South Idaho Press from Burley, Idaho on September 16, 2001 · 1
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Homecoming royalty Page CI Crossword puzzle Page B3 Sunday V September 16, 2001 ' yy ADC ' 980 II I Ml I ! I 1 1 1 M ijN'TVfRSJ'TV n? 'idaO 061?'?? cop2 LIBRARY EPIOOTCAt?-' -"oscou' to ? Partly cloudy. ... details A7 'V ' 'i V J X 1 s Weekend shutouts PageBl 1 Local Civil Air Patrol flies blood By SCOTT KRAL'S South Idaho Press BURLEY The ability to step in and help make a difference after the terrorist attacks on the United States is a good feeling, says a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Idaho. The CAP in Burley is flying blood for the Red Cross in the western United States until the commercial flights that usually parry the blood resume their fjertjnal schedules, says James Fletcher of Rupert, director of emergency services for the Itfaho wing of the Civil Air Patrol. "."It makes you proud you're able to do it," Fletcher said. "It jmaltes you glad you're a part of the Civil Air Patrol and you're able to get up and do what you call." 1 -The CAP is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and could fly during the grounding of other flights after the terrorist attacks Tuesday. The CAP has already made two trips from Burley carrying blood L one to Los Angeles and another to Salt Lake City. ' "The reason we had to do it is because the commercial aircraft weren't allowed," he said. "When this stuff needed to be moved, we farcied it-for them." The CAP, which has about 200 members in Idaho, has also , made flights carrying blood from several other parts of the state. In addition to Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, it has also carried blood to Portland, Ore. "We're there to help, that's what we are," he says. "We're volunteer pilots." He says the CAP carried the blood from Burley in its Cessna 1 82, which is a single-engine light plane. The air patrol has seven of these planes in the state. "They're a nice bird, I like flying them," says Fletcher. For carrying blood, the CAP removes seats to create more room. That allows it to haul about 900 pounds of blood in addition to the two pilots, according to Fletcher. The requirements are for the pilots to have instrument flight ratings, which means they can safely fly at night or through heavy clouds on instruments alone. He says the aircraft, which cruises about 150 mph, takes about an hour to fly from Burley to Salt Lake City and about four hours from Burley to Los Angeles. ' It's uncertain how long the CAP will need to continue ferrying blood. It may take awhile for the commercial airlines to resume all their flights. Until then, the CAP is ready step in. "We're there to help in any Bush meets rescue workers ' t: : : : : V s ' ' w I AP Photo As rescue efforts continue in the rubble of the World Trade Center, . president Bush puts his arms around firefighter Bob Beckwith while stlndg in front of the World Trade Center debris during a tour of me aevasianun r i mui). Bush braces Americans for battle against terrorists WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush ordered U.S. troops to get ready for war and braced Americans for a long, difficult assault against terrorists to avenge the deadliest attack on the nation. "Those who make war against the United States have chosen their own destruction," he declared Saturday. "We will smoke them out of their holes," Bush said. "We'll get them running and we'll bring them to justice." - But first the nation had to mourn its dead. "This is indeed a sad occasion, one to be repeated thousands of times by our fellow citizens across the country," Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said at the memorial service for Barbara Olson, wife of U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson. She was among the 64 passengers and crew members on American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon. Rescue workers searched with diminishing hopes in the rubble of the : World Trade Center in New York and the crash-scarred Pentagon for any survivors. Four days after hijackers seized commercial airliners and slammed them into the symbols of American military and economic might, Bush said prime suspect Osama bin Laden's days are numbered. "If he thinks he can hide and run from the United States and our allies he will be sorely mistaken." "This act will not stand," he said. The vow recalled the words of his father, former President Bush who put Iraq on notice in 1990 that the United States would not tolerate the invasion of Kuwait. Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice who played key roles in the Persian Gulf War huddled with Bush under extraordinary security Saturday at Camp David in western Maryland. "We're at war," the commander in chief said. "Fvprvtwtv uhr wrars the. uniform: Get reariv " Rush instruct ed. The White House would not rule out the use of ground troops. The president urged Americans to go about their lives but cautioned the threat might not be over. He said there should be "a heightened sense of awareness that a group of barbarians have declarod.Mar on the American peoT;l-. ... j , , ; , Lt. Gen. Russell Davis of the National Guard said combat -patrolirare guarding the sky above Washington, New York and a few other cities he would not identify. As American struggled to find a sense of normalcy, jarring developments kept them on edge. Recovery workers found many bodies at the Pentagon where officials believe 189 people were killed. Workers toiled in the muck and stink of what was the World See Terrorists, page A2 Experts explode mortar shell found in Rupert garage felt nr hpard the subseauent exi By RENEE WELLS South Idaho Press RUPERT It's not something you find everyday, but a Rupert man stumbled across one this week in a garage. According to a Rupert City Police report, officers were summoned to a city residence early in the week, where a man who was cleaning out a garage for a homeowner reported finding what appeared to be a live mortar shell. The shell was destroyed two days later hv a hnmh snuad from Utah. . J . . i - rr. rprwas sent to a RuDert home, where he met with a man who reported finding the mortar shell three days before in the garage of a recently vacated rental home. When asked why he waited to report .; his discovery, the man told officers he didn't think the shell was dangerous. The mortar was 18 inches long with a diameter of 4-5 inches. It had what appeared to b a live primer in place, so the officer called in a Rupert city detective, who contacted a bomb technician in , Twin Falls. The nffire.r was told there was likely no immediate danger and explained that hwansf! of the terrorist attack Tuesday, no one was available to come to Rupert immediately. Officers secured the shell by packing it in sandbags, then locked the garage doors and secured the windows by nailing plywood over them. On Thursday, a crew from the Tooele Army Base arrived in Burley. They transported the ordnance to the Rupert Police Department's gun range, where the live mortar was wired and destroyed without damage or incident. Rupert police officers did say, howev er, that homeowners in the area may have felt or heard the subsequent explo- sion. According to a Tooele Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert, Sgt. Larson, who assisted, the mortar was dangerous because it was a fire and explosive hazard. Larson said if ignited it would burn at temperatures up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. "The garage would have been destroyed immediately had it burned there," Larson explained. The report did not indicate if officers learned where the mortar came from or why it was in the garage. The situation unfolded when an oiti- 1 " r . Buhl area economic group plans to hire development specialist BUHL, Idaho (AP) The Rural Magic Valley Economic Development Association is preparing to hire a development professional to help in its efforts. ." . The association formed this summer as part of Gov. Dirk Kempthorne's Rural Economic Development Pmfpvicinnal Outreach Program has established a seven member executive hoard to work with the economic spe cialist. A $45,000 grant will pay the salary of the Magic Valley specialist who will cultivate existing businesses and build growth prospects in the participating communities. The Idaho Department of Commerce will work the association to help develop an action plan and budget for each recipient areas as well as providing oversignt ana eval uation. The executive board will screen the 1 1 applicant resumes and hire someone by Sept. 20. The specialist will work with businesses in Gooding, Bliss, Hagerman, Wendell, Jerome, Eden, Hazelton, Dietrich, Richfeild, Shoshone, Buhl, Carey, Castle ford and Gooding, Jerome and Lincoln counties. Gooding has donated a building to be used as the head office of the specialist. 'None of these communities can afford to individually hire a person to provide economic expertise in assisting their economic expansion plans," Association President Steve Kaatz of Buhl said. "After the approval of an economic specialist, a budget will be made as well as expectations and goals of the association and how they will measure up to planned goals." way we can, he said. . - 11 Area program for first-time juvenile offenders helps prevent future problems rVlCCl j-", j absences, and incorrigible or ungovern- with offenses the crimes juveniles co ;U'' ' 1 , ." ii "v..V: 1: rip nhntn bv Laurie Gehring Sam Sites. ItrictVstatugomler cinatpr, , looks over a juuemie cuaeji - Bv LAURIE GEHRING South Idaho Press ' - RUPERT The three year-old Status Offender Services program for first time juvenile offenders in Mini-Cassia is showing promising results with a 73 percent success rate, officials said. The Status Offender Services program is designed for juveniles getting into trouble for the first time, according to Sam Sites, District V status offender assistant coordinator. The program has a Status Offender Coordinator, Tammy Okelberry, who han-dies Twin Falls County. Sites covers the other six counties: Gooding, Lincoln, Blaine and Jerome with a focus on Minidoka and Cassia counties. A status offense is an illegal act committed by a minor. The four status offenses which are dealt with in the program are ; curfew, runaway, truancy-excessive able behavior. Sites says the offenses are considered "gateway ottenses ana are good indicators that the juvenile may progress to more serious crimes. According to statistics the District V program has served a total of 726 youth since December 1997. Sites says the age range for status offenses is usually between 8-years-old to 17-years-old. Though some are younger. "I have had a kid as young as -years-old in the program," says Sites. Sites says the child was referred to the program because of truancy. Referrals come from schools, law enforcement, and health and welfare agencies. Some are self-referrals from the family, says Sites. ' "Sometimes a parent will call in and say they just can't control their child any-: more," he says. . Sites said that the program only deals with offenses the crimes juveniles commit before they get into serious irouoie. "It has to be their first offense, says Sites. We have had 615 cases where a background check revealed the juvenile's offense was not the first time they committed a crime, he says, v Sites says both the juvenile and parents are involved in the program. The family is brought in for an assessment and Sites makes a determination as to the course of action. A contract is drawn up for the juvenile and the parent to sign. If the contract is satisfactorily completed the charge is removed from the juvenile's record. Programs available in the Miru-Cassia area for status offenders include, anger management, drug and alcohol education, juvenile aggression, petit theft counseling, tobacco awareness class, alcohol awareness class, parent project, teen project. See Juveniles, pageA2 50075 'in in ii""l 11.1101111 ill il ii ma 8 "02722-0000 9

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