Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 19, 1978 · Page 1
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Wafer, water everywhere LET IT FLOW — The release from Lake Mendocino was increased last week and remained at 3,000 cubic feet per second today at 11 a.m. "with 1,536 cfs flowing into the lake. A far cry from three months ago, the lake is now well over conservation level and is flooding the low-lying areas around its banks. At 11 a.m. there was 96,887 acre feet of water, and the level was 751.37 feet (conservation level is 737.5 feet above sea level). —Journal photo by Harris. Will city investiigate hydroelectric power? ByPAMMacLEAN Would construction of a small hydroelectric generation project save the city of Ukiah $1,000 a day in power generation costs or cost $150,000 in pre- ^plication fees only to have the grant denied? That, was the question faced by city council members at their meeting last night wheii a representative of Tudor Engineering, a San Fra%isco firm now in charge of constructim of the Redwood Valley water project, presented a IH-oposal for a city power plant at Coyote dam. Council members voted to have . Tudor people return to their next meeting with an exact estimate of city costs for applying for water power rights at Coyote dam. Councilman Ted Feibusch asked Nvliat the city could expect as total costs for ''paper shuffling" before a federal grant for the project is approved. David Wilier, Tudor representative responded that "to'file a grant applicatioh the city could have $150,000 invested" in license application, feasability ftudy, environmental impact report and permits. • He also said the project could save the city up to half a miUion' dollars a year in power costs. The project ouUined by Wilier, is td install three or four turbines at the outlet works of the dam creating a four megawatt power plant. That woidd provide 25 percent of the dty's total consumption at half the Ifesent wholesale cost to the city, according to WUler's estimates. He also suggested the city could build its own transmission line thus bypassing the cost of paying PG&E for transmission jk the power. MERK RADIO &T.V. AUTHORIZED R.C.A. DEALER EXPERT SERVICE QN ALL MAKES OF TV§. STEREOS, RADIOS AND TAPE RECORDERS; opposite State A^arket ?12 N. State St. - 462-5944. "You could reduce your power cost by $1,000 a day," he said, "and that is a , substantial reduction." But Willer's estimates of cost savings did not take into account inflation rates for the cost of construction and q>eration which he estimated at 8 percent a year. Wilier told the council they must file a request with the state for water power generation rights at the dam. No one has those rights now, Wilier explained, but anyone from PG&E, a {ffivate company, the city or an individual can apply for them. He estimated the cost for application at $1,500 with the granting of rights going to the earliest application. Councilmember Barry Wood said he thought it unwise for the city to invest its own money in filing for po\yer rights, charging that the city had previously lost $5,000 on a proposed power project when PG&E "scared lumber companies" interested in a power venture with the city by the suggestion the companies be considered "public utlities." Wood said sarcastically, "that was a good political maneuver by PG&E.'? He asked for a firm, figure oh the application cost in two weeks, saying, "I know those other guys will file just to. stick us.'^ Wilier also explained that power availability would be based on Sonoma County's water release requests from ptofe ofilkiahl i lunch Jan. 27 | The economic "pulse" of Ukiah will be outlined at a special State of Ukiah luncheon on Friday, Jan. 27. Sponsored by the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce, the luncheon will be held at the Lido Restaurant. A cost-of-living survey for all of 1977 will be highlighted^ An economic analysis of the Ukiah area, also for all of 1977, will, be covered, plus the "outlook" for the first six months of 1978, The $4 per person cost for the lun'^ chebn will include a free copy of the . State of Ukiab report. Weeks of preparation have gone into preparing this report and over 500 people have been contacted in compiling this objective profile of the greatejr Ukiah area.,. • Seating is exp^ted to be limited and anyone planningto.attend the luncheon is encouraged Ui make reservations at 462-4705. Lake Mendocino. The 25 percent of city need, he said, could be met was based on an average release flow from the dam which is controlled by Sonoma County. The three turbines could generate power dovvn to a flow of 20 cubic feet of water per second at the spillway and a maximum of 550 cubic feet. "But Sonoma's request in the last year has gone down to 10 cubic, feet per second," Wood added. Council member Ira Brannon said he wanted to know if rumors the capabilities for power generation at Warm Springs dam were not sufficient would they be sufficient at Coyote dam. "Is this going to be pouring sand down a rat hole?" he asked, referring to the cost of the project. Wilier assured him that the Army Corps of Engineers was reassessing the power potential at Warm Springs dam, and that generation is possible at Coyote Dam. City public works director Maiirice Roper told council members he had learned the" Corps "would not consider generating power at WaTm Springs dam until it is built because they are having so much trouble getting the fH -oject off the ground." Another contingency Wilier explained to the city was that the possibilty of getting a federal money to bujld a hydroelectric generation facility would rest on the passage of President Jimmy Carter's energy bill. Tudor Engineering could assist the city in all the permit procedures and applications at an additional cost of $2,000 to $2,500, J/Viller said. He will return to the city with exact costs for licensing, power permits, and a feasability study at the next council meeting. ST. MARY'S BINGO 991 So. Dora St. Ukiah teVERY FRIDAY NIGHT 8:00 P.M. This Week's Jackpot 150 00 COME JOIN THE FUN! 117th Year No. 214 Ukiah; Mendocino County, Callfornid Thursday, January \9, 1978 15 Cents Appointmenf ruled invalid; election set A short term for Trustee McFadden By GLENN ERICKSON Less than 20 minutes after assuming an interim seat on the Mendocino College board of trustees, E.J. Guin- , ness McFadden was back ih the audience last night as a "civilian,"' awaiting a special election to be held within some 180 days. That's right —McFadden is the first announced official candidate for the trustee vacancy on the board which must be filled by & special Mendocino Community College District election, called by the trustees. They found their 3 to 2 interim appointment of McFadden a vyeek ago has been ruled invalid by their legal counsel. The »to 2 vote was ruled illegal under code which requires that the appointment of a college trustee muist be with the concurrence of a majority of board members, not just a majority of those board members present when aii appointment is made. "Thus, with six members on the board after the resignation for reasons of health by Harold Easterbrook, it required a majority of foiir votes, not three, to confirm an appointment. Since Hugh Tadlock was absent a week ago Tuesday when the board interviewed six candidates and vpted, on the second ballot, 3 to 2, to appoint McFadden to the board, there was no way a four-vote majprity could be obtained. Peter Klein, new counsel to the board, and John Drummond, notified the board and its administration that the interim appointment, challenged^ injmediately by concerned students, staff and others, was illegal. As Wednesday night's regular session of the board opened — with Al Canepa absent because of press of business and McFadden sittii:ig in a chair at the board table next to newly seated board student advisor Arlyn Turner — there again were five board members with the power to vote. (McFadden could take part in discussions as an interim appointee but not vote until confirmed within 30 days.) After the board, and a sizeable audience of nearly 50 persons crowded into the board meeting room, had bowed heads in prayer for the late Diane Ong, Mendocino . College cheerleader, killed last Saturday in an auto accident, McFadden raised his hand and asked to address the board. Recognized by President Bill Daniel of the board, McFadden surprised those in the audience not familiar with the ruling of the district attorney's office by saying that he felt that his appointment ' had created "a great deal of interest" among the student body and staff of Mendocino College in the ,days following announcement of his {x-ovisional appointment. He requested that the board hold a^ special election, for which he wished to become a candidate in order that the energies of the students and staff be directed back to the sphere where it belongs. ' He acknowledged that the furor following his interim appointment had an upsetting effect on the campus, students, faculty and administration alike, causing those for or against his appointment to channel time and energy away from their regular duties or student study responsibilities. Such a distraction he deemed "disfunctional" to the goals of the college. Therefore he was requesting the board to exercise its option to hold a board election as soon as possible. He was interrupted in his surprise ploy by trustee Billie Smith, who suggested that McFadden wait until the board had a chance to discuss the matter of his interim appointment under item 9-C on the agenda, moved up to a higher place on the board agenda. The board took up item .9-C immediately and it .was then that Mrs. Smith said that, she had learned from attorneys that, the provisional ap- , pointment of McFadden the week before had been in error. It was, inde^, illegal, because it had been done on a 32 majority vote of those present, and not on a majority vote by board members, which would have reqi^irtkl foiur "yea" votes to make the interim . appointment. Further, on the day or days fpllowlng the 3-2 appointment she learned that because of the constraints of the time frame the time in which an interim appointment by a majority vote could be made had expired Jail. 10. President Petdr DeVries of Mendocino College informed the board that he.had been so, informed officially by , Klein and Drummond that the board had to either make another ap- poihtmentand await a challenge period on that selection, or determine to go to a special election. Several board njembers stemed to feel that there was little sense in making another provisional appointment, since there were only five present and getting four votes in support of one candidate, appeared unlikely. McFadden said that he preferred a general district election to find put just ' what they, the voters, do want; and that it would be a time for the district to have a say in the matter and the issues his appointment had raised. Dr. John Brookes, board member fh)m iLake County, who had Joined Al Canepa and Bill Daniel in voting for McFadden's interim appointment last, week, said that he "strongly supported Democracy" and the idea of going to an election. The board unanimously voted to call a special election, to be held withhi the legally required time period, at a date to be set by the county superintiendent of schools. With that, McFadden left his now warm chair at the board table, and took one of the few remahting seats in the audience. He was heard to comment as he sat down In the audience: "The mighty fall very easily!," which drew a chuckle. Clausen asks Carter to support WSDdm Washington, D.C. — Congressman Don Clausen today asked President Carter to support Warms Springs Dam as an answer to north coast drouf ^ht and flood problems. The request was contained in a letter , to the President in which the congressman requested full funding foiu.. Warm Springs in the Executive budget which will be released in the next few days. Clausen told the president that," the north coast region of Caifomia is a land of hydrological extrenaes. For the past two years we have faced the worst drought in ihirty years. Today, after two months of steady rain, our. river- and streams are swollen with water, and serious flood damage has already occurred. "If the Warm Springs Dam had been in place, it would have been a positive mitigating factor in reducing the damage caused by these extremes. BofsfordtriaL Warm Sprhigs has been subjected to the most extensive engineering' and environmental review of any project its size that I bave known in my 15 years in Congress. It has plasaedthe tdst of local support by a vote of the people .pf' Sonoma County. "Man and livestock killing floods, as well as crop and tree killing draughts, inflict great suffering on thousands of people. At a'time when thiese extremes have occurred so closely together, I feel it is incumbent on me to faring this issue, to'your attention and request that full funding for the project be Included in your forthcoming budget request. "We are working together with the north coast supervisors and other elected officials to bring about a comprehensive and coordinated program of water conservation, management and development that will address the drought and flood issues as well as many others." Dying statement is excluded by fudge By JIM HARRIS The second day of the Larry Bjotsford murder trial was marked by dramatic testimony from prosecution witnesses. Botsford, 18, Lomita, is charged with the fatal stabbing.of Michael Wilson, 56, IM -opriator of the KOA campgrouhd in Willits on the night of Aug. 12, 1977. Early this morning, with the jury excluded, Sgt. James Tuso of the sheriff's department reported on a statenient made by Bostsford as he lay critically wounded in the Howard Hospital emergency room. First emergency room physician, Dr. Steve Bearg testified that Botsford had been brought to the hospital around 11:30 p.m. suffering from a stab wound in the back and was vomiting blood. He told Botsford that he would be transferred to Ukiah for surgery and might die en route. Dr. Bearg then asked Botsford if he wanted to talk to Sgt. Tuso. Tuso then took the stand saying after Botsford was told he might die he Northwestern California: Clearing tonight except for patchy valley fog.° Generally fair Friday except for variable clouds northwest with chance of showers near the Oregon bordw late Friday. Westerly winds 10 to 25 mph decreasing tonight. Fort Bragg 43 and 51, Ukiah 35 and §2. Jan., 1978 Date HI Lo 18 " 53 44 NoonToday 54 Rainfall 33.67 Jan., 1977 Date HI Lo 18 71-29 Low Today 41 Last Year 6.96 agreed to talk to the sergeant. Tuso said Botsford first asked for a lawyer oi. attorney but then agreed to describe what happened at the campground- According to the sergeant Botsford said: "The place was q>en. I Just walked into the store. The man came at nrie with a knife...he ran into me;.. I was protecting myself... I pulled the knife off the floor... I don't kntiw where,Igot the knife.!' • After hearing Tuso's report Superior pourt judge Timothy O'Brien said it would not be admitted as "a dying declaration since the defendant isn't, , dead." Judge O'Brien did not rule, however, if the evidence— Tuso's report— could be admitted under other circumstances. The Jury was then brought Uito the, courtroom and heard Dr. Kenley Falconer, a pathologist, report on the stab wounds of the victim, Michael Wilson. Falconer said he examined Wilson's body at: 2 a.m. on the 13th at Anker-Lucier Mortuary. He said that Wilson had been stabbed nhie times in the chest. One stab wound, a four inch double wound, penetrated the lung and was fatal. . Falconer said Wilson died from loss of blood. ' Present in the courtroom hi additicHi to the jury, the attorneys, and the defendant Botsford was a sbith grade class from Oak Manpr school. Botsford. * stocky young man'with long wavy blond hahr appeared younger than his 18 years. He is being defended by David Cooper, public defender. District attorney Duncan James is prosecuting. ' , James has indicated he will later call to the stand the murder victim's wife and son.

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