Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 2004 · Page 13
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 13

Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 19, 2004
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL WEATHER FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004 - A-13 3-DAY FORECAST SUN AND MOON REGIONAL WEATHER TODAY Mostly sunny and warm. TONIGHT Mostly clear. Sunfisi today 8:18 a.. Sunset tonight 6:24 p m M6Mrt$$ fodSy 6:03 a.rn. Moonset today 5:20 p.m. MOON PHASES New First Full Last Mar. 20 Mar. 28 Apr. 5 Apr. 11 ALMANAC SATURDAY 80° | 46° 1 (X (I Mostly sunny— very warm for March. SUNDAY 75° | 47° -O- ^m* Partly sunny and continued warm. Uklah through 2 p.m. Thursday Temperature High 75= Low 450 Norhiat high 64° Normal low 41° Record high 92° i'n"i9i4 Record low 27° in 1922 Precipitation 24 hrs to 2 p.m. Thu. 0.00" Month to date 0.17" Normal month to date ................ 3.85" Season to date 31.42" Last season to date ;......,........ 32.99" Normal season to date 33.39" All forecasts and maps provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2004 1 CALIFORNIA CITIES City AnfifHMrtl Antioch ArfoYd Grande Atascadero Aubum Barstow BlgSur Bishop Btyfhe Burbank California CHy Carpinteria CafaHna Chico Crescent City Death Valley Downey Encinltas Escdndldo Eureka Fort Bragg Fresno Qllroy Indio Irvine Hollywood Lake Arrowhead Lodi Lompoc Long Beach Los Angeles Mammoth Marysville Modesto Monrovia Monterey MorroBay Today HI/Lo/W 77/57/c 77/45/s 73/41 fc 79/45/S 76/46/3 89/58/s 62/50/e 81/36/s 93/56/9 76/55/pc 85/48/S 68/51 /pc 71/57/pc 76/45/s 55/39/pC 95/60/s 74/56/c 71/54/pc 74/SO/c 56/37/pc 60/42/pc 82/52/s 79/43/S 94/57/s 73/55/c 77/56/c 70/37/8 77/43/s 65/47/c 71/55/c 73/56/C 67/28/s 78/44/S 78/46/s 79/56/C 66/48/c 67/48/C Sat. HI/Lo/W 77/58/c 80/49/s 77/43/c 82/46/s 83/49/8 91/57/S 65/49/s 84/40/s 96/58/s 78/55/c 88/46/8 69/5 1/pc 70/57/pc 82/51/s 59/45/c 96/59/s 73/58/c 71/54/pc 75/52/c 61/44/c 61/46/C 86/54/s 87/47/8 96/57/s 71/55/c 76/58/c 71/43/s 81/47/s 67/47/c 71/57/c 75/56/0 74/29/s 83/47/s 83/49/s 80/56/c 70/48/s 71/50/c City Napa Needles Oakland Ontario Orange Oxnard Palm Springs Pasadena Pomona Potter Valley Redding Riverside Sacramento Salinas S. Bernardino San Diego San Fernando San Francisco San Jose San Luis Oblspo San Rafael Santa Ana Santa Barbara Santa Cruz Santa Monica Santa Rosa S. Lake Tahoe Stockton Tahoe Valley Torrance Vacavtlle Vallejo Van Nuys Visalia Willits Yosemite Valley Yreka Today HI/Lo/W 74/40/8" 91/59/s 68/46/S 80/56/c 77/61/c 65/53/pc 94/62/8 77/54/c 80/51/C 75/40/s 77/44/8 81/52/c 78/44/s 70/49/8 81/55/C 65/57/pc 7B/83/C 68/50/s 73/48/8 69/47/c 73/42/S 70/55/c 64/52/pc 69/48/c 67/55/pc 75/40/S 62/27/8 76/43/s 62/27/s 68/59/pc 78/43/8 74/42/s 79/53/C 81/49/s 75/38/s 75/39/s 65/28/s Sat. HI/Lo/W 78/45/s 94/58/s 72/49/S 82/52/c 77/60/c 68/52/pc 94/84/s 76/54/c 82/49/c 82/45/s 81/46/s 83/54/c 82/48/s 74/48/s 82/55/c 65/59/pc 80/51/c 71/51/s 78/52/S 75/47/c 79/47/pc 67/55/c 66/52/pc 74/50/s 69/55/pc 80/45/s 64/29/8 80/46/s 61/29/s 69/58/pc 82/48/s 77/46/s 80/51/c 85/51 /s 82/44/s 79/38/s 75/33/s Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r- rain, sf-snow flumes, sn-snow, i-ice. Lake Mendoclno - Lake level: 744.00 feet; Storage: 79,433 acre-feet (Maximum storage 122,500 acre-feet) Inflow: 357 cfs Outflow: 151 cfs Air quality - Ozone: .043 ppm (State standard .090 ppm) Carbon monoxide: .73 ppm (20.0 ppm) Nitrogen dioxide: .025 ppm (.25 ppm) fe 509 S. State St. Down & Zero Payment till September 'O^T (O-A-'C-T ~Stocfe 1892-2004 Briefly Continued from PageA-2 do not believe that he is necessarily weak on defense. I don't agree with him on some issues clearly. But I decry this negativism that's going on on both sides." Global extinction theory supported by wildlife survey WASHINGTON (AP)—A steep decline in birds, butterflies and native plants in Britain supports the theory that humans are pushing the natural world into the Earth's sixth big extinction event and ( the future may see more and more animal species disappearing. In an effort that sent more than 20,000 volunteers into every corner of England, Scotland and Wales to survey wildlife and plants, researchers found that many native populations are in big trouble and some are gone altogether. FISH FIELD TRIP Amy Wellnitz/The Daily Journal Oak Manor School fourth- and fifth-grade students react to a steelhead held by Fish and Game Technician Danny Garcia last week at the Coyote Valley Fish Facility. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Game and the Ukiah Rod and Gun Club work together to create an educational and fun opportunity for local students. Parole Continued from Page A-l On Aug. 2, 1980, at about 10 p.m., Stephan McCarty, of Santa Rosa, was flagged down by victim Charlotte Verducci on Highway 101 south of Hopland. He took her to a Hopland gas station, where the Sheriff's Office was notified. The victim was covered with blood. The sheriff's deputy immediately transported her to a Ukiah hospital, where she received treatment for her injuries. Verducci told physicians a "billy club" had been shoved up her body. Medical findings revealed that a smooth, blunt instrument had been inserted into the vaginal cavity, damaging the vaginal walls and abdominal body cavity. She also had bruises on the upper arm, chest abdominal area and face. She underwent surgery, but died the next day. By law, the district attorney has the right to attend parole hearings for life inmates and argue against parole. Sawicki has been representing the District Attorney's Office at such hearings since 1985. The board also considered numerous letters opposed to Spain's release, which were read aloud during the meeting. Among those who wrote letters were: Congressman Mike Thompson, Assemblywoman Patty Berg, Chairman Hal Wagenet and the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Ukiah Police Officers Association and Chief John Williams, county Sheriff Tony Graver, Willits Mayor Karen Oslund, Fort Bragg Mayor Jere Melo, Willits Police Chief Gerardo Gonzalez and the Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Sign Continued from Page A-l ward," he said, so the whole thing might be a waste of time and energy. Stump explained that the current sign ordinance, as written, allows for a 50-foot sign for businesses within 600 feet from the middle of the freeway and 300 feet from a road that -intersects the freeway. Only signs on properties vacant for 60 days or more can be taken down. However, Stump noted that upcoming sign ordinance revisions are proposing to lower freeway signs to a 30-foot maximum. And in the meantime, new businesses have "all asked for signage," Stump said, "and we've said, 'Well, the Planning Commission has been trying to reduce the sig- nage." So far, Stump said nobody has responded to this by saying: "Weil, we want 50 feet and we're prepared to go to the mat for it." For example. Jack In The Box wanted a higher sign, but settled for a 24-foot sign, Stump said. Baldwin asked Stump if Jack In The Box could come b^ck to the city for an attempt to raise its sign if Starbucks were allowed to take on the North Star sign. "They could," he said. "So, sort of in the negative we could be creating a precedent," Baldwin said. "I don't think we are creating a precedent," Rapport said. "The code does that. You can amend the code...Maybe you should propose to do that, to prevent this in the future." Rapport also said he didn't think his memo was disagreeing with Baldwin, rather it was only saying that Starbucks would be allowed to put up a 50-foot sign. "If the council would like to change that, then they should go ahead." If the council wanted to deny Starbucks a 50-foot sign, council members would have to make the necessary findings to justify that, Rapport said. Stump said Starbucks is intending to propose to demolish the North Star building and that, whatever it does, it will be required to get a site development permit. Stump agreed with Rapport that the council's "best option" would be to revise the sign ordinance. But Baldwin had started to get some traction with the other council members. Councilman Roy Smith suggested that if the current sign was torn down, "maybe Starbucks would say they only want 30 feet. "If they see the 50-foot sign," he added, "they may say, 'We want that."' Mayor Eric Larson said his concern was that new businesses, "especially new businesses like Starbucks," get the message the city is trying to "jone down" its sign program. He said it might work to have a program where a large number of businesses in town are advertised on one large sign along the highway that motorists would see as they enter the Ukiah area. These would be easy to see, Larson said, and would benefit the businesses that would no longer have to deal with the expense of putting up and maintaining 50-foot individual signs. "There's a weak case for abatement here," Larson said of the North Star sign, "but it is a case...I see staff's point, but at least a letter of abatement might signify that 'hey, we're serious about cleaning up our highway corridor sig- nage to look more inviting and less imposing, corporately'. "On the other hand, we don't want to discourage new businesses," Larson said. "I didn't think I would support this, but I will support it, though I don't think it'll pan out." Baldwin then brought up the fact that there is a "logo" sign, along the lines Larson suggested, within 20 yards of the southbound exit to Ukiah proper and advertising McDonald's and the Coffee Critic. This sign is outside city limits, "but utilizing city businesses," Larson said thoughtfully. While the council voted 4-0 (with Council member Mari Rodin absent) to direct city staff to begin abatement against the North Star sign, it was decided to add an amendment to this direction that the city is attempting to phase-in "diminution" of freeway signs so that North Star and Starbucks do not get the impression they are being singled out. Wildfire Continued from PageA-11 final report it will present April 5 to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. They include efforts to increase cooperation and communication between fire agencies; calls for increased training and a number of requests for new equipment, ranging from fire engines to handheld radios. The panel also called for speedier deployment of military aircraft; a review by fire agencies of their cut-off time for sending helicopters and planes out to battle a blaze and a new legislative committee dedicated to fire response policy. The governor's Blue Ribbon Fire Commission made no cost estimates and members did not collectively endorse any specific funding source for their proposals. DawnOfTheDeadS;S8 ianature Theatres Taking Lives Daily: 5:05,7:20,9;35 Matinees: Sat 12:35,2:50 Time is money, so get your money back in no time. • SuperFast Refunds" • Courteous, personalized customer service Professionals who know the latest tax law changes •1MKSON HEWITT Se Habla Espaftol Open 9am-9pm Mon-Fri Raleys Center 1311 N. State St. 463-1099 Offices are independently owned & operated. SECRET WINDOW NO PASSES Daily: 5:10,7:25,9:40 Matinees: Sat 12:30,2:45 STARSKY& HUTCH Daily: 9:30 The Passion Of The Christ Daily: 4:10,6:55 Matinees: Sat 1:30 i!fl HIDALGO Daily: 4:00,6:40,9:20

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