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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 12

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Saturday, October 26, 1991
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Nevada Briefing SATURDAY - 2B OCTOBER 26, 1991 A daily look at people and events making news in Nevada. State regulators approve plan to aid Southwest Gas customers CARSON CITY A plan to help northern Nevada industrial customers of Southwest Gas avoid gas cutoffs was approved Friday by the state Public Service Commission. The plan is designed to prevent gas cutoffs by allowing manufacturers to trade their low-priority access to gas for higher-priority access held by industrial customers with backup fuel such as oil. The plan was developed at the request of customers who faced cutoffs last winter during a long period of extremely cold weather that caused operating and supply problems. Crash kills wrong-way driver A man driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 in Humboldt County died when his car sideswiped an approaching truck-trailer rig, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported. Mitchel R. Richardson, a 32-year-old unemployed medical plastics researcher, was thrown out. Truck driver Wilhelm E. Leis, 23, of Bowmanville, Pa., was not injuried in the collision at 7:25 p.m. Thursday, 22 miles west of Battle Mountain, troopers said. Legislators back Medicaid move CARSON CITY State lawmakers voted Roy A. Shearer Retired Sparks contractor A funeral for Roy A. Shearer, 83, who died Tuesday at his residence, is scheduled for 1 0 a.m. today at O'Brien-Rogers and Crosby Funeral Home. A native of Greenville, Pa., he was born Sept. 27, 1 907, and had lived in Sparks for the past 1 8 years. Shearer was a contractor. Surviving are widow Hazel; son Michael; daughter Sharon Gore, all of Sparks; sons Tommy and Tracy, both of Reno, Roy Jr. of California and Ronny and Ricky, both of North Carolina; daughters Twila Wilott of Washington, Dorothy Cook and Vonnie Nenner, both of Arizona, and Shirley Shearer of Canada; brothers Norman and Joe, both of Pennsylvania; sister Blanche Chambers of West Virginia; and five grandchildren. Private burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Jean E. Perkins Price Sinkewitz Dry cleaning assembler Jean Eloise Perkins Price Sinkewitz, 59, of Sun Valley AVIATION Vegas tower worries air official LAS VEGAS (AP) An official at McCarran International Airport says he's concerned that a Federal Aviation Administration warning about a 1,012-foot tower near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip has been ignored. "While we are certainly excited with any project which enhances the overall attractiveness of the community, we are concerned that the FAA's finding of 'substantial adverse impact' has been largely ignored," Bob Broadbent, Clark County aviation director, wrote in a memo to city officials. A copy of the memo was obtained by the Las Vegas Sun. Broadbent acknowledged the county and the FAA could not stop the city from allowing casino owner Bob Stupak to build the 1,012-foot Stratosphere Tower near Stupak's Vegas World Hotel and Casino. Broadbent recommended the city take out a hazard insurance policy to protect itself from liability should an air collision occur as a result of the tower. Las Vegas Mayor Jan Laverty Jones, who expressed concerns about the safety of the tower earlier this week, said she would ask City Attorney Roy Woofter to examine the city's insurance coverage in the wake of Broadbent's memo. "It's certainly something we're going to have to look into in depth, particularly the question of liability," Jones said. Broadbent, in his memo, suggested that the city pressure Stupak to fully disclose the FAA's hazard warning if he seeks public financing for the tower. Stupak has indicated he may seek a public offering for much of the cost of the tower, estimated to be $100 million. Broadbent said the Air Transport Association and the Airline Pilots Association also have indicated their grave concern about the tower, which is 231 feet too high for the FAA. The Las Vegas City Council approved the project last year despite the FAA warning. died Friday at Sparks Family Hospital. A native of Arcada, Calif., she was born April 4, 1 932, and had lived in the area for the past 20 years, coming from Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. Mrs. Sinkewitz was an assembler for a dry cleaner. Surviving are son Allen Price of Black Springs; daughters Mary Edwards of Sun Valley and Dodie Erlendson of Reno; brothers Victor, Bob and Roy Perkins; sister Lete Perkins-Compton, all of Grants Pass, Ore.; sister Marge Stepp of Bonanza, Ore.; and four grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. and until the 2 p.m. Monday funeral at Walton's Sparks Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery. A memorial is being established with American Lung Association, P.O. Box 7056, Reno 89510-7056. Bruno Filberto Garcia Retired upholsterer Bruno "Albert" Filberto Garcia, 88, died Thursday at his Sparks residence. A native of San Jose, Ariz., he was born Oct. 6, 1 903, and had V- BURNED: Workers on Friday use a a lift to clear damaged cars from the OAKLAND FIRE Crews work to prevent OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Crews cleared storm drains and braced for mud slides that heavy rains could bring to the Oakland hills as city officials Friday slashed their estimate of the damage wrought by a deadly firestorm. Dozens of workers fanned out over the denuded hillsides, laying out fencelike barriers as gray skies threatened to dump rain on the charred ruins of what was once the most exclusive neighborhood in Oakland. Rain expected Friday night and over the weekend gave urgency to the efforts to shore up the hillsides already dampened by Thursday night's light rainfall. "We're moving with great speed and efficiency. There's great resolve here," said Berkeley Mayor Loni Hancock as a crew of 60 workers installed so-called silt fences, 200-foot-long black fabric barriers, at 30-foot intervals up barren slopes. "The potential for mud slides is a disaster in the making." In Oakland, where most of the damage from last Sunday's wildfire occurred, workers cleaned de- Friday to endorse a congressional fight to preserve Medicaid funds a battle that would help Nevada realize the $25 million budgeted for the so-called Medicaid Miracle. Members of the lawmakers' Interim Finance Committee voted to endorse a bill by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to impose a moratorium on the restrictive federal rules that would reduce Medicaid funds to states. Nevada hopes to see written guidelines on the new rules for Medicaid funds next month, and until then won't know whether more of the federal money will come to the state. Suspects identified in shooting Reno police investigators have identified two suspects in a gang-related drive-bv shooting Thursday night near the corner of Wedekind Road and Sutro Street in northeast Reno, authorities said Friday. Luis Manuel Macias, 1 9, was treated at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center and released for what reportedly was a superficial wound by a bullet that grazed his head. Witnesses said they heard four to eight shots, and one woman reported seeing the car slow down and begin firing. A police spokesman said warrants have been issued for the suspects' arrests. Kidnapping report unfounded A witness' account of a possible child kidnapping sent Carson City sheriff s deputies scrambling Friday, but no one reported any child was missing. lived in the area for the past five years, coming from Los Angeles. Garcia was a retired upholsterer. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sparks. Surviving are widow Armida R.; daughter Alicia Olds, both of Sparks; sons Albert F. and Armando N.; daughter Alma A. Lucero; brothers Richard and Manuel; sisters Josephine Rivera and Teresa Conine, all of the Los Angeles area; sister Charlotte Johnson of Redding, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Walton's Sparks Funeral Home. A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with burial at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery. Carson-Tahoe Hospital VAN SIKLE-BERN ARD To Edward and Kandace Van Sikle-Bemard of Carson City, a son, Oct. 18. 1991. BIANCHI To Ben and Karen of Washoe Valley, a daughter, Oct. 20. 1991. COOK To Corby and Roxane of Smith Vallev,ason,Oct. 18, "The potential for m ud slides is a disaster in the making. " Berkeley Mayor Lonl Hancock bris from storm drains and gullies to clear the way for runoff. Workers set bales of hay around sewer grates to keep debris from clogging them. "We are also planning other erosion mitigation methods, such as silt fences ... sandbagging ... and seeding," said Surlene Grant, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Public Works. The fire stripped the vegetation from 1,800 acres in the Oakland hills, destroyed more than 3,000 houses and apartments, killed at least 24 people and injured 148 people. Oakland city officials, who earlier estimated damage at upwards of $5 billion, backed off Friday. 4 At 7:30 a.m., a woman said she saw a man trying to put some sort of black strap on a screaming child in the front seat of a blue Chevrolet sedan on Fairview Drive. She described the man as Caucasian in his 30s, with dark hair, a thin face and bulging eyes. He was wearing dark-rimmed glasses. Deputies scoured the area and checked schools, but found no other evidence of a kidnapping. "It might have been someone just disciplining a child," Sheriff Paul McGrath said. Officers cleared in shooting Two Reno police officers were cleared by their department Friday for shooting a burglary suspect early Wednesday. A police shooting-review board unanimously ruled that Greg Curry and Greg Rea acted professionally and complied with department policy in shooting Richard Fidel Candelaria, 45, of Reno. Candelaria remained in serious condition at Washoe Medical Center with chest and leg wounds. When they responded to a burglar alarm in the law office of Terry Friedman, 527 S. Arlington Ave., at 3: 10 a.m., they saw the suspect inside, police said. After Candelaria refused to come out 40 minutes later, Curry and Rea went in to get him. Street blocked after gun report Reno police blocked Kuenzli Street near the police station Friday to arrest two men suspected of brandishing a gun at an accident scene. Police later spotted a truck matching the suspect vehicle going west on Kuenzli and stopped it. David Lev ine of Sparks and Richard W. Stowe of Reno, both 24, were jailed for investigation of being ex-felons in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen gun. 1991. Sparks Family Hospital STONE To Titfaney D. and Kenneth J. of Fallon, a daughter, Oct. 23, 1991. St. Mary's Regional Medical Center DRAKE To Cameron S. and Shelly L. of Winnemucca, a daughter, Oct. 24. 1991. NOLAN To John P. and Kandis F. of Reno, a son, Oct. 24, 1991. ROACH-KENT To Mishawn C. Roach and John W. Kent of Sparks, a daughter, Oct. 24, 1991. SCHNORBUS To Frank D. and Robin E. of Minden,ason,Oct 24, 1991. THORN To Mike L. and Trac: L.ofReno.ason.Oct.24, 1991. Washoe Medical Center COCHRAN To Steven L. and Carolee A. of Fallon, a son, Oct. 24, 1991. POULIN To Michael A. and Kathleen A. of Truckee, Calif., twins, a son and daughter, Oct. 24, 1991. RAMYNKE To Jeanette C. of Reno, a daughter, Oct. 24, 1991. WYFFELS-NAGLE To Loretta A. WyfTels and Russell L. Nagle of Sparks, a daughter, Oct. 24, 1991. CALIXTO Roland D. vs. Maria. DIAZ Bartolme A. vs. Virginia. EDOGUN Sunday O. vs. Associated Press fire-ravaged Oakland hills. mud slides ; 1 saying the figure probably would end up between $1.5 billion and $2 billion close to estimates by insurers. "I've just in the last 24 hours been doing a more careful analysis of the probable losses and it will probably be considerably less," said City Manager Henry Gardner. The earlier figure was a rough calculation and not intended to be viewed as definite, he said. Rain otherwise welcome after five years of drought threatened to compound the disaster of the fire. If enough rain falls, it could send tons of mud and rock sliding into homes that survived the blaze. Only a fraction of an inch of rain fell Thursday night. The National Weather Service predicted more late Friday and today but doubted rainfall would be heavy. Forecasters said half an inch could fall by Sunday, when only isolated showers were expected. "The problem with the burn area is that the ash is somewhat impervious to rain. Rain will just slide right off of it," said Weather Service meteorologist Duane Dykema. 4 U.HMJ:H. Patricia Sana. FELAN Linda vs. Thomas Longoria. GONSALEZ Dolores vs. Sean. HARTMAN Victoria L.C. vs. Joseph S. HIMES Scott E. vs. So-Young. HUM PREYS Thomas L. vs. Elaine R. KOPOIAN Cindy Dorene vs. Kevan Charles. KNIGHT Francis A. vs. Cynthia Lynn. LEDESMA Kelly vs. Louis John. NELSEN Joanne vs. George B. NICHOLS Penny L. vs. Forest. OVERTON Nancy Ann vs. Donald Ray. PENA-ZARTE Marlene Pena vs. Roberto Zarate. PERRY Nancy Marie vs. William David. SCHUCK David W. vs. Lana C. STALDER Linda vs. Scott. QUIRING Mitch vs. Laura. WALLACE-DeWITT Tracy Dawn Wallace vs. Stephen Blair DeWitt. Paid notices IN MEMORIAM MARTHA R. JOHNSON 1916-1986 It's been 5 years. We miss and love you very much Love, The Talum and Johnson Families ia-26 y WORKERS' COMPENSATION Legislators want rate increases explained SIIS: Agency says boost needed because more workers are filing claims. CARSON CITY (AP) Lawmakers want the head of the State Industrial Insurance System to detail his agency's need for future rate increases as high as 60 percent. Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, told SIIS general manager Don Jayne he wants documentation on why the agency needs another $239 million to $335 million in rate money paid by employers. Townsend and other members of an interim legislative subcommittee studying SIIS, who discussed the funding needs this week, will hold several more meetings in efforts to develop proposals for the 1993 Legislature. The huge increase, which wouldn't be sought until next year, Candidate opposes nuke dump plan LAS VEGAS (AP) Democratic presidential contender Paul Tsongas has expressed his opposition to the. site selection process being used to choose the nation's first high-level nuclear waste dump. Yucca Mountain, 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is currently the only site being studied for the repository, which would store 77,000 tons of radioactive fuel rods from America's nuclear power plants for up to 1 0,000 years. fl "We're Here U This atea's preferred, mm profit, noo secuuian. full scrnce nukmineaf , cared cenete ry for U9ycarr. Ben selection 6f graves, tropes, nichn. urn & markers. Experieoced staff cut assist you with complete before -nerd arrangements, or at the time of oecd. , .t, " 435 Stoker Ave. - Reno 329-9231 - ire - .l SPARKS Wednesday, Oct. 23 Holman Way, 900 block vehicle burglary. Thursday, Oct. 24 . 15th Street, 1 100 block vehicle burglary. Greg Street, 1 300 block vehicle burglary. Oddie Boulevard, 2200 block obtaining money by false pretenses. Oppio Street, 2500 block vehicle burglary. Sullivan Ine, 1 800 block two vehicle burglaries. Woodhaven Lane, 1 700 block shooting into a house. RENO Wednesday, Oct. 23 East Patriot Boulevard, 500 block vehicle burglary. Talbot Lane, 5900 block vehicle burglary. Thursday, Oct. 24 Idlewild Drive, 2800 block attempted burglary. Lakeside Court, 3300 block vehicle burglary. Monitor Drive, 1 1 00 block vehicle burglary. North Virginia Street, 7900 block residential burglary. North Sierra Street, 500 block grand larceny. Meadowood Mall Circle, 5 100 block grand larceny. Patton Drive, 2 1 00 block battery w ith a deadly weapon. South Center Street, 200 block grand larceny. Friday, Oct. 25 Neil Road, 4300 block commercial burglary. IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORIAM Juliette Gaspari April 15, 1960 - October 26, 1989 We miss you and remember you every day Your loving family 1026 DEATH NOTICES OLIVER C THATCHER. 59. died Tuesday at Washoe Medical Center A native of Modoc. KS. he was bom Aug 17. 1932. and had lived in Reno since 1977, coming from John Day, OR. Thatcher was a rancher, mechanic & postal worker. Surviving are his widow, Fran, and a son, Jim Lattie, both of Reno; son David Thatcher of Garden City, KS; daughters Robin Merrifield of Topeka, KS, and Jacqueline McLeland of John Day; mother Ethel Mallory of Scott City, KS; brother Arlo and sister Connie Brady, both of Las Vegas; sister Lucille Mmnix of Scott City, KS; 1 1 grandchildren & numerous nieces & nephews. A funeral is scheduled for 10am Saturday at Walton Funeral Home, Reno Cremation will be at Mountain View Crematory. A memorial is being established with the Ronald McDonald House, PO Box 1 1871 , Reno, NV 89510-1871. 1026 would be atop an 11.4 percent boost that the insurance system will collect this fiscal year from employers. Assemblywoman Chris Giun-chigliani, D-Las Vegas, said she was concerned that the agency hasn't begun to implement reforms mandated by the 1991 Legislature. Jayne said he has been unable to implement the changes because of a staff shortage. The agency, authorized 1,076 employees, has fallen 1 84 employees below that total. Accountants told the lawmakers the agency needs higher rates because more injured workers are making claims and need a longer time for rehabilitation. Lawmakers also were told medical fees for treating injured workers have increased only 5 percent in the last couple of years, compared with 1 8 percent jumps in the mid-1980s. But Sen. Len Nevin, D-Sparks, said costs could be reduced dramatically if the insurance system would quickly approve operations for injured workers. Congress has decreed that Yucca Mountain is the only site to be studied by the Energy Department for the controversial project. The Massachusetts senator says other sites should be studied as well. "Should Yucca Mountain be found unsuitable, we will not have fully explored other options." Energy Department scientists have said repeatedly they do not believe the earthquake potential poses any serious threat. When You Need Us!

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