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Ransom aetting his hacks \j Weekend entertainment .Page 3 GLOBAL WARMING Comedy review at UPT .Page 1 In Brief 2 Le Class, ads.. .13 |_ 0 Comics 11 Q . Crossword . .12 Forum 4 Sp Jumble 12 ™ Landers ... .12 W< 50 cents tax I The Uklah Mendocino County's local newspaper URHAL Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and pleasant THURSDAY March 18, 20O4 Camping at Wal-Mart Couple says it's the best; city says ordinance being ignored By LAURA CLARK The Dally Journal "Wal-Mart is the best campground," Karen Kelly said Tuesday, as she sat in the doorway of her RV in the Ukiah Wal- Mart parking lot. Her partner, Raymond Hamilton III, sat in a folding chair nearby as did her son, Michael McElroy, and his pregnant girlfriend, Jaimie Wagner. Their dogs, one adult and one puppy, were tethered to the RV by a rope. The family migrated from Florida ~ camping at Wai-Marts along the way - after Hamilton was hit by a car, which resulted in the loss of his right leg and injury to his left. "We came here for the 215 the medical marijuana prescription. He didn't do no drugs, but he smokes pot for the pain in his leg. Most people with injuries like that end up on major drugs. He couldn't get medical marijuana in Florida," Kelly said matter- of-factly. Hamilton now has a card, she said, and she is his caregiver. On Wednesday, the group was still there but getting ready to pack it up. "Wal-Mart told us we had to get out this morning," Kelly said, noting she wasn't sure why they had to leave but "he wasn't mean about it," she said. "He told Ray we could move behind Wal-Mart on a dirt road where people stay until the police move us and then we could move up the road," Kelly said. But they are going to a campground instead, Hamilton said. . "I made some money on my flutes," he said happily, noting he sold two. Apparently Hamilton learned to make redwood flutes last year when the group camped at the Ukiah Wal-Mart. "An Apache shaman named 'He Who Sings on the Wind' taught him how," Kelly said. She said they have camped in the local store's lot at least five times since October, but that nothing compares to the Wal- Mart in Idaho. VWl-MART Security Cameras Inllso Amy Wdlnltzmw Diily Journal (Top) Raymond Hamilton III plays a redwood flute he carved as his partner, Karen Kelly, looks on. The couple, along with her son and future daughter-in-law, camped this week In the Uklah Wal-Mart parking lot. (Right) Hamilton prepares to change a fuel pump In preparation for moving his family from the Wal-Mart parking lot. (Above) Steven Hudson, shown here, panhandles In the Wal-Mart parking lot and surrounding areas. "We stayed at Wal-Mart in 38 states. Idaho is the best. At their Wal-Mart ... Social Services brings you food and asks you if you need anything and they have no limit to how long you stay," she said. "I'll tell you another Wal-Mart ... in Arkansas the owner came out and gave me $40," she said. "Wal-Mart has helped so many people ... there are so many peo- ple like me who run out of money ... this place is a blessing ... to be able to park and get it together again," she said. While Kelly thinks the RVers are OK, she said she disapproves of the panhandlers who hang around the parking lot. Steven Hudson is one of them, and he's proud of it. "I am the most professional panhandler in Ukiah, he said. "I support my old lady and her three cats. I don't get no food stamps, no government checks, nothing. This is how I survive," he said, noting he "works the lots," but he camps somewhere else. "It looks like a Wal-Mart trailer park here," he added. Asked if he drinks alcohol -- as many homeless people are accused of See WAL-MART, Page 2 UPT comedy tackles global warming _ . KT_i »„ U~L^11«.. *._. ._«*.* A A. *«AiiW1«M«* n a++Anfr«s*n «n tttA AQfltf 1 QQftfi U/htfftn it I The Dally Journal "What's Funny About Climate Change?" a three-person comedy review that aims broad, evenhanded humor at one of the world's most daunting and controversial environmental issues, will Nature's "ability to cast so troubling a attention in the early 1990s when its story into such an engaging and, at times, musical comedy, 'Queen Salmon," hysterically funny a format." toured throughout the Pacific Northwest. The show's humor emerges from its The San Francisco Bay Guardian called it examination of what the authors see a» "the funniest ecology lesson ever." 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"What we're offering is a relatively painless extraction of decaying rationales. It's the sickness that robs us of hope," Simpson said, "not the cure. The cure can be exciting." API scores on schools released By LAURA CLARK The Dally Journal The 2003 Academic Performance Index base reports were released last week, when the beginning of a new API cycle began.* Each annual API reporting cycle includes two reports: a base report, that appears after the first of the calendar year, and a growth report, which appears after school starts in the fall, according to API explanatory notes from the California Department of Education. "The API is the centerpiece of the statewide accountability system in California public education. The Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 requires that the California Department of Education annually calculate APIs for California public schools, including charter schools, and publish school rankings based on these APIs. The PSAA also requires the establishment of a minimum 5 percent annual API growth target for each school as well as an overall statewide API performance target for all schools," states the See SCHOOLS, Page IS Baby seals sometimes on beaches Beachgoers told to leave them alone The Dally Journal People enjoying sand and surf along Mendocino Coast beaches may have to share stretches of waterfront property with harbor seals and their young for the next few months. The California pupping season for harbor seals has started, which means baby seals are often left alone on beaches, while the mother seals are out in the ocean foraging for food. People who come across a solitary baby seal should be aware that the animal was probably left there by the mother, safe from natural predators. Well-meaning people who approach a solitary pup could cause more harm than good by trying to remove it from the beach and thereby breaking the sensitive bond between the mother and the pup. "A young harbor seal is unable to feed or care for itself, and if humans separate it from the mother, its chances of survival are slim to none," said See SEALS, Page 15 S€« GLOBAL, Page 2 KOas UC»U»p«WI, »V»H»V» ut »IW »«vt»» «° »»»v vwv. • MW vw>v VWM •** »«».«..(,. On" on global warming, cites Human Human Nature first came to public The thtattr group Human Nature will present 'What's Funny About Climate Chang*?' this Friday and Saturday nlghut tht Uklah Players Theatre.