The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 9, 1975 · Page 1
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April 9, 1975

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i\m\ Amusements Comics Editorial Obituaries Society Sports Stocks 18 36 37 4 30-31 13-16 24 102NDYEAR,NO. 116 PROVO, UTAH, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9,1975 ui \rm;it PROVO-SALT LAKE-OGDEN Variable cloudiness through Thursday with chance of scattered rain or snow showers. Slow warming trend, high Thursday lower 50s, low tonight 30-35. Probability of measurable precipitation 30 per cent tonight. $3.00 PER MONTrPRICE 10 CENTS Prove City Water Rate Boost Voted Biggest Hike Goes To Non-City Users By ROBERT McDOUGALL The Provo City Commission has raised water rates in the city and in the future the average household water bill will go up $1. 10 a month. The biggest boost will be for non-city water users who will be required to pay triple the regular city water rate. The previous rate was double the charge made for city residents. Water and Wastewater Director Dean Wheadon explained his department budget noting that the cost of operating the system this year will be $1,284,052. Income from water users will be only $1,034,000. Price Man Slain; 3 Arrested PRICE, Utah (UPI) - Three men yanked Michael Thomas Hogan out of his bed early this morning, pumped seven bullets into him, and dumped his body in a remote canyon. Carbon County Sheriff Albert Passic said the killing was apparently an execution in revenge for testimony Hogan gave a year ago against members of a motorcycle gang. Utah Highway Patrol troopers took three men into custody shortly after the killing. Passic said they would be charged with first-degree murder later today. Passic said three men went to Hogan's apartment about 1 a.m. and yanked him out of bed. He said they took the 26-year-old Hogan outside the building and shot him three times. Then, Passic said, the killers "threw his body in the back of a truck, took him up the canyon and finished him off." Hogan's roommate, who had been told by the killers to "mind his own business," reported the shooting. The UHP stopped the three men driving out of Price Canyon about an hour later and arrested them. A .22-caliber rifle was recovered, Passic said, and Hogan's body was found in Crandall Canyon, a spur off Price canyon. Passic said Hogan had been shot seven times. He said Hogan was originally from Salt Lake City, where about a year ago he testified against some motorcycle gang members, acquaintances of the suspects. He said he did not know the nature of the criminal case. He said the killing "appears to be in reprisal for that" testimony. This will require the department to eat into $500,000 departmental reserves to pay the $290,000 the city fathers require from the water system as a contribution to the general city budget. Mr. Wheadon said the $290,000 is an in - lieu - of - taxes payment charged to the city utility. "If we were a private utility we would have to pay taxes and this contribution is a payment to the general fund in lieu of the taxes pri vate water companies pay." Protest Made Bob Peay, representing the Utah Valley Home Builders, complained about the price rise, especially the boost in connection fees for new homes. "With all the raises the city is imposing Provo seems to be forcing business and new homes out of the city." He noted that the city has a $100 sewer connection fee, about $200 building permit fee, and now the water connection fee is to be boosted from $135 to $300. Mr. Wheadon said the connection fees are trying to reflect the actual cost to the city of providing service. "Do you want existing homeowners and water users to subside new homes being built?'' he asked. He added that in the 1972-73 budget year it cost the city $30,714 more to hook up 345 new water customers than it received in hookup fees. The following year, $46,752 was lost on 304 connections. Inflation Issue The water director said the main cause of the rate boost was inflation. The cost of most small pipe products for example has doubled in the last year. He noted that the cost of a new reservoir in Edgemont to serve the east bench area of the city from Cedarcrest Apartments, through Oak Hills, the LDS Temple, Language Training Mission facilities, the Indian Hills and Edgemont areas will cost $545,000. A similar structure built about five years ago only cost $272,000. He said he understood that there is some concern that the increase for water might be subsidizing new residences. He said this is true only in part since the older areas of the city now need larger water lines and increased maintenance to provide adequate fire protection and to meet the demand placed on the water system by modern living. He pointed out that 160,000 feet of water main in the older parts (Continued on Page 5) Spring Vacation for Four Districts Students in Alpine, Nebo, Provo and Wasatch School Districts will be out of school Thursday and Friday for spring vacation, according to officials of the various districts. Children in all grades will have a four-day weekend and return to classes Monday morning. Students in Juab and Tintic District were given Good Friday off and no spring vacation is planned in those districts. Aid Request Renewal Set by Ford WASHINGTON (UPI) -Army Chief of Staff Frederick C. Weyand recommended more than $700 million in extra military aid for South Vietnam, but President Ford expects to seek much less in exchange for more humanitarian aid, administration officials said today. The officials said Ford was expected to renew his request to Congress for $300 million in additional military aid to South Vietnam, but they were unable to say exactly how much he would seek to help meet the humanitarian needs of that war- torn nation. These estimates surfaced at the White House as the President prepared to deliver a major foreign policy address to a joint session of Congress Thursday night. Ford was to meet with the National Security Council today to discuss the situation. Weyand returned last weekend from a fact-finding mission for Ford in South Vietnam. The report he gave to the President was expected to be made public soon, probably Thursday, in connection with the President's speech. But administration officials confirmed in advance that Weyand had recommended that the United States come up with an extra $700 million to help the South Vietnamese army in its battle against the Communists. Now You Know By United Press International Tennis originated in France in the 14th century and was first played in the United States 1876. Insurgents Gain in Cambodia PHNOM PENH (UPI) Government military positions on two sides of the Phnom Penh defense perimeter have deteriorated further, military sources reported today. Field reports said there were several rebel penetrations of defense lines northwest of the airport during the night. The defense lines are now as close as 3.3 miles from the city's airport, a gain of several hundred yards in the inch-by- inch fighting. But military sources said the insurgents themselves were worn down by the past three months of fighting and have been unable to mass enough troops to exploit the advantage. The sources said there were gaps of several hundred yards in some defense positions. Another critical situation was reported developing on the east bank of the Mekong River facing the capital, and the rebels were reported pouring in reinforcements. The rebels there are so close they have been able to use short-range mortar and recoilless rifle fire on the city for the first time. The government now holds only a strip of about 3.5 miles along the bank and insurgents are within 2.5 miles of the city at some points there. In political developments, Prime Minister Long Boret met again with senior government officials following his return Tuesday from a week-long absence in Indonesia and Thailand but the government denied Bangkok reports that Long Boret had met with Khmer Rouge delegates there. Long Boret did discuss the possibility of trying to open talks with the insurgents in his meetings with Thai and Indonesian leaders, government sources said, but not with the insurgents. in Review Asked of County Use Of Taxes Collected in Cities The Provo City Commission has passed a resolution calling on Utah County to review its practice of spending taxes collected within municipalities. The commissioners referred to state law 17-34 which states that counties may not levy taxes in a municipality to provide fire protection in unincorporated areas. The city fathers point out that fire protection in unincorporated areas should be paid out of taxes levied in the unincorporated areas. The resolution calls on the county commissioners to abide by the provisions of the state law. Provo officials have been growing restive in past months over the city services being made available to county residents on the city's fringe. Mayor Russell D. Grange points out that the costs of operating ambulance, fire, police and other services is growing rapidly for the city and it is not fair for city residents to bear the burden of these costs. "If someone in the county calls our fire or police departmtnU for emergency help, we will respond of course," the mayor said in a Tuesday evening commission meeting. "It cost Provo residents $602,000 to maintain its fire department last year and we only received $12,000 from the county to make the same kinds of service available to non city residents," the mayor added. "Our people are paying county taxes too and in addition they are asked to pay an additional 27 mills in city taxes," the mayor continued. A study is currently being made by a comittee of fire personnel in the county to see whether the slit in county support of municipal fire systems is equitable. Nixon Pledge in Event Of Red Violation Told LAST WEEK Buu Quoc Tran lived in Saigon. Now he's Mikal Muscott, the two-year-old son of Monte Muscott of Grand Ledge, Mich. Mikal's new world includes three sisters and a home in the woods, a playroom, swimming pool and a fenced back yard. The Muscotts have been asking for a Vietnamese child for the past 15 months. Date Picked North Vietnamese Probe For Special Begins Battle for Saigon Legislature SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Gov. Calvin L. Rampton has picked a date for the June special session of the legislature —the 26th. The governor told highway department officials to prepare alternative proposals for state gas tax hikes prior to the planned one-day session. Rampton said the department must be ready to tell the lawmakers specifically what it will do with a one-cent, two- cent or three-cent gasoline tax increase. He said he is resisting pressures to add other topics to the special session agenda. Howard B. Leatham, planning and programming engineering for highways, outlined $15.1 million in financial needs for the coming fiscal year that were not funded by the 1975 Legislature. He said a three-cent increase in the gasoline sales tax would provide about that amount. Leatham said the needs included another $2.8 million for maintenance, 5.2 million for state-funded construction, and $3.6 million for matching funds to federal highway money. SAIGON (UPI) - Two North Vietnamese divisions probed the outer defenses of Saigon today and partially occupied two provincial capitals and two district towns in what military sources called the beginning of the battle for Saigon. The heaviest fighting was reported at the town of Xuan Loc, 38 miles almost due east of the capital, but there also was a Communist commando attack at ,Tan An provincial capital, 25 miles south of Saigon, where the Communists cut key Highway 4 into the Mekong Delta for eight hours. The thrusts into the provincial capitals marked the first major fighting in provincial Saigon since the latest Communist push began March 10 and quickly overran two-thirds of South Vietnam. Communist gunners early today shelled Bien Hoa air base, 15 miles north of Saigon and military headquarters for the defense of the province around Saigon. Spokesmen said the 26 shells killed two soldiers and wounded 15 persons. Brig. Gen. Nguyen Van Hieu, deputy commander of Military Region III which includes Saigon, was found shot to death in his headqarters at Bien Hoa Tuesday. There were conflicting reports over whether his death was an accident or whether he had committed suicide in despondency over military reverses. In addition to the two North Vietnamese divisions already in action, the Communists also held another two divisions — 20,000 men at full strength —in reserve, military sources said. Elements of the 5th Viet Cong Division moved toward Saigon from the Plain of Reeds, sending a commando team into Tan An Province capital where they cut the so-called rice road to the Mekong Delta for eight hours, backing up miles of traffic. Part of another division, the 7th, swept into Xuan Loc Province capital of the same name, partially occupied Xuan Loc and fought with government defenders in the center of the city of 38,000 military spokesmen said. They said the Communists moved in from Tay Ninh province last week, poured 2,000 rounds of shellfire onto the provincial capital and broke into the city. Fighting continued all day in the streets, centered around the almost deserted downtown bus station, military spokesmen said. South Vietnamese spotter pilots said they saw Communist forces crossing the Bach Dong Canal and the Vam Co Dong River 35 miles southwest of Saigon today. Hours later, the Communists broke into Thu Thua district capital 30 miles from Saigon, in force. Heavy fighting was underway in the small town at dusk, military sources said. At the same time, other Communists overran the district capital of Kiem Tan, 10 miles north of Xuan Loc. Military sources said only about 300 government troops defended the town of 25,000. Saigon was calm, with most residents unaware of the direct military threat to the capital less than40miles away. Military Reaction Outlawed By HELEN THOMAS UPI White House Reporter WASHINGTON (UPI) Former President Richard M. Nixon made confidential promises to South Vietnam in 1973 that the United States would respond "vigorously" if the Communists violated the Paris peace accords, a White House spokesman said today. The disclosure was made by Press Secretary Ron Nessen, who stressed that the private agreements between Nixon and South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu reflected the administration's publicly stated policy at the time. Thieu has charged that the United States has reneged on promises made at the time the peace accords were signed. Leaders on Capitol Hill claim tliey knew of no such agreements and Secretary of State Henry A. Kisinger, who negotiated the accords, denied thtat secret commitments existed. Nessen, who claimed to have read the secret messages that were exchanged between Nixon and South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu in 1973, declined to describe the promises specifically. His statement said: "The publicly stated policy and intention of the United States government to continue to provide adequate economic and military assistance and to react vigorously to major violations of the Paris agreement reflected confidential exchanges between the Nixon administration and President Thieu at the time." Nessen said, however, that the law passed by Congress on Aug. 15, 1973 outlawing military activity in Southeast Asia "of course ruled out the possibility of American military reaction to violations of the agreement." Nessen issued the statement in response to a charge by Sen. Henry Jackson, D-Wash., that the United States had made "secret agreements" with the Thieu government in connection with the signing of the peace accords. Ford was in the final stages of preparing an addre'ss to a nationally televised joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. EOT Thursday. Nessen repeatedly stated that in substance the private exchanges between Nixon and Thieu "do not differ with what (Continued on Page 5) Conflicting Stories Dim Babylift Hopes Orem Auto Mall Favored Pending Site Plan By DAN CROFT About 27 acres of land on 1300 South in Orem will be developed into a automobile mall if an acceptable site plan can be presented to the city council. Three auto dealers have reportedly expressed an interest in locating at the site. Councilmen Tuesday night voted to accept the suggestion of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Development Committee which proposed the auto mall last week. The land, located near the Central Utah Water Conser- vancy District, currently belongs to the state. The city, however, has an option to purchase it. A decision to purchase was made some time ago and was accepted by the state. However, the city has asked that some of the land be given without charge for development of a park, a proposal being studied by the stale. Representatives from the Utah Valley Industrial Development Association (UVIDA) appeared at council meeting and suggested the city develop a research park or an industrial park at that site or some other location in the city. Winston M. Crawford, UVIDA president, said his organization supports the concept of an auto mall at the 1300 South site. He urged, however, that the industrial park idea be explored because of the jobs it would bring to the area. DeLance Squire, chairman of the chamber committee, told councilmen last week that the city could realize $150,000 to $200,000 a year in sales tax revenue from auto dealerships at the location. He said the site is well suited for auto dealers, providing an incentive for them to locate there. He also said, and councilmen indicated their agreement, that the land should be sold for the price paid by the city in order to provide a further incentive. Preliminary figures would place the price at $10,000 an acre — a giveaway, according to one councilman. Mr. Squire said the city would recoup any potential profit lost through sale of the land because of the large amount of sales tax which would be received. Between $500,000 and $600,000 in sales tax is expected to be received by the city during this budget year. Councilman Merrill Gapprnayer said he believes interested dealers will be willing to participate in a planning process for the entire development. Mayor James E. Manguin summarized the feeling of councilmen when he said the site "should remain first class." United Press International The future of thousands of children in war-tense Saigon was in doubt today. There were conflicting accounts concerning whether they will be flown to the arms of adopting parents in the United States. An official of one agency handling "Operating Babylift" voiced concern that there would be no further flights from Saigon. But a federal official declared he expected up to 4,000 more youngsters to arrive. " The latest DC10 jet arrived at Travis Air Force Base in California Tuesday, carrying 286 more orphans who were transferred to the San Francisco Presidio for processing to their new families. In Washington, Dennis Parker, who heads the Agency for International Development, said he expects up to 4,000 more children to arrive. But Dan Flanigan, speaking for "Orphans Airlift," the San Francisco base agency formed to assist the evacuation, said his group knows of no more flights leaving Saigon. Vietnamese officials imposed a 24-hour curfew after the abortive bombing of the presidential palace. The curfew was lifted six hours later, but it curtailed the human traffic on the daily airlift of orphans and civilian refugees. In Washington, officials for the Agency for International Development said about 1,600 orphans have been brought to the United States for adoption under an emergency provision of the Immigration & Naturalization Act which cuts through most of red tape involved in the adoption process. Oil-Troubled Nations Aid Fund Set Up PARIS (UPI) - The world's industrialized nations today formally set up a $25 billion, "safety net" to help countries in financial trouble because of high oil prices. About a mile away, oil consuming countries grappled with the oil producers themselves in the third day of an international meeting on energy policy. ,i

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