VOL. 96 -- NO. 60 ditiztn TUCSON, ARIZONA, SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1968 66 PAGES--10 CENTS Per Hour ) Copper Pay Hike Vetoed Union Chiefs To Review Situation On Monday WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiations prompted by President Johnson in the 239-day copper strike are continuing after the unions reportedly spurned one company's .three-year contract offer to hike wages by more than $1 per hour. Union officials, meanwhile, announced Friday they are calling a meeting of some 200 officials of all 26 striking unions next Monday "to review the stitua- tion resulting from current talks initiated by President Johnson." The White House said Johnson was expected to remain in his office while the negotiatons continue through the weekend in the Executive Office Building next door. Presidential news secretary George Christian declined comment on reports the talks were making little headway. Neither industry sources nor the White House would comment on a report that the unions were giving up then- demand for companywide bargaining, one of the major obstacles to a settlement. The New York Times, citing "an authoritative source," said union leaders had agreed to give up this issue provided they can obtain satisfactory economic benefits. Union negotiators reportedly turned down an offer from Phelps Dodge Corp. which federal officials had hoped would lead to settlements with the three other firms in the White House talks --Kennecott Copper Corp., Anaconda "Co. and American Smelting Refining Co. The Phelps Dodge offer re- portedly was the second by that company to be turned down by the unions since Johnson brought the talks to the White House six days ago. The offer reportedly was in line with the $1.07 per hour hike in wages and fringe benefits won by workers at the U. S. Metals Refining Co. plant in Carteret, N. J., in a 40-month contract settlement last month Wages of the more than 50,000 workers at the four big firms' operations in 22 states averaged $3.28 per hour before the walkout. The strike has crippled virtually all U. S. copper production and Johnson told the negotiators last Monday it was threatening U. S. prosperity, hurting the nation's dollar position In foreign trade and posed a potential threat to supplies of weapons and ammunition for Vietnam. Christian said Johnson hasn't spoken to the negotiators since then. The chief stumbling block in the strike has been the unions' demands for company-wide bargaining, similar economic benefits for all workers hi each company and simultaneous contract expiration dates for all operations of each firm. The big copper firms have plants spread out in several states. SECRET TALKS SET Gold Rush Puts Money In Spin LONDON (UPI)-A gold rush by nervous speculators throughout western Europe had experts predicting more trouble for the dollar and the pound sterling today. Markets were closed for the weekend after -a hectic Friday buying spree in London and elsewhere sparked by rumors Ihe United States might agree to raise the fixed 35 dollars per ounce price of gold.- But the speculation continued as leading western central bankers prepared to meet in Basle, Switzerland, for secret Inside Today's Citizen Church News 6, 7 Citizen Charlie 26 Comics 13 Crossword Puzzle 7 Deaths . 17 Editorials 26 Financial News 8, 9 Public Records 9 Sports 10-12 Weather 9 Woman's. View 15, 16 talks on the world financial picture. The arrival of William McChesney Martin, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, s p a r k e d widespread speculation about the future of gold and the dollar. He said his visit had no special significance. In Brussels, U. S. Treasury Undersecretary Frederick Demming described reports Washington would raise the price of gold as "absurd." It came too late to slow near record gold buying. Total $534,637,493 PIMA VALUATION UP 15% The Air Force Thunderbirds streak over Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as they arrive for Aerospace and Arizona Days. A description of the team's tactics as previewed yesterday can be found on Bright Birds Over Tucson page 2. The Thunderbirds were to give a performance at 3:25 p.m. today and at the same time tomorrow. (Citizen Photo by Bruce Hopkins) --^^--' Â· --- _ _,-Aerospace Days Schedule Following is the schedule of events for the annual Aerospace and Arizona Days celebration: TOMORROW 12:00 -- Judo-karate demonstration. 12:30 -- Salpointe High School drill team. 12:45 -- F4C weather Scout takeoff. 12:50 -- Fire fighting demonstration. 1:20 -- Royal Air Force Vulcan take-off. 1:30 --Cholla Choppers model plane show. 1:40 -- Vulcan flyover and landing. 2:00 -- Weather Scout landing. 2:02 -- Flight of F4Cs takeoff. 2:15 -- B52 and KC135 refueling pass. 2:20 -- P51 Mustang performance. 3:42 -- F4C maximum performance take-off. 2:50 -- F4C slow flight. 2:53 --F4C flight flyover. 2:55 -- U2 maximum performance takeoff. 3:00-F4Csland. 3:15 -- U2 makes landing. 3:25 -- Thunderbirds perform. 3:55 -- Thunderbirds land. Senate Rights Fight Finally Over WASHING-TON (DPI) - After seven weeks of agonizing debate, the Senate has agreed on a sweeping civil rights bill outlawing housing discrimination in over two-thirds of the nation's dwellings, curbing riot weapons and broadening federal guarantees against racial violence. The Senate locked up the package by an overwhelming vote of 61 to 19 Friday, bringing to an end session-long debate, negotiation, compromise and voting on the vigorously disputed bill. A final vote -- expected to be ..J a mere formality -- was anticipated Monday, sending the bill to an uncertain future in the House. The only possible obstacle to final Senate approval was the unlikely prospect of a renewed Southern filibuster. Indications were that the outnumbered Dixie rebels and a few conservative cohorts were ready to accept defeat. Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield scheduled other legislation for Monday -- a clear indication that he had received some sign from the f Southerners there would be no more oratory. The House passed similar open housing legislation in 1966, but the body lost many of its liberal freshmen members in the 1966 election. The 1966 open housing bill died in the Senate last year. The measure the Senate settled on Friday includes an open h o u s i n g provision covering about 44.6 million dwellings, 68 per cent of the nation's total; anti-riot measures; and federal protection for Negroes and civil rights workers against racial violence. .-, Heavy Fighting Reported At Khe Sanh, Along DMZ SAIGON (UP!)--North Vietnamese artillerymen exploded American teargas supplies at Khe Sanh today in an intensified barrage against the Marine base. Heavy fighting also was reported on the coast below Da Nang and along the Demilitarized Zone near Dong Ha- The acrid fumes of the tear gas wafted through the bunkers where Leathernecks had sought refuge from the heaviest artillery attack on the base in Rain Chances Are Fading Cloud is hovering Over my pad, I've got rhymes But they're all bad. -Cobb Webb Decreasing cloudiness with a 20 per cent chance of rain is forecast tonight with partly cloudy skies and a 10 per cent rain chance tomorrow. Rain hit some sections of the city last night but no measurable precipitation fell at the Weather Bureau station at the Tucson International Airport. Tonight's low should range between 45 and 50 degrees and tomorrow's high should be near 65. This morning's low was 50 degrees. Yesterday's high was 67. Al noon today the tempera- lure was 58, with 55 per cent humidity. Full Weather Report, Page t two weeks but the Marines through Cambodia donned gas masks and there was no serious damage from the ruptured cannisters. Marines defending the northernmost provinces of South Vietnam killed 332 Communists in a series of battles ranging along the DMZ from the Khe Sanh area to the sand dune area near Gia Linh on the coastal end of the zone. Another 85 were killed by U.S. 1st Armored Cavalry elements near Tam Ky, in the coastal area below Da Nang. South Vietnamese forces battled a Viet Cong force just northeast of Saigon Friday and reported killing 49 in a four- hour battle. They announced another 713 were killed in a month-long operation in the Saigon area. Military sources disclosed today the Communists are building a series of high speed roads l e a d i n g from Laos into South Vietnam. Aerial observation showed the roads to be well engineered and heavily traveled and capable of bringing such heavy vehicles as tanks into South Viet Nam. The roads are believed to have been built in the past month. Maj. Gen. Nguyen Due Thang, commander of the IV Corps area which is the Mekong Delta area, said today the Viet Cong already have replaced the thousands of troops they lost in the Delta during the recent Tet offensive. But he said many of the replacements are inexperienced 13 and 14-year-old boys who were forced to join the Viet Cong. He said his three divisions had gone over to the offensive in the Delta and that his men had found young boys who had had only three days of instruction in use of the AK47 assault rifles they were carrying. Draft System Revision Is Out For This Year WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Despite pleas from more than 70 Congressmen, a key House committee chairman has ruled out Congressional revision of the draft system this year. L. Mendel Rivers, D.S.C., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday his panel would not reopen the draft issue because Presi- .1 dent Johnson already has authority to deal with what draft critics believe are inequities in the system. "We don't intend to hold any hearings on the draft this session," Rivers said. "All they need to do is administer the bill the way. Congress intended." Without hearings, there can be no change in the.law. Growth In Line With State Hike PHOENIX (AP) -- The assessed valuation of all taxable Pima County's property this year is $534,637,493 -- almost 15 per cent higher than last year's figure. The new assessed valuation, on which government tax rates are based, was reported to the State Legislature this week by Arlo Woolery, director of the State Department of Valuations. If the projected increase in values proves correct, governments at the state, county, city and school levels either will be able to spend significantly more money at the same tax rates or will be able to cut their rates to produce the same amount of income. Pima's growth in value is in line with the figure presented for the entire state. Arizona's assessed valuation jumped 16.2 per cent from the previous $2. billion to a new high of $2.7 bil lion. Â· Assessed valuation is a por tion of the "real" worth of properly. Homes, vacant land and farms are appraised at 18 per cent of full value, business property at 25 per cent, utilities, 40 per cent, and mines and railroads, 60 per cent. The state's full cash value was set at $10.6 billion as of March 1, while Pima County's total worth was reported as $2,047,412,817. In making the figures public, Woolery cautioned that they were only "preliminary." But he indicated he expects only minor changes in the totals between now and the time the tax rolls become final for the 196869 fiscal year. Woolery said new property added to the rolls probably will be "offset by changes in proper,y values brought about by a heavier emphasis on the current use concept in valuations." Other figures showing assessed valuation under the new state property tax system as compared with last year are: Maricopa -- $5,512,500,185 total full cash value; $1,242,318,- 749 assessed valuation. The 1967 assessed valuation was $1,074,313,660. Apache, $416. million and $26.2 million; Cochise, 97.2'mil- lion and 87.1 million; Coconino, 106.3 million and 78.2 million; Gila 53.3 million and 59.6 million; Graham 24.6 million and 16.5 million. Greenlee, 87.1 million.and 96.2 million; Mohave, 91.9 million and 70.3 million; Navajo, 75.5 million and 57.6 miULon; Final, 149.7 million and 150.6 million; Santa Cruz, 19.0 million and 12.1 million; Yavapai, 92.4 million and 74.4 million; Yuma H6.6 million and 81.8 million. Of the statewide total valuations, residential property makes up just over $4 billion in full cash value which is assessed at $731,265,286. Commercial and industrial property is carried at $2.9 billion with assessed valuation of $723 million. Mines are listed at $455 million : ull cash value and $274 million assessed. Charlie's Got His Irish Up Begorra, says Citizen Charlie. Vouldn't it be fittin' if someone ,von his $275 jackpot in time for t. Patrick's Day, which falls a week from tomorrow? C h a r l i e ' s $275 crossword puzzle will be published in Monday's Tucson Daily Citizen. The Old Brainbuster, who sidet- acked all contestants this week, will offer his word clues n Tuesday. Correct solution to this week's mzzle may be found on page 26. PEDESTRIAN KILLED Two Hit-Run Drivers Sought In Accident Two hit and run drivers, one woman accompanied by several small children, were sought .oday after they reportedly struck and kilted a pedestrian on the South side. The victim, Reynaldo T. Sanchez, 28, of 920 S. Kroeger Lane, was pronounced dead on arrival 16 -- Reynaldo T. Sanchez 17 - WHO ? ? ? at St. Mary's Hospital about 9 p.m. yesterday. Police said the accident occurred about 8:25 p.m. on South 12th Avenue at El Puente Lane. Sanchez 1 body, sprawled on :he roadway, was discovered seconds after the fatal accident y South Tucson Patrolmen Tom Gomez and Dan Callahan. The first vehicle to strike anchez was described \by wit- nesses as a red pickup truck, either a Ford or Chevrolet. The second was said to be a light blue 1962-1963 Ford Falcon station wagon with a rack on top. Another driver, some distance- south of the accident scene, told officers he saw the pickup first" strike the victim, knocking him down. Seconds later, the witness . said, the second vehicle struck Sanchez, running over him. After striking the victim, the witness said both drivers stopped and got out .of their vehicles and walked back, to where the fatally injured man was lying. They then hurried back, jumped in their autos and sped away, according to the witness. Sanchez' body was taken to Swan Funeral Home, where arrangements are pending.
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