Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on December 1, 1999 · Page 12
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The National Park Service is adding a $1,000 reward to whatever the California Department of Fish and Game pays through its CalTip program to turn in poachers. The radio-tagging program, involves both state and federal agencies, and Humboldt State University. It is intended to develop management methods to reduce encounters between lions and humans. Park officials have recorded cougar sightings since the 1970s. Reports have increased from an average of about 10 a year to a high of 40 in 1997, although the number of visitors has held steady. But park biologists say that more people may be reporting sightings because recent controversies have heightened awareness. It is not clear whether there are really more lions in the park. Sport hunting for cougars ended in California in 1992, and a ballot initiative to restore it was defeated in 1996. Hunting proponents used alleged threats to humans as part of the argument against the ban, and encounters between lions and humans have become frequent news items. Biologists say the state's cougar population has probably increased since 1992. but not greatly. A more serious probability may be lions losing their fear of humans. Mountain lions are solitary animals that maintain large territories. Adults drive young animals away when the latter reach sexual maturity at about 18 months. The yearlings wander until they find a vacant territory, starve or are killed by a resident adult. That means, biologists say, that populations cannot increase much, except temporarily. Most lions encountered by hikers are believed to be wandering yearlings. The study is intended to determine how many lions are in the area, where they range, what they eat and how they interact with humans. It involves studying tracks, scat and drag marks, and also immobilizing the animals with tranquilizer darts, taking statistics such as sex, age, weight and condition, and fitting them with radio collars. To date, eight lions have been tagged in the park. , The project is funded by the National Park Service, with contributions frotn other agencies. Anyone with information on the Bald Hills lion may call the park's chief ranger at 464-6101, ext. 5050, or the CalTip program at (888) 334-2258. Eureka blood banks in good shape By SUZANNE ZALEV Euareka Times-Standard EUREKA - Unlike most of the state's other major blood banks, the Northern California Community Blood Bank is not losing money. The blood banks in worst scenario face cuts in service or possible closure, the Associated Press reported a week ago, and this could also affect the state's blood supply because there is less money for blood drives. Those centers include the Blood Center of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa, Blood Centers of the Pacific in San Francisco and the Sacramento Blood Center. Fourteen of the state's 18 major blood centers are having serious problems. The blood bank in Eureka is fairly isolated and there isn't the same competition for donors or to supply hospitals as in other areas, blood bank administrator Tom Schallert said Tuesday. The Northern California Com- munity Blood Bank supplies hospitals in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The problem, Schallert said, is that insurance companies and government programs do not reimburse hospitals enough money for blood. The blood bank charges hospitals $113 for a pint of red blood cells and various lesser amounts for other components, but he estimated it costs $140 to $150 to draw one pint of blood from a volunteer donor. People may also donate blood components, such as plasma or platelets. About once a month, Janet Sjoquist spends a couple of hours donating platelets. This procedure differs from blood donation in that a needle is put in each arm and blood is drawn out through one, and run through a computer and separated. Everything but the platelets are returned to the donor through her other arm. Sjoquist, 47, of Eureka, said about five years ago, her father was ill and needed a blood donor. "That got me started," she said. On Tuesday, she made her 67th donation at the blood bank. "I know what I'm doing is eventually going to help somebody that is a lot worse off than I am," she said. As the process painful of donating blood unfolds, she sits and watches a movie while the platelets are being collected. The blood bank, Schallert said, spends a significant amount of time recruiting donors, and it is able to meet local blood needs. The government requires extensive testing and screening, he said, but it hasn't offered reimbursement for the tests. It costs more than $30 to test one pint, he added. "We want it to be as safe as it possibly can," Schallert said, adding that if people want a safe blood supply, healthy people should donate. Pacific Northwest focus of latest hearing on Clinton wilderness proposal By JEFF BARNARD Associated Press PpRTLAND, Ore. — Returning to the site of President Clinton's 1993 Forest Summit, environmentalists and the timber industry faced off over a new White House proposal to put about 50 million acres of national forests offlimits to logging. Claiming widspread public support and far outnumbering logging advocates among the some 200 people packing a room at the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday evening, environmentalists called on the U.S. Forest Service to stop logging, mining, ski areas and offroad vehicles on some 50 million acres of roadless areas on national forests around the country. "I feel preservation of these places is crucial to everyone, even people who never go there," said Elizabeth Magnus, a naturalist. "We cannot reinvent them if they disappear." But timber industry representatives complained the process known as scoping — identifying issues to evaluate in an environmental impact statement on the president's proposal — was rigged from the start and will likely be challenged in court for violating guidelines under the National Environmetal Policy Act. "It's just a dog and pony show," to allow Clinton to help Vice President Al Gore get elected president, said helicopter logger Max Merlich. The hearing was one of several around the country to identify issues the Forest Service will consider in its environmental impact statement on Clinton's proposal. Arnie Holden, deputy director of planning for the Forest Service in the Northwest Region, said a draft environmental impact statement should be finished by this spring, and after another public comment period the final rule should be issued by fall. Holden said the proposal covered approximately 50 million acres out of 192 million acres of national forest and grasslands where 380,000 miles of road already exist. The Forest Service already has an $8 million backlog in road maintenance, he added. Last October, Clinton announced his plan to set aside from logging and other development about 50 million acres of national forests known as road- less areas, where logging — and road building — has never occurred. Scientists have identified the areas as important fish and wildlife habitat. The proposal would more than double the amount of wilderness protected from logging in national forests. The Forest Service has identified 9.4 million roadless acres in Idaho, 6 million acres in Montana, 4.2 million acres in California, 3.1 million acres in Nevada, 2 million acres in Oregon, and 1.9 million acres in Washington. The proposal would more than double the amount of wilderness protected from logging in national forests. The Forest Service has identified 9.4 million roadless acres in Idaho, 6 million acres in Montana, 4.2 million acres in California, 3.1 million acres in Nevada, 2 million acres in Oregon, and 1.9 million acres in Washington. Clinton would use an executive order to transform the roadless areas into wilderness areas, where logging, mining and other development is generally barred by law. Wilderness designation usually comes from Congress. Federal lands already include 35 million acres of wilderness. Arguing that the 5 percent of the nation's wood products that come from public lands can easily be made up elsewhere, the administration hopes the protection will prevent the erosion, pollution and destruction of fish and wildlife habitat that has occurred where logging has been heavy. The Clinton administration first got deeply involved in the battle over logging on public lands at the Forest Summit in Portland in 1993, where the president hoped to free the gridlock on millions of acres of Northwest national forests due to lawsuits brought by environmentalists to protect old growth forest habitat for the northern spotted owl, a threatened species. The Northwest Forest Plan cut back logging by 80 percent on 24 million acres in western Washington, western Oregon and northern California to protect habitat for fish and wildlife. Since the plan was adopted, environmentalists have complained that important habitat is still being destroyed and the timber industry has complained timber harvest targets have never been met. Funds sought for new Arcata shelter By NATE FERGUSON Eureka Times-Standard ARCATA - With a homeless population of at least 160 people, any money goes a long way in Arcata. The Arcata City Council will consider tonight approving a $147,000 grant to Arcata House for a third transitional shelter. The council will also consider modifying a grant agreement with the state to allow Arcata House the option of selling house No. 1 to buy a new shelter. Last year Arcata House had to turn away 102 families due to lack of space. House No. 1 is currently uninhabitable for health and safety reasons, according to a city staff report. To bring it up to par, the Arcata House board of directors previously determined the foundation and floor would have to be raised to correct flooding problems, the windows and roof need to be replaced, the electrical system would have to be upgraded, and the garage needs to be turned into a living area. The Journal Delivers! To Subscribe K.C. Meadows Editor Ukiah Daily Journal If the city approves the modification, Arcata House would have the option of either doing the remodeling or selling the house and putting the money toward a new shelter that has fewer mechanical and structural problems. The grant money would help provide funds for Arcata House to buy the third home that would serve up to six people, be handicapped accessible, and meet health and safety standards. Earlier this year the city was awarded a $500,000 state community block grant. The grant included $217,000 for Arcafe House. Additional funds are also available from state and local sources. ^ Arcata House has until January 2002 to buy the new shelter or complete the remodeling. Since 1992 Arcata House has been providing housing assistance for an estimated 400 people in two shelters. '. Attract and keep the employees you want and need! Employees consider a retirement plan one of their best company benefits... * Do you know the advantages and drawbacks to you as an employer? Isn't it time you reward yourself \ and your employees? Come to Barbara Reid's free seminar on "It's Your Business... Planning for the Next Millennium" December 9 th , 1999 - 6:30-8:00 pm Reservations are requested due to limited seating. Call 462-4060 or (800) 559-5377 Brought to you by: FINANCIAL RESOURCE SOLUTIONS, INC. Barbara Reid CFP, EA Registered Representative Securities offered through HD Vest Investment Securities, Inc. Member SIPC. Advisory Services offered through HD Vest Advisory Services, Inc. 0333 North State Highway 1B1. Ste. 400IIrSngVTX 78OM • 972-670*6000 . ILv Meet the editor Ukiah Daily Journal Editor K.C. Meadows wants to meet you. Head J down to Schat's Courthouse Bakery: 113 W. Perkins Street Thursday morning at 7 a.m. to discuss *. current events, give her story ideas,, respond to stories you've read in -* the Daily Journal, or just chat. Groups of local residents have had rousing conversatipns | about education, transportation, | child rearing, supervisors' salaries and more. Join in! Find the purr-feet pet in Journal Class! Vo-notcLo what you would undo if caught. Pamum Redi-Mix 462-5251

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