Arizona Daily Sun from Flagstaff, Arizona on May 15, 1997 · 7
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Arizona Daily Sun from Flagstaff, Arizona · 7

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I ARIZONA DAILY SUN, Flagstaff, Arizona, Thursday, May 15, 1997-7 GLITCHES - From Page 1 processing program not linked to ACAP, so they can still send out collection notices and other letters when the ACAP system is down. Downstairs in Justice Court, what work can be done cm a case when the computer goes down depends on when the case began. Cases that started before Scptcm- ber can still be handled on the courts old computer system, because it has not had the money to transfer old case files to the new system. If a new case number needs to be assigned or if information on a case since September needs to be researched on the computer that work cant be done until the system is working, Justice Court Supervisor Kathi Owsley said. Citations cant be entered into the system, and receipts must be written out by hand. This week is about the sixth time the system has gone down since it was installed, Owsley said. It pretty much comes to a standstill, she said. Youre in a gridlock." Although the computer crash causes clerical nigntmares, Justice Court Judge James Scdillo and the courts CONDORS From Page 1 shape, said Mark Vekasy, field crew leader for the Peregrine Fund, the group responsible for monitoring the birds. Theyve been in captivity for a long time. Their flights have been really short and theyve all been below the rim. ' Vekasy expects the birds will get their wings under them in a few days. If theyre anything like the first birds, itll be a few days before theyll be able to work their way back up (to the top of the cliff), Vekasy said. Theyre doing fine. The four birds, and five .that havent been released yet, were transported to cages atop the 1,000-foot-high cliffs on April 28. Vekasy said the last five probably will be released in two weeks. Because the new birds are older than the batch released last December, biologists did not release all of them at once. The younger birds , are now about a year old and were . about 9 months old when released. The older birds are 2 years old. By releasing the birds a few at a time, it will give them the opportunity to gradually assimilate with the existing population, Bill Heinrich stated in a Wednesday press release. Heinrich is species restoration manager for the Peregrine Fund. The new crop of 2-ycar-old condors is actually the group that was supposed to be released a year and a half ago. But because of delays in getting the project approved, biologists decided they were too old to be the first birds released. Younger birds are easier to work with, said Jeff Humphrey, spokesman for the, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which, along with the Peregrine Fund, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Game and Fish, is sponsoring the condor ' release program. Starting off with young birds has worked. "Theyre soaring away for three to four days at a time, but they continue to come back to the Vermilion Cliffs," Humphrey said. That makes it easier to track them. Home for the birds is an arid, high plateau with scrubby juniper trees, dried-up bushes and lots of dirt. Southwest prevailing winds bounce off the Vermilion Cliffs and upward, creating thermal drafts that the big birds can use to stay airborne more easily. , Vekasy is encouraged by how curious the first crop of birds has been. Theyve been ranging pretty 1 widely, he said. Thats what we would expect from this age of bird. Theyre just curious. Theyre exploring their surroundings. The birds have mostly explored areas to the northwest and northeast over Lake Powell and Page, but they have also ventured into the Grand Canyon and into the Navajo Reservation. A pair of birds also found a carcass on their own, a young dog near the Navajo community of LcCh-ee. Yet the carrion eaters havent started looking for food around human communities, which is key to a successful rcintroduction, Vekasy said. . "Theyre not searching out developed areas to find food, he said. They know they need to search out everywhere. Other than the one carcass, biologists continue to feed the birds. Humphrey said a third crop of birds will be ready come winter. Its been a good hatch year, he said. "We dont know how many, but we do have birds that should be ready early this winter." other judges can still . follow this weeks schedule to conduct courtroom business. Scdillo said ACAP is an improvement over the courts old computer system, but no emergency backup was established in case the new system crashed. , If it goes down statewide, we come to a screeching halt, whichMis whats happening right now. It was a concern I brought up initially," he said. That wasnt the only concern his staff had witl the system, though. , Shortly after ACAP was installed, 'an employee who inadvertently pressed n instead of m while I entering a mans sex into computer records was greeted with an obscene menu. Another sexually explicit menu popped up when y was entered. . The staff found the menus offensive and reported the problem to Progressive Solutions, Inc., the company that installed the systems software. Owsley said company workers first told her they would send her instructions on how to get rid of the offensive menus, but fixed the problem themselves a couple weeks ago after she protested. Bill Ince, Progressive Solutions vice president of administration, said he was not aware of anyone in his company telling court officials they could fix the problem themselves with written instructions. People had not, to the best of my knowledge, brought it tp our atten-tion...Once we heard about it, we fixed it immediately," he said, adding that it was repaired in all the courts across the state within eight days. Not everyone working in Flag-staffs courts has experienced as much frustration with ACAP. "In a lot of ways, its a godsend. Without it, we wouldnt have any automation at all. We would still be using manual typewriters and handwritten receipts, said Coconino County Superior Court Clerk Julie Carlson. Superior Court used typewriters for all their written work before February 1994, when Coconino County and Navajo County courts began testing an ASCAP pilot program. The court added its financial work to the system in September, though staff workers continued writing out receipts through December to make sure the system was working, Carlson said. ; Unlike Superior Court and Justice Court, Flagstaff Municipal Court Administrator Don Jacobson said his computers were down for only about an hour Tuesday. Actually, its been fairly reliable, he said. Pirates rob, beat Fla. crews HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) A pirate tale this be, a tale of bloodthirsty marauders who invade cargo boats, looting and attacking the crews. Only these pirates dont descend on their prey in sailing ships, flying the Jolly Roger, amid cannon fire and clanging swords. They dont even set sail. They show up in pickup trucks, wearing baseball caps and brandishing .45s. A new breed of buccaneer threatens those who run the trade routes between Florida and Haiti. These plunderers wait for the ramshackle boats to come chugging up the Miami River and dock at grimy boat yards where the vessels are loaded with used appliances, bicycles, cars and other goods bound for Haiti. They creep up in the dark and ' have beaten, tortured and even kidnapped crew members. In Haiti, theyll rob you. But bum you or stab you with a screwdriver? They dont do that," said first mate Enel Jean Philippe. In Miami, they do that The river is a dingy setting for this pirate tale. It smells of bilge water, diesel fuel, rotting fish and exhaust. 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