Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 30, 2000 · Page 4
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOUf Uktah Daily [USPS (46420) Dennis Wilson, Publisher K.C. Meadows -Edtor Dean Abbcfl-Advertising Director Vic Martinez • Production Manager Worms Bel - Office Manager 2000 Mtmbtr IN OUR OPINION Recycling should be free The county is finally doing what it should ! have done a year ago. It is going to try to negotiate some sensible and overdue recycling benefits into its contract with Empire Waste Man- ...agement, the couty's trash hauler. In January, 1999, we said in this space that •* - (he county board was making a big mistake in giving Empire another five-year contract with no public input and no recycling mandates. , Now, a year later, the county's recycling rate ; 'has dropped below 30 percent when by law it "should be at 50 percent. County staff went to the board this week . jWith a negotiated plan under which Empire . J would provide some commercial recycling, but at a cost to businesses. , Supervisors rightly said no. Recycling should be free. After all, the hauler sells the . recyclable materials and makes plenty on the rest of the garbage too. Garbage hauling is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world .right now. •; • We believe that if the county had told Empire it wanted free recycling for commercial customers a year ago, when the contract was on the table, Empire would have said yes. , -. Now we can only hope that the county can recoup the advantage it lost through its own 1 shortsightedness. On guard with public health dept. To the Editor: On Jan. 25, a child protective services worker came out to investigate a complaint. The CPS woman was very nice and understanding. A public health nurse called them - because my two-year- old son had not had a hearing test at her command. My two year old just had open heart surgery on Jan. 4, in San Francisco, at UCSF Hospital. I phoned the public health nurse to stop her visits with Charles because she phoned San Francisco and talked to his heart specialist to get him to make Charlie take a hearing test - he came to my room with this message. I knew it was the nurse who called. I was a bit upset, since my son was hardly out of intensive care. Anyway, she called CPS because of the hearing test. My son sees a pediatrician regularly here in Ukiah, and if he were deaf, I'd know it. I am a 40-year-old mother and know what deaf is - no offense. So, I called the public health nurse and asked her why she called CPS on me (I know it's because I stopped her from the visits), which I willingly allowed her to do. Her reason was, she was concerned that my two year old was not, and I quote, "singing nursery rhymes and talking in sentences." He says words and expresses himself very well with me - for a two year old. Calling her supervisor does no good because they are going to just make more trouble for me. I'm so sorry I opened my door to her, and will not ever! The trust is gone. Being a single parent, I have to be on guard. Linda Lucille Almond Ukiah Who's a quitter now? To the Editor: Al Gore called Bill Bradley a quitter when Bradley left the Senate. Bill Bradley worked hard for 18 years in the Senate. Now, Bob Kerry a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor winner is leaving the Senate. Have we heard from Al Gore yet? Fred Schneiter Ukiah More about Orchard bridge To the Editor: Yes, Mr. Mayfield, I too, have wondered why the original plan of extending Orchard and building a bridge across the creek has never even been mentioned lately. It would certainly ease the traffic on Ford and Clara streets. But, I have another concern, "if the money was set aside to make improvements, what "if the city has already used the $200,000 for other things? I remember sometime back the city planned to put turn lanes and install new stop lights at State Street and Low Gap. The reply from the planners will no doubt be, "We can't afford it." Even if that is so, wouldn't it relieve the traffic situation by at least having Brush Street cut through? I know I would use it as probably a lot of others would as we head north up State Street to our homes. Lenora M. Taylor Ukiah And To the Editor: Referencing the letter to the editor by John M. Mayfield, Jr., appearing Jan. 24, wherein he professes his continued amusement with the city's inability to solve the traffic problems within the northeast portion of the city. John trumpets that the city has failed to implement the Orchard Street extension and construct the Orr Creek bridge which should be a concern to "all of us taxpayers and residents." Your accommodating editorial the next day suggests that the problem is that the city and the county can't agree- on the sales tax distribution "when the Brush Street area is inevitably developed" as a See LETTERS, Page A-6 This was news 25 years ago OTHER OPINIONS . from around the nation The North County Times : San Diego • Sand becomes a safety issue • The battle over putting sand on beaches is usually framed as one of rich vs. poor — rich beach • communities wanting the rest of the state to pay for . their playgrounds, to increase the value of already , , pricey beachfront property or increase their tourist ; tax base. So replenishing California's beaches has . , usually taken a back seat in the Legislature, and in the past 10 years has been little more than an after•]'. thought. ,, One ramification of that policy became tragically clear last weekend when a 30-year-old woman . .sitting on a narrow, nearly sandless beach in Encinitas was killed when a chunk of the fragile , sandstone bluff crashed down upon her. It is now .apparent that failure to protect the bluffs is no . longer just a property-rights issue for blufftop homeowners, or a beach-vs.-inland parochial battle . — it is a public safety issue. •, Debates have raged for decades about whether and how to protect the sandstone bluffs that line the county coast from Leucadia to Point Loma. While scientists agree there is virtually no way to stop the bluff erosion, most concede that wide beaches that keep waves from hitting the base will prolong the life of the bluffs and are cheaper, and more effective Jhan concrete sea walls. ' i '• At the core of the debate is money. Dredging .-••; sand from offshore deposits and dumping it on beaches is not cheap. A San Diego Association of ; Governments project to dump 2 million cubic :;. • yards of sand on 11 county beaches this year will ; *" cost $14 million. Up and down the state, legislators .'. routinely introduce bills to replenish beaches, and . the bills routinely die in the Legislature or on the ; governor's desk. The federal government has been ( more responsive, funding nine new beach projects • ,in the past few years. But federal projects require . Jocal and state matching funds. While some Eastern states spend more than $2 per person a year replenishing their beaches, California spends 7 . cents. Gov. Gray Davis slashed the last bill to reach his v 'desk from $7 million to $500,000 — barely enough to complete the environmental studies that must .' accompany every sand project. ... ~' I California's beaches are a great natural resource \ and bring an estimated $14 billion a year in tourist income. If we want them to remain enjoyable — , and safe — we have to invest in them, to treat them as the vital part of our infrastructure that they are. We don't expect roads to stay in top shape with no : maintenance; we don't expect our cars or our ' homes to, either, and it's time to accept that if ; ': beaches are important to us — and they are — we ' 'need to invest in them every year, as well. ... ;. ; That it took the death of Rebecca Kowalczyk to focus attention op the problem is the real tragedy. Thursday, Jan. 30,1975 Ukiah Daily Journal B EHR INTRODUCES POTTER VALLEY SCHOOL BILL. SACRAMENTO - Sen Peter H. Behr today introduced legislation which will allow Potter Valley to receive state funding for a public high school. Behr noted that SB 305 was designed so that Potter Valley high school may qualify as a "necessary small high school" for purposes of public school funding. Behr told reporters that Potter Valley residents have lobbied effectively for this legislation and that their interest in a public high school for Potter Valley is a key factor supporting this legislation. SB 305, which is co-authored by Assemblyman Barry Keene, will first be assigned to Senate policy committee and hearings will be scheduled sometime in early March. LOGGING SKILL CONTESTS SET SATURDAY. A rare treat is in store Saturday at the Ukiah Fairgrounds for those who have never witnessed a demonstration of loggers' skills - a Loggers' Holiday. At 10 a.m. in the grandstand area, there will be demonstrations of choker setting, double hand bucking, single hand bucking, working power saw, hot power saw, axe throw, and Jack and Jill hand bucking. Purses of $100 each have been posted for all events. The Loggers' Holiday will wind up the three- day Redwood Region Logging Conference. UVAR CENTER FACES SHORTAGE OF RECYCLABLE MATERIALS. UKIAHANS URGED TO GET OFF THEIR CANS ... AND BOTTLES. The Mendocino County Recycling Center wants Ukiah residents to get off their cans and glass bottles, and newspapers, and cardboard. The center began operations in October, 1973, to serve a two-fold purpose; provide a center to recycle, and provide jobs for the handicapped through the Ukiah Valley Association for the Retarded. It has been a success, but the center is geared to run at full steam and there's a shortage of recyclable materials, according to director Schorr Berman. "We had two problems when we started," Berman relates. "The first was attempting to be countywide to get as high a volume as possible to keep the center going. Because of this, we relaxed many of the preparation requirements below those of other centers." ... "The second problem is shipping," he continued. "We got in over our heads, and our grant money ran out before we purchased all of our equipment. "Now we are set up with the proper equipment. If everyone in Ukiah would recycle, it wouldn't be too much for us to handle." The center offers pick-up service the first full week of every month within the city limits of Jody Martinez is assistant editor at the Daily Journal. JODY MARTINEZ Ukiah. Residents should place glass containers, cans, newspapers, and cardboard in a separate container next to their garbage on the regular pick-up day. Newspapers should be tied in small bundles, containers washed out, and labels removed. Berman also reports that the center has a recycling compactor truck, and can pick up large amounts of cardboard from local businesses on request. 50 years ago Monday, Jan. 30,1950 The Redwood Journal Press-Dispatch ACKERMAN BRIDGE BEING REINFORCED. The State Highway Division is reinforcing Ackerman Creek bridge on the Redwood highway north of Ukiah. This work is precautionary on the part of the state. The Masonite Corporation took gravel from the stream below the highway creating a hole in the creek bed. When the water rose the river carried gravel and material from other places to fill up the hole and the foundations of the Ackerman Creek bridge were being weakened as gravel from beneath the bridge was carried down stream. Masonite took the gravel from their own land and there is no complaint on the part of the state over the work now being done at the bridge. New piles are being driven and these braced by logs beneath which is placed rock. SEVENTH GRADERS HAVE SUCCESSFUL FOOD SALE. The children in Mrs. Ralph Wright's seventh grade class in the South Dora street elementary school held a food sale Friday noon, when students and teachers from other rooms purchased the food and everything was sold within 14 minutes. The purpose of the sale was to raise money to buy shrubbery to plant around the school. The three seventh grade classes and the three eighth grade classes have the beautification of the grounds as a project. Each class is attempting to raise a certain sum and are doing this in various ways. The food sale in Mrs. Wright's room brought in $8. YE WOMAN ED STILL HOUSEBOUND. Still dogged by tag-end reminders of the pneumonia siege of the past five weeks, Mrs. Fae Hendricks, woman's editor of the Redwood Journal, is now slipping back into the groove, if only by remote control for the present. Still forbidden any chance risk with extreme cold outdoors, Mrs. Hendricks has, however, been given the green light by her physician for full handling of copy for the women's pages at her home. It will greatly ease the telephone traffic in the Journal office if news for the women's page is reported direct to Mrs. Hendricks on the phone at Ukiah 1241-R, during usual newspaper business hours. GET YOUR AUTO LICENSE. Saturday, February 4, will be the last day on which motorists can secure 1950 licenses without the penalty, which will be double to those who have to pay it. So far as is known here now, the highway patrol office will close at noon Saturday, as usual. 100 years ago Friday, Feb. 2,1900 Mendocino Dispatch-Democrat BROKE LOOSE AGAIN. The Covelo correspondent of the San Francisco Call has broken loose again. In Tuesday's edition of that paper we find a long sensational dispatch, which reads in part as follows: "The exciting news topic of Round Valley .tonight is the sensational details of the elopement some time yesterday of pretty 19-year-old Oatie Whatten, the accomplished daughter of "Wylackie John," Cattle King White's famous vaquero, with William Tatham, a man nearly an octogenarian. Oatie lived with her mother, Mrs. Palmer by name by a second marriage, on a large cattle and stock ranch, and Tatham was employed upon the ranch as a horse breaker and trainer. Oatie's principal amusement upon this immense range was horseback riding, and her skill as an equestrienne brot her much into the company of Tatham. Miss Whatten had never outwardly manifested any particular regard for Tatham, and the startling fact of their elopement has prostrated her parents and excited the community. The couple took flight mounted on two of the best horses procurable on the ranch and have been traced in the direction of Glenn county thru a mountain trail that leads to the wilds of Anthony Peak - a peak that always has been regarded as almost impassable on account of its being rugged and very precipitous. Their ultimate destination would appear to be Orland, Glenn county, as it is known that Miss Whatten's baggage was secretly shipped on yesterday's stage to that point." The dispatch then goes on to say if the parties are not heard from soon an organized search will be made about Anthony Peak. It also states that Tatham had been twice married previously and that no record of a divorce can be found. URIAH'S OIL PROSPECTS. Not long ago we made mention of the prospecting for oil which was going on upon the lands of S. Wurtenberg near the reservoir to the west of this city. It is now certain that boring for oil will go on in e,arnest. Messrs Jenger and Quinn, representing San Francisco and Eastern capitalists are thoroughly convinced that they have struck a good thing and machinery for deep boring and drilling has teen ordered. Work will begin before the end of this month.

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