Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on August 3, 1987 · 4
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4E 3 LinCOLU MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 1 987 LINCOLN, Ne Jftt IRNAt Aa Raealvar Spanwlra Winch W-MmWV, l :W:VS,Z:jgL Bill , ft"" CZ. f M - " ' V -:F rr 1 ri EE Slgnl BrWo Poww Pml i ' " Vip ; "Ti'oJ " FAB DaHvarw - 1 - . - . This is an artist's concept of underway replenishment simulator, which will allow reservists at Lincoln's U.S. Naval Reserve Center a chance to practice transferring fuel from one ship to another. , Landlocked sailors will have own 'ocean' Unique simulator being built to train reservists in transferring fuel9 cargo at sea By Margaret Reist Journal Writer Lt. Robert Gale and Lt. Cmdr. Tom Lagerstrom are bound and determined to give theTeserve sailors at Lincoln's U.S. Naval Reserve Center hands-on experience the kind you get at sea. So what if this is Lincoln? So there's no ocean in sight. So sailors can see land from the middle of every body of water in Nebraska No problem. Who cares if the biggest ships around are those owned by members of the local sailing clubs? It might make things a bit more difficult but certainly not impossible. Do it ourselves That, at least, is the attitude of the two Navy officers who decided to build an underway replenishment simulator a contraption that will allow reservists to practice transferring fuel and cargo . from one ship to another while the vessels are at sea. WelLsortofatsea. In Lincoln, the simulator only the third of its kind in the Navy will actually be on the grounds of the reserve center in Air Park at 4511 N.W. 42nd St When completed, the delivery ship will be a 16-foot steel pipe on a concrete block. About 100 feet away on either side and connected by steel cables will be the receiving ships 7-foot steel pipes on It's at 4700 Valley Road for few days Mobile magnetic scanner can By Mary Kay Wayman Journal Writer Visitors were stripped of their watches and credit cards Monday before getting a look at the Lincoln medical community's $3.2 million pride and joy the city's first magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The mobile MR scanner was parked at its Lincoln location at 4700 Valley Road for a few days for the first of a series of tours of the facility: Use of the scanner is scheduled to start Aug. 17. :'; Uw ; fe:: - Dr. David Kiple, medical director for Lincoln's magnetic resonance before the computer control panel in the mobile trailer. Ashford won't switch, but House bid possible Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha said Monday that he would not switch from the Democratic to the Republican Party to run for Congress, but is considering a bid for the 2nd District seat. Ashford acknowledged he had talked about switching parties with the Republicans, but he said they initiated the discussions, which he called "theoretical." The discussions were reported last week, when Ashford was at a convention in Indianapolis and could not be reached. "I am not going to switch parties at alL" said Ashford, who switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party in 1982. He described himself as a fiscal conservative who felt at home in either party, but said that on other issues, including education and the environment he felt more comfortable with the Democrats. Ashford said there was a strong possibility he would run for the seat being vacated by Hal Daub, R-2nd District But he indicated that if he v concrete blocks. There will also be two 10-foot-by-lO-foot wooden towers that will serve as signal towers for the "ships."' There will be a diesel-powered winch that will pull the cable between the two "ships" and a probe that will move along the cable and fit into a receptacle on one of the receiving ships. It works like an electric plug that fits into a socket, Gale said. But instead of electricity, oil and fuel will flow onto the receiving ship. One of the "receiving ships" at the reserve center will simulate the transfer of fuel the other cargo, Gale said. Essential skill "Unless a reservist goes out to sea on one of these ships, they aren't going to learn how to do it," said Gale, who has been the head of the reserve center for about a year. Stationed on the USS Alamo in the Western Pacific until he became commanding officer of Lincoln's reserve center, Gale soon realized his chalkboard drawings weren't getting the maneuver across to a group of young Nebraska reservists. Underway replenishment is a standard operation in the Navy and vital to keep .ships going for long periods, the officers said. "Tens of thousands of pounds" of- fuel and cargo are passed through hoses and across steel lines from one ship to another. Representatives of hospitals, the medical community and the city were on hand Monday morning for a ribbon-cutting by Dr. David Kiple, medical director of Lincoln Magnetic Scanning Service, a consortium of the three Lincoln hospitals that will share use of the scanner. As part of the Nebraska Magnetic Scanning Service, the Lincoln Magnetic Scanning Service shares the cost and operation ot "the scantier" fctK three Omaha hospitals. " . J J " ' ' Since the giant magnet that runs the ran, it would be as a Democrat adding that he probably would not make the race if Cece Zorinsky were a candidate. Zorinksy, widow of the late Sea Edward Zorinsky, D-Neb, was far ahead of all other potential Democratic candidates listed in an Omaha World-herald poll published Saturday. She was the choice of 43 percent of the Democrats. Ashford received 2 percent in the same poll Ashford said it could well be fruitless to switch to the Republican Party if Zorinsky were on the ballot When Ashford decided to run for the Legislature instead of Congress last year, he said the more important spending decisions were being made at the state level He said Monday that important issues still remained before the Legislature. But referring to an incentive bill and other tax measures passed by the Legislature this year, he said, "The fact that we did pass 775 and the other bills makes me more comfortable with moving on to another office to Congress." Even sailors on nuclear-powered ships need to know how to perform the maneuver so cargo food, ammuniti-tion, repair parts, clothes, mail, movies, even Hershey'bars can be replenished. Some ships need to be replenished twice a week, others can go for about two weeks. . "Now we're not stopped by how long ships can stay out, but by how long the people can," Lagerstrom said. Gale, the project manager, and Lagerstrom, the design engineer, set out in March to build a simulator. , Only two others The Navy's other land-based simulator is at Treasure Island, Calif. In San Diego, another one is located on a barge that comes up alongside ships moored in the harbor. "We saw the thing (project) out there, took a bite of it and it was not until we took a bite that we knew how big a bite it was," Lagerstrom said. Their brainchild has taken a lot of cooperation from a lot of people, the officers said. "Really the marvelous thing about this is that there are so many talented people who are saying this is a neat idea, let's do it," Lagerstrom said. Much credit goes to the admiral and commander in charge of the five-state U.S. Navy region that includes Nebraska because they support the idea, the officers said. scanner can disrupt anything magnetic like watches and credit cards - anyone entering the building past the lobby must leave those and other metallic items in lockers at the door. People with pacemakers, shrapnel or metal slivers in their bodies are among those who cannot enter the magnetic field. Kiple, a Lincoln radiologist, expressed the enthusiasm of the local medical community lor this shared project in a time of hotaaUy' competitive medical practices. RANDY HAMPTONLINCOLN JOURNAL imaging scanner facility, stands Es Camilla: Homosexuality left behind By Leslie Boellstorff Journal Writer Mario Escamilla, 21, facing life in prison for stabbing a 71-year-old man to death last summer, says he worries more about people assuming he's homosexual than spending the rest of his life in prison. Escamilla, who has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the July 1986 stabbing death of Tom Gushard, was to be sentenced Monday afternoon. Escamilla said he thinks he will be out by the time he 29 years old; although the Nebraska Board of Parole says those sentenced for first-degree murder after July 1986 must serve 30 years. "They think I'm confused sexually," Escamilla said in an interview Friday at the Lancaster County jaiL where he has been held for more than a year. He said people believe that he's still sexually attracted to men and then becomes violent because he is ashamed. That's not true, he said. Authorities have said that Escamilla allegedly was having sex or attempting to have sex with Gushard in the kitchen of Gushard's home at 3035 Vine St when he stabbed Gushard repeatedly with a steak knife. Authorities said that Escamilla ent-( The region including Nebraska, with headquarters in Kansas, is the only one of the 16 Naval Reserve Readiness Commands that is landlocked. That makes finding parts for the simulator difficult. 'On the scrounge' "This thing is kinda being built on the scrounge, which makes Tom's job as project engineer very difficult," Gale said. The winch, for example, was to be powered by a Lincoln Electric System transformer. But that cost too much, so the designers sought an alternative power source. It just so happened there was this old Navy diesel generator in Cheyenne, Wyo., nobody was using. Now it's in Lincoln, ready to power the winch. Other parts came from various ships whose equipment is being replaced and from spare Navy parts. Numerous local businesses and individuals have donated materials for the project and the Nebraska Air National Guard and Commonwealth Electric Co. have also donated or loaned equipment, Gale said. The Lincoln Airport Authority also allowed them to build the simulator on its land, he said. Less than $10,000 The Lincoln reservists will build the simulator for less than $10,000, Gale said. be toured "We believe snared services like this can lower the cost of medical care. I think the project will be a tremendous asset to the Lincoln medical community," Kiple said. The small building will be active two days a week when the semi-trailer truck housing the MR scanner's magnet, antenna and computer pulls in and links up. Then patients -can walk through the sealed connection between building and trailer and into the giant magnet's chamber, decorated with paintings of sailboats and balloons, for a 30- to 90-minute scan. Internal view Without affecting the patient in any way, MR scanning offers an internal view of the body unavailable by other means, Kiple said. Photographs of several of the computer images generated by the scan can be developed for viewing at the site or transmitted by microwave to hospitals for immediate consultation with physicians and other radiologists, he said. The normally loud operation of the magnet is masked by soundproofing, piped-in music and the noise of fans needed for the computer system which fills most of the trailer's space, said Patrick Donlin, manager for Nebraska Magnetic Scanning Service. The permanent site on Lincoln Medical Center Association property has worked out well since there is little magnetic interference from outside the building, he said. While the mobile scanner is in Lincoln this week, technologists will be testing and "shimming"- the giant magnet The "shimming," or electronic adjusting of the magnetic field, must be done at each site and stored in computer memory for easy adjustment after each move, Donlin said. ered Gushard's home intending to sexually assault or rob him. Escamilla maintains Gushard invited him into his home, because Escamilla was lost and wanted to use the telephone. Escamilla said he stabbed Gushard because he confused him with a Scotts-bluff man who had sexually assaulted him when he was 6 years old. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Escamilla said after stabbing Gushard three times, he realized that it was not the Scottsbluff man. But he kept stabbing Gushard until he died. At the time of the Gushard killing, Es- Noteworthy Reunions Th Runnogle family reunion will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bonanza restaurant, 5551 S. 48th St. For more information, call 423-3488. The Rudolph family reunion will be Sunday at Mr. Henry's Restaurant in Eagle. Bring dinner at 1 2:30. The Sasek family reunion, for descendants of Frank J. Sasek and Maggie (Truka) Sasek, will begin at noon Sunday at the Swanton City Park. Participants are asked to bring two covered dishes. ROBERT BECKERLINCOLN JOURNAL Design engineer Lt. Cmdr. Tom Lagerstrom (left) and project manager Lt. Robert Gale hold plans for an underway replenishment simulator to be built at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center at 451 1 N.W. 42nd St. The simulator, only the third of its kind in the United States, will allow landlocked reservists to practice ship cargo replenishment. This compares to $5 million spent building the Treasure Island simulator. The fuel-replenishment part of the simulator will be ready by early spring, the cargo-replenishment feature in about a year, Gale said. It may be a Chrysler, compared to Treasure Island's Rolls-Royce, the officers say, but it will serve its purposes. It will give reservists from Lincoln and the rest of the 14 reserve centers in the five-state region who will eventually Landis to Deal with By Amy Gades Journal Writer Dealing with conflict instead of demanding ultimatums gives people the best possible chance for success, state Sen. David Landis told participants in the 27th annual Nebraska Conference of Youth on Monday. The legislator from Lincoln's 46th District advised about 500 high school and college-age students how to resolve conflicts when he spoke on "Citizenship and Youth's Role in Society" in the Centennial Room at the Nebraska Union on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. First, he said, "separate people you are having conflict with from the problem you are having conflict about. Be soft on the people and hard on the problem" Next, he advised, focus on interests, not positions. If two people have conflicting positions, find out why. Their interests will reveal more helpful information for problem solving than will their positions. For example, he said, two people may want the same orange but only one of them can have it. But if it is determined that one wants the orange for its peel and the other wants the pulp, both can be satisfied. Third, suggested Landis, invent options for mutual gain. Find a way to give the pulp to one person and the Serviceman killed climbing rock face MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) - A serviceman who was hiking with friends on Greylock Mountain fell and was killed when the group tried to scale a rock face without ropes. Camilla had recently been paroled from the Lincoln Correctional Center after serving almost two years of a two- to four-year prison term he received for stabbing the Scottsbluff man in a sexually related assault Escamilla claims that when he was 12, he decided to take revenge upon the older man and visited his home with the intention of killing him. Instead, the two began a sporadic sexual relationship that ciilminated in the May 1984 stabbing. Escamilla said the first stabbing resulted from confusion about his sexual identity. "There was a struggle," Escamilla said. "When I was with (the man) I'd think you're gay,' but when women were attracted to me I'd think no, you're not gay." Escamilla underwent a test for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in June. He said he believes the negative results of the test reflect that he has left his homosexual activity behind. An AIDS test is not an indicator of a person's sexual preference; it shows only whether the person has been exposed to the AIDS virus. Escamilla says he understands that -but said he believes the test "says I'm be able to practice on the simulator hands-on experience in what can be a dangerous maneuver. It will send them to active duty better-prepared. It will also give the Lincoln reservists a sense of pride. "This makes them (reservists) proud of their reserve center," Lagerstrom said. "That esprit de corps the fact that this can overcome the disadvantage, of being right in the middle of the country." students: conflicts peel to the other. Finally, he said, insist on objective criteria. If a cupcake is to be divided, let one person cut it and the other person choose the piece. He has learned these truths, he said, from his own hotheaded use of ultimatums and demands during his 14 years in public of fice. : After the speech, Landis' response to a question about UNL's new stu- -dent recreation center drew loud applause. "If I were made dictator, I'd take all the money in that project and put it in faculty salaries," he said. But because the money was from private donations and most UNL students want the new center, the Legislature approved it. It is unfortunate that the same donors would not give $15 million to academics, Landis said. He told his listeners that "you do not have to be in a position of power to exercise power." The people who have the most influence on, him are those who helped elect hini -he said, suggesting that anyone with sound, reasonable arguments can influence lawmakers. The three-day conference, sponsored by the Nebraska Committee for Children and Youth, will conclude Tuesday evening. Group discussions, a speech by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha and a closing banquet are on Tuesday's agenda. The two other people in the group-were stranded on a ledge and were rescued after spending the night on the 9,363-foot mountain. not involved in nothing. I'm taking care of my body. I'm strong and I'm healthy." In and out of the Youth Development Center at Kearney a half dozen times as a juvenile, Escamilla wound up in prison after stabbing the Scottsbluff man. Although Escamilla said he resolved his confusion about his sexual identity while in prison, he continued to have a violent reaction when people touched him. . He used boxing to vent his anger, he said, but nevertheless he was a walking time bomb. "I was deadly," he said. "It was 'don't touch me, don't make me react. I don't want to react I don't want to hurt nobody.' "My Uiinking was so distorted from this involvement and rape (in Scottsbluff.)" Escamilla, who had been out of prison just over a week when he had the fatal encounter with Gushard, said he decided to serve his parole in Lincoln to avoid the man he'd stabbed in Scottsbluff. Howdy Forrester dies NASHVILLE,. Tenn. (AP) - Howdy Forrester, 65, a Grand Oi Opry fiddler who played with several renowned blue-grass bands during his years on the stage, died Saturday of cancer. 1

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