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   Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - August 9, 1976, Casa Grande, Arizona                                LIT ATnivss i nv 1 L SiAiE CAPITOL Storm Stings Area More Expected 1576D The weather headlined the weekend news m the valley and across Arizona again this weekend Severe dust storms ripped across the state Sunday cutting Visibility to zero tearing down power lines and traffic lights and shutting down televisionsstations Thundershowers and gusty winds continued Sunday night but dissipated somewhat today In the Casa Grande area blowing dust caused a fourcar collision on Interstate 8 and lightning caused power outages for up to six hours in some outlying areas The town of Stanfield was without electrical power for about 30 minutes Sunday night when breaker switches at substations in the area were thrown by lightning an Arizona Public Service APS official said Power outages to irrigation pumps were also reported m the Stanfield area according to APS Employes of Electrical District No 4 also reported power outageslor nearly six hours in the Arizona City and Toltec areas The storm that passed through Casa Grande Sunday dropped only a trace of rain at recording stations but the National Weather Service said this morning that moisture streaming northward from Mexico could provide a repeat performance with thunderstorms forecast for this afternoon in Central Arizona The forecast in the Casa Grande area calls for temperatures over 100 with a chance of widely scattered thunderstorms Gusty winds and blowing dust may make driving hazardous in the central deserts according to the weather service The DPS hasissued travelers warnings for Interstate 10 bet ween Phoenix and Tucson and on roads west of Phoenix toward Yuma Blythe and Wmterhaven Calif Gusts up to 60 mph swept through downtown Phoenix bringing scattered rain No seriousaccidents or injuries were reported as a resultof the storms The Phoenix Fire Department said many power lines and tree limbs were torn down mainly in the west and south areas of the city KTARTV and KOOLT V both were off the air for a short time in the afternoon KOOL officials said power was out for about 30 seconds but KTAR was not able to transmit for about five minutes Officials said the power outage was unusual during a dust storm though it has happened before during an electrical storm The National Weather Service said the dust storm originated GRAN Pino Countys Doily Newspaper CASA GRANDE ARIZONA 85222 MONDAY AUGUST 9 1976 PATCH 10 Per Copy VOL LX NO 155 around Gila Bend and blew north and northwest Dust storms also hit Florence Junction Avondale Coolidge and Picacho Peak The Department of Public Safety said The Department of Public Safety reported that cars slowing in dust that had dropped visibility tonearzero collided Sunday aftynoon on the westbound lane of 18 just south of the city Ihe crash injured two persons Kong Sun Rogers 21 of Yuma who was treated at ttoemako Hospital and released after suffering facial injuries and Joseph Smith 47 of Oklahoma City who sought treatment on his own for neck injuries The collision occurred when a car driven by Richard Adams 73 of Como Tex was struck from behind by a car driven by Robin Rogers 23 of Yuma A third car driven by 35yearold Lee Coleman of Spencer drove into the Rogers car and a car driven by Arthur Miller 61 of Duncan collided with the Coleman vehicle Jtoth persons injured were passengers Ms Roberts was a passenger in the Rogers vehicle Smith was riding in the Coleman vehicle Weekend traffic accidents in Arizona killed four persons raising the states 1976 traffic fatality toll to 435 The toll at this time last year was 412 Phoenix police said Juan Caballero Cuevas 31 Phoenix died Sunday after he was struck by a car while walking across a southeast street Richard Lee Blaugh 29 Phoenix was fatally injured Sunday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Glen dale said police Earlier in the weekend separate accidents claimed the lives of William R Graham 39 Mesquite Tex and David Wayne Sweeney 19 Irvine said the highway patrol Graham died at a Benson Hospital Saturday night following a onevehicle accident on 80 about 16 miles south of Benson Sweeney died Saturday when the motorcycle ne was riding crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming motor home on State Route 95 about 9 miles north of Parker PHOENIX lAZ 850117 Senate Rejects Arms Cutback WASHINGTON lAP Neanng passage of a de fense spending bill the Senate defeated an amendment today to delete million for procurement of nonnuclear Lance missile warheads Sen Gary Hart DColo sponsor of the amendment argued that the surfacetosurface Lance missiles at each are not so costeffective as alternatives such as bombing of surface targets from the air The amendment a deny million for the first 360 nonnuclear warheads was defeated 61 to 15 As the Senate worked on the defense spending measure the House prepared to consider a postcard registration bill Both branches o Congress plan to recess in midweek the House Tuesday and the Senate Wednesday until after the Republican National Convention Harts amendment was opposed by Chairman John C Stennis DMiss and other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee They said that providing the Lance with a conventional war capability could reduce the possibility of a nuclear exchange in Europe The House leads off the week with legislation to authorize postcard registration to vote in federal elections a proposal on which Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter person ally requested early congressional action Quick approval is expected today On Tuesday the House is to act on a compromise bill extending the Federal Energy Administration until Dec 31 1977 and authorizing loans grants and other aid to the states to encourage home owners business proprietors and public bodies to install insulation weather stripping storm solar heat and other energy saving devices The Senate passed the bill last Thursday ford Reagan Differ In Convention Plans Young Players to Act in CG Production YOUTH THEATRE WORKSHOP will be presenting Simple a play bv Aurand Harris based on the famous nursery rhyme at and p m Friday at Cottonwood School 1667 N Kadota Casa Grande Simon piaved by David Negrette 13 is shown at left trying to shave the sleeping King Ken Thompson 14 At right is the Queen Kathy Scheln 14 making a decree Director Loralee Cooley said admission will be charged to defray cost of production She added fhat the theatre group needs props for the play Staff Photos by KANSAS CITY Mo API Vice President Nelson A Rockefeller carried President Fords campaign theme to Republicans preparing for their national convention today declaring that the administration has shown the world it will rebuild and sustain the strength of To make good on that Ford will have to win his close struggle with Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential nomination The President wants that settled in a oneballot candidatetocandidate test but the challenger may seek preliminary convention votes on issues and rules Rep John J Rhodes went rules committee to ask for guidance on one such point a controversy over a rule that would require delegates to comply with state primary election verdicts and cast their convention votes in accordance with the popular vote back home Rhodes who will be the convention chair man said he doesnt want to have to decide that point without instructions from Republican rulemakers Rockefellers forum was the platform committee and he used it to extol Fords performance as President and to praise the brilliant international initiatives of Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger who has been a prime Reagan campaign target Rockefeller who stepped aside last fall as a prospect for the nomination to remain in his current job said Ford has restored confidence at home controlled inflation and renewed international cooperation and mutual respect This Republican administration has con sinced the leaders of the world that it intends to rebuild and sustain the strength of Rockefeller said Although the opening gavelwas still a week away Republican wrangling was quick to be Bin There were signals that the Reagan camp wll seek preliminary votes in committees and probably at the convention in hopes of demonstrating strength that might be per suasive with wavering delegates on the roll call that really counts the one that will choose a nominee for the White House In a closely divided convention with un committed Republicans holding the balance of nominating power preliminary victories could provide momentum and bargaining points to be used in dickering for delegates Managers for both Ford and Reagan have claimed more than the delegates needed lo win nomination One side is going to be proved wrongwhen the roll is called on Aug 18 Guide Quits Lion Hunting Belle Brushes Carolina North In Search of Bigger Game Hurricane Headed for Long Island Southern New England KINGMAN AP Bernie Lawrence big game hunter and guide has turned his skills to hunting men for the Mohave County Sheriffs office He may be an anachronism says Sheriff Phil Jordan but we are thankful that he is of this generation Without his specific talents wed be handicapped in many The only fulltime tracker employed by an Arizona law enforcment agency Lawrence once killed as many as 100 mountain lions in a year But last year he followed human tracks through 60 miles of desert to lead investigators to an marijuana stash near Wikieup Four Tucson men were arrested including a former Department of Public Safety officer Lawrence also is credited with convictions in at least six cattle rustling cases Bemie has won over attorneys in federal as well as local Jordan said His ex pertise m developing evidence is now acknowledged by almost Lawrence said Its the same thing Ive always done But now Im hunting man instead of Still a guide and outfitter Lawrence has been a hunter and trapper for most of his 45 years Hes familiar with much of Mexico and North America and worked 20 years with the Fish and Wildlife Service Before drought and overgrazing made game scarce Lawrence said I was like a lot of people I thought there was no end to Now his quarry ranges from stolen turquoise to missing persons and murderers Sometimes Ill get a call at 2 and theyll say We got an armed suspect just took off into the desert here we need Ill be running code 3 emergency a few minutes later and all of a sudden Ill realize theres a 5050 chance Im gonna get killed and I wonder what Im in such a hurry for Sometimes I wonder what the heck Im doing CAPE HATTERAS AP The western edge of Hurricane Belles nomileperhour fury brushed the southern tip of North Carolinas Outer Banks islands at 11 today with gusts up to 74 miles per The center of the storm was 50 miles out to sea picking up speed on a northerly course that coulc sweep its full force into Long Island and southern New England We got plenty of wind 55 miles per houi gusting to 7V said Mrs Womach whose family chose to remain in their home threefourths of a mile from the beach at Ocracoke south of Cape Hatteras Theyre probably getting some pretty strong squalls and hurricane force winds in said Joe Pelissier of the National Hurricane Center in Miami Pelissier said the strongest winds were on the eastern or seaward side of the storm because of its northward movement and counterclockwise ro tation Larry Palmer 34 of Arlington whose family sought refuge in the Kitty Hawk Elementary School said he heard a policeman saying that the beach highway is flooding in areas There are at least persons in the school Most are he said Its really gone smooth Nobody panicked Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves The kids have been fan Palmer who was with his wife and two children estimated there were 250 to 400 children in the school building Im hoping we can get back to our I beachfront cabin by 5or6oclock Waves appeared to be eight to 10 feet high but the storm passed when the tide was out In the Nags Head area north of here the water did not surge over the sand dunes toward homes as feared At the local National Weather Service Station here hurricane watchers placed Belles center 45 miles east in the Atlantic Radar indicated rain up and down the states Roads from Frisco to Hatteras are impassable with water up to three feet the weather service reported Some trees and wires are down on the portion of the island south of Buxton and elec tricity is Winds and rain in the area were expected to maintain their strength for at least two hours and then subside about 1 p m according to the statement We may even get a glimpse of blue sk before a weather service spokesman said Many of the tourists estimated to have been on the narrow string of islands were evacuated without incident before daybreak Others visitors along with many of the to permanent island residents stood their ground See Hurricane page 3 Conventioneers Quesfionned in Deaths HARRISBURG Pa AP Health officials say they are turning now to those who escaped as they search for the cause of the mysterious le gionnaires disease that has killed 27 persons All those who died and the 125 others who becarh ill had some connection with a state American Legion convention la Philadelphia Health officials said they will ask those who attended the July 2124 meeting and did not become ill to fill out questionnaires that may help in finding some common link Were getting to the stage where this is going to be a long drawnout investigation and weve got to carry out our normal Leonard Bach man Pennsylvania health secretary told a news conference Sunday As long as we see no new onsets and no secon dary infections the time pressure is not on us as much as it was in the early days when we didnt know the impact on the rest of the populat ion If necessary he said he will ask the stale legislature when it returns in September to fund a fulltime investigative medical team Dennie Byle 60 of Hazleton and Harold Davis 66 Saudi Oil Minister Predicting Crude Oil Price Hike for 77 GENEVA Switzerland AP Sheik Ahmed oil minister said today ho thinks the price ofcrude oil will be increased for 1977 but said his country will resist pressure for a very drastic hike being urged by somecountries I think it is premature to talk now alxiul the per he told reporters It depends on a variety of factors including the economic recoun in the West But we are not going to slaughter the hen that lays the gold he stated is a limit to what wecando ihmk we MIthat limit a little bit clearer than refetencc to the Uolhei members of the Organization if Petroleum xirting Countries The current benchmark price for oil exported OPKC members is 51 for a 42 gallon barrel Thai price has been in effect since October HI75 OPKC oil ministers considered a hike when ihes met cm the Indonesian island of Bali in lut decided against it Siiudi Arabia the worlds leading ml exporter is considered somewhat a dove imong oIKi members on the question of piuvs i population and plenty of oil wealth it has nfcti tangled with Iran and other so called the sue of increases of Philadelphia both of whom attended the con vention died Sunday Bachman said there still are critical cases among those hospitalized by the ailment Wliile scientists pursue the possibility that a toxin or poison may have caused the deaths state health officials are sending messengers to legion meetings across the state tonight to deliver the questionaires The list of 23 questions includes the following What times of the day during Friday July 23 were you at the BellevueStratford and Benjamin Franklin hotels or on the sidewalk outside9 Did you drink coffee or eat pastry at the Friday morning gogetters breakfast Did you buy anything from a street vendor Did you use ice Where did you get if Was it cubes or block There were also questions about souvenir packs mid wKat the legionnaires drank Investigators found no common link to the illness when they asked similar questions of the sick and families of the dead Were trying to get very detailed profile of all the Conventioneers and what they did at the con venlioti to try to make a physical comparison of those that became ill and those who Bach man said Researchers at the state Health Department m Philadelphia and the federal Center for Disease Control have all but ruled out viruses including influenza bacteria or a fungus as the source of the disease Chambers NewManager Predicts Faster Growth The nations economic upturn will mean even more growth for Casa Grande ac i cording to William Woodruff The new manager of the citys chamber of commerce ThaUprogram includes inviting all types of i industries and businesses to inquire about Casa Grande as well as working within the community to build cohesiveness Woodruff said Currentl Woodruff said he is busy getting to know the community and its citizens and i preparing for a Town Hall meeting in Sep tember After those goals are reached he said he will have more time to look into future expansion of Casa Grande We weathered the worst of the recession 1 with little difficulty and now we have more possibilities for expansion witness the new Arizona Bank Woodruff said Woodruff took over us manager on Aug 2 Ho comes to Casa Grande from Nugales whore he was manager of chamber of commerce for four years Previously Woodruff managed the chamber in Williams mid he also has 25 years of experience in radio and television Woodruff says ho has not planned am changes or surprizes for the chamber We will just continue the program as laid out by the chambers board of Woodruff said William Woodruff   

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