Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 15, 2004 · Page 1
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Mm *** *i NCAA tourney brackets £T} MJTH e .Page 6 Pet of the Week .Page 3 WORLD BRIEFLY All the latest news from around the globe Page 2 In Brief 2 Letters 4 Class.ads... 10 Lottery 2 Comics 8 Obits 2 Crossword .. .9 Sports 5 Forum 4 TV listings... .9 Jumble 9 Weather ....12 Landers 9 50 cents tax included TheUkiah Mendocino County's local newspaper URMAL Tomorrow: Warm and sunny MONDAY March 15, 2004 Grand Juror applicants sought Handful have dropped out during current term By PEIJEANTSAI The Dally Journal Applications are now being accepted for positions on the 2004-2005 Mendocino County civil Grand Jury. The 19-member watchdog agency - 15 members plus four alternates - investigates complaints from citizens against public officials and local government agencies. The jury also reviews government procedures and county facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens ages 18 or over, county residents for at least one year and fluent in written and spoken English. Prospective jurors should also have strong listening skills and a capacity for understanding, said Jack Boone, the foreman of the Grand Jury. Members can also be expected to work in committees. The Grand Jury normally forms different committees each year to examine various areas in county government. In the past, they've included health and law enforcement committees. Jurors also meet with other county Grand Juries. Each juror's term lasts one year, beginning July 1. Jurors are allowed to serve one additional term after their first term. Anyone serving two consecutive terms must wait a year before reapplying for another term. The tasks of the job, 'which includes a time com- '"iliitment of 15 to 25 hours a week, has made it difficult for the county to recruit people. In the current term, which ends in June, four or See JURORS, Page 12 THE POWER OF DANCE 1 ', <- Herman Mugdalcno/Thc Dally Journal Guest choreographer Tina Banchero of Dance Brigade (San Francisco) teaches SPACE'S Feat of Freedom dance group a few moves Sunday. Banchero's style mixes modern and jazz choreography with political expression. Teaching social upheaval through dance Banchero's approach, talent appreciated by SPACE'S Feat of Freedom dance group By PEIJEANTSAI The Daily Journal The mission Tina Banchero drove a hundred miles from San Francisco to Ukiah to teach social upheaval the only way she knows how: through dance. Passing on her expertise from performing with the politically-charged Dance Brigade, the 28-year-old choreo- • grapher spent Sunday guiding 13 young women through an anti-war and feminist revolution. The dancers followed her lead of modern and jazz choreography mixed with gestures you might find at a political rally. They moved along with the chanting of an Elizabeth Roberts poem crying, "We are taking the world of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy carefully and absolutely apart." "Every form of expression is really powerful, but I think there's something really kinetic and core about using your body that kind of hits it on a more subconscious level to the viewer," Banchero said. For SPACE'S Feat of Freedom modern and jazz dance group, dance as activism isn't a new idea. Led by instructor Sandy Metzler, the Ukiah dance troupe regularly aims to spark dialogue on social and cultural issues. This weekend's guest choreographer, however, helped bring the group to a new level. "She was able to bring in another level of professionalism," said Metzler, who pointed to Banchero's heightened speed on the dance floor. "If they want to be professional performers, they have to get used to that kind of intensity." Student Summer Gephart said Banchero brought new jazz techniques and a fresh upbeat style to SPACE, or Near and Arnold's School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education. "It's just 'boom, boom, boom.' It's really fast, you gotta learn it," said Gephart, a junior at Ukiah High School. The dance The performance begins with the young women huddled together, their faces covered in black scarves. The mourners walk slowly, raising the body of their dead sister. Moments later, the solemn march turns defiant, as the shrouds come off and the women raise their fists and separate, taking the stage a group at a time moving to a song that repeats: "We don't want no war, just want to dance." "They're mourning the loss of one of their sisters, who's been somehow caught up in this paradigm of power that we deal with in this country," Banchero explained. "They're mourning her, and they're sick of it," she added. "They take their feelings into celebration and rejoicing See SPACE, Page 12 County facing a fiscal crisis Workers dealing with furloughs or pay cuts By MIKE A'DAIR The Willlts News Tough times are going to got tougher in Mendocino County. Faced with a budget deficit of $8.7 million, supervisors this week directed County Administrative Officer Jim Andersen to proceed witli his recommended policy to reach a balanced budget by Wednesday. Aug. 18. Andersen's plan involves directing departments to absorb $4 million worth of cuts in state contributions to county government as well as increased costs for unemployment insurance, general liability and worker's compensation costs. In addition, Andersen will begin closed-door negotiations with SEIU Local 707, the county employees' union, in order to wring from them $2.2 million worth of concessions. Andersen recommended asking all county employees to accept 10 days mandatory time off during the 2004-2005 budget year, a step he said would save the county $2.2 million. The entire package of recommendations was approved 4-1, with Supervisor Michael Delbar voting in opposition. Delbar said he voted against the motion because he could not support any budget balancing strategy based on county employees taking a pay cut. Supervisor David Col fax floated an alternative strategy he said would have the same effect as Andersen's, but would be more equable. Colfax's "variable rate salary furlough" would have county employees forgo a portion of their pay on a graduated scale. Under that plan, the county's 1,400 employees would be See COUNTY, Page 12 Skunk Train to roll out of Willits soon By CLAUDIA REED The Willlts News "The lights are on and we're running trains in less than two months." That's the word from Chris Hart, the new president of the Skunk Train. If radio interviews (KGO San Francisco) and Internet outreach are any indication, Hart means business. "We already have weddings and tour buses booked from as far away as Canada," Hart said. "We're taking reservations now. We'll process credit cards in April. We've been taking them since Valentines Day weekend for all operations." Hart is also president of Sierra Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sierra Railroad, which has a long history of managing tourist trains. Persons clicking on www.SkunkTrain.com., or for that matter, those searching for "excursion trains California" will find two pages of recent Skunk Train photos that can be enlarged to fill the screen; and three pages of Skunk Train history, including a photo of the 1911 crowd waiting for the first train to Willits and a photo of the Skunk Train's founder, who arrived in 1881 by train, stagecoach, and buckboard. There are also links to restaurants and lodgings and a page for reservations and directions: "From the San Francisco or Greater Bay Area to Willits Depot Driving North on Interstate 5Dri-ving South on Interstate SDriving South from Eureka" There are no directions for airports and border crossings, but future riders have apparently figured it out. For the more spontaneous local public, tickets will be available at the Willits depot, but the date for opening the depot — and the question of what else might be offered inside — have yet to be resolved. "We encourage reserva- See SKUNK, Page 12 SUNDAY MORNING AT THE SPEEDWAY ^sMi'' 4 J ?V?' * Hennitn Migtoleuo/The Dully Journal Fort Bragg's Ricky Rial soars through the air during Sunday morning's 8-and-under XR50 at a Ukiah Speedway spring series motocross race.

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