The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 6, 1976 · Page 1
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.«·, T* ^-.uV/iUliUiu^gfiQt , 30-story dam bursts in Idaho IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - The newly constructed Teton Dam burst Saturday, flooding several communities and leaving thousands in eastern Idaho homeless. Officials said they believed several people were killed, but by nightfall there ' were no confirmed deaths. One man was hospitalized with serious injuries after water swept him three miles downstream near Victor. Officials said his companion was missing. John Hough, an administrative aide in the Idaho governor's office, said, "We have heard a figure of 150 dead from a sheriff in Eastern Idaho, but that number is unconfirmed." A spokesman for the Bonneville County Sheriff's office said there had been no confirmed dead but the sheriff had heard the 150 estimate from one of his officers. John Bender, Idaho law enforcement director in Boise, said there were no confirmed deaths from any of the sheriffs in the area. Gov Cecil D. Andrus said he saw people from a plane below the surge of water who he Is sure were kilted. "I don't see how we can escape a tremendous loss of life," Andrus said. He said he saw a group of people camped along the Teton River as the up to 55-foot wall of water roared down .the river. "There's no way those people are alive at this moment," Andrus said. He declared a state of "extreme emergency" in eastern Idaho, called out the National Guard and asked President Ford for federal assistance. The commander of relief efforts estimated 7,000 persons were homeless in Rtxburg, a town of «,MO fifteen miles downstream from the dam. State officials said the floodwaterg were leveling off to between six inches to one foot as it flowed into the flat farmlands further downstream on the Snake River, into which the Teton flows. Hospital officials in Idaho Falls said Darrell Driggs, 22, St. Anthony, was thrown into a tree by the water and carried downstream where he was rescued by a helicopter. From the air, at least 25 square miles of land appeared to be under water, including he small farming community of Sugar City and most of Rexburg. By 4 p.m. MDT the muddy, debris- filled water had reached the Snake River. The 165 million, earth-filled dam broke at around noon. Police and witnesses said thousands of farm animals were swept away in the torrent. One man said he saw more than 5,000 cattle apparently drowned in a feedlot. An eyewitness to the dam's destruction said it started with a 10 foot bole at U* bw and grew «atU U* whole side was gone. A power and pumping station was destroyed said Ted Austin. Patienti at a hospital In RtOwrg were evacuated by helicopter to other facilities because the buUdiag was on low ground. Several Bexburg residents were taken to Ricks College on high ground. Lowland areas of Reiburg, population 8,000, were reported under five feet of water, and a Tire was spotted from the air in the city's central business section. Vol. 69, No. 45 Kalispell, Montana, Sunday, June 6. 1976 SINGLE nK| curler .. 49 priet i, Candidates prepare for final primaries How much does a load of logs weigh? That's a question quite a few Flathead Valley residents were trying to figure out Saturday when promoters for the Big Sky Loggers World Championship brought a fully .loaded log truck downtown. Persons buying tickets to guess the weight of the truck and logs became eligible for $100 prize money which will be given away to the person coming closest to the actual Guessing game weight. The logging championship, the fourth largest event of its kind in the world, will take place June 1920 at the fairgrounds. In addition to (he loaded logging truck, Kalispell Jaycees were busy selling tickets to the event while still other persons showed off their talents at various logging events. The championship event is being sponsored by the Kalispell Jaycees .and the Hoo-Hoo Club. Photo by Ray Schuman IK ASSOCUTEI PRESS Major Democratic presidential contenders concentrated on Ohio and New Jersey during the weekend with the exception of California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. who was campaigning in his home state. On the GOP side. President Ford remained in Washington but planned to leave Sunday for Ohio and Ronald Reagan was en route to that state for some last-minute vote seeking before final primaries Tuesday. A total of 540 Democratic and 331 Republican national delegates are at stake in Ohio, New Jersey and News in brief International Crash kills 30 MEXICO CITY (AP) - An oil tanker carrying 3,500 gallons of gasoline smashed into a passenger bus and exploded Friday in southern Mexico, killing more than 30 passengers, police reported Saturday. The accident occurred in Alpuyeca, about 55 miles south of Mexico City. A police spokesman said most of the victims were laborers. Showdown nears LONDON (AP) - Britain's ruling Labor party and the opposition Conservatives on Saturday ordered their members home from trips abroad to be ready in Parliament this week for what could be the showdown for Prime Minister James Callaghan's government. Party managers cabled legislators as distant as the Soviet Union, China, Hong Kong and Canada to return to London immediately. The Tories mustered forces for an all-out attack on the Labor government when Parliament reassembles Monday. National Strategy sought WASHINGTON (AP) - A major purpose of the economic summit conference in Puerto Rico later this month will be to hammer out a, common strategy for industrialized nations in their negotiations with poor nations of the world. Several U.S. officials said privately that industrialized nations were at a serious disadvantage during negotiations in Nairobi last month because they lacked a common position on issues in the face of "a solid line" among the poor nations. Suit settled PITTSBURGH (AP). - Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner Smith, the nation's largest securities brokerage, has agreed to recruit women and minority employes and to pay about $1.9 million in compensation to persons previously rejected for jobs because of alleged discrimination. State Reappraisals hit HELENA (AP) - Charles Mahoney of Clancy says he is trying to find at least 20 additional Montana counties willing to help finance a move to block implementation of a Revenue Department reappraisal plan. The former legislator said he hopes to raise enough money to finance a class action suit aimed at keeping the reappraisals off the 1976 tax rolls until the state Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality' of the reappraisal plan. Two fourid innocent on conspiracy charge DEER LODGE (AP) - Disbarred lawyer Lavon R. Bretz and fellow defendant Merrel Cline were found innocent Saturday on charges that they plotted to murder Ally. Gen Robert L. Woodahl. Hpwever, the jury found Bretz guilty on two perjury charges and on charges of witness tampering and fabricating evidence. Cline was found guilty on a perjury charge. District Court Judge Jack Green set sentencing for June 18. Lawyers for Cline and Bretz both said they planned to appeal the convictions. The jury's verdict brought an end to one of the most unusual criminal trials in Montana history. Trial testimony saw the names of 12 lawyers brought into the case as persons who allegedly were willing to raise money to have Woodah! killed. After the verdict was read in court, one juror told a newsman that the decision to acquit the two on the assassination plot charges was reached in the first hours of deliberation Thursday night. The state claimed that Bretz and Cline of-, fered two state prison inmates $40,000 to kill* Woodahl and former state prosecutor Dick Dzivi. The prosecution contended the two men were motivated by vengeance. The defendants claimed Woodahl brought the charges for the purpose of furthering his own political career. California contests -- the last primaries before the national conventions. Jimmy Carter currently leads the Democrats with 906 of the 1,505 delegates needed lor the nomination. Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona is in second place with 306.5 national delegate votes. Ford leads the Republican contest with 805 of 1,130 delegates required for nomination, and Reagan has 655. Republican state committees met in Virginia to select 21 at-large delegates and in Louisiana to choose 17 on Saturday. Seven Democratic at-large delegates were chosen in Kansas and eight in West Virginia. .Carter and Udall .have ream-.- paigned hardest in Ohio. Both spent much of the last two weeks in the state and were campaigning there right up to election eve. Sen. Frank Church of Idaho escalated his Ohio campaign last week against Carter and Udall. Democratic Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington and Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace are also on the Ohio ballot, but Jackson, who has suspended active campaigning for the nomination, has not been to the state at all and Wallace has visited only once. Udall has said that if Carter wins Ohio, the former Georgia governor may be unstoppable. Despite the fact that Udall has yet to win a primary outside his home state, the congressman has said if he can score a victory in Ohio the convention might turn to him. In Cleveland on Saturday, Udall continued to level charges that Carter is fuzzy on the issues, saying the Georgian "uses carefully crafted phrases to woo voters" by offering different promises in different parts of the country. - "In Iowa, Carter favored breaking up" the giant oil-companies," Udafi said. "But down in Houston, fez., be said that he was the only Democratic candidate who hadn't called for breaking them up." He said Carter was against the Bl bomber in Massachusetts but supported it In Omaha, headquarters of the Strategic Air Command. Udall began his day in Cleveland, touring an open air market on the city's west side where a vendor presented him with a Georgia peach. Abuses probed WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal employes can fake injuries and often get the government to pay their full salary for a "recuperation" period of up to 45 days, officials say. The federal officials, in a series of Death toll rises BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Seven persons were killed and at least 16 were wounded in bombings and shootings during a four-hour period Saturday night in and around Belfast, authorities reported. The deaths brought to 1,542 the number of persons killed in seven years of sectarian violence between militant Protestants and Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland. A gunman with an automatic rifle sprayed a Belfast bar patronized by Catholics, police said, killing three and wounding three. At about the same time two gunmen fired shots and tossed a bomb into a crowded Protestant saloon on York Road in northern Belfast. Police reported the toll was two dead and at least 12 injured. Firemen said one man was blown to pieces and another died soon after. J. Paul Getty dies f LONDON (AP) - J. Paul Getty, an American oil magnate and one of the world's richest men, died early Sunday at his mansion 30 miles f r o m London, a spokesman at the h o m e reported. He was 83. The cause of death was given as heart failure. Getty often said he would rather be a California beachcomber than a billionaire, yet he spent his final years in an English manor at Guildford, surrounded by fences and chill, gray weather. : The Minneapolis-born oilman's business career fascinated him so much that in his last decade he was still working 10 hours a day. What he really wanted, he once said, was a happy marriage to look back on instead of five divorces. separate interviews, reported these abuses in the government's injury compensation program: --Workers being paid full salary while allegedly recuperating from an injury have played in vigorous athletic competitions. --The recuperation time for workers across the country coincides strikingly with the 45-day period for full pay. --Many workers who were notified that they were being terminated have then reported an injury. Reports of abuses are causing Congress to take another look at the liberalizations of the program it voted in 1974. Rep. Floyd V. Hiclts, D-Wash., chairman of a government operations subcommittee, has scheduled hearings on the program beginning Wednesday. Hicks said the subcommittee staff has been told of "an alarming rise in the cost of compensating federal employes for on-the-job accidents." Women good loan risks report says WASHINGTON (AP) - Women's earning power and income stability make them as good a risk as men when it comes to buying a home, according to a government-sponsored study released Saturday. The study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development stressed statistically what the law already requires: women should be considered equal to men in granting credit. The study said the importance of statistical backing for the law should not be underestimated. "Lenders and mortgage insuring agencies will remain reluctant to lend to single women or to give full credit to married women's income until these beliefs are debunked by actuarial statistics to the contrary. "Discriminatory practices can easily be masked under the subjective cloak of 'discretion' or 'sound business practices.'" "I think the study's good," said Peter M. Williams, head of the Mortgage Banker Association's management services department. "We're going to publicize it." Quinton Gordon, director for equal opportunity projects in HUD's research office, said Williams' response is typical. "The feedback we've received so far has been enthusiastic," he said. The keystone of the study is a new set of actuarial tables designed for use by lenders in ranking women as credit risks in terms of age, education, job tenure and other factors. The ratings would have the effect of ranking women equally with men. The study and the tables were developed under contract to HUD by Ketron, Inc. STARTS WEDNESDAY REDFORO/HOFFMAN \

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