The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on June 7, 1976 · Page 1
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sar · .-£-· . W -· ^M ' 1 1 "· ·" cle " a -Wt-ntaha SMO^-^---""".- ^iiiac. JvaGl ·· Idaho Hood death toll at six IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Flood waters continued to roll across southeastern Idaho today, forcing evacuations 50 miles from the site where the Teton Dam burst (wo days ago. The official death toll stood at six, with 136 persons missing. Officials said many of the missing may just be out of touch with relatives. A breakdown in telephone communication and road travel hampered efforts to determine the status of the missing. The names of the dead have not been released. The fanning town of Firth was evacuated during the night. Officials said this morning the town was under water. No injuries were reported in the community of 400 because of the early warning that the slow- moving flood crest was coming. Merle Tebbs, federal disaster emergency director in Boise, said considerably more damage was expected. The dam burst has already flooded several communities upstream. Part of Idaho Falls was evacuated W:*X.:**:*:;M^^ Most property not covered by insurance BOISE, Idaho (AP)-A few flood insurance policies were in force in the eastern Idaho valley hit by rushing waters from the ruptured Teton Dam, but most property in the area was not covered, according to an insurance company executive here. Fred A. Hildebrand, vice president of Aid Insurance Services, said Sunday only a "very small amount" of the homes and businesses in the Fremont-Madison-Jefferson- Bonneville county area were covered. He had no exact figures. Early estimates indicate at least $500 million in property damage--farms, homes, businesses and public facilities--in Fremont and Madison counties alone. Aid administers the National Flood Insurance Association program in Idaho, Hildebrand said. The policies are written by the federal government in towns that qualify by enacting zoning laws discouraging development in flood plains. Flood insurance was available in some areas of Madison County, he said. Flood coverage is not part of most standard insurance policies and the federal policy generally is the only flood insurance available. "I've setn some (policies) go through on Sugtr City and Hexburg, W I would imagine some of the property is covered," HUdebrand sail. He said Aid would set up a claims office in Idaho Falls, 25 miles south of the Sugar -.CityRexburg area of Madison County. Madison was apparently the hardest hit when the northern one-third of the earthen Teton Dam gave way Saturday, sendirg some 250,000 acre-feet of water cascading over a score of rural communities. President Ford has declared the region a disaster area and interagency federal-state teams were moving into the area today to assess damages and aid residents. Meanwhile, the state director for the U.S. Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service said he knew of no insurance covering farmers. "If there is an insurance policy to cover this, I haven't heard of it," said Forest Severe, ASCS Idaho director. However, Severe said the ASCS would dispense funds for rebuilding irrigation canals filled with flood- deposited mud, for reimbursement of farmers who lost crop production, for an emergency livestock feed program and for moving displaced livestock onto public grazing land. after midnight when a bridge, battered by the still-rising waters, began buckling and threatened to break. It held, and observers said the water level appeared to have dropped several feet by sunrise. There were numerous rumors connected with the disaster, including one that rattlesnakes were floating downstream from the Teton Valley. Blair Seipert, the police chief of Rexburg, the worst-hit city, said the valley was infested with the poisonous snakes but he had heard of no one being bitten. Officials say thousands of people were warned that the controversial earthen dam was about to collapse, and the advance notice helped reduce the casualty toll. But the wall of water left a muddy wasteland of ruined homes, farms and businesses. Officials estimated damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Gov. Cecil Andrus, who flew over the region while workmen on the ground began the cleanup, said it would be an "absolute miracle if we get by with a small number of casualties." As the rupture of the 307-foothigh dam occurred, a warning was being sounded by the sheriff's department and thousands moved to safety on land above the rampaging water. Then they watched helplessly as the wall of water and debris, hurling houses as if they were toys, crashed through their homes. Cattle were found on rooftops and wedged between houses as the water pushed them along. , Vol. 69, «o, 46 KalispeH, Montana, Monday, June 7, 1976 InBretz, Cline trial SINGLE -| B, Carrie. EMl.ety COPY ,,.... I J Price Is Lower Lack of believable witness turned jury Billiards anyone? Sorry, but you will have 1o look elsewhere. Once completely assembled this 1880s Brunswick billiards table will become one of those look but don't touch items on display at the Conrad Mansion. Overseeing the assembling ot the historic table is Olaf Swanson (second from left) of the Sons of Norway. The table is on loan from trie Sons of Norway, Fedraheiman No. 140. That group is planning its 37th Biennial Convention here for June 17-19. During that time tours of the mansion will be conducted for special groups by the Soroptimists. Also at that time, Sorop- timist volunteers will be training guides and hopefully a tour guide director for full-time employment during the summer months. Chairman of the Conrad Mansion Restoration Board Sam Bibler, said the board currently is seeking tour guides and a guide director for the 10-week period. Photo by Sara Taylor Mexico rocked by earthquake MEXICO CITY (AP) - A strong earthquake rocked central Mexico from coast to coast for more than a minute today, causing panic and traffic jams in the Mexican capital. Police and other authorities said they had no immediate reports of casualties or the extent of damage. The University of Mexico observatory reported the epicenter of the quake was 280 miles to the south, probably in the Pacific Ocean off Acapulco. It said the q u a k e measured six on the open-ended Richter scale, an intensity which can cause severe damage in populated areas. The quake was felt as far east as Veracruz, on the Gulf of Mexico. In Mexico City, the tremor rocked skyscrapers and cracked dozens of windows and walls. Some old adobe buildings cracked or tumbled. Police had to answer at least three rescue calls for people trapped in elevators. Two small fires were reported in the city, but they were quickly snuffed out. Electric power was cut off in some southern sections of the city for about 15 minutes. The electric cuts temporarily disrupted the traffic light system, causing some huge traffic jams. Many factories and plants with sensitive equipment shut off their production lines while engineers checked out possible damage. A spokesman at the U.S. National Earthquake Information Center at Golden, Colo., said the quake was computed there at 6.6 on the Richter Scale. In the Richter scale, every increase of one number, say from magnitude 5.5 to magnitude 6.5, means the ground motion is 10 times greater. Some experts say the actual amount of energy released may be 30 times greater. Beer brewing By ASSOCIATED PRESS Beer was brewing again at near normal production levels today as nearly 8,000 union workers were on the job for the first time in 95 days at eight Anheuser-Busch breweries. Workers at a ninth brewery involved in the strike, in Merrimack, N.H., voted to reject the new contract but said they'd return to work if the other breweries accepted the offer. But union leaders at Merrimack said members would not go back until several local issues -- including amnesty for strikers -- are resolved. Company and union officials said Sunday the strike, which began March 1, ended after a weekend of ratification votes in Columbus, Ohio, Williamsburg, Va., Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla., Van Nuys, Calif., Houston and Merrimack. DEER LODGE (AP) -- Lack of a believable witness was the central point that persuaded a jttrjr to rule Lavon Bretz and Merrel Cline innocent of hatching an assassination plot, jury foreman Jean Scanlon said today. Mrs. Scanlon said she felt the prosecutors were justified in filing the charges, but she came away from the trial convinced that no such plot ever existed. She said she had no misgivings about the jury's decision. The jury of nine men and three women returned the verdict on Saturday, finding BreU and Cline innocent of charges that they plotted to murder Atty. Gen. Robert L. Woodahl. However, the jury found Cline · guilty of conspiracy to commit perjury and Bretz guilty of two perjury charges, tampering with witnesses ' and fabricating evidence. They are to be sentenced on June 18. Cline and Bretz, sent to prison last July, were accused of trying to hire two other convicts to kill Woodahl and his former chief prosecutor, Dick Dzivi. Mrs. Scanlon said she believed the prosecution's two chief witnesses, convicts Harold "Cnico" Armstrong and Jack LaMere, trumped up the conspiracy story. - . , . , , . _ _ "I believe it was very apparent that both Chico Armstrong and Jack LaMere would do almost anything to get out of that prison environment," she said. The main question for tie jurors was "whether there was a believable witness that had overheard a conversation between Cline and Bretz," said Mrs. Scanlon. She said the jurors also did not believe the testimony of a third convict, Justin Wing. The defendants claimed the charges were a political move by Woodahl, Republican nominee for governor, but Mrs. Scanlon said she recalled none of the jurors saying they believed that, Mrs. Scanlon said she saw no purpose to prosecution testimony that brought into the trial the names of 12 Montana lawyers who LaMere and Armstrong testified were willing to put up money to have Woodabl assassinated. "I myself couldn't see any point to it," she said. Mrs. Scanlon disagreed with another juror's claim that the panel reached its decison on .the assassination-conspiracy.., charge shortly after receiving the case on Thursday evening. She said that vote was not taken until sometime after lunch on Friday. The jury gave careful and lengthy consideration to all the evidence and testimony available before reaching a decision, Mrs. Scanlon said. She also disagreed with that juror's contention that the panel felt Bretz and Cline were "justified" in committing perjury to defend themselves. "We all discussed this and said that under the circumstances, whether guilty or not. we probably would all do the same thing -- not that it was justified," Mrs. Scanlon said. The perjury charges stemmed from actions of Bretz and Cline in the Missoula County jail after they were transferred from the prison last fall. The state alleged they conspired with other jail inmates to falsely implicate LaMere in a robbery, for.the'purposed discrediting LaMere's potential as a witness against them. Pupfish court winner WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court decided the Devil's Hole pupfish case today. The pupfish won. In an unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the court ruled that the government has the right to control pumping which it says is threatening the rare species of wildlife with extinition. The decision was a defeat for Western states which intervened in the case to protect their right to control use of underground water. The Devil's Hole pupfish is a species less than an inch long which is believed to have lived for at least 30,000 years in a 200-foot deep limestone pool in Death Valley in Nevada 1 . It survive: nowhere else in the world. The pupfish population in the pool ranges from 200 to 800 at different times of the year: The fish depend for their food supply on blue-green algae which grow on a sloping ledge measuring eight by 18 feet on one side of the pool. The dimensions of the pool are 10 by 65 feet. In 1968, Francis and Marilyn Cappaert, owners of a 12,000 acre cattle ranch adjacent' to Death Valley National Monument started pumping irrigation water from deep wells. The pumping drew down the water level in the pool so that by 1972, about 60 per cent of the sloping ledge was exposed. In August, 1971, the government filed suit against the Cappaerts, claiming the right to control pumping of the water under a proclamation by the late President Harry S. Truman in 1952 which set aside Devil's Hole as part of Death Valley National Monument Hopefuls make last-minute pitches By Thr Associated Press Presidential candidates made last- minute pitches today in three states for votes in the final primaries of the SO-state marathon leading to the party conventions. The slakes were big with the primaries Tuesday in California, New Jersey and Ohio producing 540 Democratic delegate votes and 331 on the Republican side. After fast-paced weekends, Democratic candidates Jimmy Carter, Morris K. Udall and Frank Church stumped in Ohio. California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. was in New Jersey with Carter planning activity there today, too. President Ford, running for the Republican nomination, was in Ohio today and his opponent, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, campaigned in his home state. As the primary circuit, which began in F e b r u a r y in New Hampshire, neared a close, Reagan picked up 35 new delegates in weekend state conventions -- 15 in Louisiana, 17 in Virginia and 3 in Colorado. Ford picked up one in Virginia. The chanees give Ford 806 delegates and Reagan 690 with 1,130 needed for nomination. There was little change on the Democratic side with Minnesota giving 16 of its delegates selected Sunday to Sen. Hubert Humphrey and three were chosen uncommitted. Humphrey said last week he may reassess his early stand against active campaigning for the nomination. Among Democrats. Carter, the former Georgia governor, now has 909 delegates and Udall. the congressman from Arizona, 307.5. There are 393.5 uncommitted delegate votes 'with 1,505 needed for the nomination. Ford, in a television appearance Sunday, said he believes he is closing on Reagan in California. California is a winner-take-all primary and the most recent California Poll shows Reagan the leader for the state's 167 delegates. Ford is favored to take a hefty portion of the 164 total delegates from New Jersey and Ohio. Five of the Democratic presidential hopefuls appeared on ABC's "Issues and Answers" Sunday, but did little more than restate old positions and make optimistic predic- tions on Tuesday's primaries. Udall, Brown and Church, a senator from Idaho, aimed their remarks at what they said is Carter's lack of specifics on the issues. And, each predicted he might emerge as the Democratic candidate should Carter be stopped in his drive for the nomination. The other Democrat appearing was Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, whose campaigning has been limited by a lack of money. In Calfornia, the Republican battle focused on a controversy over television commercials. The Ford campaign ads charge that Reagan, as president, could be a threat to start a war. Ford said he was standing by the ads and Reagan charged that the commercials represent tactics that could destroy the Republican party. On the Democratic side. Carter sought the Jewish vote in New Jersey and Udall spoke about history in other Sunday campaigning. In an address to a predominantly Jewish crowd of 500 persons at Elizabeth. N.J.. Sunday. Carter said again that he supported Israeli statehood.

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