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   Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - September 25, 1980, Ukiah, California                                Thursday, September 25, 1980 120 th Year No. 136 468-0123 ^^^^^ H     H    H ^^^^  V Redwood Panorama Ukiah, Mendocino County, California 3 Sections 25 Cents Reagan: Iran war blamed on Carter Iraq claims oil port captured By ALVIN B.WEBB BAGHDAD, Iraq (UPI) - Iraq said Its forces today captured Iran's strategic oU port of Khorramshahr on the disputed Stiatt-al-Arab waterway in tHe most stunning gain in the undeclared, four-day-old war. At the same time, Iraqi ground forces 300 mUes north of the port penetrated 20 miles Inside Iran and claimed control over a 100-square-mile strea, and Iraqi and Iranian warplanes intensified bombing attaclcs on each other's major oil installations. Iraqi television broadcast 25 minutes of martial music before it made a special announcement of the capture. Iraq's general command repeated the claim in a communique issued at the same time. Iraq said Khorramshahr was captured after its troops surrounded the city and and the nearby refinery city of Abadan used ioudspealcers, to warn defenderis to surrender or die. The Iraqi tank and infantry column, baclied by artillery and air strilces, that toolc Khorramshar hafi been in the area since Monday. Radio Baghdad said its troops were "in full control" of the Iranian city, which it said has become "the graveyard of the Persians.'' In Paris, Iraqi Vice Premier Tarik Aziz said his nation has accomplished its objectives in Iran, capturing all the disputed territory it bought, and is ready to "make peace immediately" if Tehran meets four demands made by Baghdad. He ruled out a U.S. role in any peace effort. Iran replied by unleashing its U.S.-made fighter planes on almost every major oil facility in Iraq, going almost to the Iraq-Syria border to hit targets. Iran's ambassador to India, A.F. Mo-jtahedi, said Tehrab would not give up '.'even one square meter of water or land until our last drop of blood" is shed. The undeclared war has forced thousands of foreigners, including Americans, to flee from the Persian Gulf war zone and has resulted in a cutoff of oil exports by the two warrhig OPEC nations. One group of Americans refugees was on its way back to the United States. An Iraqi communique said its forces "achieved new victories...' inflicting heavy losses on the enemy,'^' but it provided no details of the land battles in which Iraq claimed it captured 100 square miles of Iranian territory. Actual casualty figures were hard to come by. Both sides claimed killing or capturing more than 150 pilots whose planes were downed in the last four days. Civilian casualties were reported in air attacks. One specific report from Tehran said 34 Iranians were "martyred" and 134 wounded in recent fighting, but the figures did not include any casualties in a series of air and artillery attacks on the massive oil refinery in Abadan." The refinery, one of the world's largest, was still burning and Iraqi troops reportedly surrounding Abadan aild the nearby port of Khorraihshar used loudspeakers to call on the defenders to surrender or die. On Wednesday night Iraq issued a truce' plan that called for Iran to recognize Iraq's sovereignty over disputed border regions and the Shatt Al-Arab waterway and the return of three islands in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. In response, Iranian warplanes today pounded the Iraqi capital of Baghdad as well as oil centers at Kirkuk, Mosul and Al Dawrah. Iraq reported that Iranian jets, in the deepest air penetration to date, struck a gas refinery at Ain Zalah, setting fire to parts of tha facility hear the Syrian border. Iran said it destroyed ah Iraqi refinery and downed at least 25 Iraqi planes with anti-aircraft fire and.in dogfights. Iraqi fighter planes hit Iran's vital. Kharg Island oil terminal for a second straight day. RONALD REAGAN Blames you-know-who United Press International The long shadow of hitemational crisis obscured the American political picture today, leaving no clues as to hdw the Persian Gulf conflict will end or what impact it will have on the campaign. Republican candidate Ronald Reagan had maintained a strict silence on the issue until mid-afternoon .Wednesday, when he laid the blame for the fighting on President Carter's foreign policy. Carter spent several hours consulting with his top international security advisers before emerging to read a brief statement to reporters, saying the Iran-Iraq fighting had created a "very dangerous situation" and warning all other hations to stay out of it. At atKiut the same time, Reagan was in Tyler, Texas, telling television interviewers Carter should bear some responsibility for the war because the administration "helped in the fall of the shah" of Iran. And he later issued a formal statement placing even more of the blame on Carter. "What is happening in Iraq and Iran is the consequence of policies this administration has followed the past SM: years - a vacillating foreign policy and a weakened defense capability are largely to blame,'' he said. Asked if he was laying the blame for the conflict on Carter, he said, "Well, it's his foreign policy." White House press secretary Jody Powell responded: "We don't see anything to be gained by politicizing this crisis. But his "attempt to blame the president for a war between Iraq and Iran is absurd." Carter's statement said the United States "is in no way involved" in the conflict, and "charges to the contrary are obviously and patently false." He said the fightipg - which "reprjssents a dahge^ to the peace and stability of the region'' - should be ended promptly and there must be "absolutely no interference by any other nation." Carter also said concern about oil "is not justified by the present situation." Even if the interruption of shipments persists "for an extended period of time," he said, the consuming nations have a large reserve of supplies on band to compensate for any shortfall. Carter, who returned to Washington early Wednesday from a two-day campaign trip to the West Coast, had no additional campaign trips planned this week. Restructuring electric rates Officials disagree on how and when it can take place By DALE MARTIN Journal Staff Writer City officials are in disagreement as to how and when a restructuring of the municipal electric rates can take place. Following a highly-charged public hearing last week, the council asked the city staff to examhie possible changes in lifeline rates for low and fixed- income people as well as rates for disabled.  , While City Manager James SWayne said .the staff is attempting to move ahead on the study, there is some difference of opinion as to when a new rate schedule would be put into motion. Councilmember Kate Riley took exception with a conclusion in a Journal article that Ukiah residents are not likely to see their bills reduced in the immediate future. Riley, who made the proposal before the council, said she thought there would be action on the study within a month. City Manager James Swayne also said the staff would have something to present within a month. But others are less hopeful. "I don't see anything happening in the near future," said councilmember Ted Feibusch. On the other hand. Feibusch remains critical of the way the city has managed the municipal utilities. Feibusch maintains that the since the city does not pay the tremendous amount of taxes and franchise fees that PG&E pays, electric bills could stand to be seven to eight percent below PG&E rates. Mayor Hays Hickey said the staff is "proceeding, as rapidly as we can" but he was not about to predict when a new rate would be produced. "Time alone is a constraint and changing the computerized billing takes time. Between now and next month, there is no way to accomplish the change," he said. The city's electric department head and public works director say the issue is much more complicated. Neither one forse^s a way to subsidize low-income users. The municipal utilities currently operates a three-tiered lifeline structure based on a similar PG&E structure. Under the city system, 3.90 per kilowatt is charged for the first 1240 kilowatts used. Under the next tier, for an equivalent amount of electricity, the rate goes up to 6.266� per kilowatt used. Any usage in excess of 2540 kilowatts is charged 8.6430 per kilowatt. There have been two rate increases in thelast y^ar. When users complain of a 100 percent increase on their bills, it is not due just to the July 1 increase. The July increase increased some bills as high as 55 percent, but it was a March increase that also provided a husky raise, according to Maurice Roper, head of the city's electric department. Roper is pessimistic about coming up with a special rate structure for low and fixed-income people. He said the utility can't be a welfare operation. "Somebody has to pay the bill," Roper said. Although he is sympathetic with people who are having trouble paying their high bills. Roper maintains the city "would be in hot water" if it attempted to start subsiclizing people. It may not be a popular stand to take, but Roper said the real key to lowering bills is to "stop using electricity if we can't afford It." Public works director Al Kruth con-currs with Roper. Hepolnts dismally to PG&E's upcoming rate hike and the new war between Iran and Iraq a^two KATE RILEY Moving ahead big reasons why a new rate structure will be difficult to accomplish. Kruth said the staff has not yet started studying a new structure and he doubted that the utilities would be able to find a new structure. > Grant for marijuana war runs out next we^k By EVELYN SIMPSON Journal Staff Writer The federal grant which pays for the county sheriff's marijuana eradication program runs out next week and most likely will not be continued next year due to the U.S. government's financial difficulties, but potheads and slnsenriilla farmers have no reason for rejoicing. "We have enough additional fupds to finish out this growing season and we are exploring other funding soup^^slor next year," Sheriff Tom Jondahl told the Journal. "Operation Slnsemilla,"the federally funded program to wipe out commercial pot farms in Mendocino County, has resulted in the arrests of approximately 80 growers this year, according to Jondahl. The word "sinsemilla" is Spanish for "seedless" and refers to a particularly potent variety of marijuana favored by dopers and grown illegally by hundreds of Mendocino County residents. "Operation Sinsemilla" has been so effective in the county over the past two years that 27 other California counties and the State of Oregon have sent their narcotics agents here to be trained in how to spot andjr eradicate marijuana farms, -i TheMpeUepartment of Justice and ^JU^Hi^^Pral Drug Enforcement Administration have also sent their agents here for training. One of the main reasons for the county's success In the fight against the illegal weed is dedicated county narcotics investigator Bill Stewart, with the sheriff's department, who even during the deputy sheriff's strike continued to track down marijuana growers. The county is assisted in Its marijuana eradication program by the state Bureau of Narcotic^ Enforcement and by the federal DEA, Stewart said. The federal grant that runs out September 30 provided approximately $20,000 over the past two years to the county for Operation Sin^milla, but finding other money to keep the program going is not expected to be a difficulty, according to Stewart. "We will go on with our eradication program as long as cultivation is going on and as long as it is illegal," SteVvart said. District Attorney Joe Allen said as many as 100 to 150 growers may be busted before this year's growing season ends around October. He estimates there may be as many as 300 commercial sinsemilla growers in Mendocino County and perhaps 1,000 persons growing it for their own consumption. TOM JONDAHL Looking for funds from the desk By Jim Garner A packed house is probable at 8 o'clock tonight at the multi-purpose room at Frank Zeek School. The controversial city sign, ordinance will be discussed by the ad hoc committee that drafted the ordinance and the planning commission that would not accept the "grandfather" portion ol the ordinance. Lee Enemark, Chamber of Commerce president, will moderate the discilssion. l^ore than a few parents are upset over a recent decision at Yokayo School. It seems a miscalculation on enrollment at Yokayo and ii'rank Zeek resulted in one teacher being transferred to Zeek and third, fototh and fifth graders at Yokayo reassigned different teachers and different classes. All this happened after school had been in session 2*/it weeks. Administrators are planning meetings with parents to eXr plaln permp8t in the minds of many per-�OM when discussing the decision of the Mendocono County Board of Super-viwrs to move In the direction of closing Mendocino Community Hospital's liHMitlent faculty. A^cor^ to Al Beltrami, county ad-JBtaUstmUve officer, the whole reason for the Beilenson hearing (so called becaouse of the ^etlensdn Act which requires the hearing which is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 1? at the Veteran's Memorial BuUdhig is because the 'Isoard is going in the direction of closing the in-patient facility and feels the proposed contract with Ukiah General and Adventist hospitals (tp provide the necessary care) is favorable." *'As long as the couhty meets its obligations io provide care for indigents, I can't see keeping it open," he said. One group interested in details of the proposed MCH closure in the Mendocino Health Planning Council which received reports at its September meeting from committees which have 'studied various iaspects of the.plan to close the community hoq>ltal ihrpatient (acilUy. The council reviewed the pro-poted contra'ct and subsequently voted to express iU concern wiU> caiafft aspects of this contract. . Some question were raised concern- ing comparison with the contract and a document, "Essentials in Contracting lor Hospital Services," prepared by the council in February. "This committee Is especially concerned with the guarantee for hospital care for indigent and low-income persons and other groups of citizens who may not receive adequate care without special considerations in the contract," said a spokesman for the council. One o^ the 'Essentials' is considered to,be "...a policy of no financial screening before care is given..." "*I don't Icnow of any hospital that doesn't have financial screening, "says Larry "Thqmpson, community hospital administrator. "We do. We have to find Out how a patient is going to pay thie bill. I admit 'no financial screehlng' is ridiculous." Tlioihpson hopes that if the in-patient facility is closed it |s used for in-patient care of some kind not office space. "That would be a bad use ot the facility," he said. The board has stated future uses of the MCH buUding will be compatible with its designed use. An Initiative petition c'oncemihg the community hospital closure qualified for the Nov. 4 ballot and has been designeted "Measure A" The affirmative argument for the hospital initiative is signed by James H. Katzel. The argument opposUig the initiative and a rebuttal to the argument In favor were submitted by the Mendocino County Board of Superviosrs and signed by the chairman, John Cimolino. Among the statements in the.rebuttal are: *Mendocino Community Hospital serves only one quarter to one third of the county pop'uiatiqn area ye^ is funded by all county taxpayers. 'Argument In favor speaks only to contihiied medical services, not to health care. Written by a bo4>ltal contract physician, the argument does not address the challenge of Improved medical and liealth care faced 1^ your county supervisors. The numbers presettted have been discredited by the auditor's office. 'County will retain its legal state obligation to provide medical care for all needy and htdigent persons regardlass of .where care |s provided. Such care will continue to all residents pn an open admissions policy. 'Impartial,' audit reports indicate community hospital, is losing money each year. Better gervice can be provided at an overall rediiced cost.   ' 'Conununity Hoq>ltal will be utilized for clinic, public health, alcoh nun-mood, county counsel states: "State Uw furtber provides that the Mendocino County Board ot Superviaon Is the governing board of the Mendochio Community Hospital. A county qr-dhiance can notchangeetate law." Drummond has stated It is hls,opi' nion that the bdard of supervisors will not be legally bound by the result of tbej election. J . A spokesperson in the county JEElecr tlons Department said, '^That Is hi^ (Drumniond's) (pinion. Tb(e eiectioi^ department certifies the reisults �nd I don't see how they can be Ignored." DetaUs of the proposed Heal& Ser-i vices Developnient Plan which Included proposed changes at MCH were outlin-:' ed in the Journal issues of Sept. 10,12^ 14, and IS. Gobies of tbe plan, draft con" trapt with UUab General and Adventist hpqiitals, 9nd tbe docuuMnt, Essentials f(Nr Contracting for Hbq;>tt�I Servteet; are all available at tbe public Ubrtuy. : Furtber discusaipo (rf tbe propoNiA contract wiU take pliK� ^ the M�i� dpctno Health Pl��inf CouoeO at 7 p.m. Oct.7 4tlloww�r WiUlts. Ihameett^ili   

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