Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 14, 2004 · Page 3
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Ukiah, California
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Sunday, March 14, 2004
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Editor: Jody REMINISCE SUNDAY. MARCH 14, 2004- A-3 JODY MARTINEZ 25 years ago Wednesday, March 14,1979 Ukiah Daily Journal :, OARD WILL LET BOWERS X TEST BOAT AT LAKE. County x supervisors will let Al Bowers jk test his 120 mile-per-hour racing - J craft on Lake Mendocino, but warned that a policy on noise levels from speed boats will be adopted this year. Supervisors agreed to let Bowers test his boat in the early evening 10 times this year as part of an experiment ordered by a federal judge. The Army Corps of Engineers had refused to let Bowers run his boat after finding the craft exceeded the 86 maximum decibel noise level. Bowers took his case to the federal district court, where he obtained a ruling from the judge that if he could get county board permission, he could operate the boat this year. However, Bowers and his driver, Clark Post, must log in the hours they spend on the lake to determine if local residents' complaints about noise are related to Bowers' boat. Meanwhile, supervisors said they recognize they, must do something to control the noise created by speed boats on Lake Mendocino. Some supervisors discussed barring al| power boats from the lake that exceed the 86 decibel limit. Other supervisors favored barring all power boats from the lake, saying the lake was never designed to handle the fast crafts. The Army Corps of Engineers controls activity on the three-mile lake, while the county board of supervisors sets policy for the lake's use. Local residents living on the perimeters of the lake complain of the noise created by boaters, particularly in the summer months. Bowers denies that he is the cause of those complaints, arguing that he is blamed merely because people know him and know that he tests his boat on the lake. The racer said that if the supervisors denied his permit they would be robbing him of his living. Bowers' attorney will inform all residents who have complained about Bowers' test runs on the lake and of the federal judge's ruling. YOKAYO SCHOOLTALENT WINNERS NAMED. Yokayo School has announced the winners of its 1979 talent show, held last Wednesday. First place in the fourth-to-fifth-grade category went to Sheri Wallen, piano. Second place went to Darren Christensen, Lisa Jasso, John Bruchler, Bill Vasilopoulos, Michelle Parks, Adele de la Pena and Terri Malhis, band performance. Third place winners were: Donna Reynolds and Tammy Lavenduskey, dance; Lisa Hensell, piano; Beth Brown, Tiffany Engel and Cheri White, dance; Jenny Des Jardins, dance; Kim Tripp and Karen Cantrell, dance. First place in the kindergarten-to-third- grade category went to Chris Canillo, guitar; second place to Eric Copus, John Daut, Tom Zynda, Andy Trouette and Donnie Banzhaf, pantomime. Third place winners were: Chris Myers, piano; Jenifer Henrie, piano; Lisa Stenson and Heather Johnson, singing; Jill Henrie and Jenifer Henrie, gymnastics. UKIAH1 SWIMMERS OPEN SEASON THURSDAY IN NEW SCHOOL POOL. Ukiahi's Varsity and Jayvee swimmers take their first competitive plunge into the waters of their new Ukiahi pool tomorrow, Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. when they swim and dive against Piner of Santa Rosa, coached by Steve Casperson, onetime, longtime Ukiah Dolphins mentor. While swimmers will make a splash, as Kurt Byers, Mike Drury, Glen Halvorson, Scott Campbell, Jeannie Barton and Kerri Butcher lead their respective specialties and some 35 swimming teammates, the divers, led by Chris Donohue, hope to make as little splash as possible as they endeavor to gain competitive experience off their own new "high" and "low" boards. ...Like the Ukiahi campus, football field and track, the swimming pool is not yet complete. As of Tuesday, the official starting blocks had not arrived. Coach George Sutton will make-do with blocks used at another pool. 50 years ago REPORT TO COUNTY. The state department of finance yesterday bluntly ended all conjecture regarding Sonoma county "stealing" Russian river water from Mendocino county. The department of finance has two applications which include 550 cubic feet per second and the 200,000 acre feet to be stored in the Coyote Valley reservoir from the East Fork of the Russian river. In reply to a question submitted by the Mendocino county water council the state agency stated: "No priority under this part shall be released nor assignment made of any appropriation that will, in the judgment of the department of finance, deprive the county in which the appropriated water originates of any such water necessary for the development of the county." Both Sonoma and Mendocino counties have submitted applications for Russian river water. Action on these applications, the department of finance indicates will be handled in the following method: "Assignment or waiver of priority of any portion of department of finance applications 12919 and 12920 will not be recommended until all interested and affected parties have had opportunity to be heard. The office of the state engineer will be pleased to notify Mendocino county when any such assignment is contemplated." PLAN FOR NEW $20,000 WELL GETS APPROVAL. Anticipating early need for additional water for domestic use, the city council last night authorized the city engineer and city business manager to prepare specifications for a new well, to cost an estimated $20,000. Councilman Leonard Nix pressed for the additional well and urged that ready for use by July. BURGLAR STEALS CASH REGISTER. A cash register valued at $250 and containing an undetermined amount of small change was stolen from the Mark King Garage over the weekend. A police officer in making his usual check up of business houses at 1:30 a.m. Sunday saw that a hasp had been pried from a side door of the garage. Investigation revealed the loss of the register. HOSPITAL WORKERS ASK HOLIDAY PLAN. A delegation of employes of the county hospital appeared before the board of supervisors Monday afternoon and requested that hospital employes be paid for holidays or be given days off for holidays worked. Business Manager Bert Mankins was instructed to work out a schedule for presentation at the next board meeting. Mankins told the supervisors he has been attempting to work out a holiday schedule, but due to a 40-hour week and the minimum staff with which the hospital operates, it not always is possible to satisfy every one. STATE HOSPITAL BROADCASTS SET. The first of a series of weekly radio broadcasts by the patients of Mendocino State hospital will be heard over station KUKI Friday, March 19 at 7:15 p.m. The program, entitled "Hospital Harmony Hour," is a fast-moving presentation of music, fun, drama and vital information entirely written and produced on tape by the patients of the hospital under the direction of Zenaide Hall, head of the rehabilitation department, and Allan Toedter, music therapist. They have been assisted by two of the Gray Ladies of the Red Cross: Edna Lewis, who helped in dramatics, and Ardis Conoly, who assisted at the piano. 100 years ago Thursday, March 18,1954 The Ukiah News RUSSIAN RIVER CONTROL TO REMAIN WITH STATE. 'STEALING 1 WORRIES ARE ENDED BY AGENCY Friday, March 18,1904 Dispatch-Democrat SHOOTING SCRAPE AT WILLITS. A HOWE SERIOUSLY WOUNDS HOKE WEAVER AND GUS HINES. Last Tuesday night, in the barroom of the Palace hotel at Willits, Arad Howe, a resident of that town, shot and wounded Hoke Weaver and Gus Hines. The circumstances as reported are that Howe and Weaver were playing cards when some dispute arose and Weaver slapped Howe in the face. Howe left the place but soon returned with a revolver and opened fire. He fired four shots. Weaver was struck by a bullet in the side and Gus Hines caught one ball in the jaw which knocked out a tooth and lodged in the mouth. Hines spit the tooth and the bullet out together, and his wound, while painfull and troublesome, is not dangerous. It is thpt that Weaver will recover. He had been in Willits only a short See THIS WAS NEWS, Page A-13 Herman Mngdalcno/Thc Daily Journal Saturday's seminar on the life and death of Ishi included a showing of "IshhThe LastYahi." Ishi Continued from Page A-l anthropologist Alfred Kroeber. He lived at the UC anthropology museum in San Francisco, sharing his knowledge with Kroeber, who named him "Ishi" after Ishi's word for "man." His dialect was determined to be of the "Yana" tongue, so Kroeber named him a "Yahi." Unfortunately, Ishi died of tuberculosis in 1916. But the compelling tale of Ishi's life (and what subsequently happened to his body in death) has a strong resonance for the Ukiah area, which is why • the Grace Hudson Museum organized this free seminar. The same cultural devastation that left Ishi a lone wanderer also occurred in the Ukiah region. For example, the famous Willits gunfighters Mart and Isom Frost were said to have scared away the remaining Native Americans living in the Willits Rancheria in the heady days after the Frost family's victory over the Coates family in the Little Lake Vendetta gunfight of 1867. Author Orin Starn discusses his search for Ishi's brain, which was located at the Smithsonian. The brothers apparently rode into the rancheria tiring pistols. And, of course, the massacre of hundreds of Pomos on Rattlesnake Island in Clear Lake is a well-known tale of tragedy in these parts. Ishi's people had been hunted down by professional hunters. Though Alfred Kroeber's treatment of Ishi was well-intentioned and in the interest of science, the film left one to wonder whether or not the final chapter of Ishi's life was also a final insult from a people who had decimated everything that had existed in the world he was born in. After lie died, an autopsy was performed on Ishi's body, even though he had asked for this not to happen. And, as Starn discovered, while Ishi's body was cremated, his braiii was preserved and carted away to Washington, D.C. Ultimately, the brain was released to the Pit River Indian tribe, which had the closest linguistic ties to Ishi, although Starn had first begun his search for the brain because of the concerns of the Maidu Tribe. Interestingly, Starn also noted that Ishi had probably struggled to eke out an existence in the years he wandered a refugee from Time, foraying into settlements to obtain food. Three strikes' law's effect debated 10 years after it took effect in state Associated Press SACRAMENTO — As California's "three strikes" law turned 10 years old this month, a study by a prison reform group says the law aimed at career criminals has been ineffective and unfairly targets minorities. Supporters counter that the law has helped reduce California's crime rate, and is aimed at repeat offenders regardless of their race. The reality, as usual, is somewhere in between, said Frank Zimring, a University of California, Berkeley, law professor who has studied California prisons for 20 years. It's nowhere near as effective a deterrent as proponents had hoped, nor has it overloaded the nation's largest prison system as opponents had feared. The law requiring 25 years to life in prison for third-time offenders became effective about the same time crime rates began declining, triggering a debate over how much credit should go to three-strikes instead of an aging population, an economic boom and other factors. The law also doubles felony sentences for second-strikers, those with a previous serious or violent felony conviction. Second- and third-strikers must serve 80 percent of their sentences, compared to 50 percent for other offenders. Zimring calls it "feel-good legislation," the effects of which have been "hugely overblown" largely because it's often been ignored by prosecutors and judges. Studies, including his own, show second strikes seem to have virtually no deterrent effect, while third strikes deter perhaps one-fiftieth of the crimes that proponents had predicted, Zimring said. "It's draconian punishment for the unlucky few," Zimring said — but the unlucky ones are too few to have greatly influenced either the crime rate or the prison population. The study by the San Francisco and Washington, D.C.-based Justice Policy Institute says counties that used the law less frequently in fact saw a larger crime rate decline than counties that used the tool more. The same held true for some non-strike states like New York. Many of those sent away under the three strikes law were convicted of nonviolent crimes, including petty offenses, the study found. And blacks were 12 limes more likely to "strike out" than whites, while Latinos were 45 percent more likely to be sentenced to 25-to-life. The disparity isn't because prosecutors are racist, said Zimring, but because the law includes crimes such as robbery for which blacks are disproportionately convicted. Fewer than 10 percent of nonviolent, non-serious offenders pick up their third strike, said California District Attorneys Association Executive Director Dave LaBahn, because prosecutors or judges often drop the offense to a misdemeanor or don't count the offense as a strike. LaBahn argued prosecutors should have the discretion to seek a third strike even for something like a petty offense, if they believe they are corral- ing a dangerous criminal. The institute's researchers blame the law for helping drive up California's prison population during the 1990s even as the crime rate was declining. Proponents counter that the slate's prison population has stabilized even as the general population has soared. Twenty-live states and the federal law include variations on three strikes, but California's is "the nation's most costly and punitive," said institute Executive Director Vincent Schiraldi, a co-author of the "Still Striking Out" report and several previous analyses. He urged the state to repeal it. But pu : ting career criminals in prison and keeping them there is the point of the law, LaBahn said, and even the prospect serves as a deterrent that has helped trim California's crime rate below some non- strike states.

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