The Napa Valley Register from Napa, California on October 17, 1975 · 1
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Friday, October 17, 1975
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i w-- $150 Million Loan Okayed Mew Yrlk City Govern) kastf-Moiriiulte Etepiroeve WILL THE Napa River bridge, above, become an $11 million symbol of Californias highway funding woes? Although work on the four-lane, high-level river span is ahead of schedule, the immediate future of connecting freeways for the bridge is as cloudy as the fog whch surrounded the bridge construction site this morning. (Register photo by A1 Francis) State Legislation To Solve Southern Crossing Crisis? By LYNN PENNY Register Staff Writer State legislation may be required to prevent the Southern Crossings Napa River bridge from becoming an $11 million monument to California's highway budget crisis. Sen. John F. Dunlap (D-Napa) said Thursday that an appropriations bill by-passing the State Highway Commission would be one approach to easing the financial crisis confronting California's highway system. Another possibility would be to renew efforts to get passage of some form of gasoline tax increase, the senator said. The Southern Crossing and practically every major highway project statewide was set back Wednesday when the California Transportation Department (CalTrans) presented to the Highway Commission a proposed $830 million budget for fiscal 1976-77 containing virtually no money for new road construction. There are no funds proposed for the Southern Crossing's second phase, originally planned as a $19 million, 4.8 mile freewav and scheduled to start construction sometime in 1976. The freeway would connect an $11 million high-level Napa Opinion Of Fleming River bridge south of Kaiser Steel to the Napa-Vallejo and Napa-Sonoma highways. Ironically, the bridge, which is already under construction, is ahead of schedule. Continued funding for it is expected. B.C. Bachtold, regional CalTrans deputy director for project development, said bridge money is available " to the best of our knowledge, at the present time. Local spokesmen said the bridge is 46 per cent complete, with 30 per cent of the construction time elapsed. Napa County officials, who had been concerned only over whether the Southern Crossing freeway would have interchanges or traffic signals, now are wondering if the $11 million bridge will ever be connected to anything at all. "Thats of small benefit to have a bridge standing in the middle of the river, said upvalley Supervisor Dr. Dowell Martz. Supervisor Gene Norriss and Chairman Ginny Simms could not be reached for comment, but other board members blasted CalTrans for the budget proposal. Supervisor John Tuteur said the county was receiving "second class and discriminatory treatment from the tran- ( Continued on Page 2 Drug Users7 Program Needed (This is the tenth and last of a series of articles dealing with the recent voluminous survey of alcohol and drug use patterns among Napa Countys student population and also those whove had a brush with the law. Todays article offers wrap-up survey data and opinions on what to do locally about drug abuse.) By L. PIERCE CARSON Register Staff Writer There will always be people using and abusing drugs. The question is how many people can we help ... so they stop ripping off our color TVs and killing us on the highways. That's the opinion of Ken Fleming, the county's drug abuse program coordinator. Addressing the board of supervisors this week, he made that statement, having just presented a drug survey administered to 10 per cent of the county's junior high, high school and college students. We have to develop programs to deal with those who can be saved, those who can be treated," Fleming continued, pushing for board consensus that parent and peer counseling and meaningful school education programs are needed here. But, in drug education programs, should we educate the non-users to continue as non-users, or the users to give it up? asked Dr. Dowell Martz, the county's upvalley supervisor. Fleming responded that it's important to reinforce those who do not use drugs and help the kids teetering on the brink" by giving them an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of drugs. But the kids heavily involved in drugs, it's difficult to get someone to quit taking drugs. "I suspect more people have stopped because they woke up one morning and said to themselves, 'I just quit. We have to develop programs that have an impact on all three groups. Supervisor John Tuteur suggested the county shift NEW YORK (UPI) - The leader of the teachers union agreed today to pour $150 million into New York City less than two hours before the city was to default on $453 million in debts. The action by union leader Albert Shanker apparently staved off default by the nations largest city, providing the adminstra-tion with the cash it needs to pay its bills at least for awhile. The agreement by the teachers union came after frantic negotiations by the city to seek funds from other sources, including the federal government. President Ford refused to come to the citys aid. The city also was turned down by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department. Until Shanker reversed his stand and agreed to recommend that the teacher's pension fund provide an additional $150 million to help the city, the prospect of default rippled through the nation's financial community. Stock and bond prices fell. The Federal Reserve promised to come to the assistance of New York City banks, which have invested billions in city bonds and notes. Many of the city's 160,000 individual bondholders worried that they would lose hardearned savings. The city comptroller ordered the sanitation department to stop giving out payroll checks, but 90 per cent of them had been delivered by the time of the order. At least one bank, Irving Trust, said it would not cash city payroll checks unless they were issued on an account held by the bank itself. The state asked the Fed to extend banking hours to 4 p m. EDT to give the city an extra hour to rush money to the banks, if a last-minute infusion of cash becomes available to the city. In Washington, President Ford called economic advisers to the White House to consider the New York financial situation, but a spokesman said the President was still firmly against . federal aid for the city. some of the federal funds allocated to the local drug abuse program into prevention. But the federal money has strings, Fleming noted. It must be spent strictly for treatment of drug abusers none of the more than $250,000 allocated to Napa County can be spent on education or prevention. Well, could you tell us what (Continued on Page 2) County Marsh To DFG By KIP DAVIS Register Staff Writer The California clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse were granted a reprieve from encroaching hunters and developers Thursday when the State Land Commission turned over a 216-acre portion of Napa River marshlands to the Department of Fish and Game. The newly-protected wetlands lie on Coon Island and will be managed by the DFG on a 66-year lease. Designed to protect endangered and rare wildlife, nursery areas for striped bass and other fish, and the move will also provide public access to the marshes for fishing and sight-seeing. Road easements will provide access to the marsh through the privately-owned Cullinan Ranch. According to DFG Information Officer Jack White, the land transfer is a major step in the preservation of the rapidly disappearing wetlands in the Bay Area. We're trying to save as much marshland as we possibly can," White said. It's a vital part of the oceanic eco (ecological) system. White said the marsh and wetlands covered nearly 38,000 acres some years ago but developers have reduced the pure marsh area to less than 5,-700 acres. The clapper rail and harvest mouse, both on the endangered species list, are two of the many birds, rodents and other mammals inhabiting the marshlands in the southern reaches of Napa County. The area is also a prime breeding and nursery area for the Striped bass and has an abundant population of other fish such as oriental goby, starry flounder and jacksmelt. White said fishing will be SANTA ROSA Donald W. permitted in the area but Kimble, who escaped from hunting will not Sonoma County Jail last June Other assets offered by the af ter his arrest for a shootin& in Napa Marshlands include Yountville was recaptured by deputies Thursday in his north (Contu.iKdonP.gel) Sonoma C(mnty hjdeout the sheriff's office here reported. The 21-year-old Santa Rosa man was charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a 14- Agriculture 16 year-old Vacaville girl on Classified 23,24,25,26,27,28,29 Highway 29 last April 24. Comics . 22 Napa County Sheriff's Community Calendar . . 5 deputies initially arrested Editorial Page 4 Kimble and a companion, Markets 9 Richard Grecian, shortly after Mves 18 the girl had been hit in the leg Obituaries 12 by a rifle bullet as she slept in Sprts 6.7,8 the rear of her familys moving Television Log 18 camper. Vital Statistics 10 Investigators believe the Weather 12 bullet was meant for an 18- Womens 13 year-old St. Helena High ate i fwjpope m) 1 1 4th Year No. 57 Friday, October 1 7, 1 975 Price: 15 Cents Proposed Meeting's Legality Questioned By STEVE TAYLOR Register Staff Writer Napa College trustees have scheduled a private meeting with college administrators for Oct. 24 and 25 in Columbia, a small town lying about 140 miles southeast of Napa. Trustee President Philip Champlin said Thursday night the public is not invited because trustees are hoping for an informal open exchange with administrators. "If that kind of thing is going to be exposed to the public glare, that ( open exchange ) is not going to happen, he said. Nelda Nocita, chairman of the Certificated Employes Council, asked if such a meeting would be a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, which prohibits secret meetings of governing boards. Champlin said he had been informed by county counsel that the proposed meeting is legal. The county counsel was not available for comment this morning. The Brown Act, a state law applying to school districts, states that meetings of governing bodies which do not require an examination of facts and data outside the territory of the local agency shall be held within the territory of the local agency and shall be open and public ... Topics of discussion set for the meeting include the affects of college bargaining on relationships at the college, access to information, board and administrative decisionmaking, relationships between faculty and administration, the recent 105 per cent "apportionment cap" set by the state, an accreditation update and means of resolving agenda items that have been held over" during the past year. College President Dr. George Clark said this morning the cost of the trip, which would be about $25 per day per person, will be paid with district funds. Four administrators, including Dr. Clark, (Continued on Pane 9) SonomaDeputiesRecapture Highway Shooting Suspect School student who was given a ride by the two men as he hitchhiked south on Highway 29. Kimble escaped from Sonoma County jail June 9 when he posed as another prisoner to elude police guards. The Sheriff s Detective Bureau today reported receiving a tip about Kimble's whereabouts. They arrived yesterday at his north county residence and arrested him without a struggle. Prior to Kimble's escape, he and Grecian were being held on $25,000 bail after arraignment before Judge Wade N. Shifflett Jr. in Napa Justice Court. Kimble is also charged for assault with a deadly weapon. This Dog Delivers Bank Deposits KANSAS CITY, Mo. ( UPI ) - The bank tellers call Bourbon their best customer. The 6-year-old short-haired St. Bernard never complains, she's always on time and she's satisfied with one lollipop a day. At 8 o'clock every morning, Bruce Clevenger gathers the previous day's cash receipts at his service station, puts them in a bank pouch, hands it to Bourbon and says Go to the bank." Bourbon takes the pouch in her muzzle and trots down the grassy knoll about 100 yards to United Missouri Bank of Blue Valley. "We see her coming about halfway down the hill and we let her in the back door, says teller Judy Birdsong. "She's the only customer we have who doesn't complain. Besides the privilege of a lollipop day, the 150- pound St. Bernard is the only customer to be let in the rear door. The teller takes the pouch, gives Bourbon her sweet treat and the dog retires quietly to a corner to eat while the deposit is being credited. Bourbon has been banking about six weeks following a week's training period. I used to deposit every day and take the dog with me," Clevenger says. One day I put the pouch in her mouth and everybody at the bank thought this was hilarious and challenged me to teach her how to deposit by herself. He says the training was successful because Bourbon is "a smart old dog and bank employes give her a lot of love and affection." The only problem, Clevenger found, was establishing the time of day for Bourbon to bank. The St. Bernard, it seems, prefers night for playing and day for sleeping. Generally, we send her down shortly after 8 in the morning; she seems to work a little better then, Clevenger says. About 9 or lOoclock she lays down and sleeps most of the day. She's more night dog than she is day dog. Clevenger is cautious in talking about the amount of cash receipts he lets Bourbon carry, but he says he's not worried about thieves. A bank guard sits at the rear door where Bourbon enters, and Clevenger waits at the top of the hill and watches her each day. And Bourbon herself could intimidate any would-be attacker she is almost three feet tall at the shoulder. I dont think anybody in his right mind would try to take it from her, Clevenger says. WANTED! The Napa Valley Man who demands good taste in his suits and sportcoats, as exemplified by traditional natural shoulder with moderate lapels and center vent. In the past it has been necessary for you to drive to Brook's Bros., Tierney's, Cable Car, George Goode's etc. Now, you can shop locally at Craig Williamson's and have the assurance of being well dressed, receive personalized service by an expert sales staff, and the knowledge that C.W. stands behind all merchandise. Why not stop by and see for yourself. STORE HOURS DAILY 9 to 6 -THURS. 'TIL 9 P.M. SUN. 10o 3 P.M. Craig Williamson's MEN'S WEAR, GOLF & MORE 3204 JEFFERSON ST., NAPA PHONE 224-5284 The Grapeyard Bonk Amer icord Master Charge

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