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Barstow Desert Dispatch (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Barstow, California DESERT DISPATCH Fair (Weather Details ()n 1 ’age 21 25 CENTS VOLUME 71—NUMBER 288Serving Barsfow And Surrounding Communities For More Than 75 Years THURSDAY, MAY 15,1986 Forum Audience Opposes Mojave Park By MERRILL McCARTY Dispatch Staff Writer BARSTOW — Strong opposition to the proposed Mojave National Park was evident at Wednesday’s public forum at Barstow Junior High School. A large majority of the approximately 300 people attending, many from outside the Barstow area and representing groups and organizations which use the desert, cheered and applauded when invited speakers criticized Sen. Alan Cranston’s California Desert Protection Act of 1986. Of 111 forms turned in from the audience, 105 opposed the bill and six supported it, said Jane Sievers of the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce. Position papers and resolutions announcing formal opposition came from organizations such as the Barstow Development Corp., the Needles Chamber of Commerce, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and the Bureau of Land Management Desert District Advisory Council, she said. The city of Barstow and the chamber sponsored the forum to learn more about Cranston’s bill and hear public opinion after being asked by Peter Burk, president of Citizens For Mojave National Park, to endorse it Seven speakers were invited to present their opinions of the bill, S. 2061, and Alden Sievers, manager of the Bureau of Land Management Barstow Resource Area, explained how public land in the California desert is managed and how the bill would affect it. The bill would restrict use of, and give greater protection to, about 7.5 million acres of the 12.1 million now under BLM jurisdiction, Sievers said. Eighty two protected wilderness areas, totaling 4.3 million acres, would be created and left under the BLM, he said. Most of the 1.5-million-acre East Mojave National Scenic Area, te-tween Interstates 15 and 40 with Kelbaker Road to the west and the Nevada state line to the east, would be turned over to the National Park Service and would become a new national park, Sievers said. Another 1.7 million acres would be added to the Death Valley and Joshua Tree national monuments, also under NPS management, he said. Burk, who has pushed for a park in the East Mojave since 1976, said “The Mojave National Park could be an economic stimulus to the Mojave Desert as no other industry could. ’ ’ “National parks are the main des tination of travellers in America,” he said. William Tilden, a lawyer representing the California Mining Association, said his group opposes the bill because it will block mineral exploration and probably extinguish most existing mining claims within the proposed park boundaries. Minerals are essential to national security and for industry and jobs, he said. “Where are we going to get the minerals if we lock out all the lands?” he asked. Dave Fisher said the High Desert Cattleman’s Association opposes the bill because the 10 existing grazing leases in the East Mojave could not be renewed after they expire. “We feel it’s grossly unfair to force these individuals out of business,” Fisher said, noting ranchers produce about 90 percent of the available water in the region. Doug Scott, conservation director for the 378,000-member Sierra Club, said the East Mojave’s wildlife, vegetation and natural and cultural resources deserve the highest form of protection possible. Bob Ausmus, a Cima resident and historian also representing the Baker Chamber of Commerce, disputed Burk’s claims that the park would generate tourist dollars for the area. Baker has gained little benefit from being the entryway to Death Valley, Ausmus said. BLM management can be improved, particularly by adding rangers, but a scenic area is preferable to a park because it allows more forms of recreation and use, he said. Fred Rosenberg, owner of Barstow Station and Barstow Station Too, said tourism is Barstow’s biggest industry and experts believe a park would bring in more tourists. “A national park will increase the volume of traffic on the freeways,” Rosenberg said. “More importantly, it will stop them for longer periods of time.” H. Marie Brashear, chairperson of the National Outdoor Coalition, disagreed. “Nearly everyone who does anything in the California desert loses access to about 75 percent of the desert (under Cranston’s bill),” Brashear said. Creation of a park doesn’t mean more visitors because “There are no facilities, no campgrounds, no visitor centers and no funds likely to come soon,” she said. From the audience. Bob Haw of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said his agency opposes the bill because utility-line routes will be blocked off. BCC Dean May Be Reassigned By MODESTO FERNARNDEZ Dispatch Staff Writer BARSTOW — Barstow Community College’s Executive Dean of Instruction William Krueger started at the college in 1970 as an instructor in history and English. If President/ Superintendent J.W. Edwin Spear has his way, Krueger may be teaching again. At the Tuesday meeting of the BCC board of trustees, Spear will recommend to the board that Krueger be transferred from the dean’s position to an instructing position. Krueger has held the dean’s position since 1974. Spear said he presented an evaluation of Krueger to the board at a closed meeting in April. He would not comment on the nature of the evaluation. In response to Spear’s recommendation to transfer Krueger, the Barstow College Faculty Association has launched a campaign to save Krueger’s job, including advertise ments and circulation of petitions on campus. “I’m not going to toot my own horn but, the accomplishments stated by the faculty association are pretty accurate,” Krueger said. Spear said accomplishments attributed to Krueger by faculty members are misleading. “The faculty attributed a lot of accomplishments that he (Krueger) was only partially responsible for,” Spear said. The accomplishments the Faculty Association attribute to Krueger include; •Initiation of a Technical Institute, a highly-touted program using state-of-the-art computer technology for teaching engineering, computer science, electronics and business courses. Spear concedes Krueger is responsible for this program. •Initiation of the return of the Allied Health/Nursing program. Social Security To Open Office Here $626 Million Needed To Modify Shuttles WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA officials, in their first estimate of the financial impact of the Challenger accident, told Congress today they would need at least $626 million to pay for modification of the remaining three space shuttles. Dr. James Fletcher, the new NASA administrator, said the figure was tentative, but told a Senate subcommittee, “At least this much we’ll be doing.” The figure does not include the cost of a new orbiter to replace the Challenger, which blew up on Jan. 28, killing its seven-member crew. Fletcher told a Senate appropriations subcommittee he favors construction of a new orbiter, but the administration has not yet submitted a formal request to Congress. The $626 million, outlined by NASA controller Thomas Newman, includes $43 million to pay salvage and investigative costs arising from the Challenger accident; $46 million to maintain a steady supply of spare parts; and $537 million for corrective actions. That includes $250 million to redesign the solid-fuel rocket booster system, which is believed to be the cause of the Challenger accident, $125 million for changes on the space shuttle main engine and $85 million for changes in the arbiter’s steering, braking and other systems. The request w'as some $150 million more than the $526 million that sources said was being included for similar purposes in a proposal by Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah. Fletcher told the subcommittee that NASA has not yet decided whether it will recommend a redesign of the shuttle to permit the crew to escape during the initial two minutes of flight, the period in which the booster is ignited. The Challenger was not equiped with such a system, meaning the crew members would not have been able to escape even if they had known their lives were in danger. The investigation of the accident spawned new activity in Congress on Wednesday, as the company that manufactures the shuttle booster rocket came under growing criticism for reassigning two of its engineers who opposed the decision to launch the shuttle. The leaders of the Senate space subcommittee. Chairman Slade Gorton, R-Wash., and Sen. Donald Riegle, D-Mich, the senior Democrat, wrote Morton Thiokol Inc. requesting a full explanation of the action involving engineers Allan McDonald and Roger Boisjoly. A Chicago-based spokesman for Morton Thiokol, Thomas Russell, declined comment on the letters to top executives Charles S. Locke and U. Edwin Garrison. But Russell repeated the company’s earlier statements that McDonald and Boisjoly were assigned new duties as part of a reorganization. Soviets Offer Treaty GENEVA (AP) - The Soviet Union today proposed a draft treaty on limiting medium-range nuclear weapons at the U.S.-Soviet arms control talks, a source close to the talks said. The draft appeared to basically consist of proposals made during the previous round of talks, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The United States had said the previous Soviet proposals contained unacceptable elements. The treaty was proposed during a special session of all three principal negotiators from both superpowers and their aides, the source said. The meeting was requested at short notice by the Soviets, he said. FAA Criticized WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s ferreting out unsafe airline practices aggressively and better than ever, but some critics say the agency is playing for headlines while others see its airline inspection program as too weak. A congressional study released Wednesday concluded that the FAA inspection system is in such a state that the agency “cannot say with assurance” that airlines are obeying safety regulations — a contention quickly disputed by senior FAA officials. The report listed a variety of problems with the way the FAA This program was mandated by the board, but Krueger said he in-tiated getting the funds and making the contacts to see the project through. •Encouraging the college in reaching out to the community through the Barstow College Day at the mall. Spear said he played a role in this program as well and is just as much responsible for the project as Krueger. •Establishing the career fair which last month brought together 375 seniors from high schools as far away as Baker. Many employers and colleges were represented. Shirley Cunningham-Tillman, a work experience coordinator who works for Krueger, said she was responsible for initiating the first career fair in 1981 and has organized the projects since then. Krueger said he was not aware of any conflicts in goals that might be at the root of Spear’s evaluation. More Soviet Deaths Expected MOSCOW (AP) - A U.S. medical specialist treating victims from the Chernobyl disaster today said more Soviets would die because they received lethal doses of radiation released by the stricken nuclear power plant. Dr. Robert P. Gale, a bone marrow expert, told a packed news conference in Moscow that Soviet and foreign specialists had identified 35 people who had suffered severe radiation exposure because of the April 26 accident at the power station in the Ukraine. Despite around-the-clock efforts by doctors in a Moscow clinic. Gale said, seven of the radiation cases had died, and more deaths are expected. Soviet officials, including Communist Party leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, have said two other people were killed in the explosion and fire at the plant’s No. 4 reactor that spewed a cloud of radioactivity over much of Europe. In a Wednesday televised speech, Gorbachev announced the death toll had reached nine, and said the accident had sounded the alarm about the dangers of the atom. Gale, of the University of California at Los Angeles, said 19 patients had received bone marrow transplants. Heavy doses of radiation destroy the marrow, which can be fatal. Gale and a Soviet colleague. Dr. Andrei I. Vorobyev, were asked repeatedly during the 80-minute news conference to assess the health monitors the airlines, including poor    MlWderer ExeCUted    idenTs‘*of‘KTel'’rdty ^ iSe'Tnri turScS^o^aialvS    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Jay peopte m'lfs south of the Cher- u * iu •    ^in    Kellv Pinkerton    convicted of the    nobyl plant, as    well    as to people what their inspectors find. 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He    also    was    con-    tably, our efforts have not been suc- vice sDokesman Mike Fleming said    1^8®    murder of Sherry cessful in all cases. But 28 of these 35 iJSne^av    ^5,    of Amarillo, who was    individuals are alive.” weuiiesuciy. ^    _    stabbed while working in a furniture    ,    ....    , Aurhnnpd store    “Although    we    know    that    additional /lULUUIICU    store. ^    deaths are unavoidable, we hope that BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -    ^    UUdy i/iUUA    ^ substantial number of these pa- Investors submitted bids of more    Astro-Graph.................................12    tients will survive,” he said. than $11 million on some of the two    Classified.................................13,14    Not ail patients who were severely dozen homes offered for auction by a    Community Calendar......................7    exposed to radiation have received woman who claims to be a lover of    Comics.........................................12    bone marrow transplants. Gale said. former Philippines president Ferdi-    Crossword......................................8    In some cases, he said, transplants nandMarcos    DearAbby......................................8    were considered unnecessary; in Dovie Beams de Villagran, who    Desert Life................................5,6,7    others, the patient suffered too much put the homes up for auction at the    Dr. Gott........................................12    radiation damage to vital organs, Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednes- Editorial.....................♦...................4    such as kidneys, to make a day night, said the bids were unac-    Obituaries......................................2    transplant worthwhile. ceptable, however, because they    Sports................................9,10,11,12    He did not specify how many pa- weretoolow.    TV.................................................8    tients did not receive transplants W Mre. de Villagran, a one-time    Weather.........................................2    those reasons. movie starlet, claims to have been a    For    home    delivery    of    the    Gale said 299 people remained lover of Marcos.    Desert    Dispatch, call 256-2257    hospitalized because of the accident. Dispatch Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - The Social Security Administration intends to open a full-time information and service center in Barstow to replace the current facility that is open to residents only on designated days. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Appie Valley, said the growing population of the area and the inconvenience of having the nearest full-time center a substantial trip away in Victorville contributed to the agency’s decision to open a Barstow office. “Frankly, I think it is a long overdue local service,” said Lewis, who announced the agency’s plans this morning. “Finally the federal government recognizes that Barstow is a community on the move.” Lewis said that because of the area’s population of retirees and people nearing retirement age he has been pressing for a Barstow office since coming to Congress. The congressman said he didn’t know yet when the office would open. The agency plans to have a staff of three available to process applications, answer questions and handle complaints. The office is intended to serve about 45,000 residents of Barstow, Hinkley, Newberry Springs, Yermo. Daggett, Ludlow, Fort Irwin and Baker. Currently, representatives of the Social Security Administration set up shop in Barstow only once or twice a week and have recently been changing locations. Until March the Social Security Administration had field representatives at the Barstow City Hall chambers to provide services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But the city lost its liability insurance and was forced to close the chambers and other city facilities to outside agencies and groups. The Social Security Administration has been without permanent quarters since then. Lewis said the current system was an “unsatisfactory, stumbling” approach to meeting the demand for social security help in the area. “Finally the agency has responded in a fashion that will bring meaningful service to the com munity,” said Lewis. The Barstow office will not immediately have the same computer capability as Victorville, but is expected to within tw o years. Thursday

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