectural study to determine How much Money it would take to renovate the facility. Fleming explained mar could not assume operation of the building without the study because it would not know w hat work is needed or How much it would Cost. The commission will vote thursday on whether to obtain the study. The commission will also vote thursday on whether to Purchase a rubberized crack sealer and a used Man lift. City manager Teddy Ryan reported a personnel pay plan has been completed and will be presented to the commission for study next week he also said the Money from the City a retirement plan with Aetna which had been terminated has still not been returned to the employees Aetna has not released the funds he said. Is examining Quot opportunities and options for an emergency jobs Bill Likely to be one of the first items on the Agenda of the 98th Congress the president s $848 5 billion budget for fiscal 1984 submitted monday in eludes proposals for some jobs mainly funds for training and extending unemployment benefits but it contains almost no direct Federal Money for hiring the jobless the presidents three chief economic advisers said tuesday that the Only Way to significantly reduce unemployment is to encourage an end to the recession by reducing the Federal deficit Quot by far the Best thing we can do is to have a healthy recovery a said Martin Feldstein chairman of the Council of economic advisers in testimony before the House appropriations committee David Stockman director of the office of management and budget said Reagan s 1984 budget plan combined with the recovery just beginning would produce 16 million new jobs this year and 4 6 Millon by the end of 1984 Quot that in t very said rep Silvio Conte r mass echoing Broad criticism among House members of the Lack of a larger jobs proposal in Reagan s budget blueprint rep William r Ratchford a connoted cuts in four Federal programs which he said he helped encourage hiring by businesses in Connecticut where David is your jobs pro Grams it Quot Ratchford asked Stockman Stockman replied that the reductions had been made either because the programs did t work or because the first priority of the administration is on reducing Federal deficits projected for $208 billion for 1983 Stockman. Feldstein and Treasury Secretary Donald Regan were greeted with scepticism about the fairness of continued cuts in Federal social programs and a refusal by the administration to consider deeper cuts in the defense budget there was also criticism of Reagan s announced plan for a freeze on no defense spending Texas struggles in Wake of storm a the associated press schools business a and highways wer closed Toda it across l r Texa Panhandle in the Wake of a Winter storm that created Snow drifts of up to to feet hampering Road cleaning efforts and prompting warnings for residents to stay indoors scattered Snow continued to fall across the Panhandle and South Plains Early today and the National weather service warned that another Winter storm could arrive in the Panhandle on Friday or saturday. Snow showers were falling before Lawn in the1 permian Basin near Midland and East of Longview in far East Texas the National weather ser vice said temperatures dipped into the 20s and 30s Over most of the state before Dawn As northwesterly winds at 15 to 25 mph buffeted All but South Texas where readings were in the 50s before Dawn Wichita flails endured w ind chill readings below Zero Quot travel is practically non existent in the Northern parts of the Panhandle and is extremely hazardous in the Southern areas an new s spokesman said Law officers asked residents of the Panhandle and South Plains to avoid travel for the third straight Day groundhog predicts Early Spring Punxsutawney a. A Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog emerged from his heated Burrow on gobblers Knob in a downpour today and failed to see his Shadow thus predicting an Early Spring. The groundhog s 97th moment in the Sun a or out of it on this dreary Rainy Day a came at Dawn when folklore says he Quot whispered Quot his prediction to James h Means a contractor who is president of the Punxsutawney groundhog club a Quot better Days Are on the Way a said the 59-year-old Means who As club presi Dent is said to be the Only human Able to translate for the woodchuck about 300 people mostly College students watched As the wriggling and sniffling Phil emerged from his Hole and was met by a wet 36-degree temperature at a ceremony outside this Mountain town. Punxsutawney groundhog has failed to see his Shadow Only five times since the tradition began in 1887 he most recently predicted an Early Spring in 1975 folklore dictates that if he saw his Shadow a even through miserable Winter weather a then six More w weeks of cold weather would follow the ceremony is All in fun. Of course the prediction was secretly decided by the clubs 12-member Quot inner Circle Quot Well in Advance f or the record the National weather cast last week calling for unusually cold wet weather for much of the nation through april groundhog Day a Monique Torres com pares her newly Cut out paper groundhog to a drawing on the Wall. The kindergarteners in mrs. Mestas class at la Casita elementary school have been studying the legend of group news journal photo dogs. According to Quot Phil Quot a groundhog in Punxsutawney Penn we will be seeing an Early Spring. It was reported that he did not see his Shadow this morning when he took a peek outside

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