Albuquerque Journal in Albuquerque, New-Mexico
29 May 1977

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29 May 1977

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Albuquerque Journal (Newspaper) - May 29, 1977, Albuquerque, New Mexico Fireman doctors attend to victims who survived nightclub inferno surplus water City problem by Larry Calloway Santa fear a for five years now the City of Albuquerque has paid the Federal san Juan Chama project More than $600,000 a year for water it can to use and can to sell. The annual quota of 17,700 acre feet goes to 48,200 acre feet in 1982 a the earliest the City is predicted to have a need for even a Small part of it. That a a lot of water at 325,-000 Gallons an acre foot. Cochiti Lake is about the size of the yearly quota beginning in 1982. The a take or pay contract with the . Bureau of reclamation for half the water from the $90 million Tunnel project is what Jim Gills assistant City water chief Calls a an insurance based on faculty population projections or not it will take care of Albuquerque a water needs Well into the next Century. But for now the flood so to speak is knee deep and rising. Gill says the City wont be Able to use All its annual allocation for to years certainly and 20 years possibly. Santa be los Alamos and the Middle Rio Grande conservancy District might be facing the same problem on a smaller scale with their san Juan Chama allocations. A Little investigation showed nobody has a reliable plan on what to do with the surplus water from the government project designed to import 100,000 acre feet a year from tributaries of the san Juan River in Colorado to the Rio Chama tributary of the Rio Grande in new Mexico. But everybody is looking at Abiquiu dam a a 325-foot-High Earth fill flood Barrier built 20 years ago by the . Corps of engineers in a red Rock Canyon where the Chama drops into the Rio Grande Basin near Coyote in Rio Arriba county. The bureaus responsibility As Bureau project supt. Bob Schembera put it Quot ends at release a of the annual water from Heron dam a the holding continued on a-4 news analysis the weather Albuquerque Clear and warmer. High in 80s. Low in 50s. Details on f-12. 96th year no. 148 Good morning the brazilians Are certainly in a Stew Over the thought that Roselynn Carters visit is putting them in the Kitchen. Sunday morning May 29, 1977 Index sports users Are ready Bobby and Ai Unser Are sitting pretty in the front Guthrie is Back in the pack hoping to do Well and millions of people will be following what these three and 30 other Drivers do today in the 61st running of the Indianapolis 500. Page Al. New Mexico club Burns death toll reaches 120 Southgate by. A More than 120 Holiday merry makers engulfed in panic smoke and flame died when fire raced through a crowded nightclub saturday night. Scientific investigation los Alamos a a team of investigators from the . Energy research and development administration will try to find out which of two scientists thought up a concept that is to have the potential for saving Energy. One former los Alamos scientific Laboratory scientist claims he originated the idea the Laboratory credits to another Man. Page Al. A wire photos copyright 1977 the Cincinnati enquirer Aerial Hose pours water on raging supper club fire where scores died Southgate fire chief Dick Riesen Berg said there were 120 known dead and More bodies inside the rubble when the fire was put under control shortly before i . Edt sunday. The fire chief blamed Many of the deaths on panic. He said a number of people had been trapped inside the Beverly Hills supper club in this Northwestern Kentucky Community just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. A i heard people moaning and calling for help a said Walter Bailey a Busboy at the club. A me and a couple of other busboys went Back in and started to help carry people out. A we grabbed people by the shirts and hands anything we could mrs. Carter due to begin 7 nation tour compiled from journal wires Washington fledgling Diplomat Rosalynn Carter embarks monday on an unusual if not unprecedented ambassadorial Mission to latin America in which she will Brief military rulers and elected presidents of . Foreign policy. The trip running through june 12, will take her to four democracies a Jamaica Costa Rica Colombia and Venezuela a and three nations run by military Junta a Ecuador Peru and Brazil a where president Carters controversial human rights initiatives might be a Touchy topic for discussion. The first lady a tour which the White House Calls a a substantive a As Well As ceremonial is laced with potential diplomatic landmines and is viewed with polite scepticism in some of the nations she will visit. For instance in Brazil some officials were a almost offended Quot to learn that president Carter was sending his wife to hold serious talks with government leaders said Roberto Garcia a journalist Here who represents the brazilian newsweekly Veja. A they say that for years latin continued on a-2 148 pages in 13 sections Price daily 15c sunday 35c movie maker Burt Young above nominated for an Academy award for his portrayal in a Rocky a works on the set of the new movie a Convoy a being filmed around Albuquerque. Page do. Dimension chaos mounts on Border the . Mexican Border is Many things to Many people. In fact its about everything except what it was intended for a the line behind which another nations sovereignty is preserved. Today its a Frontier plagued by mounting chaos. Page by. Action line .e-5 around new Mexico.e-i-2 arts and entertainment. D-l-7 business amp finance.e-10-11 classified .f-12-h-8 crossword puzzle.c-7 dimension.b-l-10 editorials.b-2 farm and ranch.e-6 horoscope.c-8 Sylvia porter.a-5 obituaries.f-12 Paul wieck .b-3 Peoples column.b-3 sports .f-l-11 travel and vacation.e-8-9 trends today cd a Bailey said that when the fire broke out he grabbed the microphone and told everyone to leave. But he said it took a full minute to convince the crowd there was a fire. A the worst thing of All was that a lot of people did no to believe me when i said there was a fire. They Are probably still in there Quot said Bailey. The fire broke out just before Singer John Davidson went on stage. The popular entertainer was rescued by his drummer. The club has a capacity of 1,200. The fire burned through the Empire room where Davidson was to appear. Flames also blazed through adjoining dining rooms. One Patron said a Busboy broke up the act of comedians Teter amp Mcdonald and told people there was a a Small fire in the Kitchen a and for everyone to move out quickly. Black smoke poured in As the doors were opened and the panic began witnesses said. Bartender Gil Broadbeck said a suddenly the smoke hit and people began jumping Over the bar. It was so thick i get a breath a foot above the the fire broke out about 9 . The club one of Northern Kentucky a prominent gambling casinos before a Reform movement drove out the Industry in the Early 1960s, burned Down in 1970, but there were no casualties in that fire. One of the worst nightclub fires in history at the Coconut Grove in Boston killed 491 persons on nov. 28 1942.super guns part of prison Arsenal by Arley Sanchez stocked in the Arsenal at the new Mexico state Penitentiary Are a pair of a a doomsday weapons prison officials Hope will never be used. The weapons can fire 30 rounds a second can Chew through a cinder lock Wall Cut Down a Good size tree and it can do it All with the most mini utile of ammunition a the .22 Caliper Bullet. But perhaps its most intriguing feature is a laser sighting system which allows a Stream of bullets to rip into a red Dot at the end of a beam of Light directed toward a target. The weapons Are the american 180 sub machine laser gun. The prison is the Only Agency in the state to own it although More than i too have been sold to Law enforcement agencies around the world said prison training supervisor Eugene Morgan. Quot its an impressive and very potent weapon and for that reason we Hope we will never have to use it a Morgan said. The prison purchased the guns last fall primarily As a Quot last resort Quot measure to quell such explosive situations As prisoner uprisings or mass escape attempts Morgan said. Quot it would have to be an extreme riot situation for us to even consider using it. It would have to be quite out of hand a he said. The guns devastating firepower comes from its incredibly rapid rate of fire which allows up to 1,200 rounds a minute to Pound into a fixed target or be sprayed in a half Circle on numerous targets. Ironically a single round need never be fired because of the tremendous psychological effect of the laser sighting system which plants a Quot bulls Eye on the prisoners Chest or face. Quot i mean if the Guy can see that Dot and he knows where those bullets Are Gonna hit its one hell of a psychological effect to know you re Gonna be dead a Morgan said. Morgan said he had heard of prison uprisings in Utah and Oregon which had been put Down simply by directing the beam of Light at several prisoners. A fall they had to do was Plant that red Dot on some of them and it calmed things Down a he said. The gun can be fired accurately from the hip and is equipped with a conventional sighting system for situations in which Bright Light would prevent the red Dot from being readily seen he said. Sid Mcqueen owner of sides sidearm sales on South Coors said his gun Dealership is the Only one in Albuquerque authorized by the . Treasury dept to Market the gun. He said the weapons retail for slightly More than $1,000, but cannot be sold to private citizens because of a Treasury dept restriction which allows Sale of automatic weapons Only to Law enforcement agencies. A its Sale is restricted not Only because of what can happen if the gun gets in the wrong hands but because it is an automatic weapon which is manufactured in a foreign country a Mcqueen said. The gun is manufactured by the american International corp. In Austria but was developed by a North american gun designer Richard Casull about six years ago Mcqueen said. He said other features that make the gun a unique and unsurpassed in its Field Quot Are its lightweight size 35 inches Long and to pounds fully loaded the ability to dismantle it into two sections for easy carrying and an extremely Light recoil action. The weapon said Mcqueen represents a an excellent marriage of modern and past technology in gun design a a not Only can persons with Little expertise become proficient in the use of the weapon but it has the firepower of a Shotgun with the accuracy of a Rifle Quot he said. The Albuquerque police dept and the sheriffs dept had the weapons demonstrated a few years ago and and Deputy chief Lucius Powell said a we liked everything about it except the Price a sheriffs Deputy bought one of the guns for his private collection through the department but asked that his name not be published. Journal photo by Richard pipe Donnie Packingham Aims a a doomsday weapon laser puts bulls Eye spot on camera Lens Rosalynn Carter a i can Tell them a it v

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