Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 12, 1998 · Page 14
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B-2 — FR| M JUNE12-SAT., JUNE 13, 1998 On the coast THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Ocean Fresh fire ruled an accident The fire which totally destroyed the Ocean Fresh Seafood Products building (formerly Grader Fish Co.) on June 2 has been declared to be accidental, according to Fort Bragg Fire Chief Will Phenix. Owner Susan Juntz said there is no estimate yet of the damages. "We're meeting with the insurance people and providing inventory and equipments lists to them." Juntz said they are also looking at buildings in the harbor area so they can resume business. As previously reported, the fire at Coast Tire in Fort Bragg is a suspected arson and is still under investigation. School board starts shaping new budget By LISA NORMAN Mendocino Beacon It's a challenge, planning how to spend money when the amount of money available to spend is unknown. Yet, that is exactly what the school district must do when making budget proposals for next school year before knowing what money will be received from the state. A balanced school budget must be submitted to the state by June 30, however the amount of funding is not known until August. At last Thursday's board meeting, Mendocino Unified School District Superintendent Ken Matheson reviewed the 1998-99 budget and reported a $83,000 deficit. Expected expenditures were down about $100,000 in comparison to last year, however expected income was also down. Matheson made four, reduc-., tion recommendations to the board. His first called for a reduction in all supply budgets by $25,000. According to Matheson this can be done because the district will receive a one time allotment of $10,000 per site next year which can be used for books and supplies. The second recommendation was to eliminate the community liaison at the Academy and save $6,500. The liaison spends a major part of his or her day at the school helping students. That person has worked and knows the community enough to assist students in tapping into the network of resources available to them such as finding a job connection. The third recommendation was to reduce the aide hours at Comptche School to save $5,800. With two teachers and a class size of less than 15 students per teacher, the district can reduce aide time by three hours, said Matheson. The fourth recommendation was to reduce the grammar school staff by one teacher, a $47,000 savings. This will cause large fourth grade classes, but additional resources will be available to the classes to help mitigate the effect of the large classes, said Matheson. Matheson said the District Advisory Committee will hear the recommendations on June 17. The board will vote on whether to approve the recommendations at its next meeting, June 18. Other news • The board approved the Mendocino Community Network 1998-99 budget with a projected profit of $48,972. The district is getting a good bargain, said Matheson. It would cost $50,844 for someone else to provide the same service. • The board approved a memorandum of understanding between Mendocino Community Network and the Sonoma County Office of Education. MCN will provide Internet service to Sonoma County schools at a cost of $20 per customer and offer a rebate to the schools to encourage customer sign-ups. The rebate is *1 per customer that goes back to the school that helped find the additional customer. The rebate money is then applied to the school's own cost of service. Skunk Train money in B.C. transportation bill By CLYDE WEISS Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The remodeling of the Fort Bragg and Willits railroad depots may not be as extensive as first projected in March when Congress unveiled a national transportation spending bill. At that time, Gary Milliman, president of the California Western Railroad, thought a grant of $500.000 was headed his way. Then, two weeks ago, a final version of the bill was approved by lawmakers. President Clinton signed the bill into law on Tuesday. There's only $275,000 in there for the depots. "It certainly will result in our needing to identify other funding sources, or to scale back the project," Milliman said. The problem was not limited to the Fort Bragg project. A 25 percent cut hit most projects in the $203 billion, six-year transportation spending program. Some were cut more, some less. Another area project, to build a transit center in Ukiah, was cut from $1.3 million to $500,000. Milliman said he's glad his depot pro- jects are in the bill at all. The remodeling of both depots will cost more than $500,000, although the exact amount has not been determined. More extensive remodeling will be done on the Willits depot, built in 1915 and leased from the North Coast Railroad Authority. "We will try to do a historic restoration and rehabilitation of the building," Milliman said, including a new paved, lighted parking lot and handicapped-accessible restrooms. The Fort Bragg Depot, which the California Western Railroad owns, also will get a facelift. How much depends on how" successful the railroad is in persuading^, others, such as the Mendocino Council of Governments and Caltrans, to help^ out. California Western Railroad owns the,famed Skunk Train, which serves rest-., dents and tourists along a 40-mile route, from Fort B ragg to Wi 11 i ts. The diesel-powered train, which began operations in 1885, was nicknamed the/ Skunk by track-side residents who said, "you could smell them before you could, see them," according to Milliman. "It wa«i , a good marketing tag." . , Coast Humane Society gets grant for spay-neuter Fort Bragg Advocate-News There's terrific news for coast dog owners this week. The Mendocino Coast Humane Society has received a generous grant to help with the cost of spaying or neutering your dog. Please call 964-SPAY today to make arrangements. The program will pay a portion or the entire vet's fee on a sliding scale. The vet's fee is based on the weight of your dog, so the younger you get him or her spayed or neutered, the less expensive it is. Dogs (and cats) can be altered as young as 8 to 10 weeks. Pregnant females can be spayed safely, too, on a case-by-case basis. "Our goal is to see that every cat and dog in our community is spayed or neutered," said Ruth Rosenblum, executive director of MCHS. "We want every dog and cat to have a loving home and not end up on the street, and we can achieve this, little by little, with the help of this grant and the efforts of the community. "This year — so far — knock wood — we're not getting the number of litters of kittens into the shelter that we've seen in years past, I think in large part due to the efforts of the Eileen Hawthorne Fund, which has funded cat spay/neuters on the coast for years now. Spay/neuter is showing results on the cats, and we now have the resources to help with dog overpopulation, 8/9 TED NUGENT 813 TOWER OF POWER 8/23 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD August 28th - September 7th LAKE COUNTY SUMMERFEST 8/28 OPENING NIGHT...ARTIST Iba August 29th & August 30th CELEBRITY QUARTERBACK | SHOOTOUT JOIN JOE MONTANA AND 20 NFL QUARTERBACKS 8/29 JOHN TESH ',; ORCHESTRA 8/30 AARON TIPPIN 9/1 & 9/2 FOREIGNER 9/3 JETHROTULLw/spEciALGUEsi 9/4 KENNY LOGGINS 9/5 CLEAR LAKE BEACH PARTY REVIVAL w/FIREWORKS \ McGRAW 9/25 PETER FRAMPTON 10/2 MARTY STUART October 10th... OUTDOORS JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY OUTRAGEOUS WATERS WATER PARK - FUN CENTER OPENING SUMMER 1998 Located a ihort, tcenlc drive from the raaort. as well." The grant from the Thelma Doelger Charitable Trust will be called the John Oliver Fund for Dogs, named for Dr. John Oliver of Mendocino. Oliver was a veterinarian in San Jose and Saratoga and was active with the San Jose Humane Society before he and his wife Gail retired to Mendocino in 1981. He was one of the founders of the Mendocino Coast Humane Society and has donated thousands of hours of veterinary care to animals who ended up at the shelter. Rosenblum said, "Dr. Oliver's role in helping the animals of this community has been invaluable, and we'd like to honor him by naming the fund after him." When notified that the spay/neuter fund would be named for him, Oliver said with characteristic modesty, "Let someone else take the credit. There are a number of people who helped to found MCHS, among them my wife Gail, Louise Mariana, Mary Cardiff, Carole Levinson and Virginia Cook Palmer." Oliver, 75, now continues to donate to the coast by running four-times-a-year cat and dog vaccine clinics. He also provides what he calls "indigent vet care" — basic vet care for the sick or injured pets of the homeless or' people on public assistance. He emphasizes, "My intention • is not to take any business away from the very capable vets in' 1 town, but to offer help to the animals of people whose financial' situation is such that, without me, their pets would get no vet care at all." : Again, his help is for the pets of those who are homeless or on public assistance only, and by appointment only. Call his'' answering machine at 961-1931,' He will call you back and set up an appointment at his small cliri-' ic in Fort Bragg. '"••! 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