Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 10, 1993 · Page 1
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. UkiahDaily ourna Cooling off on Mother's Day Ice Cream Social draws many celebrating mothers/Page 4 «1093, Oonrty Medto Group Monday, May 10,1993 12 pages Volume 133 Number 19 25 Cents tax included MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Steve Rogers Glad he moved from LA to county Steve Rogers moved to Redwood Valley five years ago from the Los Angeles area. He says he is happily married and has two wonderful children: Devon, age 12, and Gregory, age 10. He says he is looking forward to building an exciting career in the area, and that he enjoys camping, fishing and playing golf. TIDBITS J Would you like to be in this year's Hometown Festival Parade? The parade is set for Monday, May 31, and the theme is "Small Town Pride — Building on Diversity." Applications and rules are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 495-E. Perkins St., or by calling 462-4705. • The mobile van of the Blood Bank of the Redwoods will be at the Fetzer Valley Oaks and Wine Center in Hopland for an employee blood drive from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The Blood Bank will offer each donor their choice of a hat or tote bag. • The Ukiah Daily Journal Reader Advisory Group has an opening for two new members. People interested in joining the group which advises Daily Journal staff on reader issues are encouraged to contact Editor Jim Smith, 468-3500 for information. • Kevin Koch, a senior majoring in kinesiology at Western State College of Gunnison, Colo., has been named to the school's 1993 Academic All Conference winter-sports teams bythe Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. To qualify students had to have grade-point average of 3.2 or better. Koch, who is from Ukiah, has a 3.48 GPA. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Sunday—0. 3, 1. CORRECTION • Th«OW»hD«llyJoum»lu««»lhl«»|»c» to corwct «rrori or n»to clwHIceUone to new* wtlctoi. 8UnHlc«nl •rror. In obUuvlM or birth innounMRiMtt* will mult In mprlnt- Ing ol tht •nllm Htm. Error* may e» wporUd to the •dHorial dopcrtimnl, 4M-UOO. WEATHER Outlook: Cooler Temperatures Yesterday's high 90 Overnight low 48 Last year's high 85 Last year's low 56 Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Season to 5/9 42.16 Last year to 5/9 27.23 The D*ily Journal l« made Irpm «l l«att 40 percenl recycled newprlnt. Hub-lrw InH to mo wed to keep the Ink on ttw riper htieri ol your win*. trM loop tnd recycle your peper. PCB cleanup under way at PG&E yard Neighbor's concern prompts quick action By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer ApatchofPCBs at the Pacific Gas and Electric service yard on North State Street appears to be a deeper problem than either health or PG&E officials thought it would be. The polychlorinated biphenyl spill was reported by a woman who lives near the yard and is concerned about health risks there.-PCB, an oily substance once used as a coolant in power transformers, has been shown to cause cancer. It has not been used, however, for many years. Until Friday, officials thought they would only have to dig out around six inches of dirt in a foursquare-foot area to clean up the spill because PCBs, like (he oil they're mixed with, don't generally move more than a few inches before binding with soil. But instead of the concentration of PCBs steadily decreasing as the contaminated soil was removed, it decreased, then increased again — to 200 ppm, twice the level found on the surface. The unusual test results could mean the patch is not new and that it could have been a spot where PCBs were once dumped, said See CLEANUP, Back Page Roly Srurpe-Brtsh/The Daily Journal Cleanup of a four-foot area contaminated with PCBs began this morning at the PG&E yard on North State Street. Involved In the work, from left Is Mike Martin on the backhoe, Alyan Thompson and Bob Mori, hazardous waste coordinator for the utility. LIVING WITH AIDS Roly Sharpo-Bruh/The Duly Joumtl Rosalie Anchordoguy, director of the Mendocino County AIDS Project, works with a patient. Fewer than 1 percent of those tested are positive for HIV. Odds low of testing positive for AIDS But those most at risk for HIV aren't the ones being tested By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer The odds of an HIV test coming out postive in Mendocino County is low. Fewer than 1 percent of the tests run for the virus that causes AIDS have had positive results within the county, said Rosalie Anchordoguy, director of the Mendocino County AIDS Project. But the people who have been tested aren't necessarily the people who are most likely to contract the virus, she said. "We're probably not reaching the people most at risk" such as intravenous drug users or homosexuals, Anchordoguy said. "The concern most of us have is there's a whole group out there that have become infected and who could be spreading it to other people but don't know it," she said. Anchordoguy said it's people who don't think they could get HTV and aren't sick who are most likely to spread the virus. "There's not much risk of contagiousness with the people who are sick (with AIDS)," she said. "The problem is the people who don't know they have it or drug addicts who don't care about ' anything." But, Anchordoguy warned, the low rate of positive HIV tests in the county doesn't mean heterosexuals shouldn't worry. "For the most part, we see heterosexuals who are not using safe sex and kind of counting on the fact, well, you know, it's more in the gay community and more in the needle community," she said. Anchordoguy stressed that a negative HIV test is in no way a vaccine. "You're still playing Russian roulette if you don't change your behavior," she said. So "we encourage condom use. But what else can we do?" Anchordoguy said. If you want to be tested, you can call any of the county's medical health offices in Fort Bragg, Laytonville or Ukiah for an appointment at 463-4461 or 1-800-734-7793. The tests are confidential, all you get is a number when you go in and you show that number to See TESTING, Back Page MMHM^MMMl^H^ HIV carriers face prospect of death Couple makes plans for child's future By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer Sabrina never thought she would catch HTV—the virus that causes AIDS. "I, like a lot of people, thought it was pretty much a gay disease," she said. But now she has it, and she has to live with the fear of contracting AIDS. "I found out in August of 1989 when I was pregnant," said Sabrina (not her real name). At the time, she was living in Sonoma County but has since moved back home to Mendocino County. "I chose to have the test because I was older and it was my first baby," Sabrina said. Sabrina said she was stunned by the results. But she wasn't completely surprised. Her husband, then her boyfriend of four years, had been an intravenous drug user before they met. "I knew that he'd played around with a few drugs before I met him, but I never thought it could happen to me," she said. Sabrina's first marriage had also put her at risk of contracting HIV. She said she found out her first husband was bisexual and divorced him after finding him in bed with another man. She said she and her current husband had suspected her first husband had passed them the HIV virus through her, but her first husband had tested HIV negative. Sabrina said she tries not to feel like a victim, but it's tough sometimes. "I was an innocent party and the baby's an innocent party. All's I did was fall in love with somebody who played around with things they should have stayed away from," Sabrina said. "I was never a promiscuous person and sometimes I think it's kinda not fair that this happened. This is the second in a series of articles detailing how AIDS is affecting the lives of Mendocino County residents. • Medicine keeps AIDS at bay —Page 3 But it did, you know." But mostly she's optimistic. Her baby doesn't have HTV and Sabrina believes she'll be around to raise him. "It will not get me. I will raise my child. That's the way I feel about it," Sabrina said. She said deciding to have the baby, knowing he had a chance of having HTV was one of the toughest decisions she's ever had to make. Sabrina said her husband was too stunned by the news to help her make a decision. "He left the decision about the baby totally up to me. That was a hard one. I watched a few movies about babies who have AIDS and they don't make it very long. And I could not stand to watch my child suffer," Sabrina said. She researched the virus — discovering the infection rate was about 25 percent—before deciding to continue the pregnancy. Then she had to wait 18 months after birth to find out if her baby was negative or positive. "That was scary," she said. It takes 18 months to verify whether newborns have HIV because until then their blood will still contain their mother's antibodies. When she learned the negative results, "it was like a blessing from heaven above," she said. See CARRIERS, Back Page Two youths arrested in April 18 robbery of elderly Ukiah resident By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer Two more suspects in the April 18 robbery of an 83-year-old man at the Yokayo Shopping Center have been arrested,' The suspects, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both from Ukiah, were arrested Friday afternoon after an informant gave the names of the boys to police. Police withheld the names of the suspects because of their ages. Ukiah Police Sgt. Dan Walker said both youths admitted their involve- ment in the robbery. Police believe the youths, along with John Michael Turner, 22, and another youth, who is still at large, accosted the elderly man, a Ukiah resident, in the Yokayo Shopping Center parking lot around 5:40 a.m. April 18. Turner was arrested April 28. The suspects are alleged to have gone up to the man wielding sticks. Police said one of the suspects threatened to kill the man if he did not give them money. The man only had $6. Family watches as ab diver drowns off Westport An Arcata man died Sunday while diving for abalone off the Mendocino Coast at Juan Creek, north of Westport, officials said. Ron Robertson, 38, became the third abalone diver to die along the Northern California coast since abalone season opened April 1. Robertson's wife, Cynthia, and his two step children were watching from the cliffs when they saw he hadn' t come up from a dive. "I always watched him dive in case something like this ever happened," said Cynthia Robertson. "I saw him dive under the water and he never came back up. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me but then I knew he was in trouble." Mendocino County Chief Deputy Coroner Phil Pintane said this morning Cynthia Robertson had tried to wave down passing motorists on Highway 1 for help, but no one would stop. State Fish and Game warden Bob Aldridge and another diver pulled Robertson's body from shallow waters. Aldridge was unable to resuscitate him. Aldridge said Robertson, an experienced diver, may have died from drowning or a possible heart attack. An autopsy was scheduled for today. Last month, two men diving for abalone drowned in rough waters off the Sonoma Coast. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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