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Marysville Yuba Sutter Appeal Democrat Newspaper Archive: September 28, 1985 - Page 1

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   Marysville Yuba Sutter Appeal Democrat (Newspaper) - September 28, 1985, Marysville Yuba, California                                YUBA-SUTTER VtL11S-No.S9-125thYMr Appeal-Democrat 125th Y*ar   *L     JKL Sixty Faes Satarday, Sept. 21,1*5 HvysvHIt-Yyta City, Calif. Single Copy 25* Water: Lifeblood of the farmer Yuba canal issue splits neighbors By CHUCK SMITH A-D Staff Writer The federally-backed proposal to bring Yuba River water to the lower stretches of Yuba County has sparked a bitter feud of growing magnitude, with a rebel group nearing completion on a cheaper canal system to much of the same area. The stakes in the dispute are who will control the flow of water from the Yuba River, the future of farming in the southern half of the county, long range use of the Yuba River as a water supply for domestic and industrial use and jobs generated by a $23 million project to be constructed with an $18.5 million federal loan at no interest. While the locals are bickering over the feasibility of the project, the federal government appears to be grow-ing a little restless and its representative said other areas would gladly have a federal loan. Proponents of the project claim there is a conspiracy among members of the Yuba County Water Agency to kill it with stalling tactics and the Yuba County Grand Jury has begun an investigation into the matter. Proponents also claim that the Brophy and South Yuba water districts hope to lower their water costs by "wheeling" water through their ditches to the Wheatland Water District at a high toll charge. (A-0 Photo by Dave Nielsen) The Daguerre Point Debris Dam sits across the Yuba River east of Marysville. The Brophy Canal diversion is iust above and to the right of the dam. See a-6, watir +   Tne proposed Long Bar project diversion point is not visible upstream. 6 deaths linked to Gloria Storm weakens; sunshine follows destruction Path Of Gloria By the Associated Press Hurricane Gloria dealt a glancing blow to the East Coast on Friday, tearing down power lines and buckling boardwalks but causing less damage than expected before it rapidly weakened over New England. A half-mil-lion people had fled what was once one of the most dangerous Atlantic storms on record. Six deaths were linked to the storm, which moved north after smashing into North Carolina before dawn Friday with 130 mph wind. By Friday night, however. Gloria weakened into a tropical storm as it swept over western Maine and headed into Canada's maritime provinces. Low-lying areas were flooded and more than 2.75 million customers lost electricity during the hurricane. Gloria rapidly weakened once it ran aground in Con- necticut and thick, gray clouds were replaced by sunshine from North Carolina to Massachusetts. The gambling casinos of Atlantic City, N.J., had closed early as the storm approached, but reopened Friday night. For the storm of the century, it was a washout," said New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, whose office counted 572 trees down in the city. Added Mayor Edward Koch: "We scared the hell out of the hurricane and it went elsewhere." By midafternoon the storm had sped up the Connecticut River Valley into Vermont, where 50 mph wind forced some cars off roads, officials said. Gov. Madeleine Kunin declared a state of emergency, asked non- See Back Page, GLORIA |     ^ NORTH CAROLINA    fcwf Y-S jobless level takes summer dip Soviet minister outlines new arms cut proposal WASHINGTON (AP) - Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze outlined a new proposal for reducing nuclear weapons arsenals in a meeting Friday with President Reagan. Secretary of State George P. Shultz disclosed. Shultz. who participated in the two hours of talks and a working lunch afterward, refused to reveal details of the plan but said Reagan "welcomed what was put before him" and the Soviets' suggestion that they put it on the table for dis- cussion at the U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva next week. "We hope it can lead to a process of genuine negotiations," Shultz said, adding that serious bargaining must be conducted in the privacy of the arms control forum, not in public debate between the two superpowers. "I will not characterize it other than to say it is a change in their position," the secretary said, briefing reporters after Shevardnadze left the White House. Shultz said the proposal was contained in a lengthy letter from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that Shevardnadze handed Reagan during his opening presentation. He said the foreign minister outlined the proposal but that because the more detailed letter was in Russian and had not be translated yet, U.S. officials have not had See Back Page, arms + Unemployment dropped sharply in the Yuba-Sutter area in August as the number of agricultural jobs reached its yearly peak, the state Employment Development Department reported today. The unemployment rate dropped more than five percent in Sutter County, which had a lower unemployment rate than Yuba County for the first time this year. Sutter County's jobless rate dropped from 16.6 percent to 11.2; Yuba County's from 13.7 percent to 11.8. The combined unemployment rate for the Yuba City Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Yuba and Sutter counties, was 11.4 percent, a drop from 15.2 percent in July. Yuba County's rate was the ninth highest of the 58 counties in the state and Sutter County's was 12th highest, the EDD reported. Unemployment for the two counties was pegged at 11.2 percent in August 1984,15.2 percent in August 1983 and 14.7 percent in 1981. The state reported 3,500 more people in the work force in August than in July and nearly 5,000 new jobs, almost all in agricultural-related fields. There was an estimated labor force of 48,675 in the two counties in August, an increase from 45,150 in July but fewer than the estimated 51,850 in the labor force in the Y-S area in August 1984. Following is a breakdown of employment by category in the Y-S See Back Page, JOiLESS | Inside Weather Hi Merest water Some residents unhappy with water slow to clear after improvements (A-D photo by Dave Nielsen) Hillcrest Water Operations Manager Art Coupe samples water from the firm's C res we 11 Drive filtration plant. By JULIE PENN A-D Staff Writer Although $1.5 million worth of improvements were added to the Hill-crest Water District this summer, some customers of the Sutter County district are still complaining that the water is dirty, tastes bad and is barely suitable for drinking. "I'd as soon go thirsty than drink from the tap.'' said Jim Huff of 644 Westwood Drive. Huff and his wife, Wilma. said conditions have not improved since Hill-crest Water Company added two filtration stations to clean the water that was heavily contaminated with manganese and iron. And, although other residents tell of a slight improvement in the water quality, most agree that more improvements are needed. The district is bounded roughly by Franklin, Harding and Bogue roads and Railroad Avenue. The district is divided by Highway 99 into two separate systems. One filtration plant, on Creswell E�rive, serves the district east of Highway 99 and the other, on Joseph Street, serves the district west of the highway. Customers on both sides of the highway, drawing water from the two separate water systems run by Sea Back Page, hillciist f Californian's prepare for a new GOLD rush - Lifestyles C1 World War II internees meet in Marysville. - News A12 e The Kings get down to practice - Sports i1 . Unofficial high yesterday was 81; the low yesterday was 61. Details A-ll Index Church......................C4-5 Classified..................D3-9 Editorials....................D10 Financial...................B6-7 Lifestyles...........C Section Comics...............C12 Family................C2-3 Home....................C6 Movies.............C8-10 Sports...............B Section TV.................Tab Section Vital Statistics............A11   

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