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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - January 8, 1991, Ukiah, California Local chi ropractor enjoys his time in the kitchen Nursery owner will share his knowledge of bonsai Pages Utiah Daily journal 130 228 16 pages Serving Mendocino 25 cents DAYBREAKER Herb Norrls Meal delivering is his game Herbert Morris is part of a team for Meals On Morris delivers the meals while his partner drives the route he Morris is a retired sales man and proud of the motto Seniors Helping He helps out each Thursday and says the seniors are Very happy to see He feels most of his cus tomers are quite entertaining and Recently Morris took a trip to North New Jersey and Chicago to visit with his family and an old Initiated into Beta Alpha Psi Pam daughter of Clifford and Judith and the sister of Cliff and Becky all of Red wood has been ini tiated into Beta Alpha the national Honorary Account ing Pam is a junior attending California State University at She is majoring in business administration with an emphasis in Pam has maintained a grade point average of throughout her college For her involvement in activities with Beta Alpha Psi during her first semester at Pam received a scholarship provided by Drit Dritsas and a CPA firm in CORRECTION The Ukiah Dally Journal to correct or make to arti or may be reported to the editorial WEATHER Outlook Rain Temperatures Yesterdays high 53 Overnight low 42 Last years high 55 Last years low 48 Rainfall As of 8 today Season to Last year to Utility bills to soar December cold snap blamed for increase By CHRIS CALDER Journal staff writer Ukiahans used a million more kilowatt hours of electricity in December than during the same period a year ago to fight off last months arctic cold And that could leave a few cus tomers steaming when they get their power bills over the next few Maurice director of the citys electrical called the 12 percent jump from 8 million to 9 million kilowatt hours a fairly substantial but said the system absorbed it without much Outside the Pacific Gas and Electric customers hit all time his torical highs in according to Maureen Middle public affairs rep who added the com pany is offering ways for people to See Back Page Crisis center employee arrested By LOIS OROURKE Journal staff writer The fiscal coordinator for a now defunct coast rape crisis and bat tered womens center was arrested last week on charges she embezzled more than from the Fort Bragg Police Floyd Higdon reported Monday Sandra Lee of Fort was arrested Friday night on a Ten Mile Justice Court warrant charg ing her with embezzling the money from Project CAARE Community Assistance for Assault and Rape Henderson was arrested without incident at her Fort Bragg Higdon She was released early Saturday morning after post ing Higdon said this morning he believed the centers closing was See Back Page Rdy ShupeBn Duly Journal Superior Court Judges James from and Con James King as other newly elected sworn officials await rad Cox take their baths for another term from Judge their Words of hope at swearingin ceremony Mendocino Countyselected law enforcement from Round Valley Con stable Jim SheriffCoroner Jim District Attorney Susan Mar shall Ullls Point Arena Constable Merlin Mlllsap and Ten Mile Constable Leland Geoble take their oaths from Superior Court Judge James By CHRIS CALDER Journal staff writer Winners of the 1990 Mendo cino County elections were sworn in at a courthouse cere mony their messages of thanks and optimism tem pered by references to the chal fiscal and which county government faces in the new Two county the district auditor controller and superior court judges swore in as while Mendocino Countys new treasurertax collector and assessor took their oaths of office for the first Jim 3rd District super who also serves as chair man of the Mendocino County board for his sixth and what he says will be his final said it looks like the 90s have brought some hard times for local and federal govern ments were going See Back Page Masonite says fuel spills being reported Manager trying to change bad actor image By CHRIS CALDER Journal staff writer Masonite executives have denied any laxity in reporting fuel and chemical spills at the Ukiah blaming ambiguities in environ mental law for a lack of communication between them and the countys environmental health Plant Manager Bob Andzulis said the 22 which caused a 6inch layer of fuel oil to appear in a monitoring well last occurred in a containment area around a fuel tank when a Masonite employee left a refueling operation Because the fuel oil is Andzulis plant offi cials decided it would not leak put of the con tainment area and did not report it as a harmful We at the time had no reason to believe it was going to flow he It is a very viscous substance which usually sits on top of the ground We dont know why it flowed so Toe fuel oil did escape into groundwater outr side the containment area and Masonite is now under orders by the State Water Quality Control Board to determine the extent of contamination and clean it The key is were not trying to cover any thing Andzulis adding the company did report to the state when oil showed up in the monitoring The law is very ambiguous because it leaves it up to the company to decide what to do But we did do something and were going to continue to do what needs to be done to rectify the Andzulis Maybe were a little but I think the system allows us to be he Andzulis took over as the Ukiah plant mana ger soon after the discovery last February that chemicals from the plant had leaked into the Russian Since according to Andzu he has overseen renovations designed to keep an offsite leak from happening He said he has also been trying to change the opin ion of Masonite as a bad actor by strengthen ing relationships with local and state and encouraging employees to take care with plant But environmental health engineer Randy Leach reiterated his view Monday that Maso nite still does not report significant fuel and chemical spills which occur at the In a letter to Masonite which has also been referred to the Mendocino County District Attorneys Leach asks for more infor mation on three incidents Q The overfilling in August of a fuel tank which resulted in a spill of about gallons of a type of fuel according to Masonite some of which showed up in a groundwater monitoring well in late Q An unspecified quantity of lubricating grease found buried on the east side of plant which the company did report verbal ly to the county when workers discovered it in Q A fuel spill which occurred sometime last year near the plants diesel Leach said his department received anonymous phone reports of the spill but the company never notified Leachs letter reminds Masonite there are significant penalties for not reporting harm ful See Back Page New section flags appear New section flags appear beginning in todays edition of The Daily Editor Jim Smith The flags those head lines which identify the religion and other pages in the paper have been altered slightly to let readers know whom to call if they want to report news events or other The two most noticeable changes involve renaming the Community page to Valley which Smith feels more accurately reflects its The Opinion page has also been renamed Perspec which again more cor rectly reflects the contents of the page Smith will pro vide an easier forum for readers to contribute commentary
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