Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on December 1, 1977 · Page 3
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Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, December 1, 1977
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'Airborne...Plane Okay' Garden City Telegram Thursday, December 1, 1977 Page 3 But Aircraft Damaged; Couldn't Clear Mountain Barrier ASPEN, Colo. (AP)—It was seven minutes after takeoff. Charles Randolph was dozing lightly: "All of a sudden there was a jolt. I heard people screaming and moaning and all of the emergency lights were flashing." It was the end of a 'ski holiday, the beginning of an ordeal in the high'Rockies. For 30 hours, Charles Randolph, 17, staggered through the waistdeep snow, hallucinated through a below zero night and finally found help. C.B. Cameron of Oklahoma City, his wife, two children and two of the younger Camerons' friends had flown to Aspen last Sunday to ski for a day and look at condominiums the Camerons might buy. At 5:14 p.m. pilot Terry Deplois took the Cessna 414 owned by Cameron's firm down the runway at Aspen's Sardy Field. Fifteen minutes earlier the airport had been socked in by snow; 12 minutes later it was closed for the night. The Cessna almost did not make it. It clipped two wire fences at the end of the runway and skimmed a highway low enough to have hit a car if there had been one there. "It was rough, but we are airborne and the plane is okay," Deplois radioed the Aspen tower. He was apparently unaware that one wheel and a wheel strut had been knocked from the plane. Deplois headed west to gain altitute before turning back to cross the mountains. He never made it. Fifteen miles west of Aspen, the plane pancaked into a snowfield at 11,600 feet on the side of Haystack Mountain. "I knew we had crashed, but I don't think anyone else did right away," said Randolph. It took an hour for everyone to calm down and assess the damage. Cameron, owner of an Oklahoma City insurance firm, died within two hours. Mrs. Cameron and Deplois were in great pain with back injuries. The plane had crashed above timberline and did not break up. The cabin was tight and reasonably warm. The right wing tip and right engine had been knocked off when it hit a rock outcropping, but two hundred yards further and it would have slammed into a solid rock wall. The plane, painted white, was buried in three feet of snow in a deep bowl and would be almost invisible to searchers because of the surrounding rocks. They talked about what to do. At 7 a.m. Monday morning, Randolph set out to find help. "I was the only one who could walk well enough to go," he explained. He set out with no food, wearing hiking boots, two pairs of longjohns and ski clothes. "I thought I would make it down in about three hours," he said. He found an creek and started working his way down, stumbling often in the snow. He found an abandoned hunter's blind and ripped from it • piece of green plastic. At 4:30 p.m., still no more than a few miles from the plane, he wrapped himself in the plastic and burrowed in the snow under a pine tree. "I tried to sleep, but kept hallucinating that people and cars were nearby," he said. "When I got up about sunup, my feet were frozen solid. They were like clubs." ' He kept going, following the creek, then a barbed wire fence. It wasn't rusted, had to be new, and had to lead somewhere, he reasoned. Randolph had been without food for more than 24 hours now. He saw buildings in the distance; they turned out to be rock outcroppings, he said. He heard planes overhead, but it might have been the burbling of the creek beneath the ice. "I never really did give up hope, although I got discouraged at times," he said. It was 2:25 p.m. Tuesday when a helicopter came into view. Randolph ran to the middle of a snowfield and waved his arms above his head. Minutes later he was aboard the helicopter, guiding it back to the crash site. The survivors were lifted out on helicopters. Jo Carole Cameron, 41, son Bill, 18, and Deplois, 30, were in serious but stable condition today at Lutheran Hospital in Denver. Lynda Cameron, 17, her friend Karen Mills, 16, and Randolph were in fair condition at Aspen Valley Medical Center in Aspen. Randolph, a high school senior and son of a retired Air Force general, sat in his hospital bed on Wednesday and talked with reporters. "It's indescribable how I felt when I saw that helicopter. I knew it was over. I knew I wouldn't have to walk anymore," he said. His frostbitten feet, purple and black, protruded from the bottom of the sheet. "I'm tired. I feel drained," said Randolph. "I'm very happy, and I hope I can walk soon.'" The doctors don't know. They said they may not be able to save his feet. Leoti, Wichita County Law Merger Okayed LEOTI — Wichita County ; Commission and Leoti City Council agreed at a special meeting Monday to combine ' the sheriff's department and ; city police department into a ; single county law enforcement agency. : Mel McKellips, who is ; serving at present as both Wichita County sheriff and ; Leoti police chief, said '. Thursday a contract had been '. made between the city and . county for the merging of the two departments. All that is needed for the • move to take place, he said, is the approval of the Kansas ;' Attorney General. Included in the proposed merger: ' — Creation of a 24-hour • dispatching service. ; — Hiring of another officer • for a total of four law en! forcement officers. ; — Expansion of the reserve unit of officers to five or six for duties such as handling crowds during fires or other emergencies. The reserve unit is comprised of two deputy sheriffs at present. — Updating of the jail at the sheriff's office as a one or two- day holding cell. The jail has been condemned by the state. A representative of the state fire marshal's office will be sent to Leoti to determine how the jail should be updated. The county now sends its prisoners to the jail in Scott County. — Moving of police books and records from city hall to the sheriff's office. The police facilities in city hall will be closed. McKellips said a major factor igniting the merger agreement was realization of the need for a 24-hour dispatching service. At present, one dispatcher works an eight-hour shift at the Clarifies Article; &<•••?!•'. :•'.•• < • * ; An article in Tuesday's ; edition of. the Garden City ' Telegram on wheat produc- '. lion costs gray heed some } clarification, according to ]• Randy Baden, Area Extension • Specialist in Economics for vKSU. > The article stated that based ;; on averages for more than 400 ;• farms in 23 southwest Kansas ^•counties, Extension • Economist Randy Baden ", predicts it will cost $2.86, $3.46 ; and $3.03 to raise a bushel of ;• wheat on flood, sprinkler, and • summer fallow land, '; respectively. : Actually, Baden says, : because production costs vary • drastically from farm to farm • because of differences in ! Liberal Man I Convicted • LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — A \ Liberal man was convicted ••Wednesday night in Seward \ County District Court for the £ October 1976 slaying of t another man in an argument I over a can of beer. > Judge Keaton Duckworth t gave attorneys 10 days to file £ motions before sentencing for L Jerry Scott, 25. yield, machinery and land investment costs and variable cash expenses, it is difficult to predict exactly what production costs will be for the next crop year. The "averages for more than 400 farms in 23 southwest Kansas counties" referred to in the article provide estimates of machinery and equipment repairs, depreciation, interest, insurance and taxes. That information plus estimates for cash operating expenses and land costs are combined with per acre yields of 50, 50 and 28 bushels, respectively for flood, sprinkler and summer fallow land, to approximate costs per bushel as printed above. However, Baden said, because these costs are 'not accurate for every individual farmer, he encourages producers to calculate their own costs using an Extension Crop Budget as a guide. Persons may contact the county extension agricultural agent for copies of these budgets for wheat as well as for most other crops grown in Southwest Kansas. sheriff's office. "Right now, the only way to contact a law officer at night is through the mobile phone service, which is really terrible. A 24-hour dispatching service will provide much better coverage for everybody." McKellips said he hoped to hire the extra dispatchers by Dec. 20 and to have them schooled by the time of the planned merger on Jan. l. "I don't know how many people are qualified for the job and I don't know how many people will apply," McKellips said. "We'll just have to wait and see. "We're going more or less by ear on this thing," he said of the move to combine law enforcement agencies. "It will probably cause some problems at first, but those should be worked out as time goes on." Murder Hearing Continued Preliminary hearing for Nicholas George Rome, 26, Eminence Rt., charged with the first-degree murder of Gary Fuller Jr., has been continued until Dec. 30. . The hearing, to have been conducted Wednesday in , Finney County District Court, 1 was postponed at the request of Finney County Attorney Don Vselecka. Reason for the delay, Vsetecka said Thursday, was he needed more time to prepare for the case — partially because many of the witnesses to be involved do not live in Garden City. Rome has been charged with the murder of the 21- year-old Fuller who was reported missing Jan. 3 and found dead under a bridge in Logan County April 1. Fuller had been shot once in the head and stabbed under the left arm. Rome, now free on $100,000 bond, had been living in California since early summer and was arrested last week when he returned to Garden City to visit relatives. Fuller was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fuller Sr., 2005 Hattie. Commission Rewards Of $1,200 Go Begging City Commissioners and the Garden City Attorney are out on a limb for $1,200. No, it's not a case of pay-offs or misplaced funds. In fact they want to pay $200 each. The $1,200 is the amount the six — five commissioners plus the city attorney — have offered as rewards in two separate cases of recent vandalism in the city. At an earlier meeting, they each pledged $100 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalism to a restroom in Finnup Park. That reward is still unclaimed. At last week's city meeting, another $600 was offered by the six for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in shooting holes in the city's water towers. The most recent water tower shooting was on Nov. 20, when the water tower at Taylor and the drainage ditch was punctured by a bullet. City Manager Deane Wiley said that was the fourth time a hole has been shot in one of the city's four water towers: Other shootings include once at the 3rb and Mary water tower, and two different times at the Campus and Mary water tower. Wiley said the cost of patching up the bullet holes (ranging from $250-$500 depending on which part of the tower is punctured) is a minor part of the city's concern with the shooting incidents. First concern, he said, is the possibility of someone getting hit by a bullet which could ricochet off a tower. Other concerns, he said, include the possibility of a loss of water pressure in part of the city due to one of the punctures, making not only everyday water consumption a problem, but reducing available pressure at fire hydrants in case of a fire in that portion of the city. He said the internal damage to the tower, unknown until the tower is inspected at a Later date, also might be greater than the apparent external damage. There is a possibility that a bullet could hit a structurally vital spot in the tower and weaken the overall tower, he said, with the possible end result a large split in the tower necessitating major repairs. MARJORY SHARP, right, Pittsburg, president of the K-NEA, visits with local teachers, explaining ways they can make use of their professional organization. Telegram PHOIO 'Educating for Survival of Democracy' By CAROL CRUPPER "Teaching ,is the-, most humane of professions," K- deaths told Garden City teachers shown that teachers today are A third goal, said Mrs. Wednesday; more..- .emotionally bat- Sharp, is better legislation in Itjtakes a lot of energy, it's tlesearred than veterans of ; support/of effu^atidril^.which _L_:_-™-»i—^ n <; nn » h,,i ••*,„•„,; .;„„( ,,^^c. •--' includes finance. Political decisions, she said, determine profession is one of the most what goes on in the classroom, important there is. NBA president Marjory Sharp wearing on the emotions — but 'many past years. it's the noblest of professions, But, she said, the teaching she said. The tone was low key and supportive as the Kansas- National Education Six Oklahoma, Texas Cities Air Midwest Bids to Extend Service "You're educating for the .. .. . .. .. rNaiiuiiai i^uu<,a..»«" survival of democracy," she Mrs. Myrtle Liedtke Association president visited told the audience gathered at Former Garden Citian, Mrs. with local instructors. Garden City High School. Myrtle Bessie Liedtke, 69, "When we reach out of our One of Mrs. Sharp's goals died Wednesday in professional needs, then we're this year is to educate the Independence, Mo. truly a profession," said the public that "teachers' Born Myrtle Bessie Pound, Pittsburg English teacher. working conditions are Dec. 7, 1907, in Haskell Through negotiations and students' learning con- County, near old Santa Fe, she through political activity, she ditions." was a long time resident of said, teachers can make. Another goal, she said, is "a Garden City. She was a strides in the classroom. better understanding of member of the First Baptist Teaching is hard, she said, teachers' jobs as they work Church here. Studies, Mrs. Sharp said, have w jth minds." Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Kauffman, Independence, Mo.; three sons, Richard E. Wade, Bossier City, La., Charles W. Wade, Calimesa, Calif., and Gary L. Wade, St. Joseph, Mo.; two brothers, Robert 0. Pound, Garden City, and Ernest R. Pound, Manhattan; a sister, Mrs.. Nellie Fern Cavner, Shell Knob, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ott-Mitchell Funeral Home in Independence, Mo. Burial will be in Wood Lawn Cemetery, Independence. A memorial for Mrs. Liedtke has been established with the First Baptist Church in Garden City. Irvin Hendrickson JETMORE — Irvin Wesley Hendrickson, 73, died Tuesday at the Hodgeman County Health Center. Born Aug. 28, 1904, in Parkio, Mo., he moved to Larned in 1906 and to Hodgeman County in 1917. Mr. Hendrickson married Daisy Ellen Pitts June 17, 1931 in Dodge City. A Hodgeman County farmer-stockman, Mr. Hendrickson was a member of the First Baptist Church and on the church board of directors. He was also a member of the Jetmore Masonic Lodge. Survivors include the widow, Jetmore; two sons, Sam, Kalvesta, and Wesley, Jetmore; a daughter, Mrs. Roberta Joyce Reed, Kalvesta; and a sister, Mrs. Frank Nilhas, Jetmore. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Rev. Harry Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery, Jetmore. Friends may call 1-9 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Funeral Home, Jetmore. K-NEA, said Mrs. Sharp, is active this year in prevention of child abuse, the critical examination of school budgets, the sharing of innovative teaching ideas, and the study of competency based education. Mrs. Sharp said the. organization will soon have a statement on proposed competency based education. "We recognize the need for it," she said. "But what are the basics? I don't know if they can really define what they want out of education." Then the measurement of those goals, she said, is still another question. Mrs. Sharp, the widow of the late Derrill D. Sharp, a graduate of. Garden City Community College, is bullish on America's educational system. "We have a tremendous educational system," she said. "And it has been most successful. Free public education is great. There are always problems — but there are so many things that are tremendously right about it." Air Midwest, Inc., the Wichita-based regional air carrier which serves Garden City, has filed application with the Civil Aeronautics Board for route authority to serve new cities in Oklahoma with a southern terminal point of Dallas-Ft. Worth. The application, known as the "Air Midwest Oklahoma Points Extension," was filed jointly with the cities of Enid, McAlester and Ponca City, Okla., and asks that Frontier Airlines' authority be suspended at Enid, McAlester and Ponca City and that Air Midwest be awarded new authority between Wichita, Ponca City, Enid, Oklahoma City, McAlester, and Dallas- Ft. Worth, Texas. With the new authority Air Midwest will serve Enid, McAlester and Ponca City to the three terminal points of Dallas-Ft. Worth, Oklahoma City and Wichita. The service would be flown with pressurized, turbine-powered Swearingen Metroliners. Air Midwest will substantially increase scheduled departures on an annual basis at all three of the affected communities over Frontier's present service levels. KANSAS CITY HO. boarded passenger to ap- carrier" and operates a fleet served by Air Midwest to 16 proximately $346,776 or $13.81 of five Swearingen and will increase Air Mid- per boarded passenger in the Metroliners. The addition of west's total annual passenger first full year of service. In the Oklahoma points will boardings to over 100,000 addition, replacement of Air bring total number of cities passengers. Midwest service will also produce a fuel savings of I 278,601 gallons of fuel or 47.2 L percent in the first full year Air Midwest provides service. The Oklahoma points extension was filed one year from the date Air Midwest received its final certification from the Civil Aeronautics Board which was Nov. 29, 1976. The route extension will provide substantial reduction in subsidy need and fuel savings and will give the three communities well-timed and convenient air service which will fully integrate them into the nation's air transportation system. Air Midwest was certificated by the Civil Aeronautics Board on Nov. 29, 1976 to serve 11 points in Missouri, Kansas and Colorado as a "regional feeder INDEPENDENCE OKLAHOMA ENID*i\ . i< TEXAS f f PONCA CITY I OKLAHOMA CITY S ****UCALESTER I / t DAUASfFT. WORTH THE DOTTED lines show Air Midwest's planned routes into Oklahoma and Texas. The Markets Wheat Milo Corn $2.35 unchg. $3.15unchg. $2.06 unchg. (Prices at 12:30 p.m. today 1 p.m. The new Air Midwest service will key on frequency of rt Garden City Co-op.) service, well-timed connections and new joint fares to major destinations throughout the United States. Air Midwest forecasts these advantages will increase total traffic to the three communities from the present 12,684 passengers per year to 26,305 passengers in the first full year of service. Air Midwest also forecasts total subsidy need will be reduced from the present $1,075,299 or $84.77 per (The following price quotations are furnished to the Telegram by Heinold (Securities, 276-3244). : Allied Supplies 2% American Cyanamid 25% American Motors 4V< American Brands 43% Anaconda 51% AT4T 59% Beech Aircraft 27% Bethlehem Steel 21% Boeing 28% Chrysler 13% Cities Service 4814 Colorado Interstate 20 Dillons 31% DuPont 117 Eastman Kodak 51% El Paso NG 16% Ford 43% General Electric 50% General Motors 64% Halliburton 65% IBM 264% International Harvester 31% International Paper 43% KNB 25% MarCor 21V» National Distributor 22 Northern Natural 39 PanEPL 46% Penney JC 36 Phillips Petroleum 31V« Proctor Gamble 85 .RCA 28V. Santa Fe Industries 37 Sears 29% Sperry Rand 34% Standard Oil Indiana 46% Standard Oil New Jersey 46V« Texaco 27% United State Steel 30% Westinghouse Electric 18% Woolworth 20 DOW JONES AVERAGE Dow Jones average of 30 industrials at 1 p.m. was down 1.76 at 827.36. LIVE BEEF FUTURES Dec. Feb. Apr. June High 42.25 40.15 39.80 41.45 Low 41.87 39.87 39.50 41.10 Close 42.12 39.97 39.55 41.20

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