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Tucson Citizen (Newspaper) - November 26, 1977, Tucson, Arizona Magazine TlICSOD CltlZCn VOL 107 NO 283 TUCSON ARIZONA SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 1977 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER Color Comics 44 PAGES 15 CENTS Fatal crash landing Clttefi Ptow byiMuuel Mtera The unidentified pilot of this Mooney M2IB apparently was toying to make an emergency landing this morning on W Calle Arroyito a few Mocks southeast of Cholla High School but instead crashed into this house at INI S Rufus Pacific rain Northeast blizzard Two storms threatening ly AMoctaM PICM Two storms one of which left 15 persons dead in the Midwest 10 as a result of heart attacks while shoveling snow churned closer together today threatening the Northeast with a major blizzard In Milwaukee nearly 11 inches of snow fell and the predawn temperature dipped to 3 degrees a record for Meanwhile in the Pacific Northwest heavy nun drenched Washington and Oregon On the Oregon coast already soggy from heavy rains earlier this week people cattle and mobile homes were evacuated to higher ground A storm in the Pacific was moving inland and another inch of rain was in todays forecast The National Weather Service said the two North eastern storms one rumbling across the Great Lakes and the other blowing in from the Atlantic would intensify today and dump five to eight inches of snow on portions of New York state before moving into Quebec Winds gusting to 50 mph were expected to blow the snow into deep drifts and reduce visibility to near zero Travelers advisories were posted throughout the region The weather service in Buffalo NY said frigid temperatures and high winds would combine for a windchill factor of 20 degrees below zero in some parts of the state Further south travelers warnings were posted in northern Pennsylvania and western Maryland Up to six inches of snow was forecast for northern Pennsyl vania Rainfall in Seattle already has passed last years total by more than an inch further easing drought conditions in western portions of Washington state Rivers in Washington would come up fairly full the weather service said but were expected to fall short of flood levels today Slides closed several roads in the state and snow prompted the US Forest Service to issue avalanche warnings in the Cascade and Olympic mountains Backcountry travelers were warned to suy away from open slopes and gullies narrow canyon bottoms and ridges with snow overhangs The storm moving east from the Upper Midwest While the North shivers Southern California basks in ttMtegree weather piled snow in drifts up to 30 inches deep in portions of Michigans Lower Peninsula Travelers warnings were issued for all of Michi gan and continued snow was forecast through the weekend Road crews in salt trucks worked overtime trying to keep roads clear Four inches of snow fell in the Chicago area but an estimated one million shoppers disregarded a windchill factor calculated at 22 degrees below zero to take advantage of postThanksgiving and pre Christmas sales An ice and snow storm slashed through Montana causing hazardous driving and snapping power lines Frigid temperatures were on lap for the Minnea polisSt Paul area today dropping to between 12 and 20 below zero But while most of the north em sections of the country shivered residents in Southern California basked in sunshine and temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s In Los Angeles yesterdays high reached 92 de grees the warmest Nov 25 on record An estimated 200000 persons flocked to area beaches but strong riptides and high surf kept lifeguards busy with downs of rescues Long Beach reported a high of 97 degrees While snowend cold temperatures caused prob lems over much of the nation ski center operators were happy In sharp contrast to last year when many of Colorados ski slopes were bare of snow 20 of of the states major ski areas opened their slopes during the long holiday weekend Were feeling pretty good now in fact very enthusiastic said Emily Snyder of the Aspen Skiing Corp Fran Villa of Vail Associates Inc reported a 17 inch snow base the best snow conditions for No vember in three years Skiing conditions in Michigan where 13 areas were open ranged from fair to very good after the storm passed More than 3800 skiers turned out in the Vail area where former President Gerald Ford has a home Scattered snow showers were predicted over the Rockies though the weekend In Idaho slopes at the 49 Degrees North ski area opened last weekend and reported 31 inches of snow Last year by January the area had not opened and grass was waisthigh at the lodge A quick look at Nice weekend The placid warm above the norm Could be the lull before the storm N Gerr Ever get the feeling that things are going just too smoothly to last Tucsonians have had that vibration lately as they bask in temperatures in the 70s and 80s even though Old Man December is close at hand But the shirtsleevers can continue smiling the weather man says at least temporarily Its supposed to get up to about 80 in Tucson both days over the weekend with a low in the 40s or 50s Yesterday it reached 79 six degrees warmer than the high a year ago The morning low was 44 For those with new fireplaces and a cord of wood dont give up were bound to get a cold snap eventually Full weather report Page 5A Citizen Charlie offers in bis newest crossword puzzle challenge Monday in the Tucson Citizen Clues will be published Tuesday Correct solution to this weeks puzzle is on page IB Citizen Charlies CroMword Classified SB Omks tA Crwsword IB SB Focus 4B JumMe 3B Movies Me MiRect JB 7A TVRadio Me Weather SA Your Stars IB An Untold StOry Pima County Democratic leaders would just as soon for get it but a few party zealots almost caused a lot of red faces by trying to prevent GOP City Councilmanelect Roy Laos from being seated At Weeks End Page IB Chinas missile chinas first successful test of an intermediaterange missile capable of carrying a nuclear war head has been reported by a Japanese news paper The report said the missile has a range of 2100 miles Two earlier tests failed the paper said UFOS The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is being asked to take up where the Air Force left off a de cade ago investigate reports of unidentified flying objects The request comes from none other than President Carter who reported sighting a UFO in 1973 while he was governor of Georgia The space agency said it would consider several actions including the establishment of 15 gogetters teams to fly to locations where someone has reported sighting a UFO Dock Strike The twomonth strike of 39 ports from Maine to Texas ap pears to be nearing an end Longshoremen and shippers have reached a tentative agreement and dock workers will vote on the pact Tuesday The strike has cost teas of thousands of jobs in other industries and has added billion to the nations balance of payments deficit Plains protest Thousands of Georgia farmers clogged Plains Ga with their tractors yesterday creating a massive traffic jam in President Carters hometown The farmers are demanding that Con gress guarantee profits even when weather affects the harvest The protesters had hoped Carter would return home for the Thanksgiving holiday but the president and his family remained at Camp David Md for the weekend The Steinfeld House A group of investors has a plan to convert the old Steinfeld House into private offices if it can get past some bureaucratic roadblocks Details Page IB Mideast invitation Egypts President Anwar Sadat today invited Israel its Arab neighbors the United States and the Soviet Union to come to his capital next week to prepare for a reconvened peace conference in Geneva Syria immediately rejected the invitation calling it a maneuver to cover up his visit of shame to Israel Sadat issued the invitation in an address to his Parliament in which he also blasted the Soviet Union and assailed Arab critics of his visit to Jerusalem a week ago Wildcats tamed A tough Arizo na State University defense and a few offen sive explosions were enough to beat the University of Arizona 237 last night The victory sends ASU to the Fiesta Bowl where they will battle Penn State Details Page 10A Two die Plane crashes on West Side Two persons were killed today when a single engine airplane crashed in a residential neigh borhood on Tucsons West Side The orange craft a Mooney M20B a small fourseater with retractiMe gear plunged into the ground and skidded into the front of a home at 1901S Rufus Drive around am instantly killing the pilot and passenger The occupants of the home fled from the rear of the house and were not injured The home was not heavily damaged officials said The Federal Aviation Administration ap proach controllers at DavisMonthan AFB said the pilot had just taken off from Tucson Interna tional Airport a few moments before the crash He radioed that he had a roughrunning engine and said he was going to turn around and try to land at the airport Witnesses said the airplane left a trail of black smoke as it cleared the Tucson Mountains while dropping at a seven degree angle As the plane crashed it ripped out landscap ing of nearby homes near the intersection of West Calle Arroyito and South Rufus Drive throwing rocks and cactus about 100 feet The plane apparently overturned as it skidded into the house of Reyes Carranza Officials at the scene said it appeared the pilot was trying to land the plane on West Calle Arroyito but that he may have veered too far to the right and struck a cactus garden and then skidded before tipping over The stillsmoldering aircraft virtually disinte grated on impact One officer said the plane had compacted like an accordion with the engine and cockpit partly rammed into the wing A large metal chunk of the planes wing or fuselage landed in a front yard and smaller piec es of the craft were strewn along with desert debris across the quiet residential street The crash drew hundreds of spectators many Continued page 3A Clliwn Photo by ftUnuel Mfera Down in front Thats what nearly 150 residents of the Santa Catalina foothills were saying earlier this year when they collected nearly to bury more than a mile of telephone lines But other neighborhoods that want to put the unsightly lines underground may not be able to come up with the cash Thats because state regulations require Tucson Gas Electric Co to bury some lines but left out the tele phone company which shares some poles with Homeowners paying bill to bury telephone lines By THOMAS P LEE Citizen Staff Writer Pima County and the Tucson Gas Electric Co are having trouble burying unsightly utility lines because the Arizona Corporation Commis sion failed to require the telephone company to join the project As a result homeowners have been paying Mountain States Telephone Cos share of the cost of burying the lines is required by the corporation commis sion to set aside 2 percent of its gross profits from electricity fees to help the city and county bury the lines Since 1974 the utility has contributed nearly million for the work in county areas and thou sands of dollars in city urban renewal areas The problem arises in neighborhoods where telephone and electric lines share the same poles Since the telephone company is not re quired to participate in burying lines some homeowners have been paying the expenses And the corporation commission says TG4E must bury all lines in every project The whole thing is kind of stupid Its contra dictory said John M Hartman who coordi nates the projects for the county An example is in Coronado Foothills Estates where is willing to spend to bury a line on Swan Road from Skyline to the Ina Road alignment The County Board of Supervisors has desig nated the line as one of the most unsightly in the county but there was little response after home owners were told they would have to pay for burying the telephone lines too Since it makes no sense to buy only the elec tric lines Hartman said the project will be de layed indefinitely Early this year however about 150 home owners near North First Avenue and Orange Grove Road contributed to bury miles of telephone line along Orange Grove Road TGtEs cost was about Karen Aristizabal of N Calle Lottie Continued page 1A
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