Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 22, 1978 · Page 1
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nzth Year No. 216 Ukiah, Mendocino County, California- Sunday, January 22, 1978 18 Pages- |.)Parp4 tab 3 Sections—15 Cents WATER METER FOR WELLS — The small white and black box below Gordon Campbell's left hand is a meter that keeps a constant measure of the amount of Water in his well. He invented and patented the device and now. plans ,to begin producing larger quantities of them in his home workshop. The meters work simply on a weight pulley and float device attached to a counter. A switch can also be attached to automatically turn off and on a pump when the well reaches preset levels. He needed a well meter soheinvenied one... By PAM MacLEAN At the beginning of the drought in 1975, Gordon Campbell wanted to find a meter to keep track of the amount of water in his well. When he found no such thing existed, he wient home and invented one. On Dec. 27., Campbell received U.S. patent 4065226, with a big red seal, from the U.S. patent,Office for a Water Well Monitor. Campbell's simple invention will measure in yards or feet the amount, of water in a well and turn a well pump off OT on when water reaches a pre-set height. All that for less than $50, he says. His Invention has already drawn the interest of pump manufacturers who may consider marketing the device. Campbell lives at the end of a long dirt road off Highway 101 just south of Willits. For the past five years he has been a probation ofHcer with the county probation department. As he sat in the warm comfortable living room of his home, he thumbed through a day-by- day log of his progress on the monitor and explained how the ^vhole thing happened. "In 1975 I decided to get a meter for my well and Just thought I could go down to the hardware store and find something \ wanted." But Campbell learned there was no such thing, so in September that year he did some sketches and decided to make one of his own. . What he came up with was a weight on a string that goes over the top of a pulley and down to a float that is heavieh than the weight. That pulls the float down to the level of the water. The pulley wheel is attached to a counter deviceused in industrial plants to count parts on assembly lines. "The critical point," Campbell said, "is the diameter of the pulley. It has to be a exact known diameter to measue precisely the amount of water in the well."' The counter is a small device only two inches square, and counts in tenths of yards, he said. So far, Campbell says he has abolit $2,000 invested in the parts for the meter. "I couldn't just go out and buy one or two,of the industrial counters. I had to buy 500 and it cost almost $900." He has run into one problem with some of trie monitors he has installed in wells around the county. On fast fUling wells, the line can tangle. He has already developed a new system with guide tubes and h different counter to prevent the tangling, and a switching system for pumps. The problem is the remaining counters he first purchased are now useless. "Do you know anyone that wants about 70 of these counters?" he said. Campbell says in April 1976 he contacted a patent agent and began a search for other patents that might have been granted for the same thing, which would prevent him from applying for one. He has a folder full of samples of 'several similar devices that have been patented in the past. One was invented in 1893, and was a floatation device attached to an alarm at the well, but nothing existed that was exactly the same. (Cont'd on Plage 3) Whof s in a name? Plenty at Ukioh Junior High What's in a name? Plenty, when it comes to naming a "new" school, for a name that reflects the locale, spirit and goals of its grade level and students can mean a lot; in added school spirit and community siq>pQrt through the years. 'Thus it is that Principal Bfig^ Wrai, of Pomolita-Ukiah Junior High, soon to b^ome the Ukiah Middle School for sixth,- seventh and eighth-graders of UWah on the present Ukiahi site, is seeking the help of all Ukiah seventh graders,, and those flfth and sixth graders who will attend the school next year. Some suggestions have been received, but surely UWah's clever and inventive students, now in the fifth, sixth or seventh grades, can come up with some more lively names for the Ukiah Middle School campus opening next September. Darwin Richardson, Pomolita-Ukiah JuniOT High Co.unselor, is chairman of a nine-member committee chospn by the Ukiah Unified Board of Education to review entries of suggested names, and to make a recommendation to the board. He and his staff are checking the mail each morning for more suggested names, which should be sent to: "Name Our School," Pomolita'Junior High, 790 S. Dora Street, Ukiah, 95482. , The rules are simple: The contest is open to all seventh grade students currently enrolled at Pomolita-Ukiah Junior High School, and fifth and sixth grade students who will be students at the new school in 1978-79. The deadline is Feb. 1. The name submitted should be cat- ehy.short enough to go on a band or drjill team banner (or in a headline!) and they should not include the terms "middle school" or "junior high." The selection committee will recommend three names to the board of education for final selection. , College board will hold open meeting Northwestern California: Clearing Simday. Local fog in valleys night and morning. Fort Bragg 48 and 56, Ukiah 48 and 56. Jan .jgTB Date..HI.Lo 20 62 34 High Sat. 56 Rainfall 34.10 Jan., 15^ Date.. Hi.. Lo 20 64 38 LoSat: : 44 Last Vear 6.96 Students, faculty, administration and trustees of Mendocino College, meeting in open session on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., will aideavor, to clear the air and the confusion of where the college is going and what the goals and priorities are now and will be in the future. Called at the request of Student Body President Dan Sabatino, Jan Dam- muller, president of the. Faculty Senate Council, and Arlene" Colombini, president of the Classified Employees' Association, the Feb. 1 meeting was readily agreed to by the boai^'^of trustees Wednesday night at their regular meeting. ' ^batino e^ al are asking that the trustees hold a special meeting in the form of an open forum to answer questions from the public, students and staff op various issues, problems and directions pertaining to the college. The meeting is an outgrowth of the proposed appointment of Guinness McFadden to the board of trustees, an appointment subsequently invalidated.. Now there will be a sp^ial election to fill the vacancy caused by resignation of Harold Easterbrook, with McFadden the first avowed candidate. The matters of site location, core campus; programs a;id their direction, priorities, educationally and budget- wise, will be thrown open to orderly •. discussion and review. Goals establishment begun in a meeting in Lake County will be augmented by covering some goals not * discussed at that meeting several months ago. , The public is invited to sit in on the Feb. 1 meeting, as it js for all regular board meetings. Breaks for business, too $24.5 billion tax cut proposed by Carter WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Carter Saturday proposed cutting taxes to pump $24.5 billion into the economy next year, but at the same time he asked Congress to slay some sacred cow deductions. While most politicians were expected to go along with slashing some taxes the reform proposals ran into attack froni various groups. House Ways and Means Chairman Al UUman, D-Ore., quickly dismissed Carter's proposed crackdown on foreign tax breaks and on business entertainment deductions as "too complex and controversial to'consider this year." The reforms would eliminate deductions for gasoline and sales taxes and limit deductions for medical expenses and the "three-martini" business lunch. Both individuals and businesses would receive benefits — and likewise be hit with "reforms" — under the Carter plan, designed to offset rising Social Security taxes and the effects of inflation. For a family of four — subtracting the $3.9 billion in recently enacted Social Security tax increases — the av^age Carter tax cut would amount to $216 at $15,000 income, $150 at $20,000 income and $24 at $30,000 income. A family making $40,000 would pay a tax increase of $80, however, and at $100,000 income the tax increase would be $888. Businesses not only would receive lower tax rates but would benefit from an expanded. investment tax credit, which for the first time would allow the 10 percent credit to be applied to buildings. Carter predicted the tax cut would add 1 million jobs to the economy, with unemployment declining to between 5.5 and 6 percent by the end of 1979. Together with Ws other economic programs, it would assure an economic growth of 5.5 to 6 percent through 1979, he.said. ' , Carter said in a message accompanying the long-awaited tax plan that his reforms "are targeted at tax preferences and subsidies for activities that do not deserve special treatment and that largely botiefit those who have no need for financial assistance." Protests can be expected frorn middle-and upper-income persons who itemize deductions when they discover, that Carter Would end the deductions for state and local sales taxes, gasoline taxes .and personal property taxes (except real estate taxes) and iwould limit medical and c&sualty deductions to those in excess of 10 percent of income. How proposed tdx cuts benefit you WASHINGTON (UPI) Here is a table giving the total individual tax cut for 1979 for various family groups and income levels under President Carter's new proposal. Single persons Income Tax cut Percent $5,000 $99 35.6 $10,000 $34 2.8 $15,000 $21 1.0 $20,000 $126 3.9 $30,000 $365 6.1 $40,000 $487 5.3 Couple, no children Income Tax cut Percent $10,000 $147 19.3 $15,000 $99 6.0 $20,000 $165 6.5 $30,00() $322 6.8 $40,000 $317 4 .3 Couple, one child Income Tax cut Percent $10,000 $245 39.6 $15,000 $174 11.7 $20,000 $217 9;2 $30,000 $322 7.2 $40,000 $264 3.7 Couple, two children . Income Tax cut Percent ^10,000 $312 70.0 $15,000 $258 1{^.4 $20,b00 $270 12.4 $30,000 $322 7.6 $40,000 $218 3.2 Couple, four children Income Tax cut Percent m,m $128 100 $15,000 $397 40.1 $20,000 $378 20.9 $30,000 $348 9 .1: $40,000 $128 2.0 Defense motions fail. Black to Superior Court Daniel J. Black, a former ^eriff's undercover narcotics officer, failed Friday, to block his bank robbery trial and was bound over to Superior Court by Justice Court Judge James W. Luther. Black, 28, was arrested Jan. 3 at a (Talpella bar and charged with holding up the Redwood Valley branch of the Savings Bank of Mendocino Ck)unty with a sawed-off shotgun; During the preliminary hearing Friday, defense attorney Pano Stephens challenged the legality of Back's arrest and the search of a car found outside the bar containing the money and a shotgun an4 ski mask the holdup man allegedly wore during the , robbery. Just before testimoney by Sheriff's Deputy Neil Franzen, Stephens requested that the press and audience be excluded from the hearing over the objections of Deputy District Attorney Leonard LaCasse and a reporter from • the Daily Journal. LaCasse withdrew his objection, saying he did not want to jeopardize what he termed "a good case" on a technical point, but Judge Luther refused to .close the hearing even with out LaCasses's objection, Franzen then testified that while he and Black watched the search of the suspect vehicle allegedly belonging to Black's fiance, Mary Jo Pederson, Black took Franzen aside and said, "to save you alot of trouble, it is in the trunk, the money is in the trunk." Deputies found -$6,805, the amount missing from the bank, and a sawed-off shot gun in the trunk of the car. Franzen also read into the record, over Stephen's objections, a two page statement by Black in which he said he had driven into the Redwood Valley bank parking lot,, stayed for several minutes, left and driven around some niore, then returned and entered the bank. He was wearing the mask and carrying the shotgun, demanded money of a teller, then returned to the car and left, according to the statement. What is crucial, according to Stephens, was Black's signing of consent to search his car.qfter his arrest and the reading of his rights after^ arrest. Stephens contended. that the . arresting officer did not have sufficient "probable cause" to arrest Black, and that the only connection between the car in the Club Calpella parkinglot and Black was a letter found ' on the seat of the car with Black's nanie on it. The letter was found illegally, according to Stephens. Stephens argued that the two page admission should not be'allowed as evidence, nor should the signing of a statement by Black that he consented to the search. The admissability was dependant upon the legality of the arrest, Stephens contended. But at the end of the day-long hearing. Judge Luther ordered Black to apprear in Superior Court Feb. 3 before Judge Timothy O'Brien on a charge of bank robbery. Luther also questioned Deputy Franzen about the shotgun, asking if i^ had been found loaded. Franzen said was not loaded at the time of the arrest,, and that the only ammunition found in the car was not the size to fit a .410 shotgun. Black was a full-salaried deputy sheriff in Lake Ck)unty in November 1975, and was "traded" to Mendocino County to work as an undercover narcotics officer on the large scale drug investigation last year. He surfaced during the drug trial of Ctedric Weir, one of those arrested on drug charges on* county grand jury indictments. Black refused to testify against Weir and the drugs case collapsed. Black reportedly said that on one occasion. Weir may have saved his life when he did not divulge Eflack's identity as a narcotic's officer in the presence of some dangerous individuals in a Ukiah tavern. Black remains free on $7,000 > bail. Outside the hearing. Black's flance said she is setting up a fund to raise i money for his defense. Botsf ord on stand in murder trio I Larry Botsford, accused of fiatally stabbing the owner of the Willits KOA Campground last Aug. 12 during, an alleged burglary attempt, took the stand in his o*rn behalf Friday in Superior Court. ' Prior to his taking the stand, attorneys for both sides argued about the admissability of subsequent testimony by Dr. Harry Hook, a psychiatrist who 'examined Botsford to determine* his ability to stand trial. According to Superior C^ourt Judge Timothy O'Brien, the doctor was conducting a specific kind of exam that the defendant was required to take, and Hook could then not testify at a later point about the guilt or innocense of the defendent based on anything said in the competency exam. It gets to be a question of compelling an accused person to make statements without protection against incrimination, the judge said. After a break in the trial to allow defense attorney David Cooper time to research the question iand decide whether or not to have Botsford testify, the trial resumed and Botsford, 18, did take the stand. It is the defense contension that Botsfprd could not mentally form the int^t to steal and kill due to the effects of alcohol, Valium, a tranquilizer, and marijuana he had allegedly taken prior to ihe stabbing. Out of the presence of the jury. Dr. Hook resumed the stand and was asked by District Attorney Duncan James, based on the testimony Hook had hear, if the defennlant could formulate the intent to steal and klU. HooK said that his opinion had not changed, and that it was possible for Botsford form these talents. He was asked if he could separate those opinpns from the examination he had given to Etotsford previously about his competency to stand tritil. Hook responded, "Yes, 'l tWnk so." ' Closing arguments in the case ...are expected to begin Monday, accordtag to James. ' ' Thursday's opening session in the trial was taken up by testimony froih Michael Wilson, 15-year-old son of the victim (also Michael Wilson), and by Mrs. Wilson. The boy said on the stand he witnessed Botsford repeatedly stabbing his father ta the store at the campground during a struggle. Pulling fire box lands man in jotl A 61-year-old Ukiah man was arrested, just after noon Saturday on charges he was turning in false fh-e alarms. Paul Diesing was taken into custody with the assistance of the fire' department near Ukiah High School ior pulling the fire alarms, accordtag to the police department. Diesing was taken to the dty Jail where he is being held pendtag arraignment, tiocording to the police report. He has a record of several arrests for the same offense, and has bem in court previously for puUtag fin alarm boxes.

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