Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 3, 1987 · Page 1
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Pony League finale tonight page 7 Iranians issue a warning see below WEATHER MENDOCINO COUNTY — Fog and low clouds along the coast tonight, clear inland. Lows in the mid 40s to upper 50s. Light winds. Fog and low clouds along the coast Tuesday, sunny inland. Highs in the upper 50s to upper 90s. Temperatures H L Yesterday 105 57 Last year 101 59 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00.00 Last year 00.00 Ukiah Daily Monday, August 3, 1987 © 1987, Donrey, Inc. 'Journal Vol. 127 No. 90 12 pages Strving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents PERSONALITY PROFILE Sheridan Malone's many interests Enjoys his talents • By PETER PAGE Journal Stiff Writer . Sheridan Malone, business owner and serious .amateur performer, hits determined, where those interests merge, and it isn't the box office. "The thing that I think I can make a living at is a combination of business and theater, and that is politics," Malone said. If an actor can be elected president, why can't an opera singer be elected to the city council? No reason why not that Malone can figure. In every politician there is an urge to get in front of the the room and talk to everybody else, and Malone the actor/ singer certainly has that, but there is more to it than being a show boat, he claims. The astute politician, like the successful actor, must have an intuitive sense of the audience. "Theater doesn't work if some one is just spouting off lines without connecting with people," Malone said. "When you have that connection it is absolutely electric, for both the actor and the audience." Malone's circuit: us route to this verge of campaign life began when he came to Ukiah 15 years ago with his long time friend and business partner, Dexter Keehn. The timing couldn't have been better for the two foreign car mechanics. "Nobody was working on the imports," Malone recalled "It was right before the gas crunch, and most of the cars in town were American gas guzzlers." ; The partners started Bulldog Brothers Foreign Car Repair, which eventually expanded to the adjacent ;parts store, Marathon Auto Parts. ;Although the two businesses are joined, Malone is now involved primarily with the parts business, iwhile Keehn is the mechanic. : „ "I like dealing with people face to face instead of just working on their machines," he said. As with any new business, when Bulldog Brothers was started there were days with more hours than customers. Malone, Keehn, and Keehn's brother, Dane, would ambush for any fourth partner to complete their barber shop, or in this case garage, quartet. When he, whoever he might be, walked in Bulldog Brothers became an impromptu musical set. "If we had four parts, we sang," Malone said. One thing, as it inevitably does, led to another. Malone began singing lead in the quartet, which led him to take voice lessons, which in turn led him to take to the stage. In 1980 he tried for, and won, the lead in "Oklahoma!" at Mendocino College. He has rarely been without a part on stage since. . There are few really good mechanics who are also competent Tunnel fire burning out of control By MAUREEN CONNOR-RICE Journal Staff Writer A roaring blaze has forced firefighters out of a burning railroad tunnel north of Willits. The Eureka Southern Railroad, already fighting for survival in federal bankruptcy court, will use bulldozers to seal both ends of the Arnold Tunnel and smother the fire, according to a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The tunnel is 650 feet long and is located five miles north of Willits near Oil Well Hill. Bulldozers will pile dirt at both ends and leave it sealed up for two weeks, according to CDF spokesman Jim Wood. CDF crews were dispatched to the area at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday by reports of fires ignited by a pass- ing freight train. Five fires burned a total of 10 acres of timber andgrass along a half mile of tracks. The tunnel fire was discovered by firefighters battling the wildland fires. All of the fires were caused by the exhaust, Wood said. "The tunnel fire was going pretty good by the time we discovered it, Wood said. When firefighters ventured into the tunnel they found the roof ablaze, Wood added. Hot debris rained upon them, forcing an evacuation or the tunnel. CDF had two engines and a hand crew standing by this morning to make certain the fire is confined to the tunnel. Sealing the tunnel is the responsibility of the Eureka South- em Railroad. Hamilton, Meese: Laws likely broken Sheridan Malone, a man of many Interests. singing opera. Malone had a bit of a conflict on his hands as the pull of the stage grew stronger. Being married with two children, he didn't feel he could abandon making a living in business to become a star, even if he did believe he had the talent. "I was schooled in that tradition of you have to earn it with your hands," he said. Resolution of this internal conflict came in the most unexpected way. Malone applied for, and was appointed to, the Ukiah Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Commission. He was later appointed to the city Planning Commission, where he remains, at least for the lime being. He has plans. "I think I could get elected (county) supervisor at the drop of a hat, but realistically at this point I see myself running for city council," Malone said. Malone said he favors more cooperation between city and coun- ly government. From the Ukiah point of view, cooperation is shorthand for saying the county should not block annexation of urbanized areas just beyond the city limits. "We (Ukiah) get perceived at the state level as a city of 12,000, but really we are not," he said. The 10,000 or so people living outside the city limits in the Ukiah Valley are closely bound to the city economically and for urban services, such as fire protection. They belong within the city, Malone argued. From his perspective as a planning commissioner, putting the urbanized areas within the city limits makes sense for uniform development standards and coherent planning policies. If Malone runs for city council next year, and he says he will unless there is significant support for him to run against Nelson Redding for second district supervisor, he promises to be an activist on the council. As a homeowner in the Mendocino Gardens neighborhood, Malone wants to see the city make good on its long standing general plan goal of developing a park for the the southern neighborhoods. The old Ukiah observatory site is surplus federal property that can be developed into a neighborhood park, he said. He also wants the city to get busy mainlining and improving the parks it already has, such replacing outdated playgrounds, reopening the restrooms at Vinewood Park, and paying more attention to maintenance at Todd Grove Park. "One other thing I'd like to do is WASHINGTON (AP) — Two investigators in the Iran-Contra affair say laws probably were broken in the secret U.S. initiative, despite President Reagan's assertions to the contrary. Rep. Lee Hamilton, chairman of the House panel looking into the matter, and Attorney General Edwin Meese HI both said Sunday they think it likely that statutes were violated. "If I didn't think that laws could have been broken... I wouldn't have launched the criminal investigation and sought an independent counsel" to look into criminal issues, Meese said on ABC-TV's "This Week With David Brinkley." Hamilton, D-Ind., said on CBS- TV's "Face the Nation" that he had "not been impressed by the adherence to the law by a number of the actors in these events." Hamilton added that failure to adhere to the law gave rise to chaos in the White House as the affair unraveled last year. The congressional committees are due to finish up 12 weeks of public hearings today, questioning Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger for what is expected to be his final day in the witness chair. Last week Weinberger told the congressional Iran-Contra committees that he argued repeatedly against selling arms to Iran in return for American hostages, but had been blunted by presidential aides who pushed him out of the process and furnished skewed intelligence information to the president to bolster their arguments. The panels will hear from four CIA officials in closed sessions the rest of the week, then turn their attention to writing a final report. As they do that, attention is likely to shift to the government's independent counsel in the case, Lawrence E. Walsh, and criminal charges that may grow out of his investigatioa Last week, Reagan said "I haven't heard a single word that indicates, in any of the testimony, that laws were broken." But Meese, asked whether he thought laws had been broken, said "Yes." Meese said he had not spoken to Reagan about the matter, but assumed the president meant that "the administration as a whole was not seeking to break the laws." He said Reagan's statement was probably a reference to the Boland amendment, a one-time congressional ban on aid to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels that carries no criminal penalties. Investigators have raised the prospect that numerous other statutes might have been violated, however, including restrictions on arms shipments to other countries arid laws against the misappropriate MEESE, page 2) something like acquire and keep. "Instead of always talking about growth, we should be taking care of what we already have," Malone said. Gunmen assassinate Philippine Iranians warning ships to stay away KUWAIT (AP) — Iran ' announced today the beginning of naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz, warning ships and aircraft to stay away of territorial waters as a U.S.-flag Kuwaiti tanker escorted by American warships steamed toward the gulf's only gateway. Tehran radio said preliminary operations for the maneuvers, code- named "Martyrdom," have begun ip the Strait of Hormuz by the Revolutionary Guards. In a Tehran radio report monitored in Nicosia, Iran warned all ships and aircraft to avoid its territorial waters for three .days starting at midnight. Iran had .announced earlier that the maneuvers would begin Tuesday. ; The Iranian announcement came 0s a U.S.-flag Kuwaiti tanker, the pas Prince, escorted by two Ameri- can warships, steamed toward the Strait of Hormuz on a return voyage through the Persian Gulf after loading liquefied petroleum gas from Kuwait, a shipping source in Kuwait said. The exact location of the convoy was not known, bu.t a U.S. Navy officer said Sunday that the convoy had sailed half of its 550-mile, 2V4 -day journey through the gulf. Meanwhile, an Iranian official 'claimed the casualty toll from clashes between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi security forces in Islam's holy city of Mecca last Friday had risen to at least 600 Iranians dead and some 4,500 wounded. The Saudis say 402 people, 275 of them Iranian, were killed and 649 injured. Also today, Iranian President All Khamenei was quoted as telling navy graduates in Tehran that (he United States yields only to force and would be addressed that way. Tehran radio said the Iranian military "has issued a serious request to all shipping centers and military and civilian aircraft o hall all tavy official said Sunday that three more Kuwaiti tankers will hoist U.S. Hags within the next 10 days, entitling them to Navy warship escort through the Persian Gulf. Rear Adm. Harold J. Bernsen said Sunday the Gas Prince and its escorts passed without incident the halfway point of their voyage out of the Strait of Hormuz. "Escorting ships is a peaceful job, not a warlike job," Bernsen said. "It is just unfortunate that the Iranians have chosen to term it provocative. I'd say it's not provocative at all." On July 24, an underwater mine damaged another Kuwaiti tanker, the Bridgetpn, which was sailing with the Gas Prince. The Pentagon said it suspected Iran had planted the mine. Iran, which accuses Kuwait of aiding its war enemy Iraq, has often attacked Kuwaiti tankers and ships that stop at Kuwaiti ports. The Reagan administration agreed to reflag 11 Kuwaiti tankers to protect the flow of oil through the gulf. It acted after the Soviets leased three tankers to Kuwait. The Bridgeton remained behind in Kuwait on Saturday when the Gas Prince departed with a cargo of liquefied petroleum gas bound for Imari, Japan. The Bridgeton has been partially reloaded with crude oil despite the damage to its hull, but there was no word on when it would set sail. MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police set up roadblocks and searched hospitals today after the .first assassination of a Cabinet member in the Philippines. Witnesses told police three to five gunmen riddled Local Governments Secretary Jaime Ferrer's car with automatic weapons fire Sunday evening about a block from his home in suburban Paranaque. One gunman may have been wounded. Ferrer, 70, a staunch anti- Communist, and his driver died of multiple gunshot wounds. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the killings. Ferrer's brother, Walfy, said the secretary had been receiving death threats but refused a military offer of bodyguards. Ferrer, a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese in World War II, had boasted to reporters that he never traveled with bodyguards and that his enemies "know where to find me." President Corazon Aquino met with a Cabinet crisis committee today to discuss the assassination. Her spokesman, Teodoro Benigno, reported several measures were reviewed but he refused to elaborate, saying: "There, are many angles, and very confidential in nature." He said it was the first assassination of a Cabinet minister in Philippine history. As local governments secretary, Ferrer administered thousands of local officials appointed by Mrs. Aquino after she fired those who had served under deposed President Ferdinand Marcos. The position made him one of the roost prominent and visible members of the Cabinet. Ferrer has been an outspoken champion of civilian vigilante groups, which have sprung up across the country to help fight Communist rebels. Human rights groups have accused the vigilantes of abusing civilians. "I can assure you that the president is no softie, that the president is aware of the problems, that the pre»- ident certainly realizes toe gravity of the situation," Benigno sjid.

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