Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 17, 2004 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
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Mendocino -jles' action lome Page 6 Technology conies home in new showroom Page 3 GASOLINE PRICES UP Legislators ask for relief .Page 1 !" SIDt The Ukiah In Brief 2 Lett* Lott) ?*• 11 ObH Crossword . .12 Forum 4 Spo Jumble 12 ™ Landers ....12 We 50 cents tax ii Mendocino County's local newspaper URMAL Tomorrow: Sunny to partly cloudy, cooler WEDNESDAY March 17, 2004 Fish got a friend Rod and Gun's fish hatchery named after Bill Townsend By MARK HEDGES The Dally Journal E ighty-seven-year-old Bill Townsend still remembers when it first happened. "I was living down in Santa Maria and I went to the Santa Ynez River and the first time I went down, I caught a 12-pound steelhead," Townsend explained. "From then on, I was hooked. I'd go back down every chance I got." As he told this story, Townsend was sitting beside the Department of Fish and Game's Coyote Valley Fish Facility, which works in collaboration with the Ukiah Rod and Gun Club's fish hatchery standing nearby. The latter is soon to be called the Bill Townsend Conservation Fish Hatchery, which is going to be dedicated this weekend. "I'm very surprised that they would do that," Townsend said of the idea to name the hatchery after him. "I don't really think it's the right thing to do, but I do appreciate the honor they invested in me." But Townsend was returning to his Santa Ynez River story. "Well, the Army came in, and put a dam right at the mouth of the river, and the fish would spawn right in the surf," he said. "Then the third year the steelhead were up in San Luis Obispo Creek, so they were really looking for a place to survive. At that time, I started feeling sorry for 'em, and I decided that if I ever got a chance to help them out, I would. So I came to Ukiah in 1947 and joined the Rod and Gun Club, and started a program to help rescue fish in the creeks. I've been workin' with the Fish and Game Program since 1950,1 think." The Rod and Gun Club's See TOWNSEND, Page 2 Amy Wellnilz/The Dally Journal (Above) Bill Townsend looks out on the Russian River after planting 70 steelhead trout. (Left) Townsend empties trout into a holding container for transport from the fish hatchery on Lake Mendocino Drive to the Russian River just south of Hopland.The Rod and Gun Club's fish hatchery, named in honor of Townsend, will be dedicated this weekend. 'If you ever get down and out - you know how you get overloaded with problems and everything's like against you - go down to the river and start fishin.' Pretty soon you'll get interested in it, and feel better. You go home and forget all about it. And you'II sleep better.' - BILL TOWNSEND COURT FOR MENTALLY ILL Funding running out for 'Solutions' ByPEIJEANTSAI The Dally Journal County court officials are seeking alternative funding for a mentally ill crime reduction program, an experimental course implemented the past three years with a state grant of more than $1.2 million. The grant will be exhausted by June 30. The research grant, which was awarded to the Sheriff's Office, funds Mendocino County Mental Health Court, also known as "Solutions," a three-phase reform program for mentally ill individuals who have committed nonviolent crimes. Treatment is an alternative to time in jail. In three years, 49 have participated, and 40 percent of that number graduated from the 18-month program. The program has helped partici- See SOLUTIONS, Page 16 Election outcomes finalized Winners, losers unchanged The Daily Journal While the numbers changed slightly, the outcomes remain the same now that final figures for the March 2 election have been released by County Clerk Marsha Wharff. With all the absentee ballots counted, some candidates and ballot measures gained slight percentages while others lost slightly, but the end results are the same. The final figures for local elections are: County supervisor 2nd District Richard Shoemaker, 1,815 votes, 41.19 percent; Jim Wattenburger, 2,032 votes, 46.23 percent; Phil Baldwin, 537 votes, 12.19 percent. County supervisor 1st District Irma Turner, 1,223 votes, 23.10 percent; Joe Wildman, 1,501 votes, 28.35 percent; Michael Delbar, 2,561 votes, See ELECTION, Page 10 iTDWSfSFACNGINCREASINGWNATTHEPUMP Thompson, Boxer seeking relief from gasoline prices The Daily Journal With gasoline prices spiking again in California, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) have co-signed a letter to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to release some of the oil in the nation's strategic petroleum reserves to ease prices. Calling the price hikes in this state "suspicious," the two also are asking the Federal Trade Commission to launch a formal investigation into why retail gas prices are higher in California. They cite prices in California that average $2.20, while just seven miles north of the border in Oregon, prices are averaging $1.75. According to the American Automobile Association, California has been hit by an all-time record nigh average price of $2.18 in the first week of March. Prices have jumped in some Northern California areas by 27 cents in a month. But the auto club cites a more pedestrian cause. "One of the reasons California has such high prices is because demand is regularly higher than available supply," said AAA spokeswoman Jenny Mack. AAA suggests if Califomians drive less - they suggest everyone try to use two gallons less a week - the prices will drop. Califomians use about 45 million gallons of gas each day, but refiners only produce 43 million gallons, according to the California Energy Commission. The remaining gas has to be imported to the state and is usually more expensive, Mack said. According to AAA, the national average for gasoline is $1.72 per gallon. The lowest price in California was registered in Tracy, where gasoline was selling for $1.82 a gallon, and the highest California price was found in San Francisco, where gas was selling for an average of $2.28 a gallon. Boxer and Thompson say those prices could come down if the nation's reserves could be tapped and said the reserves are now at 90 percent, an "opportune time" to help consumers. Boxer and Thompson asked Abraham to undertake an "exchange" similar to the kind used during the home heating oil crisis of 2000. At that time, crude oil was released from the strategic petroleum reserves in exchange for additional crude oil in the future. 'own Store

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