Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 26, 1970 · Page 11
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Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, May 26, 1970
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Page 12 GKEELBY TRIBUNE Tues., May 26, 1970 Where the Cold War Is Cold EDITOR'S NOTE-Way out in the icy waters of the Bering Strait separating Alaska from Siberia are two tiny isles, little more than rocks, called Big Diomede and Little Diomede. In microcosm, they represent--arid ridicule--the East-West cold war. But, somehow, despite politics, weather and an antiquated way of life, they survive. By JULES UOH AP Newsfeatures Writer LITTLE DIOMEDE, Alaska (AP) -- Seven National Guardsmen. Three M14 rifles. One grenade launcher. One grenade. Sleep easy, America. These are your armaments at this tiny spot" on the globe where the United Slates and the Soviet Union come withiin 2\i miles of touching fingertips. superfluous than ,, ,,.,, fact, the whole scene out here in the middle o the Bering Strait--Russia's Big Diomede and America's Little Diomede, two stark gray heaps of rocks cold shouldering each other from opposite sides of the Somehow," the armaments seem more puny. Somehow, in International Date Line--seems a ridiculous caricature of the superpowers of East and West. Out here, where the twain meet in icy isolation, an American squints through a telescope at the forlorn shack atop Big Diomede and sees a Russian lookout squinting back. Both feel the same urge. They wave. Suppose somebody decided to walk across the ice and go visit that fellow? "We would stop him," Andy Kunayak said evenly. Kunayak is one of Little Diomede's seven Eskimo Scouts, as Alaska National Guardsmen are officially called. A few years ago a visitor named Bill Fane tried it. He was spotted walking across about 2 a.m. while the villagers were watching a movie. Kunayak and four other Scouts grabbed their rifles and fetched him back. Reports Persist Reports persist that Eskimos vhich is their playground all but four months of the year. Actually, the forbidden isle across the strait does not tempt he Little Diorneders overmuch. They know their relatives don't live there anymore--probably removed to the Siberian mainland--and the only humans on Big Diomede are the handful of Russian sentries. Bush pilot Jim Isabel discovered that melancholy fact several years ago when curiosity got the better of him on a flight to Little Diomede. "Aw, what the hell," he said to himself, and banked his plane sharply toward Big Diomede. He made a complete circle of the island. The Eskimo village, which is out of vision from Little Diomede, was deserted. The Russians, for their part habitually circle Little Diomede in a speedboat every summer to reconnoiter the opposite side. They needn't. The only occupants of Little Diomede live in its one village--its Eskimo name is Ingaluk--which snuggles precariously against the cliff on the west side of the island in full view of the Soviet observation post. By the 1970 census, the village aas 82 occupants, 15 families all related to some degree. The seven National Guardsmen rep resent every able-bodied man in hrough May, one simply skids irom place to place unless, like the villagers, he has learned to walk on steep ice and snow. Apart from the green-shingled Bureau of Indian Affairs schoolhouse at one end of the village and the corrugated tin National Guard armory above it--which also serves as the movie house --Ingaluk is essentially un changed from antiquity. Eight skin boats and two dog sleds rest upside down on racks in the foreground near the shoreline awaiting the ice he salt has leached out. The Hire ice is visible among the 'rozen ridges by its bluish hue. It would be hard to imagine a )lace on earth more remote nan Little Diomede. The Alaskan cape is 26 miles away and the weather is so severe and unstable that bush pilots make the trip only rarely in winter and never know when they might get stranded. ICV 11UHIH gel Oil UllUCTJ. Ita 111 OL 1 I 1 U V J C 111 ttgilt Aiivniirjiu The plane lands on a relative- and everyone thoroughly enjoyed ly smooth patch of ice marked . . . . . . . . . the qualifying age group. The school population, grads one through eight, is 15. Flat Topped The island is a flat-topped slack of granite boulders rising 1,308 feet. It is two miles around at the base. In summer, fresh springs cascade from the heights and swarms of auklets, murres, puffins, and terns nest in the rocks rind feast on shrimp stirred to the surface in the turbulenl strait where the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea collide. The villagers catch auklets, a table delicacy for them, in butterfly nets. Russian soldiers on Big Diomede shoot them wilh shotguns. Little Diorneders fear that might drive the birds away. Over the years, the centuries the Little Diomeders have schoolhouse ior :j* an hour- heir meat cellars go empty. Never was a community more iterally caught between a rock and a hard place. Somehow the Little Diomed- ers survive the economic tug- Sing, the loneliness of their 1s- and, the cruelty of its climate. (ot just survive, but with a sense of humor. Andy Kunayak and Davis Menadelook put out a mimeo- jraphed monthly village newspaper. Naturally it is- called ''Strait News." In a recent issue, Kunayak recounts how the village received its first movie in eight months . - ~ t -- , mg IjlLLlU I^/IUIIICU^IO i i u . _ still visit back and forth be- sculpted tlleir hillside village tween Siberia and Alaska, as in sjtg inlo tierSj the easier to climb from one home lo another. In winter, which lasts the old days, but that hasn't been so for a generation. In the summer of 1947, a group of Little Diomeders, ma- ware that a cold war they never made and an Iron Curtain they couldn't see had divided the Diomede twins, crossed the strait to visit with kinfolk an were captured by strangers. Silting in Ihe warm yellow breakup and the excitement of the walrus hunt. An Ingaluk male kills his first walrus at about age 7. Homes, 20 of them, nestle in the cliffside at random. Walls and floors are driftwood, beams and supports are whalebone. Most are single-room dwellings, about 12-by-12 feet with a 5Vz- foot ceiling--not roomy, but easy to heat when the temperature is 40 below and the wind whips the schoolhouse flag to tatters. Kven in summer a flag lasts no longer than two weeks on Little Diomede. It is Patrick Om- iak's job to raise it and lower it each day at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m v just as the manual says, ever I hough dawn and dusk are meaningless in this land of midnight summer sun and perpetual winter darkness. Roam Island Eskimo dogs with yellow eyes and thick coats roam Ihe island unchecked. "That's our radar," said Philip Ahkinga. "If anyone comes over from the other island the dogs will let us know." Above the village, here and there on Ihe rocks, sturdy wooden boxes rest with white crosses attached. Burials of necessity are above ground. The boxes long outlast their contents in the dry arctic climate before they ultimately disintegrate. The roving dogs and arctic foxes scatter whatever is left. Out on the ice, frozen and odorless and also awaiting the spring breakup, are the winter's accumulation of honeybuckets from the village, which has no sanitation system. And no year-round water supply. The villagers get their drinking water by melting year-old sea ice from which all by four oil drums. As it sets down the villagers rush out and engulf it like locusts, eager to lear the news, receive supplies, see a slrange face. Camp on Beaches In summer, Little Diomeders abandon their island and camp on the beaches of the mainland at Teller, Nome, Kolzebue. Before the sea freezes they return Why? "It is our home," saic Walter Kiminock in a tone Ilia' questioned why anyone shoult even ask. At home, the Diomerters live for the walrus hunts in spring and fall. It is then that they ge' their year's supply of meat which they keep in caves duf beneath their homes, natura deep freezes, and their year'f supply of ivory, their on!) source of cash. Every adult on Little Diomede is a skilled ivory carver. Some like Louie Ozenna and Waller Ciminock, are masters of the craft and their figurines and cribbage boards bring top tour st prices in Anchorage ant S'ome. The island's economy makes ^.itlle Diomede a study in mi crocosm of the culture clash hat plagues all of Alaska's na .ives. White influence on traditional native ways has introduced the need for outboard motors, gasoline, sugar, flour--in short, the need for dollars. Though all their instincts cry out against it, each year they kill hundreds of walruses in excess of their food needs simply it. There was one small hitch Windsor High Graduation Scheduled Wednesday WINDSOR -- The class of 1970 Velasquez and Kathy at Windsor High School will Fabrizius. graduate 5$ in exercises scheduled Wednesday in the school's ;ymnasium. The event gets un- !er way at 8 p.m. Baccalaureate services held Sunday in the school auditorium. The invocation and benediction were given by Rev. Mor- U11;L1UI1 *TC1C g i v ^ i i uj * * \ , T . i -- v . jerry JUCC .relic, luviiina *Jw ris Coggin, while Rev. Craig gene Gilsdorf, Terry Neil Herbst, ^TirjJnVil 'Jnliirufasl fho cnrmntl m t _ _ , ,,,,, P Vn/41iiK T?i(-»t Wnm_ Nydahl delivered the sermon. and the projector was not. "So we saw some long people," the article said. "But we did not care too much, for it was rather funny, although it could have been better, for it was about the hunchback of Notre Dame." Questions and Answer! Q. I work one-half day a week as a maid for a lady who pays me $4 each time. Should my employer pay social security on ie? A. Yes. Housework and other domestic work is covered if Ihe employe is paid $50 or more in cash in a calendar quarter. Since there are 13 weeks in a quarter, you are paid 552 a quarter, and your wages should Bruce Benson, Ned Michael Contreraz, Chris Lee DeBey, Gary Leland Erbes, Kenny Eugene Erbes, Richard Earl Eskew, Jerry Lee Felle, Thomas Eu- Class valedictorian is Manion. Dr. Leland D. Hull, superintendent of the Windsor school system, will present the class, and school board director Edwin B. Schick will hand out the diplomas. The high school band will play the processional and recessional marches. Members of the graduating class are: Senior Girls Thomas E. Kadlub, Rick Kammerzell. Kay Baker, Margarita Baladez, Maria Isavel Baladez, Rose Marie Briseno, Ruth Louise Caslen, Barbara Irene Damrau, Kath leen Susan Drieth. Carolyn Sue Farrington, Pamela Marie Felte, Sandra Lynn Felte. Sharon Kay Gamble, Te- drey Rae Elizabeth Heizer, Hemmerle, Vicki Kressler, Laura Lee Vondi Lynn schmidt, Patti Manion, Anita Marie Martin, Brenda Susanne Martindale. . Kathv Elaine Marlindale viuiii LCI , aiiu juui wagco onuuiu A^UIHJ ·-··««»··- *..,,.... be reported. A calendar quarter Mary Virginia Melendez, Rebec- is a three-month period begin- ca Jean Sinley, Lois Ann Schue- ning with January, April, July, nemeyer, Lana Kay Spirek, Lynor October. da Fay Kurtz, Maryanne Esther Paul Senior Boy* Glen Allen, Arlen* Randy Lee Knaub, Ralph Wilbert Krause, David Carl Leber, Imothy Paul Lind, Justo G. ,una, Steve Wayne Lutz, Arlhur Robert E. Mannon, Dale Allen Meska, ohn Morado Jr., Harry Lee lurphy, Thomas Harold Nai- __.. Gerhart Schick, David Wilken Schneider, Dave Schlot- auer, James Willard Wambolt, Wax C. Weihe and James Alex- Communist Diplomats In Peking TOKYO (A?) -- Communist China's Premier Chou En-lai led JC ,,, 0 r »...» a group of senior government Dcbra Fay Alles, Deborah officials who welcomed to Peking on Monday Chinese, North Korean, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong diplomats who flew out of Cambodia several hours earlier. Peking's New China News Agency said Tuesday the Communist diplomats had waged "a r e l i c G U c i l U l l i \ t i v vjauiuitf * ^- · · · · - -- - i -- ·-· resa Garza, Debra Harris, Au- resolute struggle" against the -· ' Cambodian government thai ousted Prince Norodom Sihan- ouk March 18. The three Communist countries and the Viel Cong withdrew recognition ol the Cambodian government after Sihanouk was deposed while traveling in Europe. The diplomats arrived in Pe king aboard a chartered Swiss airplane. alter. Gale nder Wolfe. GRASS GROWING LIKE CRAZY? Got * big grass nutting job . . . aiid need a power mower? Don't despair... come on out to StockHeth Hardware and choose a Jacobsen power mower. It starts easily, cuts smoothly, handles easily and It adjusts to any cutting height. A nationally advertised Jacobseu m o w e r turns work into play. Get one at Stockfieth Hardware. Use your Bauk- Anieriuard! Stockfieth Hardware Hillside Center "Greeley'i Mo«t Complete Hardware Store" to get the tusks, threatening the walrus population and thus their future. Should they take jobs during the walrus migration to satisfy their need for dollars--as they did last year, remodelling the Familiar Face of Rocco Lanzo By BOB HERBERT The Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES - Rocco Silting in me warm yeiiow L.US .-^u^.-.^ - -a i wa ys loses w glow of a seal oil lamp en the Lanzo looks like someone V ou ! and wins w hen floor of his cozy, sod-covered may have seen before, but j .. pincay also rather than the horses," he then boo him if he doesn't win. I hear .people complain, 'Shoe always loses when I bet on him, home, Jacob Ahkinga. a Little Diomede oldtimer, recalled the "'"J · | flllCeiy elJDll IU1S n uig I U M U , can't remember exactly where... No matter who he . s ridingi It could have been in the .." .,,, ,, ·,, u.-i, him » incident with bitterness. "There were 27 of us," he said. "We went across in two skin boats. The soldiers took the boats and made us stay in tents on the rocks. "They kept us there 46 days and then told us we could leave. A storm came up and we had to stay six days longer. All they fed us was a briney soup once a day. We came home weak and dirty and hungry." Not too long after that, David Kaneveak was out hunting rus and decided to take a snoo/.e on the floating ice. A Russian soldier roused him and marched I don't.' also has a big follow- It could have movies, on a golf course with Bing Crosby or Bob Hope, or at one of the major tracks in Southern California. "Rooky" is a page boy at Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Oak Tree, Western Harness and Pomona and, dressed up in his uniform, is a dead ringer for the man in the Philip Morris ads. Ihe fans will back him." "Rocky's" own favorite horse was Swaps. "I loved him. A lot of times he ran on only three good legs. Anolher popular horse was Native Diver," he recalled. so he can't hear the 'call,' anc goes out on the porch where he stands with his head in a corner. Mcbbe.he thinks it is bad luck to see or hear the race." "Rocky" avers thai the rea plungers never utter a sound when they win a bundle. "It is] only the $2 bettors who whoop j and holler when they hit a long-; shot or a big daily double," he said. | When you are in a crowd con- But there are some racing fans that "Rocky" finds hard lo understand. "Like the man who comes to "People come up to me all the'jthe races every day and bels n time, asking if I do the ads," he (heavily on the daily double," he I said.'"I didn't realize how much said. "When the race starts, I looked like him until one af- this man puts cotton in his ears ternoon when someone in the clubhouse gave me a $1 tip, and HILLS BROS. COFFEE FOOD GRILL TIME CHARCOAL 10 £, 55c There's Q big, fun-filled Holiday weekend coming up! STEELE BROS, has oil the palate-pleasin' favorites for perfect picnics and cookouts. So, plan to "dine out." Our LOW HOLIDAY SALE PRICES make it a real pleasure. KUNER'S OLD FASHIONED Spiced PICKLES 16 oz. 29c "You could feel the excitement stantly, as "Rocky" is, Ihere in Ihe crowd whenever he ran." occasionally is the chance to assist someone who needs help' badly. I Now 52, the onetime kid star] who was known as "Fatso" in! comedies still retains his sense j of humor. He likes mixing with HAIL Coming! him over 1 o" Big" DtomedeTut asked me "to page a Mend of toned him loose the same day.jhis jn the turf club-Ph.hp Learned Early Morns. The experiences taught Little! "I didn't catch on that it was Diomeders to keep their dis-jfust a gag. I went through the tance Children learn early notfturf club with a 'Call for Philip to wander too far out on the ice.JMorris,' and do you know, there -·- -- "-! really was a man there named Philip Morris." Movie fans with long memories will recall "Rocky" as the chubby 14-year-old who played the role of "fatso" in the "Gas House Kids" and "River Gang Kids." Not long ago "Rocky was watching an old William Powell movie on television -- "The Thin Man Comes Home"--and Ihere he was, all 4 feet 11 inches, and dressed in a sailor !suit, dancing with a girl who was 6 feet tall. As a page, "Rocky's" job is to locate doctors who may have an emergency call from their office, or to run errands. "At one time Bing and the late Bob Howard wanted me to .become a jockey," "Rocky" re- · called. "1 could ride a little : but was always too heavy. When I was playing Fatso in come[dies. I weighed 160 pounds. A idodor friend put me on a high| iprolein diet, and I lost 40; i pounds." i "Rocky" loves to be around people, and he has formed some ideas on crowd psychology, and the whims of racing fans. "Most people bet on jockeys, Hail stones bigger than baseballs -- or smaller than marbies- either can flatten a field and destroy a cash crop, i n s u r e today with Farmers Union c r o p hail i n s u r a n c e ! FARMERSUNION INSURANCE ;OR COMPIE re INSURANCE MHOS Harold Snider 621 35th Ave. Ct. Phone 352-9274 O S E S 20% OFF ANDERSON SEED CO. 7M 10th St. 353-0188 w people, and thinks that life is a TOMATOES 5 for $1 APPLESAUCE 97c NAPKINS KUNER'S . 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