The Taos (Taos, New Mexico) 15 July 1993

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The Taos (Taos, New Mexico) 15 July 1993 - «• • •Carnival •Carnival inspected; '92 tragedy...
«• • •Carnival •Carnival inspected; '92 tragedy remembered By Mike Stauffer The Taos News The arrival of a carnival in Taos used to signal a weekend weekend of fun, rides arid cotton candy. But when Siebrand's Carnivals of Chandler, Ariz., arrived Thursday (July 8) to set up shop on the LULAC field, it triggered apprehension apprehension and painful memories. Ivonne Mascarefias, 22, of Pefiasco, was killed July 24, 1992, and two of her friends injured when they were thrown from a roller coaster- type ride at the America West Carnival, set up on that same field. The ride, the Himalaya, operates like a centrifuge, traveling around a 65-foot track at 12 to 15 revolutions per minute. When police inspected car No. 10, "we could immediately immediately tell that the latch which held the retaining bar in place on car No. 10 was bent," Taos police chief Neil Curran said at the time, "as were the latches on four or five other cars." Curran said that before the 1992 carnival opened in conjunction with Taos Fiestas, Fiestas, the operators only had to obtain a temporary business permit from the Town of Taos and show proof of insurance. But in response to that and similar accidents throughout the state, the 1993 legislature passed laws allowing local inspection of the rides and their operators. Mike Stauffer' From left, Don Love, Curran, carnival owner John Sandoval and Joe Ortiz check the latches on the Ferris wheel. Roger Romo paid Siebrand's a visit Friday (July 9) to do just that. With clipboard in hand, the trio checked the 14 rides for violations originally reported by Allied Specialty Insurance of Florida in May, to see if the violations had been corrected. "The new law requires state," Curran said. "They must show proof of insurance. Insurance inspectors provide a list of infractions, and it is our job to check and make sure those infractions were taken care of. If they haven't been, we can close it down." Siebrand's ride manager, Don Love, said he understood the town's mission. "I've spent 17 years in up around them because my father owned one. All my leisure leisure time was spent riding rides, but not anymore. I'm too old for that." Love said he was familiar with the Himalaya ride that killed Mascarefias. "I had a Himalaya ride," he said, "but not like the one here last year. That one was made in Belgium; mine was made in Germany. It was

Clipped from The Taos News15 Jul 1993, ThuPage 6

The Taos News (Taos, New Mexico)15 Jul 1993, ThuPage 6
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