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   Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - September 24, 1980, Ukiah, California                                Wednesday, September 24, 1980 120 th Year No. 135 468-0123 4 Ukioh Dailq 4 Journal ^^^r Ukiah, Mendocino County, California Weather By United Press International Northwestern California: Pair through thursday with patchy coastal morning fog thursday. Little temperature change. Fort Bragg 65, 48 and 62, Ukiah 95,50 and 92. 25 Cents Iraqi forces thrust towards Tehran By ALVIN B.WEBB BAGHDAD, Iraq (UPI) - Iraqi forces thrust toward Tehran today and claimed the capture of the first town on the highway to the Iranian capital. Iranian warplanes attacked major Iraqi cities, including the vital oil centers of Mosul and Kirkuk. An Iranian report said four Americans were captured by Iranian forces that routed Iraqi troops near Shalamshah, Iran. Earlier reports said four Americans were feared killed by Iranian airplanes that bombed the Iraqi port of Basra. As the war escalated on land, sea and in the air, Iraq said Iranian forces were "fleeing, abandoning tanks" and equipment. But Iran said in a Tehran Radio broadcast its forces were taking the offensive, giving up "their defensive posture and replying to aggression with aggression." The Iranian air attacks, apparent retaliation for an Iraqi strike on Iran's mammoth Abadan oil refinery, indicated the two OPEC nations were seeking to cripple each other's all-important oil production facilities. In a major Iranian strike on the Persian Gulf port of Basra Tuesday, 47 people were killed Including at least half a dozen Westerners, perhaps four Americans among them. The U.S. State Department said only that an unknown number of Americans were missing. Casualty figures from the combat between the two Middle East nations was scanty. Iraqis said early Tuesday it killed 21 Iranian soldiers and captured 117 others. In repulsing the raid on Kirkuk today, Iraq said it suffered 13 casualties. But reports of aircraft losses mounted, climbing far above 100 in the three-day war. Iraq said it shot down 77 Iranian warplanes, but did not say when, and Iran said it downed 34 Soviet-made MIGs" plus four missile boats but also did not say when. The war's first evacuations began Tuesday. Some 300 Britons were moved to the safety of neighboring Kuwait and a U.S. construction company, the Lum-mus Co. of Bloomfield, N.J., was evacuating its 300 American employees at Basra. In San Jose, Calif., President Carter warned the Soviet Union not to intervene in the crisis, saying: "The United States itself is following such a policy." flSt Moscow said U.S.inspired imperialism had instigated the fighting. The U.N. Security Council appealed for an end to the end of the fighting. U.S. Secretary of State Muskie left the United Nations for an urgent policy meeting today at the White House on the fighting. Iraq said its planes resumed the air offensive early today, attacking eight military bases across Iran at Ahvaz, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, Sharoukhi, Dezful and Tabriz and Shahabad, where four F-4 Phantoms were destroyed on the ground. The Iraqis said they lost two planes in the raids. The fighting, now in its third day and raging at its greatest intensity, forced Iran's Parliament to "freeze indefinitely" the debate on the fate of the 52 Temperatures Americans who have been held for 326 days. Tehran Radio said the Americans had been moved again to "foil any plot" to free them. But it did not say where they had moved the hostages, who were captured at the U.S. Embassy Nov. 4. Iraq said its ground forces supported by artillery and warplanes drove 10 miles into Iran on three fronts, aiming a knockout blow at the world's biggest oil refinery at Abadan. It said six Iranian vessels were destroyed as the war spread to sea. Iran claimed four Iraqi vessels sunk in a battle near the Iraqi deep-water oil terminal, offshore below the mouth of the disputed Shatt-al-Arab waterway, in an action which moved fighting close to Kuwait. An Iraqi military communique admitted Iranian attacks on Mosul, just across the Tigris River from the Biblical city of Nineveh, and Kirkuk, major cities and oil centers north of Baghdad. It claimed 10 Iranian planes were shot down in the Kirkuk attack. Iraq, however, said its ground forces pushing into Iran captured the town of Qasr-e-Shirin, the first town on the road to Tehran and the major trading center for western Iran. Framing the scene... Pboto by Evelyn Slmpwa This pleasant country scene spotted in Mendocino would cause many an artist to stop in his tracks at the sight. The trees form a natural frame for the town in the background, and seem to be restraining their branches from entwining in the middle on purpose to preserve the view of the steeple reaching skyward in the background. Carter's 'peace or war'comments draw criticism Sept. 1980 Date Hi  Lo 23      97  48 11 a.m. Today 78 Sept. 1979 Date Hi Lo 23      85  54 Low Today 51 24-hour Rainfall 0 Rainfall .12 Last Year .10 By ELIZABETH WHARTON United Press International "Whether we have peace or war" - said President Carter - is the choice facing Americans at the polls in November, and his words lit a firestorm of criticism that Is still burning. Ronald Reagan reacted bitterly Tuesday, calling Carter's remarks of the day before "beneath decency ... unforgivable ... inconceivable." His running mate, George Bush, echoed his outrage. Press secretary Jody Powell said Carter had made an overstatement. Carter told a television interviewer in California, "in eight or 10 different instances in recent years he (Reagan) has called for the use of American military force to address problems ... between nations." Powell gave reporters this list of Reagan proposals: -A suggestion in January that the United    States    respond    to    the Afghanistan invasion by a naval blockade of Cuba. -A 1976 suggestion that the United States send a destroyer during a tuna boat dispute with Ecuador. -A 1976 statement that American troops should be sent to Lebanon when civil war broke out there. -A 1968 statement during the Pueblo crisis that the United States send North Korea an ultimatum warning if the American ship were not freed within 24 hours, "we're coming after it." -A 1980 suggestion after the Afghanistan invasion that U.S. advisers should be sent to Pakistan. "I don't know what he would do if he were in the Oval Office, but if you judge by his past highly rhetorical .calls for the use of American military forces in these altercations, it is disturbing," Carter said. Reporters caught up with Reagan in Springfield, Mo., later - but asked the wrong question. One of them said: ' 'The president says you have a habit of call- ing for the use of arms in dangerous situations," and asked for a response Reagan denied favoring the use of "weapons" in various international crises "You fellows have heard about everything I've said - have you ever heard me say that?" Reagan asked. "I'll bet none of you ever have because I've never said it." He also was asked for the first time to comment on the Iraq-Iran fighting. "I don't have any more information on it than you can read in the papers, but 1 think it is just tragic and I have no facts," he said. In light of the intensifying crisis, Reagan was asked, would he be willing to change his stand and accede to an intelligence briefing offered by the White House'' "No,' he said "I think 1 have some sound advisers and sources of information and I'd just rather stay in the clear " Both men went on to other places and other issues, but the later political events were overshadowed by the controversy, as they were in similar flaps over China and the Ku Klux Klan and racism. Carter was back in the White House today, discussing the increasingly dangerous Middle East situation with his advisers. Secretary of State Edmund Muskie was called back from his UN duties late Tuesday for consultations. Reagan scheduled campaign stops in Tyler and El Paso, Texas, and Grand Junction, Colo. Independent candidate John Anderson, who planned a return to Washington after a series of private meetings in New York today, was in Philadelphia Tuesday, figuratively bringing down a plague on both their houses. He said if he were a voter and not a presidential candidate in this election, he would not vote for either Carter or Reagan. Las Casas stalls again ...this time before BOS By EVELYN SIMPSON Journal Staff Writer The controversial Las Casas subdivision, already delayed for three years, has been stalled once again. The 310-unit project came before the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors yesterday for a public hearing on annexation into the City of Ukiah, and after listening to differences of opinion between the developers and two city council members, the board continued the matter until Nov. 18. Howard Bashford, representing developers Bobby Kennedy and Jim Gagle, said he thought all the kinks had been worked out and that the city was In favor of annexation, thus allowing the project to proceed. But at last week's city council meeting, the council voted to indefinite^ iy table the matter, Bashford said "We just don't understand the city's action," Bashford told the supervisors. The whole thing was Just too much for Supervisor Al Barbero who spoke with exasperation in his voice "I'm really amazed! You city people have blackmailed these people all along. This has dragged on and on. Here is an area that should be annexed to the city," Barbero said. City councilmembers Ted Felbusch and Kate Riley were present and explained to the supervisors that they were not necessarily opposed to annexation, but that they wanted to wait until a computer study could be completed to determine what the proposed subdivision would cost the city In terms of services that would have to be provided. "We're concerned with the future costs to the city of providing services...Excuse my language, but the city Is flat assed broke...the city has a cash flow problem In excess of $300,000; we have to watch out and keep our head above water. We want to wait for the computer study to see how much it will cost the city to provide theses ser- vices," Feibusch said. Riley added that she did not want anyone to think the city council opposed annexation, but that its Intention was to put off consideration of the matter until more information could be obtained. The results of the study should be available in 30 to 45 days, city Planning Director Mike Harris told the board. "That's what you said 18 months ago," commented Supervisor Ernest Banker. With an effort, developer Bobby Kennedy controlled his anger and told the supervisors that if the city was opposed to annexation, then he would Just as soon forget about it. "What this really boils down to Is, cities are (or people to live in-U that's not what they're for, If they're only to bring in revenue, then, hell, leave us in the county and let the city annex only profitable Industries and forget about people," Kennedy said. "We've been stymied (or three years- -the costs will be passed on to the people who buy our houses-all we've gotten is black eyes," he added. When asked after the meeting whether the city council was really opposed to annexation, Feibusch replied: "It was mainly the city manager who wanted to annex, to build a bigger empire-the city council wants to find out in every detail what the cost to the city will be if annexation takes place-1 can't see obligating the taxpayers of Ukiah to subsidizing that development," Feibusch said. Bashford said later he had seen figures showing the city would lose around $25,000 per year providing police, fire, and street maintenance services to the subdivision. Bashford also indicated that the previous city council, before Feibusch and Riley were elected, was in favor of the subdivision and had issued a use permit (or the project to proceed. "The developers feel that such a development should be in the city-the county doesn't really have adequate facilities to provide the necessary services," Bashford said. If the city does not annex the project, then it cannot begin within the county's jurisdiction until the court-ordered freeze on subdivisions is lifted following approval of the county's new General Plan, Bashford said. Just when that will occur is anyone's guess. "It's unfortunate that some people think the city has to be run for a profit," Bashford said. His sentiments were echoed by Banker who was not happy with the city' council's decision. "There is only one reason and only one excuse for government to exist and that Is to serve the people end if you can't do that you might as well get out of business," Quaker said. ' Mi:. Iran-Iraq war boosts Arabs' self-esteem KUWAIT (UPI) - Arabs today saw Iraqi victories in the war with Iran as a vindication of the Arab people! "We have found ourselves," said one Arab businessman in Kuwait City. "There is pride in saying to the world that we are Arabs.'' Twice in recent years the Arabs have been crushed militarily by Israel with a pronounced impact on Arab self-esteem. But the Iraqilranian border war gave the Arabic press and people signs of the renewed might of the Arab world. "Arabs can fight," said an editorial in today's Arab Times newspaper. "Iraq's possessive initiative and the successes it is receiving Is a triumph for the Arab soldier in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula, where Arab military power is rising. "The world will realize that the Arabs are important people when the military balance between them an their opponents is reasonable.'' Although the Iranians live adjacent to the Iraqis, they are not Arabs and do not speak Arabic but Farsi. The Iranians are Persians, descendants of the Indo-European peoples who migrated to Europe thousands of years ago. By Jim Garner A memorial service for a kind and gentle man was held this afternoon at Eversole Mortuary. A tall, lanky former Mississipian died Sunday at age 65 at his home of many years in Potter Valley. His absence will be felt throughout this valley, this county and the state. Bob Magruder, a soft spoken Southerner who enjoyed life to its fullest, finally lost a battle he had waged so courageously for the past several years. Bob came to this area 31 years ago after spending most of his young adult life in his native Mississippi. A Navy veteran of World War II, Magruder quickly became part of the Ukiah and Potter Valley communities by volunteering for numerous civic endeavors, including the Abell Lodge 146, F&AM, the Porno Shrine, Farm Bureau, Community Concert Association and Community Service pistrict. And when it came to raising cattle and growing pears, Bob Magruder had no equal. It was to Magruder that the young growers went when they had a problem or needed advice. Bob used to drop by the Daily Journal after yours truly got here In Feb., 1978. Or we would drop by a favorite ] watering hole or two where he would -sit quietly nursing a bourbon and branch and attempt to explain to this transplanted Arizonan how pears, grapes and lumber have made this' valley what it is. And, obliquely, Bob would offer, suggestions on how we might want to cover this and that a bit more in detail just to make "that good little newspaper a bit more readable for the folk." His stories of growing up in the South will remain with me as some | of the most enjoyable listening I. have ever enjoyed. But while bis roots were in Mississippi, Bob Magruder'B heart-was always in this valley. He walked, this way. Thousands of lives were touched by him, directly or indirectly.  Those footprints he left will be; ' awfully tougfa to fill. " Betty, Robert Jr. and Helen lost�; Brest husband and father, wW never boNBiaced. ^    
                            

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