Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 2004 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 19, 2004
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Ukiah High Wildcats drop pitching battle Page A-6 Acorn cooking j ON THE MARKET pays homage Guide to local real estate to a way of life j Page A-3 Inside INSIDE In Brief A-2 Landers ... Class, ads. .B-4 Letters ... Comics B-2 Lottery CiussnOfd . .B-3 ObltS Forum A-4 Sports Homes .. .inside TV listings Jumble B-3 Weather . 50 cents tax inclui ie Ukiah Mendocino County's local newspaper URNAL Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warm FRIDAY March 19, 2004 Senioi Center gets $900,000 endowment The Daily Journal The Community Foundation of Mendocino County made public today a huge new endowment left to the Ukiah Senior Center by a lifelong Ukiah resident. William H. Carter died in 2003 at the age of 90, leaving a $900,000 endowment to the center, where he was a member. "Bill supported the center as a place to go," said Vesta Hunt, 90, who went to high school with Carter and continues as a Ukiah Senior Center member. "He didn't go to parties and dances at the Senior Center, but he always went to the breakfasts and fund-raisers. He felt it had a place in the community." Carter graduated from Ukiah High School in 1932, and went to work at the former state hospital in Talmage. After saving his money, he became a pear grower. A widower twice, he left no children. Under Carter's direction, the endowment goes to the Community Foundation, which will invest the funds, and the Senior Center will get the income. "An endowment is not a savings account," explained the Community CITY COUNCIL Action taken on North Star sign By MARK HEDGES The Daily Journal The Ukiah City Council decided on Wednesday night to instruct city staff to begin abatement proceedings on a 50-foot freeway sign for the now-out-of-business North Star Auto Sales on East Perkins Street near Burger King. Vice Mayor Phil Baldwin brought up the issue, saying he figured City Council members could bring forward noncompliance situations since City Hall is currently understaffed. He said there had been no business going on at North Star for six to eight months, and that huge signs like that are obnoxious: City Attorney David Rapport had written a memo noting that the owners of the property had told city staff that North Star was still maintaining an office there (even though Baldwin and Planning Director Charley Stump both said they had stopped by the property numerous times and had seen no sign of habitation or even furniture in the building and a chain across the drive). Rapport .said taking down the sign might be an unwise use of city resources, since Starbucks Coffee is intending to set up shop there shortly. But that was the rub for Baldwin: He didn't think it a good idea to leave a sign that is in violation of a city ordinance just so Starbucks could, cuckoo-like, assume the sign for its own purposes. But Rapport said it wasn't that he or other city staff disagreed with Baldwin that the building was abandoned, but rather that - if abatement proceedings began ~ North Star would have the opportunity to make the case that they're still on the property. "In the meantime, Starbucks will be going for- See SIGN, Page A-13 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LOGGING TRUCKER - PART I Tony Anthony/Special to the Daily Journal Morgan Baynham prepares to tie down his load with a "wrapper" cable. Logging truckers 'a dying breed' By TONY ANTHONY Special for the Journal It's just before 5 a.m., pitch black, and Morgan Baynham is hoping he doesn't hit a deer as he races up Boonville Road in his tiny Honda to his house in Philo, where his logging truck waits in his driveway to be fired up for the day's work. His loading slot is 7 a.m. where he must be at "the landing" in a forest owned by Mendocino Redwood Company, and he doesn't want to be late. Morgan, one of the survivors in the logging industry, is one of only about 15 logging truck drivers working today in and around Ukiah. A burly and usually contented man, he suddenly creases his forehead with a frown when he says "We are a dying breed. When I started driving in 1978, there were, at least 50 of us, probably more than that," he corrects himself. "The drivers went the way of the industry. In the heydays of logging, there used to be a-steady stream of trucks traveling the roads in the forests around here." Morgan's bright red Peterbilt waits for him beside his home in A heel boom loader lifts logs onto Baynham's truck "Tlnkerbelle." the country. The truck, which when empty carries its trailer above the eight rear wheels of the tractor, will be connected later at the pick up sight. It is obvious from the moment he fires up the 500 horsepower Cummins diesel engine, that "Tinkerbelle," an odd name for such a powerhouse, is an object of beauty to him. The truck is his home from sun-up to sunset and, more than that, it is an all-important source of income that allows him to feed and support his wife and two children. See LOGGING, Page A-ll Foundation's Bob Arnwnino to a meeting of interested seniors at the Ukiah Senior Center on Thursday morning. Armanino, retired Savings Bank financial adviser, serves on the foundation's board of directors and See SENIOR, Page A-ll Federal budget reform rejected Thompson urging support for budget 'pay-as-you-go' plan The Daily Journal Fiscally conservative Democrats of the U.S. Congress called upon Republican members Thursday morning to support "pay-as-you-go" reforms in the federal budget process, a day after a key congressional panel rejected the measure. The amendments, supported by Mendocino County Congressman Mike 'AlT16riC3 Thompson (D-Napa), would require lawmakers to adopt deficit-neutral budgets - lawmakers D6 11011881 would have to identi- «u/»nt mknt fy how further BbOUtWhat spending will be paid yyg 53^ and for before approving , it. The House Budget CanROt Committee struck ' down Thompson's amendment to reinstate "pay-as-you- go" rules, established in 1990 and twice Congressman renewed through 2002. The federal law currently is up for renewal. Thompson, who serves on the Budget Committee, called the defeat a disappointing affront to fiscal responsibility. "Instead of enforcing fiscal responsibility, congressional leaders have rejected reform in favor of reckless spending that has plunged our nation into record debt," said Thompson, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a union of Democratic fiscal conservatives in the 108th Congress. "No responsible family in America would run their household this way," he added. The Congress is currently formulating the federal budget for the 2005 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This week, the House Budget Committee debated a $2.4 trillion spending plan that would increase the national debt to over $10.4 tril- See THOMPSON, Page A-ll - ndllw Parole denied for man who brutally killed sister-in-law _ _ - .. —__•.•*• ft * s\f\ + » * . t _ . _ _j__ » _ _i i_ 4.1 A. ___*_.* n _ ft «l.nn* n«^4 l*lAAxJ«Mrv nt Vt A** f>is\n in nt*i rvt* natv\1*a ll**UI*in OC ^OU1 tl The Dally Journal Citing that he poses an unpredictable degree of threat to others, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to Charles Spain at a hearing* in San Quentin Prison Tuesday. . Spain was convicted of second- degree murder for the 1980 killing of his sister-in-law, Charlotte Verducci. He was given a sentence of 15 years to life with the possibility of parole. At this week's hearing, board members commended Spain for his good conduct in prison, with no record of disciplinary problems since 1981. Members stated, however, that the positive factors did not outweigh the negative ones. The board based its conclusion on the fact that the crime was committed in a vicious and brutal manner, noting that Verducci's entire body was assaulted, with bruises on her arms and chest and bleeding at her mouth and nose. She also had a tooth knocked out, which was found in Spain's truck. At the hearing, Spain denied knocking out her tooth, but after Assistant District Attorney Myron Sawicki pressed him with, his admis- sion in prior parole hearings, Spain then said, "I guess I did." One board member then advised Spain to reflect on his answers so he could gain more insight to the significance of his crime. See PAROLE, Page A-13 749-C South State Street, Ukiah

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