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Daily Review (Newspaper) - April 2, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaWyoming a drops kidnapping charge Page three swim Kings cooler thursday sunny a Complete weather on Page 2chuckle the Mark of a Good politician is the straightforward Way he Dolges All the issues. 106th year no. 42,131 wednesday april 2, 1986 25 cents Field fire epidemic does t spare Region from focal and wire reports grass and Brush fires have added significantly to the workload of Bradford county firefighters Over the past couple of weeks with 68 fire Calls reported in the period March 25 through March 31 alone. The Field fires Are being blamed on the current dry. Windy and warm weather and on simple carelessness on the part of those who attempt to Burn trash leaves and other debris during this dry period county fire and emergency authorities said yesterday. A a we be been averaging Between eight and 10 Calls per Day. John Mosser county emergency management director operating out of the county communications Center said yesterday. A a we re below Par today tuesday so far a he said at about 3 30 a we be Only had three but in a sure Well get Busy tonight Mosser said most of the Brush fires in Bradford county have been Small but he could not give an estimate on total acreage involved. He said that with fires of Only a few acres or less the size is usually not reported. The warm dry weather has turned Pennsylvania a forests and Fields into tinder boxes that have erupted in More than 400 Brush fires Over the past 10 Days destroying 7,000 acres stretching resources and causing massive concern authorities said yesterday. A we Are in the midst of one of the most severe fire seasons on re cent record a environmental resources Secretary Nicholas l Benedictis said tuesday. A your radio and Telephone lines have been said Art Creelman a spokesman for the department of environmental resources division of Forest fire Protection. A a we be got fires last week in Bradford county 18 wildfires were reported in one Day. Last sunday a 50-acre fire was fought by 100 firefighters in Windham township it was reported. The destruction has surpassed the total acreage destroyed during 1985, prompting Debenedictis to urge residents to refrain from burning debris. Wildfires last year destroyed 6,537 acres at a Cost of More than $1.12 million Debenedictis said with More than $330,000 spent to extinguish them. No financial estimates Are available yet for this year. Quot Over half of the fires Are being caused by people carelessly Burn ing trash and debris a Creelman said. A about 25 percent Are being deliberately set for whatever reason a last week in Bradford county 18 wildfires were reported in one Day. Last sunday a 50-acre fire was fought by Loo firefighters in Windham township it was reported. Many of the grass and Brush fires can be traced to a Lack of Atten lion on the part of those who Are burning debris left around after the Winter. A mostly All of them Are just carelessness negligence Quot David Brubaker state police fire marshal and Towanda Borough fire chief said As fire marshal Brubaker said he is not aware of any fires in the current season that were the result of arson. A there Are no arson he said Brubaker said the Cost of fighting All the grass and Brush fires is High a a they re very costly a Brubaker said. He said they Are especially costly from the viewpoint of structures left unprotected while firefighters Are out trying to stamp out the Brush fires see a grass and a Page 11. Raging Oil prices plummet before rebounding enjoying weather while it lasts the Beautiful weather on april fools Day was no joke As this Trio fishing in shepherds Creek near route 17c in Waverly can attest. Yesterday was also the first Day of Trout season in new York state and Many area streams and Rivers were filled with fishing lines and sportsmen. Unfortunately All Good things must come to an end and a cold front is expected to bring cooler weather Early today. Highs today and tomorrow will be mainly in the fifties and sixties with the lows possibly Back into the thirties tonight and Early thursday morning. Daily review photo by Jackie Page new York apr Oil prices swung wildly tuesday plunging into the single digit Range for the first time since the mid-1970s before rebounding on news that the United states will press saudi Arabia to help stabilize the Market. Prices for May delivery of West Texas intermediate the main . Crude and an important Market indicator dropped As Low As $9.75 per 42-gallon barrel on the new York mercantile Exchange compared with monday s Price of $10 42 prices for that Grade have not been that Low since 1977. The slide spilled Over to Europe where the Cost of Britain a Bench Mark Brent crude from its North sea Fields fell up to $1 90 a barrel on the spot Market to $9.70, the lowest level for that Oil since 1973. Later the new York futures Market rallied strongly sending prices up to $11.27 at the close after vice president George Bush said he would Tell the saudi government on his upcoming Middle East trip that the Price slide is hurting the Domestic . Oil Industry saudi Arabia is widely blamed for the current Supply glut and depends heavily on Washington a strategic support a this is a major change for the Reagan administration a said William Randol an analyst for first Boston corp., a new York invest ment firm. A the policy has been that lower is better period now they re starting to realize that the euphoria of lower Oil prices is like a party followed by a the Reagan administration has credited falling Oil prices with helping invigorate the Economy by restraining inflation but the . Oil Industry has warned that cheap Oil makes Domestic production unprofitable and could Lead to a return to the dependence on foreign supplies that Hurt the Economy in the 1970s. All . Petroleum companies have been forced to slash the contract Price they pay producers for crude Oil a Cost that strongly influences what Consumers pay. Cit go Petroleum corp., one of the country a leading Independent refiners said tuesday it was dropping the Price it pays for w est Texas intermediate to $10.50 a barrel the Low auditor Marcos took millions before fleeing Manila Philippines a it a claiming he needed Money to fight rebels Ferdinand e. Marcos took $4.7 million from a ministry during his last Days in Power and left no Trace of the Money the chief government auditor said tuesday. Teofisto Guingona said this brought to at least $8.5 million the amount of Money auditors in the past month have found missing from the state Treasury. A we Are in the process of uncovering More a irregularities he said. In other developments tuesday a a government commission said it has seized 34 companies belonging to two industrialists close to deposed president Marcos. A the foreign ministry announced that Thailand has notified the Philippines it will reject any request by Marcos for Refuge there. Marcos fled for Hawaii on feb. 26 after a relatively bloodless civilian military revolt backed by the roman Catholic Church. Officials of the Aquino government said Marcos and his associates May have stashed from $5 billion to $10 billion overseas in plundered wealth. Guingona told the associated press that Marcos took $4.7 million from the ministry of local governments signing a receipt for it Quot in his personal capacity on feb. 10. Guingona said no official records exist of what Marcos did with the Money. Quot there have been very irregular disbursements of Public funds which form a pattern a he said Jose Rono the local governments minister under Marcos said he protested when the fund transfers were made Between Jan. 27 and feb. 10, telling Marcos a people might suspect us of but he said Marcos insisted saying he needed the funds for a paramilitary unit he was organizing to fight communist guerrillas. The commission on Good governments gave no value for the 34 confiscated companies of businessmen Antonio Floirendo and Eduardo Cojuangco. The commission had said it sequestered in earlier takeovers about $150 million in assets belonging to Marcos his family and associates. The 34 companies included banana Coconut and Palm Oil plantations. Of the companies 18 belonged to Floirendo a dubbed the Quot banana King by the press a and 16 to Cojuangco who monopolized the philippine Coconut Industry for years. Cojuangco fled with Marcos to Hawaii. Floi Rendos whereabouts Are unknown thai foreign minister sindhi save Silah said meanwhile in a diplomatic note to foreign minister Salvador h Laurel that Thailand a will strictly adhere to the wish of the philippine government that Marcos not be accepted by any belonging to the association of Southeast asian nations Asean. Members of Asean include the Philippines Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Singapore and Brunei est in More than 10 years Peter Beutel assistant manager of Rudolf Wolff Energy inc., a new York commodities futures firm said buyers rushed in toward the close of trading tuesday in the be Lief that Bush s trip will Sway the saudis into changing their policy. Oil prices have declined by about two thirds since late november re fleeting a Supply bulge and tin1 Tail ure of producers to cooperate in reducing output. The saudis Are believed to be pumping More than 4 million barrels of Oil daily double their production of last summer in an Effort to inundate the Market and Force competitors to restrain output by making it uneconomical. A All systems go in Sayre River Bridge construction by Jackie rage although no one quite knows Why or How and contrary to what was reported two weeks ago in the daily review the construction of the new Sayre River Bridge is Back on schedule with initial work to possibly begin in late summer said county planner Tony ventello. Calling it a a Short term shake up a ventello said the Bridge construction will not be delayed until october As recently anticipated and it is a fall systems go for the new $3.8 million Bridge project. Two weeks ago both ventello and de Myslewicz of the Pennsylvania department of transportation a pen not District office said that there was no immediate Federal funding available and the new Susquehanna River Bridge would have to be delayed until october when the next Federal funds would be available. However ventello said a a we be got the funding but no one is exactly sure ventello previous blamed the Federal Gramm Rudman act for the loss of the projects funding. He said that the design plans Are completed and Are in the District Penn Dot office with final adjustments to be made by the District and contractor Buchart Horn inc., of York a. After final design ventello said the Bridge Pac be will be a put together and bids for the project will be advertised. The project package consists of 80 percent Federal funds with 15 percent or $591,550 state and 5 percent or $198,850 in county funds. Ventello said the present Bridge will first be removed see a Sayre River Quot Page 11. Eight Bradford county dairymen picked to participate whole Herd buyout bids accepted Are As follows Bradford co. 8 Sullivan co 1 Susquehanna co. 23 Wyoming co. 12 Wayne co. 17. The saying Quot Many were willing but few were chosen applies for Bradford county dairymen. Eight were chosen from among the 89 that submitted bids. Accepted into period 1 were Howard Bailey $22.50, Robert Brown $12.00 Dean Chaapel a $11.75 Jack Coates $20.00. And James b Owen $11 37. Participating in period 2 will be Nelson Welles $15.00 Dairy men in period 3 Are Abell farms $18 87 and Scott Driscoll ill .89 Sullivan county a Lone successful bidder was Nelson at $16.90 per hundredweight. He will participate in the second buying period Quot its a significant amount of milk that a being removed from production but it s not being taken from the right areas a said Arden Tewksbury general manager of the Northern tier Farmers Union milk producers cooperative. Quot Hall should have come i rom Wisconsin and Minnesota to make the program work a major criticism of the program is that by accepting All bids below a Price ceiling the milk would not be removed irom the states producing most of the surplus in other major Dairy states California will have 325 producers in the pro Gram removing 10.5 percent of the milk Supply Wisconsin will have 1,681 dairymen removing 3.2 percent of the nation s milk Minnesota will have 2,150 producers removing 8.9 percent of the milk Supply and new York had 542 bids accepted removing 4.09 percent of milk from production. The Impact of this reduction in milk production will not begin to be fell until next year. See a whole Herd a a Page 14. By Steven i. Moll Farmers Friend editor the much debated whole Herd buyout is now in motion with the establishment of a maximum bid of $22.50 per hundredweight by the department of agriculture. Across the nation 13,-989 dairymen will participate in the program removing 8.70 percent of the country a milk Supply from production. The $1.8 billion program of which 38 percent will be paid by a milk deduction will designate 951.619 Dairy cows. 340,789 heifers and 257,995 calves for Slaughter or Export. Continuation of present commodity credit corporation purchases of surplus milk Over the five year life of the buyout program would have Cost an estimated $6.5 billion. In Pennsylvania 418 Dairy farms were accepted into the program which will reduce . Milk production by 2.75 percent. Regionally the number of Farmers participating in the program

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