Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 30, 1977 · Page 1
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club fire claims 160 victims SOUTHGATE, Ky. (UPI) _ Fire in- veshgators today checked the possibility that an explosion in an oil compressor blew names" into a dining room jammed with 1.000 persons, touching off the disastrous fire that killed at least 160 persons at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. The Saturday night fire swept through the huge supper club - which was not equipped with a sprinkler system panicking a holiday crowd of 3,500 persons on hand for dinner and a show by singer John Davidson, who escaped the blaze. Medical examiners today attempted to piece together bone fragments while recovery crews dug through the charred and muddy debris for more victims of the fire. At least 74 persons were injured in the fire and were taken to hospitals here and in nearby Cincinnati. Eleven persons were treated and released but the others were admitted and listed in conditions ranging from fair to critical. Authorities said Sunday they feared the death toll could reach 400. However, Southgate Fire Chief David Riesenberg said, "I'm optimistic we won't find any more bodies." Riesenberg said the area of the ruins remaining to be searched was not one of the worst hit by the fire. Dr. Fred Stine, Campbell County, Ky., coroner, said he understood the fire St. Vrain security to be in millions started in an oil compresser beneath the Zebra Room, one of 21 party rooms. "When they tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, it blew flames down the hallway to the Cabaret Room," where Davidson was to perform, Stine said. Tom Wald, Kentucky deputy fire marshal!, said today "officially, the cause of the fire is still undetermined. ' "We are going down to the basement today to see what we can find down there," he said. "It's possible it could have started down there and come up through the floor but we just don't know yet." Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll said, "There was apparently an expjosion in the basement, two explosions in fact." Carroll also said the supper club, which was rebuilt after a 51 million fire in 1970, did not install a sprinkler system, which was optional under the law at that time. Club bartender Benny Bucalo said he was working in the lobby when a receptionist went into the Zebra Room and yelled that a fire had broken out. Bucalo said head bartender Tommy Behle grabbed a fire extinguisher but when he tried to put out the fire there was a blast "that blew the doors out." Officials expected to remove all of the debris covering the remaining bodies at the "Showplace of the .Midwest" by late this morning. See other stories, photos on page 24 DENVER (AP) - Public Service Co. of Colorado expects strict new security regulations imposed on its Fort St. Vrain nuclear power plant to cost nearly 51 million for new equipment and another $1 million per year for additional security personnel. The new regulations, approved last week by Congress for all nuclear power plants, are more stringent than those currently enforced. At the request of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, they include special locks and alarms, bullet- ' proof walls and two-way communication with local law enforcement officials. The purpose of the new requirements is to prevent sabotage at the nuclear facilities by "a determined violent external assault, attack by stealth or an internal threat of an insider including an employe in any position." "We support any security measures the NRC feels necessary to make nuclear power plants safe," a PSC spokesman said. The additional cost of security measures is expected to be borne by consumers of electricity. . PSC was cited recently for two major and four minor security violations -receiving an $8,000 fine for the major violations. The company has taken steps to correct the deficiencies. One key change is a rule requiring operators of nuclear power plants to organize their own security force rather than contract with a private firm to supply guards. The company guards must have special training to repel intruders who could have military training and skills and be armed with automatic weapons. 15 CENTS A COPY Original Script Written by Horace Grceley in 1871 VOL. 69, NO. 187 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 A N D T H E G R E E L E Y R E P U B L I C A N Weekly Tribune Established 1870 MONDAY, MAY 30,1977 A home where moose roam? DENVER (UPI) - One state representative says a full grown moose is big enough, to go any doggone place it wants, the wishes of the Colorado Division of Wildlife notwithstanding. Rep. A.J. "Mick" Spano, R-Arvada, is one of the major opponents of a proposal to import a dozen moose into the state and temporarily keep them in a large corral. "I've heard of stupid ideas, but this is the stupidest," said Spano. "They'll probably leave anyway. There's no way to keep moose in Colorado if they don't wanttobehere." "If the moose wants to .come to Colorado, he can come on his own," said Rep. James Lillpop, R-Alamosa. Lillpop also said some ranchers fear the animals will tear down their fences. "They're big and strong, and they've got that bunch of horns,"he said. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has . proposed transporting the moose from · the Uintah Wilderness Area in Utah to Colorado and putting them in a two-acre area enclosed by a net fence. After two weeks, the animals would be allowed to-roam free. The project would cost $14,500. . Division director Jack Grieb said he doesn't understand the concern of ranchers about moose. "We don't expect they're going to cause trouble, but if they do, we don't want them any more than anybody else," he said. T/ie race is on Nearly 1,800 Special Olympians and spectators mill competing for medals are off and running in the 50-yard still others participate in the Frisbee competition on the around at Jackson Field Saturday while enjoying the dash. Spectators and athletes also congregate at the . practice field to the east. It was a three-ring circus all annual Colorado State Special Olympics. Sprinters south end of Jackson Field for the high jumping, while day long. (Tribune photo by Paul Moloney) Veterans honor comrades who fell in wartime duty Handfuls of Weld County residents -ranging from aging veterans of World War I to tiny boys who clutched American flags -- gathered Monday to remember Memorial Day. "We are here today because we want to gather together and pay homage to those who have served their country so well," Robert Robinson fold a group of about 100 at Linn Grove Cemetery in Greeley. The homage the group paid was soft- spoken, a mixture of "solemn, yet joyous" events, in Robinson's words. Boy Scouts from Troop 244 crisply raised the American flag to its peak, then slowly brought it back to half-mast in honor of the dead. Representatives of area veterans organizations paid floral tribute to their comrades who died in American wars from the Spanish-American War to the war in Vietnam. Robinson, a retired officer and former Weather 11 a.m. temperature: 67 NORTHERN COLORADO -- Variable cloudiness today and tonight with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Clear to partly cloudy Tuesday. No large change in temperature. High today 70s. Low tonight 40s to low 50s.' High Tuesday 70s and a few low 80s. Inside the Tribune (24 pages, 2 sections) director of the Colorado Division of Aging, told the small group that Memorial Day "gives, us a reason to think about those who have gone before." And, he said, Memorial Day should mark a time of honor for veterans, members of the Armed Forces and all of America. ' "All of us should make a concentrated effort on this day to display our flag at home so our neighbors know we are Americans and proud of it," said Robinson. While Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, Robinson also spoke of the nation's future. He said he's disturbed by the recent criticism of Maj. Gen. John Singlaub, who warned North Korea might invade South Korea if two U.S. Army divisions are withdrawn. And, Robinson said, he's also concerned about $3 billion in defense cuts recently made by Congress. He noted, too, that local veterans organizations are backing establishment of- a veterans nursing home in the Greeley area. He warned, "It's not an easy road to go," but said hard work might bring the home here. "The only reward some of you may have is seeing our veterans receiving the kind of care they deserve," he said. All smiles Nancy Oster, 11 years old, flashes a broad grin as she displays her gold medal for winning first place in the standing long jump during Saturday's Colorado State Special Olympics at UNC's Jackson Field. Nancy, who lives in Platteville, attends the Milliken Middle School. Some 1,800 persons attended or participated in the Special Olympics. (Tribune photo by Paul Moloney) Carter's signing Big Thompson bill uneerfdin Avenue of flags A workman at Sunset Memorial Gardens at 35th Avenue and the U.S. 34 by-pass sets up the Avenue of Flags early Monday in preparation for the Memorial Day services at the cemetery. Services were held throughout Weld County Monday, honoring those persons who gave their lives for their country. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) r Abby 11 Agri-news 7 Classified 19-22 Comics 14 Crossword 14 Editorial 4 Heloise 11 Horoscope 8 Hospital 6 Markets 22 Obituaries 6 Sports 16-18 Theater 15 TV log' 14 Weather 6 Wm'spgs. 10-11 Today'spress run: 20,195 If you have not received your Tribune by 6:30 p.m., call 352-0211. FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Whether President Carter will sign a bill to reimburse landowners in the Big Thompson Canyon at pre-flood prices is unclear, the area's disaster recovery coordinator says. Congress has okayed the bill, which would reimburse property owners at pre- flood prices for a proposed scenic corridor in the canyon. Willard Quirk, Larimer County disaster recovery coordinator, said some of Carter's staff testified against the bill during congressional hearings. Sen. Floyd Haskell, D-Colo., sponsored the amendment, part of a package added to the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Act that passed the Senate last week. Last fall, the Larimer County Commission changed the canyon's zoning, making much of it a floodway in which no building can occur. Haskell and canyon residents called the re-zoning unfair. Residents argued that their private land had become virtually worthless because they can't use it for anything. Before last summer's flood, in which 139 persons are known to have died, much of the canyon land was used for camping and summer homes. Congress still is considering bills that would provide various types of low- interest loans to disaster victims.

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