Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 22, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, September 22, 1987
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MAGIC NUMBER 6 Welch still Giants' conqueror Pages Police probe shortage at restaurant chain Back page WEATHER MENDOCINO COUNTY — Fair tonight, lows in the 40s to lower 50s. Coastal low overcast and fog with partial afternoon clearing Wednesday. Sunny elsewhere. Highs from the mid-50s to near 100. Temperatures H L Yesterday 104 51 Last year 73 63 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00.00 Last year 1.32 Ukiah Daily Tuesday, September 22, 1987 © i?87, oonrey, inc. 'Journal Vol. 127 No. 133 14 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents Boarding party finds mines on Iranian ship Five known dead in U.S. attack By ALY MAHMOUD Ataoelatad PrMt WrIUr MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Iran acknowledged today that a ship attacked by a U.S. helicopter gunship in the Persian Gulf was part of its navy, but denied the vessel was sowing mines in the waterway. State-run Tehran radio said five sailors were killed and demanded that the U.S. Navy hand over surviving members of the crew. In Washington, the Pentagon said three Iranians were confirmed dead and two were missing. A Pentagon statement said a Navy boarding party found 10 mines aboard the vessel, the Iran Ajr, and that 26 crewmen — four of them wounded — were either picked up in a lifeboat or removed from the water. "The ship belonged to the shipping company of the Islamic Republic of Iran and had been placed at the disposal of the country's navy," Tehran radio said in its main broadcast at 2 p.m. The report came only a few hours after Parliament Sneaker Hashemi Rafsanjani insisted the United States had attacked an unarmed cargo vessel. Rafsanjani "categorically denied" the Iran Ajr was laying mines, according to Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency. "Those who have entered the region by force and embarked on wicked acts will soon regret their actions," Rafsanjani told the Iranian Parliament today, according to an IRNA reported monitored in Cyprus. He said the raid "will not go unanswered." Rafsanjani said the Americans fired on the ship "to overshadow" Iranian President Ali Khamenei's speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. Khamenei was expected to outline his country's stand on a U.N. cease-fire resolution aimed at ending the 7-year-old war Iran-Iraq war. An Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said U.S. charges that the ship was laying mines were "a fictitious excuse." The Foreign Ministry statement added: "The American aggression will certainly receive an appropriate response and the Islamic World." The attack Monday night was the deadliest U.S. strike against Iran since the Reagan administration began expanding the American presence in the gulf in July in an effort to protect Kuwait's tankers and keep the oil shipping lanes open. The Iran Ajr, an amphibious landing craft, was attacked 50 miles northeast of Bahrain in international waters, Pentagon and White House officials said. The 1,662-ton ship was under tow today by an American warship, witnesses reported. It was not clear where the ship was being taken. Witnesses aboard a chartered television news helicopter said that from a distance of about three miles the Iran Ajr showed no visible signs of damage. Fort Bragg begins to rebuild 30 agents look for arson clues By PETER PAGE Journal Stall Writtr Even as a team of federal arson investigators begins an intensive investigation of the arson fires that charred three landmark buildings in Fort Bragg, the community is beginning plans to rebuild its treasured library. The National Response Team of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has dispatched a team of 30 agents to investigate the fourth major arson fire on the coast in past year, according to Police Chief Joe Maybcrry. Damage from the disastcrous prc-dawn Sunday fires was placed at $4 million. Flames collapsed the 75-year old Fort Bragg branch library, heavily damaged the county court building next door, and destroyed the popular Piedmont restaurant. The team of federal agents was summoned by two ATF agents brought into the investigation by state Fire Marshall Monty McGill. The agents were assembled in San Francisco from across the United Slates and flown by helicopter to Fort Bragg. "If it would have just burned down by accident, that would have been one thing, but this feels like an attack," said Sylvia Kozack-Budd, the branch librarian in Fort Bragg. The deeply anti-social implications of burning the 75-year old library, built entirely of top quality redwood donated by the old Union Lumber Company, has infuriated the community, said Kozack-Budd. Other than occassional visits from the bookmobile, the Fort Bragg branch was the only library for the entire coast. "Yesterday the mechanic who works on my car said we need a lynching in this town," she said. 'It is more than just the burning of a building that brings that kind of anger out in a community." The first step to rebuilding the library will be collecting the estimated 8,000 volumes out on loan at the time of the fire. As those Steve lick A water cannon continued spraying the embers remaining of the Fort Bragg library after weary firefighters returned to the fire house down the street. books are returned the titles will be kept on a special list so they can be remebered as the books that survived the great fire of 1987. Duplicate volumes and other books now in storage at the main library in Ukiah will be transferred to Fort Bragg. A book drive among county residents is beginning to rebuild the collection. "We are not going to have discards in this library," she said. "We are going to have the best in this library, just as we always have." Ironically, as the library burned the Festival of Books was underway in Mendocino, 12 miles south of Fort Bragg. Writers thei* made the first donations, even before the flames were extinguished. "All of us had the vision of the phoenix. We know that is exactly what is going to happen, that' a new living, beautiful library is going to rise from those'ashes." The phoenix is a mythical bird of Arabian legend said to live for centuries before immolating itself on funeral pyre, only to rise again newborn to live for centuries more. A special book plate with the image of the phoenix rising from the ashes is being designed by a coastal artist. The image will be imprinted on all books donated to replace what was burned, said Kosack-Budd. The collection will be housed in an interim building that will probably be selected today. The Fort Bragg Chamber of Commerce pledged $1,250, the total amount in the secret witness fund, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist who set the blazes sometime early Sunday morning. The fires Sunday in Fort Bragg were the fourth arson set blazes on the coast in a year. Earlier this year, an arsonist torched the Cltffhouse Restaurant. It was closed at the time. . In October of last year an arsonist set fire to the home of William Grondalski. Investigators concluded the arson was done to destroy evidence of the murder of Grondalski, his wife, and two children. Federal ATF agents were summoned for that investigation, also. The case remains open. Last December an arson fire caused damage estimated at nearly $1 million to the multi-purpose room at Mendocino Middle School. No suspect was ever arrested. Iran: U.S. story a 'pack of lies' U.S. delegation walks out UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian President Ali Khamenei today told the U.N. General Assembly that the U.S. account of its attack on an Iranian ship was a "pack of lies." The American delegation walked out. Khamenei departed from the 29-page prepared text of his speech to the address Monday night's attack. As the six-member U.S. delegation left the chamber, Khamenei said: "The U.S. shall receive a proper response for this abominable act." As the speech began, Khamenei told the U.N. General Assembly its Security Council is a "paper factory" for issuing useless orders and said it should condemn Iraq for starting the Iran-Iraq war. Khamenei's speech came as his nation, under worldwide pressure to end the war, vowed to avenge the U.S. attack on one of its ships. The attack was the most serious American military strike against Iran since the United States expanded its Persian Gulf presence to protect Kuwaiti tankers and other shipping. The Iranian president's speech text did not provide a clear Iranian response to a Security Council cease-fire resolution, which many diplomats hoped to hear. Khamenei repeated earlier Iranian statements demanding that Iraq be named the aggressor in the war. He accused the Security Council of letting the United States push it into passing the resolution and called the council "a paper factory for issuing worthless and ineffective orders." The Iranian president also attacked the United States for its "dangerous, peace-threatening" gulf presence. U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar greeted Khamenei, dressed in a black turban and long black robe, as he and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati arrived at the United Nations. None would comment on the ship attack. Khamenei, the highest-ranking Iranian to visit the United Nations since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, was given a tour of the U.N. before his speech, which began with a prayer. Iran's official news agency quoted Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani as denying the ship was sowing mines. He was quoted as saying the Monday night attack — in which Iran said five crewmen died • — was intended to divert attention from Khamenei's speech, "because the United States fears that Iran's voice will echo from the United Nations and that the Americans will hear things they have never heard before." Rafsanjani, addressing the Iran Parliament in Tehran, also declared the attack "will not go unanswered," the Islamic Republic News Agency said in a report monitored in Cyprus. Reagan defends U.S. actions WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan today defended the U.S. attack on an Iranian military ship that had been laying mines in the Persian Gulf, saying that "we did what was authorized by law." Reagan, in an Oval Office photo session with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, denied that the United States had entered a shooting war and said he did not intend to notify Congress of imminent dangers under the War Powers Act. "We did what was authorized by law anyplace in international waters," Reagan said. Asked if his policy of policing the Persian Gulf shipping lanes had made the area more explosive, Reagan said, "The only one who has contributed to the explosive, tendencies in the Persian Gulf is (Ayatollah Ruhollah) Khomeini and the government of Iran." Asked whether the Iranians would respond to his demand for an immediate cease-fire in the war with Iraq, Reagan said, "That's up to them." But he also said, "I don't think anyone can predict" how long hostilities will continue in the region. Native American program restored by county schools By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Stall Writer Mendocino County Board of Education trustees Monday adopted a $9.9 million budget that includes funds to restore the county-wide : Native American Education : program. ; The program was halted Iast year ; by federal funding cuts, but trustees ; voted 4-3 last month to fund it local; ly. The $96,000 program will focus ; on Laytonville, Covclo, Ukiah and ; Point Arena, but will be available to ;all schools through the media j centers. ; To help relieve the program's ; dent in the budget, the board unani- ;mously agreed to cut another ; $12,500 in administrative salaries. •The board will wait another few months to replace an assistant superintendent's position, resulting in a $12,500 savings. The remainder of the money will come from the contingency reserve. The 1987-88 budget is down 12 percent from last year's budget. The drop is due to the transfer of most special education programs to the individual school districts. About 30 teachers and 30 aides were dropped from county schools payroll during the transfer. Also cut were about six administrators and five central office classified staff. The decrease cut the office's Mendonet computer resource network and video programs, according to budget director Vicki Todd. The budget contains a 2 percent salary increase as part of a previous- The 1987-88 budget also includes a $150,000 purch se of land just south of the county schools' River Center offices. The six* acre site purchased from the Ukiah Valley Association of the Handicapped will be leased to the California Conservation Corps. ly negotiated contract, but contains no new cost of living raises. Those raises would have to come from the budget's 3 percent contingency reserve. The budget also contains a 3.7 percent in forest reserve funds. Employee benefit costs are up 2 percent in health and dental insurance and 300 percent in workers compensation insurance. Travel and conference budgets have been cut 20 percent over prior year spending. Court school dollars are up 16 percent this year, due to an enrollment increase in Mendocino Coun- ty Offi i of Education's court schools. Next year's overall budget deficit-spends by $180,000. The deficit will be made up through the beginning balance, which was boosted by unexpected state funds for special education. The 1987-88 budget also includes a $150,000 purchase of land just south of the county schools' River Center offices. The six-acre site purchased from the Ukiah Valley Association of the Handicapped will be leased to the California Conservation Corps. The land and seven buildings on it will enable the Corps to expand, build dormitories and benefit from Regional Occupation Programs courses offered by neighboring MCOE. The CCC will have a 10-year lease, which requires it to pay about MCOE $30,000 annually for the first five years, and $1 per year after that. The lease agreement enables MCOE to have the site paid off in five years. Board members spent the majority of Monday's budget discussion talking about how lottery funds should be spent. A total of $253,989 is expected in lottery funds, which have divided between instructional programs and enhancement programs. The enhancement programs include performing arts, acadeniic decathlon, advanced placement, college testing, and others. Also included are funds for staff development, Youth Project and a reserve.

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