Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 11, 1973 · Page 1
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Trustworthy customer Standard Oil Company of California apparently thinks 21- year-old Gregg Chastain of Tigard is a good credit risk. The company mailed him 315 of its gasoline credit cards, all bearing his name and account number. A company spokesman in Portland had no explanation, said the cards are handled in Concord, Calif. (AP Wirephoto) Greeley Gas Company to seek rate increase By FRANK COLOHAN Tribune Staff Writer The Greeley Gas Co. plans to seek a rate increase within the next week or so for its Greeley division, city officials here were informed Tuesday. Lee E. Schlessman of Denver, president of the firm, told members of City Council the company is not receiving an adequate return on its investment in the division, which, provides gas service for about IScommunities and rural areas in the eastern half of the county. Schlessman said, according to Greeley Gas Co. figures, the firm needs an eight to 10 per cent increase in its rates to bring its revenue in the.division up to what it should be. He said there are two ways. Greeley Gas can go in seeking a rate hike. One of these is by applying to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for the eight to 10 per cent increase. The PUC in this case would have to hold a formal rate hearing which could consume considerable time, since 18 towns and 19,000 customers are involved, he said. Schlessman explained the other approach the company was considering was to ask a four per cent increase in rates from the PUC under a 30-day notice procedure. He said, under this procedure, the company would notify all its customers in the division that it plans to increase its rates four per cent. Any customer then would have 30 days in which to file a protest with the PUC to the proposed rate hike. If a large number of protests are^ received, the PUC will call a regular rate" hearing, Schlessman said. However, under this procedure, if there are no protests or only a few, the PUC in 30 days would approve the rate increase. This would probably make it possible for the company to put the rate hike into effect July l. Schlessman told the council members that the company felt, in view of continuing inflation, it would be more advantageous to its customers if it only asked for a four per cent rate increase now rather than the eight to 10 per cent that was needed. He added that, if the four per .cent increase is granted, the company still would have to look at the rates in another year or 18 months from now to see if another increase in rates was needed. Schlessman and Earl W. Cochran, vice president and treasurer of Greeley Gas, cited numerous figures to show the need for a rate increase. These included that, since the last rate EPA extends automobile pollution level deadline . WASHINGTON (AP) - Envi- protection Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus todny granted a one-year extension of the 1975 antipollution standards for automobiles, but established Interim standards requiring some UK of new nnllpollution devices. ' Ruckelshaus set interim standards which, he said, would require the use of "catalytic converters" on all domestic automobiles sold in California in 1975. A somewhat less strict standard was set for the rest of the nation and Ruckelshaus said it "will likely result in some catalysts used on some models nationwide by 1975." In Detroit, General Motors said It was "disappointed and dismayed" by the ruling, \ increase in 1964, the division's payroll has increased $150,000, the firm's taxes have almost doubled and the cost of investments has gone up 35 per cent. Cochran said the rate of return from the division has now dropped below six per cent while the going rate allowed by the PUC for gas firms is eight or 8 per cent. Cochran said a four per cent increase would mean a $145,000 a year boost in revenue for the firm in Greeley, based on last year's $3.6 million in gas sales here. He said the proposed increase would cost the average residential customer a 17 cents a month hike in his gas bill in the summer and 68 cents a month in the winter. Council members present at the luncheon meeting at the Farm Fare Restaurant said they were sure gas customers here would much prefer a four per cent rate hike to an eight to 10 per. cent boost. However, they indicated that, since customers of the gas company can protest the proposed rate boost themselves, it was unlikely the council would take a position on the matter unless citizens bring the-issue to the council. Schlessman said he and other officers of the company wanted to visit with officials of some of the other communities in the county before a decision is made on which of the two rate approaches will be made. He said, though, he anticipates a decision will be reached in the next two to three days and an application for either the four per cent increase or an eight to 10 per cent hike filed with the PUC within about a week. All council members except Mayor Richard Perchllk were present at the meeting, Greeley Gas representatives attending in addition to Schlessman and Cochran were Paul Good, manager of the Greeley division and a vice president; E«rl K. Ely, area development representative; and Barnard Houtchens, ·Uorney for the firm. Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 45, NO. 145 GREELEY, COLORADO80*31 A N D T H E G R E E L E Y REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11,1973 Reds sending ammo into South Vietnam By FRED S. HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) -- The North Vietnamese sent about 1,000 tons of artillery shells and other ammunition into northern provinces of South Vietnam last week, U.S. intelligence sources report. Meanwhile, an estimated 700 North Vietnamese trucks were said to have rolled down the Ho Chi Minh supply trail in Laos during the same period. Most of this materiel also is expected to. end up in South Vietnam, the sources said. Secretary of Defense Elliot L. Richardson spoke Tuesday of a "continuing buildup in the materiel available to the North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam." "While this does not in itself point to the likelihood of any major new offensive in the short term," Richardson said, "nevertheless, the process by which this has been going on has been in violation of (he cease-fire agreement." Thus, the North Vietnamese supply shipments have been continuing without letup despite President Nixon's warnings first uttered in March and twice repeated since then. South Vietnamese military Came to medicine man in vision Government faces new Wounded Knee proposal WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) -- The government faces a new seven-point proposal to end the 43-day occupation of Wounded Knee.. A key. element of the proposal was said to have been suggested to the Tndians' medicine .man in a vision. American Indian Movement (AIM), leaders said the seven-point reply to the government's latest disarmament demands was presented Monday night and discussed .again late Tuesday night. Asst. U.S. Atty. 'Gen. Stanley Pottjnger said AIM leaders rejected the government demands. Meanwhile, at a news conference Tuesday in New York, AIM leader Russell Means said he intended, following an aborted meeting With officials in Washington, to return to Wounded Knee and "secure our bor-. ders." The hitch in the meeting scheduled for last Saturday morning with Leonard Garment, a presidential adviser, developed when Garment hisist- ,ed that the Indians first surrender their arms. Means proposed on Monday that weapons be stacked in a tepee at Wounded Knee until he returned from the nation's capital, but. government officials found that proposal unacceptable. "We bent over backwards and acceded to the government's demands that no guns were to be pointed at any federal officials while talks at the White House were going on," Means said. "They refused that. Consequently, there is nothing for us to do but return to our independent Oglala nation and secure our borders." Means said that securing their borders meant to "run the armored personnel carriers and the federal officials off our land." Pottinger said AIM leaders told him their counterproposal is based on a vision by Indian medicine man Leonard Crow Dog. He said Crow Dog, in Washirigton with AIM leader Russell Means, contacted the village by telephone Monday to tell of the vision in which he saw weapons stacked in a tepee with a sacred peace pipe at the entrance. authorities have told American officials the North Vietnamese will have been resupplied and equipped sufficiently to launch major attacks this month in the two vulnerable provinces just below the demilitarized zone. Regardless of differing estimates as to when a North Vietnamese offensive might come, there is general agreement that Hanoi is preparing for extensive military operations in South Vietnam, where the war was supposed to have ended through the cease-fire Jan. 27. Reinforcing this belief are intelligence' reports of Communist engineer troops improving an important road across the DMZ so trucks can drive directly south through the old U.S. Marine base at Khe S*nh, regardless of weather. Also, U.S. intelligence says the North Vietnamese have extended a motor-fuel pipeline from I^aos to South Vietnam's A Shau Valley, a traditional infiltration route. This pipeline will carry gas and oil to North Vietnamese armored vehicles and supply trucks, experts say. According to the latest information the North Vietnamese have built up their tank and other armored forces in South Vietnam to between 490 and 550 vehicles. About half of them are in the region near Saigon; the remainder are below the DMZ and in the Central Highlands. The weather NOKTHEAST COLORADO - Fair to partly cloudy tonight and Thursday. Warming trend through Thursday. Lows tonight 25 to 35. High Thursday upper 50s and 60s. Winds variable 5 to 15 miles per hour. Precipitation probabilities near zero tonight and Thursday. Colorado refa/7 business is up 15 per cent in fourth quarter Colorado retail sales for the final quarter of 1972 showed a 15 per cent increase over the similar period in 1971, according to the Business Research Division of the Colorado University Graduate school of Business Administration. October, November and December, 1972, retail sales amounted to $2.C billion, up $346 million over the final quarter of 1971. Ed Saboe enters race for Aims College board Ed Saboe, 32, of Greeley has announced his candidacy for the six-year term of the Aims College Committee. The district encompassing the area of Greeley School District Six will have its representative iip for election May 1. The election will be conducted on a countywide basis. In announcing his candidacy Saboe said: "Having been exposed to the community college concept in the past, I Kit SabM am acutely aware of its advantages to individuals and the economics of a geographic region. As a banker in continuous contact with business and agricultural communities, I am atuhed to vocational requirements and opportunities and if elected would translate these new programs at Aims on a timely basis. "I will also contribute the financial expertise to monitor the Aims budget which will approach $3 billion during the 1973 fiscal year. "Areas of concern are the complete void in vocational agricultural programs at a community college located in one of the nation's most prolific agricultural counties and the relative lack of vocational programs for the construction of trades in an area with a rapidly increasing number of building starts. "I will also work toward an increase in the number of certificate programs offered which would matriculate students into the job market in a six to 18-month period rather than the two-year period required for an associate degree. Finally, I will work toward the Aims College Committee taking a more decisive rob on policy determination than has existed in the past." Snboe is a graduate of Westminster College with a major in economics and currently is employed as vice president of commercial loans at the United Bank of Grccley. Saboe has been active in civic affairs as a Chamber of Commerce director and Optimist Club vice president as well as In other areas including being 1972 United Way Payroll Division chairman. The fourth quarter gain compared favorably with the preceding three quarters of 1372 which showed gains of 19.4 per cent in the first quarter; 17 per cent in the second and 13.9 per cent in the third. Increased sales were reported in 57 of the state's 63 counties. Five counties reported decreased retail activity and one county was unchanged. Gains ranged from 1.7 per cent in Gilpin County to 44.2 per cent in Summit County. Increases of 20 per cent or more were reported in 12 counties while counties showing a decrease were Cheyenne, Saguache, San Juan, Clear Creek and Bent. Weld County's fourth quarter sales in all categories showed an 11.3 per cent increase over the figures of 1971. Total for the county was $86,252,000 in 1972 compared with $77,475,000 for 1971. Greeley sales for the fourth quarter accounted for 66.3 per cent of the county total at $57,151,000, up almost 20 per cent from the previous year. All other reporting towns in the county showed gains with the exception of Windsor which showed a decrease of 78.1 per cent in total sales, although having an increase in retail sales. Larimer County showed an increase of 15.6 per cent in overall sales in 1972's fourth quarter with a figure of $87,491,000. Fort Collins had 57.3 per cent of the Larimer County total with $50,090,000 in sales for the fourth quarter of 1972. This was an increase of 14.9 per cent over 1971 figures. Inside the Tribune (76 pages, 5 sections) Abby 22 Hospital 6 Agri-news 19 Markets 29 Classified 36-43 Obituaries 8 Comics 16 Sports 2ft-J» Crossword 16 Theater 24-» Editorial « TV log 16 Hcloise 22 Weather « Horoscope 34 Wm'spgi, JO-JJ T«Uy'« prtii rim: M,tM

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