Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 8, 1974 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Monday, July 8, 1974
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Weather Northwestern California: Mostr/ckKaiy tonight;.clearing Tuesday; low tonight and Ugh Tuesday at Fort Bragg St and 60, Ukiah 48 ami 74; southerly winds to 20 m.p.h. 114th Year No. 57 Temperature July, 1974 Date HI Lo 7 78 47 Noon Today 58 Rainfall .88 Jury, 1978 Data. U U 7 87 85 Low Today 88 Uklah, Mendocino County, California—Monday, July.8, T974 12 Pages—1 Section—15 Cents July 4 weekend a'killer'here Three persons die on Mendo-Lake roads A one-year-old baby escaped death by a miracle and a 88-year-old Pacifica man met sudden death head-on as the Fourth of July weekend took its toll on Mendocino and Lake County highways. William Henry Corley died in a spectacular six vehicle pile-up on Highway 101 one mile north of Comminsky Station Rd. Saturday night at 11:15. Six other persons were injured, four seriously. While details of the accident are still. under investigation, state traffic officers have determined that Corley was northbound on 101 apparently on the wrong side of the road when his motorcycle slammed into a car driven by Craig FarweU Ortlieb, 37, of El Sobrante. The impact of the head-on collison tore the left front tire; off Ortlieb's vehicle. He lost control and either smashed into other vehicles on the roadway or made them lose control of theur vehicles. Ortlieb received only minor injuries and did not require hospitalization. Another northbound cyclist, James Day, 23, Daly City, also escaped serious injury. However, three other motorists, Hartmut Gall, 20, Ukiah, northbound in a small foreign car, David Roger Nordstrom, 28, Pacifica, riding a northbound motorcycle, and Willian Boyd of Pacifica, as well as Rodney Island, 19, Ukiah, a passenger in the Gall vehicle, all suffered major injuries. Corley was rushed to Healdsburg Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Nordstrom and Boyd are both being treated for their injuries at Healdsburg, while Gall and Island were Nofi steps down from treated at Healdsburg then transfered to Ukiah. In the weekend's other accidents: , One-year-old Kenneth Carter of Clear Lake Oaks is alove and well today because of some soft dirt. Kenneth was with his father, Paul W. Carter, 23, at Indian Valley Dam Saturday evening at 6 when the father inadvertantly ran over the small boy with a panel truck. State traffic officers say that apparently Kenneth crawled behind the truck as Carter was backing out of a parking area. The child was rushed to Redbud Community Hospital where doctors, on examining him, found tire tracks running the length of his body. However, his only injuries were a small cut on the lip and head. Doctors say the soft dirt) at the parking site saved the boy's life. The tires of the panel truck simply pushed his body into the dirt rather than crushing him! —A 26-year-old Petaluma woman, distracted from her driving by the antics of her twb-year-old daughter, lost control of her car yesterday afternoon on Highway 101 just north of the south Ukiah overpass and ran into the freeway's center divider rail. The car, driven by Linda Lee Bostrom, then skidded back across the southbound lane of traffic, hit the burm and plunged down an embankment. Neither Mrs. Bostrom or her daughter, Anika, were seriously hurt in the accident. They went to their family physician for treatment. —A 20-year-old Dayton, Ohio roan suf­ fered minor injuries Saturday afternoon at 1:30 on Greenwood Rd. about >£ mile west of Highway 128 when the motorcycle he was riding went out of control and hit a walnut" tree, throwing him from the vehicle. Taken to Mendocino Community Hospital for treatment was Michael McCarthy. State traffic officers say McCarthy was going too fast to control the bike. Two San Jose women died early > Saturday morning when their car ran off Highway 29 two miles north of Hidden Valley Lakes near Middletown, the Lake , County coroner's office reported today. Dead at the scene was Ann,Rose Hayes,. 67, owner of the car. Succumbing to injuries a little more than an hour after the accident, which is believed to have taken place about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, was the driver of the car, Helen Ida Davis, 68, also of San Jose. She died at Redbud Community Hospital, Clearlake Highalnds. Patrolmen believe that the driver may have dozed at the wheel. The car left the road for no apparent reason, hit a rock and rolled onto its top. The two fatalities marred an otherwise unusually safe and sane extended Fourth of July weekend in Lake County. Some 25 arrests for suspected intoxication and only . about 37 arrests in all, for minor offenses, were reported by the sheriff's office or the Highway Patrol. Funerals for the two women are pending at Jones and Lewis Mortuary, Lower Lake. Short storm, but still Ukiah post wettest July on record A 31-year government service career came to an end Friday as Ray Nofi stepped down as head of the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Service Station at the Ukiah airport. Nofi, 50, retires after 24 years with FAA, RAY NOFI the last six in Ukiah. It was during hit tenure here mat the new flight service station was built with the backing of community leaders and representatives in Washington. After serving with the U.S. Navy in World War H, Nofi went to work for the Department of the Navy as Eastern Sea Frontier commander. He served a stint in "the Merchant Marines, and in 1950 Joined the FAA as an air traffic controller at New York's La Guardia airport. After working air traffic at several other facilities, including Kennedy International, Nofi moved to Red Bluff in 1881 to oversee the FAA station there. He came to UUab in 1888. The veteran administrator remain in Ukiah. He and bis wife, Lucy, Have three children. Michael, 31, and Dorothea, It, are students at Mendocino It was the wettest July in recorded history — and still is, for that matter. Rain clouds sent Ukiahans scurrying to their calendars yesterday to double-check the date as a freak summer storm, drizzled, dropped, and poured .83 inches of precipitation over the valley by 11 a.m. today, the most voluminous contribution of Death toll rests at 545 for holiday By United Press International The Fourth of July holiday weekend traffic death toll wound up at 545, just short of the top limit of the National Safety Council pre-holiday estimate, final figures showed today. A Council spokesman, expressing gratification that the final count was within the pre-holiday estimate limits, said the Council felt that a number of factors related to the energy crisis, including the general imposition of a 55 mile per hour speed limit—lower than the 65 to 70 previously existing—had been responsible for the lower toll this year. A final count by United Press International for the holiday period which began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ran to midnight Sunday showed: Traffic 545 Drowning 187 Planes 8 Other 73 Total 813 California led in traffic deaths with 57, and other high-count states included Tens 33, New York 27, Ohio 88, and North Carolina and Wisconsin, 22.; The last comparable four-day Fourth of July period total in 1972, was 760, an all- time high. Fire Calls FRIDAY—2:07 p.m.—Fire call to Ford Rd. Trash fire in street. No damage. 5:33 p.m.—Fire call to 425 Lake Mendocino Drive. Fire in air conditioner motor. No, damage. 11:00 p.m.—Ambulance call to 895 West Perkins. Transported Florence Preston to hospital. SATURDAY—8:32 p.m. Fire call to 211 South State. False alarm. 9:50 p.m. Fire call to 639 North Spring. Power line down. 11:56 p.m. Reauscitator call to 311 Lake Mendocino Drive. SUNDAY—4:59 p.m. Smoke investigation. No fire. 6:34 p.m.—Fire call to 2251 Mill Creek Drive. Burning after hours. No fire. MONDAY—10:37 a.m.— Box alarm, Dora and Beacon Lane. Wo fire. water to fall in the month of July since the Ukiah fire department began keeping records in 1877. , The uninvited storm caused scattered (problems with power and telephone service in the area, with a downed line at the Pomeroy Ranch north of Hopland blacking out 343 homes between Ukiah and Hopland for anywhere from several minutes to several hours. The outage occurred at 10:05 p.m., and all but 15 homes were enlightened by midnight. Wet tree branches posed problems with a 12,000 volt line in the 300 block of N. Barnes Street at 5 a.m., and city crews shut down 20-30 homes for about five minutes at 6:45 a.m. to clear the danger. There were scattered phone service outages reported by Pacific Telephone in the Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and Lake County areas due to wet transmission cables. Only about 150 customers were affected. Bud Randall, district manager for PG&E, reported a reading of 1.25 inches of rain at the Mendocino (sub-station in Redwood Valley. With the record broken, the weatherman promises clearing tonight and fair skies tomorrow. The previous high for July was .50 inches in 1958, the year it rained every month. This is the first July since 1965 that rain has fallen in Ukiah, and then only .02 inches fell. School board will elect new prexy at Tuesday meet Attorney Charles Bell, president of the Ukiah Unified board of education, may be ' ready to turn over the gavel of authority on the board to someone else — if he can get. someone to accept the duties of president when the board, holds its 1974-75 school year organizational meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ukiah Unified district office at School and Henry Streets. The board will hold its formal or in-, formal election of officers for 1974-75 before getting down to other year-end, year-beginning business at hand during a meeting which may end with a closed -personnel session on litigation or other personnel matters. Among items of interest are discussion on planning for Redwood Valley school, and a report on a meeting with Leo Edson, field representative with the Bureau of Management ' Services, regarding necessary small school formula for proposed revised public Potter Valley high school. NEW BANK OFFICE SOON — Savings Bank of Mendocino County broke ground Friday for its new automated drive-up bank at the corner of N. State and Low Gap Road. The structure and equipment will cost nearly $100,000, and is scheduled for completion in 90 days. Participating in the ceremony were, left to right: Connie Rose, manager, Greater, Ukiah Chamber of Commerce; Bill Chessall, senior director with Savings Bank; Wayne Pittman, Savings Bank vice president; Director Joe Scott; Director Walter Sandelin; Janeane Brown, Miss Mendocino County and a Savings Bank teller; Nancy Busch, contractor, Empire Development Company of Ukiah; Floyd Ross, vice president; Charles Shimmin, seated on backhoe, chairman of the board; and Roger Howard, vice president.—Journal photo Raymond. Hearings open on air route A public hearing opened today in San Francisco on an air route application by a Marin County aviation firm which intends to provide commercial service-to northern California, to include Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and Lakeport. California Air Commuter, a division of Marin Aviation Inc., is proposing daily flights within a system which stretches from Bakersfield to Eureka, and from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe. The firm would use all-weather, air conditioned Piper Navajo Chieftains and Piper Senecas. Hearings will be conducted oyer a two .week period in the Public Utilities Commission chambers in San Francisco. Testimony is expected from PSA, Air West, Holiday Airlines, Nor Cal Aviation, Eureka Aero Industries, and Stol Air Commuter. Cities to be served in the California Air system in addition to those mentioned include Visalia, Fresno, Merced, Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento, Placerville, Truckee, Livermore, San Jose, Palo Alto, Concord, Novato, Santa Rosa, Garberville, and Areata. Target date for inauguration of service is fall 1974, according to Marin Aviation President Richard Duste. G-P negotiating to purchase four lumber companies FORT BRAGG — Georgia-Pacific Corporation is negotiating for purchase of four lumber companies in the northern California region, according to R. B. Pamplin, chairman and president. Involved are two sawmills, sales facilities and timber cutting rights. The additional operations would become part of an expanded G-P northern California division. Companies involved are M & J Lumber Company at Myers Flat, Englewood Lumber Company at Redcrest, Redwood Coast Lumber Company at Ukiah, and Fred C. Holmes Lumber Company at Fort Bragg. Under the plan, Pamplin said, Holmes will become general manager of the Georgia-Pacific northern California division. Mel E. Brittain will continue in his present capacity as general manager of the Fort Bragg operations, and the company's redwood sales operations will be moved from Portland, Ore.'to division headquarters in Fort Bragg. Other details of the negotiations were ' not disclosed. Bulletin WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Nixon's top economic adviser and two senators agree that federal spending is too Ugh, and Sen. William Proxmire says it is the fault of the military. Proxmire, in a speech, prepared for Senate delivery, today charged Budget, Director Roy Ash with making "a weak and vacillating effort" to cut the fiscal 1975 budget. Hundreds line street for event Frontier Days parade winners announced WILLITS — Covered wagons,, stage coaches, horse and buggies, and even a ' surrey were among the parade entries that brought back the "good old days," for the hundreds of people who lined the streets of Willits July 4 for the Independence Day parade and the culmination of four days of Willits, Frontier Days celebration. Horses, horses and more horses, ail groomed and attired for the event, led and ended the parade. Riders of all ages from under a year to the older generation appeared in a variety of costumes. One entire section of the parade was dedicated to young riders. All competed for trophies and ribbons. Judges selected the following entries as best in their respective classes: Club Float Sr. — 1ST, Sigma Omega Sorority; 2ND, Fire Dept. Aux.; 3RD, Methodist Church. Club Float Jr. — 1ST, Willits 4H Club; Commercial Float — 1ST, Boys and Girls Ranch of Emandel; 2ND, A & W Drive in; 3RD, Microphor. Novelty — 1ST, Willits Poker Club; 2ND, Lawrence Porter; 3RD, Toni Traina. Parade Horse — 1ST, Debbe Goforth; 2ND, Rose La Fortune; 3RD, Sunni Wood. Youngest Rider on a Horse — 1ST, Kimberly Wagner. Fancy Dressed Cowboy Jr. —1ST, Patrick Lane. Fancy Dressed Cowgirl Jr. — 1ST, Janice Orvice; 2ND, Britta Stockley; 3RD, Jo Ann Wakeland. Color Guard Mounted Sr. — 1ST, Willits Horsemen. Mounted Group Sr. — 1ST, Mendo Lay Ridge Riders. Mounted Group Jr. — 1ST, The Lightfoot Brigade; 2ND, Willits Jr. Horsemen. , Best Horse Drawn Vehicle — 1ST, Dr. Adams, Governess Cart; 2ND, Rodney Wood Southwick; 3RD, Matt and Beth Norman. Best Antique Auto — 1ST, Soroptimist Club of Willits. Arabian Native Costume — 1ST, Mary Ann Reese. Fancy Dressed Western Gentleman — 1ST, Ken Smith; 2ND, Jim Baskin. Fancy Dressed Western Lady — 1ST, Laura McBride; 2ND, Pam McCaa; 3RD, Donna Sue Mullins. Working Western Man — 1ST, Darren Morrow; 2ND, Kenny Persico. Working Western Lady — 1ST, Melissa Morrow; 2ND, Kathy Good; 3RD, Vicky Huffman. PONY CLASS Fancy Dressed Girl — 1ST, Christine Kostanecke; 2ND, La Nae Shuster; 3RD, Angela Binney. Fancy Dressed Boy — 1ST, Robbie Adams. 4 Best Matched Pair — 1ST, Cindy and Caroline Kostanecke. ' Youngest Rider — 1ST, Lynda McBride; 2ND, Travis Thayer; 3RD, Ben Hanks. Winner of the Float Sweepstake trophy was the Willits 4H Club. Two face charges after wild chase in Willits Two Willits men were arrested on a variety of charges, including assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer charges against one suspect, after they led four officers on a chase early Saturday through Willits. John Ernest Clatty, 20, is charged with resisting arrest and reckless driving in addition to previous charges listed in. two warrants for his alleged failure to appear in court. Stephen Dewayne Pickering, 20, was booked on the assault charge, interfering with an officer, and aiding a felon in an attempted escape. Reports indicate Sgt. Clarence Gray and Investigator Doug Goes were on patrol when they spotted Clatty and Pickering in a vehicle driven by Clatty. The two officers were aware of the warrants for Clatty's arrest, and attempted to make a traffic stop. Clatty allegedly failed to sop, and led officers on a chase criss-crossing downtown area streets. Officers Raymond Apodaca and Ken Smith joined in the pursuit, and Clatty reportedly pulled over on Central Street, bailed out, and fled on foot. Pickering allegedly took over the controls of the vehicle and attempted to run over Gray and Goss, who were in pursuit of Clatty on foot. Apodaca and Smith managed to stop Pickering's vehicle, and Clatty was take* into custody by Gray and Goss.. Highway studies to occupy board Highway studies will occupy part of the agenda when county supervisors meet tomorrow at the courthouse. At 2 p.m., a representative from the state Department of Transportation, Cal- Trans, will discuss with the board location studies on Highway 1 north of Point Arena in the Garcia River area, and the Highway 101 project between the Sonoma County line and Hopland. A third project, realignment of Highway 101 between Highway 20 at Calpella'and School Way, will be the topic of a 7:30 p.m. meeting tomorrow, at Redwood Valley school. 1 Also on Tuesday's board agenda is a 11:10 a.m. report by the natural resources committee on suggested allocation of funds from the park bonds authorized by voters June 4.

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