Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 15, 1970 · Page 1
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Weld County Uranium Find Prompts Busy Speculation By JOHN DUGAN Tribune Staff Writer Let history record that on the first day of September, 1969, Solomon Schlagel discovered the first commercial quantity of ed out to justify construction of a processing mill. He believes uranium in Weld County, Colorado. it is possible that there can be that much ore located within the Since that date many things have happened in the area of county if those holding present leases will perform the neces- tlie discovery. Among them was the undercover leasing of nearly half of the county by commercial uranium production firms. Another was the formation of a corporation called Hyland Nuclear, Ltd. Schlagel is president of Hyland Nuclear; his three nephews, Walter Schlagel, Duane Schlagel and Ken Schlagel also are members of Hyland Nuclear as is David Dillman of Nebraska and several other local investors. Proven Deposit So far Hyland's lease block contains the only proven commercial deposits and some mining has been done but many things must fall into place before there is any sizable production. The present price of uranium oxide is about $4 a pound. Walker Miller of Greeley, attorney for Hyland Nuclear, said that deposits totaling one million pounds must be located and block- sary exploration. Trend Exploration, which has leases on some 280,000 acres of land in a block 25 by 40 miles lying just east of Pierce, expects to let contracts to local drillers for exploration within a few weeks. Another firm, Western Resources, is reported leasing land east of the Trend tract and in other parts of the county. There also are rumors of other firms attempting to lease for uranium but so far only Hyland and Trend leases have been filed. Hyland's discovery is in Section 34, Township 9 north, Range 65 west about seven miles northeast of Pierce. It is on land owned by Alex Dill and Mrs. Elizabeth Mena. Long interested in uranium, Schlagel had spent many months tramping over the hills with a geiger counter in search of the precious metal. He did make a find high up on the Poudre River and staked a claim about 15 years ago. On that memorable day last September, uranium was not the uppermost thing on his mind. A cow had wandered from home and he was intent on finding her when he noticed a red outcropping among the grass and cactus. Making a mental note of the outcropping he located his old geiger counter which had been on the shelf for 15 years and returned to the area. He turned on the machine and held the sensor close to the ground. Nothing happened. Idleness had rendered the geiger counter inoperable. Schlagel hurried to his nephew's and together they drove hack to the spot with another geiger counter. This time it went, wild. A dragline was secured and the lop of the ground was scraped away to expose several strata of soft sandstone. The gray strata was radio-active. In the meantime the corporation was formed and leases for more than 2.500 acres were signed. When the firm found itself low on funds, Trend Exploration was invited to share the in- formlion obtained by Hyland in return for experience it had in mining the metal. An assay of the first ore showed uranium in marketable quantity in addition to vanadium. Trend's leases call for exploration for the two metals plus thorium, a metal closely related to uranium. Much of the leasing for Trend was handled by Ed Shepardson, an independent lease agent of Denver. Shepardson said Wednesday that obtaining leases without serious competition was relatively easy because there was much oil leasing going on at the same time. Trend filed more than 600 leases with the Weld County Clerk in one day late in April. (Continued on Page 6 ) FIRST URANIUM MINE-The first uranium mine opened in Weld County is this pit and a similar one slightly to the west of it. This one is located on land owned by Mrs. Elizabeth Mena, who with her late husband homesteaded IliO acres just below McGrew Reservoir shortly after the turn of the century. Mrs. Mena now is 97 years old. Mine has the county's first proven deposit of commercial value uranium. It also has quantities of vanadium. (Tribune photo by John Dugan) Israelis Claim Three Egyptian Jets Over Suez blocked waterway and a MIG21,of the 102-mile-Iong waterway, shortly alter noon. j Egyptian warplanes thcn | All three planes were seen slruck back in Ihe northern sec-i llle campus^ for sometime, with By HAL McCLURE Associated Press Writer TEL AVIV (AP) -- Israeli pilots claimed shooting down!falling in Egyptian territory, the.tor of the canal, three Soviet-made Egyptian! military command said here. An hour later, according MIG jels in dogfights over the; The MIG21 had "attempted loiihe military command, Israeli Sue/. Canal today. j interfere" when Israeli planes.planes intercepted attacking Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 62 - NUMBER 164 GREELEY, COLORADO FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1970 AND THE GREELEY REPUBLICAN WEEKLY TRIBUNE ESTABLISHED 187* Police Fusillade Kills Two At Jackson State College By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Police fired into a crowd outside a dormitory at predominantly-Negro Jackson Slate College in Mississippi early today, killing two black students and bringing to six the number who have died in the current wave of campus unrest. Nine other persons, all hut two of them students, were wounded by the fusillade which followed reports of rock-throwing at passing motorists. Police said they opened fire after someone fired at them from the building. National Guardsmen were in the area U.S. Bombs Blast Supplies Red Trails, Depots Hit By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U.S. B52s prived struck today at North Viet-land Viet Cong of many base lian frontier. They were the namese supply trails and depots in eastern Laos jammed with war materials lhat Ihe allied offensive have kept out of Cambodia, informed sources said. The sources said the supplies with unloaded weapons but not at the scene of the shooting. j were backed up in Laos because Early last week four students' were shot to death in a confrontation with Ohio National Guardsmen at Kent State University during a protest over President Nixon's decision to send U.S. troops into Cambodia. Witnesses in Jackson today said the policemen confronted a crowd of men standing in front of the dormitory and opened camps at the end of the Ho Chi j heaviest in the Laos panhandle Minh trail. -jin two weeks. "All those supplies are mov-| Scores of smaller Navy tacti- ing from North Vietnam and|cal fighter-bombers flying off there's no where to put them," said one source. The sources said the raids ex- three 7th Fleet carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin also raided supply routes and depots in Laos. with a 7 to 10 second barrage after hearing a sound like a shot or a firecracker. No Statement Neither police nor (he college issued a statement on the shooting or the cause of the rock throwing. There has been discontent on Moisture in Mountains Over Last Year, Average By PAUL EDSCORN Tribune Staff Writer The latest water supply outlook published by the Soil Conservation Service reports record snowpack in northern Colorado with water content 200 to 400 per cent above last year. This reflects in some measure Above Normal mostly the delay in the runoff. I still had considerable The figures quoted by the Soil' pack. Conservation Service are based! on findings of the cooperative snow survey dated May 1. Normally snow melt and sround to explore previously untouched zones. The U.S. Command announced that elements of a brigade task force of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division maneuvered from the western front of War Zone C northwest of Saigon 40 miles northeastward toward the Cambodian town of Mimot on Highway 7. The 1,500 American troops joined another task force exploring an area about eight miles long and four miles wide. South Vietnamese headquarters annonuced thai thousands snow j of infantrymen had been with- I drawn from another front in I Cambodia bordering the west- In comparison with the 15.ern Mekong Delta, year average from 1953 to 1967! The allied drives in Cambodia snowpack this year is about 150 also have restricted the enemy's to 200 per cent above normal j effoi ' ts m Soum Vietnam, m- stream runoff has begun in mid; fo| . lhjs ·[-,,,,,, of vear _ Rjver f|ow formants said. accumulation during the winter and early spring, Kv Israeli " account, twoi w ? rc . on a b . m " bi £ g and stafing MIG17s were shot down morning battles over . mission against Egyptian mili- ' n .lary targets along the central isector of the canal, a spokes- The Weather 1:30 p.m. Temperature: 64 (UNC report as of 6 a.m.) High Thursday ._ 57 Low 32 Barometer 30.46 rising Precipitation none Tolal for year 3.32 Normal through May _ 5.43 The highest temperature ever recorded here on May 15 was 88 degrees in 1931. The lowest on record for the same date was 30 degrees in 1942. The sun will rise Saturday at 5:44 a.m. and set at 8:09 p.m. (MDT). NORTHEAST COLORADO Generally fair through Saturday wilh warming (rend, low tonight 35-40, high Saturday in 70s. COLORADO -- Generally fair with warming trend through Saturday; low tonight 35-4; lower elevations, 20s mountains; high Saturday 70s lower elevations, 55-l5 mountains. COLORADO EXTENDED FORECAST Outlook Sunday through Tuesday -- Fair to partly cloudy, warmer Sunday, turning cooler Tuesday; high temperatures 70s norlh and west, 75-85 southeast, and 55-65 mountains; low temperatures mostly in 4fls at lower elevations to 20s-30s mountains. man said. It was the second Israeli raid of the day and followed two Egyptian strikes. All Israeli aircraft returned safely, the spokesman said. Israel started the action with a bombing and strafing attack on Egyptian military targets in the southern and central sectors Egyptian MIG17s, shooting down two. jmany sludenis claiming too imany blacks are sent to Viet- l °lnam immediately after graduation. Aflcr the shooting, students screamed at the policemen from windows of other dormitories The military command saidiwhile students in front of the Israel suffered no casualties in jthe Egyptian raids. In other action, the command said Gesher Hasiv, a kibbutz four miles south of the Lebanese border, was shelled from Lebanon during the night. Mortar shells also fell on border settlements at Yardena and Billock identified the dead as building dropped to the ground to take cover. National Guard troops in armored personnel carriers with .30-caliber machine guns on top moved on to the scene on the 3,500-student campus. Hinds County Coroner B. R. Kfar Rupim in the Beisan Valley. James Earl Green and Phillip (Continued on page 6) Inside Th (32 Abhy IS Amusements Royle's rnhmin Church page riassifipr] rnmin: rinmrnnriilipQ Prnsswnrrf TCditriri^l pagp Heloise Horoscope _ . 20-21 4 10 25-30 13 6 13 4 _... 14 _ 15 e Tribune Pages) Late news Letters to Tribune .._ Mortuaries Real estate transfers School lunch menus So This Is Greeley Sports Slnrlc; TV and radio logs Women's pages 1 6,32 4 6 20 _ 14,15 4 . 22-24 R n _ 14-15 to compound his in (he border prov- Location Plalle Denver Kersey RIVER FLOW May 15 Depth Ft. 4.9fi + .3 5.15 -.10 Cache la Pnii'lrc Canyon mouth 3.07 + .19 Cu-Ft- Sec 2,720 +220 2,510 -160 870 -1-140 F. M. (Mike) Loustalet MISS UNC FINALISTS -- These nine coeds will compete Salurday evening in (ho fJreclcy West High School nmlitnriiim for the "Miss U.\'C" title and the opportunity to represent the University in Ihe Miss Colorado Pageant. They are (left to right) Terri Kahl, Karen Harr, Linda Timmins, Patricia This reflects in some measure April. This year, however, t h e i f j. tji e "South"plaTtc'is'exDected "Continuing personnel and lo- the heavier than normal snow I beginning of runoff has beenj,,, range above m Der £ nt of :gislics problems also hamper '"' : '-"-- the pastjdelayed and some areas nor-| a " vcraK ° r Ihis efforts," said one source. ing, but|mally free of snow by May Ij Last year the snow pack was'" We ex pct our operations in somewhat below average andi^ am ' ) odie " the floods of early May W ere l P rnl ' le ,; rls the result of heavy rains be-| lnces - tween May 4 and 7. | I Possible flooding is mentioned | lor 1 the first time this year in I the SCS monthly report for the;| South Platte River watershed. This watershed extends from Antero and Eleven Mile Canyon reservoirs on the south to the I Wyoming line and east fromjj Fairplay and the headwaters of the Big Thompson and Cache I la Poudre rivers on the west. Near Maximum It is stated in the report that: "the snow pack on the South Platte and its tributaries is near I the maximum of record. Some snow courses have above maximum snow as of May 1. "Water supplies should be ex- . cellent. There is a good chance 11 of high water over the entire j| basin. Much will depend upon' spring temperatures and rainfall. "Low areas along river channel can expect some high, water through June and early! It is noled in (he report, how-1 \ V l l l 3GGK ever, lhat if temperatures: remain low and there is no, D p _ F I pkf f jr»!1 excessive rainfall, no major! '»C~l«ICV« I I U I I damage is expected. i Within the South Platte waler-i F - JI - (Mike) Loustalet. Weld shed all reservoirs are reported County Treasurer for the past nearly full and soil moisture is four years, has announced that described as excellent. .he will seek re-election to (he of- Shortages fice. The streamflow forecasls are! I-oustalet, in a leller to Cor- for all of Colorado and northernjdon RLssler, Weld County Re- New Mexico and reflect thelp UD 'ican Cenlral Committee pattern of snowfall during the!chairman, said: past year -- heavy snows in; "I hearby announce my can- the north diminishing (o un- didacy for the office of treas- usually light snowfall in the urer of Weld County, subject to southwest. I Ihe will of the Republican Cen- The greatest streamflow fs!lral Committee and the forth- forecast in the South Platte i coming Republican County As- Basin with severe shortages ofiscmbly. water expecled in southwestern j "Having served in the capac- Colorado and northwestern Newjily of deputy county treasurer Mexico. jfor 12 years and was then clect- The SCS gives the following'ed to the position of county forecasts for (he South Platte treasurer in November, 195fi. I basin streams in 1.000 acre feet'feel Ihis experience will suable and per cent above average: jme. lo give the people of Weld Big Thompson at Drake: 140, County continued good service 110; Boulder Creek a; Orodcll:,in (his office." 78, 159; Cache la Poudre at; Loiislalct. 4fi, was born in (Continued on page 6) [ (Continued on page 6) McMullen, Sharon Higgins, Margie Knclicvar, Marianne Galilz, Sally Kccler and Jan Ti'sar. (UN'C photo lij Roll Waters) (See story, page 30) °V

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