Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 36
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 36

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
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36 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Mon., April I«,lt73 Eight die, at least 34 injured in Texas tornadoes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornadoes slammed into " three Texas communities Sunday, killing eight persons and ; injuring at least 34 others. Two ; "other persons drowned in flash ; floods, and three Boy Scouts were killed when high winds toppled a pine tree on their tent. Property damage in nature's rampage Sunday was estimated at several millions of dollars. Thunderstorms, hail and strong winds hit almost every section of the state. The first tornado hit before dawn in the north and west sections of Plainview, a city of about 20,000 persons. A newsman, David Bryant, 30, of the Plainview Daily Herald, was killed while helping with civil defense efforts during the twister. Kevin Lewellen, about 2, died when his'family tried to reach a storm cellar. The third Plainview victim was not identified. About an hour before sundown, another twister struck the South Texas town of Pear- sail, killing five persons and injuring eight. Two of the injured were in serious condition. "Four houses were demolished, the airport and about eight planes were destroyed," uid state police patrolman Bill Rowan. He said the five killed there were believed to be from out of town. The five were found in a field, apparently blown off a highway. The third · tornado touched down Sunday night in Corsicana, about 56 miles south of Dallas. Three persons were injured. Police said the twister damaged homes, power and telephone lines and even ruptured some gas lines. In San Anlonio, two persons died in flash flooding caused by heavy rains. Roy Buerrero, 15, drowned when he was swept away by heavy currents of a creek. Dew Wertheim, described as being in her 20s, drowned when she slipped into flood waters. She and two companions were awaiting rescue from atop a stalled truck when she lost her grip. Deputy Robert Jones said early today that "everything's pretty well under control now" at Plainview. Portable units were helping to restore power: The twister struck first in Plainview's affluent Westridge section, then hit another residential section before smashing into an industrial complex. Authorities estimated Plainview's damage at $4 million. None of the 26 persons injured there was believed to be in serious condition. Three men who where crop dusting in planes saw the twis- ter heading for Perasali Th«y. landed there, jumped into' a pickup truck and tried to race away from the tornado. They didn't make it. All were Injured. Three 13-year-old. Boy Scouts were crushed to death when high winds toppled a pine tree on their tent in the Davy Crockett National Forest near Alto in southeast Texas. The youths were on a weekend outing with 13 other scouts and an adult supervisor. No one else was injured. Viet troops moving on Cambodia By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - More South Vietnamese troops were reported moving toward the Cambodian frontier today following the first incursion across the border that Saigon troops are known to have made since the Vietnam cease-fire. Field reports indicated that the South Vietnamese operations along the border were defensive, aimed at driving Communist forces from the border rather than the start of a major offensive' to lift the threat to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. South Vietnamese air force gunships joined an armored column on the Cambodian side of the border, and new fighting was reported on the Vietnamese side of the frontier. The Viet Cong called the march into Cambodia "a blunt and very dangerous act of the Saigon military forces." A Viet Cong broadcast said the operation was ordered by the United States and "criminally violates the independence, unification, sovereignty, neutrality and territorial integrity of Cambodia as well as the Paris agreement and the international agreement on Vietnam." . Despite on-the-scene reports from newsmen who saw the South Vietnamese armored column and gunships in Cambodia on Sunday and today, the Saigon command denied that any of its forces had crossed the border. Field reports said the crossing was made last Friday from the Vietnamese town of Tinh Bien, 125 miles west of Saigon, May order renewed bombing U.S. warns N. Viets over Laos action TORNADO AFTERMATH -- Becky Terrell rumages through the remains of her bedroom Sunday after a killer tornado hit the west Texas city of Plainview. Two persons were killed and numerous injured as a result of the early morning tornado. (AP Wirephoto) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon warned North Vietnam today that because of new fighting in Laos, it may order U. S. planes to begin a new bombing campaign there. Pentagon spokesman Jerry W. Friedheim said North Viet- namese forces led by tanks had over-run a town defended by Royal Laotian forces near the Plaine de Jarres in Laos within the last several hours. He described it as "a major violation of the cease-fire." The Pentagon spokesman said an announcement about whether U.S. B52 bombers had begun renewed strikes over Laos would come from Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii later today. U.S. bombers have been hitting Cambodian targets for about six weeks. There have been no American air strikes in Vietnam since the cease-fire was signed Jan. 27 Friedheim said there has been heavy fighting hear the Laotian town of Tha Vieng for the past few days. He could provide no details on the size of the Vietnamese and- the Pathet Lao Communist force which now occupies the town. There has been a separate cease-fire declared in Laos and there had been relatively little fighting there in recent weeks. Friedheim said he was not sure if the Laotian government in Vientiane had asked for U.S. bombers, but indicated the PARIS OPERA HIRES CAPOBIANCO PARIS (AP) - Tito Capobianco, who will direct Beverly Sills at the New York City Opera next fall in "Anna Bolena," has been engaged by the Paris Opera. He will stage Verdi's "II Trovatore" here May 2. The opera, to be conducted by Riccardo Muti, is being done for the first time in this century at the Paris Opera. ed the South Vietnamese gun- ships were reconnoitering inside Cambodia. Lt. Col. Le Trung Hien, chief spokesman for the Saigon command, reported sharp fighting Sunday but said it was northwest of Hong Ngu, which is on the Mekong River 30 miles northeast of the point where the Saigon troops crossed the border. Hien said 22 Communist troops and three South Vietnamese were killed and 38 Saigon soldiers were wounded. In the Vietnam cease-fire agreement effective Jan. 28, the United Slates, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the' Viet Cong agreed to end all military activities in Cambodia and Laos, withdraw all troops and not use the two countries American government expected as s(8 S in B areas for attacks it would. ' elsewhere. Flood clean-up after Communist Icoops burned out a village on the Cambodian side. About 500 refugees streamed into South Vietnam. , Associated Press photographer Neal Ulevich reported from Tinh Bien that two columns of South Vietnamese armored personnel carriers had penetrated about 300 yards into Cambodian territory. No fighting was reported in the Tinh Bien region Monday, but 15 truckloads of troops were seen moving toward the border from Chau Doc, the provincial capital. Ulevich report- Proposal not endorsed, says Dem. Party head The members of the Weld government division of the County Democratic Executive Forward Together Committee Committee said Monday they of the Greeley Chamber of wished to correct a statement Commerce to put before the by Wayne Wells, chairman of voters a measure for a charter the Republican Central Com- committee to make a study of Continued from page 1 We will not be interested in testimony as to the damages, but the cause," Kuiper said. According to Johnny Rein, president of the Lower Latham Reservoir Company, the superintendent of the reservoir had maintained observation of the dike on a continuing basis. "There was no report to me, or any other member of the board, that there was any damage or leakage problems with the dike," Rein said. "Whenever there was a report of the problems at the reservoir, which were received by the board, they were always never got that high, it could never have spilled over the bank." Both Rein and Klein agreed with Kuiper as to the probable cause of the break. All said that the extreme cold and wet winter was certainly a contributor. When asked about the future irrigation probabilities in the Latham ditch, Klein indicated that the farmers in the area should have, with some good water management, enough water for the season. The estimate was based on the surface rights of the ditch company and the use of wells in the area. Kuiper agreed with this esti- investigated as soon as possible mate . indicating "The ditch after the report was received, company needed very little In this case, we received no storage from the reservoir last THEIR HOME DEMOLISHED BY TWISTER -- Murray McKinley and his wife Diane survey the ruins of their home demolished by a tornado that hit Pearsall, Texas Sunday evening. At least five persons are known dead, victims of the twister. (AP Wirephoto) Truck bill rolls through Senate By GORDON G. GAUSS Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's Senate gave final approval today to a bill allowing longer, higher and larger trucks on some of the state's highways. The measure won final approval 19-10 after supporters of the bill had managed to strike a restrictive amendment put on last week which would have being issued by the Division of Highways at the rate of 70,000 a year and that some of them allow weights up to 200,000 pounds. Jackson said that from five to 50 overweight vehicles daily go over bridges between Canon City and Colorado Springs. The extra 2-cent-a-gallon diesel fuel tax was added last , . . . . . . , , , week to repay the Division of . , boosted the diesel fuel tax 2 Highways, counties and cities J ° b ' cents a gallon. for , he CQSt o£ marking wejght It was stricken from the bill on a 16-13 vote. Sen. Ted Strickland, R-Westminster, an oppo- nent of the bill, said Senate rules permitted amendment with less than 18 votes. Jackson contended the highway division is required by federal law to mark the bridges and that money is there for the mittee. In this statement they said recommend to the Forward Together Committee that the Wells stated to the Greeley Republican Women's Club that the executive board of the stained from voting on the bill Democratic Party had en- after passing originally. He has dorsed the proposal of the told reporters that passage will make no difference to his own company because it does not run trucks of the size proposed. It was the only measure up before the Senate for final approval but there was a long calendar of bills for debate on county government and present recommendations. The Weld County Democratic Executive Committee at its April meeting, said it discussed the Forward. Together proposal. Its consensus was that Weld County citizens residing outside the City of Greeley have not been represented on the Forward Together Committee, and that before voters of Weld County are asked to decide whether or not county government needs revision, the voters must have access to the facts with which to year, but it does depend on the report whatsoever," Rein water needs during the coming concluded. year. That is a little hard to Klein, who is the president of estiniale at , hls lime .- Kui the Lower Latham Ditch added Company (a separate entity B u t ' t h e m o r e i m m e d i a t e from the reservoir company) porblem is getting into the said Monday morning that he fields , 0 ^ lhe work of re . had been at he site of the break building lhem for , a n t j m the dam "at least five times" Estimates f r j , fegw since the fa.Iure Thursday, days to two weeks in most of the The cause of the break was definitely different than what the rumors make them nut'to be," Klein commented. "The dike had a five-foot free-board and an additional They also added an amendment exempting trucks of utility companies, noncommercial carriers and vehicles used in "husbandry" from a requirement that each axle of the . truck must carry at least 10 per cent of the load. The Senate action sent the bill to the House of Representatives. The Senate vote broke party lines. Approval came over bitter complaints of some opponents. Freshman Sen. Lorena Darby, D-Longmont, told the Senate "I was gullible or stupid" in becoming a cosponsor. She said she was told the bill made no change in the law but found that it opens the way for hauling more livestock, more cars and more sand and gravel "with equipment already purchased." Sen. Hugh Fowler, R-Littleton, said the trucking industry is guilty of poor citizenship and "doesn't seem to give a damn about the safety or convenience of the people..." Sen. George F. Jackson, U- Colorndo Springs, a trucker In private life said that special permits allowing trucks ex- cnndlntf welsht 1imli nnw urn limits for bridges. Jackson voted in favor of the amendment but finally ab- preliminary reading. The House quickly-passed on final reading seven bills, mostly measures of a technical nature. Aims board discusses boycott The Aims College Committee, official governing body of that school, met Monday and discussed the student boycott of classes last week. The controversial Susan Brown case at the college was discussed as the board met in executive session behind closed door to hear arguments on the matter. Students at Aims boycotted classes for three and a half days last week to protest the firing of Mrs. Brown. Effects of the boycott were the cause of some disagreement at the Monday meeting. Rex Craig, dean of general studies at the school, said the boycott had little effect on attendance. He noted that other factors, such as good weather, contributed to the absence rate last week. He said it was impossible to determine the exact absence rate as many Instructors do not take roll. However, Jerry Karst, president of the Faculty Association, said there was an DO per cent absence rate at the school last week. In one of his classes Friday, Karst said, only one of 13 students showed up. Mike McGraw, student body president at Aims, had called for students to return to classes Monday. It was difficult to determine attendance, though, as many students attended the Aims College Committee meeting in order to speak before that group. Mrs. Brown, center 6f the controversy, said she -was "very satisfied" with the boy: cott and added that she plans to fight the decision of the committee not to renew her contract. A budget proposal was presented by Dr. Ed Bcaty, Aims president, and was accepted in its first draft. Budget figures arc not available at this time. From here, lhe budget will be further discussed and modified until May 5, when approval of Iho hiiHflot xvlll hr ninrtfl. On June 16, the budget is slated for formal adoption. The budget is based on the general fund and reserve budget funds and is based on an estimate of 1,800 FTE (full time equivalent) students at the college next year. Of these 1,800, 600 will be vocational education students, 200 high school students and 45 rehabilitation students in self- supporting classes. The board also approved a motion to transfer three shares of water stock from the Greley- Lovelond Water Company to the City of Greeley. In this way, payment can be arranged for several water and sewage taps and for drainage in the college area. The committee reconvened Monday afternoon with several topics to be discussed.. Dr. Bcaty said, he has no plans to take disciplinary measures against the students who boycotted classo. Eisenhower tunnel to be closed DENVER (AP) - The State Division of Highways announced today that the new 1.7- form a reasonable and in- mile Eisenhower Tunnel formed opinion, through the Continental Divide The Weld County Democratic will be closed to traffic part of Executive Committee voted to the daytime hours April 23-May committce (ake ac(fon (o ,,,. L .. . . , . volve more people from all of me division mid U» closing wdd Coun( to sm , e ,,,, ,,, was necessary to mstal elec- Forward T , her Committee . tronic surveillance signals and other work that could not be antl tnat tl)e committee make completed with traffic through immediate plans to disseminate the tunnel. factual information on the During' the period' the tunnel county charter commission and will be closed Monday through county home rule. Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 The Executive Committee did p.m. and Friday from 4:30 a.m. not endorse any proposals of the to 3 p.m. Forward Together Committee, The division said Loveland Mrs - June Steinmark, chair- Pass would be used as a de- man ' Weld Co "nty Democratic tour. Central Committee, said. Law forces combine to halt Sunday gang fight in Erie two feet of rocks along the area 'of the break. And the water College Choir to give concert here Tuesday The Warlburg College Choir, of Waverly, Iowa, as a. part of its 41st spring tour, will be in concert beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, at Our Savoir's Lutheran Church, 1800 21st Ave. On the podium will be Dr. James Frilschel, formerly of Greeley, having lived here until his graduation from high school. Dr. Fritschcl'succeeded the choir's founder, Dr. Edwin Liehhon, in 1968. area hit by the flood before work can begin. Possibly one of the hardest hit was the Ivin Klein farm, two miles west of Kersey. Reports indicated that crews worked for more than 72 hours to remove water from the fields surrounding the homestead before pumping could begin in the house itself. The reports also indicated that the Klein farm was under . as much as six feet of water : which had backed up against the railroad tracks along the farm. Water completely inundated the farm buildings and the home, and caused extensive damage to nearly all of the equipment and tools located there. On the east side of Kersey, many fields were reported buried under as much as two feet of silt. Other areas had portions as large as four acres washed completely out of fields. In some cases, the erosion was Sixteen concerts are as deep as 30 feet ' rc P° rts in- scheduled this year during two dica . ted ' One of lhe nardest hit different tours, including an '" th 'S area was the farm of Roy appearance at the Air Force Ko ^ ler ^ Maxey Academy in Colorado Springs. Wednesday. A gang fight involving 80 to 100 teen-agers and young adults erupted in Eric Sunday night, and with the help of several law enforcpmcnl agencies, the fight was stopped without injuries or property damage. According to a spokesman for the Eric Police Department, four fights broke out in town, beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday. The Erie police contacted the Colorado State Patrol, and the patrol contacted other agencies In surrounding towns. I Officers from Dacono, Frederick, Lafayette, Fort Lupton, and the state patrol responded to the small town, stopped the fighting, told the fighters to leave town. The Erie Police said Monday they want to thank the officers and departments who helped, and also the mayors and board members of the towns for cooperating and allowing the officers to respond. Or. .In mm FrfatM I George Maxey reported Monday that although his fields were still too wet to be inspected, he had managed to clean out the barns and other buildings used in his dairy operation," with the help of many kind people. "The snow we received this weekend just added to the problems," Maxey said. "I tried to get aut into my fields this morning and got stuck every place I tried." According to spokesmen for railroad and highway crews in the area, most of the transportation links are back to normal. One Important exception to this was the Latham bridge on the Kccncsburg cutoff. The bridge was washed out during the flood, and has not yot been

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