Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 27, 2000 · Page 11
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Ukiah, California
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THE URIAH DAILY JOURNAL THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2000 — 11 Bottom-rung academic school struggles against long odds By BEN POX Associated Press Writer MECCA, Calif. - First- grader Ana Marie Gonzalez reads aloud in English in a clear, confident voice in her classroom at Saul Martinez Elementary School. "I love reading," she says with the shy smile and quickly downcast eyes of a 6-year-old talking to an adult at any school in the country. But this is not just any school. State test results released this week show that Saul Martinez, in a small, isolated farm community south of Indio, posted the worst academic performance of any of California's nearly 7,000 public schools. In the same class as Ana Marie are two students who don't know their alphabet or ..numbers in any language, while only 51 of Saul Martinez's 720 students are classified as fully fluent in English. -. "We are not making excus- >s and we won't make excuses," said Paula Thayer, who itook over as principal this year. "But those scores don't tell the whole story." Indeed, it is the story of a school struggling against almost impossible odds to educate its children. A quarter of Saul Martinez students are children of migrant workers who are likely to leave classes before the school year ends. Nine out of 10 are poor enough to qualify for government subsidized lunches. A growing number are Tarasco Indians from the • Mexican state of Michoacan who speak neither English nor Spanish. Among the people who teach them, fewer than half are fully credentialed. The state Education Department's rankings, released Tuesday, graded schools on a scoring system that ranged from 200 to 1,000 with the median being 627. The Saul Martinez score was 302. . State officials released trie rankings, which are based on students' achievement test scores, in an effort to boost those lagging scores. But officials here say it will take more than that incentive to raise scores at Saul Martinez, located in a working- class town of about 7,000 where the population swells by more than 40 percent during the late spring grape harvest. Martha Tureen, the Coachella Valley Unified School District's assistant superintendent of education services, says the academic problems are the inevitable result of state education policy- California's class-size reduction efforts have made it difficult to recruit teachers to a small, relatively low-paying district in a remote desert town, Tureen said. And Proposition 227, passed by California voters in 1998, prohibits those teachers from instructing students in their primary language, Spanish. While children receive "transitional" classes in Spanish, the majority of instruction is in English, as are the achievement tests. It can take five to seven years for students to learn enough English to handle math or other academic subjects, said Reynaldo Baca, a research professor of education at the University of Southern California. Often, parents of children with limited English skills cannot speak it themselves so they can t help them with their homework, Baca said. In spite of those woes, district administrators say they are optimistic things will improve at Saul Martinez, named for a Mexican immigrant who joined the California Highway Patrol and died while on duty in 1997. Efforts to turn the school around include this year's appointment of Thayer, who has more than a decade of experience at troubled schools and has been emphasizing reading skills. She has brought in nine experienced teachers who have started on-site teacher training programs, while the district also offers English classes to parents. The school's first chance to gauge the effects of these changes will come in April when students again take their state achievement tests. Thayer is confident. "We are going to do great things with this school," she said. Massive 1700 quake won't be the last for Northwest, scientists say The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. - Evidence continues to grow that "megathrust" earthquakes have struck the Oregon and Washington coasts repeatedly in the past - and undoubtedly will strike again, according to scientists. The culprit is the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 750-mile-long fault that runs parallel to the coast from British Columbia to Northern California. The zone is where the oceanic Juan de Fuca Plate plunges under the continental North American Plate from •about 60 to ISO miles offshore. If the plates stick as they move past each other - and evidence indicates they are locking up - tremendous energy builds that can be released only by an earthquake. If the entire zone ruptures at once, a terrifying magnitude 9 quake, similar to one that happened 300 years ago yesterday, would result. The dozens of scientists who have been working to understand the zone can't predict when the next quake will occur. On average, a subduction-zone quake has rocked the Northwest coast about every 500 years - with some quakes occurring only 200 years apart, others 1,000 years. Evidence indicates that about a dozen of these huge quakes have occurred in the past 7,500 years. But scientists say be prepared: A quake could happen tomorrow or a century from now - affecting more than 11 million people west of the Cascades for a paralyzing five minutes. Similar subduction zones have spawned the two largest earthquakes ever recorded, a magnitude 9.5 quake that struck Chile in 1960 and the magnitude 9.2 quake that rocked Alaska in 1964. The Chilean event generated a tsunami that killed more than 5,000 people in Chile, 61 in Hawaii and 199 in Japan. The Alaskan quake, with 131 deaths, produced a tsunami that killed four children on the Oregon coast and 11 people in Northern California. "Most people find a magnitude 9 earthquake hard to comprehend," said Ivan G. Wong, a seismologist who is studying the ground-shaking involved in such a quake. "You wouldn't be able to stand on your feet for three to five minutes. It's difficult to imagine." Wong released new earthquake maps this week showing how much ground-shaking might occur in the Portland area from a magnitude 9 quake about 80 miles away on the Oregon coast. The map shows that Portland would experience strong shaking but light damage. Since the Northwest's subduction-zone hazard was identified 15 years ago, researchers have scrambled to find answers to such questions as how .often these events occur, what the effect has been, what land deformation is happening now as the plates lock up, how extensive the locked zone is, how big of a quake could be produced and what steps can be taken to mitigate damage and casualties in a future quake. A recent study by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries calculated what effect a large subduction-zone quake would have on the state. The study estimates that a magnitude 8.5 quake would result in more than 5,000 deaths and 8,000 injuries, destroy 30,000 buildings and cause $12 billion in economic damage. Those estimates are conservative, said Yumei Wang, a geotechnical engineer who co-wrote the report with geologist Lou Clark. They calculate that unreinfonred masonry buildings could result in 2,000 fatalities, while a tsunami would kill more, than 3,000 people. Wang said the tsunami estimate is low because it's based on the populations of low-lying coastal communities, rather than on the number of people.qn the coast during the summer tourist season. The research findings have led the state and communities to undertake several earthquake-mitigation efforts in the past decatie: Steps have included raising building codes, starting an earthquake-tsunami education* program and developing tsunami-inunda j tion maps and earthquake-hazard maps for coastal communities to use for planning purposes. But more research and preparation remain to be done, says seismologist Thomas H. Heaton, a professor at the Calt- fornia Institute of Technology who first determined the hazard 15 years ago. "It is satisfying to realize that polity-) makers have begun to take steps to help mitigate the effects of such an earthquake^", Heaton said. "Nevertheless, I am still very concerned that the Pacific Northwest'is' woefully unprepared for the dramatic effects of such an earthquake." ' Surly crowd shouts down federal fish managers: 'By LINDA ASHTON Associated Press Writer YAKIMA, Wash. - An often hostile and sometimes profane crowd jeered and heckled federal fish managers at a public hearing on proposed protection rules for 14 populations of Pacific salmon and steelhead. The National Marine Fisheries Service has advertised the proposals as an innovative approach to fish conservation that will give state and local governments with their own NMFS-approved management plans a chance to avoid federal regulation and liability under the Endangered Species Act"" The same proposals include prohibitions against harming, killing or harassing protected fish with maximum penalties of a year in jail and a $50,000 fine. The rules have been criticized as a far-reaching power grab by the fisheries service that endangers the property and water rights and livelihoods of many in river- dependent Eastern Washington. The rules, expected to be adopted later this year, will apply to watersheds and rivers in an area covering 159,000 square miles in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California. Wednesday night's meeting here, one of 15 scheduled in the four affected states, drew 400 people. A Washington State Farm Bureau protest rally prior to the meeting attracted about 175 people, carrying signs with such slogans as "Liberty and justice for salmon. What about humans?" Opponents of the so-called 4(d)rules, from an authorizing section of the 7 •> Endangered Species Act, accused the government of failing to consider the effects of its actions on people. As NMFS fish managers Kate Vandemoer and Rob Jones outlined the proposals, they were repeatedly shouted down with obscenities, boos and insults. "This is not about salmon. It's about government control," said Steve Appel, a Palouse wheat farmer and president of the Farm Bureau. "We all like salmon. We aren't against salmon. What we are against are rules that go too far... that threaten our livelihood and threaten us .with fines and jail." Don Kilpatrick, an Oroville bus driver, said he attended the meeting because his hobby is hard-rock gold mining and he believes mining, timber and agriculture are all under attack. "I believe water rights are human rights," he said. Many urged the fisheries service to use its regulatory power to stop or further limit fishing. Using what he said was NMFS' own data, Kenny Nelson, of the Washington Association of Realtors, said that of every 10 fish in the ocean, six are caught in nets in the ocean. Four come up the river, and 50 percent of those go to Indian tribes under the historic Boldt decision. Of the remaining two, predators take one. "We have one left. It doesn!t take a rocket scientist to figure, out that we've got to stop the har-' vest out there to save the fish," said Nelson, of Grandview. The rules do provide for exemptions, for example, for Washington loggers who follow new state timber harvest regular tions and urban developers who follow guidelines that Portland Metro is putting together. 1 •; Exemptions are also available for scientific research, fish hatch* cries, commercial and sport fish* ing and habitat restoration prt> jeclts that meet NMFS standard^ ^ Representatives of several tim : her companies that operate- in Washington spoke in favor of jh$ proposals. •, * Mac Porter, a retired forester from Yakima, said he supported the proposals, noting that it took two years of negotiation to get Jhe new logging rules through the Washington Legislature, which, approved them in 1998. PUBLIC NOIKE PUBLIC NOTICE 042-00 058-00 1-19,23,27/00 1/27,2-3,10,17/00 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested In the will or estate, or both, of: CLAIRE Q. HARPER,, also known as CLAIRE HARPER A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: VIRGINIA ROBERTS in the Superior Court of California, County of Mendodno. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that: VIRGINIA ROBERTS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.' .THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, If any, be admitted to probate. The will and any 'codicils are available for examination In the file kept by •the court 'WE PETITION requests authority to administer the es- .tale under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very Important actions, however, •the personal representative will be required to give 'notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action). The independent administration authority will be granted unless £n Interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on (he petition will be held on February 4, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept: E, located at: COURTHOUSE, Slate and Perkins Streets P.O. BOX 996 Uklah,CA 95492 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing ana state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hear* Ing. Your appearance may be in person or by your IFYOlJ ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your daim with the court and mall a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided In section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154)of the filing of an Inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided In Probate Code section 1250. A Request (or Special Notice form Is available from the court derk. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER: Myma L. Ojjjnby of the law firm of Carter, Behnke, RO Box 720 169 Mason St. Ste. 300 Uktah.Ca 96482 T&7/462-6694 /•/Myma L Ootesby MYRNAL.QGLE8BY THE FOLLOWING PERSON(S) IS (ARE) DOING BUSINESS AS: K-WINE 94.5 FM, KMKX 93.5 FM, MAX ROCK 1100 B. Hastings Road P.O.Box 1056 Uklah.CA 95482 Broadcasting Corporation of Mendoclno County 1100 B Hastings Road P.O. Box 1056 Ukiah.CA 95482 This business Is conducted by a Corporation. State of Incorporation: CjlHoarii. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on January 17, 2000. Endorsed-Filed on January 20,2000 at the Mendocl- no County Clerks Office. /s/Gullford R. Dye GUILFORD R. DYE President FIND WHAT YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR! 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