Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 17, 1987 · Page 10
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 10

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, September 17, 1987
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10-THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,1987 .THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL. C119 crashes fighting fire - 3 die By The Associated Press An air tanker crashed while flying a sortie against a fire in a national forest, killing three firefighters and bringing to seven the number who have died since huge blaze'} broke out in Northern California nearly throe weeks ago. The converted C119 "flying boxcar" was making an initial attack against a 15-acre fire when it crashed, Rachel Lynn of the U.S. Forest Service said today. Ions of retardant, set off a small fire when it crashed," she said. The plane that crashed Wednesday night had been contracted by the Forest Service to battle the Whalen fire about six miles west of Castle Crags State Park in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest The small fire started by the crash was quickly contained while the Whalen fire was contained about six hours later. Forest Service spokesman Royal Mannion said the weather was clear when the plane crashed. An investigation is pending. The identities of the firefighters were withheld pending noti- fication of relatives. Four other firefighters have been killed since the blazes broke out Aug. 28. Meanwhile, two large sections of the Klamath National Forest were closed to the public Wednesday as firefighters continued to battle the largest of the remaining blazes that have plagued Northern California for nearly three weeks. "For now it's simply not safe for people to be on the national forest within these areas," said Forest Supervisor Robert L. Rice. "Hie added traffic on the roads would be dangerous arid further hamper suppression activities." The closure of 280,000 acres will prohibit hunting, fishing, hiking and camping on national forest lands within these areas. Similar access was cut Off Tuesday in the Shasta- Trinity National Forest Earlier Wednesday, the Forest Service reported that firefighters battling blazes that have charred 556,000 acres of Northern California forests have made steady progress despite wanner temperatures and some strong winds, a fire spokesman said Wednesday. "We're still holding the line and looking pretty good, if we don't have any problems with the wind. We seem to be making steady, slow progress," said Dave Turner, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service in Redding. A cold front that moved into the fire areas 1 Tuesday did not cause much damage other than a few flare-ups, said Turner. According to Rice, the closure order "is necessary for the safety of those who want to use these areas and to facilitate the fire- suppression effort that now involves 163,000 acres of the Klamath National Forest." The portion closed within B-2 is in the Trinity Alps. It will be from the south fork of the Salmon River to the Siskiyou-Trinity counties boundary and between Nordheimer Creek and the little south fork of the south fork of the Salmon. The two Klamath areas, like those in the Shasta-Trinity forest where 385,000 acres were put off-limits on Tuesday, will remain closed until the fire-suppression effort is com- Sanctuary movement encouraged by remarks SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Leaders of the sanctuary movement .. -....,,.. .- f in the San Francisco Bay area have rKrt±sr» ! J±r± ^^^"^.^^ pleted, Rice said. The firefighters' efforts were aided Wednesday by the resumption of an air attack by air tankers and helicopters, which were concentrated on the 163,000 acres burning in Klamath National Forest 'Tuesday was the first time in about two weeks that we were able to have any kind of the Klamath National Forest The air was clear of smoke and we had no tremendous problems.'' In the Shasta-Trinity National Forest more than 79,000 acres have burned. The largest blaze in that area, the Limedyke complex covering 24,400 acres, was 85 percent contained, with complete containment expected today, said Turner. At its peak, 14,000 firefighters battled the most destructive series of blazes in California's history. About 12,000 dry lightning strikes caused the blazes. Another 60,000 acres were burned in Southern California, but fire officials said those blazes have all been fully contained. Study finds all-year school doesn't hurt test scores LOS ANGELES (AP) — State researchers give a qualified endorsement to the idea of year- round classes in crowded schools, saying the unusual schedule stretches resources without hurting students' test scores. However, school officials considering the switch to year-round classes should line up parents' support and ensure that such communi- The study, conducted by the state Department of Education, comes in response to queries from school officials hoping to find a way to handle rising enrollment without building more schools. "There are things you need to do to make it work," lead researcher Claire Quinlan said in a telephone interview from Sacramento. "We believe that one of the keys to mak- ty services as child care and after- ing it work to get the community noon recreation will be available at behind you." odd times of year, the lead res??rch- er said Tuesday. you. An analysis of California Assessment Test scores for students in the 277 schools on year-round calendars showed most students performed as well as their peers in schools on traditional schedules, Ms. Quinlan said. In the Los Angeles Unified School District students in year- round schools scored significantly lower than students statewide at their grade level. But the researchers blamed that on the fact the year- round schools in the district tend to be in low-income areas, where students generally score below average regardless of schedule. "The difference is probably for reasons not related to the academic calendar," Ms. Quinlan said. "In the L.A. Unified School District the results probably had to do with the lower socioeconomic level." Most schools that adopt year- round schedules do so because of severe crowding, and many make the change over the vehement objections of parents. Of the state's 4 million students, 251,000 are on year-round schedules in 43 of the state's 1,028 school districts. Under the most common plan, dubbed 45-15 by educators, a student body is divided into four groups, each attending classes for 45 days and then getting 15 days John Paul n as validating their efforts on behalf of Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States. In a news conference held at St. Boniface Catholic Church Wednesday, religious and social service activists said they were bouyed by a speech the Pope delivered earlier this week in San Antonio in which he praised "people of great courage and generosity who have been doing much on behalf of suffering brothers and sisters to the south. The Pope went on to say that those working for these immigrants "have sought to show compassion in the face of complex human, social and political realities." There are approximately 400 sanctuaries set up across the country, with 84 of them located in Northern California. Despite sanctuary officials' off. 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"The very acts praised by the Pope as compassionate, generous*' and courageous are criminalized by the United States government," said attorney Ellen Yaroschefsky, lead counsel in a 1985 lawsuit filed by more than 80 church and refugee groups. The lawsuit says the government is violating domestic and international law by denying-political asylum requests of refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador, and by prosecuting sanctuary workers. "We ask the court to echo in the legal system what the Pope reflects in the moral order, Giving a refugee a sandwich, place to sleep and the bare essentials of life should be praised, not prosecuted," said Yaroshefsky. She said sanctuary workers have been singled out for prosecution "because the government perceives them as a political threat." Political issues are a day-to-day reality for Central Americans," said Patrice Perille, director of the Catholic Charities Immigration Program, adding that she was encouraged by the Pope's sanctuary remarks that appeared to view the sanctuary effort beyond its humanitarian element. According to Yarschefsky, less than 7 percent of the people entering the United States illegally are from El Salvador or Guatemala. Attorney Mark Van Der Hout of the National Lawyers Guild said the government rejects immigrants to reflect U.S. government's support of the governments in El Salvador and Guatemala and opposition to the Nicaraguan government Last March, Peckham rejected an earlier government bid to throw out the case. New law sets $8M fines for drug dealers SACRAMENTO (AP) — Big- time cocaine and heroin dealers could face fines of up to $8 million, under a bill signed into law by the governor. Gov. 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