Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 4, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily Ukiah auto racing Season finally gets under way at Speedway/Page 9 e 1993, Donrey Media Group Tuesday, May 4, 1993 16 pages Volume 133 Number 14 25 cents tax included MENDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Jill Petro Stays busy at work and at home Jill Petro is the office manager/receptionist for Real Goods Trading Company in Ukiah and has spent most of her life as a Ukiah resident. She says she keeps very busy raising her two daughters, Gina and Mona, and working at Real Goods, where she has been for the last 2 1 /2 years. Any spare time she has is spent with her kids and friends, excercising, and working on her home computer. TIDBITS Dominican College of San Rafael will offer undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's degrees in Ukiah beginning in the fall of 1993 if there is sufficient interest, according to Administrative Assistant Fran Titlow. The new program will be in liberal arts and business. The programs will be offered through the Pathways Program, which is designed for adults. All courses will be taught evenings and weekends. For information, telephone 463-4801. • The Ukiah Daily Journal Reader Advisory Group has an opening for two new members. People interested in joining the group which advises Daily Journal staff on reader issues are encouraged to contact Editor Jim Smith, 468-3500 for information. LOTTO/DECCO DAILY 3: Monday—5, 1, 9. DECCO: Monday—Hearts, 9; clubs, 4; diamonds, 7; spades, 10. CORRECTION • A telephone number was incorrect on where to reach Ukiah Solid Waste Systems in Sunday's Daily Journal on Page A-3. The correct telephone number is 462-8621. The Ukiah Daily Journal ueea lhl§ apace to cornet arrora or nuke clarification* to new* artlclea. Significant arrore In obHuvlM or birth announcement* will result In reprinting ol the entire hem. Error* may be reported to the editorial department, 46S-3500. JOURNAL PHONES Main Numbers 468-3500, 468-0123 Circulation Number 468-3533 Classified Numbers 468-3535, 468-3536 WEATHER Outlook: Cloudy Temperatures Yesterday's high Overnight low Last year's high Last year's low Rainfall _ As of 8 am.today .16 Season to 5/4 42.16 Last year to 5/4 27.23 58 42 93 50 The Dally Journal Is made from at least 40 percent recycled newsprint. Rub-lree Ink Is also used to keep the Ink on the paper Instead ol your hands. Complete the loop and recycle your paper. Air quality tied to county's growth By QLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer If ihe county wants to maintain good air, it needs to plan its growth accordingly, Air Pollution Control Officer David Faulkner said Monday. "Growth is inevitable, so what we need to do is plan to use our resources wisely ... The failure to plan is planning for failure," he told the Mendocino Council of Governments, a cities/county joint powers authority charged with transit planning and economic development. That failure would result in regulations that make life lough on businesses as well as poor air quality, Faulkner said. Faulkner said Mendocino County's population is expected to grow from the 1990 count of 81,000 to 98,000 by the year 2000. And increased numbers of people means increased numbers of cars, which are largely responsible for ozone creation. Ozone "is California's most important air quality problem," he said. Any combustion process that creates hydrocarbons, whether it be industries, fireplaces, water heaters or cars, contributes to ozone, he said. Ozone is created when hydrocarbons from combustion combine with oxides of nitrogen in the air and sunlight. 'In high levels, it causes respiratory problems, headaches and eye irritation, Faulkner said. It will also cause businesses to suffer, he said. Faulkner noted places where ozone levels exceed 9 parts per hundred million in one hour — the See AIR, Back Page Changing river worries conservancy By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer The Russian River is changing, and not for the better, so the Coastal Conservancy wants to do something about it. The river's banks are eroding, and the beds are deepening, Coastal Conservancy naturalist and biologist Laurel Marcus told a group of people at Mendocino College last week. The result is a loss of land for farmers, loss of spawning areas for fish and a potential loss of water to people who depend on water wells that are recharged by the river, she said. In addition, she noted the city of Ukiah had to revamp its water collection system — called a Ranney collector — which relies largely on gravel to filter sediment from the water. The city sued the county over the problem, saying it was issuing too many gravel extraction permits, said City Public Works Director Ted Goforlh. The city lost the suit but the county also slowed the rate at which it gave out gravel permits, he said. Goforth noted the river has dropped 10- to 12-feet since 1983 in the area the city monitors. The river erosion is caused by a number of things, including the Coyote Dam, smaller river barriers put up by property owners, gravel extraction and natural causes, Marcus said. She said the equilibrium of the river has been destroyed. The river requires sediment to maintain that equilibrium she said. And if the sediement and gravel that naturally flow downstream with the river is removed by gravel companies or stopped by dams, the river will eat banks and beds to compensate, Marcus said. She said the water is "hungry" and "it isn't carrying the sediment it wants to move." During a slide presentation, Marcus showed how the river's banks in some areas were high and fragile and with trees, their roots exposed, ready to fall into the river. One of the ways to alleviate the erosion problem is to slow the river, allowing it to meander, Marcus said. That can be done by widening it at strategic points, allowing gravel See RIVER, Back Page MINOR KILN FIRE Roly Shaipe-Brash/The Duly Journal Firefighters suited up to put out Monday's kiln fire. Quick response quenches Masonite fire A kiln fire at Masonite Monday afternoon was extinguished quickly and no one was hurt, according to Masonite spokesman Pete Carr. "It was a minor fire," he said. The fire started at 1:22 p.m. when the wood product inside the kiln caught fire, he said. He added that the sprinklers in the plant kicked on, containing the fire until Masonite's fire brigade extinguished it 15 minutes later. Standby firefighters from Ukiah Valley Fire District who responded were allowed to leave at 2:07 to take another call. The kiln bakes door skins that are soaked in linseed oil and pressed. A conveyer feeds the skins from the press into the kiln, Carr said. Carr said this morning damage to the kiln was virtually nonexistent and operations are back on schedule. Seniors press for long-term health aid By JENNIFER DIXON The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The American Association of Retired Persons is launching a letter-writing campaign among its 33 million members in an eleventh-hour bid to ensure that long-term care is part of President Clinton's health care proposal. AARP, the country's largest senior citizens lobby, has been working with the White House on the health care plan from the beginning but is taking nothing for granted in the weeks before the proposal's unveiling. The association said Monday that it was calling on its members to swamp the White House and members of Congress with letters demanding that long-term care for the elderly and disabled be included in the plan. The White House considers the support of AARP crucial to selling its health plan, but it is wrestling with the enormous price of sheltering American families from long- term care costs. The task force's coordinator, Ira Magaziner, told a doctors' group last week that the administration's plan would include some provisions for long-term care. But he added that Clinton officials realize "we cannot completely solve it this year, next year or the year after. It is too expensive a problem." Families USA, another advocacy group pushing for expanded long-term care benefits, released a study last week that said public and private spending on home-health care alone cost $23 billion in 1992. AARP, whose membership is age 50 or older, said in a news release that it was calling on older Americans and their families "to send a clear message to the president and other elected officials that meaningful long-term care coverage must be part of health care reform." AARP spokesman Peter Ashke- See SENIORS, Back Page U.S. isolated on sending military force to Bosnia By BARRY SCHWEID The Associated Press PARIS —The United States and France sidestepped a decision today about using military force against Bosnian Serbs, but agreed to press ahead with sending peacekeepers into Bosnia if a peace agreement holds up. Apparently running into continued allied resistance, Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher said after five hours of talks that "urgent" consultations would be held on military measures only if the agreement signed by Bosnian Serbs on Sunday fell apart. He had encountered similar resistance in London to President Clinton's decision to use a combi- nation of air attacks on Serb artillery and the easing of an arms embargo against Bosnian's Muslim-led government. Christopher, hi a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said, "I think we found common ground to implement" the U.N. peace plan to end the fighting, establish a provisional government in Sarajevo and divide Bosnia into 10 ethnically based cantons. It would reward the Serbs with much of the territory they gained in a 13-month war on Muslim cities and villages. An estimated 134,000 people are dead or missing. Christopher also held talks with President Francois Mitterrand, Pre- mier Edouard Balladur and Defense Minister Francois Leotard. He then departed for Moscow and talks with Russian leaders. Juppe said the forces of most major countries would participate in a peacekeeping operation "that includes the United States and France." Christopher said U.S. troops would be dispatched to the Balkans to help enforce a "good-faith" peace agreement among rival ethnic factions. He said the Clinton administration would explain the move to the American people as "one of the principal, important peacekeeping efforts in Europe, probably ever." On possible action against Bos- nian Serbs if they reneged on the signing by their leader Radovan Karadzic in Athens on Sunday, Juppe said, "We've excluded no measures." But he acknowledged they had taken no hard decision to endorse any military option. Juppe described the talks as "frank and friendly," and said they had taken up various scenarios beginning with "the best solution" — the ratification of the peace plan devised by U.N. mediators Cyrus Vance and Lord Owen. Juppe called the second scenario — a breakdown of the agreement — "unfortunate." He said that would require the United States See BOSNIA, Back Page B«ta»»a*aaaaa™Ba«*»Ba«*MB»BaaiBaaaaaaa>a«aaaBaBiaaaa*waaaB«a»ai*»^a«aaaaa*a««»^Baaa»e»Ba«i^«a«»^BBa«aa«iaaaaaa»e«aa«aaaaaaa™^^^^^ Hot pepper paint leaves marine life with indigestion Bv ALYSSA GABBAY Deeper found in the grocery store — so hot that . —£% By ALYSSA GABBAY The Associated Press PITTSBURGH—Talk about a hot product. A new, experimental marine paint made with red peppers is so fiery it will blister fingers. More important, it will prevent mussels and barnacles from attaching themselves to boats, buoys and intake pipes, says Ken Fischer. The Navy is now testing the idea, which the 69-year-old Pittsburgh inventor came up with two years ago. Fischer wanted to buy a used sailboat but got discouraged by the cost of removing the barnacles — about $1,000. At a party not long afterward, he bit into a deviled egg doused with Tabasco sauce. "I swore my mouth was on fire. I had tears and everything," Fischer said. "I got to thinking this is what I'm looking for." To make Barnacle Ban, Fischer mixed oil from cayenne peppers with an epoxy-based paint. The oil is about six times hotter than red pepper found in the grocery store — so hot that a drop diluted 250,000 times with water will still set your mouth on fire. Fischer, who has applied for a patent, also is experimenting with an unmixed adaptation — sprinkling dry cayenne on a surface covered with wet adhesive or paint. Both versions worked when tested on linoleum tiles. "When barnacles or zebra mussels get on it, they get right off because it attacks the nervous system and sends pain messages," Fischer said. A spokesman for the Navy, which is testing the paint at a shipyard in Charleston, S.C., said he thinks it has potential. "If it keeps you and me away, maybe it will keep marine growth away," said Sam Dorr, a civilian industrial engineering technician at the shipyard. "I'm kind of sitting on the fence, hoping this is something I'm looking for." The Navy now uses a copper-based paint to repel barnacles. It is effective but toxic, killing // it keeps you and me away, maybe it will keep marine growth away. I'm kind of sitting on the fence, hoping this is something I'm looking for. —Sam Door industrial engineer all marine organisms that come into contact with it. The peppery paint is environmentally safe, which should help it win approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, said Jon Luikart, director of vendor certification for McCormick & Co. The spice company is See PAINT, Back Page

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