Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 21, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Monday, September 21, 1987
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MAGIC NUMBER 6 Reds end Giants' win streak Page 7 Emmy Awards: the winners and losers Pages 2-3 WEATHER MENDOCINO COUNTY — Fair weather. Continued smoky in northwestern valleys. Lows in tfie 40s to lower 50s. Interior vStPey highs upper 80s to near 100. Mountain resort highs upper 70s and 80s. Lows upper 20s to lower 40s. Temperatures H L Yesterday 99 48 Last year 72 44 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00 00 Last year 1.32 UkiahDaih Monday, September 21,1987 © 1987, Donrey, Inc. journal Vol. 127 No. 132 20 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents Fires destroy historic Fort Bragg buildings Library gutted, arson possible By PETER PAGE Journal Staff Wrlttr Mendocino County officials are mobilizing to keep the criminal justice system working in Fort Bragg in the wake of two suspicious predawn fires Sunday. A Fort Bragg police officer reported flames visible inside the city library shortly after 5 a.m. Just as fire crews were arriving at the scene, a second blaze was reported at the Piedmont Hotel, three blocks south on Main Street and across the street from the fire department. "It is an incredible coincidence," said Fort Bragg Fire Chief Bob Ramagc. He refused to speculate about the possibility of arson, but said that an investigative team was being assembled to sift for evidence. The library was a total loss. Firefighters continued spraying water on the charred and collapsed ruins 12 hours after the fire was reported. The Ten Mile Justice Court, in a separate building beside the library, was heavily damaged. Besides the court, the building housed the sheriff's substation, probation department, and coastal district attorney's office. "It is virtually destroyed," said Bill Brakcbill, director of the county Department of General Services. We have a shell standing, but on, the inside it is pretty bad." The sheriff offices and dispatch center on the ground floor of the building suffered varied degrees of smoke and water damage, Brakcbill said, as the did the district attorney and probation offices. Undcrsheriff Alvic Rochester said this morning that evidence at the substation was secure inside an old bank vault, but paper work was soaked. Deputies arc trying to salvage records by drying them, he added. "The courtroom was totally wiped out," Brakebill said. It is still uncertain to what extent court records, kept in a separate office, were damaged. Brakebill and his staff were scrambling this morning to relocate county offices. The sheriff's office has been temporarily relocated to the Avila Center, and a makeshift court room has been set-up at the city hall. Agents are already seeking office space to lease. Justice Court Judge Robert Heeb announced this morning that all proceedings set for today have been rcshedulcd for next Saturday. The library, built entirely of redwood, was donated to the city of Fort Bragg in 1911 by the old Union Lumber Company. The building still belongs to the city, but the contents are the property of the county. Mendocino County Librarian Norman Hal I am estimated the library contained 20,000 books, including a rare turn-of-the-cenlury 20-volume history of California. The branch librarian, Sylvia Kozack-Budd, was meeting with volunteers this morning to assess the loss and consider what to do next. Brakcbill said the county has insurance on the contents of the library and the courthouse structure itself. Frank Filice, acting city manager of Fort Bragg, said the library building was also insured. Neither the city nor the county could be certain this morning how far the insurance money would go toward replacing what was lost. The Piedmont Hotel, which has only operated as a restaurant for approximately the past IS years, has been a Fort Bragg landmark since opening in 1912. The entire second floor of the restaurant was gutted, and damage to the rear of the building appeared to be extensive. It is uncertain now how the destruction of the library and court building, and whatever insurance money is received, will affect the county's building plans in Fort Bragg. Assistant County Administrator Gordon Logan said that a consolidated coast criminal justice center to house the court, DA, probation, and sheriff offices, is on the county's long term capital improvement plans. There were no plans to replace the library, although the Board of Supervisors had agreed to allow the library to expand into the court building, once a new courthouse was built, according to Hallam. Pope ends his visit with Canada Indians FORT SIMPSON, Northwest Territories (AP) — Receiving Holy Communion from the pope was a tearful experience for tribal elders, but John Paul II's colorful pilgrimage to this Indian outpost was also highly political. Leaders of Canada's half a million Indians and Inuit (Eskimos) are locked in dispute with the federal and provincial governments over native rights, including comprehensive claims for land and resources. Hours before arriving Sunday, the pope strengthened his address to reinforce native demands for self- government. He also affirmed their right to a "land base and adequate resources necessary for developing a viable economy." "Every time this statement is made, it helps," said George Erasmus, president of the Indian Assembly of First Nations. The pope was repeating sentiments he expressed in Yellowknife three years ago when fog prevented him from speaking to assembled Indians in Fort Simpson. But native leaders have suffered setbacks since then, and made several trips to Rome to urge the pontiff lo reschedule his visit. In March, negotiations on spelling out aboriginal rights in the Con- stifulion broke down and no further sessions arc planned. The Northwest Territories is taking the federal government to court over a separate constitutional accord that would make it harder for the vast region — with only 50,000 inhabitants — lo become a province. "I hope (Prime Minister) Brian Mulroney and the (provincial) premiers were watching," said Nick Sibbeston, a half-Indian Meti who is leader of the Territories' government. He said the pope's four-hour visit, which drew some 4,000 members of the Dene Indian nation, was much more political than spiritual. "It was a world stage for a few hours for the Dene and aboriginal peoples across Canada," Sibbeston said. French missionaries brought Roman Catholicism to caribou country in the 1850s, and the papal visit was intended to boost a church facing decline because of a lack of priests and disinterest among youth. The pope stepped right into a controversy when he praised past and present missionaries as "best friends" with respect for Indian customs. Since the 1950s, Indians have been trying to repair tfie damage done by missionary schools where natives were punished for speaking their own languages and taught lo emulate white culture. The pope apologized for past errors in his remarks three years ago, and again last week when addressing Indians in Arizona, but he omitted the sentiment Sunday. For many of the Indians and Inuit from more than 20 settlements across the northern third of Canada, the chance lo see, touch and take Communion from the pope brought tears. "He lifted up our hearts," said 59-year-old Mary Redhead, a blind woman from Jturgepn Lake, Alberta, who was blessed by the pontiff. Courtesy Ft. Bragg Advocate News ruins. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but arson Is suspected. Hours after firefighters were summoned to the Fort Bragg branch library, smoke was still rising from the collapsed Coleman urges Senate to dump Bork WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Transportalion Secrelary William T. Coleman Jr. urged loday that the Senale lum down the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork on grounds lhal Bork has rejected high court reasoning in landmark civil rights and personal liberty cases. Coleman, who served in the Ford administration, told the Senate Judiciary Commitlce thai Bork "has repeatedly rejecied ihe well- established line of Supreme Court decisions" that hold the Conslilu- tion prolccls againsl govemmenl invasion of personal liberty and privacy. The firsl public witness after Bork to teslify, Coleman is a Republican who said he supports Presi- denl Reagan's basic policies. He led a parade of prominent people who are to testify for or against Bork. Coleman lold Ihe senators, "Included in ihe substantive liberty interesls lhal Judge Bork would remove from constitutional protec- lion is an individual's righl lo privacy — ihe righl lo be left alone." He also objected lo Bork's slated view that several leading conslilu- lional decisions protecting ihe rights of blacks .were wrongly decided and had no basis in ihe Constitution. He cited Bork's views that there was faulty court reasoning in a decision holding that the 14th Amendment forbids a state from enforcing a racially restrictive covenants in property deeds, in a high court ruling that struck down state poll taxes, and in the Bakke affirmative action case. "In objecting to these leading civil rights decisions, Judge Bork, as a scholar, has often written that the court has exceeded its constitutional powers and is attempting to legislate," Coleman said. The committee, after hearing five days of testimony from Bork, a record for a prospective justice, is now turning to scores of other individuals and groups. When Bork was nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1982, Coleman headed an ABA investigation into his role in firing Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox on Oct. 20, 1973. Bork was questioned extensively during last week's hearings on the firing that became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre." Bork, then solicitor general, fired Cox on orders of President Nixon after Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned, and his top deputy, William D. Ruckelshaus was fired rather than carry out the directive. Bork told the hearings that despite the firing, he assured Cox's top assistants that the independent Watergate team would stay together and could continue Cox's effort to secure Nixon's tape recordings. Cox's pursuit of those tapes led to his ouster. Bork also told the hearings that he had not originally planned to name a new special prosecutor to head the team, and it wasn't until several days after the firing — following a public outcry — that Nixon agreed to do so. According to one committee source, speaking only on condition he not be identified, panel members want to know if Bork told Coleman the same story. A federal judge had ruled at the time that Bork's action was illegal, although the decision was vacated when a new prosecutor was named. Bork was questioned for about 90 minutes on Saturday by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who has not said how he will vote on Bork's nomination. Bork denied that he would try to extend this power of the executive branch if nimicd lo the high court. "The impression I always sided with the president is wrong," Bork said. Groups including the National Organization for Women, the National Aborlion Rights Action League, the AFL-CIO, the Ameri- can Civil Liberties Union and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights oppose Bork's nomination. Groups including Concerned Women for America, the American Conservative Union and the National Right to Work Committee are urging confirmation. President Reagan called Bork Saturday to commend him on his testimony. The president added that phone calls to the White House are running 6 to 1 in Bork's favor. Reagan asks for Iran response UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Reagan called upon Iran today to say whether it will accept a cease fire in the Persian Gulf war, declaring that the U.N. Security Council will have no choice but to impose sanctions if Iranian military action continues. In an address prepared for delivery at the opening session of the 42nd U.N. General Assembly, Reagan also pledged to pursue reductions in long-range strategic nuclear arms in the wake of an agreement in principle with the Soviet Union to eliminate intermediate-range land- based missiles. Reagan opposes AIDS discrimination bill WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reagan administration said today it opposes most provisions of a bill to expand AIDS testing, including sections that would insure confidentiality and bar discrimination against people infected with the deadly virus. Health and Human '" ryices Secretary Otis R. Bowcn, in testimony before a House subcon .nittee, said the states are working on the confidentiality problem and should also have the primary role in determining whether additional prelection is needed lo prevent discrimination. Bpwen also said he supports expanded AIDS testing, as called for in the bill, bul opposes ihe $400 pijllion authorized by the measure lo pay foe it. He said the administration has requested more than $90 million for AIDS tesling and counseling in fiscal 1988, and states are contributing funds of their own. "It is not clear at this lime that such substantial funding beyond thai is needed," Bowen said in his testimony for the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health. Bowen contended the anti-discrimination section of ihe bill, sponsored by subeommitlee chairman Henry Waxman, "would create a burdensome new federal administrative enforcement bureaucracy which is not used to proiect the rights of persons with any other disease or handicap." He iid HHS is reviewing its own programs to see how current law can be used to prevent discrimination against AIDS victims and noted thai Ihe Supreme Court recently ruled the law protecting handicapped citizens against discrimination may be applied to AIDS victims as well. Bowen said he would not necessarily oppose all new legislation on the discrimination issue but added, "at this time I believe it is preferable lo defer action on specific proposals for new substanlive rights or new enforcement procedures until we have the information needed to make a more informed decision." The secretary made a similar argument against the confidentiality provisions of the Waxman bill, which has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and has ihe support of mosl major medical groups in ihe couniry. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwaier, asked aboul ihe admi- nislraiion's stand on ihe Waxman bill, said, "We oppose discrimination ... but we do believe me states probably have pre-emptive responsibility in ihis area." He added, "When you have a conlagious disease ihere may be some special situation that would call for controls that need to be accounted for in the legislation."

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