Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 15, 1970 · Page 29
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 29

Phoenix, Arizona
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Saturday, August 15, 1970
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V • ' { 3 MA;: 16 The Arizona Republic g Phoenix, Sat., Ang. 15.1970 Northern Views Flagstaff's neivest prospector will double as city manager and help set up merit plan By JOHN J. HARRIGAN Northern Arizona Bureau FLAGSTAFF — The newest city leader here may have to switch his hobby of panning gold to one of collecting cinder samples. This area hasn't been noted for major gold strikes. He is Richard A. Williams, 31, former acting city manager and then airport manager at Prescott and now assistant city manager here. His wife and two children are keeping the prospecting shovels in Prescott until he finds tham a house to live in here. Williams was selected from more than a dozen applicants for the $12,50fr-a-year job here, according to City Manager Leland C. McPherson. In Prescott, he assisted in classifying city jobs and setting up pay plans, something he will be assisting this city on as a merit system gets under way. For himself, Williams preferred not to define his job too narrowly, commenting, "I'd like to work in any area where I feel I can handle the problems." He has been close to municipal service since graduation from the University of Kansas in 1966. In Prescott, he started as city clerk, moved up to assistant city manager, then served as acting city manager and airport manager. Earlier he was assistant business manager for the Lawrence (Kan.) Daily Journal, for the First National Bank of Lawrence and for Black and Veatch, consulting engineers of Kansas City. But for an avocation he said he preferred prospecting and hunting, in that order. He isn't about to give up city management for gold hounding, however. "I guess I can make 1 to 10 cents an hour panning gold," he said of his finds in streams and rivers near Prescott. Once located, gold apparently is not difficult to spot. "It's almost 20 times heav- ier than water, so everything else washes out of your pan first," he noted. Williams' biggest find was a grain about one-tenth the size of his little fingernail. "I'll bet I don't have a dollar's worth of gold. It's just a great way to be outdoors and even finding a small nugget is encouraging enough to get you out there again," he observed. Some of the best gold panning areas in the Prescott area over the years have been Lynx Creek, Hassayanv pa River and Big Bug Creek, he recalled. Even without any gold prospects in Flagstaff, he may need that prospecting pick here. If he decides to build a home, he'll be hacking at solid boulders to put in a 30-inch foundation. Old hospital ready for sale in Benson Geronimo gains special status at Ft. Huachuca FT. HUACHUCA - The name Geronimo once turned Arizona pioneers' blood cold. But today Geronimo warms the hearts of American Red Cross workers here because Geronimo S. Mendival has given 72 pints of blood to the Red Cross and he plans to give a lot more. Most of Mendival's blood donations have been made here where he began work in 1954. He works in the mobility and weapons branch of the maintenance division. He began giving blood in World War II when he was serving on Okinawa. He also was with the 32nd Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in Korea. Born in Miami, Mendival has spent his entire life in the Southwest. A widower, he lives in Benson with his teenaged son. To Red Cross workers Men- dival is known as Geronimo. "I was named after my grandfather, who was from the Mayan Indian tribe in Mexico," he said prodly. In addition to his regular Red Cross donations, Mendi- val responds to emergency appeals for blood. "I've been overseas in the fighting areas and I know the need for blood," Mendival said. "Many of my friends now have sons in the service and I try to help them in any way I can." Upholstery workshop at St. Johns center ST. JOHNS - An upholstery workshop will be held Aug. 24-28 in the St. Johns Education Center conducted by Joyce Reynolds, extension home economist. The daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. Mrs. Reynolds suggested that homemakers should plan to work on a chair or other small article of furniture, as larger items would be too difficult (or beginners. COME AND GET IT! LONDON (AP) - The royal navy announced plans to sell to the public thousands of gallons of rum no longer needed since the traditional daily rum ration for sailors was in July. Richard Williams Kearny citizens question fire department fund cuts KEARNY - With the town's vintage fire truck in need of repair, residents here questioned a cut in the fire department fund of the new town budget. Phil Rosato, town manager, told citizens that funds available in the Public Works Reserve Fund could be used to repair the old fire truck which was donated to the town. Rosato said that the $13,903 in the fund was probably not enough to adequately rebuild the vehicle, however, as other equipment also-had to be purchased from the fund. A special council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night to resolve the matter, Rosato said. Mayor Ray Hughes told the council that Kearny has been cut out of the Federal Civil Defense program. He gave no reason for the loss other than that Kearny was one of a number of small towns cut off the program. The council approved the 1970-71 budget of $190,093. CAC holds course meetings ORACLE — Central Arizona College Eastern Division is holding a series of organizational meetings in eastern Final County to set up fall classes in the various communities. Mike Smith, executive dean, said SO courses will be offered with others to be added if a minimum of 15 students express interest. The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in these communities: Oracle (Union Hall) Monday; San Manuel (high school cafetorium), Tuesday; Mammoth (gradeschool), Wednesday; Hayden (elementary cafetorium) Thursday; Kearny (elementary school) Winslow tax stays same WINSLOW - A lower city budget will not be followed by a lower city tax rate in Winslow due to an expected drop in sales tax receipts, city officials reported. The Winsiow City Council adopted a 1970-71 budget of $1,584,466, a decrease of $35,000 compared to last year. The tax rate will remain at $1.50 per fiOO assessed valuation. The expected loss in sales tax returns is based on Winslow's population decrease as shown by the 1970 census. The Winslow population dropped from 8,862 in I960 to 7,982 in 1970. Special projects included in the budget are: flood control, $46,472; street improvements, $49,990; and land purchase for new police station and jail, $34,200. Other projects include reactivation of the disposal plant, library improvements and improvements for the animal shelter, airport, rodeo grounds and city parks. Park improvements i n c 1 u d e the construction of a boat ramp on city-owned property on the tiiort (A Cltar Crtt.k. Aug. 24; and Superior (Roosevelt School), Aug. 25. Classes will begin Sept. 3. Registration dates in the communities are: Oracle, Aug. 26; San Manuel, Aug. 27; Hayden, Aug. 31; Kearny, Sept, 1; and Superior, Sept. 2. Winslow to ask better service from power firm WINSLOW - Urged by protests from r e s i d e n t s, the Winslow City Council is requesting an upgrading of electrical service in the community from the Arizona Public Service Co. Mrs. Dolores Davis tpld the council many power outages h,ad occurred recently and complained of low voltage often carried by the local power lines. Bruce Normandin of Radio Station KINO also testified that there were periods of low voltage in Winslow and said that power voltage fluctuations were hard on the station's radio equipment. The council also passed an ordinance creating a $1.50 a month service charge on residential sewer connections. 4'H youngsters end a week of camping NOGALES - Fifty-two Santa Cruz County 4-H youngsters head for home today following a week of camping in Sycamore Canyon near here. Activities included a 3-mile hike to the U.S. Forest Service fire lookout at Atascosa Peak to a special late bedtime allowed to view a midnight meteorite shower in the August skies. The camp was under the di- -rection of Dan Herhart, Santa t'rux C o u n t y agricultural Robert Clough, manager for Sedona • Cottonwood Mountain Bell Telephone Co., will be installed as president of the Sedona* Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce Aug. 31. Other new officers are Al Hughes, vice president; Vic Lamb, treasurer; and Mrs. Evelyn Schneider, secretary. WINE STANDARDS SET CAPE TOWN (AP) The government announced controls would be established for South African wines to make sure they meet European Common Market standards in the event that Britain, the largest buyer, joins the market. BENSON - The old Benson Hospital will be put up for sale next week while the new hospital stands complete and ready to operate, but without a doctor in residence. The 1 town's only remaining physician, Dr. Dale Kartchner,. closed his practice Thursday at the old hospital following a notice of eviction served by the hospital board. Dr. Kartchner had rented space for his office and clinic from the hospital board, which, in turn, was leasing the old building from the San Pedro Valley Hospital District. The sublease arrangement had gone on for seven years. Dr. Kartchner said yeter- day that when the hospital was moved into a new $800,000 building on July 22, he had been assured by a board member that he would be able to retain his office in the old building. "On Aug. 3 I received the notice of eviction and I moved out Thursday," Dr. Kartchner said. "The new hospital does not have office or clinic space for rent, I have been moved out of my office, other space in Benson is at a premium, I have no place from which to practice so I have closed my practice in Benson," Dr. Kartchner said yesterday. Dr. Kartchner said he could not give any indication as to his plans. Meanwhile, the Benson Hospital Corp, board voted at a recent meting to change some of its bylaws. Dentists will be allowed to use hospital facilities as needed for their patients and for surgery. The board also removed the restriction that limited hospital privileges to medical doctors. Osteopaths will be able to admit patients to the hospital. 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