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Alamogordo Daily News (Newspaper) - April 7, 1974, Alamogordo, New Mexico The tiny Mountain Village of Weed stands shrouded in smoke barely an hour before a raging wind whipped Forest fire raced through causing what was described As extensive damage. By Hugh Waterman fanned by Strong Mountain winds to lightning Speed a Forest fire saturday afternoon roared through the tiny communities of Sacramento and Weed causing what was described As extensive damage before jumping state Road 24 near Denny Hill and covering an estimated 15,000 acres by Midnight. Forest service officials said the Blaze dubbed the a Spring fire a App Arency was Man caused originated in the area of Spring Canyon about 11 30 . Saturday and began its wind borne March to the East. Racing through canyons the crowning fire moved rapidly toward the villages of Weed and Sacramento prompting officials to order the evacuation first of Sacramento and then Weed As the danger grew. Albert Bevill of Weed told this reporter just before he left the Hamlet that they a had had a few bad scares in the past but this really looked like the worst Bevill himself a 31-year Veteran employee of the Forest service loaded a few possessions into a car and with a neighbor left the Village an estimated scant 30 minutes before the inferno roared through at approximately 6 . Earlier the tiny Hamlet of Sacramento had suffered a Sim new Weed school stands methodist Assembly gone Many Parsons Ware Eon comae Iota saturday about tho Iota Al a Antral buildings in tho mountains in particular tho now Woad school. Slim Stewart Hood principal at Woad told Alamogordo school Board arts Thant Bill Ariot saturday night that tho main classroom building and shop which has Stroad tho tiny Community far Many years was destroyed but that tho new building constructed primarily of in a t a i apparent to will to Rapai Rabla. Stewart said both tho now building and tho old gymnasium which is of stucco with Matal Raaf construction suffered considerable scorching so Paw s. Colima i liar Fate according to firefight-1 Ere at the scene. I harried officiate working he a base Camp in Mayheu i Iii the fire should Burn through the Miller Flats area if the Tad which continued throughout saturday evening maintained i present direction. An estimated 200 men Wirt on the fire lines at 8 . Saturday. With 24 Crews of so min each already being rushed to the scene from other Forest service areas. The fresh Crews were expected to be on the fire lines by morning according to Dave Keddy District Ranger at Mayhill. Keddy said two air tankers from Alamogordo made numerous drops of fire retardant slurry during the Day saturday before being forced to withdraw because of the High winds. Wind gusts in the fire urea were put at of Miles per hour so pm to cd my a Ioa Ilina. U cd or Winin Waul laugh lines of at first you done to succeed tour re just like the most of us but if at first you do succeed you re probably working for dad. I demo rally of your interested in the elections coming up this year end would like to meet seme of the candidates who la be asking for your vote in the primary end particularly of you re a Loyal democrats you Are invited to come out this afternoon to a big meet to h a candidates rally at the Washington Park amphitheatre vol. 80�?ne. To Alamogordo. Now Mexico sunday april 7, 1774 tip 01437-2333 a in get i area sponsored by the Otero county democratic women s club. Festivities get under Way at 2 . And continue until 5, and some of the aspirants for office might even stay longer if there s someone to talk to still there. There la be entertainment and refreshments and an Opportunity for a lot of visiting and politicking As Well As serious discussions with the candidates and there la be a registration Booth on the grounds to accommodate persons who need to get registered to vote. Zia meets an important session of the Zia school Board of directors has been scheduled for wednesday april to at 2 . At the school building officials said today using a full attendance of the membership. Also. Marian Wolfe reminds All Zia auxiliary members that a a very important meeting will be held at 9 30 . Tuesday april 9, at the school. She urges All to attend. Easter prayer mrs. Robert Nell Mcmanus who frequently offers a prayer for our consideration and publication has suggested this one fitting for the easter season Quot of lord was there Ever a More moving or Beautiful picture of Jesus on Palm sunday than in the timeless hymn Sung with such Fervour in Little country churches and b i g Cattie rats As a cantata the Christian world Over than thee o or All the Way Green Palms and blossoms Gay Are stilled in festive preparation. When Jesus comes to wipe our sins away. E in now the crowds to Welcome him prepare. Join All and sing his name declare let every heart resound with acclamation. Hosanna Praise the lord bless him who cometh to bring us Sal vation. Sung Sal a a a a a shun. A most of us will recall the haunting Melody that dramatizes though it needs none the awesome Story. How Jesus was As he knew that step by fateful step he was approaching his see Page 8, column 4 weather through monday with Ift Moons and not much in temperatures. High 46. Cor tumbles 400 feat copter lifts wreck victim main strength came into play when sledgehammer and crowbars could not get the Job Don to free a wrack victim who Lay trapped in a crushed 1972 Vega saturday night at the Bottom of dry Canyon. By Stan Green a full Moon Hung Over a pall of acrid smoke from a huge Forest fire As the Mast helicopter from it. Bliss lifted an Accident victim out of dry Canyon saturday night at the Point about a mile above the first cattle guard on the Cloudcroft Highway. Airman Stewart Berry of Holloman can thank his Lucky stars for the tremendous work done for him by the new Mexico state police and the doctors who accompanied the helicopter to the wreck site in dry Canyon. Berry and Carl Rosa of Holloman fab had Ridden their car More than 400 feet to the Bottom of the Canyon. Berry was trapped in the 1972 Vega for More than an hour As patrolman p. C. Watson and near task Force formed for Highway 70 plans for assembling information for a Highway 70 feasibility study were furthered at a meeting of the Alamogordo chamber of Commerce transportation and hoc steering committee Friday afternoon. Ken Garland chamber of Commerce Board chairman for the transportation committee reviewed background of the feasibility study to be presented during a Public hearing May 23 in Alamogordo before the new Mexico state Highway department. A study will be made along . 70 from the new Mexico Texas Border at Farwell to Las Cruces on . Co from the Boundary at Farwell to Amarillo Tex. And on . 54 from Alamogordo South to Elpaso for the purpose of determining whether these segments of Federal highways will be added to the interstate system. Ivan Hall chief planner for the Southeast new Mexico economic development District in viewed services the District office can provide and offered those services to the committee. Ken Larsen who is working with the Otero county planning committee on a land use program will provide input for the feasibility study through the Sneedd. Named to the and hoc steering committee by Garland Are Lowell Stough vice chairman mayor Mike Glover Jack Keating Rex Werner George Murray de Buse Wayne Stewart John Hawkes t. D. Smith or. Travis Stovall Marvin Rohovec Billie Holder de Reinert Tom Pate Maurice Clellen col. Dan Schmidt. Mayor Richard Guilez so Pas i. Column i in a dozen volunteers strained to move the Metal on the car that held the airman. Sledgehammers Large and Small jacks and crowbars were used in what seemed like a vain Effort to free Berry who was unconscious As workmen battered within inches of his head to get him free. Six men finally strained to move part of the automobiles top before they could get enough leverage to Force the door out of the Way to free him. All this work was done after Berry a passenger Rosa was brought out of the Canyon to a waiting Alamogordo department of safety ambulance. Wreckers picture in Page 2 were there under the watchful eyes of Earl Nicholson but the trapped airman held up any work by the wrecker Crews till later. When the Mast helicopter arrived the doctors went to work on the wounded Berry and had had him talking before they took him aboard the Craft. His first words were a ooh god get me out of Here a apparently not realizing he had been freed from the wreckage. The doctors gave the victim plasma and dressed a huge Gash on his forehead before taking him to a Hospital. Paris in world passed through notre Dames Gate of the last judgment and into the solemnity of its seven centuries of French history to pay tribute saturday to the late president Georges Pompidou. President Nixon occasionally turning his head to look at the cathedrals magnificent stained windows and soviet president Nikolai Podgorny stood with the congregation As it prayed. Los Angelis i president Nixon hot been granted on Extension in filing his 1973 income Tex return because revisions Ere needed to comply with the recent internal Revenue service ruling in whet deductions he Cen claim Hie tax attorney said saturday. Larry Allen fire control officer from Alamogordo left and Dave Keddy District Ranger at the Mayhill Forest service office Check a map As they attempt to spot Crews ahead of the Spring fire which erupted saturday morning. _ creator of Smokey the Bear passes Miami Al Albert Staehle 74. An artist and creator of Smokey the Bear died Friday of a stroke. A poster of a cow and calf started his commercial Art career in 1918 when the Borden co. Adopted the cow As its milk Selling Mascot Elsie. He created Smokey for . S. Forest service fire prevention Campaign in 1945. Rolla Buck Rolla Buck enters race for Senate Rolla Buck today formally announced his candidacy for tho nomination for state senator from District 39, which includes precincts 41, 42, 43 and 54 in Alamogordo. La Luz Tularosa and All of Lincoln county. Buck was born in Otero county and grew up in this area. He graduated from Tularosa High school and attended new Mexico state University and Texas tech University where he received a Bachelor of science degree. For 16 years he was a teacher of mathematics and coached and directed athletics in the High schools of Tularosa Alamogordo and other schools in new Mexico. He also has been Active in the business world owning and operating motels in Deming and Las Cruces and was comptroller and manager of the Ruidoso natural Gas co. Buck was City manager of Alamogordo and noted he is acquainted in Santa be having served As chief clerk of the state corporation commission for five years. A lifelong Democrat he has served As Otero county demo see rim i column 4 Ontario calf. Us thousands of Youthful Rock music fans crowded the motor Speedway Here saturday for the a California Jam after Pouce unclogged a 13-mile traffic snarl caused by abandoned cars. The promoters estimated a crowd of 150,000. Albuquerque . The president it the service station dealers association of new Mexico says a new association formed saturday Wilt fight against phase in controls. Raymond Macdonald said the association the National service station dealers coalition will negotiate on the behalf of footers an tho Federal Foval. Mexico City a some 50 persons including the mayor and former police chief of a Southern mexican City have been arrested in an investigation of a gang believed responsible for Between 200 and 300 killings Pouce said saturday. Paris apr president Nixon met saturday with Western european leaders and cooperation and consultation within the Atlantic Alliance. The discussions could be a Start toward making 1974 Washington so year of the administration had hoped to devote major attention to Europe in 1973, but was sidetracked by other foreign and Domestic matters. The presidents most important sessions a lasting More than an hour each a were with West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and British prime minister Harold Wilson. Cloudcroft Tularosa Fra judges place 01 i in v a a j. The Cloudcroft Fra judging team was second in the horticulture contest and Tularosa s horse judges placed third in Hie stale future Farmers of America judging Competition on the new Mexico state University Campus in Las Cruces saturday. Elida sofa chapter one of the smaller units in the state won the sweepstakes award for the contest winning three team firsts in agriculture mechanics Dairy judging and livestock judging. Bloomfield which won two team firsts placed second in the sweepstakes Competition followed closely by Las Cruces High school also a two event team Winner. A r4mr a1 it a nil h. T a urn 4 in Var ame Jav af�/flu4 i National c-s6 v the shaded portion of this map of the Weed Sacramento area shows the general path of the Forest fire which started in the Spring Canyon area late saturday morning. The fire moved from left to right on the map. Villages razed wind driven Blaze

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