Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 11, 1993 · Page 1
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Ukiah Daily •^•i •^mr «• ^•MVP^MB •» mmif^r- ^*mim^mm*m _^^R ournal Ukiah Speedway action Shouse captures Late Model event to take division lead/Page 7 • 1B93. Donroy ModH. Group Tuesday, May 11,1993 16 pages Volume 133 Number 20 25 cents tax included MLNDOCINO COUNTY S LARGEST NEWSPAPER DAYBREAK Doug Pratt Longtime resident can do It all Doug Pratt has lived in the Ukiah area for 17 years. He is a jack of many trades as he has worked as an auto technician, carpenter, plumber, electrician, woodstove installer, and alternative energy technician, the position he holds in his current job. Pratt says the alternative energy technician job has given him the most personal satisfaction because he is doing something good for the world. "I encourage the use of products that use less energy, and technologies that produce energy without pollution," he said. TIDBITS • Would you like to be in this year's Hometown Festival Parade? The parade is set for Monday, May 31, and the theme is "Small Town Pride — Building on Diversity." Applications and rules are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 495-E. Perkins St., or by calling 462-4705. • Short periods of dark smoke may be visible near the Masonite mill each Wednesday through July, according to company officials. The smoke has to do with fire safety training under way at the mill, said spokesman Pete Carr. Carr said employees will be conducting hands-on fire safety training for all its employees between the hours of 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. LOTTO DECCO DAILY 3: Monday—2, 8, 6. OECCO: Monday—Hearts, 4; dubs, 10; diamonds, queen; spades, 5. CORRECTION • A photograph caption in Sunday's Daily Journal on Page 8 was incorrect. Mon School's 24-hour Relay will not I used to supplement athletic programs. Instead it will be used to assist Ukiah High School Peer Counseling, MESA and Friday Night Live, Pomolita Peer Helpers and the Mendocino County Ropes Course. Some $18,000 was raised by the 34 teams participating. The UU«h Dolly JouriMluooo thlo *BMO to correct trrw* or rmto cltrHlctUom to now* ' artteloo. 8lgn«le»nl irror* In obHuofioo or < With Mnounctrmnto win rwuH In mprintlna. WEATHER Outlook: Rainy Temperatures Yesterday's high 70 Overnight low 50 Last year's high 87 Last year's low 40 Rainfall As of 8 a.m. today .00 Saason to 5/10 42.16 Last year to 5/10 27.23 Tht D*Vy Journal I* mid* irem at l»Mt 40 porc«m nmprint. Ink to •too w*rl ..... coNBtt* »» IMP «<» '«cy*» Storm brewing over salmon catch Federal panel won't cut Fort Bragg season any more By CHRIS CALDER for Ths Journal The government panel charged with shaping 1993's West Coast commercial salmon season refused Monday night to reduce ocean trailers' fishing time by any more this year, as U.S. Commerce Department regulators urge. Instead, the federal government will have to further restrict fishing without the blessing of its chief advisory panel. Commerce officials are considering season cuts meant to protect 4,000 more Chinook salmon in the Klamath River — 3,000 to spawn and 1,000 to be caught by Native Americans. Doing so would put another 89,000 fish off limits to fishing in the ocean, and ban catching salmon in federal waters anywhere near Fort Bragg until Sept. 1. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown has until the end of May to decide on the shape of the season. See SALMON, Back Page TOXIC FIRE AT LAKE Roly Shaipe-B rash/The Daily Jourail Firefighters extinguished a pile of burning trash at Lake Mendocino Monday afternoon when the driver of a garbage truck dumped It there so the blaze would not damage his truck. Trash runoff kept away from lake By LOIS O'ROURKE Journal staff writer Ukiah Valley firefighters extinguished a load of trash Monday afternoon that caught fire in a garbage truck and was dumped at the South Boat Ramp on Lake Mendocino. Ukiah Valley Fire Chief Marvin Howard said about 17 firefighters needed two hours to put the fire out because of the hazardous materials in trash. Howard said the driver of the Empire Waste truck was collecting trash at Lake Mendocino when he saw the load start to smolder. Rather than risk damaging the truck, Howard said, the See FIRE, Back Page LIVING WITH AIDS AIDS patients get personalized care in county By GLENDA ANDERSON Journal staff writer People may think big cities are the place to go for the best AIDS treatment, but that's not necessarily so. "I think our patients actually get better care than in San Francisco," said Mendocino Community Health Clinic Medical Director Dr. lames Pretorius, speaking of the clinic. AIDS patient Michael Kane agrees the care here is good. He said he worried about what kind of medical care was available in Mendocino County after moving here from San Francisco, but not any more. He said he's found service in the county to be both personable and competent M O This is the third in a series of art teles detailing how AIDS is affecting the lives of Mendocino County residents. Pretorius said most AIDS patients in the county come to the year-old community clinic — a non-profit facility — for care. That's partly because many family practitioners don't want to See PATIENTS, Back Page Holy Shupe-Biufa/rhe D*fly Jourail Dr. James Pretorius talks with AIDS patient Bobby Bolchalk at Mendocino Community Health Clinic Inc. The clinic, and Dr. Pretorius see most of the county's AIDS patients. Taking to the fields with AIDS message for Hispanic workers By FRANK MANNING Tha Oxnard Press-Courier CAMARILLO — Roberto Rojas* eyes scan the fields as he cruises along the back roads, searching for migrant workers to warn. Spotting about two dozen in a lettuce field not far from the road, he brakes to a stop. "I haven't been by here in a while, so there's a good chance that I've never talked to any of these people before," says Rojas. The foreman allows him to enter the field and pass out his pamphlets — as long as he doesn't hold up the workers too long. "Hello, I'm Roberto Rojas and I'd like you to read this pamphlet about AIDS," Rojas pitches, as he hustles from worker to worker.Tf you have any questions, my number is on the back. Call me." The workers politely take the pamphlets, then return quickly to their labors, mindful of the foreman, who is watching Rojas' every move. Rojas, an AIDS outreach worker for the non-profit Clini- cas Del Camino Real Inc., is alarmed over statistics indicating the AIDS rate is climbing steadily among Ventura County Hispanics as it declines among whites. From April 1991 to March 1992 Hispanics made up 25 percent of the people in the county testing positive for the virus that causes AIDS, while whites comprised 64 percent, said county public health spokeswoman Martina Rippey. From April 1992 to March 1993, Hispanics made up 36 percent of the county residents testing positive for the HTV vir- us, while whites accounted for 56 percent. "The increase was so big in the last year, we need to be concerned to make more efforts at AIDS," Rippey said. "The only real tool we have against AIDS is education and prevention." Two-thirds of the 91 Hispanics with HIV listed in the county as of mid-April are homosexual See HISPANICS, Back Page Congress gambling on new revisions to Indian gaming By PHIUP BRASHER Tha Associated Prsss WASHINGTON — First it was buffalo, land and water that pitted Indians against non- Indians. Now it's gambling. The stakes are huge: Indian gambling generates $6 billion a year. And it's up to Congress to sort out the disputes. Tribes eager to begin gambling find themselves in standoffs with state governments worried about the spread .of casino-style gambling. Those states and tribes agree on little else but they're together on this: The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act has produced a morass of conflicting court decisions, and Congress needs to rewrite it. 'Those moneys are desperately needed on reservations where there are still Third World conditions," says Richard Hill, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, the private trade group representing tribes that have begun gambling. Sen. Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs committee, is meeting privately with governors, state attorneys general, tribal leaden and federal officials to see if they can agree on amendments to the law. Inouye says he won't hold hearings until the sides can agree. The House will start hearings later this month. The 1988 law was supposed to be a compromise everyone could live with. It permitted tribes to operate casinos in states where See GAMING, Back Page Landfill pollution rules may be extended By Journal staff and Tha Associated Prass WASHINGTON—Federal regulators will try to give cities and counties more time to bring garbage landfills into compliance with new pollution safeguards, an Environmental Protection Agency official said Monday. Sylvia Lowrance, director of EPA's office of solid waste, said the agency would propose a six- month extension for solid waste landfills to meet the environmental standards. "It will give everyone a little bit more time to come into compliance," Lowrance said in an interview. But it won't have much effect on Mendocino County's landfills in the long run, said county Solid Waste Operations Manager Randy Forbes. "It probably won't have any effect at all," he said. Complying with the regulations is inevitable, Forbes said. "It's a good idea. We're just going to jump in feet first." The new regulations include putting cover on landfills daily; a hazardous waste prevention program that requires random load inspections; and a plan to ensure methane gas doesn't travel underground offsite potentially causing explosions, like the one in Mexico last year. Without action by the agency or Congress, landfills must stop receiving waste if they don't meet the requirements by Oct. 9. Legislation has been introduced in Congress to provide up to a two-year extension. The standards govern the design and operation of landfills to protect against groundwater pollution. EPA unveiled the standards in 1991, and gave states two years to incorporate the requirements into their programs for regulating and licensing landfills. One problem is that many states have yet to obtain final EPA approval of their waste management programs, which can exceed minimum federal requirements. Lowrance said the extension would give time for approval of state programs and avoid confusion for local landfill operators facing the prospect of different pollution standards. Currently, the federal standards will go into effect automatically in October in states without EPA-approved landfill regulatory programs. The EPA announced its plans after agency officials met with representatives of several states, including Kansas, Oklahoma. California and Georgia. Small communities have complained about the cost and difficulty of improving landfills or building new regional facilities to meet the environmental safeguards. There also have been complaints about a requirement that municipal landfill operators provide financial See LANDFILLS, Buck Page

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