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September 22, 1960

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BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER A hearing is scheduled Sept. 14 at 2 p. m. in Bismarck on an order requiring North Dakota Blue Cross to show cause why Blue Cross should not be restrained from issu- ing certain contracts for hospitali- zation coverage, which have not been approved by the North Dakota state insurance commissioner. The order was requested by In- surance Commissioner A. J. Jensen and granted by Burleigh County District Judge W. C. Lynch. Atty. Gen. Leslie R. Burgum and his special assistant. William J. Austin, Bismarck attorney, had met with Judge Lynch and left papers asking for a temporary injunction. The three discussed the maUer, and it was decided to procee~l through the order, rather than the temporary injunction, which wou!d have required more time t~an was uvaii~ble. The Blue Cross rate the[eases were, schedule] to go into effect Thursday, Sept 1. Blue Cross Executive Director Ronald A Jydstrup said Wednesday in Fargo that the rate changes would go through as scheduled, and that they "will remain in effect vntil further ~Jevelopments require u to change our policies." The court's ~rder calls for No.rth Dakota Blue Cros~ to show why :t [houid noz be permanently re- steamed from putting into effect any r.ew contrac?s of hospital b~- surance which h',ve not had tn:; formal of the stare, in- surance commissioner, or from changing the terms, increasing the rates, or modifying the terminology, without the formal consent of the insurance commissioner. Austin said the issue hinges on which of two laws apply in the Evening Course h Geology For the third consecutive year, working geologists of the North Da- kota Geological Society with teach the basic geology course at Bis- marck Junior College during the 1960-61 session. The course will be under the direction of Steven H. Harris. con- sulting geologist, assisted by Dr. Howard Ellinwoodo district explor- ation manager of the California Company. Mr. Harris holds a M. S. degree from the University of Cin- cinnati and Dr. Ellinwood holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesot~L Other North Dakota Geological Society members who will assist with the teaching duties include: Dr. M. A. Warner, B. S. Ohio University, Ph. D University of Wisconsin, geologist. California Company. Jack Pierce. B. S M. S Uni- versity of Illinois. district geologist, Pure Oil Company. Fred Hipert, B. S. M. C Mont- ana School of Mines, geologist, Ohio Oil Company. M. S. Tudor. A. B M. S Uni- versity of Wyoming, geologist, Sun Oil Company. Russell J. Alexander, B. S M. S Univemity of Oklahoma, geologist, e $ in 'case. One statute, he said. give~ the in- surance conm]issioner exzl~sivc control over hospita! servlc~ con- tracts, the appr,]val of ~uch contracts and rates w~th no restri, 'tlons on when such contracts must be ap- proved. The other law invclve~ casualty insurance and reqtures the com~ missioner to act on new policie~ and rates within a 15-day per!od after they are filed with his department. Blue Cross has alleged that Jen- ~tm failed to deny the rate increase within the 15-day period as set out in the second law and thai the rates were approved automatically by Jensen's failure to act. Ct AEC Unit Favors Uranium Plant At Bowman Approval of $28 million contract for a uranium mill at Bowman has been recommended by Jess .Johnson, director of the Atomic Missouri Souris Freeman has held the position in of 25 years in the governmentalI service starting in 1935 with t~he Soil Conservation Service. three in the daily bag and six in possion to two in the bag and four in possession. Energy Commission's division of raw materials in Washington, D. C. The contract, if approved, would run through 1966. The proposed contract was work- ed out last month by the Grand Junction office of the AEC with B/G ,]/M ~U~D"~'="~Y~ ~ International Resources Corp. It I~ro- F/V,~ ~ DO A~S TO k'~FJ~ ~ f F~W vides for the purchase of uranium ~Sr/FF/N AC~dN,~rH/M . I The mill would have an initial capacity of 200 tons a day, and this ~~ [~ WO~U~D~I~M~,7 would eventually be expanded to !~I ~Ollil~ 600 tons a day. , The announcement was made to a group of legislators including North Dakota Senators Quentin Bur- i~~I dick (D) and Milton tL Young (R), Sen. Francis Case and Sen. Karl ]~~1] Mundt, South Dakota Republicans; Rep. Don L. Short (R-N'D) and Rep. E. Y. Berry (R-SD). The p~nt would process ~ranium from lignite fields in the Dakota and part of Montana. Approprlanon io On ND Diversion Finance Planning President ~k~enhower has signed a four-billion-dollar appropriation bill for public works, which in- cludes $225,0g0 for the Garris~on diversion planning project in North Dakota. Largest sum appropr~ted for a project in the northwest was $53.5 million for the Oahe reservoir In South Dakota. The largest sum nationally was earmarked for the Atomic Energy Commission--2 billion dollars. NOU WANT"~'D 7"O ~'~"/rE, ~A7"~'~.A~$" YOu A year ago Ei~enhower vetoed the annual public works bill be- cause he objected to money being included to start many new pro- jects. Congress enacted the bill over his veto. ~ [.-] Farm Price California Company. John Dyer, A, B. Princeton Uni-I Four Per Cent versity, consulting geologist. I This will be a freshman courseI The index of prices received by in basic geology and will be given,North Dakota farmers for all pro- each Thursday night from 7-10 p. l ducts in mid-August was 4 per m. In the past there have been up [ cent below mid-July and 5 per cent to 25 students in the class; a good below a year ago, according to percentage of the class has been the State-Federal Crop and Live- adults interested in the basic as- stock Reporting Service. Prices for all meat animals ex- cept hogs were lower than a month earlier. Showing higher prices were flax seed, soybeans, hay, eggs, but- terfat and milk. Chickens, turkeys and wool remained unchanged while prices of all other commodities de- clined. The ratio of North Dakota prices pects of earth science. --[:3-- Casually Group Places 'X"Signs On ND Roads The State Automobile Casualty and Underwriters group has an- nounced a renewed emphasis on its "X Marks the Spot" program which calls attention to locations where traffic fatalities have occurred. Signs are currently being placed at the location of each traffic fatal- ity occuring on U. S. Highway 10 between Bismarck and Dawson for fatalities which have occurred dur- ing 1959 and 1960. Lee Wood, newly appointed su- pervisor for the company met re- cently with Highway Commissioner A. W. Wentz Safety Director Floyd J. Upham and other officials and advised that his company is con- cerned with the upward trend of highway accidents. For several years the insurance company has erected the familiar "X Marks the Spot" sign at the scene of fatal accidents throughout the state. It is hoped tkat such signs would serve as a reminder to the general driving public that they are not immune to accidents. In discussing the traffic accident problem, Ppham again stressed the importance of a unified attack on the problem, and that the responsi- bility of accident prevention 'con- cerns all citizens and not just a few public officials. Upham said his department in- vites suggestions from any inter- ested citizen, and called upon all drivers to think seriously of the effect of a serious accident upon them and their families, and of the driver's i~dividual responsil0flity to received index to the U. S. prices paid index was 72 per cent, 2 per- centage points below last month and 4 percentage points below mid- August last year. That indicates that North Dakota prices are on a slightly lower level. -[::t-- 'INVO WARDENS ADDED TO GAME DEPARTMENT Two new game wardens have been hired to fill vacancies in the state game and fish department, announc- ed H, H. Spitzer, chief warden. As a result of the statewide war- den examination held in Bismarck last month, the vacancies created when Martin VanRay and Rny Buck retired have been filled. B