The Press Democrat from Santa Rosa, California on September 14, 1988 · 1
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Santa Rosa, California
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Wednesday, September 14, 1988
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Mendocino editor guilty; going to jail - ' - - Archaeologists discover Peru's 'King Tut' tomb A3 Santa Rosa, California, Hinicauffie thr Caribbean left with trail of destruction Associated Press Gilbert, an "extremely dangerous hurricane" and one of the strongest storms in history, roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday with 175 mph winds after battering the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the tiny Cayman Islands. The hurricane killed at least five people Sunday in the Dominican Republic, civil defense officials said. Six people died and 60,000 Hi-tech firm ringed by blaze By DOUG WILLIS Associated Press LAKE WILDWOOD Nearly 3,000 firefighters battled for the third day Tuesday to control a raging timber fire that ringed a high technology industrial complex after destroying almost 100 houses and driving thousands from their homes. At least 97 homes and 60 other buildings were destroyed, and another 4,000 to 5,000 structures were threatened by the fast-moving, wind-fanned blaze, which has burned more than 33,500 acres or 52 square miles of brush and timber north and west of Grass Valley and Nevada City in an arc 12 miles long and up to five miles wide. Firefighters, aided by lighter winds and slightly higher humidity, had the blaze 35 percent contained Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters expected to contain, or surround, the fire by 9 p.m. Thursday and to have it under control by the same time Friday. "There are still problems, but it was not a bad day," said Steve Iverson, planning chief for the firefighting force. The approaching fires forced the evacuation of 8,000 people, but shortly after 10 a.m., residents of Penn Valley were permitted to See Sierra, back page State officials, experts rap radon threat One firm finds high gas levels By EILEEN KLINEMAN SUM Writer ' A private radon testing firm found some Northern California homes well above the Environmental Protection Agency's danger level, but the two tested In Sonoma County were safe. . , Terradex Corporation, which analyzes results from testing devices in homes around the country, found high levels of the radioactive, potentially carcinogenic gas in 12 percent of the 1,200 homes tested in California, according to founder Ward Alter in the Walnut Creek office. State officials, reacting to an onslaught of panicked callers, Wednesday, September 14, 1988 were left homeless in Jamaica on Monday, officials there said. Prime Minister Edward Seaga said the hurricane swept the full length of Jamaica, "leaving a trail of wreckage behind it." "It will take us some time before we can assess the full damage without any doubt," Seaga said in a statement. "But I have no doubt that this is going to be the worst disaster that we have experienced in our modern history." Communications were down with many storm-ravaged areas and the death toll was expected to rise with the arrival of damage and casualty reports. The hurricane, traveling westward across the Caribbean Sea, was upgraded Tuesday to a Catego t California Department of Forestry ' jfl r v eye as a crew sets a backfire on Geysers Road Crews on top of Geysers fire Dying winds, fog aid effort By BONY SALLDES Suff Writer THE GEYSERS With a big boost from the weather, hundreds of firefighters Tuesday got the upper hand on the 9,000-acre Geyser Peak arson fire and hoped to have it fully contained late this T warned consumers Tuesday there was no need to run out and get their homes tested. "California is a huge state and has not been surveyed," said Alter, who pioneered the private sector radon detectors and has been analyzing results from them since 1974. He said the geography varies greatly and side-by-side neighbors could have different readings. Over the years, he said, California has had higher test results in the Sierra, some pockets south of the San Francisco Bay and in areas where there's geothermal activity, including Lake County. "There's radon associated with geothermal because the heat from the ground forces it up," Alter said. The gas usually is produced by uranium-containing soil or rocks. Files at the corporation's Chicago branch indicate the past six Santa Rosa council adopts mobile home rent assistance program 01 ry 5, the strongest and deadliest type of hurricane. Such storms have maximum sustained winds greater than 155 mph and can cause catastrophic damage. Bob Sheets, director of the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables, Fla., described Gilbert as "a great hurricane ... in the top 10 percent (historically) as far as intensity, size and destructive potential." Only two Category 5 hurricanes have hit the United States a 1935 storm that killed 408 people in Florida, and Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi coast in 1969 and killed 256 people. "The people who need to be concerned now are those people See Hurricane, back page ( . - firefighter Robert Pulido wipes smoke afternoon. Because of the rugged terrain and weather conditions at the time, some 1,200 firefighters were needed at the onset to attack the fire, but only 400 were available, said Gene Bach, chief of the Department of Forestry's ranger unit in Sonoma County. "Resources were thin and depleted because of all the other fires," Bach said. The fire was reported 90 percent eatem months' California tests were mostly performed in Southern California, but there were some high levels found in Northern California as well. The EPA's danger level is 4 picocuries per liter and the highest California reading in the past six months was a 36.4 in Riverside, according to the firm's consumer affairs manager Eurie Morris. Closer to Sonoma County, there was a 9 in Berkeley, an 8.3 in Calaveras County and a 4.2 in San Francisco, Morris said. The only Sonoma County tests by Terradex were two in Forestville. One test was done over a period of 28 days and measured an average of 2.3 picocuries per liter and the second over 92 days measured 3.2, Morris said. At the action level of 4, the risk of lung cancer is comparable to an y CT THE DEMOCRAT Mexico Hurricane Gilbert Miami ' CuJfof Mexico Key West H f - Cuba Mexico v- Havana ax r--; Cayman Jamaica Islands S , Kingston Caribbean Sea Central America 85 from his DV ZAPOTOSKY contained Tuesday night. Fire investigators believe an arsonist set the blaze alongside Geysers Road near The Geysers, the world's largest generator of geo-thermal power, said Bach. Firefighters setting back fires burned 3,000 of the 9,000 blackened acres in an attempt to contain the blaze. Whipped by winds up to 70 mph on Sunday and early Monday, the See Geysers, back page We do not believe at this time that every home should be tested' STATE HEALTH CHIEF exposure of 200 to 300 medical X-rays each year, or smoking a half a pack of cigarettes daily, according to the EPA. The limited data available shows California has a lower average of See Radon, back page 1 80 131st Year. No. 329 few r 25 Atlantic Ocean U Bahamas 1 1 ' CI Guanjanamo Bay Haltl - j Dominican Puerto Republic Rico - -151 ! Area affected 70 by storm hrl RtotoHM. newspapers Polls give Bush the lead Press Democrat news services George Bush has moved into the lead over Michael Dukakis for the November presidential election, consolidating the gains he made at the Republican Convention, according to the Gallup Poll. Neither candidate, however, has yet convinced a majority of voters why he would make a good president and neither commands much strength of support, indications that the contest is far from decided. In the Gallup Poll's first post-Labor Day trial heat, the Bush-Quayle Republican ticket leads the Democrats' Dukakis-Bentsen slate by a 49 percent to 41 percent margin. Prior to the GOP convention. Bush trailed Dukakis, 42 percent to 49 percent, boosting his competitive standing to a statistically inconclusive 48 percent to 44 percent edge in a poll conducted soon after the convention. The Gallup Poll's findings were supported by the latest New York Times-CBS News Poll. The Times-CBS survey concluded Bush has transformed the election into a battle about his issues, See Polls, back page 60-day jail term for publisher By PAT McKAY Correspondent fmm-x POINT ARF. NA Publisher Bruce Anderson was convict-ed, school board member David Colfax was found in contempt and Judge Vincent Lechowick delivered a lec Anderson ture on freedom of speech in a wild end to Anderson's two-day trial Tuesday. Anderson, the maverick publisher and editor of the weekly Anderson Valley Advertiser, will serve 60 days in Mendocino County Jail for disturbing the peace in a confrontation with county schools chief Jim Spence last April. He told Lechowick he would See Anderson, back page 1 . rr S 25 oo County law change boosts exposure of outdoor art B Pl I.INGAI I.S Sun Writer Visitors to Sonoma County parks soon may have the opportunity to see for themselves if beauty is skin deep. County supervisors without discussion Tuesday amended a county ordinance to allow nude photography in county parks. The change is hardly a carte blanche, however. The photo sessions will be allowed only by permit, and only for "non-commercial, educational" photography programs "under circumstances w hich will not interfere with the public's use and enjoyment of the park." The impetus for the ordinance change was a request by Linda it's not little wood nymphs running around and climbing trees." UNOARUOt Rudy, owner of Stillwater Cove Ranch, for a permit to allow models to pose nude in the nearby Stillwater Cove Regional Park. Rudy said the nude photo sessions, which use both male and female models, are carefully arranged, with sentries posted to warn passers-by of what is taking place. "It's all done with a great deal of discretion," she said. "It's not little wood nymphs running around and climbing trees." Rudy sought the permit on behalf of one of several photography groups that hold workshops at her inn each year. The resort owner said that two years ago a photo class inadvertently wandered off the ranch property and received a warning from a ranger that nudity in county parks is illegal. She said that rather than risk a more serious incident, she recently asked county parks officials for a one-day exemption from the county ordinance. When parks officials responded that there was no exemption pro-See Nude, back page FIREFIGHTERS ENJOY A BREAKDAVE ZAPOTOSKY Sunny and smoky High: 81 Low: 51 Ann LandursD15 Gave LcBaronA2 DanBergerDl ObituariesB4 . BridgeDI5 Bob PadeckyCI " BusinessEl SportsCl ClassifiedFl StocksE4 ComicsD17 TelevisionI)16 CrosswordD18 TheatersPi 4 EditorialsB6 YeatherB8 Six sections

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