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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - October 20, 1998, Ukiah, California Ukiah Daily ournal People Lady loves llamas Page 3 Today Donrey Media Group 18 Volume 140 Number 164 50 cents tax Included In Brief Kid Scoop12 Classifieds Jumble Crossword Obituaries Daily Digest TV listings14 Weather North Coast businesses turn out to support railroad By LANEY FOUSE the Daily Journal Railroad supporters filled Ukiahs city hall to capacity during Mondays State Transportation Committee hearing en the future of the North Coast Rail road Authority and its associated rail The paramount said Quentin Kopp committee is whether we can be reasonably assured that further investment of public funds is a sound I want to know the consequences of further delays in releasing available funds or ultimately not investing such funds on the rail roads the economy of the North Coast and the movement of goods and people in the Highway 101 corri The hearing was attended by Mike Thompson Assembly woman Virginia StromMartin DDun can Ruben Ayala DChino and members from the Rail the Department of Transporta the Office of Emergency members of the business com munity and the general Several witnesses were upon during the fivehour meeting to voice their support of the railroad or to answer some tough questions as to why the NCRA had not yet received payment for disaster related One state transportation official appeared visibly uncomfortable when challenged by members of the commit tee about not seeing the whole picture of a rather convoluted a term coined by NCRA Vice Chairman Alan The state is going to pay either said either through the decommission of the railroad or in increased highway Thompson and both supporters of the agreed that failure of the railroad is not an Chairman of the California Trans portation Robert sent a letter of apology to Kopp for the commissions inability to appear and His letter expressed concerns over the longterm viability of the Hemphill told the committee that despite its unwilling role as both custo dian and operator and the lack of work ing the railroad is still We are Hemphill One of the major concerns voiced by Kopp is the geographic location of the See Page 18 Possible arsonist identified By DAN McKEE The Dally Journal FORT BRAGG A 19year old coast man has been implicat ed in five August and September man also allegedly admitted setting three other one earlier in the summer and two last according to Fort Bragg police detective Rick The fires occurred along Highway the Highway 1 Highway 20 the Collins Lane South Harold the logging road and in the Spy Rock area of Mendocino Damage in all the fires was limited to grass and other vege DelFiorentino Fort Bragg police and Cali fornia Department of Forestry investigators were able to identi fy Shannon Nailor of Fort Bragg as a suspect in the DelFiorentino recently met with who allegedly admitted setting the DelFiorentino has cooperated fully with the investigation into these The case is being referred to the Mendocino County District Attorneys Office for fil ing of charges and Nailor remains We released him at the sta tion and advised him a case would be filed against DelFiorentino Massini Outspends opponent By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal If campaign contributions equaled District Attorney Susan Massini would win re flection But not by Massini has raised a little more than to date in her bid to secure a fourth term as Mendocino County district attor while challenger Norman Vroman has gathered a cam paign warchest of just under Massini has received more than in monetary contri including a contri bution from Parnum of Ukiah and contri butions from retired Ukiah furni ture store owner Dick Arneson ajid Realtors Gary Nix and John also received from Clara County DA George according to an 5 campaign finance as well as from Lakeport appraiser Dan Grothe and frprn Willits businesswoman Margie n Massini has invested of her own money in her has spent thus most of it for Attorney Norman on has received See Page 18 Flamenco Willits artist says its in the blood By LAURA CLARK The Daily Journal f youve never heard of Fla youre not but chances are youve never been to southern danced with the gypsies or visited La Tanias dance studio in which gypsies say is in the is an yet structured folk art which is often improvised and The dance and guitar are blended by the passionate rhythms of southern which is Fla mencos geographical With the culture of Spain engraved in her from her tender local Flamenco La of was recently awarded a 1998 Irvine Fellowship in based on significant artis tic Born in France in La Tania moved with her family to Spain when she was 2 and spent her child hood traveling with her She learned as she watched her mother and others perform the music and dance that became her lifes pas I was always ever since I could said La Coming to the United States for the first time at age La Tania returned to Spain after just three years so she could follow what was in her She Flamenco was born in Spain and came out of the homes of the persecuted as an expression of their daily Through the music and dance they would express their To La Flamenco is a not just something that you It has to do with It happens day and Its some thing that you she Living Flamenco is exactly what La Tania has been At the age of 17 she began dancing profes sionally with various companies in See Page 18 Photo courtesy of La Tania Above Willits Flamenco dancer La Tania says Flamenco is a not just something that you It has to do with It happens day and Its something that you she Barbara VasconcellosAThe Daily Journal Right La Tania goes through warmup exercises with beginning dancers at her Willits Roederer appeals labor ruling By GLENDA ANDERSON The Daily Journal Roederer Estate winery Mon day filed an appeal asking the full Agricultural Labor Relations Board to consider charges of electioneering against the United Farm ALRB Secretary Antonio Barbosa last week dismissed the saying there was insuf ficient evidence provided to sub stantiate Roederers claims that farm workers were intimidated during the 21 election in which workers voted to join the Roederer attorney Rob Carrol filed a complaint after the elec claiming illegal election eering before and during the time workers were including yelling talking to and stopping workers on their way to the The complaint also criticized ALRB employees who super vised the election for not stop ping the alleged union Roederer also has filed com plaints with the ALRB claiming unfair labor practices after the including restraining and coercing farm workers who chose to go back to work rather than strike over Roederers refusal to start Until the ALRB certifies the Roederer is not required by law to The ALRB cant certify the election while its being ALRB attorney Joe Wender said he expects the full board to consider Roederers electioneer ing complaint next The unfair labor practices complaints are being investigat ed separately by the ALRBs general counsel and will not affect the verdict on the elec tions That investigation is expected to take several If the full board also dismiss es the electioneering Roederer has the option of tak ing the case to the court of Carrol said Roederer has not decided what it will do if its claim is denied The important thing is to see what the boards analysis he If the board fully addresses the issues presented which he says the secretary did not then the company may simply drop the issue and begin bargaining with the See Page 18 CDF has big plans for permanent Ukiah air attack base By DAN McKEE The Daily Journal The City Council is expected to throw its support behind plans by the California Department of Forestry to construct a per manent million air attack base at Ukiah Regional The new base would be located on five acres at the southeast comer of the Plans calls for construction of a plus squarefoot air operations a squarefoot drivethrough air craft hangar and a squarefoot ware houseshopgarage A 150plus squarefoot hazardous materials storage building also will be along with square feet of air craft four aircraft loading an air attack ship parking pad and a light radiocontrolled helicopter landing The current CDF base was constructed more than 30 years ago in 1965 as a temporary facility and no longer meets current health and safety according to Assistant Chief Loyde Plumbing and electrical appliances do not meet current or recent building Johnson says in a CDF and the building does not meet current Uni fied Building Code Bathroom and kitchen areas in the cur rent metal building suffer from dry space within the building for the 11 CDF personnel and four contract pilots assigned to the base is limited and traffic around the facility is congested due to its the report The building also was constructed with ungrounded electrical utilities and is in violation of both state and federal electri cal Insulation on the electrical wiring is Johnson increasing the risk of accidental fire or In the city learned that CDF was considering abandoning the Ukiah air attack base and consolidating operations in Santa City representatives met with CDF officials to try to persuade them to remain in They were In March Loyde assistant chief of the CDFs Mendocino Ranger asked the state Legislature for money to construct the new At the same the City Council announced its willingness to sign a mini mum 25year lease agreement with CDF for airport land on which to build the new See Page 18
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