Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 24, 1978 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, January 24, 1978
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n ^th Year No. 218 Ukiahv Mendocino County, California- Tuesday, January 24, 1978 14 Pages—} Sectlqh-^IS Cents Alferndtive to Peripheral Canal Three dams sought in Eel River basin SACRAMENTO (UPI) — A pian to txiild a $3.6 billion water project along the protected Eel River on the? North Coast was unveiled Monday as an alternative to Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr .'s proposed construction of the controversial Peripheral Canal. The bond issue proposal seemed certain to spark opposition from conservationists who fought fiercely in 1972 to make the Eel, one of tfie last free flowing'rivers in California, off limits to development until at least 1984. "The Eel River water project will be an historic endeavor,'' declared Sen. William Campbell, R-Hacienda Heights, who said he and Assemblyman Daniel Boatwright, D-Concord, would, introduce the measure to, bring 2 million acre-feet of new waier to the State Water Project. . The measure, which would appear on ;the November ballot if it received : legislative approval, would eliminate ; controversial provisions found in f Brown 's the $7 billion water program -(SB346) that includes the Peripheral -Canal, Campbell said:, - The governor 's plan; authored by -Sen. Ruben S. Ayala, D-Chino, was -scheduled for its final legislative "hearing today before a Senate- .Assembly conference committee. which was expected to send an amended version of the bill to the floor. The 43-mile Peripheral Canal would carry Sacramento River water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the California Aqueduct near Tracy for shipment south through the Central Valley. The Campbell-Boatwright measure, unlike Ayala's bill, does not contain a mid-valley canal, would not require federal aid. The proposal, which would create three dams on the Eel and three reservoirs, "the single most important step toward ending the disputes over water allocations to farmers. Northern and Southern Californians and other groups in the state," Campbell said. A taste of freedom for Sharon Nicolini Sharon Louise Nicholini, who as a 13- year-old Pacifica schoolgirl participated in the 1976 kidnaping and murder of a South San Francisco nurse, is back irl custody today after a brief , taste of freedom. Sharon, accompanied by Mark Peter Ray, then 18, approached Mildred Elizabeth Koetz, 55, a South San Francisco nurse in a shopping center, forced lier to crawl into the trunk of her own car, then drove the terrified victim to Willits where five miles north of that city, just a few yards from Highway 101, they took the nurse from the trunk Botsford guilty of first degree murder \ A Supeifior Gourt jury has convicted. Larry Botsford of first degree murder in the stabbing death of WiDits KOA campground owner Michael Wilson. Botsford, 18, of Lomita, faces a term of life in prison under the determinate sentencing law, according- to District Attorney Duncan James. Sentencing will be Feb. 17. The jury of eight men and foui* women deliberated „two and one-half hours at the end of the week-long trial before returning the guilty verdict at 6:15 p.m. yesterday. Botsford was accused of fatally stabbing Wilson last Aug. 12 during an alleged burglary attempt. The prosecution charged Botsford had entered the campground store to steal several packs of beer. The defense contended that Botsford could hot mentally fomi the intent to steal and kill due to the effects of alcohol, valiiim, a tranquilizer, and marijuana he had allegedly taken prior to the stabbing. During the trial Botsford took the stand in his own defense. Also testifying was the victim's 15 year-old son, also Michael Wilson, who had fought with Botsford on the night of the murder. The young Wilson had stabbed Botsford in an attempt to subdue his attack on the dying senior Wilson, according to testimony. Ukjah Unified meeting Expulsion, student smoking on agenda Ukiah Unified Board of Education policy revisions in the areas of expulsion of students, student smoking on campus, and enrollments at South Valley continuation school will be discussed tonight at 7:30 p.m. by the board at its meeting in Uie Ukiah Unified Office, School and Henry Streets. ' A more detailed outline of an ex-, pulsion pdlicy and its means of implementation would be included in the administrative handbook of the district, under the proposal before the board. Because the State Education Code recently made establishment of student smoking areas on campus ^ permissive option of the schools, the board will discuss this option and possible designation of such areds. The matter of South Valley continuation school admissions has arisen because H^is felt by the administration that limiwtion of enrollment at, South Valley would protect the program in SOMETHING NEW IS IN TOWN!! MENDOCINO OOMMUNICAHON 595 E. Perkir^s St' ^ 463-9286 OPEN HOUSE • ' Januaiy 24th-27th between noon & 6 PM accordance with the education code. South Valley, it has been pointed out, is designed to' meet the needs of certain types of students and a control on enrollment would allow South Valley to focus on its,students. A - report on student activity programs in the Ukiah Unified District will be presented tonight. The board ' will hear numerous other items in open session at7:30 p.m. and thep adjourn to a closed executive personnel session. Would-be robber Is apprehended Jesse Carmino Langarica was arrested Monday on multiple charges including armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. Langarica, 21, Ukiah, reportedly altered the State Market on N. State Street yesterday at 6 p.m. demanding money of Patty Kong, 19, an employee, according to police reports. Langarica was reportedly carrying a stick and went behind the counter, ordering Kong to get the money. When she failed to react immediately, he began hitting her on the head with the stick, the report states. Kong yelled for hdp.,and several employees Phased Langarica outside the store. When officers, arriveil, several people, were still trying to subdue the suspect. He continued to fight with officers when they attempted to arrest him, according to the report. Along with the charges of armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, Langarica is charged with burglary, resisting arrest and simple battery. compartment. Ray forced her to lie face down on the ground then killed the nurse with a single shot in the head from a ,22 caliber pistol. During the ride from San Francisco to Willits, the kidnapers later confessed, they discussed how to dispose of the victim'. After Mrs. Koetz was slain, Sharon I later testified. She rifled the victim's purse while Ray stripped jewelry from Mrs. Koetz and handed it to his. young companion. The pair then took off northward in the victim's car at a high rateof speed. They were picked up by Trinity, County deputies after a high-speed chase which resulted in Ray wrecking the car. The suspects then told arresting officers where they could find the nurse's body. Sharon and her companion stood trial in October of 1976 with District Atrorney Duncan James prosecuting. The suspects were represented by Joe Allen, the public defendei", arid Superior Judge A. B. Broaddus presided. The jury found Ray guilty of first degree murder, kidnaping armed robbery, and car theft. The jury was hung on special circumstances involving the death penalty for Ray and before the matter could be resolved, the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional and Ray was sent to state prison for life. Sharon, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, robbery and car theft, was remanded Xo juvenile authorities. Allen filed an appeal which is yet to be,ruled on by the higher cour^ According to California Youth Authority sources, Sharon and three other teenagers —Bruce Eric Boswell, 17; Robin Washington, 17; and Charles Dowling, 15, all were in care homes and were engaged in a group activity in Santa Cruz County Saturday when they decided to walk away. They were arrested Monday afternoon in Redwood City when they stopped by one of the escapees assigned home to pick up clothing. Ironically, Sharon was scheduled to appear today before a parole board which would rule on her application for probation. ^All four were enroute to Ventura today for disposition of their,cases. WEATHER Northwestern California: Fair through Wednesday except partly cloudy north portion Wedriesday. Cool nights with local frost. Northerly winds 10 to 20 mph decreasing tonight. Fort Bragg 37 and 57, Ukiah 29 and 59. Jan., 1978 Jan., 1977 Date Hi Lo Date Hi Lo 23 61 30 23 68 34 Noon Today Low Today 51 28 Rainfall 34.10 Last Year 6.96 ANNUAL ST. MARY'S CLAM CHOWDER FEED (Mardi Gras Boosters) WEDNESDAY JAN. 25 ST. MARY'S SCHOOL All you can i ^at fun .. Games! Attitude Adjustment Hour Starts at§;30p.m.' SNOOPY. WHERE ARE YOU? — Capt. Dr. Don Vidmar claims he was shot down by t^e Red Baron, and lost the top of his chute coming through the skylight at St. Mary's School auditorium, where the annual Stag Clam Ghowder Feed starts at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Chairman Ralph Buxton reminds those planning to attend, other than via parachute, that the annual event is definitely a stag affair. — Photo by Jack Wegesser. Property ownerstotalk taxes at February meet By HELEN PAULSON Taxes? Land grabs? More government regulation? What lies in store this year for the property owners" in Mendocino County? The Mendocno County Property Owners' Association will feature an open Brainstorming session at their annual membership meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning with luncheon at noon at Brooktrails Lodge outside Willits. The MCPOA strives to come up with positive solutions to the problems that face the property owners in Mendocino County today. They urge property owners as well as people in government to attend the meeting and bring their questions, problems, priorities, data. and suggestiions. "No matter what local paper you pick up on'any given day," says MCPOA President Joseph Scherf, "you are likely to find on the front page a review of the latest decisions some local, state or county commission, board, or committee has made that affects you — sooner or later. It may make your taxes go up, or even godown (temporarily), it may make it impossible for you to sell your property or use it as you had planned, or it may improve your situation or ruin it. In any case, you may not even realize that'you are going to be affected, for good or bad. Months later you find out—when it is too late.'; What will the prope'rty owner be Pear crop totalled 41,000 tons in 1977 Preliminary final figures for the 1977 Bartlett pear crop in Mendocino County indicate a total harvested of 41,000 tons with an .estimated gross value of $4,600,000. This compares with a 1976 crop of 44,650 tons with an estimated gross value of $4,000,000 according to Ted'Eriksen Jr., Mendocino County agricultural commissioner. Eriksen said, although the total tonnage and value for 1977 is im- {ressive, the cost of production was such that'many growers did not realize any significant profit from their efforts. • The largest Bartlett pear crop ever harvested in the history of Mendocino County was in 1973 when the total was 50,560 tons valued at $5,107,000. Major processors in th'e state pur- Chased 28,400 tons for canned Bartlett •fKBar halves and for inclusion in fruit cocktail and fruit salad mix products and dried pear halves. About 1,200 tons was utilized for strairjed food products such as baby food. Some 3,600 tons was purchased by the E & J Gallo Winery of Modesto which ases them for the Boone's Farm and other product lines. It is estimated that Gallo purchases In 1977 were in the neighborhood of 30,000 tons statewide which js 10 percent of the 1977 California Bartlett pear crop. The 1977 purchases of Bartlett pears by Gallo in 1977 adds a new and intriguing dimension to the marketing of Bartlett pears produced in Mendocino County and the. State of California. Pear growers and canhers were hieartened recently with the publication of the 197T pack figures, down 17 percent from a year ago and the smallest since 1972. facing in 1978? These are some of the questions that will be considered: How long can the home owner on a Hxed income continue to liye In Mendocino County in view of the shrinking- percentage of land rehiainihg in private ownership (from which property taxes are derived)? How can the rights of property owners be protected in the face of the acquisition projects of the State Parks and Recreation Department and the Coastal CbnSeryiincy? What about A.B. 1900 that would^qontrol the use of agricultural land by a state commission? What about the 701 report and the county General Plan? And is county government doing its job? Is the Jarvis-Gann initiative the, answer, and if not, \|vhat should we be demanding of our legislators in the field of property tax relief? Are we using tax dollars to the best advantage? How can we Improve the economic health of the county? Can agriculture survive in Mendocino County under existing local and state tax pratices? What is the future of the timber industry under current and proposed TPZ and forest practices laws? What is the future of the fishing industry under the proposed limited licensing? And is cooperation possible between the tiniber and fishiiig industries for the betterment of the county? The MCPOA urges all concerned county property owners and residents to attend the anniial meeting and h help ' the directors nail down the issues: and their solutions. It takes people and time , to get. results, and the more working members the MCPOA .has, the more they "can accomplish on behalf of the property owners of the county! For information, call 462-6536 or 9640002. For luncheon reservatims, seiid you check for $3.75 per person, to MCPOA, P.O. Box 596, Ukiah. dS482.

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