Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 24, 1987 · Page 1
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Ukiah, California
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Thursday, September 24, 1987
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MAGIC NUMBER 4 Giants back on right track Page 9 Gator aid needed in Rdwd. Valley Back page WEATHER Temperatures MENDOCINO COUNTY Partly cloudy in the north tonight. Fair elsewhere. Lows in the 40s and 50s. Partly cloudy north and mostly sunny south Friday. Highs Ye ar to date ' 60 to 80. Last year H L 73 45 Rainfall overnight rainfall 00 00 00.00 Ukiah Daily Thursday, September 24,1987 1987, Donrey, Inc. 'Journal Vol. 127 No. 135 14 pages Serving Mendocino County, Calif. 25 Cents Moving day at hand for city workers By PETER PAGE Journal Stiff Writer It's rough trying to run city hall and move it at the same time. The S3.2 million Ukiah Civic Center, now all but completed at the old Yokayo School site, will be a definite improvement for city employees, but the next few days of packing and moving have lent an air of controlled chaos to city government. Arrangements arc proceeding both to have the Civic Center looking sharp for the grand opening this Saturday, which promises to be the biggest party in city history, and to smoothly move the city administration, police and fire departments, from their separate locations to the consolidated Civic Center. City employees arc filling packing boxes and cleaning out their desks even as they arc issuing business licenses and writing reports. The fire department will be housed at the Civic Center by sometime Sunday night, but after 37 years in the same firchousc on School Street, there is more to relocating than driving over the hook and ladder. "I think it will take the fire department a month to get settled," said firefighter Roc Sandclin. But when the fire department is settled in, nobody will want to leave. The new firchouse boasts a dormitory for six, a well-appointed kitchen that includes a dishwasher, an enormous garage, ample storage and office space and a meeting room large enough for the entire department. For some city employees, the move to the Civic Center will be a bit like coming home. "My office is in my fifth grate classroom," said Shirley Grover, secretary at the police department. The police department will have separate offices for detectives, a well-lighted locker area with tiled showers, and generally an abundance of space compared to the current location on Standlcy Street. City employees in the administrative departments are uniformly looking forward to working at the new Civic Center because it is simply everything that the current city hall is not - roomy, well lighted and efficiently designed, compared to cramped, dim and makeshift. One city staffer said she is most looking forward to working in a building with an adequate number of clean restrooms. The rcstroom downstairs at city hall resembles something at a remote gas station that is losing money. Parents protest lack of sports By SUZI BRAKKEN Journal Staff Writer Last May's budget cuts came back to haunt the Ukiah Unifed School'Board Tuesday as a group of parents protested the lack of a sports program at the junior high schools. The interscholastic sports program at Pomolita and Redwood Valley was among the $1 million in program cuts made to offset decreased slate funding. Board members at the time promised to institute an intramural program, but later scrapped the plan because it was just as costly. Boys and girls basketball and track, girls softball, boys wrestling and girls volleyball were cut for a cost savings of $17,000. According to parent Lynn Crutchcr, at least 20 percent of the students participated in the interscholastic sports. "There are going to be a lot of idle boys and girls not being able to participate in sports," warned parent Melvin Pcthel. "I don't want my kid (experimenting with) drugs because he doesn' t haye anything to do." The parents appealed to the board to use lottery money to reinstate the program, but were told that those dollars already have been mixed in with other income and are being used to balance the general fund .bud ' use," according to state law, and may not be used for school construction, land acquisition or research. Therefore, the district can legally use the money to fund ongoing operations. This news did not please parent James Harrison, who warned that the district runs the risk of becoming dependent on lottery funds each year to raise salaries or provide benefits. The board also used lottery funds to pay for benefits last year. Harrison joined other parents who questioned the board's lack of support for a middle school sports program. "I can't understand why our program was completely axed," said Crutcher. She pointed out that cutbacks were spread among extracurricular activities at Ukiahi, but no one program was cut as it was at the junior highs. Parent James Connerton argued that the sports program provided a motivator for those kids who otherwise would not be interested in school. Pethcl added that junior high students would not be as qualified to play on high school teams if they did not gel the practice in earlier years. At trustee Greg Nelson's suggestion, the school board voted to hold a meeting with principals and idget.... . parcntsjo discuss ways in which the The$500,000 expected from th'e "sports' program could "continue on (see, MOVING DAY, back page) Three workers studied a knotty electrical problem at the Civic Center. The rush Is on to'complete every detail of the project before the building Is opened to the public at festivities planned this Saturday. lottery this year will pay for "lex? tbooks, teacher's salaries, the works," remarked board member Bob Hayden. "The funds are being used to pay the ongoing operational costs of the district," reiterated budget director Kay Kirkman. Officially, the designated use of the lottery funds reported to the state will be "employee health benefits." Kirkman explained that designation is merely used as a accounting procedure. Lottery funds are to be used to "enrich and enhance instructional with community funding. Some board members were not wholeheartedly sympathetic to the parents' complaints. "Personally, I feel that (junior highs) should not be competitive," said trustee Sid Maurer. "Junior high students should not function at the senior high level." Trustee Hayden said he -would sooner support a high school extracurricular program than a junior high if he had to make a choice. He added, however, that there Were other budget cuts made in May that he felt were more profound. Water woes may bring rationing Plenty of work for Potter lf-P mill By RANDY FOSTER Journal Staff Writer WILLITS — Mayor Herb Giese jokingly predicted rain this Tuesday, but Willits' water dilemma was not a laughing matter Wednesday night for the City Council, which took a step closer toward rationing in its service area. An ordinance was introduced Wednesday night that would allow the City Council to ration water, a measure Executive Coordinator Bill Van Orden said is likely if rains don't come by Nov. 1. The council will vote on the ordinance at their next meeting on Oct. 14. If passed, it will allow the council by simple resolution to impose water rationing within its service area. Willits' water woes prompted the council two weeks ago to prohibit non-essential water use within its service area. ; The council was warned the city "would be out of water by late : October if normal water usage : continued. ; The council prohibited water use for such things as washing vehicles, ; sidewalks and driveways and filling ; swimming pools. ; Water rationing measures would ; limit single family or duplex dwell; ings to 50 gallons of water per day ;per permanent resident. Multi: residential units would be limited to : 45 gallons per day per permanent' : resident. : The rationing measure would : make it a misdemeanor to violate : the ordinance, punishable by up to a :$300 fine and 30 days in jail. T It also would give the city the I power to cut off water to b.uildi;ip$ : where theje h£& been "willful fai- tlure'! jo &jmply. : Local pplice and city employees would be empowered to enforce the measures. Earlier this month the water level at Morris Reservoir, the city's primary water source, dipped below 200 acre feet. Last year it wasn't until late November that the water level fell below 200 acre feet. Morris Reservoir's peak capacity is just over 700 acre feet. That level was reached in early April, but began to fall off by early May. In 1986, it wasn't until June 1 that the level started to decline. Water use in 1987 closely paralleled 1986's until levels at the reservoir reached 350 acre feet. In 1986 usage leveled off. This year, usage increased. City studies don't yet reflect how non-essential water use prohibitions imposed two weeks ago are affecting the reservoir's level, but officials are now planning for the worst. The city's well, located at Recreation Grove across from the county museum, may be recruited into service if the reservoir runs dry. "Our hope is that we won't have to use the well," Van Ordcn said. The well has the same characteristics of others in the area. The arsenic level exceeds water quality standards but is not considcreci health threatening if used for a short period of time. The city is exploring treatment methods that would bring arsenic levels within standard levels, including filtration or mixing with water from Morris Reservoir. Another problem is the well water's hardness. It discolors clothing and has an interesting flavor and aroma. "The water's as hard as a rock," Van Orden said. Water shortages pervaded the entire City Council meeting Wednesday. But no new jobs predicted for now By PETER PAGE { Journal Staff WrIUr The U.S. Forest Service is rushing plans to sell an, estimated 200 million board feet of timber scorched by the still-smoldering Mcndcn- hall fire. The fire sales promise a steady supply oi logs at the Louisiana-Pacific mill in Potter Valley, but mill manager Gary Van Patten said there will likely be no expansion of the work force. "Our emphasis will be on salvage for the next two to three years," said Dick English, a Forest Service staffer with responsibility for watershed, wildlife, and planning matters. The Forest Service plans to sell as much as 20 million board feet of burned timber by the end of this year alone. The Mendocino National Forest sells 85.5 million board feet of green timber in an average year, English said, but that amount will plummet to about 20 million board feet in the next federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. However, the Forest Service plans to sell 80 million board feel of fire damaged timber, bringing the total volume of limber sales for fiscal 1988-89 to about 100 million board feel, English said. The Forest Service anticipates the sale of 100 million board feet of salvage and 20 to 30 million board feet of green tim' / in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 1989, English said. "These are very preliminary numbers," he added. The sales of at least some green timber will continue because of economic considerations at mills in ihe Sacramento Valley that have little chance of underbidding mills located nearer to the fire salvage sales. "We will try to maintain some supply green timber to those mills that depend on the national forest," English said. Although bidding on national forest timber sales is open to all, the location of the fires and the existing road system strongly favors the Louisiana Pacific Corporation because of ils mill in Potter Valley, English said. "There are other mills in Corning and Red Bluff and so on that depend on the national forest, so we will offer some timber that is appraised for those mills," he said. Van Patten, the manager of the Potter Valley mill, said the mill is already accepting blackened logs taken from some of the 9,000 acres of burned company timbcrlands. According to L-P spokeswoman G lenys S im- mons, L-P anticipates the harvest of 8 to 10 million board feet of fire damaged limber from its own lands. That timber, plus any that L-P wins in bidding on the federal lands, will be processed at the Poiter Valley mill. ."I don't see any additional workforce at our mill," Van Patten said when asked if the sulvag-- operation would create new jobs in Poltc. Valley. "Il could creale more work in the loresls in lhat the contractors may need more people," he said. "If the Foresl Service is saying that (estimates of salvage volumes), the mill is very viable for the ncxi three years and it is difficult to say past that. We' 11 cross that bridge when we come to it." •>••" The rush to .save timber from insects and decay has Sari Sommarstrpm, a water resources consultant to Mendocino County, concerned about erosion into the Lake Pillsbury reservoir. The Pillsbury reservoir on the Eel River is the cornerstone of the water system supplying 300,000 people in Mendocino, Sonoma, and Marih counties. According to one study cfjied by Sommarstrom, it has lost 16 percent of i^s storage capacity because of silt washed in each winter. A primary erosion source is logging roads, Sommarsu-om said, and that problem has already expanded enormously because of the nearly 100 miles of firebreaks built to contain the fire. "We were worried about 16-foot logging roads, and now we have fire breaks 100 to 300, feet wide," she said. English, of the Forest Service, said salvage operations will be allowed only in areas where logging was permissable anyway, but cutting and roadbuilding will be accelerated to remove the timber quickly. The emphasis on speed worries Sommarstrom. "I don't see how the Forest Service can do the quality (environmental) work in this short period of time," she said. "It is definitely a municipal watershed, and logging should precede on that basis. The timing of it and how it is done really makes a difference." > An emergency program is already underway ** to sow grass seed in burned areas and on sensitive drainage so that ground cover can reduce erosion this winter, English said. Sunday, Monday NFL games have been called off PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL called off this weekend's football games today and the owners' chief negotiator said that six to eight weeks of hard bargaining remained even if the issue of free agency is worked out. "The 14 National Football League games scheduled for Sunday and Monday Sept. 27 and 28 will not be played because of the players strike," the NFL said. It was unclear if the games had been canceled or would be played after the season. The owners had said that, if necessary, they would skip play this week and resume Oct. 4-5 with games using replacement players. Before resuming talks today, the third day of the walkout, management negotiator Jack Donlan was pessimistic about a quick settlement, citing the snag over free agency. "We have to slay with that issue until il is exhausted," Donlan said al a news conference this morning. Union president Marvin Powell also gave a bleak assesment of the talks. "The groundwork was laid for future negotiations, but nothing really promising came out of last night excepl that we discussed il (free agency)," Powell said as he eniered loday's negotiating session. "We made some minor progress on incidenial areas, bul these were the type of bargaining issues we should have covered monihs and momhs and monihs ago," Donlan said. "We are enirenched in our respective positions.

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