The Missoulian from Missoula, Montana on November 12, 1991 · 8
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Tuesday, November 12, 1991
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A-8-Missoulian, Tuesday, November 12, 1991 FROM PAGE A-1 Deicer (continued) alt the available research on deicing chemicals was conducted by chemical companies. "It is amazing, in this day and age, that we would even consider using a chemical without adequate, independent testing," he said. The advisory committee has recommended that the city use the chemical deicer this winter, but only if the studies also commence immediately. "All the research available doesn't leave us with any kind of clear, significant or compelling evidence that the deicing chemical is UK) percent safe," Brenner said. Jim Carlson, environmental health director at the City-County Health Department, said he too wants new studies of Missoula's 'It is amazing, in this day and age, that we would even consider using a chemical without adequate, independent testing.' - Gerry Brenner air quality and wants to monitor the effects of deicing. But he said his department has neither the money nor the manpower for the work. A study of the Missoula airshed, he said, would cost $20,000 plus manpower - and is out of his reach until the winter of 1993-94. Missoula must first, he said, write a plan for cleaning the carbon monoxide in its air; Missoula also is a non-attainment area for carbon monoxide. By next November, the city must switch to oxygenated gasolines. Veterans (continued) bringing gasoline to the Kurds." Both men were 20. Cronquist had a 17-year-old brother and a 2-year-old sister. His mother, Cheryl Sperling, also lives in Columbia Falls. Collins had an older brother. The service Monday meant a lot to the two families. "It's a culmination of the support of all the people in the last nine months," Cronquist said. An earlier ceremony organized by the American Legion Forgotten Warriors Post No. 101 stressed the importance, not of war, but of peace. It concluded with the laying of a wreath at the Doughboy Statue in the southeast corner of the Missoula County Courthouse lawn. Mike Halligan, a state senator and Vietnam veteran, pointed to events around the world: The fall of the Berlin Wall. The peace talks in the Middle East. Continuing negotiations between North and South Korea. He said those are the results, often years in the making, "of seeds sown by the veterans of this country and others." Missoula city administrative officer Dennis Taylor urged veterans to address the challenges now facing the country. "Hopefully, we can work together to make this a stronger nation, a nation that is competitive in the world," he said. Dan Gallacher, of the Missoula United Veterans Council and chairman of Post 101, echoed Taylor's comments about using the experience of veterans. "They're a resource, not a burden," he said of veterans. And he urged that the holiday not be "a once-a-year Veterans Day of weeping" that society then folds up "for 364 days of neglect." - WARM UP - TO BUTTERFLY COFFEE, PURVEYORS OF GOURMET COFFEES FOR 19 YEARS ... AHHHH! BUTTERFLY HERBS 232 N. HIGG1NS DOWNTOWN OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 72&S780 Parolee Because the Missoulian uses recycled newsprint whenever it can. Part of today's newspaper was printed on recycled newsprint In fact, in 1991 more than 35 percent of the paper consumed printing the Missoulian is recycled. GoineYour UKMHM A DESIGN CENTER 5pO 3) OFF Duettes, Vertical Blinds, Pleated Shades and Mini Blinds. Offer ends November 30, 1991- FREE Cirmosa 2000 Track with any Kirsch Vertical Blind. other drapery hardware excluded MISSOULA 1603 Brookt 543-8224 M-F 8:30-5:30 SAT 8:30-5 (continued) parts of his legs, and had eaten Schlosser's heart. When Baker and another man, Harry Allen Stroup, were caught in California two days later, Baker told a California officer: "I have a problem. I am a cannibal." Baker, who was 22 at the time of the Schlosser killing, was sentenced to life in prison, but he was paroled after serving 16 years and began living in a suburb of Minneapolis in the mid-1980s. He's still there, but could not be reached for comment. In Thursday's episode of "Now It Can Be Told" Rivera decried the decision to parole Baker, who helped several prisons set up inmate-therapy programs before he was paroled. "Can you believe that they have paroled this monster and that he's back out on the streets," Rivera said at the end of the episode, dubbed "Maniac in the Mask." Although Rivera's show made mention of the Schlosser killing, its main thrust was to tie Baker to the Zodiac murders, which rocked the San Francisco area from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. The official death toll of the Zodiac killer was sue, but in letters to California newspapers the killer claimed at least 37 victims. The killer terrorized the Bay Area, threatening to blow up buses and shoot bus-loads of schoolchildren. His taunting letters, which often contained coded ciphers that he claimed would identify him, ran in area newspapers. Usually, they opened like this: "This is the Zodiac speaking." The letters were signed with a crossed circle, a symbol Rivera said resembles the Satanic cross used by the late occultist Aleister Crowley. The Zodiac was never caught. Robert Graysmith, who was the editorial cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle when the Zodiac was killing, wrote a book about the case and identified the best suspects developed by authorities. Stanley Dean Baker is not among them. However, Baker was the top suspect in the Bay Area murder of lamp designer Robert Salem, whose body was found in his workshop in April 1970, just three months before Baker killed I Brownie's Plus Drive In 1540 W. Broadway Celebrating 45 years of continuous customer loyally ... Come down to take advantage of our special prices! Tues., Nov. 12 Weds., Nov. 13 Open o p.m. io a p.m. Schlosser. Salem's murderer had tried to cut off the victim's head. Failing that, he cut off Salem's ear, then smeared a crucifixion symbol on a wall in blood. The killer also wrote "Zodiac" in blood. Baker's fingerprint was found at the scene, but he was never prosecuted in California because of his life sentence in Montana for the Schlosser murder. California authorities felt the Salem murder was not connected to the Zodiac slayings, but was the work of a copycat killer. But Maury Terry, a "Now It Can Be Told" reporter and author of a book about the Son of Sam killings in New York, told the Missoulian on Monday that while Salem may not be a direct Zodiac victim, there are ties to the investigation. "There is no doubt that Baker was involved in the Salem case, and we're saying that people involved in Baker's (occult) group are absolutely involved in the Zodiac murders," said Terry, who said Baker was deeply involved in Satanism. Terry offered as evidence of that connection the case of Cecelia Ann Shepard, who was killed in September 1969 by a hooded man with the Zodiac's crossed-circle symbol sewn onto his wind-breaker. In that case, which authorities classify as a Zodiac killing, the murderer told Shepard and a friend, Bryan Hartnell, that he was an escaped convict from Deer Lodge. He then stabbed Shepard to death and seriously wounded Hartnell. Terry cited the Deer Lodge reference as circumstantial evidence that Shepard was killed either by Baker, who is from Sheridan, Wyo., or by someone associated with him. "How many people would know where such a place is," Maury Terry said. "And how many would know there is a state prison there. It's obvious he was involved in some way." The show put forth no other evidence connecting Baker to the Shepard case, and police developed no such evidence. Baker was definitely in the San Francisco area at the time of Salem's death, but Terry said he was unable, with any certainty, to place Baker in the area at the time of Shepard's murder. "I can't exactly say where he was then," Terry said. "He was living on the streets and don't forget, this happened 21 years ago." Although authorities and author Graysmith tended to believe the Zodiac murders were the work of one person, Terry and Rivera believe at least two people were involved and perhaps more. "I think you had at least one person doing the murders and one person writing the letters (to the newspapers)." Terry said. As for Baker: "I would absolutely say that there is no doubt he did the Salem murder and there is no doubt that people involved in his group were involved in the Zodiac murders." Parents in the dark on education goals Carlson said he has no reason to doubt the research on chemical deicers - research (hat shows the chemical as a preferred alternative to sand-and-salfmixturcs. . "There is not a field of perfect choices here," Carlson said. He said his staff will stick with its recommendation in favor of the deicing plan, with a promise to conduct new air-quality studies as money permits. The deicing regulation will be considered at a public hearing Tuesday before the City-County , Air Pollution Control Board. The board meets at 12:15 p.m. at the Health Department, 301 W. Alder St. The regulation adopted by the board will be considered at a second public hearing - this before the Missoula County commissioners - at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 201 of the Courthouse Annex. The commissioners have veto power over the air pollution board. WASHINGTON (AP) - Three of four parents are unaware of the national education goals set by President Uush and the governors, said a released poll Monday. The second annual PTA-Chryslcr Survey said that only 7 percent of 792 parents of school-aged children polled nationwide could name one of the six national education goals set for the year 2(KX), Seventy-six percent of those surveyed didn't know that national school goals exist. "If we expect goals to be met, then parents and families arc going to have to be brought in as educational partners," ITA President Pat Henry told reporters. "Families need to know what their responsibilities arc in terms of educating children." Asked who "dropped the ball" in failing to win parents as allies in backing the goals, Henry said, "It was an omission by the administration and the governors." Etta Fielek, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, disagreed. -"This survey of a relatively small sample of. Americans contradicts what the president, education secretary and other administration officials sec and hear as they travel around the country ... ," she said. She insisted that "parents are aware of and are overwhelmingly supportive of the national education goals." Parents expressed confidence in only one of the. six goals, said the poll, which was commissioned by Newsweek IiiCt Sixty-two percent said they were optimistic that" students could pass competency tests in science,: math, English and other core subjects by the target year. However, 43 percent believe schools can cut the. dropout rate to 10 percent; 29 percent think all: children will start school ready to learn; 19 percent believe U.S. students will be first in the world in science and math, and 14 percent think adult illiteracy! will be conquered. 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