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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - October 18, 1985, Ukiah, California October 1985 Most loved bear has no hair Frosh skulls skunk the Dragons PageS father MENDOCINO COUNTY Mostly sunny this afternoon with highs in the upper SOs to mid 60s along the coast to the low 80s southern Light Coastal fog and low clouds tonight with local driz Fair H L Yesterday 81 45 Last year 59 37 From through S yesterday Year to date Last year Ukiah Daily Journal Mendocino California 125 57 22 Pages 25 Cents Good heavens Evan Johnson BUI Smith looks Into the simulated skies of Halleys Comet spotted By PETER PAGE Journal Staff Wrlfir Bill Smith sincerely believes he is the first person In Califor nia north of San Francisco to see Halleys but hes not anxious to say it out Of as soon as this comes out in the paper people are going to start calling and saying youre he said Astronomy is a branch of science with a history of distinguished amateur con Smith fits that amateur tradition He neither seeks glory nor ex pects glory to find Smith just gets such a kick out of the Infinite universe that he likes to get other people interested in Smith is a dedicated scientistexplorer who ended up as an insurance just 88 others want to be Sherlock Holmes but work as store or want to pen immortal novels but settle for life as newspaper Its a living and Smith does not quibble with Just knowing that his the largest for miles of fers him the possibility ol discovering an unknown comet gives his life some vital If you discover which Id like to do some it gets named after Smith It appeared his pulse quicken but only for a mo comet Smith doesnt sound all that he Barring the discovery of a comet or an allexpenses paid trip on the space shuttle go right he as though he has prepared a list of what to what Smith would like best is to form a Mendocino County astronomy Although most people dont realize probably because they stay in their homes at Ukiah has marvelous possibilities for star When I lived in we had to drive 30 or 40 miles to get somewhere where the viewing is no better than right here in Smith It was at a precisely located spot in that pristine Mendocino County sky that Smith trained his telescope about a month ago and saw the in deed intensively Halleys As a veteran of perhaps 50 comet Smith was less than over whelmed wltb It was iwnetirae back in the days before Christianity that which then had no anybody knows made its last This is the worst ap pearance of Halleys Comet In Smith Id rattier U He readily admits that his lowkey attitude is given the inevitable profitdriven Halleys hype that will be used to peddle coffee tee key and knick knacks large and Smith perserves fearful that multitudes will buy costly telescopes as Christmas see the comet as a nondescript blip on the and forever regard astronomy with con The heavens deserve I get a high when people look through the telescope and see Smith said His job is but his hobby he just wants to give He writes a montly column on astronomy for the Daily Journal solely to get peo ple intrigued with the passing Smith is having fun with but it is not all For Ukiah has Obser vatory Street but Kelseyvllle has a genuine the Robert Taylor Smith would like one here so that he and the astronomy club he hopes to get together could share the heavens with people who think night time is only for viewing Miami Anybody interested in form Ing a stargazing club or learn ing more about astronomy in general can contact Smith through the Daily Journal Jurors compromise Marstons life spared By PETER PAGE Journal Staff Writer Convicted double murderer Thomas Marston was spared from the gas chamber Thursday when the jury delivered a ver dict of life in prison without The sentence was tempered with a plea by four jurors that Marston be granted a chance to return to society after serving an appropriately severe The given only the choice of sentencing Marston to prison for life or to the gas delayed delivery of the verdict Thursday while some won assurances they would have an audience for a statement signed by jurors Andrew James Heidi Marie At one the jury filed into the courtroom to advise Judge Arthur Broaddus that they could agree unanimously on a but only if the personal state ment of the four jurors could be made Your duty as a jury is to reach a verdict based on the Broaddus That does not include writing a If someone feels they have to make a the time to do that is after the trial is Broaddus assured the jurors that the assembled press would give their statement full atten but it would have no legal Marston momentarily sobbed when the verdict was then quickly regained his composure and warmly shook hands with each of the four sympathetic One juror told him congratulations on the life Marstons Charlotte and other relatives wept We are certain beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Marston did in fact murder Jack Tomlinson and Jan Me in the course of a the jurors but added that neither of the two sentencing options are just and that Marston deserved an even page 2 Candidates build war chests By TOM SALINAS Journal Stiff Wrltar Voters will step to the polls 5 to choose whom they want to occupy seats on numerous special district gover ning boards throughout Men docino They also will pick six trustees for the Ukiah Unified School District and Mendocino College boards in what is shaping up to be two of the more closely watched and hotlycontested races in the Greater Ukiah As election day draws the campaign will heat especially when the public meets the candidates at League of Women Voterssponsored Candidates Night forums 23 and In the at least some candidates have built up the war chests to finance their only school board candidate Seiji Sugawara and college board candidate Chet had gathered enough funds to make the man datory report to the county Elec tions Candidates had to file if they received or more in con tributions or spent or more between July 1 and the 17 financial filing None of the candidates reported contributions or expen ditures of or more for three earlier a Mendocino Col lege instructor who is seeking In cumbent Marilyn Watkins Cen tral area raised hi funds during the September fil ing according to county His contributions totaled of that May Bar rows of donated Esther Sugawara of Lafayette gave Wilbert Sugawara of Lafayette gave and fellow Mendocino Col lege instructor de Bane Piche pitched in The other came in con tributions of less than The names of those contributors do not have to be Sugawara loaned his cam paign on 4 and another on He spent to Designs of to Econo and to the county to file as a As of he had left hi his a Ukiahi assistant principal who seeks an Area 2 seat on the college raised The vast came hi donations of less than so the contributors werent Hardin also refunded each to George Gustafson and Robert The rest of the was a personal loan he Hardin spent through to Central Prin to himself listed under and and to Designs of He had remaining as of County election officialsex pect more candidates to file financial statements before the next filing as they raise more money for their Court outlaws ladies night By MAUREENCONNOR RICE Journal Stiff Unlltd Prtti The only female member of the California Supreme Court wrote the decision declaring Ladies Night discounts discriminatory against The states high court unanimously found Thursday that sexbased price discounts violate the clear and unam biguous language of the states Unruh Civil Rights Chief Justice Rose Bird wrote that the designed to at tract more female may hurt both men and women because it reinforces harmful Don owner of the Vineyard nightclub on State Street in doesnt believe the ruling will hurt his which offers free admission to ladies on We charge the guys and not the he This will probably help The ladies will not get hi free next In ruling against Ladies Night Bird wrote that the defendants presented no convincing argument that this court should carve out a Judicial exception for their sex based price The California Supreme Court ruling came in a suit brought against 11 car washes and seven bars in Orange County for offer ing Ladies Night discounts to attact more female even though they offered similar discounts to men at other The action was brought in 1979 by Dennis an 18 yearold student from Koire objected to car wash dis counts for women that ranged from 15 cents to He also sued Jezebels nightclub when it waived the cover charge for women on Monday William an attorney for State Car said Koire was offered the discount rates after he The case must go back to the trial court in Southern California to deter mine whether Koire personally suffered Birds opinion took a swipe at Washington states Supreme Court saying it succumbed to sexual stereotyping in upholding the Seattle Super The Washington court found women do not manifest the same interest in basketball that men State aid nears for Willits water By TOM SAL IN AS Stiff Wrlltr There may be hope or the an cient water system which serves the City of The city has received ten tative approval from the state Department of Health Services for nearly million in state aid to help fix the leaky system that once was A grant through the state Safe Drinking Water Bond Law would provide while the rest would come in the form of a lowinterest according to city planner Nelson Strieb said the city is still amending certain aspects of Us application for the but state officials have said it is nearly Willits has various options available on how it would pay back the according to including using water enterprise funds set aside for capital improvements or redevelopment He said water system Im provements are a top priority for the Redevelopment which was established In September There could also be a sur charge on consumer water but Slrieb stressed that no deci sion would be made public hearings which probably will be held next The citys water estimated to be over 60 years has had numerous problems over the including water leaks caused by deteriorating pipes and an outdated treatment Deukmejian gave Willits a boost when hesigned a bill in June which will allow the city to annex its tiraberland watershed so it doesnt have to pay property taxes on the The which takes effect will provide the city with about annually to help im prove the
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