The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on June 19, 1975 · 1
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Thursday, June 19, 1975
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The Daily SENTirJEJ 20 pages . Newsstand price 1 5c Grand Junction, Colo. Thursday, June 1 9, 1 975 o o 'o Two others held S o il l O R1& ' 9 1 L. UV Li At 3UYy ii w,. TELLURIDE - Two Teliuride resident were being held and two others are being sought on state grand Jury indictments charging them with operating a drug ring out of Teliuride. Ushered into the sheriff's office at noon and held behind closed doors were Robert Korn, a Teliuride lawyer, and Brumbee McGee. Being sought, according to DisL A tty. Frank Tucker, Ninth Judicial District, are Richard Unruh, a deputy district attorney for.San Miguel County, and a woman Identified as Dana Unruh. . Unruh Is accused of conspiracy and handling the drugs for Korn, 'Tucker said. Unruh said Wednesday he may face a charge as severe as dealing in heroin as part of an investigation into operations of the Seventh Judicial District Attorneys office here. Sheriff Fred Eilerd has refused to make comments Wednesday and today so the charges today were unexpected. Ex-Juncf ion resident killed on East Slope COLORADO SPRINGS - A second man with ties to the Grand Junction area was found shot to death early today near here. He is Daniel Howard VanLone, 29, who until last month lived at 2950 North Ave. in Grand Juncton. ' His body was found on a dirt road early this morning, according to the El Paso County Sheriffs office. He was shot once in tjie head at clostfange about sometime before 12:30 a.m. when he was found by a state patrolman on patrol. He was pronounced dead two hours later at a Colorado Springs HospitaL Tuesday morning a trucker found the body of a Palisade youth, Gerald Romisch, 19, who had been gunned down apparently as he rode his pickup truck from his parents home in Palisade to report for duty at Ft. Carson, near here. Despite the similarities in the killings, a spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriffs Office called the relationship just a coincidence." We havent got a motive in the Van-Lone killing but there is no tie-in, said Sheriffs Sgt. Howard Schafer. VanLones body was found about a mile north of the Four Seasons Motor Inn where he worked as a cook on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift. He started work there as a kitchen helper May 21, according to Mary Jensen, the firms personnel manager. But VanLone quickly won promotion to cook. , He had the biggest brown eyes Ive Experiment By PAUL HATHAWAY And GRACE HERNDON of the Sentinel staff TELLURIDE - Richard Unruh, deputy district attorney for San Miguel county, says he may face charges of dealing in heroin as part of an investigation into operation of the seventh Judicial District Attorneys office. No charges have been filed, and Sheriff Fred Eilerd refused Wednesday and today to answer any inquiries about the possibility. Unruh and Dist. Attorney William Knous said in separate interviews they believe very serious" charges will be filed. Unruh said he is being made a scapegoat. Theyre going to try and make me look like the biggest dope dealer this town has ever seen, Unruh said. Im afraid theyre, going to hang me. He specifically said he expected to be charged with selling heroin. ever seen, she said of the well-built, dark-haired VanLone. He had recently applied for food stamps in an effort to feed his wife and four children, the woman said. VanLones job record is vague con-1 cerning Grand Junction. It is believed he spent most of his life in Colorado Springs, served in the U.S. Army and then moved with his family to Grand , Junction sometime in 1974. , v While here he worked for about a. month as a dishwasher at the Ramada Inn, 718 Horizon. That job ended sometime in May, a spokesman said. On May 2 the home in which he and his family lived was heavily damaged by fire. There was no one home at the time firemen said. The building at 2950 North Ave. was owned by a Denver real estate firm. On his Four Seasons employment application VanLone said he had spent some time in his own business of supplying lumber. The business was not further described, although he said he gave up the job because the wood supply was exhausted. The Romisch youth was serving in the Army at the time of his death. The sheriffs office reported no significant progress in that case today. His trucks windshield was sprayed with bullets and as many as 17 bullet holes were found in the vehicle. The youth had lived all his life in this area until he joined the Army in January, 1974. , '4 Mesa County Health Dept, director Warren Jacobson, right, and Sanitarian Bill Kidg use a net to check on progress of minnows this fnorn-. ing at a pond on Joe Frothinghams farm at 578 Road 36. The minnows, planted last week, are being used in a mosquito control experiment. Sentinel photo . i eharoe 27 The Teliuride situation has become involved in the investigation into Knous office by Frank Tucker of Glenwood Springs, district attorney in the Ninth Judicial District. He brought a five-man task force with him Wednesday. The investigation was requested by the Colorados District Attorney's Assn, at the urgings of sheriffs and lawmen in the Seventh District. The state attorney . general was the man who formally filed the complaint against Knous with the association. j Tuckers investigation started in Mon-tfose Wednesday, but all attention-seemed to focus on Teliuride by the afternoon. Tucker said he could not give any specifics but confirmed that Eilerd had asked for outside help on a case. Eilerd said Wednesday night he would release information on the activities this morning. But today he changed his mind and turned aside inquiries. Knous talked to Unruh Wednesday about the possibility of charges but told newsmen he could not elaborate. Unruh has written an undated letter of resignation in anticipation that charges would be filed, Knous said. Unruh has been a deputy district attorney for the last four month. Unruh said in an interview he could (Continued to page 12) Ford hopes J overt roil stritce WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal mediators brought railroad representatives and officials of the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks together for negotiations today to head off a nationwide rail strike threatened for midnight Sunday. . ! - . ' " The joint negotiations came after mediators met separately with union President C.L. Dennis and his staff and were said to be in touch with manage-meht officials in an effort to bring both sides back to the bargaining table. But Dennis told a news conference that without meaningful bargaining on managements part there is no way to avoid a walkout. The union announced Wednesday that contract talks had reached an impasse and that it was preparing to stike at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Ford administration officials called the prospect a matter of the deepest concern and said everything must be done to prevent it. But beyond further efforts by federal officials to mediate the dispute, there is little the administration can do. All legal delays have been exhausted and only enactment of emergency legislation by Congress could block a strike. Dennis said there was some consideration of exempting the bankrupt rail f I j d) hij W W V-O i 4 4 Has a problem roads from the walkout but no fir decision had been reached. Dennis acknowledged that the effects of a nationwide rail shutdown would create terrible conditions" and added,' -ithats why we want to do everything possible to avoid it. Dennis earlier had rejected an agreement signed by seven other railway unions providing for wage and benefit increases totaling 40.7 per cent over three years. A union spokesman said the agreement failed to deal with special problems and needs of the railway clerks. A 60-day cooling-off period imposed by President Ford under the Railway Labor Act expires at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and the clerks will be legally free to strike then. It is expected that picket lines manned by the 117,000 clerks would be honored by most of the nations 300,000 other railroad employes. Sources indicated the union may exempt bankrupt lines from the shutdown, including the Penn Central and Rock Island. With he nation just beginning to recover from its worst recession since World War II, a strike could have crippling effects, particularly industries such as steel and coal which are heavily de Minnows could prove h a r m I ess i n m osq u if o By ALICE WRIGHT Sentinel Staff Writer With 400 or so minnows known as gambusia-affinis, the Mesa County Health Department is about to embark on a mosquito control experiment that promises to be both inexpensive and environmentally non-detrimental. , The Department has the blessing and support of Colorados Wildlife Division, Dr. Warren Jacobson said. In fact, Wildlifes manager Glen Rogers initially suggested the local trial and arranged for a fish donation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. . The fish arrived by air from Texas with small advance notice, and were placed in a holding pond on the Joe Fro-thingham place at 36 Road on East Orchard Mesa. Theyll be allowed a couple of weeks to become acclimated, then put to work to dine on mosquito lar- - vae. . jV.1 Therell be no problem in finding A plentiful food supply; the question is which of many potential homes should get the first trials. Sanitarian Bill King, who spent several days in Colorado Springs observing the operation of a nine-year-old project operated by the El Paso City-County Health Department, said the selection will be made on the basis of conditions most conducive to a population explosion. Gambusia are extremely prolific, King was told, and they need to be if ever the food supply is diminished, as happens occasionally in a population explsion, they cannibalize the young. To guard against a severe winter kill the El Paso Department maintains a dozen freeze-proof tanks in which several crops of fish are produced each winter for planting in spring. The tanks are equipped with lights, aerators and heater, ideal breeding conditions. The fish are fed a commercial product. Davis spends about 20 per cent of his time on the project during the summer, theyre to make a dent ip the larvae res- mostly in checking ponds to determine ervoir in vitually ever stagnant pond how the fish are doing, whether there y, and puddle throughout Mesa County. -Harry Davis, sanitarian in charge of the El Paso project, said its been successful there to the point that chemical I ir, it Ken Bell prepares to descend on his steer Wednesday night in the first round of the Colorado Stampede at Lincoln Park. But it was all in vain. Bell ended up having a lot of trouble and getting no time in the event. Results of tiie first round competition on page 13. Sentinel photo by Robert Grant pendent on the railroads, and farming areas. Everything must be done to prevent it, certainly at this particularly crucial period in our economy,4' declared W. J. Usery Jr., chief of the Federal Media 8-month-old gunshot survivor transferred to Denver hospital The eight-month-old survivor of a Whitewater family tragedy was flown to Denver today to be treated by a neurosurgeon there. Knolly Thouth Cark was shot in the head June 6, apparently by his 24-year-old mother who, law enforcement officials believe, also shot and killed her . Since the evening of the shootings the infant has been in St. Marys Hospital where today his condition was described as satisfactory. The babys right side was paralyzed after the shooting, but a hospital spokesman today said the child wss responding to pain stimuli on that portion of his body. The extent of brain damage suffered by the infant has not yet been de1 spraying was abandoned six years ago. There are still a few complaints, but now the sanitarians seek out the source and plant fish instead of insecticides. Davis had 20 years experience as a vector control officer with U.S. Public Health Service before joining the El Paso Department. King learned that gambusia are surface-feeding fish which grow to about three inches long ; that, under ideal conditions, a female will produce up to 500 fish each six weeks; that the young are born alive and hungry; that mosquito larvae are a favorite food. Gambusia can tolerate brackish water, even water with some pollution. They can survive in a wide range of temperatures, alkalinity-acidity ratios. Gambusia are not without troubles, however. They can winter kill ; they are fair game for ducks, geese and bigger fish, especially bass and sunf ish When are too many or too few. A student as3 sistant works full time under his direction in summer, transferring fish as needed. 4 - n t 7, n 1 tion Service and the Presidents top labor troubleshooter. Usery was expected to step up efforts to resolve the dispute, keeping the talks going on an around-te-clock basis if necessary. r ' termined. A few days after the shootings, Whitewater neighbors of the Clark family established a benefit fund for the medical expenses of the infant, but accord- ing to the man in charge of the fund the response so far has been disappointing. . Doug Thompson, of the Whitewater neighbors, said that few contributions for the fund have been received at the Mesa Unived Bank. According to Thompson, a large part of the babys medical expenses are now being assumed by the local welfare department. Still residing at the Whitewater house where the infant was shot are his grandmother, Mrs. Virginia Snyder and her two teenage sons. . cheap, control Davis thinks the determining factor in winter kill is the oxygen supply ; he also recommended a number of publications from which King ekpects to learn a lot more about the minnows, and the experience others have had with them. Pueblo is another Colorado town which began a project several years ago, but has had trouble maintaining a supply of fish. El Paso County has plenty, and is eager to share. Davis suggested that the Colorado-bred fish might acclimatize better here than those from Texas. Weather extremes cover a wider range in Colorado Springs, which is 6000 feet high. King said the ponds chosen for the first trials will be those with no pre- . dator threat, in areas from which complaints are most numerous, namely the Redlands. Generally, that means the swampy areas which are literally mos-quito hatcheries. Davis warned that a first years trial is not going to be tremendously effective, simply because it takes longer to build up a fish population to equal the larvae supply. Assuming the project goes well, King and Dr. Jacobson believe five 200-gallon tanks should raise enough fish to start a second years program. Theres enough space in the Departments furnace room to house them; water, heat, and drains are already there. In short, about the only expense would be the tanks, lights, aerators, food, and the salary of the caretaker. Dr. Jacobson will recommend to Countv Commission that meat in- ( Continued to page 12) k -

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