Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota on June 30, 1994 · 2
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A2 People Rapid City Journal Thursday, June 30, 1994 today The United States diverted hundreds of Haitian boat people Wednesday to a new tent city at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba. NationWorld, Page A3 If there's a question about the constitutionality of a state law, the attorney general isn't the best person to ask, says "The Journal's view." Opinion, Page A4 B A showdown is expected this week in the Senate over building more than the 20 B-2s Congress previously mandated. NationWorld, Page A6 The government will announce today a requirement that ethanol be part of a cleaner burning gasoline for cities troubled by severe air pollution, Clinton administration sources say. NationWorld, Page A8 Rapid City might sue a local hotel to collect $66,000 it owes in back water bills, caused by a faulty water meter. Page B2 Ross Reinhart, an independent candidate for South Dakota governor, says all the state has to do to solve its tax crisis is cut $300 million from the state budget, slash property taxes by 25 percent and eliminate 54 county seats. Page B4 Unemployment in South Dakota was 2.9 percent in May, up from 2.8 percent in April but lower than a year ago. Markets, Page C4 Lotteries P Dakota Cash 2-3-19-20-33 Jackpot: $20,478. E3 Powerball 23-26-27-28-39 Powerball 4 Estimated jackpot: $6.8 million. Tri-West Lotto 6-7-8-9-10-17 Estimated jackpot: $550,000. I Cover photo A fiddler plays a tune at the Arts & Crafts Festival in Hot Springs, one of many western South Dakota summer celebrations. Journal photo by Johnny Sundby Inside ttapiG jjity Journal The Rapid City Journal, a division of Lee Enterprises, is published daily and Sunday by the Rapid City Journal Company. Official newspaper of the city, county and school district. Our Policy Report the news fully and impartially in the news columns. Opinions of the Journal are expressed in but only in editorials on the editorial opinion pages. Publish all sides of important controversial issues. How can I start or stop my subscription? Call 394-8350 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, or 5:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday to start or stop a subscription. Carrier Home Delivery 1 month $12.50 3 months payable in advance $37.50 6 months - $72.75 12 months $141.00 Motor Route Rates 3 months payable in advance $39.00 6 months $75.75 12 months - $147.00 6 and 12 month rates are best value Mail Delivery South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming: 1 Yr. - $150.00 6 Mo. - $78.00 3 Mo. - $40.00 1 Mo. -$13.50 All Other States: lYr. -$200.00 6 Mo. -$103.00 3 Mo. $53.00 1 Mo. $17.50 Mail subscriptions are payable in advance and sold only where home delivery is not available. Paper Missing? The Rapid City Journal should arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. If you do not receive your paper, please call 394-8350 and a replacement will be delivered to you. The Circulation Department accents calls until 5:00 m. weekdays ana until noon on aturday and Sunday. Department Heads: Publisher: Lorretta I.ynde 394-8301 Fdlton Joe Karius 394-8401 Circulation Manager Jim Christensen 394-8350 Controller: Judy Olson 394-8303 Human Resources Manager: Linda Harrington 394-8302 Community Relations, Marketing Manager: Ronda Meyer Oman 394-8315 Retail Advertising Manager Tom Lund 394-8379 f lass ,ed Advertising Manager Brad Slater 394-8331 Integrated Marketing Mannrer Randy Rickman 394-S31 1 I I People i Streisand delivers tickets to Dave NEW YORK (AP) - Dinner with the U.N. ambassador. An appearance on Letterman. Where will Barbra Streisand show up next? It's been a busy few days for the singer. On Monday, she attended a dinner in her honor with U.N. Ambassador Madeleine Albright, another name on her list of political connections, which includes the Clintons. On David Letterman's show, she made a surprise appearance as the host complained how hard it was to get Streisand tickets. She gave him two. Letterman passed them on to an audience member. Coal miner's daughter gets her own highway WAVERLY, Tenn. (AP) - Twelve miles of highway will be named the Lynn Pat on her or his way out SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - One thing's finally clear about Pat: He -or she is history. Julia Sweeney, who plays the androgynous character on "Saturday Night Live," is leaving the NBC show after four years. "It's a really difficult job, and I didn't know what was in it for me anymore, except the money and the chance to meet celebrities," she said. Sweeney has said she became disenchanted with "SNL" because it didn't give women enough air time. Roundup: Jubilee Continued from page A1 lot different than (politicians) do nowadays." Faye Kennedy remembers seeing Coolidge on the train in Belle Fourche. And of saving money all year to buy carnival rides. For her, neither compares to one former rodeo event. "What thrilled me to death were the wild horse races. ... That's the thing that really gets the adrenaline going," said Kennedy. "But, really, there isn't anything about the Black Hills Roundup that doesn't enthuse me. ... It's one of the best things that happens in the Belle Fourche community." Kennedy, publisher of the Belle Fourche newspaper, will lead the cheering with Jerry L. Olson as parade marshals for Monday's parade. Olson is a retired rodeo entertainer and former Roundup board member. For him, this weekend's "Diamond Jubilee" will rank with 1951, his Belle Fourche debut with his brother and Have a question about your paper? If you nave a guestion about news, columns, advertisements, circulation, production or your bills, call us. We want to help. Questions about: News? If you have a news tip, call the City Desk at 394-8402. If you believe a news report or headline is incorrect or misleading, you may request a clarification by calling 394-8404. Managing Editor Steve Miller 394-8402 Editorial Page Editor: Ted Brockish 394-8427 Sports Editor: Don Lindner 394-8428 Placing An Ad? Classified Want Ads 394-8383 Retail Advertising 394-8310 Your Bill? Advertising Bookkeeping 394-8330 Subscription 394-8350 Department Unknown? Call394-8300, or outside Rapid City, 1-800-843-2J00 Tours: The Rapid City Journal welcomes group tours of our facility Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a tour call 394-8386. Postmaster Send address changes to the Rapid City Journal, 507 Main Street. P.O. Box 450. Rapid City, SD 97709. Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations and of the Associated Press. The Associated Press is exclusively entitled lo the jiie for republication of all news disDatches credited to it or otherwise credited to this paper and also the local news published therein. Second Class Postage Paid at Rapid City, SO S7709. Rapid City Journal (USPS 455-560) Thursday, June 3t, 1994-Nuniber 36705 Loretta Lynn Parkway on Thursday in honor of the coal miner's daughter who became a country star. "It was the road I traveled to Memphis and beyond many times when I first began touring out of Nashville," said Lynn, who lives near here. Gov. Ned McWherter will join Lynn and other dignitaries at the dedication of the stretch of Highway 13. It's about 50 miles west of Nashville. Lynn, 59, is known for her hit song "Coal Miner's Daughter," which also was the name of her autobiography and a 1980 movie about her. father in the family specialty act, and the mid-1970s when it was his turn to bring the family's trained buffalo act to the Belle Fourche arena. "I've been in the rodeo business all of my life. ... This is the first time I've been parade marshal anywhere," he said. Olson and Kennedy won't ride the buffalo in the parade. The third-generation Olson act is booked in Cody, Wyo. But the annual Independence Day holiday reunion in Belle Fourche is bringing large crowds, and increased numbers of parade entries and rodeo contestants. "The interest is high, and we expect a good crowd," said Nancy Cole at the downtown ticket booth. "It's a grand old show," said downtown businessman Pete Krush, a 26-year Roundup board member. "It fell off for a while, but it's coming back so strong it's unreal." Duane Peters said this would be the best in the 10 years he had announced the rodeo. And it could produce a memory for the record books. On Monday, hometown cowboy Marvin Garrett, one of the nation's top riders, is matched with the PRCA's bucking horse of the year. "It could be a heck of a deal on the Fourth of July," said Peters. "Everybody ought to be screaming by that time." If you go The "Diamond Jubilee" Black Hills Roundup is a four-day celebration of the Western heritage that made Belle Fourche. 75th annual rodeo: At the city rodeo grounds on Roundup Street, west of U.S. Highway 85. Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 1:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are available for the three go-rounds, although reserved box seats are sold out for Independence Day. Seating is in a covered grandstand. If you want to get close to the action, head for the seating near the chutes or gates. Arrive early to pick your spot in general admission seating. Grounds personnel will direct parking Performances are approximately Vh hours long. There are more than 300 professional rodeo athletes, including nationally ranked competitors. Parade: 10 a.m. Monday following National, Eighth Avenue, State Street through the business district. Fifth Avenue to Roundup Street. Parking is available in city and business parking lots and along side streets in residential areas. Be advised that serious parade watchers park vehicles the night before. If you are looking for shade, Eighth Avenue, residential areas and Herrmann Park offer a tree-lined view. And photographers wanting pictures of the nearly 20 entries passing through the heart of downtown should know the south Stale Street is bathed in morning sunlight. Correction Not a hay rake At least two readers noticed that a photo caption in Monday's Journal incorrectly identified an old rusted piece of machinery near a hay field as a hay rake. One reader said the machine on the outskirts of Newell looked like a land-leveling plane. Another reader, Don Maeder of Belle Fourche, said it could be a land lev-eler but that it is more likely a V Ditcher, a horse-dratvn rig used to clean irrigation ditches. Helmer: Continued from page A1 1990 and was stationed in Germany. He spent four months in the Persian Gulf War January to May 1991 and Helmer's attorneys are making this combat experience a cornerstone in their defense. "What he saw, what he experienced there during that time had a profound effect on him." Stonefield said. "Maybe an overwhelming effect on him." Desert Storm left Helmer suffering from a post traumatic stress mental disorder and a "strong" paranoia, Stonefield said. "What you're going to have to decide is, basically, was this first-degree murder? ... Was this the premeditated, intentional killing of another individual?" Stonefield told the jury. It was, State's Attorney Dennis Groff told the jury. In his opening statement, the chief prosecutor mapping the state's case to come said Helmer, Dixon and Helmer's girlfriend, Joahn Hensen, drove from Rapid City to Helmer's makeshift camp off China Gulch near Hill City on the dark, snowy night of Nov. 14 to collect items being stored there. After visiting the camp, Dixon stood at the intersection of Marshall and China Gulch roads smoking a cigarette while Hensen opened the car trunk. She heard a single shot, Groff said. "When she rums back, there are no longer two people, there is oiia," Groff said. Dixon was on the ground. Dead. Why? Hensen asked Helmer. "The response she gets is basically a threat: 'You didn't see anything or you and your daughter are next,'" Dead: Woman still Continued from page A1 and Jacob said investigators still were trying to determine how it happened. Police Capt. Doug Noyes confirmed that Kueter and another man, whom he identified only as Tina Marcottc's boyfriend, came to the police station about 11 a.m. Saturday to report her missing. She was last seen early Friday morning at Black Hills Molding, where she worked the night shift. Her car was found at the plant. Since she was reported missing, investigators have searched the countryside near the moulding plant, on Dyess Avenue northeast of Rapid City. They also have interviewed various people about the ABOUREZK LAW OFFICES, p c Suite 101 The Rushmore Building 2040 West Main Street Rapid City, SD 57702 Phonei (605) 342-0097 Fax: (605) 342-5170 Post traumatic stress Helrnsr chronology Here are some of the events leading up to the first-degree murder trial of William Helmer that opened Wednesday in 7th Circuit Court. Nov. 14, 1993: Rural Hill City resident Richard Mills discovers Randy Dixon's headless, handless body lying in the snow about 4 miles up China Gulch. He returns to Hill City and flags down a deputy sheriff. "He thought it was a body, ... or a very sick joke," Sheriffs Deputy Mike Dailey said. Nov. 16: That evening, investigators begin questioning William Helmer, who has voluntarily come to the police after hearing they have been looking for his wife, Tracy. Her name has been found in some garbage at a camp near the crime scene. Investigators are not satisfied with Helmer's answers to questions, but he is not tied to the crime. Nov. 17: Investigators have checked Helmer's alibi, which leads them to Joahn Hensen late that evening. Helmer had been staying at her basement apartment in north Rapid City. She tells them Helmer is involved in the slaying. Now satisfied that Helmer is involved, investigators radio law enforcement authorities searching the camp with Helmer that he may be tied to the crime. When Helmer returns to Rapid City, he is taken into custody. He breaks into tears when arrested. Investigators find Dixon's hands and head later that day off Sheridan Lake Road. June 13: Attorneys begin questioning the first of 161 possible jurors to sit on the capital murder trial. Each potential juror is questioned individually. June 29: After nearly two weeks of questioning potential jurors, a five-man, 10-woman jury, which will be pared down to 12 members at the end of the trial, begins hearing testimony. Groff told the jury. Dixon's body was dragged by the cuffs of his blue jeans across the road to an open spot. Helmer got a double-bladed ax and demanded Hensen hold a flashlight, Groff said. She held it, but turned away, he said. "In the distance, she heard what was happening, ... a thumping (sound)," Groff said. Dixon's head and hands were then packed in grocery sacks and tossed off a ravine case. Workers at Black Hills Molding confirmed that Kueter and Marcotte had worked at Black Hills Molding at the same time. Workers on break at Black Hills Molding Wednesday afternoon said they classified Marcotte's disappearance as an isolated incident and weren't concerned for their own safety. "I haven't worried," said one woman who asked not to be named. Marcotte's co-workers have heard little at the plant about her disappearance. "We haven't heard much, but we're concerned for her," one man said. "We didn't know her. She worked the night shift, and we BLACK HILLS HERITAGE FESTIVAL UNDER THE BIG TOP SHOW TENT THURSDAY, JUNE 30: 6:00 PM - BLACK HILLS CHORUS OF SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL 8:00 PM - DICK DITTMAN'S BIG BAND MEMORIAL PARK, NEXT TO THE CIVIC CENTER t from Sheridan Lake Road, where investigators later recovered them, Groff said. Helmer then gave Hensen Dixon's high school class ring. "She wants nothing to do with it and throws it," Groff said. Hensen is expected to testify today. The prosecution expects to present 20 to 25 witnesses during three days of testimony before the defense begins its case. missing work days." By late Wednesday afternoon, Capt. Noyes said nothing new had turned up in the search for the missing woman. "We're getting some tips, but not nearly as many as we'd like," he said. Meanwhile, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is treating Kueter's death as an industrial accident. OSHA dispatched a compliance officer from its Bismarck, N.D., office on Wednesday, according to spokesman Tom Deutscher. The officer should begin his investigation today. Kueter's death was the third fatal industrial accident investigated by OSHA in South Dakota this year, Deutscher said. James G. Abourczk Charles Abourezk Robin L. Zephier ii ,7

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