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Record-Eagle (Newspaper) - March 10, 1976, Traverse City, Michigan Sections 22 Pages Court mulls federal bid for park land GRAND RAPIDS UPI A federal judge is considering a government request to force a Kalkaska land developer to sell some acres of lake front land in Benzie County to the National Park Service for the proposed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park U.S District Judge Noel P Fox took under advisement Monday a land con- suit filed by the National Park Service against Pierce Stocking of Kalkaska Park officials say partially developed land is a key parcel in the proposed park The suit was filed in 1974 after Stocking and the Park Service failed to agree on a selling price attorney Dale Rhoades of Grand Rapids said the government's original offer for the land in 1974 was The offer now stands at million he The offer is included in the report of a commission appointed by the court last year to study the proposed transaction and suggest a fair settlement The report was the subject of Monday's hearing We find the report Rhoades said So far the government has acquired some 22.000 acres of park land since it tirst began buying up land from private landowners in 1974 Park superintendent Julius Martinek said the process has been slower than originally expected Land values in some cases he risen 300 to 400 per cent since the beginning of the acquisition process Martinek said con- gress originally authorized million for land acquisition With little more than a third of the land bought it will take another million to complete the process he said Traverse City k m r Traverse City Michigan Wednesday U President Ford and Jimmy Carter both have the look of winners after Tuesday's Florida primary Ford dealt Ronald Reagan's bid for the Republican Price II cents Ford Carter tvin in Florida critical blow and Carter topped George Wallace and Henry Jackson in the election News analysis MIAMI UPI President Ford eel to a fourth straight primary win Tuesday in Florida and Jimmy Carter claimed the role of Democratic by ending George Wallace's rule in Ronald Reagan old leader of the conservative wing and Wallace the paralyzed three-term Alabama governor big losers in the nation's fourth and the South's first primary of the Bicentennial election year Reagan who to stop the suddenly smooth political machine said he would not quit But he hinted at a new Southern strategy to keep his hopes alive for the GOP Wallace who shocked the Democrats four years ago by winning the Florida primary with 42 per cent of the vote said he was proud of his second place finish although almost 10 Reagan's campaign in deep trouble j WASHINGTON UPI As a result of Tuesday's Flonda primary results if Ronald Reagan's campaign is not dead it at least is on the critical list And if Jimmy Carter is not the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination then no one is says he will continue his challenge of Ford all the way to the GOP national convention in Kansas City m August But unless the former California governor can quickly erase the memory of losses to Ford after confrontations in New Hampshire and Florida as well as defeats in Massachusetts and Vermont he will be regarded as nothing more than a dogged loser Carter says there still is a long way to go to win the Democratic nomination and he is right But by defeating the Alabama governor in Florida a state where Wallace routed all Democratic comers four years ago Carter demonstrated that Wallace is vulnerable in the South and reduced him again to the status of protest candidate This has the practical effect of further reducing the Democratic nomination field and could assure Carter of at least second place on the ticket Reagan was supposed to have a lock on the conservative Florida and that was supposed to be the ball game Florida also was supposed to be Wallace country and few pundits Bank city spar over zoning Rv By DAVID HAYES staff writer TRAVERSE CITY A showdown between city officials and of the Michigan National Bank may be approaching over a banking facility at the Grandview Plaza office building Howard Stoddard the bank's loan production office in Grand- view Plaza told the day that the bank has applied to the U.S Controller of the Currency for authority to open full-service branch banking facilities at the office building on East Grandview Parkway and at the Mall Stoddard said the banking facility would include full-service banking dle checking and savings accounts and continue to operate as a loan production office The loan production office presently employs six persons Stoddard said The full-service function would mean the ad- dition of four tellers he said City officials expressed concern about the banking operation at a meeting of the Traverse City Planning Commission Tuesday night Under the Planned Unit Development zoning code under which the office building was con- customer service operations are banned because of limited parkins facilities The city commission instructed City Attorney Dennis Huntley to study the banking operation to determine if it is in violation of city zoning codes at a meeting last month Grandview Plaza also contains an counting firm and a trust office for the Empire National Bank Stoddard said Michigan National Bank applied for the two branch ing operations several months ago Officials of the U S Controller of the Currency's Office in Washington D C were unavailable for comment on the bank's application at press time today Stoddard said he can't understand the controversy over the bank's office in Grandview Plaza because it would additional traffic to the western Traverse City area People don't travel all over town to cash a check or place money in a savings Stoddard said The savings rates are the same all over town It is difficult to get retail trade to come across town from different neighborhoods Stoddard said Michigan National Bank's interest rates and checking facilities are competitive with other Traverse City banks Most of the branch bank's customers in Grandview Plaza would be from the building itself and the he said Tony Miceli of Orchard Cove Associates developers of the office building said there is definitely adequate parking at Grandview Plaza Stuart Hubbell attorney for the Michigan National Bank and a representative of Grandview ties Limited which has a controlling in- terest in the office building was un- available to comment because he will of town until Monday cording to a secretary ed Carter could do much beyond cutting into the 41.8 percent ing figure of 1972 But Ford showed himself to be a good campaigner and quick to learn the ad- vantages of the presidency in seeking called in professionals to replace well-meaning amateurs in New Hampshire and Florida but it appears it was Ford himself who victory out in both states by timely visits and well-placed darts in his opponent Ford also had help from the economy Increasing signs of recovery especially the continued reduction of ployment had to be a campaign asset tor him Reagan can pull himself by defeating Ford in North Carolina or Wisconsin But he had planned to first primaries that Ford was no more than a smalltime Michigan congressional politician who would fold at the first punch Blast gas kill in Kentucky mine D A i WH mi A crashed cable car in which 42 lies In a ravine to Trenton Italy The car wai carrying 43 people when it plunged 238 feet UPI after a pylon a support cable Cable car crash kills 42 TRENTO Italy The village of lay only 200 yards ahead the final stop for 43 skiers jammed in a car as it slowly descended from slopes of Mt Suddenly toe gondola began to bounce swinging wildly above a steep ravine carved out by the River Within seconds a pylon holding the support cable collapsed and the car plunged 230 feet onto the ravine's ed slopes police said Forty-two persons died in the crash meet crushed beneath the three-ton overhead support carriage when it crashed into the ravine The accident Tuesday was one of western Europe's worst cableway dis- asters The only survivor an unidentified woman was hospitalized in critical con- dition with broken legs a fractured pelvis and internal injuries Doctors said her chances for survival were poor Unofficial reports indicated 38 of the victims were Wesi Germans on a skiing vacation from Hamburg The other five thought to be Italians Authorities began a passport check in nearby hotels to try to identify the tims Officials said they were unsure what caused the gondola to fall There were indications the pulling cable jammed causing the violent bouncing and the collapse of the pylon holding the main support cable Officials said 39 died immediately and three others died either m the hospital or en route Five or six of the victims were thrown from the gondola when it crashed rescue workers said a Dolomite winter resort village is halfway between Trento and Bolzano m northeast Italy's Alto Adige region It is 61 miles southwest of Cor- tina site of the 1956 Winter Olympics In July 1972 a broken cable caused a gondola to crash at Betten Switzerland Thirteen persons were killed and two in- jured PARTRIDGE Ky UPI The bodies of 15 miners trapped miles underground when a methane gas ex- plosion ripped through a mine near this eastern Kentucky village were found early today The mine had been cited for high concentrations of methane gas Nine were killed in the explosion and six apparently suffocated from a ture of heavy smoke and methane said Kentucky Department of Mines and Mineral Resources Commissioner Harreld The explosion occurred Tuesday at the Scotia Coal Co mine a subsidiary of Blue Diamond Coal Co near the Virginia border and about 40 mites from Ky where a methane gas ex- plosion killed 38 miners five years ago said six of the miners were not killed instantly Nine of them were found in different spots and there were six who evidently were not killed said They were able to partially barricade themselves The six men apparently attempted to use a heavy tarpaulin called brattice cloth used in all mines to form an air pocket after an explosion Airliner crashes afire 127 die MOSCOW UPI An airliner on a domestic flight has crashed near Yerevan m Armenia killing an 120 persons aboard according to Soviet sources They said the turboprop Ilyushin 118 had a sudden pressurization as it was landing at the Armenian capital and crashed in flames The sources said Tuesday there were no A source said the crash also killed seven person's on the ground As is the normal procedure the dis- aster was not reported in the press An official at Yerevan airport said its a lie when asked if a crash had occurred Sources said the plane was flight 909 which left Moscow's Vnukovo 2 airport at pm Friday to have arrived in Yerevan at 1 Saturday Sources in Yerevan said officials at the airport had a passenger list that they were making available only to relatives of victims f They said the list included at least 36 Armenians and possibly some East Europeans but nov Westerners The Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration said in Washington late Tuesday that the explosion caused by a pocket of methane gas The administration previously cited Scotia for methane levels of 5 to 15 per cent A methane level of more than 5 per cent is considered dangerous the administraion said said an investigation would be launched today to determine the exact cause of the explosion One miner who asked his name not be used because it could jeopardize his job said the explosion occurred in a section or the mine that a federal in- spector had ruled unsafe because of the high level of gas only the day before Jasper Cornell of Knoxville Tenn vice president of operations Blue Diamond Co denied allegations that the mine had a reputation of being un- safe I teel those allegations are in- correct he said But it's true the mine does liberate gas The worst in tucky occurred Aug 4 1917 when 62 miners died m a Western Kentucky Coal Co mine in Clay Ky per cent ot the Floridians Sen Henry Jackson winner in finished a solid third Ford Ascribed himself as over- joyed by his victory while Carter ed his upset of Wallace a major step forward to a first ballot nomination in July in New York Wallace and Reagan tried to brush otf their losses calling Florida atypical of the South Reagan said there's no ting now I am going all the way to sas City With all of the precincts reported here's how the Democrats stacked up Carter per cent Wallace Jackson 306 The GOP vote was Ford Reagan Ford won 43 of Flonda s 66 GOP con- vention delegates giving him a total of 1.103 needed for nomination Reagan had a total of 41 delegates Carter added 34 convention votes ior a total of 70 Wallace got 26 for a total of 58 and Jackson 21 for a total of 55 Rep Morris Udall leader liberals who shunned campaigning in Klonda has 23 delegates of the 1.505 needed for nomination Ford and Reagan clash again next Tuesday in Illinois A defeat for Reagan in his native state could give Ford a triumphant ride to the GOP presidential nomination at Kansas City in August The Florida results were a severe and possibly fatal blow to Reagan's hopes of After listening to the results in Rock Island III Reagan dismissed Florida as not a state Even losers sound happy Bv United Press Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford were big winners in Flonda They talked like winners George Wallace and Ronald Reagan were the big losers They talked like winners too Scoop Jackson was a He talked like one We are all delighted by the Florida results Reagan told his partisans m Rock Island 111 We arein for the long haul way to the convention I feel very Wallace told porters in Chicago Why should I hang up the We're doing very well Both said Florida wasn't a typical Southern state and downgraded the im- portance of the But Reagan originally had said he needed Florida and his manager at one time predicted a victory And Wallace thought Florida ly Dixie tour years ago when he em- the Democratic powerhouses by sweeping to victory with almost 42 per cent of the vote Ford and Carter were elated I'm just overjoyed with the results the President said after a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars at a ton hotel But he refused to count Reagan out even though campaign manager Howard Callaway said Ford's victory had positively killed the chances of the former California governor Carter suggested his of Wallace heralded a new South and possibly a new America The former governor of Georgia learned of his victory while munching a cheeseburger and in his Orlando Fla hotel suite He cried to his wife Jerry Zimmerman pats a smile in voice to get a smile on your face Page 13 Cloudy tonight with lows of 10 to IS Thursday with night In the upper Ste to low Complete weather on We 2 The state GOP chairman says the party will have to do better job of ing itself Page 3 Jane Soper proposes the assembling of the world's largest tepee Page 5 County board calls for tax reform Page 5 Bensie Central loses to Roscommon Page The Traverse City regional opens tonight at Senior High Page 16 Classified isSl Community M 22 Farm and Ann Landers u Obituaries K Television yp Weather j
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