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From Editor Bob Miller:
‘‘It's always nice earning recognition for
our hard work. Daily community journal-
ism is about effort, talent and teamwork; and it's more of a process than a result. We
have a great blend of talented people on our team, and I'm thrilled for them that we've
been recognized as one of the best papers in the LMA contest."
arlier this year, LMA
unveiled an elite
group of 23 newspa-
pers who took honors in the
coveted 2014 Newspaper of
The Year contest and in Jan-
uary we began a continuing
series of spotlighting these
publications. In this edition
we congratulate the win-
ners in Class E, represent-
ing daily newspapers with
circulation under 30,000.
Special thanks to the
Medill School of Journalism,
Media, Integrated Mar-
Chicago, Ill. for judging this
contest and to Newspaper
Toolbox for hosting the on-
line contest entry platform.
Photo courtesy ofRichard Lynn
ESTABLISHED 1904, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. $2.00
GOOD TIMES / 1C
We asked hunters if they
would kill an albino
buck; their answers may
November 16, 2014
Local Realtors wary
of stranger danger
They consider carrying firearms for self-protection going to remote homes for sale
BY EMILY PRIDDY
An alert farmer may
have saved Liz Lock-
of Riverbend Realty, was
running an open-house
event at a home she was
trying to sell in a rural
area when an unwelcome
“A man came and stayed
way too long, obviously
wasn’t interested in the
house and was asking all
kinds of strange ques-
tions,” Lockhart said.
The house was not
the man kept trying to
get Lockhart to drink a
beverage he had brought,
A farmer across the
road knew Lockhart was
there alone and drove over
on his tractor to check
on her after noticing the
man seemed to be staying
longer than necessary, she
“That was really
creepy,” she said. “I don’t
know whether he was
packing heat or not, but
when the farmer came
over ... he left.”
Real estate agents’ liveli-
hoods depend on spending
time in empty buildings
with stra ngers.
While most of those
strangers are ordinary
people shopping for their
share of the American
dream, a few have inten-
tions that are — to borrow
Lockhart’s word —
Arkansas Realtor Bever-
ly Carter, 49, went out to
show a house Sept. 28.
Several days later, her
body was found shot to
death in a shallow grave
about 20 minutes from
Media reports from
across the country suggest
Carter’s slaying has
alarmed many members
of her profession, with
Realtors signing up for
concealed-carry classes in
Michigan and self-defense
classes in Oklahoma and
Realtor Kenny Mer riman
of Coldwell Banker Aber-
nathy Realty in Jackson got
into the real-estate busi-
ness after a 22-year career
in law enforcement.
Merriman said he keeps
a gun in his vehicle, and if
he feels uncomfortable as
he approaches a property,
he brings the weapon in
LAURA SIMON~ email@example.com
Kenny Merriman, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty, stands Satur-
day in a room of a house for sale on North Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau. He
says a Realtor’s safety begins before he or she meets with a potential home buyer.
You just have to
have a sixth sense
for, ‘Hey, this
doesn’t feel right.’”
Abernathy Realty in
BY ERIN RAGAN
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AN
Employees of the local
U.S . Postal Service pro-
cessing and distribution
center staged a rally Fri-
day in front of the Cape Gi-
rardeau post office as part
of a national day of action
for union postal workers.
The day of action coin-
cided with the last meeting
of the year for the postal
service’s board of gover-
nors. Union organizers
estimated about 100 rallies
were held throughout the
country to encourage the
postal service to stop mak-
ing cuts that are closing
or scaling back services
The Cape Girardeau cen-
ter at 475 Kell Far m Drive,
separate from the post of-
fice on Frederick Street, is
set to stop processing mail
in April as part of the sec-
ond phase of a consolida-
tion by the USPS.
Union workers say local
mail already is delayed
because part of their pro-
cessing has moved to St.
Louis with the first phase
of consolidation, and
when the other part goes
into effect in April, service
will be even slower. Some
workers who will be given
the option to keep their
They say local deliveries would be
delayed; a USPS spokeswoman denies it
but how much?
One computer model
predicts 2 inches of snow
by Monday. Read more in
James Baughn’s Weather or
Not blog at semissourian.
A bit of snow and rain
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BOISE, Idaho — A biology teacher is facing possible
disciplinary action after killing and skinning a rabbit to
show students where their food comes from. Nampa
School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says the
teacher killed the rabbit in front of 16 students by snap-
ping its neck Nov. 6 at Columbia High School. The rabbit
was skinned and cut up in front of the 10th-graders.
Westfall says the demonstration isn’t part of the biology
curriculum. The teacher’s name hasn’t been released.
— Associated Press
Teacher kills, skins rabbit in class
Walter D. Black opened
this business on Broadway
about 1910. Read more
in Fred Lynch’s f/8 and Be
There blog at semissourian.
Volume 111 • Issue 38
Friday announced the
retirement of its
chief operating of-
ficer, Sly Moore.
be the fifth
member of South-
ment team to leave
ment or other cir-
cumstances since April.
The changes, according
to a news release from the
keting depar tment, “are
part of a significant effort
to position the healthcare
system for the challeng-
ing times ahead in
Moore’s last day
at the organization
is Nov. 30, though
she will be avail-
able for consulta-
tion through Jan.
10, according to
who have left this year
Another executive slated to
See DANGER, Page 5A
See POSTAL, Page 5A
See MOORE, Page 5A
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To report news:
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LOCAL EDITOR: BECKY COOPER, BCOOPER@VICAD.COM; PAGE DESIGNER: PRESENTATION EDITOR, KIMIKO FIEG, KFIEG@VICAD.COM; COPY EDITOR: JILLIAN KREMER, JKREMER@VICAD.COM
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Learn more about the rescue of the baby and what
neighbors felt during the explosion in a video at
MOSCOW (AP) –ARussian
spacecraft carrying a three-man
crew docked successfully at the
International Space Station on
Thursday following a flawless
The Soyuz craft, carrying
NASA’s Reid Wiseman, Russian
cosmonaut Max Surayev and Ger-
man Alexander Gerst of the Euro-
pean Space Agency arrived at the
station at 5:44 a.m.
Spaceship with 3-man crew docks at space station
UHV buys land for fourth dorm
BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN
The University of Hous-
1.339 acres Wednesday to
build a fourth student
The land is at the corner
of Ben Wilson and Red Riv-
The university paid
$350,000 to Kiran and Ja-
gruti Dayavan, who man-
age American Inn and
Suites on Houston Highway,
for the corner property that
neighbors a trailer park.
Wayne Beran, UHV vice
president for administra-
tion and finance, said UHV
may consider housing
sophomores at the new site
and eventually just have
freshmen living in Jaguar
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‘You just can’t imagine’
BY JESSICA PRIEST AND JESSICA RODRIGO
JPRIEST@VICAD.COM and JRODRIGO@VICAD.COM
A cavalry of state and local agencies are inves-
tigating a house explosion Wednesday that killed a
Victoria woman, injured a baby and rocked homes
Haley Singer, 26,and her daughter, Parker,41/2
months, were inside when a blast reduced to rub-
ble their two-story brick-and-wood home at 801
Whispering Oaks Drive.
Firefighters found Singer dead in the debris
about 45 minutes after they responded about 7:15
a.m . to what was initially toned out as a fire alarm
going off in a home about two blocks away.
Miraculously, Fire Chief Taner Drake said, the
baby was found alive in the debris within15 min-
utes after firefighters arrived.
She was taken to aDeTar hospital and later
transferred to University Hospital in San Antonio,
where she was listed in stable condition in the hos-
pital’s pediatric unit at 10 p.m. Wednesday,ahos-
pital spokesman said.
Sheriff T. Michael O’Connor said the child suf-
fered no internal or external injuries, describing
her sur vival as miraculous.
O’Connor said there wasn’t adry eye in the
bunch when rescue workers walked out of the
sweet, caring person
Fire chief describes miracle rescue
of baby buried under rubble
BY JESSICA RODRIGO
News about an explosion in Oak Colony
Estates had Mary Helen Barrick shaking
in the driver’s seat.
She tried to call her daughter,Haley
Singer, as she drove from her home in
Yo akum to the neighborhood shaken by
“They wouldn’t let me in when I got
there,” Barrick said. Authorities had
blocked off the neighborhood as they in-
vestigated the scene where her daugh-
ter ’s home once stood.
The two-storyhome the young couple
lived in was flattened by a blast that is
still under investigation. Area law en-
forcement and firefighters responded to
the call about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Singer,26, was found dead by authori-
ties at the scene, and her 41/2-month-old
daughter, Parker, was found buried under
about 12 feet of rubble.
“God literally put his arms and wrapped
them around her,” Barrick said of her
She has heard about Parker ’s status
from her son-in-law, Travis, 29, who is in
San Antonio with his baby. Parker suf-
fered only a few scratches, she said, but
doctors were continuing tests to be safe.
She said her daughter and son-in-law
shared an interest in outdoor activities.
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Sports .......... C1
Viewpoints ... B5
Weather ....... A6
BY JESSICA PRIEST
When firefighters arrived at 801
Whispering Oaks Drive, they saw
what looked like the chaotic after-
math of an F5 tornado.
They had no idea which scattered
splinters of wood belonged to which
room of the house.
And, most importantly,they didn’t
know if anyone was inside.
Then, they heard something.
“They just happened to hear her –
just a little bit of a whimper – and it
didn’tlast very long, but it was
enough that they clued in on it, and
they just feverishly went to work in
that area,” Victoria Fire Chief Taner
Drake became emotional when
talking about “the miracle” –how a
41/2-month-old baby was found alive
about 4feet deep into a12-foot-tall
pile of rubble.
SEE EXPLOSION, A2
$350K for site
that could house
SEE UHV, A6
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MARY HELEN BARRICK
Haley Singer and her daughter, Parker Singer.
SEE RESCUE, A6
SEE MOTHER, A2
HOW TO HELP
Travis and Parker Singer are in need of
clothes and other necessities after losing
their home. To make a donation to the Singer
family, visit the GoFundMe account at
Shards and debris of a home on Whispering Oaks Drive is all that is left after an explosion rocked the neighborhood located south of Victoria, as seen in this aerial image taken Wednesday morning.
Arthur F. Lucero,78, SantaFe, Nov. 19
Jose (Joe) ManuelSanchez,75, Nov. 18
Rudy G. Vigil,Nov.19
he headlines in Colorado
papers last February were
scary.One wa rnedthatava-
lanche danger was“at an
all-time high.”The snow slides were
the kind see n ev ery30yearsorso,
accordingtothe Colorado Avalanche
Sixpeoplehad already been killed
in the statewhen ColinSutton, 38, a
longtime Wolf Creek Ski Area patrol-
manwho hadgrown up in SantaFe,
aboutamile west of Conejos Peak
in the SanJuanMountains. He had
been testing snow conditions well out-
si de the skiar e a’sboundary.
Sutto nwas an EMT andahighly
qualified avalanche technician, as well
as alicensed blaster, trainedtouse
Butnone of that expertise could
save him when awall of snow
released and carried him 1,500 feet
down asteep gullyand buriedhim
headforward under 5feet of debris.
Suttonhad no pulse when rescuers
reachedhim,and he waspronounced
At firstitseemed likejustanother
in agrowingnumber of avalanche
deaths as more and moreski ers and
sn owboarde rssearch fo rvirginpo w-
der and ski basinstry to accommodate
them. Before 1990,itwas rare to have
morethan 15 people die in avalanches
in aseason. Since2000,anaverage of
39 die ayear.
Ski patrol deaths in avalanches, how-
ever,are rare.And it turned outthat
DaveyPitcher, the 52-ye ar-old ow ner
of the Wolf Creek Ski Area,did not
have apermit forhis skipatrolteam to
work in the area wh ereSuttondied.
Pitcher ’s temporary special -use
permittoconduct heli -sk i surv eys in
theRio Grande National Forest had
expirednearly three yearsearlier.
NowSutto n’sfamily membe rsand
fri end s areque stioni ngwh ether the
ski basin,in its pushtoattract more
backcountry adventurers,put Sutton
in harm’s way.
Albert Durand,Sutto n’ sstepfather,
calledthe unauthorized patrol mission
“a wholecowboyoperation, totally
into the backcountry by helicopter
thatday was“grossrecklessness,” he
Pitcher,who waspart of the team
thatwenttothe site to r es cueColi n,
has pleaded not guilty tofivefederal
citations forconducting work activity
using ahelicopter in theRio Grande
National Forest without written
authorizationand forusing explosives
December.Healso facesthousands of
dollars in finesfro mthe Occupational
Safety and Health Administration.
Pitcher declined to comment on the
c itationsorhis plea.But he said, “Ilost
aclose friend with Colin.”
Sutton’sdeath wasthe second involv-
sional ski patrol in the last five years. In
November 2010,ScottKay,the headof
the patrol, wascaught in asnowslide
inside theski area boundary whileper-
workingonhis own, aviolationofstan-
fies thatworkbeconducted in groups.
He died from asphyxiation. Suttonwas
on the crew thatextracted him.
They were among onlythree ski
patrol memberswho have died by
avalanche since2010. Theother was
at AlpineMeadows in California,
accordingtothe American Avalanche
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Six sections,46 pages
165th year,No. 327
as minorityleader Page c-1
aguide to the holidays in
Northern NewMexico inside
On March4,Colin Sutton, awolfCreek skipatrolman whogrewup
in SantaFe, waskilledinamassive avalanchemiles from theColorado basin.
whywolfCreek’sowner sent himthere raises questions as resorts
trytomeetthe growingdemandfor adventureskiing.
near Conejos Peak,
pathcan be seen in
the gully on the left.
16 air miles southeast
of Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Scientist who lost leginHaiti
perseveres as climber. Page c-1
holiday events • stocking stuffers • glorious music
NTER 20 14-15 • TH E SANTA FE NEW MEX
the season of
Locallyowned andindependent Su nday,November23, 2014 www.santafenewmexican.com
Holiday book fair,presentationand silent auction
withauthor rudolfoanaya and illustratorNicolas Otero(collaborators
onthe book HowChileCame to NewMexico), 1-4p.m .; silent auction of
signed issues of thebookto benefit Friends of the SantaFeLibrary
SantaFePublic Library, SantaFePublic LibraryCommunityroom,
MainBranch, 145 washingtonave.
Moreeventsin calendar,A-2 and Fridays in Pasatiempo
spills, leaks, fires
Wa l-Mart,workers spar
WILLISTON, N.D . —Inearly
August 2013,Arlene Skurupeyof
Blacksburg, Va ., received an ani-
turn farmerwho rents herfamily
land in BillingsCounty, N.D. There
hadbeenanaccident at the Skuru-
pey1-9Hoil well. “Oh, my gosh, the
gold is blowing,”she said he told
her. “Bakk engold .”
It wasthe 11thblowoutsince2006
at aNorthDakotawell operated by
Continental Resources, the most
prolific producer in the booming
Bakkenoil patch. Spewingsome
173,250gallons of potential pollut-
ants, the eruption, undisclosed at the
time,was serious enough to bringthe
man and chief executive, Harold G.
Hamm, to the remotescene.
It wasnot thefirst or most cata-
strophic blowoutvisited by Hamm,
asharec r oppe r’s son wh obe came
the wealthiest oilm aninAmeri ca
and energy adviser to Mitt Romney
duringthe 2012 preside ntial cam-
paign. Tw oyears earlie r,a to weri ng
derrick in GoldenValleyCounty
haderuptedintofl ame s and top-
pled, leaving threeworkers badly
burned. “I wasahuman torch,”said
the driller,Andrew J. Ro hr.
Blowouts repre sentthe riski-
est failureinthe oilbusiness. Ye t,
despitetheseserious injuries and
som e 11 5,000gallo ns spilledinthose
first10blowouts, the North Dakota
Industrial Co mmission, whichregu-
latesthe drilling andproduction of
oiland gas, did not penalizeConti-
ne ntal until the 11th.
Thecommission —the governor,
attorneygeneral and agriculture
commissioner —imposed a$75,000
penalty. Earlier this year,though,
the commission, as itoftendoes,
suspended 90 percent of the fine,
blamed “an irresponsible supervisor”
—just as it hadblamed Rohr and his
crew,contractworkers,for the blow-
Since2006, when adva nces in
hydraulic fracturing —fracking
— and hori zontal drillingbegan
unlocking atrove of sweet crude
oil in theBakkenshale formation,
North Dakotahas shed its identity
as an ag ri cultural stateinde cli ne to
become an oil powerh ouse se cond
Consider abox of donatedfood
placed outfor workers to help col-
leagues putafestive meal on the
pened recentlyatWal-Marts in
Frankfort, Ind., and Oklahoma City.
Is thattouching charityfor the
lessfo rtu nate?Or evid enceofan
employersostingy thatits employ-
ees don’t makeenough to providefor
It dependsonwhether you’re ask-
trying to raise awarenessabout the
In advanceofcoordinated strikes
at Wal-Marts acrossthe country on
the dayafter Thanksgiving, alabor
union-backed group is accusing the
world’sbiggestretailer of driving
Wal-Mart is fighting back harder
than ever,sayingit’sjust providing
low-cost groceries to the masses.
under seige, ratherthan Best Buy
or Target? Other retailerspay low
research found thatthe average
cashieratStarbucks makes $8.80 per
hour,onlyafew nickles morethan
the averageWal-Mart cashier.
Wal-Mart says it pays an average
hourly wage,excluding managers, of
$11.81 —slightlymorethan the $11.39
national mean forretail workers.
ButWal-Mart always has been a
target because,at1.3 million employ-
ees, it’sthe biggest retailer of all of
them, and anychangehas the poten-
tial to affect the most people.
This is thethirdyear in which
Making ChangeatWalmart, a
campaign financed and run by
the United Food andCommercial
Workers Union—which represents
employees at Wal-Mart’scompeti-
tors,likeSafeway andGiant —will
have staged protests on Black Friday.
In 2012, the companydownplayed
the pr ote ster sasadisg r untled
Please see DIaBLO,PageA-4
Please see WaL-MaRT,PageA-6
Colin Sutton, pictured with his black Lab, Boca, wa sburied by amonster
slide March 4about amile west of Conejos Peak in Colorado. Courtesy Photo
Newspaper of the Year
Victoria Advocate Publishing Company
Editorial: 'Explosion' coverage was excellent in providing
colorful details that prove exemplary reporting.
Typography: Eye-catching photos draw the readers in.
Layout is consistently effective and clean.
Advertising: Advertisements were non-invasive and
avoided being distracting.
Other Comments: Strong headlines and quality story
From Editor/VP of Content
“The Victoria Advocate's strength comes from its close
ties to the community borne of three generations of fam-
ily ownership. We cherish and nurture the public trust
through the efforts of our talented, dedicated staff. And we
have fun doing it.”
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