Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 8, 1998 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily ournal Schools Area school news • Page 2 Today .11 ©1998, Donrey Media Group 14 pages, Volume 140 Number 49 50 cents lax included In Brief 2 Jumble . Classifieds .. .11 Lottery 14 Comics 9 Obituaries ... .14 Crossword .. .10 Sports 6 Daily Digest . .14 TV listings 10 Features 10 Weather 14 Forum 4 Monday, June 8,1998 Gettin' steamed up Roots of Motive Power brings rail history to life By JENNIFER POOLE The Daily Journal WILLITS- - Trains, fire trucks, steam engines and more steam engines were everywhere to be seen Saturday afternoon along East Commercial Street. At the Skunk Train Depot, tourists bused in from Sonoma County were loading onto two historic California Western Railroad cars for a trip to Northspur. Across the street, the red and yellow fire engines of the Little Lake Fire Department were proudly lined up outside the station, doors open and ready for inspection. Youngsters with red-and-yellow fire- hats who'd come to tour the fire station picnicked in Bud Snider Memorial Park. Just a few blocks further down, next to the Mendocino County Museum, Willits' unique group of steam engine enthusiasts - Roots of Motive Power - held its first steam-up of the year. The event was billed as "Family Heritage Day," and was an invitation to Mendocino County schoolchildren and their families to experience the romance of steam power. Julia Orpheus/The Daily Journal At top, after 72 years, former ''whistle punk" Harold Ellison blows the whistle on the same compound yarder he worked on as a teenager. Ellison worked for Mendocino Lumber Company In "Malory's Camp" near Fort Bragg in the 1920s, where he earned a competitive salary of 56 cents per hour. Above left, Mackenzie Kirkpatrick tries his hand at blowing the steam donkey whistle. At left, Al Hunter and Wes Brubacher help to maintain the steam wench by adding the proper oil mixture. Usually, said Chris Baldo, chief financial officer and co-founder of Roots, the steam-up for schoolchildren is held on a school day and is for children and their teachers-only. "We have it toward the end of the school year," Baldo said, "and bus the kids in as a kind of treat." But this year, the group thought they'd experiment with a weekend show, and open it to the public. Although not as crowded as usual, a steady stream of interested folks, both young and old, attended Saturday's event. "Any kid that ever had an Erector Set in the 1930s, this is what it was all about," said Ray Earth, touring the exhibit with his wife, Nancy. "This is what they were trying to duplicate, with all the pieces and the moving parts." Earth fondly remembered his own No. 8 Erector Set, he said. "It was the Engineer's Set. It cost $48. That was a lot of money in 1939." Baldo himself said the Roots volunteers were happy "just to be able to stir the juices in the engines" for the first time after a long winter. "Everybody's enjoying steaming things up for their own edification as much as anything," he said. The antique steam-powered equipment featured in the Roots collection was used by North Coast logging companies during the first half of this century. Such machines as spool donkeys, steam cranes, yarders, and steam winches were essential to life in the lumber camps. See ROOTS, Page 14 Ukiah Unified waiting for state on Prop. 227 By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal Ukiah Unified School District will wait to hear from the state for direction on its bilingual programs. "We will make changes when we hear from the state," said the district's bilingual coordinator, Irma "Rimer. That may be awhile, despite the new law's stated fall implementation schedule. Proposition 227 already is being challenged in court. Among other things, the law may violate federal law and numerous court decisions that require schools to provide equal opportunity educational opportunities for all students. As is, Proposition 227 would limit schools to teaching limited English proficiency -or LEP -students in English, unless their parents apply for a.waiver. At least 20 parents must request classes in which two languages are used before a school can offer such" a class. If such classes are not available, the students would need to transfer to a school that does have one. Proposition 227 allows for a one-year, "sheltered" English immersion program for LEP students. The students would be mainstreamed after that year, unless, again, their parents apply for waivers. - ••• The proposition is expected to cost the state $50 million for each of 10 years to pay for free or subsidized English-language instruction for parents and/or community members who pledge to tutor their own or other children who are learning English, according to EdSource, a non-profit, non-partisan education publication. While about half the state's LEP students already are being taught only in English, the law could do away with other bilingual programs, such as a new one instituted at several Mendocino County schools in which both Spanish and English speakers learn each others' languages. The students spend part of each day being taught in English and part being taught in Spanish. That program is funded through a five-year federal grant. Turner said she hopes the district will apply for a waiver to continue the program, which is in its second year. Ironically, the district also may be required to apply for a waiver to continue its foreign language courses at the high school, which appear to be prohibited by the English-only language of the proposition, she said. "We still have many questions," Turner said. Look for more ballot measures in November Everything from animal traps to Indian gaming By MICHELLE DeARMOND Associated Press LOS ANGELES —Would you support outlawing the slaughter of horses and sale of their meat? How about a ban on trapping animals like bobcats and selling their fur pelts? And what's your take on Indian gaming? Still recovering from last Tuesday's slew of ballot propositions, Californians will face these and as many as five other often-dizzying questions when they return to the polls in November. Of course, it's all part of that populist lawmaking procedure California is famous for that circumvents the legislature and takes matters directly to the people — sometimes setting a national trend in the process. For months now, county election workers across the | 'state have been counting and verifying hundreds of thousands of names submitted on petitions seeking placement of initiatives on the fall ballot by the June 25 deadline. A measure certified on Friday makes it a felony to possess, transfer, receive or hold any horse, pony, burro or mule with the intent to kill it or have it killed for human consumption. Co-author Cathleen Doyle of Save the Horses says an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 horses are transported out of California to be slaughtered in Texas and Canada and eventually eaten. Also approved for the November ballot is a measure designed to stop the killing of nongame animals like beavers, coyotes and bobcats for sale of their fur. Hunters would be prohibited from using steel-jawed traps except in the case of government officials using them for human safety, "One of the most popular pelts is bobcat," said Aaron Medlock of Protect Pets and Wildlife, one of the initia- See BALLOT, Page 14 If El Nino is ending can La Nina be far behind? By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press WASHINGTON — Just when you thought the El Nino weather problems were easing, the climate could be heading into its also threatening opposite, La Nina. Storm-battered California and other regions where El Nino has disrupted the weather will be glad to see it end. But El Nino years tend to reduce hurricane damage in the East — only one made land last year — so a return to normal or worse could portend deaths and damage on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Just last week the World Meteorological Organization reported that El Nino "is in its dying stages" but said there is much uncertainty about how long it has left. Today, the government's top forecasters were heading to the White House to issue their latest El Nino update, with Vice President Al Gore presiding. An analysis by government scientists has found record- breaking global temperatures in each of the first five months of 1998, The New York Times reported today. During those months, the average global surface temperature was 1.76 degrees above an average of 61.7 See WEATHER, Page 14

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