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The Channel Islands, described by a federal survey of the entire Pacific Coast as the best remaining area for a national seashore, are called "a high priority" by the Department of the Interior. But time is now short. Even before federal action, the Santa Cruz subdivision scheme—not the least of the threats—can be stopped by usually farsighted Santa Barbara County. It need only refuse to change its judicious designation of the islands as agricultural, a zoning that satisfied the landowners only five months ago. The islands were economically good only for ranching, they said, an assessment supported by a description of Santa Cruz as "isolated" and foggy, with "below freezing" temperatures and "alien and inaccessible" terrain.
Now, 150 days later, the subdividers speak of the islands' "unusually benign weather," with "frost unknown" and summer heat "tempered by sea breezes"; "unexcelled views"; "many natural recreational facilities"; rich soils; incomparable fishing, and "excellent shelter for small craft."
In short, the ideal national seashore.
CREEPING SCENT ON THE 18TH GREEN
THE WORD IS HURRY, NOT HARA
When Billy Kidd entered the Hahnenkamm Festival at Kitzb�hel last weekend he was the toast of Europe, a sort of student prince with rumpled hair and a surprise new racing threat. Austria's Karl Schranz and France's Jean-Claude Killy, favored to sweep the early season, were being regularly knocked off by Kidd, at Hindelang, at Adelboden—almost at Lauberhorn (SI, Jan. 24). At the Hahnenkamm, Kidd wowed them again with a slashing third in the downhill and moved into a spot to beat the world in the slalom, his best event.
Then, on Sunday, amid cries of "Bravo, Willi," Kidd took two spills. On the second, he hooked a ski in the gate, crashed forward, sprained an ankle and his European tour was over.
If there was a jarring note on the tour besides Kidd's spill—and every racer does that—it was a catchphrase that the press invented to describe Kidd's furiously controlled style. Hara-kiri, they called it, meaning suicidal. To which we say: nuts. There is nothing suicidal in the way Kidd attacks a hill, no touch of hara-kiri. It is, instead, exactly what U.S. Coach Bob Beattie has been teaching, a resurgent new form of All-America charge. Kidd deserves credit, not denigrating catchphrases. It is experience and skill and vast determination, not reckless luck, that is making this his season. Bravo, Willi.