Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 16, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 1

Ukiah, California
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Monday, January 16, 1978
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UkiahDailqJou nnh Year No. 211 ' Ukiah,. Mendocino County, California— Monday, January 16, 1978 12 Pages—1 Section— 15 Oents LAST CHEER TOGETHER — Death Saturday broke up the Mendocino College cheerleading team shown above in one of its final stunts together at Friday night's victory over Feather River on the Carl Purdy court. Diane Ong, standing farthest from camera and supporting Ukiah's Kim Ramsey, was killed enroute from her Laytonville home toPiirdy Hall Saturday for the Eagles' game with College of the Siskiyous.Her car flipped and rolled on Highway'101 north of Willits, ejecting Diane. Her sister cheerleaders, Kim Ramsey, Cathy Davison, Elaine Smith, and Carolyn Doidge decorated Purdy Hall for the COS game, then left in tears before halftime upon hearing of Diane's death. —Journal photo by Erickson. Young cheerleader dies in 101 crash An 18-year-old Mendocino College cheerleader was killed Saturday night in a traffic accident while en route to a basketball game. t)iane Dee Ong was reported dead on arrival at Howard Memorial Hospital, Willits, at 6 p.m. According to Highway Patrol reports, she was driving southbound on Highway ioi 9.5 miles north of WQUts at a high rate of speed in rainy weather when she lost control of her car. The 1969 Toyota rolled over several times and the girl was ejected and thrown 20 feet. The CHP reported that both rear tires on the car were bald. Exact details of the accident were unavailable at presstime, but the CHP noted the ambulance was held up for 15 minutes by a train crossing the highway at the north edge of, town. A Willits ambulance spokesman would not comriienronwhether the delay was a factor in the death. Ong was on her way to cheer lead at a college basketball game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. At Carl Purdy hall where the Eagles played the College of the Siskyous, the other cheerleaders put up the banners and began the game, not aware of the tragedy. When they learned of the accident at halftime, they left in tears. The team was not inforhied of the death until after the game, which Mendocino won. A college spokesman INSURANCE PROBLEMS? Call me about our Special programs! EDCADOGAN INSURANCE 520 South state Ukiah , 462-9725 said today there were no plans for a memorial service or other special activities on campus. The family has scheduled services for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Anker-Lucier Mortuary in Willits. Jack Campbell of a community church in Laytonville will officiate. Interment will follow ^t Laytonville Cemetery. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Ong of the Circle A Ranch, Laytonville. Also surviving are two brothers, ijVayne and Clarke Ong, taytonville; a sister: Tammara Ong, -Redding; two grandmothers and several aunts and uncles. Ong was a 1976 honors graduate of Laytonville high school: She was the recipient of the Dean Johnston scholarship at the college. She and hfer family had moved to Laytonville seven years ago from southern California. Rain total for Ukiah 31.7 inches Rain continues to fall in Ukiah, bringing to 31.71 inches the amount received by Ukiah unofficially at noon today according to Ukiah fire department weather bureau. Since Friday at 5 p.m. Ukiah has received almost five inches of downpour, including roughly two inches Saturday and two more on Sunday by 5 p.m. At 5 p.m. Friday the seasonal rainfall figure stood at 26.93 inches; by 5 p.m. Saturday \ had climbed to 28.71 and by 5 p.m. Sunday the official reading was 30,.36 inches: , By 8 a.m. today, after brief early morning thundershowers Ukiah had received an additional 1.57 inches, and , another half-inch between 8 a.m. and noon. • By comparison, this time last year Ukiah had had just 6.96 inches. It lis rained measurably 15 out of the first 16 days of the New Year, 1978, in Ukiah—with only Jan. 7 not having a measureable bit of rain, Temblor of low intensify Early risers were jolted at 6:38 a.m. Sunday by a sharp temblor which struck in the midst of a continuing rainstorm. There was no damage and few f^one calls were made to law enforcement agencies, perhaps due to the fact that not many Ukiah area citizens were stirring. An employe of Pacific Telephone told the Journal that the second floor of the building received a good shake although University of California seismologists at Berkeley reported that the quake was of such low intensity that it did not set off automatic alarrns. Some residents reported a distinct "explosion" priqr to the quake while others heard nothing. Friends say adieu toHHH SI. PAUL, Minn. (UPI) — Thousands of friends said a final goodbye today to Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, champion of the underdog and a man President Carter called "the most beloved of all Americans." Thousands of mourners filed by the flag-draped coffin jof the Democratic "Ha^py Warrior" and former vice presidefit Sunday night and early today in the rotunda of the Minnesota Capitol. A 75-year-61d black woman, who said, "He meant everything to me," was first in line. President Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale and former President Gerald Ford planned to join 3,000 persons,at services at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul at 2 p.m. The veteran of almost 30 years in Congress, who lost a courageous battle with cancer Fridily night at the age of 66, asked a week before his death that the seryice be simple, "in the style of a celebration" without eulogies. "I've had enough eulogies for two lifetimes," the senator "said. Pastor Calvin W. Didier, a Humphrey friend, arranged the funeral, with remarks by. Carter, Mondale and the Rev. Robert Schuler of the "Hour of Power" television program. The music was to be provided by famous violinist Isaac Stern, pianist Eugene Istomirt and opera star Robert Merrill. Rabbi Max A. Shapiro of Minneapolis was to read the 8th Psalm: "0 Lord, O Lord, how excell^t is Thy name in all the earth, who hast set Thy glory above the heavens.;." Roman Catholic Archbishop John R. Roach of St. Paul was to read the New . Testament lesson from John 14: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid ., " Humphrey will be buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, where he began his public service career as mayor in 1945 at the-age of 34. Mondale escorted Humphrey's body and the senator's widow, Muriel, and his immediate family to the Twin Cities aboard President • Carter's personal plane late Sunday, following a round of goodbyes in Washington. About 300 persons watthed a military honor guard carry the coffin off the plane at the snowy airport. Tem- p€;ratures were in the teens. , Mrs. Humphrey and the senator's four children, eight of his 10 grandchildren and two sisters were met by Gov. Rudy Perpich, the Minneapolis and St. Paul mayors and two old friends, Federal Judge Mil^s Lord and, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman. Lake Mencfoc/no of 748 feet VALLEY AUrO CENfER JNC. Quality Auto Parts for your foreign and American Cars. OPEN SUNDAYS 1070 No. State St. UKIAH 468-0437 mpaging Guerneville threat Sonoma County officials evacuated several dozen residents of the Guerneville area this morning as the Russian River was scheduled to crest at 38-40 feet (flood level is 32 feet) about 7 p.m. "Many of the old-time^residents left early," noted Gordon Miller, water agency director, "but we have many recent arrivals, people living in what used to be'summer cabins, dnd they . have never seen the river this high. They have been alerted by public works and civil defense officials." Miller said the last time the river was this high was in 1973-74 when it reached 40 feet. In the great flood of 1964-65 it reached 48 feet. The director said Highway J16 was closed early today and Wohler Road closed around noon. He said the Hacienda-Guerneville road would be closed if the rivejf reached 39 feet; That would leave the road from Monte Rio as the only access to Guerneville. The Ukiah fire department reported that 5.84 inches has fallen in the storm, which began Friday, bringing the year's total to 31.65 inches, The Army Corps of Engineers reported that Lake Mendocino had reached 748.53 feet at 10 a.m. In flow was 5,020 cubic feet per second. A Corps spokesman said the dam lookout parking lot, the north end inlet road, and other recreation facilities, will become inundated at 750 feet, a level which is expected to be reached tonight. The outflow from the dam was in- ' creased to 525 cfs at U a.m. Friday but then cut back to the minimum 10 cfs at-4 p.m. as the storm moved in. She said the outflow will be increased again \yhen the river drops to 12 feet at Hopland. It was 17 feet there at noontime today. In Mendocino County, two highways were reported closed at noontime because of flobding, according to Bob Elkins, local Caltrans superintendent. He said Highway 128 was closed at 9 a.m. because of the Navarro River and Highway 175 was closed because of flooding at old Hopland and landslides on the ridge between Hopland and Lakeport.. Elkins said it was "probable" that two other roads would close at least briefly later today: Highway 20 tn the Tule Lake area between Blue Lakes and Upper, Lake and Highway 1 at the Garcia River crossing north of Point Arena. He also warned motorists to be careful when driving on Highway 101 between Burke Hill and Hopland. Many chuckholes have developed in that stretch and Caltrans has been unable to fully repair them because of the lack of good weather. , ! Budge Campbell, public works director, said that as of riOontime all county roads were open; however, several back roads, . including Pobnkihney and Bell Springs, might close because of bad mudslides. He reported scattered flooding aroiind the ' county with the Hopland area being the hardest hit. The Fetzer Winetasting room was inundated' after a culvert collapsed. Other storm damage included scattered disruption of PG&E and phone service. Also, a 1,000 gallon . water tower was reported to have t>een bfown over near Albion. It landed on a car but no injuries were reported. The Caltrans spokesman said a National Weather service forecast from Eureka predicted a letup on Tuesday but a new storm front with more rain scheduled to move in Wednesday. U.S. picks Weo/ estate man sentenced 35 new O'Brien denies Huft astronauts motion f Of new trial WASHINGTON (UPI) - The space agency today announced the selection of 35 new astronauts, including the first- six women and the first three blacks, n America's space corps. The agency also selected an oriental from Hawaii as prte of the 35. The new list breaks sex and race barriers that have existed since the National Aeronouatics and Space Administration selected its first Mercury astronauts in 1959. The astronauts will report for duty at the Johnson Space Center in Houston July 1, joining 27 other space pilots on active duty. They will train to fly the space shuttle in the 1980$. The 35 winners, announced by N A S A Administrator Dr, Robert Frosch, were chosen from among 8,079 applicants, including 1,544-women, NA^A identified the women as Anna Fisher of Rancho"'Palos Verdes, Calif.; Shannon Lucid of Oklahoma City; Judith Resnik of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Sally Ride of Stanford, Calif,; Margaret Seddon, Memphis, Tenn., and Kathryn Sullivan of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, All will serve as mission specialists — a combination flight engineer and scientist — on space shuttle crews. The blacks are. Air Force Maj. Bluford Guion of Dayton, Ohio, picked as a mission specialist; Air Force Maj. Frederick Gregory of Hampton, Va., chosen as a full-fledged shuttle pilot; and Ronald McNair of Marina Del Rey, Calif., a mission specialist. The Hawaiian Oriental is Air Force Capt, Ellison Onizuka of Edwards Air Force Base, a mission specialist. The space agency chose no blacks, women, or other minorities among the 73 astronauts selected in the past. There was a black Air Force major, Robert Lawrence, chosen by the Air Force as a potential space crewrnan when the military contemplated its own space program. But Lawrence was killed in a plane crash in 1967 and never bore the official title of astronaut. Northwestern California: Period^ of rain mrougn Tuesday. Possible thundershowers today. Strong gusty southerly winds today and tonight mainly near the coast. Little teni- perature change. Fort Bragg 48 and 53 Ukiah 47 and 53. Motion for a new trial by public defender Richard Petersen in the case of convicted arsonist Otis Hurt, was denied this morning by Superior Court Judge Timothy O'Brien, who sentenced the Ukiah real estate man to the term prescribed by law' on each of the three ffelony counts of which he had been found guilty. O'Brieti also denied probation, but allowed the four days requested by Petersen for filing an appeal, setting bail at $20;fl00. Hurt, who was found guilty of violation of California Penal Code 447A, arson; CPC 548, destruction of insured property; and California Insurance Code 556, fraudulent filing of an insurance claim, could have faced 2 to 20 years in the state prison just on the first count but new law recently changed the term for this felony on 2-3-4 yeap. The same term also applies to th^second count and 16 months, to 2 to/3 years applies to the third, O'Brien sentenced Hurl to the term prescribed tw law on the first, second and third, byt stayed the last two cgunts, In sentencing'•HtlrrrJudge O'Brien referred to the seriousness of the crime and the danger it presented to the lives of others in the community: Earlier, following arguments by Petersen that prosecutor Al Kubanis had, used evidence previously stricken in his final remarks to the jury, liubanis indicated that he may have made some "errors in grammar," but that he was referring in his remarks to the slides presented by Monty McGill, state fire marshal, which • had been accepted as evidence. Petersen referred to six pages of Jhe trial transcript, reading from each to'show Kubanis' references^ to both fire investigators William Hull and Monty McGill, McGill's remarks previously had been stricken frpm the record. The public defender also objected to Kubanis' reference to liars, Uiieves and cheats, and to clowns, fraud and collusion with no evidence to substantiate such claims. Kubanis said his point of testimony was used only as it applied to the slides which were in evidence. He said that Hull had made two errors: one in the "point of origin" of the fire and thp "paint can ," the latter error proved by enlargment of the photo. He suggested •hat since Hull was a well paid expert, that his pay might have colored his judgment. The prosecutor stated, that his experience as a trial lawyer made him aware of a lot of strange things not in evidence. He said, "You get a feeling about these things." O'Brien stated that Kubanis' referring to McGill and Hull may have been an error, but not an error serious enough to grant a new trial. He also stated that some of Kubanis' statements could, be considered as emotional in nature, but.not of sufficient cori- sequence for the granting of a new trial. He found no miscarriage of justicevhe said. College leaders will quiz McFadden Tuesday Jan., 1978 Date Hi Lo ,15 54 45 Noon Today 48 Rainfall 30.36' Jan., 1977 Date Hi Lo 15 63 32 Low Today 48 Last Year 6.96 By GLENN ERICKSON What promises to be the largest "student body" meeting ever held at Mendocino College, and one of the liveliest from the standpoint of topic, questions and answers, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, al 11 a.m. in the Home Arts Building at the F'airgrounds interim campus, A panel X )f college leaders and .students will .seek to ask some penetrating questions of newly- appointed interim trustee Guinnes.s McFadden, Potter Valley rancher and oft-outspoken critic of the college ad- , ministration and past or present boards of trustees, , The meeting, expected to last an hour or more, will start at 11 a.m., which on Tuesdays and Thursdays is the normal student activity hour at the college, when students meet on student government matters, Dan Sabatino, president of the Mendocino College Student Body, and ^minister and p()sitive-action person, will ,be, moderator for the 'I\iesday meeting, - ' Ground rules for the question and answer session with McFadden, who has promised to rearrange his schedule to meet with the students, include questions asked of McFadden by members of a representative panel of students, faculty menbers, and trustee representatives. The meeting with students at the college was arranged by Sabatino in the hopes that students will be able to get their questions answered, be better able to judge the qualifications and •educational philosophy of the interim appointee, and then make up their mind whether to support- the petitions being circulated , challenging the appointment, calling for a special election, or-seeking the recall of three or more college trustees, who were supportive of McFadden and provided the 3" to 2 vote, with one absentee, for McFadden's appoihtment. ' If not challehged, and a. petition for a special election is hot filed with In 30 days of last Tuesday's appointment, McFadden. would formally become a trustee shortly before Feb. 15, (Cont'd oh Page 2) ii::

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