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40 years ago: Fuel shortage halts Clinton Dam project

November 7, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 7, 1973:

  • Earthmoving operations at the Clinton Dam project had run out of gas. The project was completely shut off at 4:30 p.m. today, just before the night shift was ready to begin work; between 50 and 60 men were expected to be laid off until more fuel was available for the earthmoving equipment. List and Clark, the project contractors, had been buying diesel fuel from a company in Kansas City but had already used its November allocations. The Army Corps of Engineers and fuel company officials were working to get more fuel, according to John Newport, project superintendent.
  • Eugene and Pauline Nunemaker and their children, Diane, Mary, Virginia, and Kent, had been selected as Douglas County's Outstanding 4-H Family. The Nunemakers, recognized this week at the 45th annual 4-H achievement banquet, had given a combined total of more than 70 years of service to 4-H and to other activities related to the Douglas County Extension. Another honor, a Deal Six citizenship grant, had been awarded to the Worden Workers for their project, "Cottonwood, We Care." The club had adopted the people served at Cottonwood, Inc., during the Christmas season and had continued their project through the year.
  • A recent report on student housing patterns showed the percentage of Kansas University students living in dormitories was down from the previous year, while the percentage living in apartments was up. The report, prepared for the Kansas Board of Regents, also showed 81 percent of KU's dorm space occupied this fall, down from percentages of 82, 83, 85, and 98 in 1972, 1971, 1970, and 1969.

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