Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 4, 1987 · Page 14
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 14

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, August 4, 1987
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14 -TUESDAY, AUGUST 4,1987 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL' Drop in Mono Lake may endanger wildlife By JEFF WILSON Aneelitwl Pr»t» Writtr LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major drops in Mono Lake water levels, already down. 37 feet since Los Angeles began tapping into its streams to quench the region's thirst, would kill a food source for millions of birds, scientists say. In a report for release today, the National Research Council said a 30-foot drop in the lake level would make it too salty for brine shrimp and brine flies that support birds feeding there during annual migrations. Water from fresh water streams that feed Mono Lake, one the oldest in North America, has been diverted to the south by the Department of Water and Power since 1941 for use by Southern Califor- nians 300 miles away. A congressional mandate in the California Wilderness Act of 1984 directed the U.S. Forest Service to contract with the council for a study of the effect of changes in the water level of the lake, designated a national scenic area. There were no policy recommendations in the 272-page report and the scientific panel didn't address whether water should or should not be diverted from the lake's feeder streams. Conservationists have blamed the city of Los Angeles for upsetting the fragile ecosystem established over centuries. The council said its report is an ecological risk assessment study of that complex system. "The falling water levels would leave the nesting sites of breeding gulls vulner- able to predation and would expose distinctive geological formations, tufa towers, to vandalism," the report said. Additionally, lower lake levels would increase the amount of alkaline dust blowing off the exposed shoreline, the committee said. Duncan T. Patten, director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Arizona State University, was the chairman for the council's committee of hydrologists, ecologists, chemists, meteorologists and biologists. Mono Lake, created by an uplifting of the Sierra Nevada range 500,000 years ago, is 10 miles wide and 14 miles long with a maximum depth of 150 feet. It has no outlets and the only way water can escape is through evaporation. The minerals and salts dissolved in the water remain behind, leaving the lake more than twice as salty as the Pacific Ocean and six times more alkaline. The result is a unique plant and animal population adapted to saline conditions. Brine shrimp and brine flies depend on certain aquatic algae formed by those conditions and, in turn, the shrimp and flies are the staple for eared grenes and red-necked phalaropes. The lake is also the breeding ground for up to one-quarter of .the world's California gulls. More than 50,000 of these birds nest on islands in the lake. Brine shrimp numbers would plummet with a 20-foot drop in the water level, the council said. "The gulls and grebes would not find enough food to make it worth their while to remain at the lake," the council repoft said, adding, "very few nesting areas would be left for the gulls because tfe islands would be connected..." ; There are no fish in Mono Lake. In 1941, the city Of Los Angeles began diverting some of the water from streams that replenishes Mono Lake's wattfr supply. A second aqueduct was corri- pleted in the late 1960s and the two channels are used to transport an average , 100,000 acre-feet per year over the past 20 years. ;• The committee said air quality in tile Mono Lake Basin would also be affected because the lake bed is composed mostly of alkaline sediments that blow freely when dry. ; Farm orders appealable SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a ruling that could delay farm labor law enforcement, the state Supreme Court said Monday a grower could appeal and block a court order enforcing an unfavorable farm labor board ruling. The 4-3 ruling was the first the court has issued on a farm labor case since Chief Justice Rose Bird and Justices Cruz Reynpso and Joseph Grodin were ousted by the voters last year and replaced by three appointees of Gov. George Deukmejian. Bird did not take part in farm labor cases, since she helped draft the 1975 farm labor law. But the former court generally upheld the Agricultural Labor Relations Board's authority and farm work- '"ers* interests, and labor groups have feared reversals from the new court. Monday's ruling involved issues of legal procedure and did not affect workers' rights directly. But ALRB counsel Nancy Smith noted that the grower, Tex-Cal Land Management, was found to have violated the law in 1980, and recently filed for bankruptcy, raising doubts about whether the workers would ever be compensated. She said growers or unions who use the appeal procedures authorized by the ruling could prolong the enforcement process by a year or more. But Richard Papst, a lawyer for Tex-Cal, said appeals probably would be infrequent because of potential fines for frivolous appeals. In the unusual case where an enforcement order raised a disputable legal question, he said, the right to appeal should be preserved. The ruling involved as many as 400 workers who picked table grapes in Kem and Tulare counties and elected the United Farm Workers as their union representative. The ALRB ruled in 1982 that Tex-Cal had violated the law in 1980 by hiring non-union subcontractors to supervise work crews without notice to the UFW, and by firing a work crew in retalia- tion for protesting working conditions. The grower appealed the ruling to the 5th District Court of Appeal, as provided by law, but withdrew the appeal in 1983. Its ruling now final, the board asked Tulare County Superior Court in 1984 to enforce the order for Tex-Cal to give the workers reinstatement and retroactive pay. Judge David Allen issued the order, finding that the grower had not complied with the board's ruling. Tex-Cal appealed that order to the 5th District and sought to block enforcement during the appeal. The board went back to Superior Court and asked to have the grower held in contempt for refusing to obey the order. Judge Dennis Beck refused, saying enforcement had been stayed during the appeal. The appellate court agreed with both Superior Court judges, saying Allen was right to issue the enforcement order but Beck was also right to conclude that the grower had the right to appeal. S.F. AIDS cases up by 50 percent SAN FRANCISCO ( AP) — The number of AIDS cases in San Francisco increased a record 50 percent last month, a city agency reported on Monday. The city Department of Public Health said that 143 new cases were reported in the month of July, compared to 96 cases in June. The department said 64 AIDS deaths were reported. "It's another surge," said Dr. George Lemp, chief of surveillance for the department's AIDS office. "The epidemic is continuing the trend upwards. There's no indication of any leveling off." Lemp said the numbers of reported AIDS cases usually increases in July and August, and he cautioned that no meaningful analysis could be drawn from one month of reports. However, he added that even given the seasonal fluctuation, the number of new cases was more than the department had predicted "even on the high side of our projection." All but five of last month's new cases were gay men, said the department. Two of the cases were intravenous drug users, two others were blood transfusion recipients and one is still under investigation. In San Francisco, 3,545 people have been diagnosed with acquired immune deficiency syndrome since it first appeared locally in 1981. Of those AIDS patients, 2,094 have died. Tight security for Bolshoi Ballet visit SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Bolshoi Ballet gives an abbreviated performance tonight from the repertory prepared for its first U.S. tour since 1979, and the audience includes hundreds of people who waited in line for up to 12 hours for tickets. Outside the West Coast premiere show at San Francisco's imposing neo-classic War Memorial Opera House, Jewish protesters plan to stage an "alternative cultural program and rally" to* draw attention to the plight of Soviet Jews, "The Bolshoi respresents the Soviet government, and we want to be there to speak out for Soviet Jews," said David Waksberg, executive director of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews. The week-long visit by the world's largest ballet company has prompted tough security measures, and both police and the FBI assigned special enforcement teams. "We're not expecting trouble, but one i§ always prepared," said Sally Billinghurst, artistic admJni- siwor fw the San Fraocisco Opera, w-sponsor p/iteevejw. "I wouldn't call Ow security prefiwwns extra ordinary. ... Sineiis perhaps aheuer word. g^^MSS^SSW 8 ™" 1 ™"" Looking for smart fashions for you and your home? i nOK AT OUR BIG NEW FA?UW!NTER CATALOG _M^M. >. 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There is a growing feeling that the Reagan program is not working, either domestically or internationally." Reagan's job performance rating is at its lowest since October 1983, when he also had a 44 percent rating. His all-time low in the California Poll was iii March 1982, during the national recession, when he received a 37 percent approval rating and a 32 percent negative rating. i: Athough Reagan has survived the Iran-Contra hearings without major damage in the poll, Field said it is more significant to note the steady decline in the' president's job rating since May 1986. At that time,. Reagan had a 60 percent approval rating and only a 15 percent poor or very poor rating. "If you take the traditional view, with the economy OK and the country at peace, the president should be riding high," Field said. "He should have numbers back where he was in May 1986." ; Field said Reagan has fared as well as he did in the latest poll because of his continuing personal popularity. 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