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May 15, 1966

Clovis News-Journal from Clovis, New Mexico · Page 10

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,_.„__, A txffltiofl by ^..j fjeraates Vftfley Gas Assoela* ,-lfeft m *' fftwsiflse to serve farms afetmd Floyd with natural gaS' Was heard Thursday by ' pmJfflf'S«!f^l«is CefliffUssloti. hewing was recessed late iet te recall by •fttttrsd, the cofflrtwiloii. Attorneys for Portales Valley Gas Association and sn intervenor in the c a s e are to present briefs to the com' mission; A hearing oft a petition by a second group wishing to serve the same area, which Includes portions of Ctiity and ft o o s e- velt counties, is scheculed May 24. The Eastern New Mexico Gas Association js apply ing for State Youths Contend For AEC Awards DAlXXg (UPI)- Half of the ten Nfiw Mexico contestants in the 17,th ; annual International £air at Dallas are amongH>7~being considered for Atomic* Eitt e r g y Comtnissioi awards^ The-!3Bve from New Mexicc are J£H Harris and Barbara Ann BCSJison, both of Albuquer que; ihtanita Gonzales of SanU Fe, Jghn Benge, Lovington anc Michaef* Bates of Hurley. The^fp winners and their alj termites will receive cerlifij catesrJ^The winners and thei sclen<fC teachers will also b< awarded an expenses-paid tri| Sunday, May 15,1988 tltion By Panel franchise to serve the conv inanities of Floyd, Melrose.and 'ort Sumner, In DeBaea County, fid the surrounding farm areas. Intervening against the peti« on by Portales Valley Gas As* eolation Is Eastern New Mex- co Gas Association, Southern Jnion Gas Co., and the village f Floyd, Melrose and Fort umner. Of the two competing groups, Eastern New Mexico Gas Asso- taVpn was organized first. It s a cooperative venture by the illages of Floyd, Melrsoe and Fort Sumner. Portales Valley is a coopera- ive association of citizens liv- ng in the Floyd area. In addition to the franchise, •ortales Valley seefcs approval [ a $325,000 bond Issue to fi-' nance construction or a gas distribution system. Testifying Thursday was Andrew Smith Jr., a member of he Portales Valley Board. Smith is a Floyd village council member and a former mem- )er of the board of Eastern Slew Mexico Gas Association. Smith was asked by the attorney for Portales Valley, T. E. Mears Jr., if he felt there was a marked increase in activity on the part of Eastern New Mexico Gas Association to gain a franchise since the formation of the second cooperative gas association. Smith replied that he felt there was. An engineer for Eastern New Mexico Gas Association testified he thought the Portales Valley to the^AEC's Argonne Nations Laboratory outside Chicago. Exhibits awarded by the i mustpbe devoted to an aspecj of nuclear science or involving use cCbuclear research tools. N.M. Mountain Sacrificed QUESTA, N.M. (UPI)-A 10,DOD-foot mountain in the scenic 1 Eled River valley of northern Vew Mexico is being destroyed yard by yard in order that America's space program can move ahead. Molybdenum Corporation of America put this nation's second largest molybdenum mine and mill into production late in March and immediately began attacking a mountain some seven miles east of the tiny village of Questa. Within 14 years the mountain will be robbed of its molybdenum, a vital steel alloy used in spacecraft, nose cones and other space age functions. But Moly corp figures to utilize other mountains in the area to insure payoff on its $44 million invest- of prouction is What makes the Questa venture unique is that it's the only open-pit molybdenum mine in the United States. And it is sc cond only to Climax Corporation's sprawling underground Colorado plant in total produc tion. ; Mine A Spectacle The mine is a spectacle in it self. Huge 100-ton trucks, will .ires higher than a man's head group's estimate or the cost of the project was low. Willis Umholz said he felt the estimate of $300,000 for construction costs was about $45,000 too low. New IBM Equipment Eyed For State Use — „ "'600 per month equipment from the National Cash Register Co., he said. The new equipment would replace a portion of the equipment, an would cost the compStor equipment for posSi- stale in the neighborhood of *^ **_ ..-.i </\ /\f\/V __ —... -»— ^ U 4 I- FE (UPI) — Carroll Lee, jjjrector of the newly created Nev/Mexico Department (j>f Date *¥ocessing, today said the state»was looking at new IBM scurry up a narrow dirt road 1 which clings precariously to the side of the mountain. As high as 9300 feet gigantic power shovels bite into the mountain, face to race with a wall of ore and back up against 1,000-foot drop. The big electrically • powed trucks then roard down the mountainside, using only their engines for braking, and several hundred feet above the mill drop their loads Of ore into a primary crusher. The ore then drops in stairsteps through a series of crushers and storage Mns into the mill where the molybdenum is removed by a complicated, but highly median' ized, flotation process. Biggest problem facing Moly corp officials is what to do with the "tailings," or waste mater ial. Considering only two to four pounds of moyledenum are extracted from each ton of ore and considering upwards of 10, 000 tons of ore are removed from the mountain each day the complexity of the problem becomes apparent. Dropped Off Cliff Waste ore stripped from the molybdenum veins is dropped off the side of a precipice ove 1,000 feet high. It must g i v < Molycorp officals a bad mo ment when they see one of their $150,000 trucks backed up to the edge of the chasm, but the highly - skillful truck drivers take it in stride with a devil may-care attitude. Waste chemicals from the mill, in which the flotation pro cess utilizes chemicals and wa ter, are piped approximately 1C miles down the scenic Red Ri ver valley in huge pipes N) a settling tank near Questa. Foremost in the minds of th Molycorp officials is the prob lem of living with sports lovers lam and switched chemicals, loing away with the deadly so- lium cyanide. Both corporation officials and state and federal wildlife officials now watch the ble updating of the state's electronic, facilities. Lee^; said he had reviewed this week informal bids from goth 3BM and National Cash RegislJer Co. concerning new equipment to replace part of t)ie state's older computer system. The Informal bids between t|ie two companies were within 60 of ea«h other, he said. "We are looking at new equip- ment^vhich will provide a more rapid" access to records and which^will be more compatible with Sail other systems, bath electronic and manual, throughout st&te government," he said. Le^said the new look at states^ computers would lead toward-building a mass memory \bank3or all information where data could be found quickly. He pinpodbtev the Motor Vehicle Department, the State Reveijue Bureip and the budget division as bqjng in need of daily, rapid information. • " • • currently leases $14,- 10,000 per month. "The new equipment will be much better," Lee said, "not only in speed but in adaptability to the state's varied pro- grains." lie said a decision probably would uot be made on the new equipment for at least three months. i Worship at First Christian Church n the area. The Red ftfvfer ey is one of the most scenic in Vew Mexico and fishermen, kiefs and nature lovers all ut< lize it. One incident occurred during he mill's trial period when the am at the settling pond leak- d, allowing chemicals to s e e p nto the Red River. Thousands f fish, all trout, perished, ringing howls of rage from portsmen. But Molycdrp patched the river closely and no more pollution has occ the stretch Of or Space Program rrecl. Still available to fishermen is he Red River in front of the ml 1 and immediately downstream and the only indication of the mine and mill are the huge' pipes wending downstream. Economic Impact Some 3HJ emlployes are working at the Quesla mine and mill and the economic impact on northern New Mexico, one of hardest depressed areas in the state and cduntry, already is being felt. Wtoiycorp's annual payroll wilt be about $2.4 million a year irt an area where the average individual incomeit also is used in pigments, UuV per year has been only $1,080.jricants, petroleum catalysts and Molycorp's new venture which attracted enough interest from New Vork bankers to gain a loan of $22 million, will account in high-temperature alloys. Molycorp is proud of its new mine and mill, which was the end product of some 30 years of small - scale, underground for about 10 per cent of thei jn : jn lhe area of what the frpp wnrlrTs molvhrietium and ~ •.?,. «_ :-„« ««;«»•*.* »aiinri free world's molybdenum and 20 per cent of that used in the United States. Some 85 percent of the Moly- corp production win go to the steel industry for use as an alloy in production of h i g h strength special - purpose steels. Spanish-American miners called : 'Moly-be-damned." And astronauts who watch their heat shields glow red upon reentry from space can be proud of the mine and mill too —thev have a vital stake in it. the one gift that speaks • •••'• *"•' * eloquently of your taste O OMEGA HKwhld orytllo* flotd-flllvd cti», $71.50 F.T.f, To marlc aa important occasion, no Rift speaks more eloquently than an Omega watch...and no watch is more highly pri/ed or more proudly worn. 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