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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Escanaba, Michigan A a a a xxx a a a a it a x. Kit a a it songs of summer 77?e gospel heirs Are planning a summer concert series. -page8a for the kids a special Page for area youngsters can be found on Page 9a. Relief partly sunny today with highs in the upper 60s. Page 2a toi iyyyi1.111.1.1/ �11 a a. .11 n the daily press saturday May 31,1986 Escanaba Michigan two sections 22 pages 35 cents a Cortright ism the daily of is local clergy against betting at proposed horse racing track by Dave Andrews daily press City editor Escanaba a a group county ministers Lea by a it j. Mccowan is circulation of Delta eve. David g petitions opposed to parimutuel betting As part of a proposed harness racing track at the upper Peninsula state Fairgrounds. Mccowan who is pastor of evangelical covenant Church of Escanaba says the group plans to appear before the . State fair Board of managers in an Effort to Block the project. He said they also will ask Escanaba City Council Gladstone a City commission and the Delta county Board of commissioners to revoke previously passed resolutions of support Ana will seek to have the question of parimutuel betting placed before the people of the area in an advisory election. . Harness raceway inc., an organization of private investors has proposed building a new harness racing track at the Fairgrounds re including parimutuel betting. If approval for the facility is Cost of subscription going up Escanaba a because of increased costs of materials and distribution it has become necessary to adjust the Price of the daily press according to publisher Robert b. Gregg. Daily press subscribers who receive the paper by Carrier mail or motor route will continue to be offered a Price advantage Over the single copy Price. The new weekly rate for Carrier delivery will be $1.75, up to cents a week while motor route subscriptions will be $7.80 per month a 45 cent a month increase. Those rates change beginning monday june 2. Mail rates and the single copy Price will not change at this time. Twenty percent of the to cent per week increase in Carrier Home delivery will go to the Carrier. The remainder will help offset the rising Cost of newsprint along with other supplies. A the daily press still remains one of the Best values for area residents who want the most Complete news and advertising package a Gregg said. Cei Ved from the . State fair Board the organization alans to apply to the Michigan office of racing commissioner for and track License. If a License is granted racing dates would be sought for weekends in the Spring and fall beginning in 1987. Attorney Dennis Valkanoff of Escanaba a spokesman for . Harness raceway said that to his knowledge nobody from the ministerial group has contacted anyone associated with the racing proposal Over their concerns. A if they re opposed to gambling i done to know what i can say a he said. A i understand their but if that a the Case he said then they should be opposed to things like the lottery Raffles and Bingo games As Well. Escanaba City manager James Hauser or. Said he has received a number of letters opposed to the proposal but suggested the City is not the appropriate forum to stage the debate. He said however the question will be on the Agenda for the City Council thursday night. Mccowan who said he was the one who a got the Ball rolling in opposition to the parimutuel betting plan see betting on Page 2a not much of a change in housing prices in this area by Carol Marcella daily press staff Escanaba a while housing prices in Urban areas of Michigan Are More than 30 percent above a year ago local financial institutions say prices Are about the same or lower than last year. Realtors say if interest rates hold the Only direction left is up. Lenders in Escanaba Gladstone and Manistique say financing and refinancing activities have increased dramatically. Jackie conditions Ripe for major area Forest fire Manistique department of natural resources personnel and equipment Are in Manistique today preparing for a possible repeat of the tragic 1976 Forest fire there but hoping it wont happen. A a we re gearing up and preparing for the worst a said Norm Korte Forest fire specialist with the Der in Escanaba. A your Pilot out of Newberg counted la lightning strikes Friday afternoon a he said. Two Small fires resulted from those strikes but others May pop up Korte said. A lightning strikes sometimes smolder for three or four Days before they take off. We just want to be ready a said Korte. The area under surveillance is made in of state land near the Indian River adjacent to Federal land encompassing the Seney National wildlife Refuge which was the site of a major fire 1976. United states Forest service authorities in Escanaba feared that Miller uses fire staff specialist because the Manistique area fires Are on state land the helicopter has been loaned to the department of natural resources. Weather reports Call for High humidity and lower temperatures said Miller. But the shift from a warm front to a cold front will also increase winds that could help whip up fires. Thorsen assistant Branch officer at Detroit and Northern in Escanaba said the number of Loans processed this year is eight times higher than at this time last year. Jon Neisius vice president of first National Bank in Escanaba said the number of Home Loans there has increased greatly. A after Harnischfege left there was a big Lull in mortgage lending. Now due to the Low interest rates Many people Are refinancing Loans or Are purchasing new Homes a he said. Brady Nelson assistant vice president of Gladstone state Bank says they have not seen a dramatic increase in new Home Loans but there has been an increase in the number of refinanced Loans. Clyde Strasler president of the state savings Bank in Manistique agreed there a been a lot of activity in Home Loans but its due to a see housing on Page 2a y gives Friend and classmate Tammy Dubois a hug. In the commencement exercises for Over 300 Escanaba area lower photo Melinda Silva looks at Michele schaefers High school seniors took place Friday evening at the Cap which proclaims the fact that she indeed a made High school gym. In the upper photo Gail Anderson left. Daily press photos by Brian Veraghen tour bus Accident kills 17 a dry lightening storm approaching thursday would ignite fires. It did. To be Safe they asked that a helicopter equipped with a water bucket and Crew be sent from the Nicolet National Forest in Ely Minn. Fire fighting equipment such As the helicopter and Crew Are used by officials in the Hiawatha Nicole and Ottawa National forests said Mike Levin in Esky by Carol Marcella daily press staff Escanaba a tax Reform terrorism and the Trade Bill were among issues discussed by . Senator Carl Levin during a visit to Escanaba Friday. Levin met at the House of Ludington with City county and Bay College representatives. Levin had been guest of Honor at a reception Here thursday. The future of Federal Revenue sharing is still up in the air Levin said. Although both the Senate and House have allocated funds for Revenue sharing the amounts differ and they have added a qualifier he explained. A a they be said you la get it if we can find the Money for it he said. A ifs still very much in doubt. I think there a a Little bit of gamesmanship going on. In a not at All pleased with its Uncertain Levin had Little advice for municipalities which Are trying to plan budgets while the future of their revenues is Uncertain. A the Only see Levin on Page 2a Walker Calif. Apr a tour bus carrying senior citizens careened off a twisting Mountain Road and plunged into an icy Swift running River Friday killing 17 people injuring 21 and leaving la missing authorities said. Divers and other Rescue workers along with All available ambulances and helicopters from 50 Miles around were rushed to the crash site in the Sierra Nevada near the California Nevada line. The bus bound from Reno Nev., to los Angeles was about 90 Southeast of Reno and eight Miles South of Walker when it ran off . 395 and plunged about 15 feet into the West Fork of the Walker River. Witnesses said the bus came to rest 15 to 20 feet from Shore lodged on rocks in about two feet of water. The River which was near flood stage reaches a depth of up to seven feet in some spots. A there was a lot of blood and lot of internal head injuries a said Marine gunnery sgt. Daniel Tretteen one of More than two dozen marines who helped pull the injured and dead out of windows. The bus left skid Marks on the pavement and apparently rolled two or three times before it hit the water Tretteen said and was a pretty Well beat up with the roof caved in and the Back in Iwu it Vas a apr ripped i i Marin Accident occurred Mono general Hospital in Bridgeport a few Miles from the the marines stationed at the picket Meadow Marine corps Mountain warfare training Center a few Miles away were called to the scene about a half hour after the Accident. The bus was run by starline Tours out of Santa be Springs Calif. A company spokesman said those on the bus were mostly elderly. California Highway patrol officer Michael Parish in Bridgeport Calif., said the bus was travelling South a when for an unknown reason the Driver lost control Ana the bus went into the there were conflicting reports of How Many people were aboard the bus. Parish said 17 people were known dead 21 were injured and the remaining la people were unaccounted for. That would mean 49 people were on the bus but Dick Swinney of the Washoe county emergency medical dispatch Center in Reno said the 60-passenger bus was full when the Accident scene accepted a number of injured passengers but declined to confirm now Many. Three people were taken to Washoe medical Center in Reno in critical condition and a third Hospital St. Mary a medical Center in Reno was told to stand by for additional victims. The bus was run by starline Tours out of Santa be Springs Calif. A company spokesman said those on the bus were mostly elderly. California Highway patrolman John Gleason said one Rescue helicopter and �?o30 to 40 ambulances Quot were on the scene. It it ambulances and other emergency assistance also were sent area to be Gleason said the bus which landed in the water 15 to 20 feet erg to the Canyon area known As Mountain Gate from neighbouring Douglas county Nev. From Shore was a kind of in the water and not. Its tied off to Tow trucks right now. Ifs not floating around or anything. A . 395, the main Highway Between Reno and Southern California parallels the River As it winds through a Mountain Canyon. Irwin trying for a third Senate term in Escanaba a United states sen. Carl Levin visits with from left. Delta county commissioner David Schultz and Audrey and Benny Herioux. Levin was in Escanaba thursday and Friday and met with local residents at the Horn e of Ludington. Daily press photo by Brian Veraghen Escanaba a state sen. Mitch Irwin a Sault Ste. Marie was in Escanaba Friday conjuring support for his try at a third term in the Michigan Senate. The Sault Ste. Marie native was on a one Day 11-county tour of the 37th District which includes the upper and Northern lower Peninsulas. He called the tour the a bridging the Peninsulas a i plan a vigorous personal door to door Campaign based on past achievements Ana a Bright vision for our future Quot Irwin said. Irwin said he will continue to emphasize increased employment improved education property tax system Reform health care Quality of life for the elderly and environmental clean up and conservation. He said he was proud of the legislation he has authored including the great lakes conservation act older Michigan ans act Community tourism marketing act and medicare insurance Reform act. A yet it is most rewarding when i can help an individual or local Community solve specific problems a he said. While in the ., Irwin stopped in Escanaba Manistique Newberry St. Ignace and Home to Sault Ste. Marie. Sen. Mitch Irwin

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