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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - August 16, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico 0 a Valencia county n \ volume i no. La los Lunas . 87031 24 pages August 16. 1973 a 0 % amp of a dream of almost 40 years is about to come True for Marion Smith of los Lunas. It was that Long ago that smitty had visions of an experimental Type car designed for High speeds that he would someday build and drive. After years of work and 5,000 rivets later that car is now close to being finished. Smith expects it to reach a Speed of 170 Miles an hour in the first tests at Salt Flats in 1974. The car is 26 feet six inches Long 26 inches wide and has a vertical Fin height of 44 inches. The maximum ground clearance is two inches. The car is built of aircraft Type construction and smitty will use aircraft formula to determine the Center of Gravity. A i m not worrying about the weight Factor cause it s not supposed to Fly a smitty quipped. A an indicator under the front wheel strut will Light up to show me if in a beginning to lift a smitty said. A licensed aircraft engine Mechanic smitty holds one of the Early five digit licenses from 1945. He now works for Universal construction. Smitty has designed his car a away from All the known possibilities of it has two steering systems three braking systems Back wheel drive and two parachutes which will be electrically discharged and Pushbutton controlled to help slow the car. The car is powered by two Ford a siamese mounted Quot engines. The fuel tank is in front with three fire Walls Between it and the cockpit. The engines Are behind the cockpit. There is no starter. It will be pushed up to 25 Miles an hour before the engines take Over. The Radiator intake is designed like the Gills of a shark with the same Slipstream ratio of a shark smitty said. There Are on both sides and in front air is carried into the cockpit from the front draft. A a there a never been anything like this one a smitty said. A a it a experimental. You design by theory and run by the actual feel of it. If we could get it in a w ind Tunnel we could Tell right smitty also was a win Tunnel Mechanic at Moffit naval air station calif., where his daughter Karla is now stationed in the Navy. Her Barracks is just 200 feet from where Smith worked in the wind Tunnel. A that was in the Days when we broke the sound Barrier a he said. Another daughter Sandra now mrs. Jim Mussatt of Chama recalls when her father was racing midget cars in Wyoming. She saw him turn Over one Day. She has some qualms about him driving this new car. Sandra was nicknamed a a eightball when she was born. That was when Smith was working with the flight test Crew on Jimmy Doolittle a planes. She was the first girl born to any member of that Crew of the a weight the name later carried Over to Smiths midget car. His new car is called the a so Many of the cars have patriotic names and i figured you can t More american than that. Smith said. He is one Quarter Cherokee. The Emblem on the car is a Cherokee shield edged with Eagle Crow and Falcon feathers. A Spear and a lightning Bolt in the Center represent a challenging Sandra has drawn and painted the Emblem. Mrs. Smith will do the upholstering for the cockpit. Smith is going to design his own racing helmet. It will be a special hard hat that will rest on the shoulders and be fastened beneath the arms. A you May tear up you re body if you continued on Page 41,. Gonzalez resigns Sahd appointed in the cockpit of his High Speed car is Marion Smith of los Lunas. The car will be tested at Salt Flats next year. Long time dream nears realization Sal Gonzalez who was appointed last month As los Lunas Junior High assistant principal has resigned and Gabriel Sahd has been named to replace him. Gonzalez former football and baseball coach who led the los Lunas tigers to two baseball championships during his six years in the system submitted his resignation at the school Board meeting tuesday night. He said Valencia a cracking up settling Down Valencia school is cracking up but its still Safe in the opinion of Jerry Lake architect for the los Lunas consolidated schools. After Lake s Assurance that repairs could be made and that the Walls would not collapse the school Board approved a bid totalling $67,244 by Gay Don construction for repairs and improvements to Valencia Bosque farms and los Lunas Grade schools and the Junior High. Lake said he had inspected the Valencia school this week noting cracks in the outside Walls at the Southwest Corner and the Northeast Corner of the building. He said standing water has caused the foundation to Settle at both locations. The one at the Southwest Corner has settled since the sidewalk was installed which allowed Rainwater to stand for Long periods of time. He noted that someone had Cut a Trench under the sidewalk to allow the excess water to escape but that the Trench had become clogged with weeds and debris allowing the water to stand longer. He said the cracks in the other Corner were caused by waste from the nearby drinking Fountain and continual moisture under the foundation. He suggested rerouting the waste pipe to an inside floor Drain and Patching the cracks with wire mesh and stucco. Board member Fred Luna suggested widening the sidewalk to keep water away from the building. Several school patrons questioned the advisability of re stucco ing Valencia school when the Walls were cracking. Board chairman Joe Otero said a we can to close the school we can to build a new one. I assure you we w ill alleviate the problem and the building will be better and Safe a he said. The 67,000 project will include re stucco ing at the three Grade schools electrical additions improvements other repairs and painting. Other bids approved were $11,962 by Gay Don construction for remodelling the High school commons into several classrooms $32,900 by building corporation of America for the biology lab $6,323 by Bair Blythe insurance for coverage on school vehicles $13,314 by Pat Storey Agency for coverage on buildings add and Type service for maintenance and repairs to typewriters adding machines and computers $1,891 by aluminium door and service and repair for hardware for f continued on Page 3 he has an Opportunity for a High position in one of the state institutions. Sahd has been serving As Counselor at the Junior High school. Only two positions on the faculty remain to be filled in the los Lunas school system before school begins next thursday aug. 23, and applications Are on hand for these Pete Pino director of instruction told the Board. The positions Are a Home economics teacher for both the Junior High and High schools and a horticulture teacher. Fabian Padilla former horticulture teacher is presently on leave of absence w Hile he is in the military service. If he is released from service he will fill that position. Otherwise one of the applicants will be selected. A Junior High Counselor also will be named to succeed Sahd. The Board also accepted the resignations of Henry Perea Kenneth Smith and Lorena Miera Junior High teachers Mary Garcia elementary teacher Elmer Lincoln High school and James Elek mid elementary teacher Sofie Marquez cafeteria Helper and Grace Lujan teacher aide. Appointments approved were Reynaldo Horcasitas Nancy Adams Lydia d. Ulibarri James d. Williams Bruce a. Is Croft. Tom Sanchez Regina Ross Mary Ann Robbins Elizabeth Williams v. Jane St. Germain Gary l. Perkowskie and Winnie Baca. Board member Fred Luna asked if any of them were related. Supt. Raymond Gabaldon said they were not. Pino explained that although there were two named Williams on the list they were not related. He said Elizabeth Williams is married to a James Williams but not this one. Williams will be the band teacher and mrs. Williams chorus. Leaves of absence were approved for Lois Carbajal and Virginia Buck. Professional leave was approved for Dory Tafoya Valencia school principal who is a commissioner of the Western interstate commission for higher education and to . Ruybalid business manager. Tafoya will attend the Wiche annual meeting aug. 22-24 in san Francisco. Ruybalid will attend the meeting of the Assn. Of school business officials in october. Other appointments approved were Geraldine Jaramillo inventory clerk Lupe Jaramillo teacher aide Colita Sanchez teacher aide and Priscilla Chewiwie teacher aide under Johson of Malley. Gabaldon told the Board the list of substitutes from last year had been purged. He presented another list which was approved. Substitute teachers Clarine Abeita. Demesia Aragon Mary Archuleta Janet Ashcroft w Endy Beserra Karen Brown. Selma Bustamante Ralph Critelli Rachel Deweber Susan l. Doak Sharon Eastman Gilbert l. Eggert Sandra Gensen Dorothy Gonzales Dolores Gurule Dorothy Hudgens Marion Iriart Kenwood m. Jackson Delia Keating Ruth e. Lawrence Jacquellyn h. Lee Margaret Maestas Lucinda Martin Esther m. Owsley Elizabeth Padilla Mildred Pritchett Felicita Romero Judy s. Romero Cosme Sanchez Erlinda Sandoval Patsy continued w

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