The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 11, 1975 · Page 16
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 16

Provo, Utah
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Friday, April 11, 1975
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Page 16-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah, Friday, April 11, 1975 Homesteaders Offer Band Festival Utah Lamb In Idaho's Oneida County • • ^^ • • • ^^ ^ • ^^ ^ rm ^ r * ^^ • ^ ^^ " • ^^ " *• * Jl 'I 1 O Answer to Charges Atutahs«,,e tp /,?,? e " ing Quake Damage Nears Million ^^ t/->x-i»»i ,tmr, tn_i- __i • lAf a I I f~ ' A *t & 4^ %^ By ROGER C.BENNETT SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) -• An admitted polygamist says he and a band of homesteaders are causing no more damage to the scenic southern Utah landscape than Brigham Young did to the Salt Lake Valley 128 years ago. Alex Joseph, 39, his hair braided Indian style and two of his young wives in tow, appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday with three other men to answer charges they were despoiling the land in Cottonwood Canyon 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah. The men said they have homesteading rights to the land, but the Bureau of Land Management said they were Salvaging At Dump Ruled Out SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Salt Lake County commissioners have decided they don't want anyone digging through their garbage. By a vote of 2-1, the commission has voted to ban scavengers or professional salvage operations at the county landfill in the western end of the Salt Lake Valley. Commissioner Pete Katulas urged the action, saying salvage work is a hazard and a waste of time for the county. Clarence Nipper of Kearns has had rights to salvage at the dump since 1967, hiring four full-time and three part-time scavengers. He pays the county $150 a month minimum for the privilege. Katulas and Commissioner Ralph Y. McClure, who voted to end the scavenging, said the county would continue to salvage "obviously salable items" and put the money into a special account. Commissioner William E. Dunn voted to continue the contract, arguing that in a time of material shortages it was improper not to salvage usable items. trespassing and ruining the fragile landscape with their plowing and building. A temporary restraining order was issued in March and Thursday's hearing was to decide whether a preliminary injunction should be ordered. But the judge told the defendants since they were not represented by counsel they should explain their case to U.S. Attorney William Lockhart before the court ruled. The judge recessed court until the parties could agree on what was at issue. Newsmen were not allowed in the conference room. But in the hallway, Joseph told Lockhart the law was on the homesteaders' side and they were not damaging the land any more than the Mormon pioneers did when they arrived in Utah in 1847. Only a third of the defendants showed up for the hearing, held 300 miles from their farms. When the court clerk got to Joseph's name on the list of defendants, she said, "Alex Joseph and Jane Doe Joseph." Two women stood up and identified themselves as wives of Joseph. There were an estimated 200 persons on the disputed land, but only Joseph and two others claim to be polygamous. The would-be homesteaders told Lockhart they only wanted to live by themselves, away from the city. But Lockhart said they couldn't just set up housekeeping on land administered for the public good. "If you keep staking out the beautiful spots," Lockhart said, "there won't be any beautiful places left." Joseph, who makes no secret that he has more than a dozen wives, said, "Until you settle the issue of who owns the land, you can't accuse us of trespassing.'' Joseph said he was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for undisclosed reasons. He called himself the first elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Solemn Assembly. LOGAN (UPI) - High school bands from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming will compete April 18 in Utah State University's band festival. The bands will compete during the day, and the winners in each division will perform in an honor concert at 7:30 p.m. Lyman High School will represent Wyoming. Meridian, Jerome, Rigby, Madison, North Fremont, Buhl, Marsh, Valley, Bonneville, Nezperce, Castleford, and West Side will represent Idaho. Utah will send Granger, Bonneville, Bountiful, Bear River, Davis, Emery County, Clearfield and Carbon. Jury Asks Citizen Complaints SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The Salt Lake County grand jury has asked citizens with complaints and allegations to contact its special prosecutors. The jury listened to several witnesses at its first complaint session this week, with testimony ranging over a "wide area" from alleged irregularities in the State Liquor Commission to charges of "malfeasance and corruption in public office." Fern H. Whitney, the jury spokeswoman, said all the complaints were turned over to the panel's investigators and prosecutors. She said the grand jury will meet again at 4 p.m. Monday at Building Five of the Salt Lake County Complex to hear citizens' complaints. "To expedite the work of the jury," Mrs. Whitney said, "we urge anyone wishing to testify to contact Walter Ellett or Steven Anderson for an interview prior to the hearing." Ellett and Anderson are the jury's special prosecutors in all areas but the liquor inquiry. Will Cease SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The Utah Consumers Organization says the state's only lamb processing plant is on its way out of business, and that means about 75 persons out of work and higher prices at the meat counter. Bonnie Lee, president of the consumer group, said Thursday the Wilson Beef and Lamb Co. will close its Ogden plant Aug. 10, because there are not enough lambs to keep the plant running at peak efficiency. Utah sheepmen will then have to send their animals to either Denver or Imperial Valley, Calif., for processing, and then ship them back to Utah for retail marketing, she said. "The added cost for transportation will drive the price of lamb, which is already too high, completely out of sight for the majority of consumers and will ultimately mean that Utah consumers can't afford to eat Utah Iamb, "she said. She said the closing would also be a "devastating" blow to the Ogden economy, and would leave about 75 persons out of work. Mrs. Lee said Wilson's closing the Ogden plant would further reduce competition among meat processors, a lack of competition she said was bad enough already to mean higher retail prices. "It should be taken over instead of closed," she said. "When you reduce competition even further, that's a bummer.. The consumers group, Mrs. Lee said, tried to promote a cooperative agreement between the Utah Woolgrowers Association and its Idaho counterpart by which the sheepmen would take over operation of the Ogden plant. "But the Idaho Woolgrowers nixed it," she said. "They said they already had a marketing system to transport lambs cheaply to Colorado and California. She said her organization was asking consumers to join farmers and producers in an effort to find an alternative to the closing. MALAD CITY, Idaho (UPI) The March 27 earthquake and aftershocks along the Idaho- Utah border caused an estimated $959,357 damage to homes, business and other structures in Oneida County, Mayor Glen B. Williams said today. H.V. Peden, chairman of the Oneida Chapter, American Red Cross, reported that about 80 per cent of the homes in Oneida County and most other structures were checked during a survey of damage by 55 Red Cross volunteers. As aftershocks continued more than a week after the earthquake which registered 6.3 on the Richter scale, structural damage intensified, especially in buildings of older masonery construction. Damage to 520 homes was estimated at $653,600 with seven of the homes considered destroyed. Two of the 26 businesses damaged also were classified as destroyed although they all are still occupied. There was $2,500 damage to inventories. Farm buildings such as graineries, shops and other outbuildings sustained an estimated $91,000 damage. Peden said the amount of damage could go even higher when the effects of the tremors on irrigation deep wells has been determined. Some farmers in the area have reported roily waters in domestic wells since the earthquake and damage to the irrigation wells would push the total much higher. In normal years, irrigation wells are not put into operation until May. Damage to one well already has been verified. The Smith Dairy Farm at Pleasantview, six miles southwest of Mai ad, reported that a flowing well has decreased its output since the quake. The well had provided water for a young dairy herd and without the water supply, the dairymen are considering moving the stock to another field where the animals will at least have creek water. Malad High School gymnasium, of school buildings in the area, was the most severely damaged. Private engineers who surveyed the building the day after the quake said the walls at the southwest comer where the gym joins the main structure should be replaced. Thousands of chimneys in the area toppled or were cracked by the quake; in some cases the mortar was shaken from bet ween the bricks. Of churches in the community, the worst damage was sustained at the Pleasantview Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward chapel where a band of plaster dislodged at the top of the masonery walls. The building's chimney also toppled in the shaking. In addition, the front entryway to the LDS bishop's warehouse on Bannock Street was dislodged from the main part of the building. The building now must be entered through the backdoor. The United Presbyterian Church, a 90-year-old structure, did not appear to sustain damage beyond the breaking of two windows. CHUCK NACKOS Orem 224-3400 EL RAY MECHAM Orem 224-3400 DAVID HANSEN Orem 224-3400 KEN ENGLAND Spanish Fork 798-7441 GEORGE JOHNSON Provo 374-1797 Put it all together for all your tomorrows with OMEGA THE Family Protection Plan. EARL MALAND Provo 373-4505 TOMMY GEORGE Orem 225-3789 OMEGA provides 10 big benefits, including protection for all the family and a savings account at high current interest. Options provide for anything the future holds. The price is right. Get the facts today. DON WHIMPEY Pleasant Grove 785-3690 DALE REESE Provo 374-1797 RALPH BENSON Provo 374-8182 FARMERS TERRY AIKEN Pleas. Grove 785-3690 GARY LINTS Springville 499-4638 JCPenney Saturday Only Sale! 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