Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 2, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Sunday, August 2, 1987
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What's up doc premiers ____ Page 9 Pony League eliminated from tourney Pages WEATHER MfiNBOCWO COUNTY — Hot again today with the high near 103 and the low tonight around 55. Only slightly cooler on Monday. Temperatures H L Friday 93 52 Last year 102 59 Saturday 102 57 Last Year 102 59 Ratnfan overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00.00 Last year 00.00 Ukiah Daily Sunday/ August 2, 1987 y journal 1987, Donrey, Inc. Vol. 127 No. 88 24 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 50 cents Quake rattles coast EUREKA (AP) — A coastal earthquake rattled homes and frightened residents-along California's north coast, but when the pitching and rolling stopped there were more lasting memories than lasting damages from the jolt Residents of the tiny town of Petrolia, population ISO, knew Friday's quake was close when a huge rock slide tumbled onto Mattole Road, the town's main street. Bill Selby of Petrolia guessed the quake was centered in the middle of his general store. "All my inventory is on the floor right now," Selby said. "I could cry, but it wouldn't help." The 4:57 p.m. earthquake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, was actually centered about five miles out to sea from the coast 30 miles southwest of Eureka and about 210 miles north of San Francisco, according to seismologists at the University of California at Berkeley. The U.S. Geological Survey in WWWflgtdrt, D:C.; saidiheir instruments <in Golden, Colo, registered 5,6. >it knocked things off the shelves and our chandeliers -swung like crazy," said William Neuschafer, from the coastal town of Shelter Cove. He said the quake "shook the hell out of our house." "It's the biggest quake I've been in since the 1906 quake in San Francisco, when I was two months old," ' said Neuschafer, 81. The infamous San Francisco earthquake, which occurred before the Richter scale was devised, has been estimated at 8.3 on the scale, a measure pf ground motion as recorded on seismographs. Friday's shaker, lasting 15 to 20 seconds, was the strongest earthquake recorded in the region since a 5.8 quake recorded on Aug. 24, 1983, according to the Geological Survey. The temblor was felt mainly in the towns of Eureka, Fortuna and Rio Dell. There were reports it was felt as far away as Fort Bragg in Mendicino County, about 70 miles to the south. Damage was confined to fallen power lines, items falling off shelves and windows being cracked, according to Marie Trimble at Goble's Park Grocery in Fortuna. "We had so much liquor on the floor from broken bottles that we were getting drunk off the fumes," she said. The store closed shortly after the earthquake struck. "There were some scared horses, but that's about all," said Nancy Hardaker, spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Services in Sacramento. Where there's smoke... BilUe/ Smokev the Bear was one of over 300 creatures great and small braving the summer heat at the Hopland and Russian River Estates volunteer Fire Departments' annual t»rbecue at Fetzer's Valley Oak Farm Saturday.-Hundreds die in Islamic riots MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fighting between Iranian pilgrims and riot police in this Moslem holy city killed 402 people and injured 669, the government reported Saturday. Word of Friday's clashes prompted mob attacks on four embassies in Tehran on Saturday, and the Saudis said four of their diplomats were detained. State-run television said 275 of the dead were Iranian pilgrims, most of them women. Also killed were 85 Saudi security officers and 42 non-Iranian pilgrims .of different nationalities, it said. The television showed footage Saturday night of pilgrims setting fire to cars and hurling stones at security forces. "Ma>.y of the casualties among the security forces were caused by knife stabs to the chests and abdomens," the television announcer said. "Many of the victims were old men and women who were trampled to death when the demonstrators began retreating chaotically." Earlier Saturday, security forces rounded up scores of Iranian pilgrims on suspicion of provoking Friday's riot in Mecca, the birthplace of Islam. Information Minister Ali al-Shaer denied Iranian allegations that Saudi security forces opened fire on Iranian demonstrators, saying "not a single bullet was fired" at the pilgrims. Al-Shaer, speaking after an emergency Cabinet meeting chaired by King Fahd, said the deaths occurred in a stampede when riot police moved to repress the demonstration. Iran media claimed more than 200 Iranian pilgrims were killed and thousands wounded when riot police opened fire at a peaceful demonstration. But Al-Shaer said: "The victims included Iranians who fell in the stampede and (Saudi) cilizens who tried to stop the violence." He said the government has explained the situation to all Arab and Islamic heads of state, promising "audio-visual reports that refute Iran's allegations" about the clashes. In Tehran Saturday, mobs attacked the Saudt, Kuwaiti, Iraqi and French embassies, ransacking the first two. There were no reports of injuries. Demonstrators, some of them relatives of slain pilgrims, broke windows pf the Saudi embassy and burned documents and pictures of King Fahd, Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency said. The Saudi government said four of its diplomats had been detained and demanded that Iran's fundamentalist leaders release them immediately. Despite its war with Iran, Iraq still maintains an . embassy with minimal staff in Tehran. Iranians also have an embassy in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. Iranian media reported earlier that 155,000 Iranians are in Mecca for the annual pilgrimage, or Hajj, which all devout Moslems with the means to do so are required to make at least once in their lifetime. About 2.1 million Moslem pilgrims from all over the world are in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, for the Hajj. Saudi Arabia warned the Iranian pilgrims and their leaders Saturday that it "will under no circumstance show any mercy to those who transgress the rules of God in His peaceful shrine in the holy months." Mecca residents reported ambulances witfl sirens wailing raced around the city Saturday to pick up casualties. Fiiemen and Civil Defense personnel removed burned out cars and broken glass from streets and sidewalks. Residents said more than 100 people died in a stampede when security forces moved to repress the demonstration. IRNA reported that Pakistani, Palestinian and Lebanese pilgrims were among the wounded. Meccans said the Friday demonstration began minutes after the*afternoon prayer at the Grand Mosque, home of the black-draped Kaaba, venerated by the world's 850 million Moslems as the "House of God." Witnesses said thousands of Iranian hajjis streamed into the streets and squares chanting hymns, but suddenly switched to political slogans. Sewage flows into Clear Lake CLEARLAKE (AP) — Tourists visiting ibis picturesque, lakeside community, were warned Saturday .to slay away from some beaches following a spill of raw sewage which flowed through downtown streets and into Clear Lake. "But it hasn'treally affected business at all," said Frank Loretto, manager of Vallejo Landing Resort, one of about 15 resorts in the 1 '/a -mile stretch of beach and water that was contaminated Friday. Loretto said no signs posted by health officials, who instead relied on telephone calls to resort owners to keep tourists and fishermen away from the polluted section of the lake. "People are just taking their boats out farther, but from my place they've got to go right through it," Loretto added. Like County Sanitation District pumps carrying waste into a sewer maliurciioned about 3:30 p.m. Friday, and an estimated 4,500 gallons of untreated effluent escaped, said county Sanitarian Raymond Ruminski. The sewage backed up into a manhole on Lakeshore Drive near City Hall, crept along the street surface into a storm drain, then into a culvert and finally into the lake, the largest body of water completely within California's borders. Ruminski said the county's environmental health department issued a warning against swimming in a roughly 1 /a -mile stretch along the shore between Austin and Redbud parks until at least Monday. Water samples are being analyzed by a private laboratory, and results are not expected until Monday. Lakeshore Drive resident Bob Mingori said he could not avoid the sewage problem as it pushed up and out through g manhole cover. Missing child found in San Bernardino Co. By RANDY FOSTER Journal SUN Writ* San Bernardino County deputies Friday arrested a man on child stealing charges for taking his ailing son from his estranged Ukiah wife on July 25, the Ukiah Police Department said. Timothy Heiret, 29, was taken into custody in Viciorville and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond. He has been charged with several local crimes as well as child stealing. Heiret's estranged wife, Mary Nikooei, has full custody of the boy. Heiret was arrested on a warrant issued by Ukiah Justice Court Judge Henry Nelson. Heiret was reportedly caught while crawling out a back window of his Victorville home, Nikooei said. Heiret's son, Jason Heiret, 10, underwent surgery about two years ago to relieve fluid build-up on his brain. He is due next month for a check-up, but suffered seizures just before his father took him. The seizures are a symptom that he needs attention sooner, said Mary Nikooei, the boy's mother. Thp boy's father was reportedly unaware of his son's condition. Nikooei had % friend drive her to San Bernardino County Saturday to pick up the boy, who was being held by Child Protective Services. Butcher to run again By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff Wrltot First District Supervisor Marilyn Butcher said Friday she plans to run for re-election in 1988. In a Journal article two months ago, Butcher said she was undecided about whether to run for a second elected term. Since dial time, she said Friday, numerous supporters have called asking her to run. "I'm flattered everyone has been so verbal," she said. "I almost have to run now. I have no choice." Butcher was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to fill a board vacancy. She later won the seat outright in 1984's election. She is the first woman to hold a seat on the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. But Butcher said she has no ambitions for higher office, an idea suggested when she was named Mendocino County's Republican of the Year. At the awards ceremony, talk circulated that she would be a good candidate to challenge Assemblyman Dan Hauser when his seat comes before the voters. "I'm flattered even to have my name mentioned," she said. "I'm ilattered for myself and for women, because the suggestion came from a lot of men. "But I have no (further) personal amibitions. I like Ukiah. My family's here." On other subjects, Butcher had these comments: Supervisor Norman de Vail suggested the county adopt a fully funded budget for as long as the money lasts. He said money would last about nine or ten months. After that, non-essential services would shut down. "I don't think it's such a bad idea," Butcher said. "It would put the state on notice that we're not kidding about our financial situation." The county's proposed budget is $1.2 million in the red despite millions of dollars in cuts that no one is happy with. If money from unexpected sources does come in, it would be budgeted to run the county until that money ran out, she said. But if money doesn't materialize, the county' s "non-24 hour" services —administration, parks and beaches, libraries and so on — would simply shut down until the 1988-89 budget year, she said. "Certain ones, like the Sheriffs Office, we can't touch," she said. Butcher said she's never heard of a county actually shutting down because it ran out of money. "You never know until something's tried," she said. But if the board adopts a more conventional, 12-month budget this month, Butcher said the county's hands are pretty much tied on where priorities are. First on the list are the state- funded, state-mandated programs such as those of the Department of Social Services. Next on the list is health and safety programs that are required by state law, like the Sheriff's Office, the Public Works road division and the District Attorney's Office. Bringing up the rear are educational and cultural programs, including the library and museum. A one-cent sales tax bill that would be used to start a $20 million library endowment is currently in the works, and would help protect library services. On the idea of a municipal court to replace justice courts she said, "The argument is whether it would be cost effective. Nothing's been presented to me on paper on which I can make a comparison. But I tend to be in favor of it." She said concerns expressed by the outlying areas are easily dismissed. "They'll just have to travel farther. It'll be an incentive to keep people out of court." Supervisor Marilyn Butcher

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