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u i v c rx z l l T The ....... Tl (& THl "Hi (Hi ' f J W Wildcat Band Spirit director to Squad take leave takes third of absence in nation see page 8 see page 5 F I FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005 wsusignpost.com VOLUME 67 ISSUE 61 Butane explosion forces evacuation of student's family By DAVID FAIRCHILD assistant a&e editor The Signpost The ground is black now. The truck is charred and its trailer destroyed by flames that grasped for the stars with long orange fingers, and forced people out of their homes Wednesday night. For some students, the drive home from Weber State University took longer than usual on Wednesday. Those students may be grateful a long ride was all they had to endure. At Burton Elementary School in Kaysville, basketballs stopped bouncing, people stopped watching the television, and all conversations halted. Residents listened intently to the announcement that came over the speakers. "We've just received word that it's still unsafe to return home," said the loudspeakers throughout the school. "If things go smoothly, everyone may be able to return home around midnight." One big groan filled the school. It was only 7 p.m. More than 150 Fruit Heights and Kaysville residents took shelter throughout the school's hallways, cafeteria and gym. They found ways to entertain themselves by visiting with friends, watching television playing basketball, or walking the family dog It : w - j t fi "l lift" "J An overturned tanker sits smashed into a white van next to Highway 89 near 400 North in the Fruit HeightsKaysville area on Wednesday. The tanker burst into flames after a nearby home's pilot light ignited an explosion of the leaking butane. around the school. The events took place after a truck hauling tanks of butane gas rolled off the freeway and into the woods, closing down a major section of Highway-89.x Chris Lloyd, a WSU junior, was visiting his parents in Fruit Heights when he heard there had been an accident that shut down a section of Highway 89. What he didn't know was that the accident was only the beginning of what would be a long night for his family. One of the butane tanks exploded. "I looked toward the direction that I had heard the accident had happened, and you could actually see the flames from my house," Lloyd said. "And we were more than a mile away and we were looking over trees, so the flames had to be really high." Lloyd's estimate wasn't far off. "Those flames reached a mile straight into the air," said Davis County police officer Brent Peters. "You wouldn't believe it; it was a nightmare." Shortly after the first explosion, an urgent announcement filled the streets of Fruit Heights and Kaysville. "They had already evacuated the upper part of our neighborhood so we thought that might be it," said Lloyd's mother, Jana. "But - then the flames started and the police drove through the neighborhood on the speaker telling everyone in the neighborhood that they should evacuate." The heavy gas released into the air was the main source of concern for residents' safety. Lloyd and his family made their way to Burton Elementary where Jana also happened to work in the front office and found herself answering phones and helping other residents. "When we got here, neighbors were See Explosion page 3 Ogden group pleads for students' gondola support By MARIA VILLASENOR managing editor The Signpost Ogden's mayor and local businessmen want Weber State University to be directly connected to Snowbasin Ski Resort. In a Feb. 9 meeting designed to inform younger businessmen and students, Lift Ogden encouraged WSU students to jump on board the tram. "The nature of what Weber State has been will change, and I think in a positive way," said Curt Geiger, vice president of Descente, a ski and golf company that recently relocated its main office to Ogden. Geiger spoke to a room of about 34 people, which included a few members of WSU student government: President Cody Jones, Honors Senator Brady Ahlstrom and external relations director Jeremy Barnum. During the meeting Jones said he like the idea of the gondola. The university has not officially stated its position on the tram; neither has Earl Holding, owner of Snowbasin. Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey, also at the meeting, gave a similar presentation to the one he gave two weeks ago "Between classes students could hop on the tram, make a few runs and then come back down to class' Matthew Godfrey, Ogden City mayor at an on-campus debate about the tram with WSU physics professor Dan Schroeder. Godfrey said WSU would attract a lot of attention and tuition by being the only university connected to a ski resort "Between classes students could hop on the tram, make a few runs and then come back down to class," Godfrey said. Apart from believing the tram a boon for WSU, Lift Ogden also believes it will revitalize the city. Godfrey said the tram has the potential to bring tourism, as well as companies in the ski industry. Godfrey and Geiger both said they had heard interest from companies to See Gondola page wetter state ' s -' ' ti,T;"V -' j ilk . ' - 3 ' . . . .. . ' - United for the union Showing his support for the Shepherd Union Building renovation, Dave Caulford flipped with fervor on Wednesday during the Support the Union Building Renovation Rally. Also during the rally, Generic Hero and Kid Icarus from 88.1 's morning radio show, Radio Active Radio, yelled for students to give thumbs-up in support of the renovation. The rally was initially to show the Capital Facilities Appropriation Committee that administrators were not the only Weber State University supporters of the revenue bond that would be used to renovate the Shepherd Union Building. After the bill passed in the committee Monday, organizers decided to use the rally to show student support to the rest of the Legislature that will vote on the bond.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2005-02-11, Vol. 67, No. 61|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|