Casper Star-Tribune from Casper, Wyoming on July 16, 1970 · 1
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Thursday, July 16, 1970
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C. or ( Ax! I v . . Statewide Coverage Wyoming's Largest Every Day 79TH YEAR No. 197 caspcr, wyomino -Oil Capital of the Rockies Thursday, juiy 16, 1970 Price 10 Cents Ali II Ml J II ' 1-1 1 SALINAS, Calif. (UPI)- Murder charges were filed Wednesday against a - Rocky Mountain hippie who said he killed a ' man and became a cannibal while in a -trance induced by drugs, thunder and lightning. Arrested in California after an automobile accident, Stanley Baker, 22, of Storey. Wyo.. told officers: "I have a problem I am a cannibal." A companion, Harry Stroup, 20, of Sheridan, Wyo., also was arrested and charged with murder. . Waived Extradition - The two waived extradition and Montana authorities prepared to return them to that Newcastle, Osage Hit Rate Hike ByPATBOCK NEWCASTLE The towns of Newcastle and Osage protested proposed 13 per cent , increases in electric power rates requested by Black Hills Power and light Co. of Rapid City, S.D., at a day-long hearing , before the Wyoming Public Service Commission here Wednesday. Pa ul Godfrey, counsel for the power firm, told the PSC the company is making only 4.9 per cent return on its investment in Wyoming, "whereas a 7 per cent return would be reasonable. . . and comparable to rates allowed other utilities during the past one and one half years." Richard Dumbrill, Newcastle city at-torney, said the city entered a general protest because it feels "the cost of electricity is so high now, it is unfair to raise the rates any more." Dumbrill added the city had assumed the .burden of protesting the rate increase ; before the PSC so that it would not fall on ; any one individual. ' He told the Casper Star-Tribune that he would also ask the PSC to investigate the operations of Wyodak Resources . Development Corp., a wholly owned sub-; sidiary of Black Hills Power and Light The application for a rate increase, he said, failed to include any statistics concerning the operation of the subsidiary, which mines coal at a huge open strip mine near Gillette. The hearing may continue Thursday, ald Paul Linus, presiding officer of the Wyoming PSC. " - ; ' Neil Simpson, president of Black Hills Power and Light (BHPL) said the increase in rates is necessitated by growing costs of operations, including a 69 per cent increase in total payroll and fringe benefits, an increase of 14 per cent on freight charges for . coal and a general rise of 26.6 per cent in the cost of living index during the past 10 years. He said the present 4.9 per cent of return is insufficient to attract additional capital for investment in power plants and transmission lines. He said the increased rates would be comparable to other power rates throughout the country, but added that they could not compete with federally financed power production "which pays only 3 per cent of gross income in taxes, compared to our 21 per cent." BHPL,-an investor owned utility, operates in Wyoming and South Dakota. Its area Includes Newcastle and Osage (retail) and Gillette and Upton (wholesale). The rate increase affects -only Newcastle and - Present rates for residential - in . Newcastle (without water heater) are 10 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 20 kw, 3.6 cents for the next 100 and all over 100 based on a formula of 1.1 cents per kw for two-thirds, and 2 cents per kw for one-thira. Commercial rates are 2 cents per kw for the first 6,000 after minimums, dropping to 1 cent per kw for volume consumers. The last rate increase was granted the firm in 1956. Raise in Price Effective Today $ . Effective today, July 16, the price g $ of the Casper Star-Tribune will $ $ increase slightly from $2.50 per jji; I month to $2.75 per month. Payment - jS j ' for the paper as of Aug. 15 will be at pi the new rate. $ The increase is less than 1 cent per : $ day and the total cost of a daily jij: paper, delivered to your door, is a little more than 9 cents per day. The i:?: I daily newspaper is still the biggest ;i;i : bargain you can buy. ;i;i :i Rising costs, principally wages, $ : supplies and newsprint, have made x vi it necessary that we take this step' ;!;i ife:::::::::: JULY CLEARANCE Still in Progress at WELSH FUnillTURE 120 S. Durbin Charges Filed in Slaying state, where the trunk of a man was found in the Yellowstone River Saturday with the head, heart, arms and legs missing. The car in which Baker and Stroup were arrested belonged to James M. Schlosser, 22, a Roundup, Mont, welfare worker. Montana officials said Schlosser was missing and It was believed his body was the torso found in the river. Checking Baker's story, authorities found a campsite on the river bank near 1 Salinas, Calif.:- FACE MURDER CHARGES: Stanley arrested near Big Sur, Calif.. Tuesday alter a minor Baker, 22 front), and Harry Stroup, both of Sheridan, traffic accident. Baker, deputies said, admitted shoot-are led to court in Salinas Wednesday to answer ing James Schlosser and eating his heart-(UPI Tele-charges they dismembered and ate the heart of a so- photo), cial worker last week near Gardiner, Mont. They were Father of Baker Says Sob Under Drug Influence By SANDRA MICHEL Staff Writer SHERIDAN - The father of a Sheridan man who claims he is a "witch and a .cannibal" Wednesday told the Star-Tribune he believes his son has been using LSD and other drugs. . . Hansen Hits Competitive Land Leasing in Alaska WASHINGTON (Special) - An amendment to require competitive leasing of all public lands in Alaska, which would change the oil and gas leasing provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act, has been opposed by Wyoming Sen.; Cliff Hansen. - The Jackson Amendment, introduced by Sen. Henry Jackson (D-Wash.) would be disastrous to small, independent -companies in Alaska, Hansen said. "We need to remember that historically the small independent has been responsible for 75 to 80 per cent of all oil and gas discoveries," Hansen said, "largely because of the provisions in the law which allow these independents to explore areas ignored by the big companies." He said that competitive leasing would drive out the small companies who could not compete financially for the leases. This, Hansen said, would "destroy the aggressive, creative explorationist by . removing the incentives which have led him to take great risks." Currently the Mineral Leasing Act allows Laramie County Sheriff Race Given an Unusual New 'Twist' CHEYENNE- The impending contest for Laramie County Sheriff took on a unique twist this week when County Commissioner Albert Vosler gave a Republican primary candidate his stamp of approval. Vosler endorsed the candidacy of Frank Banta for the sheriff's post now held by Harold Conine, who is seeking re-election on the Republican, ticket. Vosler, also a Republican, pointed out that he felt Banta's military police background, which included 17 years of ' service, qualified him for the office. Banta retired with the rank of lieutenant . Gardiner, Mont, spattered with blood, flesh and bone fragments. Authorities attempted, to Identify the remains as those of Schlosser through the blood type and some teeth found at the scene. The river was searched for other parts of the body. Baker said he ate the heart, and a finger bone was found in his pocket Baker said he had been on an acid trip and was hitch-hiking near Big Timber when Stanley Baker Sr., a Sheridan barber, said he believes his son's personality was changed by the drugs. Baker said he had heard his son, Stanley, 22, was on an LSD "trip" when he was arrested In California after being involved in an auto accident Baker and Harry Stroup, 20, also of for non-competitive leasing of lands except in "known geological structures," areas where there is a producing oil or gas well. "There is no justification for adopting a separate Mineral Leasing Law for Alaska," Hansen told the Senate"Any revision, which is to take place in the Mineral Leasing Act should apply on a nationwide basis and only after proper Congressional hearing and debate." . Hansen pointed to decreased exploration activity and the threat of forced dependence on foreign countries as reasons why "we should be doing everything we can to encourage not discourage domestic exploration and development. Hansen earlier had the Jackson amendment stricken from the Alaska Native Claims Act in the Senate Interior Committee. The Washington Senator reintroduced his amendment before the Senate. A vote on the matter was expected late Wednesday or early Thursday. colonel. While in service, he had charge of a military prison with custody of some 250 prisoners and a staff of 25 men, said Vosler. In explaining the unprecedented endorsement, Vosler said. "I just know Frank real well and I think he'll be a good oneK (sheriff)." He added that Banta has not lived in the community too long and is "not real well known. I thought that maybe jf I put my. name on it, people would paf attention." 7 Vosler said he has known Banta for the past five years. " 7 " '"' The commissioner said he has never endorsed a candidate before and added, 1 r-cK a motorist picked him up. He said he awoke In the car during a thunderstorm and was sent into a demoniac trance hv th thunder and lightning, To give "worship to the devil" he said he killed the motorist and committed canni- balism. " Baker said his companion had no part in the killing and cannibalism. Stroup, who also had a human finger bone in his pocket when arrested, refused to talk to police. I ... w r . Sheridan, were arrested driving a car registered to James Schlosser of Montana. The dismembered body found Saturday in the Yellowstone River is believed to be Schlosser's. Baker's father said he had had no official word, however, that the youth accused of the crime is his son. He said his son hasn't been home for two or three weeks. A deputy in the Sheridan County Sheriff s office who said he knew young Baker told the Star-Tribune "In the last couple-three years he turned hippy." The deputy also said it was suspicioned Baker was connected with drugs. The deputy, said he believes Baker's behavior "stems from a car wreck he had." Following the wreck, in which Baker was badly injured, his behavior changed, Jie said. . - Baker has no record in the sheriffs office as an adult but the deputy said an FBI agent checking the clerk of court's office in -Sheridan found juvenile jecords on the-youth. He has no full brothers or sisters, the sheriffs office said, but had been living with a step-sister uv Story, south of Sheridaa He attended Sheridan High School, where he made good grades freshman year, did worse as a sophomore and earned only two credits his junior year, according to assistant superintendent Jim Isaacson. Isaacson said a check of Baker's transcript shows he left Sheridan in November, 1963, and in 1964 requested his transcript be sent to the high school in Evergreen, Colo. Isaacson said Baker also is reported to have joined the Navy. - "I've never been in politics before." His own term in office has two years to run. When contacted, Conine had no comment to make on Vosler's endorsement of his primary opponent, but indicated he may have something to say on the matter later. Conine, 62, has been sheriff for the past eight years. N x Conine and Banta are two of four candidates seeking theJRepublican.npniination for shefiff. Others are Edward W. Dunston and James E. Cone. On the Democratic side, the primary race will be among . James .A. White, Harley Sills and Earnest L Trover. Governor Asks Budget Requests Be 'Realistic' CHEYENNE - Gov. Stan Hathaway, in an economy-keyed budget message to state department chiefs, said Wednesday that if he is re-elected he will not ask the next session of the state legislature for additional tax levies. Hathaway commented on the record-high general fund balance of $14 million as of July 1. But he pointed out that about half, or 7 million, actually belongs to the school .foundation program fund and cannot be considered part of the general fund. The governor called on department leaders to be realistic in preparing their budget requests for the next blennium. He also announced he will submit a budget measure to the legislature five days after it convenes next January which will take the place of individual appropriations. ' The combined appropriations bill will not replace the governor's regular budget message to the lawmaking body, however. Noting a tendency of some departments to spend all their allocated funds, he urged the chiefs to take a closer look at unspent budget money-a total of $1.5 million in Forbid Ending Quotas on Oil WASHINGTON (UPI) -The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday to prohibit President Nixon from replacing oil import quotas with a tariff system as recommended by a presidential task force. By writing in language forbidding scrapping of the quotas, the committee,, finished its tentative decision-makiijgon the most comprehensive trade bill in eight years and which some critics say is the most protectionist in nearly four decades. The oil import provision would keep Nixon from abandoning the present system of quotas that has been in effect since 1959. Only 10 Chosen On Grand Jury . RIVERTON - Putting together a grand jury in Fremont County is a time-consuming process, according to Fremont County Attorney Dick Leedy. The call for a grand jury went out several weeks ago and the panel now numbers 10, according to Leedy. An additional six prospective jurors will report Monday, he said. - Statutes provide that not less than 12 nor more than 16 persons may be called for whose names were drawn could not be located and others have been excused " after claiming exemption to jury duty, Leedy said. ... Leedy said that the proceedings of the blue ribbon panel are secret and information concerning the reason for convening the grand jury could not be made public. - - V. District Judge L. A. Crofts has ruled that the names of the Grand jury members must be kepfsecret. . . . . - Leedy said he hoped to have the jury completed next week. WYOMING Mostly fair Thursday and Friday. Some afternoon cloudiness with chance of isolated thunderstorms south. Warmer Thursday. High Thursday and Friday 85-95 lower elevations, 75-65 mountains. Low Thursday 50's lower elevations, 40's mountains. CASPER AREA Generally fair and a little warmer Thursday and Thursday night. Partly cloudy Thursday afternoon with little change in temperature and a slight chance of scattered thundershowers. High Thursday about 90, low mid 50's. High Friday near 90. Precipitation probabilities 5 per cent Thursday and Thursday night. Sunset' 8:42, sunrise Friday 5:42. Maximum wind 10 m.p.h., northwest. , THE OLD sots Now let's not be too tough on thej Yellowstone bears. .. ,. :' ! unspent allocations was returned to the general fund during this fiscal year, he said. Hathaway also warned against misuse of the WATS system for long distance telephone calls and said if it continued the system may be eliminated. Despite increases in postal rates, he said it is still cheaper to communicate by mail, except in emergencies rather than by telephone. A report due next December from the Motor Pool Council will probably call for some kind of "modified state motor pool," he reported. Personnel continuously on the road will probably continue to have vehicles assigned to them, but some other cars now assigned may be moved to the pool, he said. The governor pointed out the space problem in the state capitoi complex and indicated he would again ask the legislature for authorization to construct a new state office building. The 40th Legislature turned down a similar request Renting and leasing buildings is not economical, he said, and is also cutting down on government efficiency. Assistant chief budget officer E. S. (Lee) Galeotos outlined the procedure for departments to submit their budget requests and commented on the concern on the part of the tax payers about government expansion. Galeotos said it is important to re-emphasize Wyoming's display of fiscal responsibility. Riverton Project BillOICd A House bill, sponsored by Rep. John Wold, calling for re-authorization of the Riverton reclamation project, passed House interior committee Wednesday and the Wyoming Congressman is optimistic that it will pass the full House. Wold, in a telephone interview with the Star-Tribune, said the bill is for construction and rehabilitation of project facilities and also permits adjustment of farm units. He explained that the first and second divisions of the project include 45,000 acres of irrigable land and the third division, presently contains 11,800 acres of land, of which 8,900 are presently capable of sustained production under irrigation. Wold added that the bill provides $12 million for repair of the irrigation facilities, which he said are in "very bad shape." "It also provides that the third division lands which were bought back by the government, be sold to farmers and ranchers who are now operating on first and second division lands," Wold said. "The bill also authorizes a 50-year repayment period and funds from the Missouri Basin Power Pool can be used to help pay for the nroiect." " Wold said the bill will go to the full House in the next few weeks. - Wold said that the measure had been introduced time and time again by other Congressmen but this is the first time it passed the House Interior Committee. "I'm very optimistic that the bill will pass," said Wold. "This doesn't provide the money. First you get the authorization and then the funds are appropriated. . ." Name Newcastle Girl ToHomemakerOffice NEW YORK (Special) - Kathy Gregson of Newcastle was elected to a national office in the Future Homemakers of America at the annual meeting in New York Wednesday. Miss Gregson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Gregson, will serve as 1970-71 national vice president of national projects. She is one of 12 national officers elected from among 1,500 youth delegates attending the meeting. . Representing Wyoming at the meeting are 16 delegates and four adult advisors. Miss Gregson was the 1969-70 Wyoming State FHA president and is the third member from the Newcastle chapter to hold national office. Future Homemakers of America is a national organization of high school home economics students with 600,000 members in 12,000 local chapters. BIG CHANGE SALE Continues at D6 J WESTER'! SUPPLY 7

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