Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on August 5, 1987 · Page 1
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Mendocino All-Stars prepare for grid tilt page 10 Supes go slow on Skunk involvement see below WEATHER MENDOCINO COUNTY — Fog and low clouds along the coast tonight, clear inland. Lows in the upper 40s to mid 60s. Sunny Thursday with the high to 105. Temperatures H L Yesterday 102 58 Last year 104 64 Rainfall overnight rainfall 0.00 Year to date 00.00 Last year 00.00 Ukiah Daily Wednesday, August 5, 1917 © 1997, oonrey, inc. 'Journal Vol. 127 No. 92 16 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif 25 Cents Congress and Reagan agree on Contra plan By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER Wrftsf WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan said today he has reached "a general agreement" with congressional leaders on a plan to press ahead with military aid for Contra rebels unless the leftist government of Nicaragua accepts a cease-fire and democratic reforms. Secretary of State George Shultz, who accompanied Reagan to the White House briefing room to make the announcement, said there was no assurance Nicaragua would accept the U.S. terms. "What is being put forward here is reasonable, sensible; it's been discussed a great deal among people here with many different points of view," Shultz said. Reagan said the U.S. offer would be presented to a summit of Central American nations, including Nicaragua, meeting in Guatemala. The plan was announced by Reagan and Shultz after an hour-long meeting of the president and oon- .fra§kpaL leaden. . including . the., speAeVof the House, Jim Wright of Texas, who was the key architect of the plan. "I am pleased to announce that there is a general agreement among us to go forward with a renewed diplomatic initiative in Central America along the lines of the peace plan prepared in cooperation with the speaker and the joint congressional leadership," Reagan said. He left the briefing room without answering questions, leaving Shultz behind to talk with reporters. ' Shultz said the key ingredient of the agreement involved Nicaragua's acceptance of a cease-fire "on terms acceptable to the parties involved," including the Contras. Shultz said Contra leaders, who met with Reagan earlier in the day, had endorsed the plan. Wright, leaving the White House, acknowledged there was some skepticism on Capitol Hill about whether Reagan was sincere in proposing a peace plan, or whether it merely was the wrapping for a new plan to finance the Contras. 'There is some feeling and has been from the beginning that the administration would not be sincere in efforts to promote peace and would simply go through the motions and hope and expect to achieve failure, thereby gaining an excuse by which to give further aid to the Contras. "I have received assurances that that is not the case," Wright said. Under previous appropriations from Congress, the Contras are to receive aid from the United States through Sept 30. The proposed agreement would halt further aid if the Sandinistas accept - ~ Wright told reporters the president had agreed to abstain from "florid rhetoric" about the Contra aid matter in order to provide a neutral atmosphere for die Sandinista government to consider the proposal. Included in the session with Reagan were Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Minority Leader Robert Dole of Kansas, House Majority Leader Thomas Foley of Washington and Minority Leader Robert Michel of Illinois. High-tech law enforcement JJWah.poJlc»_dl»patcher Amelia Fisher points to the locations and activities of officers displayed on a computer screen. The computer replaces scratch paper and Billie'A.hilcu human memory lor keeping track of officers and balls from citizens'. Fighting crime by computer By PETER PAGE Journal Staff WrHcr By 8 a.m. this morning Ukiah police dispatcher Amelia Fisher was juggling dealing with two officers and a sergeant between reports of juveniles stealing gasoline, a gun spotted beside the freeway, an abandonded truck, and an -auto burglary. "This is real slow," she said. Fisher, a seven-year veteran of dispatching at four different departments, now has a computer that keeps track of officers and calls for help (for the tunes when nobody should trust their own memory.) Know as CAD, for Computer Aided Dispatching, the $12,000 computer program is the latest advance in a long-term program to computerize the Ukiah Police Department. (see, COMPUTER, page 2) Supes hesitate on Skunk corridor By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff WrMor Activists trying to establish a protected corridor along the Skunk railroad were partially successful Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors decided to set up an 11-member advisory committee to study logging operations along the scenic line. A draft resolution was proposed to the board that would nave established a protected corridor 200 feet to either side of railroad. But after lengthy debate to a packed house, the board removed portions of the resolution that established the protected corridor. Instead, they authorized an 11 -member committee composed of representatives from the county Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Timber Advisory Board, the state Legislature, the timber • industry, environmentalists and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. : The advisory committee will investigate the visual impacts of extensive logging along the railroad, and advise the board how best to deal with the situation. The issue arose when terms of the Skunks sale were made public. As a condition for selling the line, Georgia-Pacific required buyer Mendocino Coast Railway to allow unlimited timber harvest along the corridor. The agreement amounted to an easement, and opposition to timber harvests along the line quickly mounted. "The railroad was constructed for access to timber," said Jere Melo, a spokesman for G-P. "It wasn't long before there were tourists riding the train." Of the line's 40-mile route between Willits and Fort Bragg, G-P owns 19 miles — about 47 percent, Melo said. "We have made a switch in harvest practices in recent years and we want that definitely known," he said. The method used by G-P is to clear-cut an area, bum the remaining ground debris and replant. "(Trees) grow best without multiple entries." Selective cutting results in 10 to 18 percent loss in productivity, he said. "Even age is far superior to mixed age. That's why we have switched to it." G-P has conducted tours along the railline, he said, and the'riders have asked to get a better look at logging operations. "They're interested in what we do, he said. "I can't think of too many places that have, better timber management policies than the Noyo. River area." Supervisor John Cimolino pointed out that redwood trees are one of the fastest-growing trees. "I applaud your efforts to inform us of your practices," Supervisor Norman de Vail said to Melo, "but at the same time I think the public is taken aback at what's happening out there." A petition drive by scenic corridor supporters garnered some 4,000 signatures in a little over two weeks, said Willits resident David Willow. "All of us were absolutely appalled," one rider said. "I'll never ride it again." Scores apply for Gustafson's job Saudis say Iranians planned takeover : JIDDA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials say thousands of Iranians in Mecca for the annual Moslem pilgrimage planned to seize the Grand Mosque and force rims to proclaim Ayatollah allah Khomeini their religious In Mecca today, King Fahd vowed to defend Islam's holy shrines and Saudi Arabian territory against any conspiracy and hate. The fim planeload, of Iranian pilgrims wounded in Friday's clashes w the holy city landed in Iran's capital of Tehran today, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said. The pilgrims reiterated Iranian officials' claims that Saudi authorities were to blame for the violence that left hundreds of people dead, according to the agency, monitored in Cyprus. The plane also bore the bodies of 58 victims. "We will never relent in the defense of our homeland and sacred shrines with souls and money," Fahd told heads of Moslem delegations making the annual hajj, or pilgrimmage. The Saudi monarch did not mention Iran directly, but his address clearly alluded to the clashes, in which Iranian pilgrims battled with Saudi riot police. Saudi officials said at least 402 people were killed, 275 of them Iranians, and hundreds were injured in a stampede. ' Iran claims Saudi police mowed down pilgrims with machine guns, killing at least 600 Iranians and injuring 4,500. Saudi authorities say no shots were fired. Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa headed for Tehran with a letter from President Hafez Assad to Iranian President Ali Khamenei, an official announcement in Damascus said today. Sharaa's visit was seen as a Syr- ian attempt to cool down the Saudi- Iranian confrontation. Sharaa flew to Ihe Iranian capital Tuesday night. No details were given. According to officials in Mecca, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Iranians interrogated by authorities confessed they planned to take over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, where 2.1 million Moslems from 123 countries gathered for the annual hajj, or pilgrimage. An estimated 157,000 Iranians were among those making this year's sojourn, which is required at least once of Moslems who can afford it. The Iranians planned to lock pilgrims inside the huge mosque and force them to declare Khomeini, Iran's revolutionary patriarch, the religious leader of the world's 850 million Moslems, the officials said. If the trapped pilgrims resisted, the plan called for killing the mosque's prayer leader and setting fire to pans of the building, the officials said. Nearly all Iranian Moslems are Shiites, a minority sect at odds for 1,300 years with the Sunni sect that includes the Saudi royal family and 85 percent of the world's Moslems. Khomeini has said the Saudi rulers are unfit to be custodians of Islam's holy sites. In Tehran, the 35 returning pilgrims were greeted by Iranian Prime Minister Hussein Musavi, who praised their spirit of resistance and repealed allegations that the deaths were planned by the Saudis "upon the recommendations of their United States advisors," IRNA said. The plane carrying the pilgrims landed m Tehran at 2:30 a.m. (II p.m. EDT Tuesday), IRNA said. Saudi authorities had been delaying the plane's departure from Jid- da, 45 miles outside Mecca- Arab (see SAUDIS, page 2) By TOBY YOUNG Journal Sufi Writer Forty-five people have submitted applications for the position of superintendent of the Ukiah Unified School District. Friday is the deadline to apply for the position. Interim Superintendent Jack Daniels is heading the selection process. He expects the total number of applicants to be 60-65 people. Carol Newby, assistant superintendent for personnel, said that a total of 82 people have expressed interest in the job, including those who have filed. Two local people, Newby and Don DeMartini, deputy superintendent of education, have applied for the nationally advertised position. A principal of a local school is also expected to submit his application. The new superintendent will replace George Guslafson, who retired after working six years for the Ukiah school district. Although Tuesday was Gustaf son's last day, he used his vacation time and has already started his new job as superintendent of the prestigious Oak Park-River Forest School District in Oak Park, 111. The Ukiah superintendent job is being advertised at $70,000 annual base pay. Gustafson was earning $72,000 plus nearly $14,000 in benifits and an annuity of 12 percent. Newby said the new superintendent will be selected early next month, and will start work Nov. 1. Daniels said the school district has hired a three-man team from the California School Board Association to conduct the first "paper screening" Aug. 11 and 12. This screening will narrow the field to 10 or 12 applicants. The team will make their deci- sions based on criteria submitted by the community and the school district staff. The school board 1 will narrow the suggestions to specific criteria. On Aug. 18 and 19 a 14-person committee will interview the candidates who survive the initial screening process. The committee is made up of Daniels, four community members! three teachers, four administrative personnel, and two people from "non-teaching" positions in the school district, Daniels said. The non-teaching positions are filled by school mechanics, custodians, or administrative aids, said Daniels. Daniels says the 25-30 questions each candidate is asked will be the same for every applicant. The candidates will also have to complete a written test in which they are asked how they would respond to a hypothetical situation. Approximately five candidates will be selected after the first interview process. The Ukiah Unified school board will interview the five finalists of the committee interviews, and will narrow the field to two candidates. The board will visit the present place of employment and do an in- depth review to determine who will be the next supervisor. Since Newby and DeMartini have applied for the position, they will not be involved in the selection process. When asked if local candidates have any advantage over others, Daniels said "No, absolutely not," "Everybody stands on Iheir own merits," Daniels said. If that was not the case, "it wouldn'fbe fair to otter candidates who apply," he said. Newby said she *has no idea" if she will get the job. "I can only hope. I've put 15 years in the district and I know its needs well," she said.

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