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n/fh Year No. 205 Uklah, AAen^locino County, California— AAonday> January 9, 1976 14 Pages^l Section—15 Cents 33-foof peak of Guerneville ' -:. , „'' flood stage tonight NIELSON HONORED — The band director at Broiler Steak House. Mrs. Nielson is shown at left Tlie Russian River will crest at one foot over flood stage at the Guerneville Bridge around 10 p.m. tonight, the Sonoma County Water Agency reports. Gordon Miller, agency director, said the last time the river reached this level was in the winter of 1974-75. Miller said the river is expected to peak at 33 feet, a level that will flood the adjoining road, but probably not cause any damage tohomes or property.,He noted that reaching this level "was not , an infrequent occurrence" for the river: Vfie swollen river was caused by an overnight storm that swept through the area. Ukiah was pelted with 2.05 inches. of rain between 5 p.m. last night and 8 a.m. this morning according to the fire department. This brought the season's rainfall total to 25.64 inches. Highway 128 was closed at 10 a.m. this morning after the Navarro River flooded the roadway Ave miles east of Hi^way 1. A Galtrans spokesman said the road was expected to be reopened after the river crested, probably by late this afternoon. The spokesman reported that Highway 175, the Hopland-Lakeport Road, was closed at 5 a.m. this morning after it was flooded by the Russian River at a point one mile east of Highway 101. The dosed portion was the flat just west of the river bridg?, which' the spokesman described as a '^traditional flooding point." Traffic waife being diverted down Eastside Road. TTie road should be reopened by tonight, the Caltrans spokesman said. . ' the county public works department reported that it had crews working on many minor flooding and mud slide problems, but that all roads' were open. Miller said he will ask the Sonpma County Board of Supervisors tomorrow to rescind the emergency state for the Russian Riv#»r that had been in effect since last year. If adopted, the measure would allow the water agency to end mandatory rationing for the cities it serves. "This doesn't mean the drought is over," he cautioned, "We are stiU asking people to conserve water." The agency had cutback on deliveries to the cities by 40 percent. Miller said the rescinding of the state of -emergency will mean a return to normal Qutflow fronl Lake Mendocino. It will return to 150 cubic feet' per second at The Forks, he said. The lake will reach its norihal flood conservation level of 737.5 feet or 73,000 acre-feet by the end of next week. Miller said. It was reported at 733 feet, or 64,500 acre-feet this morning. The director said the lake will be kept at that level Until April unless,a hood emergency is imminent, in that case the lake could rise as hiG !h as 768 feet. Ukiah high school, Rowland Nielson, was honored as "Outstanding Citizen of the Yeac" during an installation banquet held Saturday night at the and doing the honors for the Greater Ukiah Chamber bf Comiperce is Bill FowleV, incomuig president. Joiimal photo by MacLean. 'i • . ' ' Key issues await legislators voters reminded of deodiine ; Thursday, Jan. 12 is the last day to register for voters who wish to receive,, a sample ballot for the March 7 Ukiah Municipal election. Monday, Feb. 6, is the final day to register to be eligible to vote in the March 7 Ukiah election, according to Viola N. Richf^dson, county clerk. To be eligible to register, prospective voters must bie citizens of the United States, residents of the county and be 18 years of age by the day of the election. To register, citizensfmay come into the Courthouse, Room 2, Ukiah. There are also field dejjuties available in the county to register all eligible voters. Those unable to come to the courthouse or appear before a deputy registrar, may CjaU the election department by phoning 468-4371, 468-4372, 462-1620 or the tbll free number in the area. A voter registration card will be mailed upon request. Anyone having questions should call the election' department before the registration deadline date. 1 ' ' . , Nielson netmed 1977 Outstanding Citizen Support for Sadaf CAIRO, Egypt (UPI) — The shah of Iran today endorsed President Anwar Sadat's Middle East peace initiative, clouded by a new Egyptian-Israeli quarrel over Jewish settlements in occiq)ied Arab lands,. To the booms of a 21-gun salute. Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi landed at the airport in the southern winte^ resort town of Aswan, the same spot where President Carter stopped for 80 minutes last Wednesday to confer with Sadat. Taxes heavier WASHINGTON (UPI) - Americans paid 13 percent more in state taxes during fiscal 1977 than the previous year, according to a new Census Bureau survey. The 50 state governments collected $101 billion in taxes during the year that ended last Oct. 1. Since fiscal 1974, the survey said, state tax revenues have ^miped by 36 percent. By GEORGE HUNTER When it was announced Saturday night at the Broiler Steak House that Rowland Nielson, popular director of the Ukiahi band, had been selected as Ukiah's Outstanding Qtizen of 1977, there was an immediate standing ovation for the man who had virtually single-handedly put Ukiah on the prep music map. And when 10 youngsters from the brass choir stepped forward to serenade the band director, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. Equally sentimental was Nielson who thanked the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce officers and directors for the honor that had been conferred on him and lauded his "kids," who had made it all possible. The annual award, brainchild of Jack Pearson who with his wife, Lorraine, former member of the city council, journied from the Bay area to be on hand for the occasion; is conferred for significant contributions made to the community. Prior to. the Citizen of the Year Award, conferred by Bill Fowler, incoming president, Larry Artman, the outgoing president, was thanked for the efforts he had expended during the past year in behalf of the community. Artman praised the efforts of the board of directors and warmly lauded the staff of the Chamber of Commerce. "The challenge now is to release the g^o^yth potential and have the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce take its rightful place among the leaders in this community." Fowler was then. installed as president for 1978. The new president, projecting what lay ahead for the Chamber, noted that the groundwork had been laid for a Sister City project with Japan with a proposed tie-in with Japanese cultural events. He promised that the "Treat me nice —I'm a visitor" campaign would continue and praised the Chamber Ambassadors for the work they had done in welcoming new businesses to the community. FoNvler also assured the 157 persons present that one of his main efforts would be to unite Ukiah merchants into a strong coalition with a program of "Try Ukiah First." He noted that the Chamber could assume the leadership role in advancing Ukiah as the leading retail service center for the multi-county area. "For the merchants to meet this challenge we'll have to get TUF," Fowler said. "That's TUF spelled 'Try Ukiah First'." Incoming directors are: Carole Jones, Victor Lopes, Lee Conroy, Charley Chase and Yvonne Metzler. Stepping down as board members were Bill Howland, Nick Schutz, and Shirley Ann Munroe. SACRAMENTO (UPI) - Property tax may be the number one issue at the start of this. legislative year, but a number of other issues, including traffic violations, the Peripheral Canal, salaries of elected officials and care for the terminally ill, also face action. Because bills introduced in 1977 must move out of their house of origin by Jan. 30 the pressure is on for quick action in some areas. The Peripheral Canal bill (SB346) by Sen. Ruben Ayala, D-Chino, is set to be heard by a joint committee Thursday for consideration of possible amendments. Ayala has said he thinks he will have little trouble getting the measure passed Since much criticism centered on lack of public hearings before the 3'/^-month recess. Jan., 1978 Date Hi Lo 8 57 50 Noon Today 54 Rainfall 23.59 'Jan.,197f -Date Hi Lo 8 5^ 30 Low Today 49 Las^ Year 6.71 •'[••'ymAttm;: Northwestern Cahfomia: Ram likely tonight with a chance of showers Tuesday. Strong gusty-south winds decreasing this afternoon. Slightly cooler Tuesday. Fort Bragg 48 and 54, Ukiah 44 and 52. He noted he has held six hearings throughout the state since the Senate rejected the bill in September. Opponents of the measure are pulling in opposite directions. Sacramento-San Joaquin ' Delta residents fear the measure does not guarantee high enough water quality standards. But Central Valley water users charge that too high water quality stikndards in the Delta will offer no guarantee to the valley of a fresh water supply. Assemblyman Vic Fazio, D- Sacramento, is scheduled to bring before the Assembly Criminal Justice (^mmittee Monday afternoon his bill (AB1068) that would take traffic , violators out of the courtroom and into an administrative hearing room. Under Fazio's ineasure, a three- county experimental prograpi would be set up to test the contention such an administrative panel would help clear ' clogged courts and provide fairer treatment. The Assembly Health Committee Monday afternoon is set to hear testimony on a measure (AB1586) by Assemblyman Gary Hart, D-Santa Barbara, that would rec^uire the Department of Health to establish at least two experimental projects providing care for terminally ill patients and their families. The care could, be provided either directly or on a consulting basis and it \yould extend to survivors after death. In the Assembly Rules Committee Monday afternoon. Senate President Pro Tem James R. MiHs is scheduled to offer arguments in favor of his meiasure (SCA45) that would create a seven- member commission to set salaries |or elected'state officials. The Legislature currently sets those salaries. If passed by both houses, the proposed constitutional amendment would be placed on a statewide ballot for voter consideration. The Assembly Human Resources Committee Tuesday plans to hear testimony on a bill (AB1093) by Assemblyman Mike Antonovich, R- Glendale, that would tighten laws on social service benfits fdr aliens. The measure would entitle aliens to receive public sopial'services only if they have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence! or permanently reside in the country. The Assembly Finance, Insurance and Commerce Committee Wednesday is. scheduled-to consider a measure (AB60) by Assemblyman HersChel Rosenthal, D-Los Angeles, that would prohibit automobile insurance firms from setting premiums based on geographical location. Valley citizens happy even though very soggy SOMETHING NEW IS IN TOWN!! MENDOCINO COMMUNICATION 595 E. Perkins St. 46«-9286 OFFERING 24 HR. EFFICIENT ANSWERING SERVICE on Medical, Dental; any. ._ type of business. Also AAobite Telephone One Way Paginal FREE WAKE UP SERVICE to all new accounts Pixilated crop-duster ^ has problems MADlLL, Okla. (UPI) — Crop- duster Frederick Wayne Slayton got out of one pickle Saturday, landing his out-of-gas plane on U.S. 70 south of here. But his aerial maneuver also landed him in jail for drunk driving. Slayton, 32, of Bowie, Texas, allegedly attempted to have his plane refueled at an airport late Friday but was refused service tiecause of his inebriated state. Officials said he then took off without clearance. Sli^yton said he later ran out of gas and was forced to land on the deserted highway. The plane clipped a 12,500-volt power line and touched down on the road with minor damage to the rear, wheel, authorities said. Undersherif f Doyle Cook said a Breathalyzer test showed Slayton to be legally drunk and so the pilot was hauled off to the pokey like any other offending motorist. After all. Cook explained, "The pl^ne has -wheels and v/ai on the highway and he was in control of it." As the song says, and the weather proves, "Seems like old times..." in the Ukiah Valley today! Ukiah received an official 2.05 inches of rain between 5 p.m.'Sunday and 8 a.m. today,' bringing the unofficial seasonal total to 25.64 inches, with still more rain in prospect tonight and-or tomorrow. The more than two inches of rain added to 35-hundredths of an inch in the 24-hour periqd betweten 5 p.m. Saturday' and 5 p;m. Sunday makes this the wettest winter so far since 1973-74 when. Ukiah recorded 57.09 inches to June 30 '74, Ukiah fire department official weather-rainfdil records show. And today is the wettest Jan. 9 since 1974 wheri Ukiah had had a total to this date in '74 of 28.08 inches. June 30 seasonal totals fell Jrom-57.09 in '74 to 38.60 in '75; 18.75 in '76 and just 14.20 in INSURANCE PROBLEMS? Call me about our Special Programs! EDCAD06AN INSURANCE 520 South state Ukiah 462-9725 1977. For the first time in four years rivers are nearing flood stage and creeks have Overrun their banks in areas of Mendocino, Lake and northern Sonoma counties, where prior to 1974 it was almost ah annual occurance. For the first time in several years reports of road closures due to slides or slip-oilts are again in local news. A touch of snow in higher elevations east of Willits or in the C^ovelo area also was seen over the weekend. The official rainfall now is nearly four times that of a year ago this date, and the 18 additional inches a boon to lowered water tables, if a shortrterm inconvenience. Thus it is assured that '77-'78 will go down as the wettest winter in Ukiah since '73-'74 — and if Ukiah gets more than 13 additional inches between now and June 30,.which seems assured, '77'78 might rank with one of the more memorable water-bringing yea^rs, if not with the 58 and 60 inch years of '64 and '56-'57. It's good to have the water back—but officials warn that the drought^ isn't over and that Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma county water users are advised not to waste what th^ heavens have brought back at la8t...w;ater! Cool, clear water! CORRECTION It was-incorrectly reported in the Friday newspaper that the planning commission and the board of supervisors would meet tonight at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the bo^rd chambers, a planning department spokesman said. , A ROYAL WELCOME— Dorothy Martin was on hand to place this king-sized velvet crown on the head of BUI Fowler whoHook over as president of the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce during ceremonies Saturday night at the Broil^ Steak House in Redwood. Valley. Dorothy admires the snug fit. Journal i^oto by MacLean.