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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Port Arthur, Texas Mauled search continues for marauding Bear released some chernobyl victims no longer hospitalized 4b port Arthur news saturday morning a 1986, All rights reserved 25 cents vol. 90 a no. 173 port Arthur Texas May 31, 1986 dream rockets Star living dream in Kiim Olajuwon bus plunges into River killing 18 Walker Calif. Apr a tour bus carrying residents of a retirement Home careened at High Speed off a twisting Mountain Road and plunged into an icy Swift running River Friday killing 18 people and injuring 24, authorities said. The death toll made it the worst . Bus crash in nearly six years. There was confusion Over the number of people aboard the bus and divers searched the West Fork of the Walker River for More victims. The bus taking passengers Back to Santa Monica Calif., after a four Day Outing to Reno was 90 Miles Southeast of Reno on . 395 when it bounced off a Fence and plunged Down a 15-foot embankment into the Walker River. It flipped Over and then lodged upright on rocks with its rear ripped apart in a few feet of racing water the California High photo on Page 2a Way patrol said. The River is near flood stage and seven feet deep in some spots. Mono county sheriffs department investigator John Daniels said the Accident apparently was caused by excessive Speed and no other vehicles were involved. The condition of the Driver was not immediately determined. The cup initially said that 49 were aboard but Bob Grunbaum a spokesman for starline Tours of Santa be Springs Calif., said the company believed the bus was carrying 44 people and a spokesman at the Bally grand hotel in Reno nev., where the tour stopped said there were 42 aboard. A there were bodies All Over the place a said Alex Mcewan owner of the nearby Mountain Gate Lodge who helped remove the victims. A i believe quite a few got washed out through the Back when the windows popped out. A couple of the people we carried out died at the Side of the one of the passengers Valerie Webb said she was hurled into the aisle when the bus crashed and saw her husband Buster tossed out a window As people fell on top of her. A the went out the window and i thought he was floating Down the River a she said. A it was horrible not knowing where he Webb later turned up among the survivors. Rescue workers and All available ambulances and helicopters from 50 Miles rushed to the scene eight Miles South of Walker in the Sierra Nevada. More than seven hours after the 10 30 a m. Put Accident authorities were still searching the water downstream for More victims. A you just done to know which Way a body will go in that stuff a Daniels said. A if they were to hit a Rock there a no telling where they might wind the 24 injured were taken to six hospitals in Reno and Carson City nev., and Bridgeport Mammoth and Bishop Calif. The passengers were mostly residents of the Santa Monica Tower retirement Home who had been on a a relaxation tour due Back Friday evening said Penny Hanson a spokeswoman for starline Tours. 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. A bus Page 2a higher taxes advocated for education students at Tyrrell elementary school head Home Friday after the last Day of school Freedom Bell rings for kids by Glenda Pettit staff writer ready now begin. Schools out schools out teacher let the mules out. That a right. And they came out just a kicking too. Their screams ricocheted up and Down and around the Halls and spilled out into the outdoors As a group of fifth graders at Tyrrell elementary school heard the Freedom Bell ring at 11 30 a m. Friday. A Allright Allright yeah he he they yelled. And what Are those fifth graders going to do with their newfound Freedom a party a said one boy. Yeah sure. A the likes to brag a the teacher mrs. Betty Jaseckas said above the Roar. A the has an older other responses included a party go wild go crazy go swimming go Bowling go to also a go camping go to Michigan go to Colorado go to Pennsylvania go to when the school Bell rings again in september these elementary students will be entering the world of Junior High school at Edison Middle school. And a yes a they Are ready. There Are three major categories they Are anticipating at Edison a boys girls and band. Teacher Jaseckas also has nifty plans for the summer. A a in a going to Germany on a fairy tale festival tour a she said. A next week in a going to Garner state Park and Camp out with my children and grandchildren on the Frio River. There s always something to do. Woot Hgt we sleep late swim All Day. And fix Good see school Page 2a by Debbie Graves Cox news service Austin a graduate students when they finish the ninth Grade. Fire one of every six teachers. Either proposal would be enough state education commissioner Bill Kirby said Friday to comply with requests to trim Public school funding by to percent in 1988-89. Speaking to members of the Texas House of representatives Kirby said such harsh measures would be needed to Cut education funding by $1 billion or to percent during the 1988-89 budget period. Instead of cutting spending Kirby urged the legislators to Muster courage and vote to increase taxes to provide Money needed to avoid reversing the education reforms enacted two years ago. Alluding to the 189 defenders of the Alamo Kirby said a when it comes to the future of our Public education you Are also being called upon to stand up for Texas to be willing to perhaps pay a political Price for making Sacri saturday files today that will Benefit future like other agencies receiving general Revenue funds the Texas education Agency has been asked to draft two 1988-89 budgets a one with a reduction of to percent from the current spending level and one with a 20 percent Cut. A 20 percent reduction would erase almost All the new funding Given education programs during the 1984 special session on education when legislators approved an additional $2.7 billion for Public schools Over a three year period. A 20 percent Cut would take away $2.25 billion. The request for spending proposals was made by the legislative budget Board which begins wrestling this fall with a Way to overcome a $3.5 billion shortfall in state funds in 1988 and 1989. A i do not believe you can balance the budget with anticipated revenues without cutting Public education a Kirby said. A the Choice is very Clear. You ultimately will have to either raise revenues or Cut Public Index classified.5b-8b comics.9b crossword.9b dear abby.9b editorial.9a markets.4b movies.7a nation.5a obituaries.8a people.10a of sports.ib-3b state.5a television.7a triangle.3a world.6a your Horoscope 9b today should be Cloudy with Occa 80s and East winds at to Mph. Details signal showers and highs in the mid on Page i0a. Limits put on pickets after judge visits site by Margo Brenner staff writer Beaumont a pickets at the Vel Sicol chemical co. Plant Gate on West port Arthur Road have been limited to three sign carriers with the remaining pickets restricted to a 200-foot area on the opposite Side of the Road. The limits were imposed Friday by 58th District court judge Ronald Walker following a hearing earlier in the Day and after he visited the site to get an idea where pickets could assemble. The limitations were a modification of a temporary restraining order Walker signed tuesday after a request from an attorney for Austin Industrial inc., a construction contractor working on Vel Sicolo a $16 million expansion project. The restraining order prohibits pickets from blocking passage into the Plant from verbally or physically assaulting those who attempt to enter or from parking within 200 feet of the Gate. The modified order requires pickets to Cross West port Arthur Road Only at designated crosswalks and Only to relieve sign carriers at the Gate. Walker decided to modify the order after Austin Industrial a attorney James Weber called witnesses who testified about incidents of violence since the restraining order was issued. Walker said that in addition to testimony and photographs depicting violations of his tuesday order he saw cars parked too close to the Plant late thursday morning when he went to the site to look at its layout. Walker recommended to the capacity crowd in the jury Impan Eling room of the Jefferson county courthouse where the hearing was convened because of the Large number of crafts Union members in the audience that they police themselves to keep peace on the picket line. His ruling and advice was met with Boos from a number of people in the audience. Testimony during the emotionally charged hearing entered around picket line violence this week. Rick Anderson vice president for technical services and regional construction manager for a Vel Sicol Peg 2a staff photo by Scott Rathburn at Vel Sicol Plant site Friday Are foreground from left attorney James Weber i Bew business manager Eddie Wise attorney Wayne Reaud and judge Ronald Walker. Staff photo by Scott Rathburn

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