The Salt Lake Tribune from Salt Lake City, Utah on August 21, 1962 · Page 11
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The Salt Lake Tribune from Salt Lake City, Utah · Page 11

Salt Lake City, Utah
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Tuesday, August 21, 1962
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Utah Board To Study Road Offer Hinge for Fund: State Matching By Jerome K. Full Tribune Staff Writer An unexpected 31% million dollars in federal highway money will flow into Utah if it is primed by some 2% million dollars in state money, the State Road Commission learned Monday. IT ACCEPTED the good news with the cheer of a person becoming simultaneously an heir and a bankrupt. The State Highway Department staff reported to the policy and budget-making commission that: 1. THE REQUIRED 2% million dollars in state funds are not now available to tap the federal bequest. 2. The state budget arm was proposing what C..Taylor Burton, . department director, said would be a "highly restrictive" budget out-of-step to the new program. THE COMMISSION made a preliminary run-through of proposed projects to see where more state money might be procured. The results were inconclusive. It agreed to study the .problem more'thoroughly later. THE ISSUE was presented last week by the federal government's release to the state for Interstate highway construction of $28,905,000 beyond all monies previously made available. In addition, the regular allotments of all federal aid for highway construction in Utah were stepped up for the last three quarters of this year from $11,604,000 to §12,464,000. COMBINED, those bequests raise the federal participation in Utah available this fiscal year by $31,485,000. But because federal monies are spent only on a state matching basis, Utah would need upward of 2% million dollars to make the extra federal money available. •THE STATE'S construction budget had been comfortably settled for the fiscal year. But the bonanza, it appeared Monday, would require the 100 per cent state-finances to be raided for matching money for the federal-aid program. And that, the commissioners agreed, is a sensitive business, likely to annoy many Utah communities long planning on improvements to state highways. .. - - . • NO PAINLESS method of solving the problem was presented. It was, staff and commission agreed, an uncomfortable and confusing situation. Mr. Burton said the budget proposed for the department for the 1963-65 biennium was $20,670,000 — up $300,000 from the current budget. "And this," he said, "despite the fact that See Page 16, Column 5 As Officer Dee Throckmorton gives instructions, ? little Freddy Martinez climbs rope held by James Johnson (top). New Water Facility Planned for 1963 By Clarence D. Williams Tribune Staff Writer A new water treatment plant costing $2,300,000 will be constructed in Parleys Canyon just below Mountain Dell Dam early next spring, Conrad B. Harrison, Salt Lake City water commissioner, said Monday, BIDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE called for late this winter, Mr. Harrison said. Mr. Harrison said he would make a recommendation to the Salt Lake City Commission that the report presented by Templeton and Linke, consulting engineers, on the proposed treatment facilities for Parleys Creek water be accepted and approval be given for construction. TRAFFIC TOLL - 236 DIED IN 1961 Giles Says Law Permits Jordan River Cleanup A law relative to flood control in Utah authorizes the Salt Lake County Commission to order the Jordan River cleaned and. dredged, County Attorney Grover A. Giles said Monday. "I BELIEVE the law concerning flood control in the state authorizes the County Commission to clean the river Close Road? County to *r Decide Issue The Salt Lake County Commission took under advisement Monday the problem of whether to make the road in Lambs Canyon public and maintain it or permit landowners high up in the canyon to keep a gate across the road. SOME 45 persons appeared before the commission to hear the discussions. Owners of the property want to keep the road private. :• CECIL B. Jacobson, group spokesman, explained to the commission that it is almost impossible to police the area without control of the road. He said such control helps to curb vandalism in the area. Cllie McCulloch, chief civil deputy, Salt Lake County attorney's office, said in the past public funds have been spent en the road. He said the road had never been dedicated as a public road. HE SAID THE gate is five miles up the canyon; that it is in the vicinity of property owned by Salt Lake City as a watershed. , "4 •" channel in the areas referred to by the supervisor of the county roads and bridges department in charge of Commission Chairman W. G. Larson," said Mr. Giles. RAY H. LEAVITT, supervisor of the roads and bridges, informed Commissioner Larson by letter he recommended that the river be cleaned and dredged from the Davis County line through Salt Lake City. His investigation, he said, found the river to be partially filled with moss and in some areas nearly filled with mud and silt COMMISSIONER Larson has reported that if the county is obliged to clean and dredge the river he would see that it is done. Mr. Giles expressed his opinion on the river problem after researching the law governing this particular problem. "THE ENTIRE .matter will be reported by my department to the County Commission at its Wednesday meeting," said Mr. Giles. "Here the commission can take the necessary action." The county attorney said counties are authorized to levy a tax on real and personal property for -flood control and drought emergencies. ., \^ i SALT LAKE County collects 40-hundredths of a mill for Iluiraf control, purposes which brings in about $242,000 annually, reported County Auditor David P. Jones. Mr. Giles said in his legal findings the statute explains that county commissioners have the discretion to commence work on the river channel such a? was recommended by the roads and bridges department. CITY ENGINEER McLeese said he would recommend to the commission the report be accepted and that the board approve letting bids for construction of the water treatment facility. THE CONSULTING engineers determined that the present spillway with a capacity of 400 second-feet of water is inadequate to protect the dam from overtopping the plant site from flooding. Commissioner Harrison said the engineers recommended that investigations be made to determine a safe spillway capacity and that the spillway be enlarged at the same time See Page 18, Column 6 THE CONSULTING engineers, a local firm; Mr. Harrison; City Engineer Roy W. Me Leese, and Charles W. Wilson, water works superintendent, discussed the recond \ preliminary report released 'Monday afternoon. "There will be a directive issued for the engineering firm to complete all final plans and specifications," said. Mr. Harrison Local News Sports, Comics Second Section Salt Lake City, Utah — Tuesday Morning — August 21, 19G2 Business News TV Fare, Page 16 Page 11 Slip Could Mean Fatal Plunge Tense Work Plucks Boys Off Cliff By Stan Bowman Tribune Staff Writer It was the stuff of nightmares. TWO YOUNGSTERS, six and eight years old, clung almost paralyzed to a bank of sliding gravel that spilled over a steep cliff to sure death more than > 100 feet below. Their ordeal, lasting two hours.Mon- day afternoon, was ended by the heroics of several men. The boys were sighted by em- ployes of Utah Sand and Gravel Co., 1730 Beck St., shortly after 4 p.m. AND THAT IS when a real "cliffhanger" began. First, James Johnson, 2891 S. 30th West, an employe of the gravel firm, climbed to a precarious point above the two youths, later identified as Ricky Martinez, 8, and his brother Freddy, 6, sons of Mrs. Kamona Martinez, 24 W. North Temple. "I JUST TALKED to them, to keep them quiet until someone could come with equipment to get them," Mr. Johnson said. He was accompanied by John Rossi, Centerville, assistant superintendent of the gravel firm, who stationed himself across a deep gully from the young- ters. Salt Lake City Police Officer Dee Throckmorton arrived and climbed to a spot alongside the boys. EVERY MOVE made by the youngsters sent loose gravel sliding down a steep slope approximately 20 feet to where it then cascaded like a waterfall down the sheer face of a rock cliff estimated at between 100 and 175 feet high. Lt. W. 0. Cowden and Officer S. A. Martin arrived with some nylon rope. OFFICER MARTIN and Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brant Johnson climbed to the opposite edge of the gully, threw the rope— after several hair-raising trios—to Mr. Johnson, who lowered it to Officer Throckmorton. In turn, each youth was hauled up to comparaitve safety. THEN OFFICER Throckmorton was hauled from his sliding perch, and finally Mr. Johnson was rescued. They then climbed down by a less steep route. Young Freddy and Ricky took the whole adventure calmly. Tiiey said they couldn't move because the gravel kept sliding them closer to the lip of the cliff. Freddy lost his shoes and shirt over the edge, and they could not be found under the gravel that cascaded on them at the foot of the cliff. ASKED WHY HE took his shirt off, six-year-old Freddy said, "I got tired of it. It was hot." Asked what happened to his shoes, he said, "They had sand in them, so I took them off." And when someone at the scene, just after the rescue, said, "Hello, Freddy," the child answered—as if nothing had happened—"Hi'." THE EMPLOYES who helped rescue the youths only had this to say: "The area is dangerous for kids. They shouldn't try to climb up there." Rescued and rescuers: From left are Officer Dee Throckmorton with Ricky Martinez, 8; Freddy Martinez, 6, and James Johnson. Boys were marooned on bank at brink of cliff. West's Mighty Heart Lost Girl Triggered Massive Turnout Special to The Tribune LONE TREE, WYO. — "We appreciate this more than anyone can realize," said the father of a dark-haired little girl who had been plucked like a needle from a haystack from the rugged Uinta Mountains Monday. BUT EVEN as he said it, he could not yet fully realize the wave of effort that welled from the hearts of hundreds of men when word was passed Sunday night that a "little girl," completely unidentified :o them, was lost near the west fork of Beaver Creek, in the Utah mountains, 16 miles from Lone Tree Wyo. IN THE first hour dozens of ranchers in the immediate area set aside their ever-important chores to saddle their lorses and head for the camp. SOON, AS ONE man put it, ; 'the men were pouring out of Mountain View (Wyo.) like someone in town had the plague." The call for help reached Evanston, Wyo., and the Sage Riders Posse had horses loaded and was on the way without question. A POSSE FROM Utah's ,'MIRROR IAKE.- UTAH r Girl .*. Found Here Map shows spot lost girl was located early Monday. Summit County soon was scurrying about, arranging to get off work Monday, gathering necessary equipment and then moving toward the rugged mountains. The Twin Star Riders, a South Davis County group, was notified at 2 a.m. and by 3 a.m. was gathering to move to the search. THE BOUNTIFUL Jeep Posse, the Davis County Jeep Posse, the Weber County Jeep Posse and the Salt Lake County Jeep Patrol all answered the call, and the men were on their way. By dawn Monday 200 men were on the scene and began combing the brush. A MOTHER with tearstained eyes could utter but a few words: "Tell them all thank you, thank you very much." Marianne Wood, center, looks up at her father, Kenneth, after her rescue from lonely night in th« woods, as her mother, Jcnnette, and her sisters, Faye, 12, rear; Kathy, 8, right; Lynne, S, front, *nd brother, Pale, 6, watch. Search Finds Girl, 10, in High Uintas Safe, Well After Cold Night; SOS Rallies 2-State Efforts By Grant V. Messerly Tribune Staff Writer LONE TREE, WYO.—A smiling but cold and hungry 10- year-old Clinton, Utah, girl was found safe Monday morning after wandering lost all night in the sub-freezing temperatures of the rugged Qinta Mountains. THE GIRL, MARIANNE Mrs. Kenneth Wood, Clinton, 8:30 a.m., by a member of a massive two-state search party •which at daylight had been combing a section of the north slopes of the Uintas just inside the Utah border. SHE WAS FOUND by Lawrence K. Maxfield, Lyman, Wyo., as she lay stretched out on a log, absorbing the warmth of the early morning sun near the 10,500-foot level of the slopes, about a mile and a half from her parent's camp. THE FAMILY, including Mr and Mrs. Wood, Marianne and four other children, hac set up camp Sunday aboul noon on the West Fork of Beaver Creek, at the end oJ the road, after three days of camping on the Henry's Fork Shortly after 1 p.m., Mr. Wood started for the creek a short distance from the camp to go fishing and Marianne and two sisters, Faye, 12, and Kathy, 8, went along to get some water for the camp. "WE (THE three girls) started back toward camp,' said Faye, "but Kathy and I had to stop for a rest. Marianne kept going. "A few minutes later Mother came to see where we were anc said she hadn't seen Marianne/ the girl said. "IT WASN'T 10 minutes after she disappeared that we were looking and calling for her," Mrs. Wood, who was stil chalk-white after her night of terror, said. The girl apparently missed the camp and kept wandering uphill in a northerly direction. AT 4 P.M., after the family search had proved futile, Mr. Wood left to summon help. By 8 p.m. nearly every rancher in the sparsely populated area around Lone Tree was at the scene and "Mountain View, (Wyo.) was emptying like someone had the plague," one searcher observed. ABOUT 60 searchers drove a short distance into the thick growth of trees and underbrush before abandoning the search for the night as "futile." Through the night the search party grew in size until at dawn about 200 men, many of them on horseback, were ready to begin combing the area. DURING THE night temperatures in the area dropped to 28 degrees. "I didn't get much sleep," Mrs. Wood said, "I guess I dozed off after the men gave me some aspirin, but not for long. "THE MEN VVHO had made it to the camp just sat around and looked into the campfire all night," she said. When the search started at daybreak, Mr. Maxfield, through a quirk of fate, ended up with Marianne's coat tied over his saddle. THE CHILD, lightly clad in a t-shirt, short jeans and canvas shoes, would need the coat Sec Page 18, Column 1 WOOD, daughter of Mr. and Davis County, was found at GSA Delays Bids for Use of NSD The date for public bid opening by General Services Administration on disposal of Clearfield Naval Depot has been reset for Feb. 15, 1963, the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce was notified Monday. A TENTATIVE date of Jan. 18, 1963, had been designated earlier by the federal agency. The extension of more than a month was approved by the GSA to permit more time for organization of a proposed regional community-i n t e r e s t, nonprofit corporation to take over a major segment of the huge Davis County warehousing facility. ALSO, THE additional time will allow the Utah State Legislature to consider the proposed "free-port" legislation suggested to make the fullest use of the properties by granting certain tax exemption for goods and materials moving interstate, it was explained. The 35th biennial Legislature will convene Jan. 14, 1963. "IT HAS been determined that the bid opening date will be postponed until Friday, Feb. 15, 1963, which should provide a reasonable time for action by the Legislature on the proposed free-port bill," G. W. Justeson, Denver, GSA regional director of utilization and disposal service, informed Gus P. Backman, chamber executive secretary. MR. JUSTESON'S letter also stated the GSA has received written disclaimers of interest (in the naval depot) from Davis County and the State of Utah and an oral disclaimer 1 from the City of Clearfield. The oral disclaimer, however, made an exception as to utilities consisting of water production and distribution systems, sanitary sewage and storm sewer drain systems and three small equalization reservoir; sites on the depot property. Not Registered? Note's the Time Registered? Take note: Primary election date in Utah is Sept. 11, and general elections follow on Nov. 6. YOU CAN'T vote unless you're registered. Agents in each of the 570 districts ol Salt Lake County will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to take registration and transfers. Other registration dates in the county will be Aug. 28, Oct. 9, Oct. 16 and Oct. 30. •r

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