Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 3, 1969 · Page 35
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r ••» what to do This Weekend Special Feature 20 The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Thurs., April 3, 1969 Rainb on the in By JACK CROWE Arizona and the Salt River Valley are on the brink of the Sonoran Desert's annual explosion in living color. From now until late May is Ilio limn for such gentle contemplation of nature in the reawakening Arizona desert. It is the enchanting period when the state's matchless desert flora blooms in a triple-stage burst of spring color. —First come the wild flowers, normally blooming March 22 to about. April 15. The delicate purple lupines, the hardy orange poppies, the yellow Mariposa lii- ies. They and torrents of other species flood the Valley floor, lapping at the foothills and spilling over into desert washes. —Next come the foreboding cacti, sprouting their colorful but evanescent rose-like blossoms from about April 5 to May 20. They include the saguaro, which produces the state flower, and Mo AVir.s, Page 35 ... Republic Photo by Nyte Lealham Arizona poppies and teddy bear cholla gambol on the desert at foot of Superstitions Briton says U.S. experiment 'rusted' By THELMA HEATWOLE GLENDALE — America is a golden experiment that is "rusted and tarnished," Jon Pepper, a British television reporter and producer, said here yesterday. "Yet America has all the opportunities to evolve the courage to pause and look afresh at what on earth it is trying to achieve for itself and the people in the world," Pepper, 26, a member of the World Press Institute, commented, "Unfortunately, to ask an American to pause and think is to ask him to sacrifice some of his sense of productivity," Pepper obstrved. The Englishman is one of 15 journalists from foreign countries, ranging from Czechoslovakia to Australia, touring the United States with WPI, and staying this week at the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. Pepper said America is so standardized and homogenized that one can trav- el 30,000 miles and find a disappointing, "conformity of uniformity." But despite all this, Pepper added, "I like America." Pankaj Sharma, 30, special correspondent for Samachar Bharati, a multilingual news agency in India, observed that the U.S. is still an open society, but its people are "obsessed with aggressive individualism." Sharma said he found "incongruity and paradox in the social well. . .in the U.S. You are putting a man on the moon yet there are people (Americans) hungry and in dire physical need." Jose Mayobre, 26, from Venezuela, discussed campus upheavals and said he is impressed with the awareness and involvement of young students in the problems of this country. "There is no such thing now as a silent generation," said Mayobre, Princeton graduate and managing editor in the news department of Venezuelan Television. "Young people are aware of many problems that people have not done anything about, or have pushed under the carpet. They are impatient for the problems to be solved." other lovely night blooming cerei whose ripe buds bloom only in the late evening and close their petals forever the next morning. —Last come the trees and shrubs. breaking into color between April 15 and late May. There is the scarlet-tipped ocotillo, the palo verde and the brittle bush and the cherry-pink of desert ironwood. For the Sunday driver, there are numerous nearby sites where the desert can be seen in full bloom. There is the Apache Trail (Arizona 88) to Apache and Canyon lakes; Desert Forest Drive in Carefree and Cave Creek, which can be reached by going out-Cave Creek or Scottsdale roads"; the Beeline Highway (Arizona 87) to Saguaro Lake; the Final Pioneer Parkway (U.S. 80-89) between Florence and Oracle Junction; and the Joshua Tree Parkway (U.S. 93), which starts 25 miles northwest of Wickenburg. For stay-at-homes, there is South NVICKSKBURC APACHe TRAIL (ARIZONA 88) APACH£ JUWCTIOW PAPAGO PARK BAS£L1W£ R.D. SOUTH MOUNTAIN PARKn ORACLi JUNCTION Republic Map by Kearney Egerfon Use these maps to find Arizona's lilies of the field Mountain Park at the terminus of S. Central and also the world-famous Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park on E. Van Buren. South Mountain Park features a good variety of desert poppies, mustards, ocotillo, phacelia, ground daisies, lotus and. saguaro. W. Hubert Earle, director of the Desert Botanical Garden, points out the garden features 1,400 different kinds of cacti, 380 trees and shrubs and 620 leaf succulent plants such as yucca and cen- tury plant. The garden is open daily, including holidays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A voluntary admission of 25 cents for adults and i() cents for children is asked. Earle points out the Arizona wild flow-, ers are big commercial sellers in the East, where they can grow through most of the summer and early fall. But in Arizona, the gentle sun that spawned them in spring, mercilessly scorches them once it gets on with the serious business of producing a desert summer. Court suit Highway commission rejects claim for damages in accident State highway commissioners yesterday refused to pay the damages that allegedly resulted when highway patrolmen ordered a halted truck on the Black Canyon freeway to go under the Bethany Home Road underpass, where the truck became stick. State Highway Director Justin Herman told the commissioners it is alleged that the jammed truck, belonging to New Truck Transport, Inc., became the focal point of a four-vehicle accident leading to damage suits for $25,000 and $67,500 against the firm and its driver, Lous Pauley. The accident occurred March 18,1968. In addition, Mr. and Mrs, Richard F. Prenevost are suing the State Highway Department for $67,500 for injuries Prenovost allegedly suffered in the accident involving the truck stalled by lack of clearance, commissioners were advised. Disallowance of the damage claims against the state cleared the way for court action on them. The commissioners also were informed yesterday that bond buyers' bids on a $10 million State Highway Department bond issue for advance right- of-way acquisition will not be opened until May 20 at 11 a.m. State Highway Engineer W. N. Price said it had been hoped to complete the legal preliminaries for the bond sale in time to schedule it tor this month. In other action, the highway commission hired Royden Engineering Co., for $22,647, to make safety inspections of the Canyon Padre and Canyon Diablo bridges on U.S. 66 east of Flagstaff. The inspections are precautionary measures prompted by the fatal collapse of a bridge in the southeastern United States. The commission also gave Martin Construction Co. a $454,734 contract for grading about 4.5 miles of the Overgaard-Aripine road. V. 0. Contracting Co. obtained a $166,263 commission contract for paving center islands and constructing left turn lanes, curbs, gutters and sidewalks along 2.1 miles of U.S. 60 starting near Loomis Avenue in Miami and extending northeast to Kaiser Crossing. Superior Equipment Co. received a $11,824 contract to supply a new asphalt paver for the highway department. Arizona Highway Commissioners and engineers will meet here again today with their counterparts from Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Price indicated they are gathering to act on a request from the Four Corners Regional Commission that they scale down their requests for federal road building in the Four Corners region where the four states join. He said the regional commission apparently feels that a more modest road request would have a better chance of getting congressional funding. .. ,. ,__ . Republic Photo by Paul Brown More than 175 persons joined in the Martin Luther King Memorial March yesterday at ASU Flagstaff future in doubt as bond bids fail I. 1 King died in vain, speaker says at memorial service By GENE LUI'TAK ^TEMPE — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. died in vain because no progress had been made for the black people since his assassination, one of four speakers said yesterday at a memorial observance for him ' at Arizona State University. Al McGhee, a counselor for the Phoenix Opportunity Industrialization Center (QIC), told a crowd of 400 that one reason for the lack of progress has been the black people's complacency. The memorial on the campus mall was sponsored by the ASU Black Liberation Organizational Committee. "I QUESTION the genuine concern of those who come to this memorial meeting lor a dead man," asserted McGhee Those who attend just to give "lip service" but do nothing .actively to further the black man's cause are hypocrites, he added. "Black folks have never been free in this country," McGhee said. "And it seems to me not all the black folks want to be free in this country. "All these years we have been degraded and deprived and the black man has not become angry enough to stand up. "I FIND MORE white folks are more interested in freedom, justice and equality than 1 do black folks." The memorial commemorated the first anniversay of Mr. King's death. He was killed by an assassin April 4, 1968, while standing on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tenn. The Rev. Robert Nesby, pastor of the 1'irst Institutional Baptist Church, said": Mr. King had three concerns which will follow him into prosterity. They were-" freedom, justice and love. FLAGSTAFF (AP) - The City of Flagstaff failed to receive bids on $2.2 million bonds earmarked for a new $3 million sewage treatment plant—and the action may have a serious effect on the future expansion on the city and northern Arizona University. City officials blamed the lack of bids on the recent nationwide hike in interest which apparently led bond buyers to snub the 5 per cent interest rate author- ized in a citywide bond election. The action could stymie future expansion of the city and NAU as state health Mild tremor hits Japan TOKYO (UP1) - A mild earth tremor hit Japan yesterday but caused no damage or. injuries. The Central Meteorological Agency said hardest hit was Onha- ma on the Pacific coast, ahout 60 miles northeast of Tokyo. department officials have indicated it might be necessary to restrict construction in the Flagstaff area until adequate sewage treatment facilities are available. City engineer Frank Findlay said yesterday the present sewage plant is handling more than double its million- gallon-perday capacity. City officials indicate a new bond election niay.be necessary. THE REV. CURTIS Sewell, pastor of :? Bethel African Methodist Episcopal : Church, Mesa, said he once talked with Mr. King in a hotel in Denver, Colo, He, • described himself as a "drum major in the army of the Lord and a drum major for freedom and justice," said Mr Sj-; well. ' ' , Before the hour-long memorial, some '. 175 students, including about six ASU faculty and staff members, participated" ' in an memorial march down the mall in" ! honor of Mr. King. They wore black ;" bands around their wrists and some * sang, 'We Shall Overcome." *•*>•"* V \

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