Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 4, 1998 · Page 14
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 14

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, June 4, 1998
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14—THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 1998 - THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Daily Digest Thursday, June 4 OBITUARIES Verlie James Sligh A funeral for Verlie James Sligh will be held at 2 p.m., Monday at Anker-Lucier Mortuary. Burial will follow at Little Lake Cemetery in Willie. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the mortuary-. Mr. Sligh died Sunday, May 31, 1998, at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital of complications from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. He was 82. He was born April 30, 1916 in Malvern, Arkansas. He spent his youth there and married Wynn Ella Stephenson on June 18, 1938. They moved to Orange, Texas where he worked in the shipyards during World War TI, helping to build destroyers for the U.S. Navy. Mr. and Mrs. Sligh brought their three small children to California in 1951, settling first in Laytonville and then in Willits in 1958. He was a planerman in lumber mills until his retirement in 1977. Mr. Sligh is survived by his daughter, Joyce Augustson of Willits; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Duane Brown of Willits; son and daughter-in-law, James and Yvonne Sligh of Ukiah; grandchildren Richard and David Augustson, Marian Mayer, Shawna Brown, Eric Sligh and Monica Sligh-Carson; three great-grandchildren; brothers William, Phinies, and Jack Sligh, all of Arkansas: and sister, Mary Lou Buckles of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wynn Ella in 1991. SHERIFF'S REPORTS The following were compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: ARREST - Leland V. Horneman, 26, of Potter Valley, was arrested at 11 a.m. Wednesday at his Potter Valley home on suspicion of possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe, violation of probation and possession of ammunition by a felon. ARREST - Harry Lindenburger, 75, of Ukiah, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. today in the 2100 block of South State Street on suspicion YESTERDAY'S TEMPERATURES Amateur weather watchers: To add your town to the map call 468-3526 i Mostly cloudy. Lows fn the lower 40s to tower 50s. Friday: Partly ctoudy. A slight Chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs fn the lower 70s to near 80s. L6w/Hlg1ri-Srooktr«ifs-WiHh9:42/75. Ukiah: 50/80. Fort Bragg: 51/63. Lakeport: 46/74. SAfUftDAY4/iONDAY: Mostly ctoudy with numerous showers and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, tows In the 30s to the tower 40s in the mountains, and in the upper 40s and 80s at tower etevMons. Highs In the 60s to the lower 60s in the mountains and on the coast, in tile rrtid-60s and 70s elsewhere. UKIAH TEMPERATURES '. ...... . ......... 63 ,.64 ' RAINFALL As of ft a.m.. ................. .......0.00 Season to 6/4 ...... .......,.. 4 ..,64.46 Last year to 6/4 ................. 38.05 (Rainfall season starts July 1) STATE TEMPERATURES Saeraff!efft>.<.,.70/50 San Francisco... 64/S3 8s» lu» Qfalspo. 63/46 Sarta Barbara«,.67/51 Santa Roia.......64/Be Water Lake Mendocino Storage 91,155 acre-feet Max allowed 182,500 acre-feet Inflow 405 cfs Outflow 405 cfs SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunset today: 8:29 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:48 a.m. HIGH TIDES High tide: 8:21 p.m. (Today) High tide: 9:13a.m.(Tomorrow) AIR QUALITY measured 6/4 in Ukiah Ozone .038 ppm (slate standard .09) Carbon Monoxide 1.8 ppm(20) Nitrogen Dioxide .019 ppm (.25) of threatening to hit his landlord with a baseball bat. Those arresled by law enforcement officers are innocent until proven guilty. People reported as having been arrested may contact the Daily 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 Dill cases reported by law enforcement agencies are reported by the newspaper. The Daily Journal makes no exceptions. CORRECTIONS The Ukiah Daily 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: 4, 1, 1. ! FANTASY 5: 02, 15, 17, 23, 32. ; LpTTO: 1, 4, 7, 19, 32 and 34 for an estimated jackpot of $9; million. DAILY DERBY: 1st Place: 7, Eureka. 2nd Place: 6, Whirl Win. 3rd Place: 12, Lucky Charms. Race time: 1:48.18. '. Lives Water Continued from Page 1 The fire moved fast. "It was amazing, like 'Gone With the Wind,'" said Borges. The huge flames and smoke extended from the building toward the ocean in an illusion of closing in on the gas tanks that stand to the north. "Thank God those buildings are metal," said Borges as she pointed to the two buildings acting as a buffer between the big red Ocean Fresh building and the marine fuel dock next door. diet Hummel is the owner of the marine fuel docks and stood in awe of the surviving fisherman statue above the remnants of the building. "It's the most amazing thing," said Hummel. The statue resisted the consuming flames and was still there in the morning. It was the fire department, not the metal buildings, that protected the fuel tanks from possible explosion, said Hummel. "Those guys are amazing, they're better than the guys in the city." It seemed to Borges that every fire engine on the coast was at the scene. The total cost of the damage is up to the insurance company, according to Ocean Fresh co- owner Blake Juntz. "It's a total loss," he said. "Everyone said so." "Yeah, it's probably a complete loss," said one Fort Bragg fireman. The damage extended to the back and sides of the massive building. Juntz collected some surviving business documents Wednesday morning and hoped to gather the employees' time cards. "Everything that's left is in that box," said an observer named John. Juntz had packed up surviving documents into a box in the back of his truck. "That was my life," said fisherman Sal Lara, shaking his head as he walked away from the scene. Lara works for Joe Roberts, and himself had sold fish to Ocean Fresh for six years. "Most fishermen sell from place to place, but most of the time we have one big steady buyer and have worked out affordable prices," said Lara. "Now we'll have to start all over and may not get the same breaks as the one we've gone to for years," he continued. "These guys were our friends. I knew them, our kids go to school together." Lara was not alone at the dock. Other fishermen who saw their livelihood burn up in flames stood or sat in view of the wreckage. "I'm going to be financially hurting," said Lara. "There was 40,000 pounds of everyone's stuff in there, and we're not going to get paid." Fire Continued from Page 1 When they arrived at the scene, Juntz said, there were two Coast Guard boats shooting water on the fire - it hadn't gotten over to where the records were kept, upstairs. "I went up there and broke out the windows so they could shoot water in, and saved a lot of files." Juntz said when one of the fire trucks arrived, one of the firefighters saw the fisherman's statue atop the building, from a distance, consumed by flames and thought it was a firefighter up there. Somebody was working in the building until 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, he said, and closed up. He said there are about 80 to 90 Downtown workers on the payroll plus 20 boats with crews of two to three each. Wednesday was payroll day. Onlookers watched the all- night fire, still shooting occasional small flames Wednesday morning. Two of them were a brother and sister, Alma and Juan Armas, who had been employed there for 10 years. Not all the onlookers were human. Seals watched from the water across the harbor and voiced their opinions loudly. And Fort Bragg Marine owner Hummel said, "Rio Huston down the road there does a little processing for fresh fish. The young woman who recently bought the Noyo Grocery Store depended on the trade from the processing plant for her livelihood. This is going to affect everyone with a business down here." According to Phenix, 27 people and six pieces of equipment were on the scene from the Fort Bragg department. They were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard. With their easy access from the harbor, the Noyo River Station launched two 44- foot motor lifeboats, which are equipped to fight fires, and a rigid hull inflatable vessel to assist the fire departments, according to Chief Kevin Stephens, and 10 people. One of the boats helped to keep the fire from spreading to a fuel dock 30 feet away; the other helped to extinguish the blaze. The inflatable vessel towed a boat moored nearby safely away from the flames. The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene at 12:30 a.m. with one truck and eight firefighters, according to Chief Steve Schlafer. All agencies battled the flames until 4:30 a.m. when the coast guard was told there were no more hot spots. Crews from Fort Bragg continued to monitor the fire Wednesday. The CDF sent three people with two engines, according to Fire Capt. Floyd Nelson, to help with the mop-up. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Continued-from Page 1 FERC representatives were in Ukiah Wednesday to collect information and comments on the proposal to decrease water diversions from the Eel River, which PG&E uses to fuel its Potter Valley hydroelectric plant. From Potter Valley, the water heads, via canals, to the Russian River, where it accounts for a majority o,f that river's summer flows. FERC required PG&E to study the effects the diversion has on anadromous fish and come up with a way to make the water flows more beneficial to fish as part of its 1983 relicensing. The study took more than 10 years. Once completed, PG&E, in conjunction with the state Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, worked out a plan that is supposed to be a compromise between human and fish needs. The proposal includes keeping more water in the Eel River during critical steelhead and salmon migration periods in the fall and spring. To keep water flows as natural as possible, they may be adjusted up to three times a day from October to January for upstream migration and daily from January through May for downstream migration. According to PG&E's proposal, summer water diversions will remain the same as now. PG&E's report states the proposed changes would have a minimal effect on Russian River water users. But Russian River water users from Mendocino County to Error Marin County aren't too sure. They were among around 70 people, including city and utility- representatives from several. Sonoma County cities, numerous inland Mendocino County water users, environmentalists and Round Valley tribal representatives, who attended the meeting, held at the Ukiah Conference. Center. Several people noted that the reason Potter Valley agriculture, exists and the Ukiah Valley lias- flourished is because of the water diversions and the potential economic loss is high. Water users farther down the line also could be affected, including farms, homeowners and sewer plants, which discharge waste into the river when river flows are sufficiently high. The historic dependency began in the early 1900s, when the diversions were first made. But that's not so historic in the larger picture, noted Craig Bell, who represents both a river guide and salmon restoration groups. Salmon and trout have relied on the Eel River "since camels, mastodons and short-faced bears walked through North America," he said. None of the groups are satisfied with PG&E's analysis of the proposal. Mendocino and Sonoma counties water agencies want to review the model PG&E used to evaluate the effects of the proposed diversion changes. FERC representatives said they plan to have numerous public hearings between now and the time the agency adopts a proposal, whether it ends up being PG&E's or the tribes'. It hopes to adopt a proposal by early next year. Continued from Page 1 business owners would be happy about that." (Anderson, for the sake of full disclosure, is in fact currently working at Schat's Bakery.) "This atmosphere is just a little bureaucratic," he concluded. County Clerk-Recorder Marsha Young said this morning she realizes people do miss the downtown scene, especially that chalkboard. "But there wasn't anywhere for people to sit," she said, "and there's nothing at the courthouse anymore, except the court. No administrative offices - we are all here." Young said the big complaint at the fall 1996 election event was from the campaigns, "who wanted to have parties at all the little restaurants around the courthouse." But she said, now that election returns are immediately posted on the Internet as they come in, "It's not that difficult to set up a computer and have the party anywhere and still get returns." There was talk at the Clerk- Recorder's Office this time about bringing the traditional chalkboard back, even at the Admin Center. "But," Young said, "when we looked at the number of candidates, we thought: 'OK, whose names are we going to write down? All 17 gubernatorial candidates?'" In the end, Young got some help from county Information Services to put returns on an overhead projector in the Supervisors Chambers. There was nothing romantic about the tiny figures on the screen, but there were plenty of seats - the vast majority of which remained empty throughout the night. The Internet returns, on the other hand, which were done for the first time this election, were a big hit. "I got a lot of comments from people who got our information off the Internet," Young said. "It's great, especially for the people in the outlying areas, who used to have to make long-distance phone calls." Young said planning for the next election night is in transition. "I don't know what the solution is," she said. "We've taken care of part of the problem, and now we have to come up with something that will please a few more people." In any case, several of those present vowed to move the party back downtown, no matter what. Fifth District supervisor candidate Joe Louis Hoffman made it - rather late unfortunately - a campaign promise. Attorney Dave Nelson, who is active in the local Democratic Party and a veteran of election night in Ukiah, insisted: "One way or another, next time we're going to arrange to have it downtown," Former District Attorney Duncan James heartily signed on to the "bring it back to downtown" campaign, clasping Nelson around the shoulders in brotherly agreement. "Remember," Nelson smiled, "it was the left's idea." "But," James laughed, "the right is going to bring in all the money." Continued from Page 1 two races were punched incorrectly. What happened was one of the pages - the one that included the district attorney and sheriff's race - in one of the voting booths at a Ukiah precinct was in the wrong place, throwing off the punch marks on the ballots, Young explained. Luckily, the error was discovered at 7:30 a.m., just 30 minutes after the polls opened. Unluckily, the page was again incorrectly inserted, throwing off a second race - the assessor-clerk- recorder's - for another half hour. "We had to fix it twice," she said. Young said the error probably affected just a few votes, even though 59 people voted at that precinct before it was corrected. She explained there are five booths at the precinct, so just a fraction of the voters are likely to have used the malfunctioning booth. "We figured it might have GODZILLA BAIY:6;«,8<» affected five or 10 people," Young said. After the error was discovered, she said all the precincts were called and asked to double check the voting books. No other problems were found, Young said. She said Tuesday night she was hoping the affected races wouldn't be close. Young said she wasn't sure what would happen if they were. She said she would have had to consult with the county's attorneys to figure out what step to take. NOYO THEATRE SPECIALTY FILM SERIES THIS WEEK THE BIG LEBOWSH (R) AT 7:00 PM VilitUJtt w.flgniturttnutrn.c 6- Iil2 S. Stain SI., I'kiali • 4(i2-(i788 [HOPE FLOATS DAILY: 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55 JK AIMOSTHEROES DAILY: 2:30,4:40, 7:10, 9:20 GODZILLA DAILY: 3:45, 7:00, 9:50 IMTEl BULWORTH DAILY: 5:20, 7:40,10:00 HOPE FLOATS DAILY: 6:55. 9:20 (PG-13) THE! DAILY: 4:30, 8:00 FRI,MON-THURS:3:00 DEEP IMPACT DAILY: 4:15, 6:50, 9:35

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