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Wildcats swim against Santa Rosa in season's first meet Page 6 The Commerce File Page 3 ON-CALL FIREFIGHTERS County's first trained Page 1 InB Clas: Comi Cross Forum Jumble Landers 50 ce The Ukiah 2 6 ...12 ...16 Mendocino County's local newspaper URNAL « •rt*'-* Tomorrow: Sunny and warm WEDNESDAY March 10, 2004 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Breath of song A cappella group's founder gives voice to her values right here at home By MARK HEDGES The Daily Journal Occasionally, the standard story of kids growing up and leaving Ukiah turns into a tale of return to the beloved home turf. Such is the case with 27-year- old AH Frochen, a talented singer who grew up in the Ukiah Valley, left for the Bay Area and then on to Hawaii, only to return to the community of her childhood. When she came back, she organized the all female singing group "Breath." An a cappella group (meaning there is no instrumental accompaniment), Breath began four years ago when Frochen went to speak with Laurel Near and Paulette Arnold, founders of SPACE (the School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education). "They said, 'Great, why don't you teach a class here,'" Frochen said. "I started teaching in 2000, and since then about a dozen girls have come into my class, but we've kept the name 'Breath.'" Besides Frochen, the girls in the group are in high school or college. Frochen didn't intend to sing in the group herself, "but when someone dropped out, they said 'We want you to sing with us,' and every year I think I'll drop out from singing but I keep doing it," Frochen laughed. Breath has performed all over Mendocino County and beyond. "We've sung at the Wild Iris Fair in Boonville, Sunset in the Cellars, and every single community club meeting you could possibly think of the last four years," Frochen said. "And we get to sing at every SPACE performance, including' their cultural performance project." Frochen sees her work — and the work of her students ~ as giving something back to a community that has supported her art through the years. "I grew up in Ukiah and I think I sang my first concert in church when I was 2'A years old," she explained, "When I went to Pomolita I got to sing,under Jeff Simpson, and he was a really fantastic teacher. He taught me how to sight read, and then I went to high See BREATH, Page 10 Amy Welln!tz/The Daily Journal Breath, a women's a cappella group associated with SPACE, performs at numerous events in Mendocino County. Pictured front row from left: Jessica Huey and Bonnie Lockhart. Back row from left: Kyra Stewart, Liz Johnson, Ali Frochen and Mariah Howell. 'We sing about social issues and women's issues and human rights, I'm hoping it means a lot to them. It does tome,' All FROCHEN of Breath Breath practices in a studio at SPACE. The group, celebrating its fourth year, is comprised of talented local voices. County explores budget strategies ByPEIJEANTSAI The Daily Journal In a first step of budget negotiations for the next fiscal year, the county Board of Supervisors and staff examined potential budget strategies Tuesday, in discussions that began in the morning and lasted well into the evening hours. "In the spirit of March Madness, I view this as the tip-off to the budget process," said County Administrative Officer Jim Andersen. Considering state cuts and their impact in the next fiscal year, the Board of Supervisors heard back-to- back presentations from county department heads. The county faces a possible $4,085,500 in state cuts in the next fiscal year, which begins See BUDGET, Page 16 Cell tower additions proposed The Daily Journal Plans to expand cellular telephone service by adding nine 8-foot tall antennas to existing cellular towers three miles southwest of Hopland will be considered for county approval at a Zoning Administrator meeting Thursday. The applicant is U.S. Cellular and the proposal would increase the height of the existing tower, which is approximately 150 feet tall and has three existing panel antennas. Each new panel antenna would measure approximately 8 feet by 1 foot wide, and would be placed at the top of the tower structure, which also has two microwave antennas. The existing tower sits on a 1 -acre enclosure on an over 400-acre ranch zoned under the "RL" (Rangeland) classification. Verizon Wireless and Edge Wireless currently also operate a site with antennas on the same parcel. No earthmoving or grading is proposed for the project, and electrical service to the site exists. No exterior lighting is proposed. According to a See CELL, Page 10 County's first on-call firefighting crews complete training By LAURA CLARK The Daily Journal Some 20 men and women officially became the Sherwood Valley Fire Crew OC 50 on Friday, after completing two weeks of basic firefighter training with the U.S. Forest Service. Twenty more people became the Mendocino OC 52 Crew, another organized hand crew out of the Willits area. Prior to this, there were no trained OC (pn- call) firefighting crews in Mendocino County, Erich Schwab, U.S. Forest Service fire training officer said Monday. This gives the Mendocino National Forest a total of nine OC crews, he said. In addition to the two new on-call crews in Mendocino County, there is also one crew in Chico and six crews in Davis, Schwab said. "We got our certificates today," Sherwood Valley Rancheria HUD Coordinator Barry Wright said Friday, weary on his last day of training. The Sherwood Valley Fire Crew will be on call to assist in forest fires and other emergency and disaster services around the nation. "This is like a stepping stone ... They (firefighters) can go on to CDF or the Forest Service ... it's the exact same training," Wright said. Those who completed the training also received six college units in Fire Science, Wright said. The disastrous wildfires last October in Southern California were an eye opener for many, including Wright, who said the catastrophic event there got him thinking about starting an on-call firefighting crew at Sherwood Valley Rancheria. "We are the only two trained on-call firefighting crews in Mendocino County," Sherwood Valley Rancheria Vice Chairman See ON-CALL, Page 10 Wllllls Neus pilule, Two new on- call firefighting crews were officially created Friday, following two weeks of U.S. Forest Service basic firefighting training In Willlts.These two crews are the only on-call fireffghtlng crews in Mendocino County.