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   Norco Pony Express (Newspaper) - June 17, 1976, Norco, California                                 Vol, 14, No. 23  ^Jhursday, June 17,197«:  Phone 734-0210  Offfce 2429 Hamner Ave., NORCO, CAÜ FORNI A  PRÎCE—50<AAAONTH  HOME OF STARS—Robelle Animal! Productions in Nbrco has many-; gorgeous birds but none so majestic as hyacinthine.macaw at left. He's  r  exerting the 2,500 pounds per inch of pressure in bealc on á Brazil nut. Owner Dr. Charles Jeffries talks to samé bird at center while trainer Wendy  Swanson poses at right for portrait painter, Elvis Macaw.  Raised in Norco  hadn't better think about'mat'm^ because Dr. J^fries has originated a  ^ricuitufe.~  " In fact, about a .year ago, an entire bijrd show was stolen while arvLion Country Safari. AlllS were recovered because of the tattoos. ,  Dr. Jeffries is an animal psychologist and ta^ight.the subject for some time »1 CaliftHTiia Institution for Men a&Chin^ He taught mein to work with dogs; seal lions, birds and llamas and^d the rate of recidivisim in his studi^hts has been "much, much better" than that of the general prison population. "They, all left there with a profession and with jobs," he pointed out. -  In addition to> training macaws to; "paint" portraits, ride litUe bikes and talk, he is a breatea-; ^His brickyard is a sea: of cages, .each containing one pair of birds. Sometimes the eggs are taken and hatched artifically and other times the hatchlings a|fe taken. Baby birds of goid around beak and eywrTheiy-—^re raised by hanB^^^^ are an endangered species from the homes of some of. his trainers. Brazil. (One such trainer is Jim Kling who?^  The majestic macaws are valued lives on Hillside and raises llamas, at thousands of dollars but thieves too.)  There's litüe- ^oiubt that Norco ..persons who.;'siée- much television  raiaádana^áfi ¡-¿'Many'^of-the coïôrfùl birds that perform on. television shows and ^conimercials actually ,^ cotiie from here, including the cockatoo, iFred, that appears on "Bâretta," anfl others which have been, on the children's aftehioon show, "Dusty's. iVeehouse."  Charles Jeffries, owner of Robelle Aniipal, Productions, Inc., icame to Norco seven years agd ' because'of its rural.atmosphere. He's lived here ever since, although:^ travels widely, both to biiy aiid sell birds ranging from the largest ,macaw to the little cockateel, and with his performing birds and dogs to give shows.  He owns four hycinthine macaws, breathtakingly beautiful birds that are the largest'and smartest of the macaw family. Their coloráis ^how they got their name. Their feathers ' are hyacinth blue relièv^ by bands  He has enough trained binls and enough trainers now to have 10 shows -going simulyineousjiy at different  Shpws are given on television, at trade conventions, : shopping center malls, zoos and such places as Lion Country and Disney World. Dr. Jeffries plans to add schools to thè itinerary next year although Norco (las benefitted from hfs presence in that the bird show has been at Riverview School.  Come September, one of his birds , will appear.. o!n the Jbhnny Carson  sljow in commercials. The person in the TV spot will be Gary Bergdorf, Radar Riley of "MASH." They'll be selling:^ equipment made by^iraco , Enterprises, Inc., of Lös ^Angeles. ,l0ne spot just filmed goes like this: A.macaw is driving along'in his jeep when it develops enginfe trouble. He hops out and cliecks under the hood then gets back in the jeep, grateful that he has a CB radio so he can call for help.  Dr. Jeffries' two performing dogs are Yukon, a wolf-malanoute mix, and Buttercup, a fuzzy small dog who gets the laughs. Yukon can add and  subtract and walk the high rope and where he had budgi^ (parakeets).  slack rope. ' Since then he's come a long way, all  . The psychologist started working the way to Norco and the big  a youth in^^ macaws. . .  Mparsely sagiB*,,  A ie^ objections to vote-by-mail  ByBETTEREINCKE / >  StateSfenator Robert Presley lias introduced a bill that he feels would get more eligible voters to cast ballots in elections. His schenie is to -aliow-peraons to-vote by-ma CHisJbill:isn't likelyJo_get thi!DUghthi^__ session, but he may well brink it up agaih next time.  yvonne Mckenzie. Norco. student:  No; not really. t ..  DON HACKWORTH. Norc6, mortgage service:  Noi I think Ihey are really needed. That's how you,siftout the good from the bad. 1  Mdny persons, here and' ^roughout the state, have objections on several grounds. The most cjominon, perhaps, is that, in order to make ' . sure persons Votç only once,|ballots would have to be identified in some way, thus obviating the right to privacy in voting. Even if aflumbering system is used, somewhwe, it would seem, that numbei- must be connected with your^ame. I'm not bashful about who andwhat I vote for but many, many: people are.  Another objection is the riskiness of trusting the U.S. Postal "Ser-Vice" with getting ballots delivered. One Norco example: À woman mailed her request for an absentee ballot in plenty of, time for the municipal election this spring. It was received at City Hall several weeks AFTER the election..BuLa further problem would be theft from mailboxes. Sinjce ballots would be mailed in batches, anyone could know when they, or the official requests for them, would be delivered. Quite abundle could be collected just walking about in a neighborhood.  Though not likely to be a widespread thing, another objection was made because of the chance of .tyrranical fathers (or mothers) who mi^it be able to literally force the rest of the voters in the home tolvoté their way Many voters of 18 and over still live at home.  . My personal objection isl a little different. I don't think that people who stay away from the poUin^jlaces are very interested in'the outcome and what's more, they aren't likely to be the most informed of persons on the issues. If a ballot is thrust under such a voter'snose, he's probably going to fill it out willy-nilly-though he'may forget to mail it back... ■  The nation can use all the informed voters it has. But we are better off if thé uniformed just don't bother.  New city attorney hired  Villa Building-Co., one of several Norco developers caught in the sewer capacity squeeze, is attempting to spread* tile word on reduction of effluent.  The.builder is one of several in the bluffs area~of Norco that new ordinances affect because of the rapidly dwindling capacity in the Corona Treatment Plant. Norco has an alloted^^né million gallon^ a day in the plant and is already using about 800,000 mgd.  ;—Builders-are now-being required-to put in dry sewer lines and septic systems with the latter being used uhtil,-capacity in the plant can be inereased: ~ -  Leonard I. Cohn of Villa Building has notifi^ city officials and others of a study published by the Southern California Gas Co. which concludes that effluent can bë reduced."  The reduction can be "easily achieved" by use of "a simple very inexpensive limiting device...a washer that will fit all standard shower heads and is available now at -a cost of less than five cents each," according to Cohn.  -Use of the device, according to the study, ' shows a possible savings of from 10,950 to 21,900 gallons of water, hence, effluent, per. hotisehold per year. This amounts to 30 to 60 gallons per household per. day.  "Assuming that 1,350 homes are  connected to tjie Norco sewer system, this red^iiieid daily discharge of sewage effluent would amount to 40,000-80,000 gallons per "day. This reduction would alloW between iSo and additional homes to connect to the...system," he said.  'significantly  LINDA BE^fNETr. Norco, housewifle:  I think'thei:e|ire too many. They are apain. JtAV cmj^Av, Mifa I^iiui, technician:. : N6, I UunK I'm in favor of popularity vote. yOVNO. Norco, electifonics analyst: Wp^^I think they are nefeded._  Edward Taylor, Norco city at-tptfney for slightly more than three monthsr^harnresigtted^rWs^.: positlw^ effective this week.  The city council Monday night passed unanimously a resolytion engaging 'Gerald Sfioaf of 'the Riverside firm. ,of Redwine and Sherrill. He w^ll-^rt- next Monday wii|eti >heVe wii^be a city council, meeting. ' i  Taylor's.resignation came as the, result oi tlfe Wk load in.Norco, said Mayor Nellie Weaver. "It .was Heikvier thim he'd feali^ed it would be," she sdid, adding that things have been piH^g up.  It has : been no secret that the council and staff have not been happy jth TayloclpJUate. Jlifii^^ .  numerous complamtslltet fiFisha^ to reach by telephone'lnilhe has been scored at council 'meetings for not . havingjrequested paperwork reiidy.  Taylor's-employment-^was an-„ nounced February 20 and he started ,work on March 1.  Shoaf, 34, has been practicing for almost nine yea^, the last five-apd-a-half with his present firm, fie and his 'wiife, Lorraine, have two s(ms, Matthew, 6, and Nathan, 3. They live in Riverside.  Abatement time's here  1^8 weed abatement lime iir Nnrcd, according to Fire C'a|>(. Tuny Keeling.  ie=:<iushes-rtai:-rremind:r all -residents that it is their resp<Misibili(y to clear «yeeds bat-k to 10 feet from'''the .ruadway, ieven though'it may bf,. city rijl|tH>f-way and include equestrian trails.  Property owners' >»111 be . luitlfied, soon of abatement^ procedures and 21 days after ^ (he notice,' the city will start t'udlng back the' weeds and owners will be. billed for the work.  BRENDA LINDE Topspeller  NJHS girl  wins bee  Norco Junior High won the distript' wide spelling bee last we^k, thanks to Brenda - Linde -and irér ability to spell the jvoird -'leisurei" All four junior Highs participate(^ in "^ihe contest, held at Aubumdale. The Norco 'team; in addition ;to Brendàv=in<dudedt]^ity:^LeNonnaì;ràf== Pam Silvers, BUI Zogg, linda L^e and Jessica Home, ,  Spellers for Auburndale - w^e Katiiy Becker, Diane Dicks,- BarbSyai^ O^DonneU, Lóri iPattillo, Deb^e Davis and Theresa Hemann.  Representing Corona Jtìnior. High were Randy Jones, Eleanor Marianne Marsh, Kelly Fugate jeind Laura Powéll. : « -  Raney spellers were .Adriei^e Grover, Julie. Gamier,, PeftViy Parker, Carolyn Enriquez., Jason Welch, Paul Maley and Jim Bàrkléy. -——--,—:-  it -  ' 1,T, .■; ^¡i^ ».„^v iW ! >s,, J,'*'''  -   

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