Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 7, 1998 · Page 12
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 12

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 7, 1998
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A-12—SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 1998 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Daily Digest Sunday, June 7 OBITUARIES Clifford J. 'Mac' McMahan At his request, no services will be held for Clifford J. "Mac" McMahan. who died Thursday, June 4, 1998. at his Ukiah home. Mr. McMahan was born Dec. 8, 1919 in Eau Claire. Wis., and retired from PG&E in 1983 after 37 years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor and served in the South Pacific, 533rd Engineer, Boat and Shore regiment. He was a member of Abel Lodge No. 146, Pomo Shrine, and Northern California Scottish Rite. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Joan McMahan of Alexandria, Va.; step-son and daughter-in- law. Ron and Diane Brumback of Pioneer: and sisters Marjorie Matz, Bemice Yancey of Wisconsin, and Dorthea Mlenek of Orangevale. He is also survived by grandsons Ryan McMahan of Houston and Blake McMahan of Colorado Springs, and granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Paula and Jeff Tomasini of Sacramento. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Ukiah, Inc., 411 S. State St., Ukiah 95482, or to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817. The Eversole Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. FIRE AND RESCUE UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a medical aid call on the 600 block of North Orchard Avenue at 9:19 a.m. Friday. A 49- year-old man with severe back pain was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. SHOPPING CART FIRE - Firefighters responded to a call about a shopping cart on fire on the 600 block of Mason Street at 2 p.m. Friday. The fire was extinguished. MEDICAL AID - Firefighters responded to a medical aid call on the 1200 block of Hastings Road at 7:45 p.m. Friday. An 80-year-old male who had fainted was transported via advanced life support to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. ROAD WORK HIGHWAY 20 - Construction to resurface Hwy. 20 at four locations in Mendocino County is set to begin Monday, June 15, weather Amateur weather watchers: To add your town to the map call 468-3526 TOOAY-TOMORROW: Sunday: Mo3«y cloudy. A chance o< shower* and thunderstorms in th« afternoon, highs In 1h« 70s. StBKtey rt$rt Partly cloudy with & chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows In the upper 40» 16 taw SOs. Monday: Mostly sunny afler morning: patchy valley fog with a chanc* of afternoon showers over ntgfrertamtfnv Wgfhs In the 70s. MlgM.ow/Hlgh~ BrooMralls-WHWa: 73/45/72. Ukiah: 79/53/77. TUfeSOAY-tHURSDAV: Areas of night and rooming coastal teg and low clouds. Some afternoon and evening crouds over «he mountain* with a sight chance of showers and ihundarstorms. otherwise fair. Highs 60s coast; 70$ coastal vMtflys; and 80s Inland valleys, tows upper 40$ fo near 60 at tow elevations. UKIAH TEMPERATURES FrWay v 7S/5S Saturday..; „ 77/64 ...„ 72/52 STATE TEMPERATURES Sacramento....,73/5S Diego ....... 87/162 San Lws Oblspo 62/S6 San Bafae»........fi3/5S RAINFALL As of S Sat..... .....0.00 Seasdnto6/6 64.46 Last year to 6/6 ,.,.39.05 (Rainfall season starts July 1} Santa Barbara....m/m Santa Rosa 66/60 Vallejo. 67/55 Water STORAGE: Not available INFLOW: 000 cfs. OUTFLOW: 000 cfs SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunset today: 8:31 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:47 a.m. HIGH TIDES High tide: 9:57 p.m. (Today) High tide: 11:45 a.m. (Tomorrow) AIR QUALITY Office closed for the weekend, permitting, and will continue until at least mid-July. Work will be performed at 14 miles east of Fort Bragg near Three Chop Road; at 21 and 22 miles east of Fort Bragg near Janes Creek; and at 26 miles east of Fort Bragg near Irmulco Road. Road crews will be working weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and there may be delays of up to 15 minutes. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving near the work zone, because construction workers will be working near traffic. Parnum Paving, Inc. of Ukiah is the contractor on this $270,000 project. CORRECTIONS A Tuesday Page 1 story on "Getting out the vote" stated it was John Quincy Adams who won the presidency with just one vote, when it was in fact his father, John Adams, who did so. In that same story, Andrew Jackson was identified as the president saved from impeachment by one vote; it was actually President Andrew Johnson. 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: Frlday-5, 3, 9. Saturday-3, 2, 5. FANTASY 5: Frlday-13, 14, 17, 23, 27. Saturday-6, 7, 25, 30, 32. LOTTO: Saturday-8, 12, 13, 40, 45 and 51 for an estimated jackpot of $16 million. DAILY DERBY: Friday-1st Place: 1, Gold Rush. 2nd Place: 8, Gorgeous George. 3rd Place: 4, Big Ben. Race time: 1:46.78. Saturday-1st Place: 6, Whirl Win. 2nd Place: 12, Lucky Charms. 3rd Place: 10, Solid Gold. Race time: 1:46.47. Arrest Phones Bands Continued from Page A-1 area that weekend attending a gay retreat. Detectives said they suspected robbery was a cause because unspecified items were taken from Pearson's body. Smallcomb said Friday the suspects met Pearson in downtown Calpella. He would not say exactly where they met, or whether any of them had driven with Pearson to the Lake Ridge Road turnout where he was found, or had followed him Sundays there. Pearson's body was found May 5 over an embankment near his car, a 1983 maroon Honda, which was parked off a turnout that led to a vineyard road. Based on tire marks, the car may have been chased, sheriff's deputies said. Detectives believe Pearson was dragged from his car, beaten, then thrown over the embankment. He is believed to have been killed the night before his body was found. Continued from Page A-1 system, and still work when 9-11 goes out. These numbers can be found in the government pages of the phone book, and are as follows: • Mendocino County Sheriff's Office: 463-4086 • Fort Bragg Police and Fire Departments: 964-0200 • Ukiah Police and Fire Departments: 463-6262 • Willits Police and Fire Departments: 459-4611 • California Department of Forestry: 459-5336 (CDF acts as fire and medical dispatch for the unincorporated areas of the county.) Residents should not make 91-1 calls to test their service, the sheriff's department says. 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. Calling 9-1-1 and hanging up will result in a response by law enforcement. Additionally, intentional misuse of the 9-1-1 system can constitute a criminal offense. Continued from Page A-1 The crowds have continued to grow, and "now I don't care who's up there, it's just huge," Brewer said, with crowds averaging 2,500 to 3,000 people, and sometimes topping 4,000. "People jot it on their calendars; they plan their vacations around it," Brewer said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing, but problems have, for the most part, been minimal. City Manager Candace Horsley (a Sundays in the Park committee member since the series' beginning) said that beyond providing summer entertainment and recreation for the populace, the "goal is to bring diversity - to reach out to everybody in the community." And for those who have attended dozens of concerts at the park over the years and been surprised at the seeming lack of police presence: They are there, but they keep an intentionally low profile, so as not to dampen the relaxed, party atmosphere. Horsley said security can include bicycle cops, police cadets and plainclothes officers. And likely as not, there's more than a sprinkling of off-duty officers in the audience. "We've never had any problems," Horsley said, "but we want to keep it that way." Of the officers, she said, "We know they're there if we need them." One close call occurred on July 24, 1994, when an overly enthusiastic crowd, whipped into a frenzy by '60s rocker Elvin Bishop, took things a bit far and started climbing on stage. Brewer said Bishop "loved it," but concert organizers were less thrilled and did what they could to protect the musician from his adoring fans. Horsley said she looked around and "saw this huge bull of a guy" and asked him, "Will you be a bouncer?" City staff linked arms and formed a human wall around the stage, while wide-eyed employees looked at one another and more than a few were heard to mutter, "This wasn't part of the job description." It was scary at the time, but no one was hurt, and what was then an ordeal has now become an almost fond memory. "The Case of the Absent Piano" is another nail-biter that's better when viewed from the distance of a couple years. It was Aug. 11, 1996, and the temperature had reached a red hot 105 degrees, when Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers arrived at the park at 4 p.m. - an hour past their deadline. At 4:30, the last guy in the band drove up, took a look at the stage, and asked concert organizer Spencer Brewer, "Where's the piano?" "What piano?" Brewer responded. "The piano in the contract," came the firm reply. "I go into fast mode," Brewer said. "Now 1 had to find a piano." The concert was set to begin at the usual 6 p.m., and by 5:30 there was still only an empty space on the stage where a piano should have been. Brewer said he pressed city employee and fellow Sundays in the Park enthusiast Larry DeKnoblough into service, and the two raced to piano player Ed Reinhart's home with one thing on their minds: a piano. Ed happened not to be home, but neither doors nor locks would have been likely to stop these men on a mission. Fortunately, Reinhart and Brewer are close friends, and within a matter of a couple minutes Reinhart's upright piano found itself on the back of Brewer's pickup, bouncing along toward Todd Grove Park at a fast clip. At a mere three minutes to 6, the piano-carrying truck cleared the crowd (something like Moses parting the Red Sea, only on a smaller scale), the piano was shoved onto the stage, and at 6 p.m. Brewer was at the mike, announcing the start of the concert, which featured the music of the '20s, '30s and '40s, and classics by Count Basic, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Another significant event in Sundays in the Park history occurred in 1994, when the Ukiah series became the first in the nation run by solar power, courtesy of Real Goods. The concerts are still solar- powered, and although the system works well, bands have been known to overtax the available power by performing a few extra encores. "Tell them to get off the stage; we don't have any power," Brewer recalls having to tell a band's manager on occasion. Everyone connected with the popular series stresses it would still be a pipe dream were it not for the financial support of many area businesses, most notably Ken Fowler Auto & Truck Center and KWNE-FM Radio, which, along with the city, have presented the concert series each year since its beginning. Ken Fowle-, who along with his wife, Kathy, gave $10,000 to launch the series and has donated an additional $8,000 every year since, said his company plans to continue its support. "It's a good community event," he said recently. "We were in on the initial idea. We felt close to it, and it's good for us to be associated with it. "Everybody really has a good time, and people come from all over now," he said. Gil Dye, owner of KWNE- FM Radio, said he and others at his station had an idea for a community concert series as long as 15 years ago, but couldn't get it started. "We couldn't get the city to do it," he said. "They had reservations about using the park." Asktfd about the continued growth of Sundays in the Park, Dye said: "Spencer's done a great job. He championed it. Ever since, it's been momentum." KWNE sets up a remote studio on concert Sundays and broadcasts from the park and heavily promotes the series throughout the summer. Sundays in the Park "cuts across all classes," Dye said. "It makes for great neighbors. It's just a very nice thing for the community, and it fits well with the community we are." Fetzer Vineyards is a "Patron" of the series, donating $5,000 this year. Other local businesses are supporting the '98 series by making lesser (but still significant) financial contributions. They are as follows: "Co-presenters": Mendo Mill & Lumber Company, Skip Gibbs Railcar Bridges, Performance Coatings, Real Goods Trading Corp., Parnum Paving, Mendocino Brewing Company, Rainbow Construction and Parducci Winery. "Major Underwriters": Masonite, Sanford House, Mendocino Book Company, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Merchants of the Pear Tree Center, Ukiah Valley Medical Center, Pacific Internet and CalFarm Insurance. "Substantial Funding" by: Wildberger's Market, Redwood Heating-Cooling and Northwest/Nor Coast Life. Continued from Page A-1 tapes and videos are brought to a conference room at the Civic Center, where the selection committee of four prepares to make the final cut. Joining Brewer and representing the City of Ukiah are: Candace Horsley, Tammi Weselsky and Larry DeKnoblough. Their musical tastes (in no particular order) have been described as: "open-minded but hasn't heard of many of the groups," "most radical," "more conservative" and "it's all fun." Whether it's blues, country, jazz, boogie woogie or Big Band swing, the committee of four gives each group "two hits" in case one of the numbers they choose just happens to be a bad song. When they find a group they really like, they check out a third selection on the CD or tape. Good or bad, they move through the choices at a brisk three to 10 minutes per band in an effort to whittle the pool down to the top five, plus a couple more in case their favorites don't work out. After that, there's at least a month of negotiating before contracts are signed and another series begins to take shape. To date, no band has reneged on a Sundays in the Park commitment and some of them even charge less than their going rate for a chance to perform beneath the trees in Todd Grove Park. Serial killer weds ex-jail nurse Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Henry Louis Wallace, killer of nine women, has gotten married to a former prison nurse in a ceremo- . ny next to the execution chamber where he is to be put to death. Rebecca Torrijas, wearing a pale green dress covered with pink flowers and a pearl necklace, became Mrs. Henry Louis Wallace on Friday. The ceremony took place at Raleigh's Central Prison, where Torrijas met Wallace after his arrest in 1994 for North Carolina's deadliest crime spree. He was convicted in 1997. Wallace wore his red prison jumpsuit and black tennis shoes. Prison chaplain Sam Murray led an unaccompanied rendition of "Amazing Grace." Wallace's court-appointed attorney, Mecklenburg County public defender Isabel Day, served as an official witness and photographer. Also attending was the manager of the death- row unit at the prison. The newlyweds were allowed to talk with one another for about 20 minutes in the room where they were married. They were reunited a few minutes later in another area, where they were separated by plastic glass and bars, and talked for about an hour. The bride, in her mid-50s, declined to comment, saying the ceremony was very personal. The groom, 32, cannot accept calls and can make only one a year. A nurse who has worked with psychiatric patients, Torrijas resigned from her job at the jail after meeting Wallace. She visited him almost every week while he awaited trial. NOYO THEATRE S3bOBaigamUalini"eallshi S! 50 Tuesday lor Slaned • WillitS • 459-NOYO(6696) The Horse Whisperer DAILY: 7:30 • ADDITIONAL MMINEE SAT, SUN.: IW, 4 15 BULWORTH (R) APPTONAI MMINEE SAT. SUN.; 1;t5 CODZIULA DAILY: 9.00 • ADDITIONAL MATINEE SAT. SUN.: 3:45 HOPE FLOATS «.signature™ itm.con^— 1112 S. Stale St., I'kiah • 4(i2-G7BR ' The Truman Show SAT-SUN: 12:10 ••• DAILY: 2:30, 5:00, 7:20, 9:45 Ufii A Perfect Murder SAT-SUN: 12:00 DAILY: 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 HOPE FLOATS SAT-SUN: 12:15 DAILY: 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55 GODZILLA 1 SAT-SUN: 12:45 DAILY: 3:45, 7:00, 9:50 SAT-SUN: 1:00 DAILY: 4:30. 8:00 DEEP IMPACT DAILY: 4:15, 6:50, 9:35 AlMOSTITO SAT-SUN: 12:30 FRI, MON-THUR: 2:15

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