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No Assignment Limits five Women Join Forest Fire Fighters ' S I L V E R CITY, N.M. (AP) -Fighting forest fires is sweaty, back-breaking work, but "it sure-beats waiting on tables," says a U.S. Forest Service fire fighter who has handled both Jobs. ' The professional fire fighter Is Linda .Day, a 27-year-old 'mother of twin boys. She's one 'of only five women, all sta ; tiohed at the Gila National Forest, who fight Forest Service !ires in New Mexico. "What's the big deal about it as long as we do our jobs," says Mrs. Day, a Reserve, N.M., resident who is part .of a 'five-member pumper crew. And, says 20-year Fores! Service veteran Don Webb, fire .control officer for the forest "The girls have done their jobs as well as the men and we lave no adverse criticism." The crew also includes Molly Thomas, 20, of Island Park, Idaho, and Eva Aragon, 24, of Reserve. The only woman member of a seven-person fire crew at the Mimbres Ranger Station is : Ann Prongay of Edison, N.J., who lives in nearby San Lorenzo and commutes to work daily. Maryann "Muffef . Foy, 22, of Bayard, N.M., is the newest woman fire fighter. She says she got tired of an eight-to-five job at a local bank and went looking for something different. She wound up recently with a tactical helicopter crew based at Lookout Point. A spokesman for the Forest Service regional office in Albuquerque said no other women serve on Forest Service fire fighting crews in New Mexico. NO LIMITS He said there are no limits on assignments the female fire fighters are given -- "We try to treat everyone just alike." That means the same rigorous four-day, training program and. the same daily routine of one-mile run, skipping rope and 80 minutes of organized recreation, such as volleyball or basketball. Miss Prongay said she was the only woman among 85 men during her training, and "I really felt conspicuous there. ] Everyone was apologizing to me for profanities of one thing or another." But. crossing the sex barrier hasn't been all apologies, the women said. A number of male fire fighters remain skeptical. . "A lot of Buys resent 'our being fire fighters," says Miss Thomas. "They get uptight about it. They feel threatened." She is the only .veteran among the five women, having worked for the Forest Service in Idaho last year. Mrs. Day said she thinks "men feel we're competing with them." And Miss Aragon muttered that "most of the men think we're nurses." Miss Thomas says the stereotypes are being broken and he women are at least on their way to acceptance. "I think we've changed a lot of people's minds a b o u t - w h a t we can do," she said. What they do, according to Mrs. Day, is "make hose lays, make, the Initial attack with the pumper crew and follow through with the mop-up stages." PART OF ROUTINE Miss Aragon put it more simply: "We just go out and fight fires. It's part of our routine." The two men on the pumper crew, Todd Hecker and John Barmory, say they're satisfied with the women's performance. "I've worked with womer fire fighters before and wasn'l too impressed. But these three Even Sells To Russians Garst Is Convincing Hybrid Dealer COON RAPIDS, Iowa CAP) 'Eoswell Garst chuckles noiselessly when he recalls telling 'Nikita Khrushchev: "You know, for a peasant, you're a damned poor horse trader." Garst, now 76, expected an 'argument. But the Russian premier responded with a grin. ;-' That visit 15 years ago was '"part of the pioneering role Garsl believes he played in the development of detente between the United States and Russia. Today the tenacious Garst is again dealing with the Russians and .telling them how to farm ·better. Since 1972, he's sold the ^Soviet Union 1,300 tons of ,hy- -brid grain sorghum seed.: He's ; trying to convince the Russians that hybrid grain sorghum will ·'grow, well in cold, northern 'Russia. ·'· Garst remains gregarious and .Vocal despite removal of a cancerous voice box in 1963. Now ,,he speaks by nuzzling a battery; powered device into the deep folds of his throat. As he slowly f exhales, his thoughts pour out ;in a flat, metallic monotone. ; "I 1 turne'd what might have , been a tragedy into a damned ;iiuisance," he said, lifting the .clasp of his bolo tie and ex| posing-a dime-sized hole at the ·;base of his throat, through ;.which he breathes. · Garst began trading with the 'Soviet Union, he said, "because :I thought there should be mon communication between the two ^countries'." He packed his order *book and went to Russia anc · Romania in 1955;--and sold abou 1 )$1 million worth of hybrid seet ·corn. ,i Hybrid seed- corn has · been ·;» passion with Garst since 1930 Convinced that it would produce reater yields than the old pen : pollenated corn, he and a riend founded Garst Thomas !o., now one of the world's argest hybrid seed corn opera- ions. Garst toured t h e Midwest in the 1930s, convin- ing farmers to switch to lybrid seed corn. He was just as convincing with the Russians n 1955. ' · . The trading venture reached i apogee on Sept. 23, 1959, vhen Khrushchev, his wife, laughters and an entourage of hundreds visited the Garst farm a mile east of Coon Rapids. They came to view what Communist nations considered unorthodox farming methods hat might bolster their flagging agricultural efforts. Khrushchev was deposed in 1964 and died n 1971. "I never went over to Russia nor corresponded with anybody during that period," larst explains. "I wouldn't have wanted to ;o to the Soviet Union and not see Mr. Khrushchev after he lad been demoted. It would lave been embarrassing to him and to the people who demoted him." But in 1972 he urged Russia's agriculture minister, Vladimir Matskevich, to take a refresher course in American farming methods, and the minister accepted the invitation. "I've entertained delegations from Chile and the Soviet Union in the same day," Garst says of his current efforts. "I don' care about their politics or theii religion. All I want to do i; help people who want to learn.' He said.delegations that flock to his central-Iowa farm to view is farming methods "all have ne thing in mind: they want o'eat'better." Garst delights in receiving gricultural delegations of any ize. "I have a 17-year-old boy oming here. His father is the iest geneticist in Hungary. The oy wants to take a peek, at A m e r i c a n agriculture a n d mechanization. "We have them all the time, 'he Germans are coming soon ind a French delegation." His prevailing concern, he ;ays, is that agriculture can't irovide sufficient world food inless backward nations are a u g h t modern farming nethods and have access to hybrid seeds with their special irowth characteristics. link you ought to be amused, besides, you are making great rogress . . . and in my opinion, ur maintenance of air bases a waste of American funds nd energies. 1 "He didn't argue. He only aid: 'I never had anybody suggest that it was foolishness he- ore, but you make a pretty good case of it.' " ' · Garst isn't a big man physically, perhaps 5-feet-10, but he's he most important man in Garst admits to being outspo ten. "I'm always giving advice .0 someone." Khrushchev was. no exception larst discussed keeping farm and in good shape by heavy ertilization, not crop rotation 3ut he also talked politics with he former Russian premier That's when he made the "poor horse trader' 1 remark. "I then pointed out to him that the U.S. was spending It per cent of its gross nationa" production oh armament. ' pointed out that \\a had at leas twice as great industrial pro ductiveness as the Soviet Union I said if he was going to com pete with us in armament, h had to spend 20 per cent · o Russia's gross capacity. "He countered: 'How, wouli you like to have American ai bases surrounding your coun try?' -'· · "I said about as follows: Closed Course Mark TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) After turning out an unofficial 208.Y09 miles per hour run Friday during practice, veteran racer A.J. Foyt t o d a y . will .ackle the world's closed course speed record of 214.158 m.p.h. set by Mario Andretti in 1973. Foyt pushed his 1,100 horsepower Gilmer Coyote to a first ap in excess of 180 m.p.h. Friday. He then turned out a third lap of 199.559. - - · : He had never seen the 2.66 mile Talladega Speedway -be- r ore he wound out his practice runs Friday. He took the car into the pits, made some changes, and went on to break the record. Coon Rapids, a Corn Belt town of 1,381 persons. He greets visitors at the doo: of his modern office, part o the mainstreet headquarters o the sprawling Garst Thoma. Co. APPEARANCE MISLEADING Garst's thinning,- defiant gray hair, rumpled shirt=and bellies trousers hitched, high by sus penders are misleading. Hi hawklike features .-are age-sofl ened, but he- retains a tern pered, imperious manner an an air of confidence that h is equal to any meaningfu challenge - such as coexistenc wilh Russia. Garst and his wife, F,lizabeth 78, live in a five-bedroom, whit Frame home surrounded b huge vegetable, flower an shrutTgardens. Their 15 grand children once flocked to shaded swimming pool near th house.but they're .grown now. Garst sees agriculture as means "of showing the way t world peace. "I telFpeople that a hungr dog is dangerous, but a well-fe dog is lazy. The same genera thing is true of people." eally surprised me," says ecker, who came to the Gila om Angeles National J^orest California. Barmory agreed: "The girls ut forth a lot more effort and nee they get the harrg of the ob they dp better than; some nen I've seen." '· , .. ; - ··,, Even Webb, who 'admits' to ome lingering skepticism', said le women "really know their tuff. This pumper crew has een dispatched all over the tate and they have done a real job. Men couldn't have one any better. "We don't play favorites," he said. "Women fire fighters must do the job. They must limb the same mountains ight the same fires and main ain the same conditioning as he men." That seems to suit the women ust fine. '·:.--.-.. * "I don't want any ; {ir^aki. -. vant to be tr.eated7.-a3 an qual," Miss Prongay said.,.,,_ Mrs. Day said she hasn't hac any breaks on the fire lines"If anything it's harder," she said, "because the women had o prove their ability to the men.' Webb said acceptance isn he only problem with women crew members. "In our isolated locales, our current facilities are not fo women," he said. "We' hav lad to provide "special quarter apart from the ( men and set Uj - schedule when the girls ..cai e the shower'-facilities;"'V' * ' Webb said he. was also a.liltl concerned about how co-ed fir crews "will be accepted b wives of married personnel." He said two-person co-e teams will not be sent to over ni'ght fires; · Miss Foy says the facilitie at Lookout Point have presen ed no problems and so fa "there's been no hassle. All th men have been real helpful, ci operative and friendly." Her supervisor, George Gr jalva, says he's not concerne about her ability to handle tt job and "the^men-are'-glads have a female employ?.'I thin it will help morale."i^i^, ~v' Besides,-he said,; "It's;cpmin sooner o r . later. . Women-_a; doing real well in other piaci from what I've heard." , a use Arkanto* TIMES, Sun., Aug. 4, 1974 AYITTtVILLE. AMKANVA* 'Hello There Cousin' Chill Wills, the movie a n d TV. star, will headline a sue- show, starring Pat Bnttram,r Mnllie Bee and Jim Mundy;* cial country-western show at will he free to the public.; Holiday Island, Borth of Eu- Performances will be at 1 reK'at'Springs, Aug. 17-18. The and 4 p.m. each day. · £ Triple Dead Head LOS ALAMITOS, "Calif. (AP) -=- An unusual triple dead heat brought Ihrce winners for the sixth race Friday night in quarter horse racing at Los Alamitos and forced a half-dozen cxacta payoffs. Majestic Chic paid $2.60,.$2.80 and $3 in the regular wagering wjth -'Everetts .Bar Bob paying $4;20, $4.40 arid--$4.80 for win ice 'and show and favorite Dandy Dana' returning $2.60 $2.'80' and $2.80. All horses ran the 440 yards in 22.51 seconds. Rlessen Advances : CINCINNATI -- Top seed \laity Riessen defeated sixth^ seeded Steve Krulevitz 6-3, 64 o advance into the semifinals of the 87th annual Western Teh nis Championships. ; The TIMES Is On · Top of The News : Seven Days a WeeVl EVEREST JENNINGS F»jrelMvill«Dre« E.SWe Square AK-lM Five-Under 68 HOHSHAM, Pa. -- Joyce Kazmierski, a seven-year tour veteran, fired a five-under-par 68 'to finish in a 'three-way tie with two relative unknowns after the opening round of the $40,000' - George, ..Washington Ladies* Golf Classic. Sears SPECIAL PURCHASE! Easy-care knit -grow sleepers for your little ones. 2 DAYS ONLY 2 for The sleepers with year-round comfort, of Kohjm Cordelan® (matrix fiber-vmal-vmyon) jersey knit. Toddler sizes 1T-4T and 3-8. Extra long sleeve cuffs on all sizes, and double snaps on toddler sizes to allow for added growth. Skid resistant vinyl soles, in sleepy pastel colors. Open 9-5 Mon. Thru Sat. N.W. Ark. Plaza Hi way 7! N. 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