Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 6, 2004 · Page 1
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UHS wrestlers compete at GIF State Meet Page 6 Saturday March 6, 2004 RELIGION Faith community news .Page 3 In Brief 2 L Class, ads .. .11 L( Comics 9 g. Crossword . .10 Forum 4 Sp Jumble 10 TV Landers ....10 Wei 50 cents tax in The Ukiah Mendocino County's local newspaper URNAL Sunday: Mostly sunny and warm Monday: Sunny to partly cloudy, warm Man didn't look like he was being kidnapped, employee says By LAURA CLARK The Daily Journal The Quest Mart employee who reportedly told a man Wednesday night to leave the store after he asked to use the phone to call 911, said the man did not initially tell him why he needed to call 911. 'He just looked like a regular guy, not someone who was kidnapped, Two times employees asked him why he wanted to use the phone and he wouldn't tell them,' - QUEST MART EMPLOYEE "He came in the store and said 'Will you call 911?'" the employee said Friday. Wednesday night, Ukiah police were involved in a car chase that led to a man allegedly being kidnapped in his own car. After Sonoma County parolee Rickey Estrada IV led police on a four-mile chase, he exited his pickup truck and fled the scene, police said. Later in the evening, Estrada Oaks among us March 7-14 set as week to appreciate oaks By MARK HEDGES The Dally Journal "As when, upon a tranced summer-night, Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch- charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir." —John Keats, "Hyperion: A Fragment" B eloved beyond all else by the Native American peoples of this land, and greatly renowned by the Europeans who made their way across the seas to settle here, the wonderful oak tree is being singled out for particular honor over the next seven days. Oak Appreciation Week (March 7 to 14) is being sponsored by Mendocino County Releaf, and it's all about bringing attention to the many species of oak trees that grace our landscape both on our neighborhood streets and our mountain slopes. Though they are beautiful organisms that can grow to great ages, oak trees are sometimes ignored in comparison to die allure of California's great redwood and fir forests, and oak woodlands are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the state. "Oak woodlands are often referred to as the forgotten forest, because they are such a prominent feature of the landscape that we don't even see them," said Greg Giusti, forest and wildlands ecology adviser for the UC Cooperative Extension. "Oaks have often been regarded as in the way for both agriculture and urban development. They tend to grow where people like to live and work." Oaks grow in the more moderate climes of California except for the extreme coastal fringe, Giusti said. "But they cover a great expanse of California, including the coastal mountains, valleys and Sierra foothills." This fact explains why Mark Hedges/Til* Dally Journal (Above) Oaks, like this Black Oak on the fringe of a Mendocino County vineyard, are such a part of the California landscape that we often lose sight of how extraordinary they are. Amy WcUnltz/The Dally Journal (Right) An Oregon Oak in Anderson Valley boasts a. coating of moss and lichen in the dreariness of winter. Lichens are not parasitic to the host oak. oaks are increasingly endangered. "If you look at the counties that are seeing extensive population growth, it is those that are predominantly covered by oaks, particularly die Sierra foothills Eldorado and Placer counties and down in Visalia," Giusti said. Mendocino County has a large variety of oak trees (seven of the nine varieties of tree oaks in the state) growing in its boundaries. These include: Valley Oak, Blue Oak, Black Oak, Oregon Oak, Coast Live Oak, Interior Live Oak, Canyon Oak, with some (like the Black Oak and the Blue Oaks) losing their leaves in the winter and some (like the Interior Live Oak and the Canyon Oak) keeping foliage throughout. Scientifically speaking, oaks are in the genus Quercus in the Fagaceae family. Producing acorns is the defining characteristic. There is also a related genus of the same family -- known as Lithocarpus - which also produce acorns -- the tanoak, but it has a different type of acorn and leaf. However, this should not give a. mistaken impression that all oak trees have the exact same leaves, acorns or shape but certain fundamentals, like the scaly cup of the acorn. The tanoak's acorn, for example, has the "spiny husk that is typical of a chestnut. (Bruce Pavlik, Pamela Muick, Sharon Johnson, Marjorie Popper, Oaks of California, 1991, page 8). And there are also 11 varieties of what are known as shrub oaks, including the Scrub Oak, and Leather Oak, which grow locally. They are the same as other oak trees except that their shoots form many branches near the soil surface as opposed to one central trunk. (Oaks of California, page 37). Rich in protein, the acorn was a main food S<t OAKS, Page 14 Plans for the include making sure the facility is compliant under the Americans With Disabilities Act, improving the air allegedly contacted a man living in the Orr Springs Road area and forced the man to drive him into town. The victim told police he convinced Estrada he needed to stop to buy cigarettes, and instead went inside the store and asked if he could use the See KIDNAP, Page 14 Prop. 55 money to aid area schools Ukiah High, Pomolita to benefit; matching local funds needed By LAURA CLARK The Dally Journal The passage of Proposition 55, the $12.3 billion school construction and repair bond, will allow Ukiah Unified School District to bring up to par two of its schools. „ PfOp,.55 is the second half of the state school bond package that began with the passage of Prop. 47, the $13 billion bond approved by voters in 2002. Ukiah Unified Superintendent Gary Brawley said the district will actively pursue participation in the modernization program for Ukiah High School and for one of the older wings of Pomolita Middle School. "The first thing we will do is put out a request for proposals to identify an architect, and then we will put that architect on a fast timeline to get the plans done and to the state for approval," Brawley said. "Once that is done, we will be able to establish a timeline for the completion of the projects," Brawley said. There is still another piece to the puzzle, however. Proposition 55 is a matching participation fund, meaning the district has to put out a certain number of local dollars to qualify for state funds, Brawley said. The school board will discuss at its Tuesday night meeting ways to find local money, Brawley said. Plans for the high school include making sure the facility is compliant under the Americans With Disabilities Act, improving the air conditioning system, refurbishing the classrooms and repairing roofs. "We really need to modernize the high school. It's 25 years old. The roofs are at the point where they need to be replaced; all the equipment needs to be replaced; everything has aged," Steve Turner, director of maintenance and operations, told The Daily Journal earlier this year. Besides that, he said, the curriculum and the needs of education have evolved since 1975 when the school was planned. "For example, we have computer labs in classrooms that were never intended to have that many electrical appliances generating heat, and the lighting was not designed for a room See SCHOOLS, Page 14 system, refurbishing the classrooms and repairing roofs,

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