Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 28, 2000 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily 'ournal Quartet of symphony members to perform •PageA-3 Outlook Today In Brief A-2 Classifieds .. .8-6 Comics B-4 Crossword .. .B-5 Daily Digest .A-12 Features B-5 Forum A-4 In Motion ... .B-1 Jumble B-6 Lottery A-12 Obituaries ..A-12 On the MM. Inside Sports A-9 TV listings ...B-5 Weather... .A-12 ©2000, MediaNews Group 32 pages, Volume 141 Number 252 50 cents tax Included Fri., Jan. 28-Sat, Jan. 29,2000 County wants no-cost recycling By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal While county supervisors favor offering 90-gallon curbside recycling wheeled carts, or tpters, to small businesses in unincorporated areas of the county served by Empire Waste Management, they're uncertain Whether or not the company should be allowed to charge for the service. The question is of some importance because the county's recycling rate has fallen dramatically since 1997. At the same time, the state's-1989 recycling law demands California counties and cities cut the amount of trash going to landfills in half by the end of the year. Jurisdictions failing to meet the mandated goal face fines and other actions. Mike Sweeney, Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority manager, said his agency "is very enthusiastic about the toter service. It's been a key element in Ukiah's recycling program for the last 10 years." "I would say 80 percent to 90 percent of all public and private institutions want to do the right thing" when it comes to recycling, said MSWMA field representative Karen Gridley. But small businesses are always looking at "the bottom line." And while toters "are ideal to handle office waste streams," Gridley said it would be easier to garner support for the program if it's free. Empire Waste is proposing to charge Ukiah-area businesses $12.82 per month for the recycling program. Fort Bragg-area businesses would pay $13.11. Recyclables would be collected twice a month. All a business would have to do is call Empire Waste and ask that a truck stop by to empty the cart, according to Paul Caylor, county Solid Waste Division director. If toters need to be emptied more than twice a month, Ukiah businesses would pay an extra $6.60 for each additional pickup. Fort Bragg businesses would pay slightly more: $6.88. Anne Crowder, chairwoman of the Mendocino Solid Waste Local Task Force, said the toter program "is needed and will be well-received by the community." But the LTF also believes any "recycling service should be (provided) free of charge." That "is not only reasonable," Crowder argues, "but necessary" if the county wants to improve its recycling numbers by the end of the year. Small businesses, she noted, generate the majority of the county's unrecycled trash. But "the reality is that to pro. vide a service has a cost attached to it," says Empire Waste Management spokeswoman Maureen Meadowbrook. In order to offer the toter program, the company charges fees sufficient to recover its costs. Supervisor Tom Lucier argues EWM already is making some money recycling residential waste. The company "picks up (recyclables) and sells them. It may be for only pennies a ton, but there's got to be revenue there somewhere." The county, Lucier said, "won't hit (its) SO percent (goal) with residential recycling-only. See RECYCLING, Page A-J? SPAY AND NEUTER MONTH Barbara Vasconcellos/ftic Dally Journal These terrier-cross puppies wait to be adopted at the county's Plant Road animal shelter. While young, cute dogs usually get adopted, many older animals end up at the shelter because people no longer want to be responsible for them, an Animal Control employee said. To help ebb the tide of animal overpopulation, local animal organizations are offering assistance to spay and neuter animals during February. Overpopulation puts puppies in peril By LEEANN LAMBERT Th« Dally Journal F ive nearly 2-month-old puppies were found starving and dirty by the side of the road near Calpella last week. A woman on her way to work spotted the abandoned pups along North State Street and brought them to the Yokayo Veterinary Hospital, said Jennifer McDonald, who works at the animal clinic. "They were caked in mud that had dried to them," McDonald said. "They were filthy and starving. We bathed them, dewormed them, and fed them - in fact, they inhaled the food, almost choking on it, because they ate it so fast." However, the woman who picked up the dogs told McDonald she found a sixth puppy, one of the puppies' litter mates, dead on the side of the road amongst a pile of trash. "It enrages me so much that somebody could do this," McDonald said of the people who dropped off the puppies just out of town. "They could have taken them to Animal Control if nowhere else." She thought about taking care of the \ \ *+ I Lab and possible German shepherd-mixed pups herself, but said "I can't take them home. I have five of my own already." So McDonald called the Milo Foundation in Willits, and staff there agreed to pick up the puppies and find homes for them. "These puppies aren't wild dogs," she continued, about the four remaining female puppies and one male pup that were rescued. "They aren't afraid of anything. I put them in the bath tub and they wiggled their tails. They lick you, and so you know they have been raised around people." McDonald said there are too many abandoned, stray animals already in the county. "So what it comes down to is to spay and neuter your animals ... so it doesn't turn into a situation like we have here," she said, standing beside the five cleaned-up, but homeless pups. "They were lucky little things that this lady saw them on her way to work." Plus she added, "The Milo Foundation really helps us out.". See SPAY, Page A-12 This puppy Is available for adoption along with her litter-mates. <^SS Too many cats ..... Too many dogs ..... Produces Females Males Total First litter 325 4 females 10 10 20 14 females 35 35 70 49 females 123 122 245 172 females 430 430 860 602 females 1,505 1,505 3,010 2,1 07 females 5,267 5,268 10,535 7,374 females 18,435 18,435 36,870 25,809 females 64,522 64,523 129,045 90,331 females 225,827 225,828 451,655 Five year totals 316,157+316,158=632,315 (Two litters per year, each female producing five cats per litter) Year 1st year produces four puppies (two of them female) Births 4 2nd year first and second generation females produce 12 pups 3rd year, three generations produce 36 (half female) 4th year, four generations produce 108 (half female) 5th year, fifth generations produce 324 pups 6th year, sixth generations produce 972 pups 7th year, seventh generations produce 2,916 pups Total offspring of single female In seven years - pups 36 pups 108 324 972 2,916 4,372 \ % «V Senior Center to discontinue its Alzheimer's program By DEBORAH FINESTONE The Pally Journal The Social Day/Alzheimer's program run by the Ukiah Senior Center will end next month, but clients are advised to join the Adult Day Health Care program instead. The decision to close the program Feb. 29 was made by the Ukiah Senior Center board of directors Thursday night, in light of the ongoing financial burden of the program. "A nonprofit organization cannot afford to run a program at a loss," said Melissa Phillips, executive director. For two years, the senior center has sought funding to keep the social Alzheimer's program open, most recently exploring the possibility of housing the program in its own building with the clients and staff intact. That option remains available if the center can find the financial resources to support it, Phillips said. Instead, the center has decided to expand its Adult Day Health Care program to accommodate the 12 to IS Alzheimer's clients served each day. "We have to operate more conservatively," Phillips said. "The minor modifi- See ALZHEIMER'S, Page A-12 Cherry ranch sold to Fetzer By GLENDA ANDERSON The Dally Journal For nearly 30 years, Ukiarrahs have marked the beginning of summer with cherry eating- and picking binges at the Butler Ranch off Bopnville Road. That tradition now appears to be over. The 750-acre Butler ranch is in escrow, having been sold by George Butler Jr. to Fetzer Vine 1 yards's owner, Brown-Forman Corp. for more than $2 million. "It's sad. Our family has been going to the ranch to pick cherries on the ranch for about 15 years," said Madonna Wade.. Fetzer President Paul Dolan said the company plans to retain several acres of the 22-acre cherry orchard, located a few miles outside Ukiah, but doesn't know if the public will be allowed to pick them. "We might be open to it," he said. Steve Jackson, who brokered the deal, said he doubts a corporation like Brown-Formaji would be willing to risk the lawsuit that would likely occur if someone was injured while picking cherries. He said many of the trees in the orchard were too old or diseased to produce cherries, and those are die ones Fetzer plans to remove. Only about 100- to 150-acres of the ranch is suitable for growing grapes, Dblan said. The rest of the property will remain as open range-type land, he said. While the purpose of the purchase is to grow red wine grapes, Fetzer also hopes to restore the property's old time ranch feel, Dolan said. That includes rehabilitating the 80-year-old ranch house and possibly planting other fruit trees, ones that were growing before the acreage was converted to primarily cherries, he said. "We want to bring the place back, make it the special place it was, and still is. It's important to Mendocino County," Dolan said. He also noted Fetzer plans to put the property in a conservation easement and combine its five- or six parcels into one. That way, if it's sold again in the future, it will have to be sold as a whole. The ranch, at one time included several thousand acres. In 1969, a large chunk was sold for the development of the McNab ranch, a subdivision of 40-acre and larger parcels. Another, 350-acre piece was sold a few years ago. : • The Butler family bought the ranch about 80 years ago, according to Held-Poage library director Lila Lee, possibly from the Gould family. George Butler Sr. took over the ranch from his father about 60 years ago and planted part of what was men a livestock ran.cn to cherries. • . His wife, Ella, was a school teacher and, later, a real estate agent. Butler opened the cherry orchard to a self-pick enterprise in the 1970s, Lee said. Butler reportedly reaped more from having people around than from the business, which allegedly was marginally lucrative at best. Wade recalled Butler, who died several years ago, cruising the orchards in his golf cart, giving children rides and teasing them. Noting the cherry juice on the front of their shirts, he'd tell them he should have weighed them on the way in and the way out, Wade said. See CHERRIES, Page A-J2

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