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NO. 39 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1980 HUGO, Co. ~ f~ . ~.~ ~-.. high technology plant, to be built Colorado, has com- first stage of public |. Dean Davis, prest- Resources, today that "s initial stock of- raise a maximum of was oversold. was organ- a group of eastern farmers and ranch- 1979, to investi- ) feasibility of produc- O" Division of has awarded two eastern Colorado projects, late last to Joel Jezek, the housing grants the state agency, Housing Authority Kit Carson Housing both received fund- ing high protein human food supplements and alcohol from wheat. According to Davis, "This may be the first plant of its type to be built in the country. Although many alcohol plants are already under construc- tion, our plant will be unique, because it recovers the wheat protein in a form that can be used for human food con- sumption ." Most alcohol plants design- ed for the production of gas- t A grant of $35,400 was giv- en to the Arriba project, to as- sist with costs for completion of the construction of 10 el- derly rental units. The units are under construction, and basic framing has been com- pleted. The Arriba project is being built in the west pOrtion of town, where the the central business district of the com- ohol, a mixture of 90 per cent gasoline and 10 per cent alco- hol, will produce only the al- cohol and cattle feed. These plants use corn, milo, sugar beets, or wood products for their feedstock. Wheat, however, contains a unique protein called vital glu- ten, which, through a patent- ed process, can be removed before the milled grain under- goes fermentation to manu- facture the alcohol. Vital wheat gluten is an 80 munity once stood. The Farmers Home Admin- istration is financing the proj- ect, with rent subsidies to be provided by the U.S. Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development. per cent protein dry powder, which has special elastic properties when mixed with water. Although the gluten can be used alone, as a fiigh protein food source, it is gen- erally used as an additive to increase the protein content, or to improve the texture and taste of bakery goods, cer- eals, meats or fish. "Essentially, we are build- ing a food processing plant that happens to manufacture alcohol as a by-product," Da- vis commented. The wheat is milled, similar to a conven- tional flour mill, and then the starch is separated from the protein by high speed centri- fuges. Wheat contains almost 65 per cent starch, by weight, and only this starch will be used to produce alcohol. Davis continued, "We be- lieve that, in a protein-short world, it is essential that we recover the protein-rich vital gluten for human use. Since there is an overabundance of starch worldwide, it makes Jezek also announced the sound economic sense to re- awe~lingof a ~;~ ~to "move t~ in the area the Kit Carson Housing Au- where the wheat Is grown, and thority for a similar project. convert it to alcohol. Th~ tein by-products remov, the process can then be ped, at less expense, to where protein is in shor_ ply." Arriba has been chosen as the site for the plant because of its location in the heart of wheat-producing country, and its proximity to abundant coal supplies. Coal will be used to gener- ate the steam necessary for the process. The plant will convert approximately 12 mil- lion bushels of wheat, per year, into 30 million gallons of alcohol, 72 million pounds of vital gluten, and 112,000 tons of wheat meal for cattle feed. Primary employment for the plant will be 90 people. The cost of construction will be $75 million, with construction scheduled to begin in mid- 1981. Ag-Energy Resources has signed a letter-of-intent with two Denver underwriters to raise the necessary equity capital to finance the plant. The debt financing will be pro- vt~ by an",~ in4erfmt~at banking syndicate. e A 16-year-old Hugo youth has been selected for the Highway Safety Award, re- ceiving a $50 savings bond and a key chain, sponsored by the Colorado State Patrol, United Bank of Denver and The Denver Post. Lynn Yowell, a student at Hugo High School and son of Joyce and LeRoy Yowell, re- ceived the honor after he was nominated by Trooper Jim Krug of Patrol Troop 1A, headquartered in Limon. Krug often patrols the area along Highway 40 / 287, through Hugo. The reasons for Yoweirs nomination are clear, after reading the narrative submit- ted by Trooper Krug. By TROOPER JIM KRUG COLORADO STATE PATROL On Nov. 2, 1980, at approx- imately 4 p.m., I observed Mr. Yowell driving a pickup west- bound, in a residential area of Hugo. He was traveling at a very slow rate of speed. I also observed approximately 50 yards away from Mr. Yowell, several young children playing ball in the front yard of a house. Just as he approached the area, the ball came out into the road, followed by a little boy chasing it. The child did not look in either direction for traffic. Mr. Yowell was traveling at such a speed that he was able to stop his vehicle quite a dis- tance from the child. After al- lowing the child to retrieve the ball and return safely to the yard, Mr. Yowell continued down the road. When I confronted Mr. Yow- ell, I asked him why he had been traveling at such a slow speed. His answer was, "1 saw those kids playing in the yard, and I feel that part of being a safe driver is anticipating what might happen, and being prepared to react. I had the feeling one of those kids might run out in the road, and I wanted to be able to stop in a hurry if they did." As a 16-year-old young man, who has been driving for less than a year, I felt Mr. Yowell's answer was excel- lent. At his age there is quite a temptation to drive fast, and in a careless manner, in order to show off in front of younger children. I am nominatng Mr. Yowell for this month's Highway Safety Award because of his excellent driving techniques. His abitlty to be able to antici- pate the unexpected may have saved a young child from ser- ious injury, or possibly death.