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Barstow Desert Dispatch (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Barstow, California DESERTDISPATCH Variable Cloudiness (Weather Details on Pag''2) 25CKNTS volumb: 71—number m Serving Barstow and Surrounding Communities for More Than 75 Years SATURDAY,MAY:;i, I9H6 HiLLUVir,. n—__     —-   ■■ MATO To Tcik© New Steps In Arms Tolks • ^    .     fhp    Snviet    oDínion    that    the    alliance    is    seriou HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) -The Western alliance, reportedly worried that it is losing a public relations war with the Soviet Union, has resolved to take “bold new steps” in East-West talks on nonnuclear arms control. In a declaration Friday at the close of a two-day conference of NATO foreign ministers, the alliance said it would establish a task force to coordinate NATO’s position in the various negotiations on conventional weapons.    . “Within the alliance, we cherish the ideal that all the peoples of Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals should live in peace, freedom and security,” said the ministers in their Halifax Statement on Conventional Arms Control. “To achieve that ideal, bold new steps are required in the field of conventional arms control,” the dec laration said. The move appeared to indicate a growing impatience, particularly in Western Europe, at the lack of progress in talks aimed at limiting the arms race.    . In another statement officially closing the meeting, the NATO foreign ministers called on the Soviet Union to respond to the West’s latest arms control proposals and reaffirmed their support for a total ban on production and use of chemical weapons.    . They also underscored their support for freedom of movement in Berlin. This was an implicit reference to East Germany’s announcement that foreign diplomats must show their passports at crossing points between East and West Berlin. The United States, Britain and France, the three Western allied powers who. along with the Soviet Union, control the divided city, agreed in Halifax that they could not accept the East German action. They said it amounted to converting the city’s post-World War II dividing line into an international boundary.    ,    „    .    u Sir Geoffrey Howe, the British foreign secretary, said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had failed to convince Western public opinion that the alliance is serious aUut reducing troop levels in Europe and curbing the arms race. One participant in the meeting, who spoke on condition he not be identified, said the European foreign ministers viewed Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev as a master propagandist” who had raised doubts in the Western public about NATO’s commitment to arms control. 18 Killed, Many Hurt In Walker Bus Crash l.iiidaditinum Paddling Along f* nrc criono chnu/n above However these noon beneath a fruit laden tree on a reser-Iirfnot    rl";    KTretrnS    ¿dd.ing    away    the    after-    voirofaranchlocated». WALKER, Calif. (AP) - Rescue teams fished bodies from a freezing, racing river as far as 15 miles downstream from where a bus carrying Southern California senior citizens crashed into the water. The California Highway Patrol said 18 people were killed, 22 were injured and one is still missing. CHP dispatcher Bob Storar and Mono County Sheriff Sgt. Terry Padilla said the number of dead was revised from 19 to 18 because officials were double-counting an unidentified female. Padilla said the CHP would use a helicopter Saturday morning to fly over the river in search of the missing victim. The death toll made it the worst U.S. bus crash in nearly six years, and the number could rise At Washoe Medical Center, the bus driver. Earnest A. Klimeck, 48, was reported in satisfactory condition Of 16 other victims of the accident victims at Washoe and three other hospitals, two were in critical condition, one “very critical, ’ nine serious, and the others in satisfactory or fair condition, according to nursing supervisors. The tour bus, carrying residents ot a Santa Monica retirement home back from a Reno gambling trip, careened off a mountain road and plunged into the icy Walker RWer CHP officer Michael Parrish said the bus was about 90 miles southeast of Reno when the accident occurred at 10:30a.m. The bus bounced off a fence, ran off U.S. 595 about eight miles south of Walker and plunged down a 15-foot embankment into the west fork ot the river, apparently overturning two or three times before it hit the water. The red-white-and-blue bus came to rest upright with its rear ripped apart in a few feet of racing water. Most of the elderly residents were from the Santa Monica Christian Towers retirement home. The tour bus, owned by Starline Tours of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., left Santa Monica on May 27 and was due to return Friday. Those at Washoe Medical Center were identified as Klimeck, satisfactory; Richard Butler, serious; Lawrence Ward, satisfactory; Gifford Thrasher, satisfactory; Cecil Dryer, satisfactory; Dorothy Krim-ball, serious, and an unidentified female, serious. Soviets Condemn Reagan's SALT Plans < I. _ -1 -    Bilof    ll Driving Certificates Given To Bad Drivers MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union today "said it will not feel bound by strategic arrns controls it agreed to with the United States in the 1970s if Washington exceeds the weapons limits allowed by the SALT accords. A government statement published by the official Tass news agency strongly condemned what it called President Reagan’s “exceptionally dangerous” announcement Tuesday that Washington will not feel bound by the SALT II treaty in the future. It was the first official Soviet reaction to Reagan’s announcement, and signaled that both superpowers are willing to abandon key structures they set up in the 1970s to limit their arsenals unless they reach new arms accords by the end of the year. Reagan announced Tuesday that the United States would scrap two nuclear-armed submarines to keep within the terms of the SALT II accord, signed by U.S. and Soviet leaders in 1979 but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. AT&T Facing Midnight Strike WASHINGTON (AP) - Facing a midnight strike threat, American Telephone & Telegraph Co. is preparing to keep longdistance service running as negotiators try to settle a labor dispute that could put operators on picket lines instead of phone lines. The Communications Workers of America, representing 155,(X)0 AT&T workers embroiled in a wage and job security dispute with the phone company, said a 12:01 a.m. EDT Sunday strike deadline is firm. “Right now I am pessimistic,” said CWA President Morton Bahr. “I think we have less than a 50-50 chance. We are considerably further apart, much further apart than we normally are on the day before contract expiration.” As was the case during a 22-day strike in 1983, AT&T managers would take over the chores of handling collect and other calls that need operator assistance. But manufacturing plants in 18 states that closed at the end of the business day Friday would remain closed. And the company said it would close some of its phone center stores where consumers can buy phones and take AT&T phones for repair. AT&T employees perform little home telephone repair service anymore, now that plug-in phones have replaced instruments that were permanently wired to the wall in most homes. There would be no disruption of local phone service, including directory assistance and repair of downed wires, because these chores are handled by employees of local telephone companies that are not part of AT&T. But he also served notice that he wIB not abide by what he has called a “fatally flawed” agreement, Hiereby asserting for the first time U.S. readiness to abandon the SALT II limits on strategic nuclear weapons. The Kremlin response today said, “It should ... be clear that the Soviet government will not watch impartially how the United States is breaking down the agreements reached in the sphere of the limitation of strategic arms. “As soon as the U.S.A. goes beyond the established levels of arms or otherwise violates the main provisions of the mentioned agreements (SALT I and SALT II) observed by the sides until now, the Soviet Union will consider itself free from the relevant commitments under the 1972 interim agreement (SALT I) and the SALT II treaty and will take the necessary practical steps to prevent the military-strategic parity from being upset.” LOS ANGELES (AP) - At least 20 traffic schools have been issuing certificates to drivers who never, took an eight-hour course requir^ to erase traffic citations from their records, according to state officials. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has been conducting a fraud investigation into the pattern of abuse, DMV spokeswoman Gina McGuinness said Thursday from Sacramento. She refused to identify the schools, saying it would jeopardize the investigation. About 550,000 motorists i»y $15 to $30 annually to attend traffic school, according to DMV estimates. By earning a certificate, motorists remove violations from their records and save hundreds of dollars in higher car insurance costs. But state officials and traffic school operators said hundreds of bad drivers take advantage of lax enforcement and acquire training certificates without spending the hours needed to earn them legitimately. “We can’t tolerate that,’ said Democratic Assemblyman Tom Bane of Van Nuys. “To pay for a certificate and not go to class, that isn’t right The program should be cleaned up or abolished.” Legislation Bane sponsored last year made the DMV responsible for regulating the state’s 350 traffic schools. Two weeks ago, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael An tonovich called for a grand jury in vestigation of traffic schools and also criticized the DMV for failing to spend most of the money collected in fees to monitor the program. Ms. McGuiness said investigators have targeted at least 20 driver training schools and have gone un dercover to attempt to obtain a cer tificate without attending class. She said only one traffic school has been suspended since Bane’s legislation went into effect in January 1985. A DMV investigator suspended the license for Southwestern Traffic Schools in Palm Springs on May 1 after an undercover investigator got a certificate after just 30 minutes in one of the classes. Council To Discuss Sewer Fee Increase BARSTOW — A proposed 47 percent increase in sewer-use fees will be discussed when the City Council meets at 7:30 p.m Monday in the council chambers. City Manager Wayne Lamoreaux is bringing the proposal to the council for discussion Monday and is recommending a resolution be considered July 7, resetting sewer rates. The monthly sewer fee for a single-family home would go up from $5.75 to $8.45 per month under Lamoreaux’s proposal. The increase is needed to keep the city’s sewer system self-supporting in 1986-87, Lamoreaux says. Staff is projecting an operating deficit of $376,651. Other business on the councils agenda includes: •A public hearing, continued from May 19, on an application to operate another taxicab service in Barstow. •A public protest hearing on the reapportionment of unpaid assessments in Section 7 among parcels that have been subdivided since the assessments were made. •Final adoption of an ordinance placing limits on use of the new West Barstow sewer system. •A damage claim for $250,0(X) filed by Lewis Russell Tarbox. The city attorney is recommending rejecting the claim and referring it to the city’s insurance carrier. •A resolution of intention to close Lenwood Road for reconstruction. The road would be closed from July 14 to Aug. 29 from the north driveway of Yellow Freight to Main Str06Í •A resolution setting new fees for pet licensing. •Discussion of the United Humane Society’s refusal to permit a city representative automatic membership on its board of directors. •A request by Barstow Area Daze to close Barstow Road between Virginia Way and Kelly Drive from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 4. •A resolution supporting a program to establish freeway emergency call boxes in San Bernardino County. Also Monday, the council will meet as the Redevelopment Agency commission at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers. Saturday Baby Doing Well LOMA LINDA, Calif. (AP) -Baby Moses, the longest living infant heart-transplant patient, celebrated the six-month anniversary of his operation this month. The event was marked by a gala party attended by the nurses and doctors at Loma Linda University Medical Center where his historic operation was performed, according to his mother, who is still living in the Southern California community of Etiwanda, 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Mrs. Nicholas Anguiano also said she and the parents of two other infants who received new hearts at the hospital have formed an informal support group and held their first meeting this week. Checking Passports BERLIN (AP) - East Germany and the Western allies are deadlocked over the communist country’s new policy requiring dipomats to show their passports as they cross between East and West Berlin, sources said. Sources in East Berlin said that a change in the policy was “out of the question,” but added that the East German government did not want to escalate tensions. In the past, the diplomats showed only their identity cards to East German guards as they crossed between the two parts of Berlin. The communist government has said the new policy is intended to fight terrorism. V(^ Pleads Guilty WASHINGTON (AP) - Peter Voss, vice chairman of the U.S. P(»tal Service board of governors and an aide in President Reagan’s 1980 campaign, faces up to seven years in prison and is cooperating in a federal investigation of post office contracts. Voss pleaded guilty Friday to taking illegal payoffs in exchange for trying to steer a $250 million postal contract for high-speed, address-reading machinery to a Texas company. The 55-year-old Voss, who cochaired Reagan’s presidential campaign in Ohio in 1980, also pleaded guilty in a three-count felony information in U.S. District Court to embezzling money from the postal service. Prosecutors said he collected for a first-class airline ticket when he actually traveled in coach class. Girl Beyond Help CHICAGO (AP) - A girl probably could not have been saved if a bus driver who refused to drive her to a hospital after she suffered a heart attack had made the one-block detour to the medical center, her doctor says. Union officials, meanwhile, said Friday they think the driver is being made a scapegoat and they plan to )ress for changes in strict rules for-)idding drivers to leave their routes without permission. The driver, 32-year-old Ben Perry, was suspended for three days for failing to follow correct emergency procedures during the incident late Wednesday, Chicago Transit Authority officials said. Nicole Hobson, 9, died early Thursday, shortly after a passenger carried her from the bus to Children’s Memorial Hospital. Nicole’s doctor said she probably couldn’t have been saved anyway. CTA spokesman Jeff Stern said Perry violated two agency rules: he failed to tell the CTA control center what was happening and failed to file a report about what happened. OK To Graduate LOS ANGELES (AP) ~ Archbishop Roger M. Mahony, emphasizing that abortion is an “unacceptable” option, said Friday that a pregnant 17-year-old honor student can participate in her school’s commencement ceremonies. Officials at Mary Star of the Sea High School, a private Catholic school in San Pedro, had barred Melissa “Lisa” Martinez from participating in school activities because she is 6‘2 months pregnant and unmarried. High Radiation Level Found In USSR's Veal The decision, based on church guidelines, prevented the straight-A student, who also was a homecoming princess and student body vice president, from attending her class’s June 6 graduation ceremonies. Mahony praised the girl for “resisting the pressure to conform to the unacceptable ‘abortion option.’ ” Today’s Index Astro-Graph.............................-yJ® Classified................................. Community Calendar.....................^ Comics.......................................... Crossword....................................J” Dear Abby.................................. Religious News...............................^ Editorial........................................J Obituary........................................¿ Smart Money..............................., Sports.......................................... ............................................... Weather.........................................2 For home delivery of the Desert Dispatch, call 256-2257 MOSCOW (AP) - Radiation six to 10 times greater than the level considered safe by the Common Market was found in veal sold in Moscow, prompting recommendations to foreigners not to buy some Iwally produced meats, a diplomat said today. Checks of food sold in the Soviet Union began following the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl atomic power plant in the Ukraine, which spewed a cloud of radioactivity into the air that spread over much of Europe and worked its way around the world. French Embassy spokesman Edmond Ponboujian said the veal was bought about 10 days ago in a central Moscow market and sent to Paris for testing. It was found to contain six to 10 times the level of radiation considered safe by the Common Market, he said in a telephone interview. Ponboujian did not specify what that level was. He said French residents of the Soviet capital were advised against buying locally produced veal and pork, and that the warning was relayed to other Westerners living in Moscow through their embassies. The U.S. Embassy said last Saturday that a milk sample it had sent to the United States for testing had been found to contain twice the level of radiation considered safe for pregnant women and infants. On Friday, the news weekly Nedelya reported ,that radiation from Chernobyl disaster was so fierce that it turned acres of fir forests near the disaster site brown. In a report on the cleanup efforts now under way in the Ukraine, Nedelya said the trees were being sprayed with a substance that hardens into a protective film in an effort to reduce radiation contamination. Nedeyla said the trees affected by the April 26 accident at the power plant 80 miles north of Kiev would be chopped down and “reliably isolated,” but gave no details. The weekly news supplement to the government newspaper Izyestia also quoted unidentified specialists as saying they are convinced “the whole zone will be clean. ’ ’ Nedelya reported that a newspa per kiosk, a movie house and a hairdressing salon and barber shop have reopened in the town of Chernobyl, about 11 miles from the crippled power plant, to provide services for cleanup workers. Dr. Robert P. Gale, a U.S. bone marrow specialist who has been helping treat victims of the nuclear disaster at Moscow hospitals, plans to leave Sunday for the Chernobyl area and Kiev, the Ukrainian capital of 2.4 million people. He says he hopes to visit radiation patients at Kiev hospitals. Gale said on Thursday that 23 people had died from the disaster, including two killed immediately. Soviet officials have said about 300 people were hospitalized. In West Germany, the head of a Soviet government news agency on Friday said the Soviet Union needs “all medical means available” to help the Chernobyl victims. Valentin Falin, the general director of Novosti, also said the Soviets are willing to accept international safety norms for atomic reactors. At a news conference in the Soviet Embassy in Bonn, he said nuclear power safety standards should be “the sambor all nr’ Falin was in West Germany to attend a meeting of the International Physicians against Nuclear War, a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

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