This week in history

20 years ago

Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999

BV releases its Y2K contingency plan

“Y2K” is the terminology used to describe the computer problems anticipated with the calendar changing from 1999 to 2000. The majority of problems will stem from computers which are able to read only the last two digits of a year, and may mistake the year 2000 for the year 1900.

… The Town’s Emergency Preparedness Plan has been revised to meet the special concerns of Y2K. The 72-Hour Emergency Kit should be individually tailored to meet the basic survival needs of your family for 3 days to a week.

Most families prefer to store their emergency supplies in one location that is relatively safe, yet easily accessible if evacuation is required. Items may be stored in a 32-gallon trash can, suitcase, duffle bag, foot locker or individual pack.

40 years ago

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1979

Cause of Climax explosion still being sought

Investigators have not yet finished their probe into the causes of an explosion last week at the Climax Mine that left two persons dead and five others injured.

Meanwhile, there was another near fatal mishap at Climax, this one occurring early last Friday morning when two miners collapsed from lack of oxygen after entering a “dead air area” of the mine.

… Cliff Robinson and Don Ryan went into a “dead air area’” where the oxygen content was only about eight parts per million, Dave Jones, president of the ocaw local in Leadville, said.

“They went in there looking for a piece of equipment and collapsed almost immediately,” he said. “Fortunately, there was a motorman in the area and he recognized the symptoms.” The motorman, Wes Taylor, pulled the two men to safety, Jones said.

The reason that the area was almost devoid of oxygen was that “production in that area has been exhausted, so they quit pumping air into that immediate vicinity,” Jones said.

136 years ago

Buena Vista Democrat

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1883

An earthquake occurred at San Francisco on the night of the 9th, said to have been the heaviest experienced since the great one in 1868. Buildings groaned, metallic roofings cracked and many persons rushed half-dressed from houses and hotels.

Recollection of its being within one day of the anniversary of the earthquake of 1868 seemed to increase their fears, and many people walked the streets all night in preference to reentering their houses.

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