Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on December 1, 1999 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily . ournal Commerce The Commerce File • Page 3 Today In Brief 2 Jumble 15 Classifieds ...15 Lottery 18 Comics 13 Obituaries ... .18 Crossword .. .14 Sports 8 Daily Digest ..18 TV listings ... .14 Features 14 Weather 18 Forum 4 ©1999', MediaNews Group 18 pages, Volume 141 Number 203 50 cents tax Included Wednesday, Dec. 1,1999 TI5 THE SEASON.." MY NEW PHILOSOPHY. ; Dec. 1 1 •'•'•• 24 shopping : days to Christmas Salvation Army needs recruits The Salvation Army needs Volunteers to be bell ringers for Christmas Kettles until Dec. 22. " The Salvation Army raises ,:money for temporary emergency assistance to help the homeless , and those in need. •, If you can help, please contact Janet at 468-9577. The Salvation Army, founded '.in 1865, is an international religious and charitable movement organized and operated on a .quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the Christian church. Its membership includes officers (clergy), soldiers/adherents (laity), members of various ,'activity groups and volunteers -whfc serve as advisers, associates 'arid participants in its service function. • v ' . History of the kettle One of the symbols of Christmas in the United States has been The Salvation Army Christian kettle*.The history of the kettle dates back to the late 1800s when a ship was wrecked outside San Francisco. Many of the crew members were lost and their families were left destitute. The Salvation Army tried to help those needing assistance but did not have adequate resources to provide aid for the extensive number. A young Salvationist "lassie" put a large soup kettle on the street with a sign that read, "Keep Sally's Kettle Boiling." Through this effort, the Army was able to gain enough resources to meet the needs of the victims of the tragic shipwreck. The kettle tradition spread quickly across the country and now "Sharing is Caring" and the red>kettle have become a part of the'established Salvation Army Christmas effort. Funds raised do much to specifically purchase food and toys for Christmas basket distribution. State Farm toy drive \ This holiday season all State Farm Insurance agents will be collecting toys for the "Ukiah Valley Christmas Effort." Drop off your new, unwrapped toys at 4ny State Farm agent's office. In addition to publishing the names of all the people who give to the Ukiah Community Center Food Bank during our annual drive, the Ukiah Daily Journal is making this front page column available to local non-profits who want to announce holiday toy drives, food drives or other related events, Please mail inforitfation about your organization's eveut to: Editor, c/o Holiday News, Ukiah Daily Journal, P.O. Box 749, Ukiah.. 95482, or fax it to 468-3544. Canal around lake proposed to save fish By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal ' As laws favoring fish recovery become more stringent, a proposal to build a bypass channel around Lake Mendocino is becoming more popular. n A lot of people are getting pretty interested about it," said bypass author and local environmental consultant Park Steiner. The project would include building a diversion canal just above the point where the east fork of the Russian River flows into Lake Mendocino. It would move water west and join the west fork of the Russian River south of Calpella. The two forks currently join south of Coyote Dam. The most obvious advantage of the bypass for fish is it would return to use an estimated 60- to 110 miles of steelhead habitat above the dam. "This spawning and rearing habitat was considered to be the third most productive in California," Steiner noted in his proposal. Besides the advantages to anadromous fish migration, the canal would ease sediment and erosion problems created by Coyote Dam, which created Lake Mendocino. According to Steiner, an average of 210,000 tons of sediment is trapped behind Coyote Dam each year. The sediment not only decreases water storage capacity behind the dam, it also "starves" the Russian River downstream from the dam of needed sediment. To compensate for the lack of gravel, the river scours the river's bed and banks, contributing to bank failure and causing the river to dig ever deeper. The loss of gravel also is a problem for fish that use it for spawning. According to Steiner, the river channel See LAKE, Page 18 Toy collection effort gears up, includes fun and games By LEEANN LAMBERT the Daily Journal W hile two friends were fishing at Lake Mendocino a few years ago, they decided to try to make sure every child in Mendocino and Lake counties got a toy for Christmas. "We got a dream sitting in a fishing hole out on the lake," said one of the local organizers, Ralph Williams, about himself and his friend, Marvin Fuller, a Marine Corps reservist. Three years and a lot of work later, the annual Toys For Tots drive is once again under way and thanks to people, businesses and organizations that donate to the cause, Williams said, the project has a home in Ukjah's Orchard Plaza shopping center next to MacFrugals.. The indoor space is allowing the Toys For Tots program to have a dry, secure place to store and wrap toys, plus provide a place for children to meet Santa and play a variety of games. There's face painting, spin art, a bottle toss, dart , toss, ping pong tosls and an air- pumped,bounce house. Tickets for children's activities cost $1 and a visit with Santa is $3. The money raised will go toward the Toys For Tots effort and to local organizations like Hospice. Working at the door on ' See TOYS, Page 18 Stacl Fisher/The Dally Journal Baby Gordon Hanover Jr. meets Santa for the first time at the Toys For Tots location in Orchard Plaza next to MacFrugals. Thanks to local donations, the toy collecting Christmas program has an Indoor home where children can visit with Santa and play games. Toys, like those at right, are already being donated at the location and at drop-off boxes at places like Mendo Mill. Organizers said all the new toys donated in Ukiah will be given to the valley's annual Christmas Effort. The Toys For Tots Ukiah location will be open until Dec. 23 Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. People can drop off toys or food that will go to the Food Bank. On the program's wish list this year are tricycles, smaller-sized, 20-inch bicycles with training wheels and also new toys, games and books. Kiely named chief DA inspector. By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal Veteran county detective Timi,< Kiely has been named chief inspector for the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office. A DA's investigator since' 1997, the 38-year-old Kiely replaces Ron Caudillo, who left the DA's Office to become chief,; of the Willits Police Department^ 'Tim is one of the best inves-f" tigators I've ever seen, at least in this county," DA Norman Vror man said Tuesday, "and is well- respected by other (county) law enforcement officers. "This new position," he said, "will give Tim an opportunity to hone his skills as an administrator." After graduating from Willits High School in 1979 and attending College of the Redwoods in Arcata, Kiely began his professional career as a corrections officer for the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. He became a south coast resident deputy sheriff in 1985. During his three years on the coast, Kiely met and married his wife, Donna. The couple moved to Ukiah in 1988, after Kiely became a detective with the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Division. He was promoted to sergeant in 1992 and shortly afterwards was assigned to oversee the department's detective squad. In 1996, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to command the Sheriff's Office Ukiah sector. The following year. Kiely joined the District Attorney's Office as an inspector. "Our inspectors do all or most of the followup work on the cases submitted to our office," Vroman said. "Last year," Kiely said, "I worked on a lot of domestic violence and homicide cases." Kiely and sheriff's Detective Lt. Kurt Smallcomb "were instrumental" in building the case against convicted strangler John Annibel, Vroman added, and convicted killer Christopher McCoy, also known as "Bear" j Wright. • • • 3 "The role of a DA's inspector has changed over the years," Vroman noted. "Today, we work very closely with county law | enforcement agencies" to bring accused criminals to trial. "I've been fortunate and been able to 'cream' talent from local police agencies to work for us," he said. See KIELY, Page 18 Humboldt Bay region 'rediscovered' by ill-fated expedition By DAVID ANDERSON Eureka Times-Standard Although no official ceremonies were .planned, November marked the 150th anniversary of the rediscovery of the Humboldt Bay region by European- Americans. ijne Spanish had partially mapped the coastline in the 16th century and landed at Trinidad in 1775, a Russian-chartered expedition from Alaska discovered Humboldt Bay in 1806, and Jedediah Smith reached the mouth of the Klamath in 1828. But no permanent non-native settlement was made until the Gregg expedition pushed overland from the Trinity goldfields in the winter of 1849. Dr. Josiah Gregg and his eight followers didn't linger - they were near death from starvation and exposure by the time they hit the coast, and Gregg did die before survivors reached Sono- ma County. But Lewis K. Wood and two others were back with the first permanent settlers four months after they left the bay. Gregg is more memorable for his fortitude than for his leadership or decision-making. His expedition left at a bad time of year, took a worse route, and was marred by quarrels. They started from the upper Trinity River, where gold had been discovered the previous year. By the fall of 1849, several thousand prospectors were in what is now Trinity County, dependent for supplies on a long pack-train route from the Sacramento Valley. Trinidad Bay was on the maps, and local tribes told of a big bay eight days journey to the west. The Trinity River was assumed to flow into this. Gregg, who had lived and conducted scientific studies around Santa Fe before coming to California, found 24 miners and two Indian guides willing to make the expedition. But heavy storms hit in October, the river rose, and the guides advised against traveling. Gregg and eight men decided to go anyway, without guides. They left on Nov. 9. Last September, at the ghost town of See GREGG, Page 18

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