Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 8, 1975 · Page 16
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Freeport, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 8, 1975
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.Page 16 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Tuesday, July 8, 1975 In Logging Area By JOHN NORDHEIMER , ' (c.) 1975 N.Y. Times Service •. QUINCY, Calif. - Winter lingers all ..through spring in this part of the Sierras, so no one was surprised the other night when a cold wind out of the /west dropped what the local loggers .:call a "stiff snow" on the taller peaks of Plumas County. , It is an isolated land of tall ever. greens and boulder-strewn riverbeds, and with fewer than. 13,000 residents spread over 2,618 square miles of rough terrain, there's not a single traffic light in Plumas County. But sudden as a spring snow, and perhaps as fleeting, Plumas County has skated into prominence in California as the focal point of an issue usually associated with the nation's urban . centers - welfare reform. The County Board of Supervisors be- .came disgusted with an ever-expanding welfare bill and a few weeks -,ago voted to cut off eight local social ' service programs. • "The day of the free lunch is over," declared the man behind the cutoff, Leonard Ross, chairman of,the board. The move was trumpeted as a "welfare rebellion" >and a blizzard of messages of support soon descended on Quincy (pop. 5,000) from faraway sympathizers who signed their letters with" phrases like "Enslaved taxpayer." • The action also brought into Quincy agents of the state's welfare bureaucracy' who obtained a temporary injunction last week against the cutoff of Plumas County participation in the state and federally mandated welfare programs. A senior state official privately sympathized with the county's frustration in its efforts to hold down welfare costs, but he also indicated that the state would not permit the local revolt to jeopardize the $245 million California receives from the federal government to help fund social service programs. But Ross, buoyed by the support he has received from both within and outside the county, announced that tiny Plumas would return to court later this summer to seek relief from'a system that he asserted is "killing the working man and taxpayer." "If we pay the bills then we should have some rights,'" asserted Ross, a retired country store operator. Confusion here over the issue is as thick as the paperwork that the county welfare office must conform with to prbvide assistance to the 1,633 persons now receiving some form of public assistance in Plumas County. Like other logging areas of remote northeastern California, the local economy has been hurt by the falling price of lumber, a result of the national slowdown in housing starts. That decline has also caused local layoffs by the Western Pacific Railroad. "We only have three industries in Plumas County," remarked Gerald Waterhouse, a local resident. "Logging, railroading, and unemployment." Joblessness is seasonally high during the long winter when the timberlands are snowbound. But in May the figure stood at 24 per cent and showed only a slight drop as the summer tourist season got under way and fishing camps and lodges reopened. , Minorities account for only 2 per cent of the population, with the county's 200 blacks numbering fewer than local American Indians, so the welfare debate has not taken on racial overtones that mark the issue in large cities. If one group has been stigmatized, it is the 750 students at Feather River Community College, most of whom come from homes outside Plumas, and who in dress and lifestyles resemble the young backpackers and campers who settle in the small comniunities and forests during the warm months and draw welfare benefits. "This hippie class lives off us working men," said Howard Snyder, a railroad engineer. "You . see so damn many of them nowadays and you know they can't support themselves." Since Ross and the other supervisors frequently echoed local complaints about "welfare freeloaders," "unwed mothers," and, "food stamp cheats," it was assumed by the local population and some visiting newsmen that the targets of the board's wrath would bfe those programs dealing directly with the delivery ,of food or money to recipients. That would mean the Aid to Financially Dependent Children program, where the benefits account for more than half of the county's total proposed welfare budget o v f, fl,136,'l73 for the coming fiscal year, or the Department of Agriculture's Food Stamp Program. However, at the court hearing on the injunction, it became clear that the county only intended to withdraw local participation from eight local service programs where assistance takes the form of intervention by caseworkers to care for neglected children or the disabled elderly. For example, one of the contemplated cuts involved the Protective Adults Program, where senile or informed adults no longer able to care for themselves are located, evaluated • and referred to relatives or institutions that can assist them. Similarly, the supervisors would also throw out the Protective Children Operation, where abandoned or abused children are shielded until their safety and health are assured. The county's estimated share of the cost for these eight programs is $20,000 - or about 17 per cent of the total with the balance supplied by .state and federal sources. Ross, in an interview, said there was so much duplication and waste in these programs, with most of the money going into purely administrative work within the county welfare office; that the county could reject the outside aid and still care for the' "truly needy." "He said i.t could be accomplished with existing resources and at no extra cost to the taxpayers. "We just want to take the frosting off the cake in the whole welfare mess," he explained. • As an example of this, he said, the Protective Children Program could be shifted to the County Probation Office, where the staff of four probation officers, who now deal exclusively with delinquent children, could take on the' 75 active cases now handled by the welfare office. "In my opinion, that would be a flat- out savings to the taxpayer," said Ross, who is one of 15 children in a family that migrated to California f,rom the bankrupted'cotton fields of the Bott Heel of Missouri during the Depression. While Ross and the other supervisors appear to have the^ support of the community, there are those whrj suspect that he is using the issue to prepare for a campaign for the state assembly next year. Indeed, the attention and publicity he has generated have even awed Ross. "I'm just a pebble starting a landslide," he suggested. FBI Helicopter Searching Reservation Shot Down "OGLALA, S.D. (UPI) - A helicopter used by FBI agents searching the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the killers of two federal agents was shot down, according to federal sources. Four men were aboard the helicopter, which crash-landed Friday on a hillside five miles north of the main reservation. No one was injured. Sources said Monday the craft, one of three being ysed in the FBI's search of the 3,000-square-mile reservation was hit by three bullets. The FBI has refused to confirm or deny reports the pilot radioed he had drawn ground fire immediately before the. helicopter went down. Asked if he would deny the helicopter had been hit by ground fire, FBI spokesman Clay Brady of Minneapolis said, "Of course I can't deny it." The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident. A spokesman in Kansas City, Mo., told UPI a report' would not be ready for at . least two months. Sources also said the agents killed June 26 were drawn into an ambush by an anonymous telephone call saying one of the four men wanted on charges of kidnaping was at a reservation house known as Jumping Bull Hall. The FBI has denied the slain agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, both 28, .knew persons in the group of four houses were heavily armed. Spokesmen have said the FBI agents would not have approached the small concrete-sided houses if they had known of the danger. The estimated it> persons in the houses and bunkers in the area were able to slip unnoticed past FBI and Bureau of Indian-Affairs agents trying to encircle the area. They left behind one dead, identified as Joseph B. Stuntz, a 24-year-old Lapwai Indian from Idaho. Coler and Williams had been sent to the reservation and the Rapid City area as part of a Justice Department effort to. clear up more than 200 unresolved cases of violence on the reservation. • FDA Tells Of Peaths Related To Two New Antibiotic Drugs WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Food and Drug Administration said today it has received reports of 13 additional deaths related to the use of two powerful antibiotic drugs - clindamycin and lincomycin. In January, the FDA reported 26 cases of death possibly related to use of the two drugs. FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt was scheduled to testify today at a hearing of a Senate monopoly subcommittee on FD'A regulation of the two drugs since January. FLANKED BY SECRET SERVICE AGENTS, Susan Ford walked with her new "boss" Rich Clarkson upon arrival In Topeka, Kans., Monday afternoon. Clarkson, Director of Photography at the Topeka Capital-Journal, will be super- vising Miss Ford's work as a summer intern over the next six weeks. She begins work today as a general assignment photophrapher.- UPI Photo. Lebanese Government ays Kidnaped Colonel Will Be Freed Say BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPI) - Premier Rashid Karami says Lebanese police may soon free a kidnaped American colonel with the help of Palestinian guerrillas. Karami said Lebanese and Palestinian security agents'are "holding constant meetings" and the guerrillas are "helping us with means available to them." . "I hope we will see him released soon," the prime minister said Monday night in his first statement on the Lava No Longer Spurts From Volcano VOLCANO, Hawaii (UPI) - Lava is no longer spurting from the summit of the giant Mauna Loa volcano, but it could be moving underground to spew from other vents later, vulcanologists said today. .Dr. Robert Tilling of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said the mountain's usual pattern has been a summit eruption such as the one that sent fountains 250 feet into the air Sunday morning, followed by a flank eruption anywhere from a few days to a few years later. • He said the present situation reminded him of 1942 when the volcano went silent after one fiery outburst, only to break loose two days later with a lava flow that stopped only 11 mile's short of Hilo, the most populous area onjhe island of Hawaii. That eruption was kept secret from all but Hawaii residents by the military for three weeks, for fear the persistent fiery glow would serve as a beacon for Japanese aircraft in World War II. f Tilling said the flow from the volcano-has .stopped but earthquakes continue along the northeast rift zone, indicating lava could be moving underground in a northeast direction and could emerge through surface vents. ' Until Saturday Mauna Loa had been quiet for 25 years and had volcano watchers 'guessing. search for 43-yeaq-old Army Col. Ernest Morgan of Petersburg, Va. Police sources said guerrilla leaders have 'uncovered "good evidence" of Morgan's whereabputs and believe the searchers are close to finding him. "The break could come soon," a Palestinian guerrilla source said. "We are close and we are hopeful." Karami declined to tell reporters whether he expects Morgan to be freed by force or negotiations. But police sources indicated Morgan would likely be released by force. . Authorities pressed ahead with the hunt for Morgan despite a warning by the kidnapers that the hostage would be put to death unless the search stops. The kidnap group -the previously unknown Organization of Socialist Revolutionary Action -vowed to kill. Morgan by Wednesday night unless the U.S. arid Lebanese governments grant three demands. The kidnapers, in a communique sent to the U.S. embassy Sunday night, demanded a massive American relief effort for Moslem areas of Beirut devastated by recent religious warfare. The communique also called on Lebanese officials to stop the search for Morgan and the United States tor broadcast all the demands over the Voice of America. . An; embassy spokesman said the United States was reviewing the demands, but Lebanese government sources said compliance was "out of thp question." Morgan was taken from a taxi in a Palestinian-controlled suburb of Beirut on June 29 during a week and a half of religious warfare in the capital! The army officer, who is based in Ankara, had just arrived in Beirut for a stopover on a trip from Pakistan to Turkey. ' '' \ The major guerrilla groups have denied seizing Morgan, but the location of the kidnaping indicated he may have been taken by a splinter commando faction. Police sources said the kidnapers may have made up the name of a ndn- ekistent left-wing militant group to hide their connection with the abduction. Blamed For Loss BOYNE FALL'S, Mich, (UPI),- Peppermint Patty and Marcie 1 have avenged themselves oh Snoopy for their 16ss of the Powder Puff Derby. But their real-life counterparts -the wife and mother-in-law of "Peanuts" comic strip creator Charles Schulz settled down today with female fliers from across the country to await the judges' decision in the nation's longest airplane race for women. Just 10 minutes before the 6 p.m. Monday race deadline, the last of 95 remaining airplanes landed safely at Boyne Falls, completing a trip that be- .gan Friday in Riversider'Calif. .Judges went to work deciding who won, based on a complicated formula designed to Show who used her airplane and flying knowledge most efficiently. ' Their decision was expected Wednesday morning. The pilots passed the time attending a cheese and wine reception here Monday night. A cookout was scheduled today, and there was plenty to do getting aircraft ready for the return flight Thursday. Among the early arrivals were Mrs. Jean Schulz of Santa Rosa, Calif., and her mother, Mrs. Pamela Van Der Linden. They landed Sunday in a Bell- enca Super Viking nicknamed the Sop- with Camel - nearly six Hours behind two Michigan women who crossed the finish line first. Snoopy got what he deserved for that six-hour delay in today's editions of "Peanuts," when Peppermint Patty and Marcie thrashed him for commandeering the Sopwith Camel for a World War I mission. Race officials said judging will be based on • overall ground speed and handicap formulas. Handicaps apply to specific types of aircraft engines, the type and configuration of the plane, propeller combinations and other technical criteria. Lomax Man Killed In Truck Accident LOMAX, 111. (UPI) - Arthur Daniels, 38, Lomax, was killed Monday when.thje pickup truck he was driving ran off a county road in northern Hancock County, careened into a ditch and rah into a grove of trees. Police said they believed Daniels had veered to avoid colliding with a car when he lost control of the pickup. The EmmerT Drug Co. Is Sponsoring A FREE High Blood Pressure Screening Program To Be Held From 6 to 9 P.M. 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