Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 21, 1987 · Page 6
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6 -MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,1987 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL' M/ss America 1988 begins first journey ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Michigan's Kaye Lani Rae Raflco began her reign as Miss America 1988 in a posh new hotel room without any of her luggage. After beating 50 other contestants to win the coveted crown Saturday night, the green-eyed brunette briefly attended the Miss America Ball, then was brought back to her hotel, where she found she had been moved to a suite. "But I noticed that only my competition wardrobe was in the room. They had yet to move my other things," she said Sunday. "So there I just laid down on the couch in my competition gown and slept with my crown oa" Miss Rafko, a 24-year-old registered nurse from Monroe, Mich., finally had her luggage sent up and selected a green cashmere suit with velvet trim for her Sunday morning news conference. She then headed to New York City for the first leg of her year-long cross-country journey. In an appearance this morning on NBC's "Today" show, Miss Rafko said she felt being older and a state pageant veteran was an advantage. "I believe that experience is your best asset.... The more experience I had, the better I felt about myself, the more comfortable with the judges and the audience," she said. "It's a wholeother life.... You have to be willing to dedicate and commit yourself to the program," she added. Miss Rafko expressed gratitude to the other nurses at the Toledo, Ohio, hospital where she worked for making it possible for her to compete. She had been working the midnight shift for 2'/> years, but a month before the Miss Michigan pageant in June, her colleagues helped out by switching shifts with her, she said. "They worked the midnight shift for me so I could get on a normal routine, so I wouldn't be so exhausted," she said. "I was up this morning bright and early, 4 a.m., and called the midnight shift," she added. First runner-up was Miss Louisiana Patricia Brant, followed by Miss Nevada Static James; Miss Colorado La Tanya R. Hall; and Miss Mississippi Toni Seawright. Sandinistas to allow opposing voice Opposition newspaper will reopen Offers for armless guitarist CfflNO, Calif. (AP) — In less than three minutes last week — the time it took Tony Melendez to play his guitar and sing a song for Pope John Paul n — the armless young man's life changed forever. He's been deluged with offers for recording contracts and interviews — and on Sunday, asked his fellow parishioners for help. "It's scary, because it has all happened so fast," the 25-year-old Melendez told parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church here during Mass Sunday. "I ask you to pray for me." Melendez has been a member of the church choir for the past two years. But he found himself in front of a global audience on Tuesday when he sang and played guitar with his toes for the pope at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The spry 67-year-old pontiff, touched by the' performance, jumped from a 4-foot platform, hugged Melendez and kissed his BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 50%OFF Our client Elizabeth Ottvas lost 116 Ibs. 1987 Nutri/Sytttm, Inc. W« Succ«*d Wh«r« Di«tt Fall You, nutri system 50% OFF Call today for your FREE no-obligation consultation. 468-3857 Crossroads Shopping Center Ukiah Special <fc»t not In clu<l«th«co*tf clution NutrlS nutri system HURRY!. OFFER EXPIRES, 5S»t. 9/16/97. MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The leftist Sandinista government, taking its boldest step yet to comply with a regional peace plan, said it would allow the only opposition newspaper to resume publication without censorship. The announcement came Sunday as the plan's author, President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, left for Washington to press for another of the accord's requirements — end to U.S. aid for Nicaragua's Contra rebels. President Reagan has called the plan "fatally flawed." Arias insists it could bring free elections that would likely unseat the Sandinista government because of the failure of the economy. The government closed the paper on June 26, 1986, a day after the U.S. Congress approved $100 million in aid to the Contras. The aid runs out Oct. 1 and Reagan has said he plans to ask for $270 million more. right cheek. In less than a week, reporters from all over the world contacted Melendez. He is scheduled to appear on "The Late Show" on KTTV-TV tonight and has booked speaking engagements in Detroit and Spain. He has been offered recording contracts from three different labels. Twice the usual number of churchgoers crowded into the small Roman Catholic church here Sunday to listen to Melendez and watch him strum his guitar with his right foot and change chords with his left. "The phones in the parish have been ringing non-stop since Tony had his moment of glory," the Rev. Dominic De Pasquale, pastor of the church, told the predominantly Hispanic congregation. De Pasquale said unlike much of the pontiff's two-day visit to Los Angeles, which was filled with formal prayer services and planned ceremonies, Melendez provided the pope with a spontaneous moment. At a news conference, La Prensa publisher Violeta Chamorro called the Sandinista decision "really a surprise," and promised to "be on the streets by Oct. 1." She said the newspaper would continue its policy of editorial independence, but it will also "look for reconciliation, look for peace, look for harmony. "We don't want any more war," she said. In closing La Prensa, the government accused it of supporting Reagan's policies on Nicaragua and violating censorship laws imposed under the 1982 state of emergency, imposed after the Contras began their attacks. Mrs. Chamorro expressed hope that Radio Catolica, closed in January 1985, would also be allowed to reopen soon. The Sandinistas have promised to let the Roman Catholic radio station back on the air, but have not said when. La Prensa and the church sbp- ported the Sandinista-led revolution that overthrew the rightist regime of President Anastasio Somoza in 1979. The assassination of Mrs. Chamorro's husband, Pedro Joaquin Chamorro Sr., then-publisher of La Prensa and one of Somoza's strongest critics, was a turning point in the war. Pedro Joaquin Chamorro Jr., the late publisher's son, edited La Prensa before leaving Nicaragua in 1984 and is now a Contra leader. In 1981, La Prensa and the church broke with the Sandinistas,, claiming they were trying to impose a Marxist regime and criticizing the close military ties the government was forging with Cuba and the Soviet Union. The peace plan signed by five Central American presidents Aug. 7 calls for cease-fires in Nicaragua and El Salvador and restoration of free speech by Nov. 7 as the first of a series of reforms to bring greater democracy to the region. It also calls for negotiations between governments and unarmed opposition groups. Before leaving for Washington with a congressional observer team led by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D- Conn., Arias called the Nicaraguan decision to reopen La Prensa "very, very important." The Sandinistas, while refusing to negotiate with the Contras, have taken a number of conciliatory steps recently. They have, allowed the return of three Roman Catholic priests barred from the country for criticizing the government, -and freed political prisoners. The government is also quietly giving amnesties to Contras, setting up "reception centers" where they can turn in weapons. Eden Pastora, a leader of the revolution who later became a Contra leader but quit the rebel forces 15 months ago, called the decision to reopen La Prensa "more evidence" the Sandinistas will comply with the peace plan. LA. toxic fuel shipments worry officials LOS ANGELES (AP)—Poisonous, explosive rocket fuel is routinely shipped through the Los Angeles area along some of the nation's busiest freeways, but fear of a deadly spill is prompting public scrutiny. "What we have is a major breakdown in communications and in common sense," said Rep. Cardiss Collins, D-H1., whose House Governmental Operations subcommittee plans hearings on the issue. "Clearly,, something has got to change before a real tragedy occurs." More than 1 million pounds of fuel, destined for rocket launching sites at Vandenbcrg Air Force Base north of Santa Barbara, were shipped through greater Los Angeles during 1984 and 1985, the last years for which figures arc available. The figures and concerns of officials were reported Sunday by the Los Angeles Times from Washington, D.C. Trucks hauling nitrogen tctrox- ide or hydrazine from producers in Arkansas and Mississippi go through the heavily populated San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys before heading up the coast through Ventura and Santa Barbara. The route is safe, said Gilbert Noriega, an Air Force transporta- tion specialist. "The Air Force has been shipping nitrogen tclroxide for over 20 years without an accident or incident regarding product loss," he said. But others arc skeptical. "All it takes is one catastrophe and that argument is meaningless," said U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D- Los Angeles, chairman of the health and environment subcommittee of the House Energy and Environment Committee. "Here we have a situation where millions of people could conceivably be at risk." Although larger shipments must be registered with local officials, smaller truckloads are free of such safety restrictions. One driver this month parked his truck in an Oxnard storage yard overnight, drove it to a Ventura restaurant the next day and slopped for gas at a commercial service station. All of which was legal, the Air Force told concerned Ventura County officials. Los Angeles officials who would have to deal with an emergency say they haven't been formally notified about trucks carrying the fuels through their jurisdictions. As a result, authorities could be hard-pressed to evacuate motorists and area residents if a toxic gas cloud was spread by a leak of the fuels. Vital Statistics Marriage Licenses Don Lou Martin, 51, and Robin Ladell Lund, 42, both of Willits. Timothy Ray Buckner, 29, and Laura Ann Asendorf, 31, both of Redwood Valley. Trinidad Reyes Salgado, Jr., 28, and Jana Lynn Shupe, 27, both of Redwood Valley. Eric Brian Hefte, 25, and Tina Marie Wood, 23, both of Ukiah. James Edward Brown, 28, and Glenda Paulette Fagcrnes, 26, both of Willits. Jesus Martinez, 25, and Rosa Evelia Gonzales, 19, both of Ukiah. Bill Don Chapman, 22, and Angela Kay Rodrigues, 23, both of Ukiah. ' John Warner Lawson, 33, of Ukiah, and Kim Annette Keller, 31, of Santa Rosa. Dissolutions Filed Steven J. Troy from Robin L. Troy. Steven B. Giannecchini from Colleen Giannecchini. Georgia Lee Holbrook from Bernard E. Holbrook. Larry Eugene McCann from Cheryl Lynn McCann. Lynne Maureen Butler from William Sadler Butler, Jr. Saundra K. Coon from Robert Timothy Burns. Tami Christine Carter from David Carter. Terry Howard Fisher from Susyc Billy. Frances S. Roussan from Gary L. Roussan. Michelle Buch from Jan Buch. Ralph Pactz from Holly Pact/.. Geraldine E. Masscy from Russell Lee Masscy. Ralph Eugene Hummel from Ethel Jean Hummel. Anderson A daughter, Kalhcrinc Marie, was bom Sept. 3 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to Michael and Sara Anderson of Ukiah. Grandparents arc Patricia McKillican of Willits, Al Anderson of Lakcport, and Dr. and Mrs. Wallace Flyhn of Sonora. Berthiaume Snider A daughter, Emily Louise, was born Sept. 12 at Ukiah General Hospital to Cindy and Jim Snider of Willits. Grandparents arc Dave and Joyce Cubit and Bud and Belly Snider, all of Willits. White Births Cooper A daughter, Sarah McrryAnnc, was born Aug. 19 at Ukiah General Hospital to Dennis A. and Julie M. Cooper of Ukiah. Grandparents arc Richard and MerryAnne Rca and David and Donna Cooper, all of Ukiah. The new baby is also welcomed by a brother, Jordan, 3. A son, Nalhanacl Eli, was born Sept. 11 at Ukiah General Hospital to Phyllis and Raymond Berthiaume, 1723 Tanya Ln, No. 5, Ukiah. Grandparents arc Mr. and Todd Mrs. Frank Scnsun of Los Angeles and Gloria and Jerry Vallc. The new baby is also welcomed by a brother David and a sister Heidi. A daughter, Valorje Lynn, was born Sept. 12 at Ukiah General Hospital to Brcnda Bradley and Bill White of Willits. Jeffers A son, Jeremy Ryan, was born Sept. 11 at Ukiah General Hospital to Carolyn and John J.cffcrs of Ukiah. Grandparents arc Bill and Patricia Weiss of Ridgecrcst. Mummert ******************************** $ MENDOCINO COAST WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTER * SWOMEN'S HEALTH CENTER IS SEEING PATIENTS'* SIN WILLITS AT 86 AAADRONE PROFESSIONAL * EGROUP EVERY MONDAY. BEGINNING MONDAY, * SSEPT. 14, AN OBSTETRICIAN/ GYNECOLOGIST * SAND A NURSE-MIDWIFE WILL BE AVAILABLE * JFOR OBSTETRIC, GYNECOLOGICAL AND FAMILY * {PLANNING SERVICES. £ J FOR APPOINTMENT CALL FORT BRAGG OFFICE 964-0259. * ta&TCandl- | • «*•>!•••«•»»... "Wo/sT . I narutppiy. rvxj™ | This Health Tip is one of a series sponsored by Ukiah Adventist Hospital, which Invites you and your foiolnlnthe family to join In the Family Health Fair celebration at Adventist Hospital, October 11th from 10 am to 4pm. A daughter, Cicrra Bridle, was torn Sept. 12 at Ukiah General Hospital to Robin and Rick Mummert, 22 Mill Court, Ukiah. Grandparents arc Cory M. Shepherd of Santa Rosa and Carl C. Barnes of Palmdalc. Wagenet A son, Wheeler Gordon, was bom Sept. 13 at Ukiah General Hospital to Nita and Hal Wagenet of Willits. Grandparents are Gordon and Kathy Wagenet and Jack Tharp, all of Willits. The new baby is also welcomed by two brothers, Zephyr and Michael, and two sisters, Melissa and Holly. A daughter, Rcbckah Marie, was born Sept. 13 at Ukiah General Hospital to Alice and Dan Todd of Potter Valley. Grandparents arc Joe and Oleatha Overman of Sacramento and Don and Marge Todd of Potter Valley. The new baby is also welcomed by two brothers, Andrew and Luke. McCormick A son, Richard Lee Jr., was bom Sept. 13 at Ukiah General Hospital to Tina Ricctti and Richard Lee McCormick of Hopland. Grandparents are Joni Van Zwol and Wayne and Ann Wood, all of Ukiah, and Jack and Sandy McCormick of Redwood Valley.. Foster A daughter, Ashley Rae, was born Sept. 14 at Ukiah General Hospital to Tammy and Eric Foster of Ukiah. Grandparents are Gary and Sharon Robinson, Ken and Betty Foster, and Pat and Lisa Collins, all of Ukiah. The new baby is also welcomed by a sister, Jennifer Nicole. Real Estate Today SherellSimmons Casting Your Net If your home is priced well, it is almost a foregone certainty that its buyers are out there somewhere — that there are some people looking for their new home, right now, who would fall in love with and buy your home in a moment. If only they were aware of it. That's the key. how do they become aware of it? There are several obvious answers: You can advertise in the right newspapers and specialty magazines. You can prepare and distribute flyers or brochures. And you can make sure someone is posted by the telephone, so that you don't miss any of the calls Cindy Ldndgren generated by your advertising campaign. But you still haven't cast your net as far and wide as possible. What if you have a whole office of specialists, one of whom is always there to answer those ad calls, all of whom are familiar with your home and working toward its sale? And, to complete the net- casting, what if you have every real estate agent in the area aware of your home, ready to sell it? Interested? So are your home's 462-0555 or drop in at 400 E. Gobbi Street, Ukiah.

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