The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 16, 1976 · Page 3
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Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, December 16, 1976
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HAYS DAILY NEWS 1'AGK :l December 16, 1976 Good News, Bad News In Current Cattle Market GARDEN CITY (HNS) There's good news and there's bad news in the cattle market these days. The good news is that cattle prices are up-about $1 per hundredweight more than the U. S. Department of Agriculture had earlier predicted for the final quarter of 1976. The bad news is that it's not likely cattle producers will be taking much ( if any) of the increase to the bank. Cattle prices have now reached the point where producers are nearly breaking even. That surely beats operating in the red, as ' producers have been doing for quite some time now, but it's still not enough to provide a profit. According to Associated Press farm writer Don Kendall, the cattle market appears to be rising a bit more rapidly that the USDA thought it would a few months ago.- Preliminary figures for November show that choice- grade steers averaged $38.41 per hundredweight, up from $37.20 in October and $36.40 in September. However, that was still well below the November 1975 average of $44.59 per hundredweight. Area feedlot operators cite a number of reasons for the upturn in cattle prices. Stan Fansher, manager Brookover Feed Yards Inc., in Garden City, said the largest liquidation of total cattle numbers in history occurred during the past three years. When supply exceeds demand, prices naturally go down. Now, he said, fewer cattle are coming into feed lots and they are being finished at a lower weight; the supply is "nearly matching" the demand, and prices are creeping upward. John Oringderff at Ingalls Feed Yard offers another view as to why cattle producers are finally reaching the break- even point: higher prices for finished cattle are an .asset, of course, but producers also are seeing their cost of production go down due to lower grain prices. • Oringderff noted a heavier placement of feeder cattle in feedlots in October, which could result in an abundant supply of beef in 'February, March and April. While this should, in theory, result again in lower cattle prices no one will, go on record with a firm prediction in this direction. Beef consumption usually goes up during the Wichita Sniper Suspect Angry At Hotel Manager WICHITA, Kan. (UPI) — An assistant hotel manager testi- •fied Wednesday at the trial of Michael Soles, 19, that he spoke to a sniper who appeared to be "annoyed at me for bothering him. James Bland, the state's 89th witness, was one of six Poultry Seasoning, Recalled Sage WASHINGTON (UPI) Hundreds of pounds of sage and poultry seasoning is being recalled because the Food and Drug Administration says it is rodent and insect contaminated, i The products, distributed nationwide, were manufactured by Frank Foods Inc., of Cincinnati, which began the recall shortly before Thanksgiving and is continuing it. FDA said the "rubbed sage" was packaged in eight ounce, as well as one, three, 10 and 30- pound containers under the brands of "Franks, 1 'Nugget," "Code,' 'Holleb's," "Red and White,' 'Nifda," "American Inn,' 'Freeman," "Host Favorite,' 'Frosty Acres," "All Kitchens," "Ryser's," "Parde" and "Community Club." It carried the code numbers G271 through G290. The poultry seasoning, in 10- ounce as well as one and 30- pound containers, was marketed under the labels of "Franks," "Nugget," "Code," "Red and White," witnesses who identifed Soles, formerly of Sand Springs, Okla., as the man who was shopting from a balcony of the 26th floor of the Holiday Inn Plaza Aug. 11. Three persons were killed and seven others wounded in the sniping. Soles has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity to 15 felony changes in the shooting. Bland said he was in a club on the 25th floor when he was told of the sniper. "I went to the balcony and spotted a rifle stick out over the 26th floor balcony railing. "I hollered up and told him to 'knock it off.' He looked down and seemed to be annoyed at me for bothering him. He just fired another shot." Bland said he was about 10 feet below the sniper but was in no danger because if .the; gunman had leaned over to fire he would have fallen off the balcony. District Attorney Keith Sanborn has more state witnesses to call. At the end of Wednesday's session in Sedgwick County District court, 94 witnesses had testified. Another hotel employe, Glenna Mason, also identified Soles as the sniper. She said she saw a man with two rifles and a lunch pail enter a 26th floor room. When the lunch pail was introduced as evidence, defense attorney William Cather asked Soles if he owned the lunch pail. Soles, who stared at his hands during most of the testimony, whispered, "yes." The trial began nine days ago. The jury is composed of seven .wqmen and five men. spring months and if consumers follow this trend prices may remain the same or increase somewhat. Floyd Farlelgh, Scott City cattleman and president-elect of the Kansas Livestock Assn., would not predict in which direction cattle prices might go after the first of the year. "Half the cattlemen I talk to think prices will be lower in 1977, and half thing that prices will be higher. We'll just have to wait and see," he said. But, said Farleigh, the USDA Oattle-On-Feed report issued Wednesday indicates that there will be three per cent fewer cattle coming out of feed yards next spring than a year ago at the same time. Although feeder placement in November exceeded last year's figures by some 10 per cent, sales have increased some 13 per cent. USDA livestock economists have been saying for some ' time that as producers continue trimming herds there will be some upturn in the depressed fed-cattle, market. Two , months ago, for example, USDA saidchoice steer prices were expected to average in the range of $37 to $39 poer hundredweight in the fourth quarter of this year, and then rise to around $40 to $42 in the first three months of 1977. Now, according to the latest USDA analysis, the fourth quarter average may be about $1 or so higher than previously thought .and will carry through! the first three months of next year with an average of $41 to $43 per hundredweight. At the department's outlook conference recently, livestock experts said choice steer prices could average $43 to $45 for all of 1977, up from $39 this year. So, as any cattleman will tell you, this business of feeding the world is not suited to the impatient; it's a case of waiting, and hoping for the best. Ice Show Cold weather and a sprinkler system that was left on overnight combined to form this Ice sculpture on the lawn of R. D. Pokorny's dentist office at 3001 Hall. "He said he did it on purpose," Pokor- ny's secretary explained. She added that the Ice glittering In the Thursday morning sunshine was "a nice show." Gary Gil more Takes Drug Overdose In Suicide Try Arsenal Case Suspect Dies Of Heart Attack ONTARIO, Calif. (UPI) — A 55-year-old suspect in the "buried arsenal" investigation collapsed and died of a heart attack soon after he was arrested Wednesday. The death of Arthur Methe Sr. was the latest development in the discovery of some 10 tons of ' weapons, from machine to missiles, found in Southern California in less than two weeks. Authorities said the Socialists To Rule Jamaica KINGSTON, .Jamaica (UPI) — Leftist Prime Minister Michael Manley has won a landslide victory in Jamaica's general election, guaranteeing five years of socialist rule on this lush Caribbean island. With almost all votes the counted from Wednesday's election, Manley's People National party won 42 of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives and was another seven for a likely new total of 49. The moderate Jamaican Labor party, led by Eddie Seaga, won just seven seats and was leading in four others for a probable new total of 11. The new alignment would give Manley, a supporter of Cuba's Fidel Castro, a 38-seat majority, more than double the margin his party enjoyed in the former smaller house, which had 35 PNP members, 15 JLP, two independents and one vacancy. The latest count in the popular vote gave the PNP 57.8 per cent of the total, up from 55.9 per cent in the last elections in 1972. The JLP had 42.2 percent, down from 43.0 per cent in the last election. The voter turnout in the hotly contested and often violent election was about 80 per cent. Manley, 52, a fiery speaker and son of former Jamaican prime minister, said his first task would be to solve the problem of violence, which has killed more than 200 persons since January and resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency in June. Issues in the campaign were Manley's close ties with Communist Cuba and his programs to provide low income housing, redistribute land, expropriate industry and increase the tax on bauxite, the island's major economic activity along with tourism. weapons were apparently hidden by a' racist paramilitary group. ' Methe, stepfather of the chief suspect in the case and father of another suspect, was arrested at his home here by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies along with his wife, Edna, 64. On arrival at the parking lot at police headquarters, Methe collapsed and died. Also arrested, by Los Angeles county deputies, was his son, Arthur Methe Jr., 20, half brother of Donald Wiggins, 41. Wiggins has been charged in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties with possession of illegal weapons and explosives. The Methes were accused of possession of machineguns, other illegal weapons, explosives and stolen property. Wiggins was charged in Los Angeles County following the seizure of five tons of weapons in four skillfully constructed, concrete bunkers buried in the Mojave desert near Lancaster. Wiggins was charged by San Bernardino County authorities after the discovery of another three tons of weapons- including mortars, bazookas, machine guns, antiaircraft missiles and ingredients for making napalm —at his home and foundry in Ontario. Meanwhile, San Bernardino authorities said Glendale gun dealer Michael Stringer, sought in connection with yet another arsenal, had agreed through ah attorney to surrender Friday to Los Arigeles County deputies. Deputies raiding a cabin rented by Stringer in the mountain resort village of Wrightwood said they discovered a large cache of machine guns : and other illegal weapons, and a half track, a World War II armored attack vehicle. x It was unclear whether the Wiggins and Stringer cases were related, but deputies said similar anti- black, anti-Semitic literature was found with all the weapons. SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) — Gary Gilmore attempted suicide in his Utah State Prison cell again Thursday, one day after a judge set his execution for Jan. 17. Deputy Warden Owen Hatch said the 36-year-old condemned killer "attempted suicide." He was found unconscious in his cell about9:20 a.m. and was admitted to the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City about an hour later. A hospital spokesman said Gilmore appeared to be suffering from an overdose of drugs and was in critical condition. It was the admitted killer's second suicide attempt- coming exactly one month after he and his fiancee/ Nicole Barrett, joined in an unsuccessful suicide pact by swallowing overdoses of sleeping pills. Gilmore was moved from the prison infirmary back to a cell in the maximum security section Wednesday . after Fourth District, Judge J. Robert Bullock rejected his demands for immediate execution and ordered him to go before a firing squad next month. Hatch said Gilmore's isolation cell was checked every half hour by guards. They found him unconscious on a check at 9:20 a.m. Gilmore started serving 15 days in isolation Wednesday as punishment for violation of prison rules, including biting and spitting at a nurse during his previous stay at the university hospital. He returned to the prison in an angry mood after Bullock turned down his demand to be executed immediately or set free. "I'm ready to die tomorrow," Gilmore told the judge. "But I'd (wait) until at least Monday so I can possibly see my mother and I would like to talk to my girlfriend Nicole. Utah law requires a death sentence be carried out 30 to 60 days after imposition. Ron Stanger, one of Gilmore's attorneys, argued that the waiting period was to allow a condemned man to get his affairs in order, and Gilmore had already done that. "I waive the 30 days," Gilmore told Bullock. "My desire is to be executed Monday." But Bullock, after a moment's thought, said, "The most reasonable alternative I have is to set the date more than 30 days from, now. Therefore, I sentence you to be executed Jan. 17, 1977, at sunrise." "You don't have the guts to carry out the law," snapped back Gilmore. "You are a moral coward. I am going to seek my immediate release." The killer then instructed his attorneys to pursue a petition seeking to have the death sentence set aside because it wasn't carried out within 60 days of its original imposition. , Bullock denied the petition an hour later on grounds it was legally impossible for the state to kill Gilmore within the 60 days because the U.S. Supreme Court had stayed the execution. Gilmore, angry and foul- mouthed after the hearing, was hustled back to the State Prison where he found his privileges revoked, his radio confiscated and himself back on Death Row. Prison guards stripped the 36-year-old killer's cell in the infirmary, where he was fioused during a lengthy hunger strike, while he was in court. "He's back in maximum being punished for his sins," said Robert Moody, Gilmore's other attorney. "The warden said he disobeyed prison rules." Stanger said prison guards had been noting Gilmore's violations for "four of five weeks," but had waited until Wednesday to punish him. "lie said one of the reasons he didn't want a delay was that the prison would hassle him," Stanger said, "and he was right. Stanger said rules violations included being nasty to a nurse, throwing food at a guard and signing a contract for his life story without prison approval. The two attorneys said they planned to go back to court with new efforts to get Gilmore speedily executed or freed. Mrs. Bessie Gilmore of Milwaukee, Ore., has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its 5-4 ruling Monday,... 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