Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 6, 2004 · Page 14
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14 - SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2004 WEATHER THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL 3-DAY FORK CAST TODAY Partly sunny and pleasant. TONIGHT Partly cloudy. SUNDAY Mostly sunny and warm. MONDAY Sunny to partly cloudy and warm. >UN AND MOON REGIONAL. WEATHER CALIFORNIA CITIES Today Sun. HI/LO/W HI/Lo/W Today Sun. M/U/W Wlo/W 78/54/8....".'8M3/8 WAUrei 72/50/pC 83/52/s Sunset tonight 6:11 p.m Moonset today 6:51 a.m 79/49/9 89P8Q9I 70/33/8 •nfln W75WS 82/55/3 Full Last New First Mar. 6 Mar. 13 Mar. 20 Mar. 28 San Luis Obispo ^ jv Ukiah through 2 p.m. Friday Temperature , 65/48/pc 70/49/s Normal low 40 Record low Precipitation 69/54/pc 79/56/s 68/44/pc7im^ 70/45/s 73/46/s W4 60/3 Beach m Mammoth laiplll Modesto MOfirovf Montere 60/24/s iui 3JL42" Normal season to date ............ 30.69" 62/47/pc 69/48/S §P All forecasts and maps provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2004 Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r- raln, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, l-lce. Lake Mendoclno - Lake level: 739.91 feet; Storage: 72,453 acre-feet (Maximum storage 122,500 acre-feet) Inflow: 281 cfs Outflow: 75 cfs Air quality - Ozone: .039 ppm (State standard .090 ppm) Carbon monoxide: .68 ppm (20.0 ppm) Nitrogen dioxide: .017 ppm (.25 ppm) Oaks Continued from Page 1 staple of California tribes in prehistory. In Europe, the oak was venerated for its useful wood — especially for shipbuilding -- and early European civilizations held the oak in high mystical regard. And though the oak is often chopped down in the modern age to make way for more housing, Giusti pointed out that "if you look at the number of cities and places that have the word oak in their name" you compile quite a list, including Thousand Oaks, Oakhurst, Live Oaks and Oakland. "Lithographs of 1850 downtown Oakland show a beautiful oak woodland forest," said Giusti. "And both Visalia and the City of Ukiah have the Valley Oak tree as a city symbol, so they are a part of our culture, but when they're in the way, our culture hasn't thought twice about removing them." Though, as Giusti said, "there's still an attitude that there's a lot of oak trees," emergent diseases like Sudden Oak Death are hastening the reduction of the presence of oaks in the land. There are also "areas of concern" in the state where Valley Oaks, Blue Oaks and Englemann Oaks seem to .be having trouble regenerating, Giusti said, but he added that this "can differ even within a county. "One thing we have to rec- Schools Continued from Page 1 full of computer screens, which is one example of how the building needs to be reconfigured," Turner said. "My interest is maintaining the building. I am concerned about the roofs, the heating, the ventilation, heating and air conditioning system ... those are huge expensive systems and they are all wearing out. There 'are all kinds of mechanical devices that are showing their age... The issue is always money; we would spend a lot of money renovating the high school," Turner said. The wing at Pomolita — formerly the building that housed the high school's wood shops - also needs to be modernized, Brawley said. Without Prop. 55 funds, Brawley said the district would have had to look at more local funding and doing projects "in bits and pieces as the money came in." Modernizing the high school will cost $12 million to $17 million, Brawley said, noting it's a large facility. At Pomolita, a smaller facility, UK cost of modernization will run between $1 million to $1.5 million, Brawley said. ognize is that we can cut oaks down faster than we can replace them," Giusti said. "But oaks are fairly easy to regenerate, their seeds are viable, they sprout and respond well to horticultural practices - watering and pruning - and we're seeing more and more oaks used in the commercial trade, with more landscapes using them and other native plants, and even Caltrans planting them more often alongside freeway 'clover leafs.' They're planting Valley Oaks now instead of Eucalyptus." Whether urban sprawl is devouring agricultural land or wildland, Giusti said "The overriding factor is water, and the many California watersheds are dominated by oak forests, and if the oak woodlands are not in the headwaters, the waters pass through oak woodlands, a great example of this being the Sacramento River, where the headwaters may be way up at the foot of Mount Shasta but most of it passes through oak woodlands. "And if you look at the coastal rivers - the Klamath, Eel, Russian and Navarre, many of tho.se rivers' headwaters are up in oak dominated forest types," Giusti added. "They flow through extensive miles and miles of oak woodlands, so on the coast, oak woodlands are as important to the survival of salmon and steelhead as are redwood forests — it's a forest continuum. "The fish are traveling up, and most of the spawning in the Ukiah Valley is all occurring in oak woodlands, so the oaks are incredibly important to the survival of salmon and steelhead. Most people don't think of that, but the oak forest is a very productive spawning habitat" On a positive note, Giusti said Mendocino County is one of three counties statewide that have qualified under the Oak Conservation Act for landowners to receive conservation easement funding for oak woodlands on their property. Though at this point there is only $8 million available statewide for distribution, Giusti said this is "more than symbolism" because, "as more and more counties become eligible, that will justify to the legislators that this is a good program to put more money in, but it is symbolic in that Mendocino County was one of the initiators, and it demonstrates a commitment on the behalf of the county to preserve oak woodlands." Oak Appreciation Week begins Sunday with an hour- long walk in Ukiah's West Side titled "Oaks Among Us," guided by Ukiah resident Bruni Kobbe. The walk begins at 2 p.m. at the oak trees at the Ukiah Post Office, and participants will join Kobbe in identifying the many types of oaks growing in town. The walk will be repeated at 2 p.m. next Saturday. Also, look for informative articles about oaks in next week's Daily Journal editions, and visit the Mendocino County library for a display of books and historic photos about oak trees. Kidnap Continued from Page 1 phone to call 911. Quest Mart was his first stop and when he had no luck there he reportedly convinced Estrada to let him stop at Safeway, where he was successful in calling 911. Police arrived and arrested Estrada, who was allegedly hiding in the other man's car in the Safeway parking-lot. The Quest Mart employee said he didn't know the man was really being kidnapped or he would have let him use the phone when he stopped there. He said he asked the man why he needed to call 911, and the man didn't say anything except that he worked for the newspaper and that he would be back tomorrow. And then he walked out and drove away, the employee said. "And then he came back about a half hour later and he pointed to me and said 'Do you know why I wanted you to call 9"! 1? It's because I have been kidnapped.' I told him why didn't you tell me the first time you showed up so I could do something," the employee said. Then the man left the store and went out to the pay phone in the parking lot, the employee said. "He picked up the phone and then he put it back down and then he walked out to his car and pulled out a cell phone," the employee said, noting he doesn't know who he called but he heard him say he had been kidnapped. Then he left, the employee said. Asked if he looked like someone in trouble, the employee said, "No. I don't think so. 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," the employee said, adding that nothing looked suspicious to him. He said from time to time he gets people coming in the store who have been fighting on the nearby railroad tracks and when they need to use the phone to call 911 he "lets them call right away." A different employee said "We have a lot of crazy, weird people coming in here. We have people asking us if they can use the phone and we say 'no.'" However, he added, they do direct people to a pay phone located outside the store. This employee also said he couldn't understand why someone who was being kidnapped would leave the store and go back into the car with the carjacker. And, he said he wondered why the man wouldn't just stay in the store and call police on his cell phone. Ukiah Police Officer John Lewis verified that the man went back to Quest-Mart, but said it was to confront the store owner and that it was after his kidnapper had been taken into custody by police outside Safeway. Police had been going to assist the victim to Quest Mart, but they were too busy dealing with the suspect, Lewis said. Auto dealer charged with smuggling cars into country Associated Press OXNARD — An Oxnard auto dealer was arrested Friday on federal charges of circumventing clean air laws by smuggling foreign cars into the country, prosecutors said. Claus Graeter, 56, of Somis, faces charges of smuggling, making false statements and conspiring to defraud die United States. Graeter, who could receive up to five years in prison for each of four counts, was released on a $200,000 bond after appearing in court Friday, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Cutler. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 25, with a post-indictment arraignment four days later. Calls to a Claus Graeter in Somis, about 15 miles east of Oxnard and 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were not immediately returned Friday night. Prosecutors claim Graeter imported high- priced foreign cars by Mercedes Benz, BMW and Range Rover that were built for European use and fell below U.S. emissions and safety standards. ,, : .,.V! 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