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Nevada Today's tip Find out why Reno lost the bid for the 1992 Winter Olympics. Bill Martin will discuss "Going for the Gold and Getting a Rock" at a luncheon at the Peppermill. Details, 788-3038. Friday JULY 19, 1985 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Section C 4C OBITUARIES 6-23C CLASSIFIED Judge delays action on Jockey Club sale LAS VEGAS - A federal bankruptcy judge Thursday refused to approve or reject a bid by Chase Manhattan Bank to purchase the Jockey Club on the Las Vegas Strip. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Clive Jones said he wanted to delay a decision until "both sides have settled their differences." Chase Manhattan, which is owed $6.7 million by the owners of the resort, bid $7.4 million for the property at an auction Wednesday. Sultan Corp., the current owner of the financially troubled property, retains possession and will seek to find a bid higher than the amount offered by Chase Manhattan. Sultan Corp. attorney Edward Coleman said he believes another buyer can be found. The Jockey Club, which includes a never-opened casino, was assessed to have a value of between $19 million and $20 million four years ago. Sachs, Tobman refile suit LAS VEGAS Only 48 hours after a federal judge dismissed a suit filed by former Stardust Hotel operators Al Sachs and Herb Tobman, an attorney for the gaming executives filed a nearly identical suit in U.S. District Court Thursday. U.S. District Judge Roger Foley ruled Tuesday that Tobman and Sachs' suit had "absolutely no merit." The pair contended they were under duress when they signed an agreement with Nevada gaming officials last year to give up their gambling licenses and sell their casino properties. Thursday's suit was filed by attorney Morton Galane, who was unavailable to comment on the latest court action. Judge Foley ruled that the two gaming executives had adequate counsel and knew what they were doing when they signed the agreement to avoid a license revocation hearing. 2 hit by car on Wells A mother and her 5-year-old son were hit by a car on Wells Avenue near Cheney Street in Reno Thursday night, police said. Karry Karns, 24, and her son, Bryant Giesey, both of Reno, were in satisfactory condition in Washoe Medical Center late Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver's name was unavailable and police were still investigating the accident late Thursday. 4 arrested in burglaries A two-day surveillance by the Special Operations Response Team led Reno police Thursday to arrest four people who had allegedly been stealing from retail stores and later returning the merchandise for cash refunds. Joseph Willard Keesee, 33, LeAnn Rochelle Risko, 30, and Steven Ray Snow, all of Reno, were being held Thursday night on various burglary counts. Keesee was also charged with unlawful use of a controlled substance and Snow was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. One juvenile was also arrested. The four were apprehended in their vehicle in the 7200 block of South Virginia Street. Two weapons, a .22-caliber pistol and a .410-gauge shotgun, were confiscated. Losses were estimated at several thousand dollars. The investigation is continuing. New airport panel chief James O. Thompson has been elected chairman of the Airport Authority of Washoe County. A member of the Airport Authority since 1982, Thompson is vice president of entertainment at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks and a representative of Washoe County on the airport board. New United Way official Albert W. Larsen, a representative of New York Life Insurance Co., has been named pilot campaign chairman for the 1985 United Way of Northern Nevada fund drive. Larsen has served as a United Way volunteer for 16 years. His responsibility in this year's campaign will be to arrange early pilot campaigns in northern Nevada firms prior to the general community campaign held in the fall. Sand Harbor won't close Sand Harbor will remain open during all phases of Highway 28 construction this summer. Paving began Wednesday and will continue through Aug. 9. During this period, the road will be alternately closed from either Incline Village or Spooner Summit, but there will always be at least one access. The road will be open from both directions during weekends. For more information, call the Sand Harbor office at (702) 831-0494. Wire service and staff reports Teens have differing views on new abortion law By Steve PaplnchakGazette-Journal Nevada's new abortion law has young women engaged in the same debate as adults over the requirement that doctors tell parents before performing abortions on unmarried women under 18. Several Reed High School summer school students commented on the abortion law Thursday following a Reno federal judge's preliminary injunction banning enforcement of the law's key provisions. Margaret Beth, 15, said, "I think it is up to the daughter if she wants to get an abortion or not. "If a daughter has a good relationship with her parents, she should tell her parents." But, she added, "If they don't have a good relationship, she should get the abortion, if she wants it. If she doesn't want an abortion, that's up to her. "If the daughter and parents don't have a good relationship, who knows what will happen to the daughter. The parents could kick her out of the house." Shannon Wright, 14, has a different opinion. "I don't think it's right for me or anybody to have an abortion, unless for medical reasons. "I think the parents should be notified. You should not be able to do it without your parents' consent, if you do it at all," she added. Tonja Plummer, 16, said the new law "has its advantages and disadvantages." "It's their kid, and parents should know what's going on in her life," Plummer said. But, she added, "If they're abusive parents, there is no telling what they'd do." Some young women would run away from home before having their parents learn of a pregnancy, she said. Danylle Connelly, 14, said, "If my daughter got pregnant, I think I'd like to know. "Maybe the parent and daughter could talk it out and see what other options there are to having an abortion. "I think the law is right," she added. "If you play, you pay ..." Monica Grashuis, 16, said, "You should be free to choose what you want to do with your life. "I think the kid should be responsible and tell her parents and not be secretive about it. They should be honest with their parents," but the law should not require that parents be contacted, Grashuis said. Larrica McCalister, 16, said, "I think parents should be informed. Something could happen during the abortion, and parent's should know" before the abortion is performed. McCalister said lingering medical difficulties could develop and a parent wouldn't know the source of the health See ABORTION, page 2C DroyoW mi Rem oooriisoini TTz 1 r " ' :z i - Lr, V&7 J . " - iu; , I ' fp4U' - sst'- - " Ky , f-ti"i" " 1 m:" " , . ,; Jama FlennerGazette-Journal SHALLOW WATERS: Robert LaMarr, 15, walks his raft shallow and his raft was dragging the bottom. His brother, along the Truckee River Thursday, saying the river was too Andy, 13, decided not to jump ship. Carson water troubles blamed on scant storage By Laura MyeraGazette-Joumai CARSON CITY Carson doesn't have a "water supply problem at all," but instead has a water storage problem, Mayor Dan Flammer said Thursday. Quoting figures that show Carson City depletes its water supply only during the three dry summer months and uses only an average 5 million gallons daily the rest of the year, Flammer said the only answer to the city's water problem is to either build more storage tanks or build a dam to hold the plentiful winter runoff. "If we had the capacity to store all the water that runs through Carson we wouldn't ever have a water problem," he said, speaking to about 40 members of the Carson City Republican Central Committee. "The way it is now we just let all that water run away and then run into problems in the summer." Flammer, a 21-year resident, said he "can't remember a summer when we didn't have to have water rationing of a sort," so the increased city population isn't all to blame for the recent water troubles. The city has been on an odd-even water The way it is now we just let all that water run away and then run into problems in the summer j Dan Flammer, mayor Carson City rationing system since early July. Flammer said the city should have ordered the rationing in June when officials first saw evidence of a water problem. Under the odd-even plan, people at odd-numbered addresses can water lawns on odd-numbered days and vice versa for even-numbered addresses. Also, no one is allowed to water on the 31st of any month or from 1 to 7 p.m. daily. Exceptions are made for people with automatic sprinkler systems who may water every day but only between 10 p.m and 6 a.m. The city experienced its worst water problems after the Fourth of July weekend when two of its three tanks nearly ran dry. Flammer said the 4 million gallon Quill tank was never in danger of running dry. He said a city official exaggerated when he said Carson was in fire danger because of reduced water supply. During that same week the city issued more than 400 citations for improper water use. "I went to him myself to ask why he told the press that the city was in fire danger," Flammer said of the unnamed official. "And he told me "That was the only way I could get people to stop using so much water without going out to their homes and turning off the tap myself.' " Flammer wouldn't identify the official, but joked, "It worked." Now, Carson City has two major water tanks other than the Quill tank: the 3 million gallon Goni tank north of the Carson Airport and the 3 million gallon Prison Hill tank. The city also gets water from 11 wells in the area, from surface water in the Kings Canyon area and from the state Marlette system. Together the system can supply 11,786,000 gallons of water daily. Flammer said that by early September the city plans to have five more wells in See CARSON, page 2C Funding woes endanger class for deaf toddlers By Jerry HoustonGazette-Journal "We knew he had a problem when one evening we were sitting in the back yard and there was a big clap of thunder and he didn't even flinch." That's how Bill and Lynne Cowie of Carson City came to the devastating realization that their infant son, Jacob, was deaf. "Lynne would walk into the room and talk to him, and he would never turn his head," said Bill Cowie. "We suspected something for some time but we refused to believe it until that night." Reno physician John Brophy confirmed that Jacob had a "profound hearing loss" when the boy was 1 year old. It was Brophy who recommended that Jacob enroll in the Aural Habitation Program in the Speech Pathology Department of the University of Nevada-Reno. The program is designed to teach deaf preschool children to speak. Cowie called the therapy results "spectacular," saying his son, now nearly 2, is beginning to verbalize and jabber. He gives full credit to the UNR program. But that program is endangered due to a funding cut. It has lost more than $10,000 in federal and local grants and Cowie said that unless parents come up See CLASS, page 2C '" Jean Dixon AlklnGazette-JournaJ CLOSE FAMILY: Lynne and Bill Cowie watch as 2-year-old Jacob, who is deaf, shows interest in the camera. With the parents are sons Matthew, 6, left, and Luke, 4. A program that has helped Jacob learn to speak is jeopardized due to lack of funding. Reservoirs thirsting for rainy days By Courtney BrennGazette-Joumal The Reno area needs a lot of rain in the next few weeks to prevent a drought this summer, Federal Watermaster Garry Stone said Thursday. "Right now I'd say our storage upstream is adequate to carry us through the summer," Stone said. "But if present conditions continue, we will have a drought situation. We're already there on the Carson River." Already the maximum amount of water allowed, 500 cubic feet per second, is being released into the Truckee River from Lake Tahoe and Prosser and Boca reservoirs. But if Lake Tahoe falls two more feet, the release will be cut down, forcing the watermaster to limit the number of diversions including irrigation from the river. "That's quite a bit of water to be releasing for this time of year," Stone said. "It's indicative of just how dry the western region is. With the release I anticipate to maintain Floriston rates coupled with evaporation from Lake Tahoe, it looks like (the lake) will get lower than 6,225.5 feet (its minimum level) later in the summer." (Floriston rates are rates of water flow that must be maintained at Floriston, Calif.) Stone said an April hot spell prompted premature snowpack runoff and contributed to northern Nevada's water shortage. "We lost a lot of snowpack during that unusual warm spell," he said. "It definitely impacted on the water available for Carson; the Carson River is in critical shape." Another reason for the drought is recent high temperatures and heavy winds, which speed up the evaporation process, Stone said. The temperature has been above 90 degrees every day this month, with the average ranging from 95 to 100. National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Jensen said temperatures are expected to drop to the low 90s for the next week or so, with increasing afternoon cloudiness. There will be a better chance of afternoon thundershowers for the Reno area; southern Nevada already has been receiving big helpings of water. A flash flood watch was declared for the south Thursday afternoon, while Clark County, which got 3.5 inches of rain by 2:30 p.m., was given a flash flood warning. Man arraigned in South Tahoe child sex case By Wayne MeltonGazette-Journal Walter Stinnett, director of A-l Children's Center in South Lake Tahoe, was arraigned Thursday in Lake Valley Justice Court on four felony counts of child molestation. Judge Eugene Rasmussen set a July 26 preliminary hearing. Stinnett, 45, also director of Elfland Child Care Center in Tahoe Paradise remained in El Dorado County Jaii Thursday night on $25,000 bail. Stinnett was arrested on a warrant Wednesday at the A-l Center on D Street He is charged with molesting four children, ages 4 through 7, said Suzanne Kingsbury, El Dorado County deputy district attorney. Some of the alleged attacks occurred at both child care centers, Kingsbury said "It is, to my knowledge, the biggest child molest case ever in the South Lako Tahoe area." Assaults allegedly occurred within the last year but "we're not sure beyond that," Kingsbury said, adding that police started an investigation about two weeks ago after receiving complaints Stinnett and his wife, Sandra, have been licensed since Oct. 1, 1980, to operate Elfland, a family day care home for up to 12 children, said Bill Jordan, Sacramento district manager of the California Department of Social Services community care licensing division. Since July 5, 1984, Stinnett has been licensed to operate A-l on D Street for up to 24 children, Jordan said. r

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