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April 20, 1987
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Vol. 86 No. 142
100 peaceful protesters
send off Air Guard
to Honduras Saturday
By Scott Thien
Wire Editor
About 100 protesters served as a
send-off committee Saturday morning
for about 60 members of the Nebraska
Air National Guard who left for a train
ing mission in Honduras.
The Nebraska Air National Guard
Civil Engineering Squadron will train
for two weeks at Palmerola Air Base, 45
miles from El Salvador and 75 miles
from Nicaragua.
The peaceful protest, which started
at 8:30 a.m. at the main gate of the Air
National Guard complex near the Lin
coln Municipal Airport, was organized
by trie Nebraskans for Peace to protest
the United States' growing involvement
in Central America.
John Kresjci, president of Nebras
kans for Peace, said the Nebraska Air
National Guard is deceiving the public
by saying the troops are going to Hon
duras to train. He says the troops are
being used to prepare for war against
"It's not training exercises (in Hon
duras), it's building roads, buildings,
air bases ... the total infrastructure
for a later invasion of Nicaragua,"
Kresjci said.
Kresjci said Saturday's rally was to
educate the public by letting them
know how the state's national-guard
forces are used.
"The Nebraska National Guard is
being used for Ronald Reagan's immoral
war," he said.
"We don't criticize them (the Ne
braska Air National Guard) at all. We
criticize what they are being used for to
do. It's not fair to them, it's not fair to
the state and the American people."
Kresjci said Nebraskans for Peace
often is accused of protesting every
thing connected with the situation in
Central America. These accusations
are wrong, he said, because the anti
war group supports a negotiated set
tlement in Central America, economic
development, demilitarization and the
end to violence in the pursuit of those
Among those at the rally was Tom
.Ahlberg, mayor of Copenhagen, Den
mark. Ahlberg and a group of Danish
citizens are part of the Next Stop Nev
OM Ibomes give workers, a break
By Micki Haller
Staff Reporter
Workers at the Nebraska Depart
ment of Roads know how to honor a
dead animal when they find one. They
stop their road construction work at
least until their department paleontol
ogist takes the dead creature, er, fossil
The department has been unearth
ing fossils for 27 years, completely by
The University of Nebraska State
Museum and the Nebraska Department
of Roads formed an alliance 27 years
ago that guaranteed a halt of road con
struction when a fossil was unearthed
accidentally. The Highway Vertebrate
Paleontological Program has spared
more than 300,000 Nebraska fossils
from destruction.
A new exhibit in Morrill Hall opened
April 7 honoring the program. .
The exhibit was created by George
Corner, collection manager, and Bruce
Bailey, highway salvage paleontologist,
in appreciation to the Department of
ada project, a cross-country bus trip
organized to raise peace issues and
promote a nuclear test ban. The group
is scheduled to arrive at the Nevada
Test Site about April 25.
Ahlberg said the Next Stop Nevada
group went to the rally to promote
peace, not to address United States
foreign policy.
"We want peace, dialogue and a
nuclear test ban. We don't want to get
involved with Central America polit
ics," he said.
Also attending the rally was Jamie
Obrecht, a Lincoln kindergarten teacher
and Vietnam veteran. Obrecht likened
the U.S. military activity in Central
America to that in Southeast Asia in
the 1960s.
"It's another step in the process
culminating in the final step war,"
said Obrecht, an ex-Marine. "As a sur
vivor of a previous 'limited involve
ment,' let me assure you there is no
such thing as a limited involvement for
the participants."
UNL student Mike Kaup is a member
of the Nebraska Air National Guard's
155th Civil Engineering Squadron. Kaup,
who left Saturday about 9:40 a.m. with
the 60-person squadron, said he wasn't
nervous about the trip.
"It's hectic getting ready to make
sure you have everything," he said.
Kaup, a senior mechanized agricul
ture major from Genoa, said the trip
shouldn't affect his schoolwork.
"I've made everything up ahead of
time," he said. "We'll be back the
week-end before finals, and I'll make
up the rest then."
"It's no real big deal, just like any
other trip away from home," he said.
About 10 members of Young Ameri
cans for Freedom staged a counterpro
test across the driveway with signs
supporting President Reagan's Central
America policy.
"We need to be prepared to take
action in case conflicts do escalate;"
said Steven Fillman, student national
director for the group.
"It's either Contras now or Marines
later," said the junior political science
major from Nebraska Wesleyan Univer
sity. "We don't want U.S. troops there;
let the contras fight their own war. But
it's good to be prepared."
Other groups represented at the pro-
Fossils found, shown at Morrill Hall
Roads for its cooperation over the
years. It is the only one of its kind in
the country. The salvage program began
as a joint effort between the museum
and the Department of Roads in 1960,
and by 1968, the department was fund
ing a full-time paleontologist to exca
vate and identify the fossils. The depart
ment now spends about $30,000 a year
for a full-time and part-time paleontol
ogist and for field expenses, said Bill
Hurst, an engineer at the Department
of Roads.
Dr. Hugh Genoways, state museum
director, said Nebraska is "one of the
best places in the world to find fossil
mammals." He called the salvage pro
gram "the best functioning paleonto
logical program in the nation."
Genoways said Nebraska has an
almost unbroken history for fossil ver
tebrates extending back 35 million
years. He said that something is found
in almost every road site. Corner said
that Nebraska's fossils are studied by
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UNL political science senior Jeff Cannon participated Satur
day in the peaceful protest against the sending of the
Nebraska Air Guard to Honduras. Cannon is signing a refer
endum passed out to the protesters urging the United States
to pull its troops out of Honduras.
test included Nebraskans for Nicara
guan Children, Lincoln Youths for a
Nuclear Freeze and Central America
Reaction Team (CART).
At least six Lincoln police officers
were at the scene, but there was no
reported violence.
Protesters, some wearing anti-war
buttons and holding flags, carried signs
that read "Hands off Central America,"
'.'We don't need another Vietnam," and
"It's 7:45, do you know where your
Marines are?"
Songs were part of the rally, includ
ing one composed by Lincoln musician
Dave Hardy. The protesters joined in
scientists from all over the world and
are traded "by the State Museum to
other museums in the United States.
Rare fossils have been found as a
result of the salvage program, Comer
said. The museum exhibit features fos
sils of the North American lion, hel
meted musk ox and stag moose. These
animals were from the Ice Age and are
extinct, Corner said. Bear jaws, carni
vores, elephants and other vertebrates
up to 35 million years old have been
found, along with fossil plants and
invertebrates, he said.
To ensure that fossils aren't lost dur
ing construction, the Department of
Roads sends information about future
road construction projects to the
museum, Bailey said. The museum then
determines if fossils are likely to be
found in those areas. If they are, the
paleontologists will begin excavating,
he said. If a road crew finds evidence of
a major fossil find, they are required to
stop construction until the site can be
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the refrain, "Just say no!"
The United States is backing some
20,000 Nicaraguan Contra rebels based
in Honduras in their war with the Nica
raguan government. The United States
also is backing the government of El
Salvador in its fight against insurgents.
According to a 1986 Lincoln Star
poll, 60 percent of Nebraskans sur
veyed were opposed to U.S. military aid
to the contras.
Gov. Kay Orr, who met with National
Guard officials in Washington last Jan
uary, is on record as supporting the
training in Central America as a way to
improve the Nebraska Guard's readiness.
According to "Museum Notes" of
March 1964, cooperative work on high
way salvage projects began in the 1930s
with the help of T.C. Middleswart and
Art Lobdel. Middleswart was an ama
teur paleontologist, and both men were
roads-department employees.
In 1949 the Paleontological Salvage
Bill was introduced in Congress by
Nebraska Sen. Carl T. Curtis and Sen.
Kenneth S. Wherry. The bill provided
for federal matching of funds for digs in
areas that would be flooded by govern
ment dams. In 1956, a Federal-Aid
Highway Act was redefined and for
mally endorsed the Highway Salvage
program. Corner estimates that nearly
one-third of the museum's vertebrate
fossil specimens were salvaged from a
federal dam or highway project, and
many digs that produced these fossils
were at least partially funded by these
federal bills. .
The Highway Savage Program Exhibit
is on the main floor of Morrill Hall. The
exhibit opened April 7 and will run
through July 26.
8 arrested,
arraigned on
drug charges
From Staff Reports
Eight Lincolnites, at least three of
whom were UNL students, were ar
raigned in Lancaster County Court Fri
day on drug-related charges resulting
from arrests made Thursday.
The eight were released on bond set
by Judge James L. Foster of the Lancas
ter County Court.
The UNL students arraigned:
Douglas A. Pasco, 21, 5240 Cooper
Ave, was charged with two counts of
delivery of a controlled substance
(marijuana), and his court date was set
for May 6.
David A. Rasmussen, 19, 906 Abel
Hall, was charged with two counts of
delivery of a controlled substance
(marijuana), and his court date was set
for May 6.
Scott D. Thien, 22, 1 932 R St., No. 1 9,
was charged with two counts of deliv
ery of a controlled substance (mari
juana), and his court date was set for
May 11.
Others arraigned Friday:
Kelly Manley, 27, 2345 R St., was
charged with two counts of delivery of a
controlled substance (marijuana), and
his court date was set for May 11.
Vincent Christie, 26, 3216 Y St., was
charged with two counts of delivery of a
controlled substance (marijuana), and
his court date was set for May 11.
D'are R. Mullert, 36, 1419 N. 63rd St.,
was charged with two counts of deliv
ery of a controlled substance (cocaine),
and his court date was set for May 11.
Jeff L. Miers, 28, 5642 Morrill Ave.,
was charged with two counts of deliv
ery of a controlled substance (cocaine),
and his court date was set for May 6.
Michael D. Hanna, 28, no address
listed, was charged with two counts of
delivery of a controlled substance (LSD)
and his court date was set for May 6.
Three others, listed on the arrest
warrant are Thomas A. Hardesty, Greg
gory Niday and Brian J. Hughes.
Delivery of a controlled substance is
a class-three felony with a sentence
ranging from one to 20 years in jail and
up to a $20,000 fine.
Arrest warrant affidavits filed in
Lancaster County Court say five under
cover officers purchased the drugs
from the suspects in the suspects'
homes, on street corners, in a north
west Lincoln service station and in the
north parking lot of Abel HallThe first
investigation began in April 1986 and
was conducted by the Lancaster County
Narcotics Unit and the Nebraska State
Lancaster County Deputy Attorney
Thomas Jaudzemis said the arrests
were unrelated and do not constitute
an organized drug ring.
ASUN reviews
local chapter
of Amnesty
By Colleen Kenney
Staff Reporter
The UNL chapter of Amnesty Inter
national is "just a few guys in the dor
mitory" right now, one of its organizers
said, but it could become an official
student organization this week.
Brent Schulz, a UNL architecture
junior, said ASUN probably will approve
Amnesty International as a campus
organization this week after the chap
ter submits its constitution. The UNL
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