Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 5, 1998 · Page 20
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20—SUNDAY, JULY 5, 1998 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Daily Digest Sunday, July 5 OBITUARIES John Soinila John Soinila REDWOOD VALLEY - John Soinila, 53, of Redwood Valley, was killed in a solo car accident while driving on the Wildberger Ranch in the hills west of Ukiah on Sunday, June 28, 1998. Ironically, this tragic incident occurred on mountain property he loved and had visited frequently over the years, where he had gathered that weekend along with a close circle of friends to pay tribute to their mutual lifelong friend, Rick Wildberger. John was born and raised in the Ukiah area. He was an outstanding athlete at Ukiah High School, where he would be fondly remembered as a student who was well __ liked by friends, family, and the community as a whole. He attended Chico State University, followed by four years in the United States Air Force, serving in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he began raising a family. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Mendocino County and worked as a surveyor for the City of Ukiah, later going into vineyard management. He eventually took over the family business, Vic's Place in Redwood Valley, a well-known tavern which has been owned and operated by his father, Veikko Soinila, since 1950. John retired five years ago. John always had a passion for sports and coached several youth baseball teams in Ukiah over the years. Because of his love for the game, John perpetuated a long-standing Vic's Place tradition of sponsoring numerous teams in the area, and actively supported the involvement of youth in sports activities of all kinds. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and conservationist, with an extraordinary reverence and respect for the natural world. He sought the serenity of the mountains and passed on a legacy of love and respect for outdoor life to his children. John is survived by his father, Veikko Soinila of Redwood Valley; his wife, Carol Soinila of Redwood Valley; four sons, Zachary Soinila of Chico, Jared Soinila of Arcata, Tate Soinila and Joel Soinila, also of Redwood Valley; a sister, Julie Soinila of Geyserville; and numerous aunts, uncles, a niece and nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Soinila; and brother, Donald Tracy. A memorial will be held on Saturday, July 18 at the Redwood Valley Fire Department on East Road in Redwood Valley at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following: Potter Valley Community Health Center, 10175 Main St., Potter Valley, CA 95469; or Redwood Valley/Calpella Fire Department, 8481 East Road, Redwood Valley, CA 95470. An account has been established for the benefit of Tate and Joel Soinila, children of John Soinila, with the Savings Bank of Mendocino County. In celebration of John's life, the family invites you to bring a special photo or remembrance to pin on a family bulletin board at the memorial service, and if you have a personal story to share, they lovingly welcome your contribution. POLICE REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department. To anonymously report crime information, call 463-6205. DOG BITE - A grandmother on the 800 block of Hazel Avenue filed a report at 6:21 p.m. Thursday that her grandson had been bitten by a brown pitbull-mix dog. The dog was taken to the pound. INJURED CAT - An injured cat found in the road on Cherry Street at 12:24 a.m. early Friday morning was taken to the Redwood Valley Clinic. FOUND BIKE - A green Schwinn 10-speed Varsity bicycle was reported found Friday by a resident of the 200 block of Garrett Drive. YESTIBDAY'S TEMPERATURES REDWOOD VALLEY 93/52 Amateur weather watchers: To add your town to the inap call 468-3526 'Unofficial temperatures , Hi$te in fce 8<te to low 90s. Sunday night: Mostly clear. LOWS Monday; Mostly sunny. Highs In trie fite to mfd-stos. High/Low/High- fotf efouds dhd fog dxtendlng locally Intend night and morning <svftr ^* rfiountaJns, otherwise clear, near normal temperatures. ftst ' h th * 70s ««* 80S { n ** mountains coastal valleys, .. LOWS in the upper 30$ and 40s In tfie mountain valleys, in the 50s ' "• UKIAH TEMPERATURES last year ?/4.....<.;.«;..,'.,.., ( S3/ 1 S7 RAINFALL Asfif Sp,m; Sat 0.00 Season to 7/4 o.oo Last year to 7/4.... 0.00 (Rainfall season starts July i) Santa Barbara.,..68/Se $6nyjfe6b!spQ ft/53 Santa Rosa~,.,.J7/50 'Valtejo , 77/S4 Water Lake Mendocino Office closed for the weekend. SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunset today: 8:36 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:54 a.m. HIGH TIDES High tide: 9:56 p.m. (Today) High tide: 10:45 a.m. (Tomorrow) AIR QUALITY Office closed for the weekend. SHERIFF'S REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: ARRESTS - Lorene Eichner, 24, of Redwood Valley, was attested Thursday on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property, theft of a credit card, and unlawful use of this credit card. Todd R. Ramos, 26, of Redwood Valley, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and also for a probation violation. Sheriff's deputies started investigating the credit card theft after being contacted by Visa International regarding its unlawful use by Eichner. On Wednesday, sheriff's deputies developed information that Eichner was at 105 Coyote Valley Blvd. in Redwood Valley. After responding to that address, they discovered some tires which were purchased at a local Ukiah business using the stolen credit card. On Thursday,'deputies returned to Coyote Valley Blvd. to conduct a probation search, and while there arrested Eichner on the above listed charges. Deputies also discovered approximately 3.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine along with scales and meth smoking devices. Deputies determined that the residence and the suspected illegal drugs belonged to Ramos, and he was arrested on the above charges. Both suspects were booked into the Mendocino County Jail. Eichner's bail was set at $10,000, and Ramos has no bail, due to the probation warrant. CHP REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol: ACCIDENT - Evelyn Patricia Donati, 65, of Daly City, was driving a '95 Toyota north on Highway 101 near East Side Road, three miles south of Hopland about 1 p.m. Thursday, with her grandson, Joseph Charles Gotelli, 12, a passenger in the front seat. Donati said she was feeling a little tired, and as the highway began a gradual turn to the left, she dozed off, allowing her car to continue straight, drifting onto the right, unpaved (east) shoulder. This woke her up, she overcorrected to the left to regain the road, and lost control of the car. The Toyota swerved across both northbound and southbound traffic lanes, continued off the left (east) shoulder, and traveled down a steep embankment, narrowly missing several large trees. The car then overturned, and the airbags deployed, causing minor injuries to Joseph's face. Both passengers were wearing lap and seat belts; both escaped with minor injuries, but were transported to the Ukiah Valley Medical Center via Ukiah Ambulance. Hopland Volunteer Fire Department responded and provided rescue, paramedic and traffic control services at the scene. DUI ARREST - Kurt A. Kerns, 48, of Potter Valley, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was involved in a solo, non-injury vehicle accident Thursday at 10:40 p.m. on Lake Pillsbury Road east of Oat Gap Road. Those arrested by law enforcement officers are innocent until proven guilty. People reported as having been arrested may contact the Dally Journal once their case has been concluded so the results can be reported. Those who feel the Information is In error should contact the appropriate agency. In the case of those arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant: all DUI cases reported by law enforcement agencies are reported by the newspaper. The Daily Journal makes no exceptions. FIRE AND RESCUE URIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a call for aid with traffic control at a non-injury accident at Gobbi and Orchard at 2:45 p.m. Thursday. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a medical aid call in the 1000 block of South State Street at 6:10 p.m. Thursday. An elderly male fall victim was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a medical aid call in the 500 block of Empire Drive at 1:43 p.m. Friday. A 2-year-old fall victim bleeding from the mouth and family were transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a medical aid call in the 700 block of South State Street at 3:10 p.m. Friday. A 23-year-old woman had a laceration on her left foot. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a medical aid call in the 1100 block of Talmage Road at 3:31 p.m. Friday. A 72-year-old man was feeling general weakness and was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. CORRECTIONS The Ukiah Dally Journal reserves this space to correct errors or make clarifications to news articles. Significant errors in obituary notices or birth announcements will result in reprinting the entire article. Errors may be reported to the editor, 468-3526. LOTTERY NUMBERS DAILY 3: Thursday-not available. Friday-4, 4, 0. Saturday-8, 2, 6. FANTASY 5: Thursday-not available. Friday-01, 10, 13, 18, 30. Saturday-10, 19,28, 32, 37. DAILY DERBY: Thursday-not available. Friday-lst Place: 1, Gold Rush. 2nd Place: 8, Gorgeous George. 3rd Place: 2, Lucky Star. Race time: 1:43.95. Saturday-lst Place: 2, Lucky Star. 2nd Place: 10, Solid Gold. 3rd Place: 3, Hot Shot. Race time: 1:49.09. LOTTO: Saturday-4, 14, 31, 35, 37 and 47 — for an estimated jackpot of $22 million. Willits Continued from Page 1 wag his tail in time to the rhythm - or was it the lunch plate the happy dog was quickly licking clean? After the Hog Callers finished their first set, the Willits Frontier Twirlers took the stage. A banker, a botanist, a yoga teacher and other regular Willits folks dressed in Western attire do-si- doed - some more convincingly than others - to the instructions of live caller Steve Minkin. After a few numbers, Minkin called all the kids in the audience up front to do the "Hpkey Pokey": "You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out...." Everyone had so much fun that he did two other children's dances and promised more later on. Smiles were everywhere Saturday. "This is one of my favorite events," said Lynda Prestyly, a mother and a nurse at Willits' Howard Hospital. "I love the sense of community. People of all types, all kinds, come together to enjoy the history and the memories. It's kind of magic...." • For those who missed Saturday's events up in Willits, Frontier Days continues today, too. First, the Willits Lions Club offers a Cowboy Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Rec Grove, featuring coffee, juice, flapjacks, eggs and ham. There's also a Junior Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds, starting at Julia Orpheus/The Dally Journal After the parade and barbecue, Emily Thomas, 7, tries her luck at the carnival dime toss. 10 a.m., with participants ranging from very young riders to high school students. At 3 p.m., there'll be a free concert - the 17th Annual True Value/Jimmy Dean Country Showdown - at the Rec Grove. And two important parts of Frontier Days - the Butler Amusements carnival and the historic exhibits at the Mendocino County Museum - will be open throughout the day. For more information, check out the Frontier Days Web site at www.mendoevent.com. Lawmakers warned not to take casino donations Associated Press SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers could face federal criminal sanctions if they take campaign donations from California Indian gambling operations deemed illegal,jhe Legislature's legal counsel warned. The opinion cites federal laws against money laundering and racketeering, saying "money that is generated at an Indian casino from gambling activities that are illegal under state or federal law is potentially subject to seizure by federal authorities." The opinion, obtained Thursday, comes to light as Indian tribes lobby to expand their operations and as their political influence grows in the Capitol. Tribes are among the largest campaign donors in the state, giving Democrats and Republicans more than $1 million this year. Opponents of gambling's expansion say lawmakers who support the tribes' position should no longer take donations from them, the Los Angeles Times reported today. Observers say the opinion's impact may be far reaching, affecting upcoming races for governor, attorney general and other statewide offices; in those campaigns, some candidates have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from various tribes. But proponents of gambling's expansion shrugged it off. "If they (Indian casinos) were out of compliance, they would be shut down. They have not been shut down. The courts have not ruled." Many aspects of the issue are not settled, the counsel's opinion acknowledges. Federal law says a tribe must sign a compact with a state before it can offer the same type of gambling that is legal on its reservation. But it's still unclear what is or isn't legal and the battle continues. Federal prosecutors around the state have started the prolonged process of getting court orders to shut down casinos where tribes have refused to negotiate on Gov. Pete Wilson's terms. A Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled the governor must get legislative approval for any Indian gambling agreement. The counsel's opinion was dated June 26, indicating it was circulating around the Capitol as legislators prepared to vote on a gambling compact signed by Wilson and the Pal a Indians; the pact was denounced by several other tribes that want more control over their gambling enterprises. The pact, which was voted down in an Assembly committee, is expected to be voted on again this summer. Pears Continued from Page 1 pears, the less work there is cutting them into fruit cocktail-size chunks, Elkins said, noting a majority of canned pears go into fruit cocktail. "It's cheaper for them to work with big fruit," she said. Stores and consumers also prefer larger fresh fruit, Elkins said. She said fruit can't simply be left on the vine longer, in order to let it get bigger. "Toward the end of summer, when it gets cooler, the trees declare it's time to go to bed for the season and drop their crop," Elkins said. Cold weather and rain also kept blooms from properly developing into fruit, so pears were prone to dropping, she said. If those problems weren't bad enough, the rain kept trees a little too wet a little too long and a fungus, called scab, developed in some. "That took quite a bit of fruit off the trees," Elkins said. To top it off, unseasonal hailstorms, primarily in Potter Valley, pummeled pears, leaving them NOYO THEATRE pitted and scarred, she said. Elkins said consumers don't want damaged fruit and neither do canneries. Cannery peelers don't deal with pits more than an eighth of an inch deep, she said. Despite the trials of the early pear season, Ruddick said the surviving pears look good. "Surprisingly, there is a very nice crop of pears," though reduced, she said. ,., 0,830 JMJ. JHHTf 1MB PH TUtt. 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