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Black g to S.R. page 5 Old fashioned medical 132 years serving the community ( j00OVEII00AL00 ,N oMALL TOWN PAPERS II,l,,I,,I,,I,I,h,l"l"h'l'i"hhll""ll""lll'"l'l J ' Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 13 50 Cents Cohosalmon arereturningto Russian River Field biologists are reporting the largest number of endangered Coho salmon returning to spawn in tribu- taries of the Russian River in more than a decade. Most of these fish were released as fingerlings into the river system, as part of a captive broodstock pro- gram at Don Clausen Warm Springs Hatchery on Lake Sonoma that began 10 years ago, when wild Coho salmon were rapidly vanishing from the region. "After the years of hard work so many people have invested in Coho recovery in the Russian River water- shed, we were very excited to observe so many adult Coho return and spawn this winter," said Mariska Obedzinski, lead biologist and monitoring program manager with California Sea Grant. Prior to the launch of the recovery program in 2001, returning adult Coho salmon averaged less than four per year. These low numbers were the catalyst for the Russian River Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Pro- gram, a recovery effort in which offspring from hatch- ery-reared adults are released into the river system. "The Corps' fish facility at Warm Springs Dam [Con- gressman Don Clausen Fish Hatchery] is the backbone of the Russian River Coho Salmon Recovery Program, and we are proud to be a part of this regional and interagency effort," said Peter LaCivita, regional fish- eries biologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division. This year, biologists estimate that more than 190 adult coho may have returned to the Russian River system, beginning with early storms in October and peaking in December. Promisingly, a few Coho are being sighted in un-stocked creeks, utilizing habitat beyond those tributaries in which Coho are released. "We are hopeful this trend will continue and the Russian River Coho salmon population will establish self-sustaining runs. This program might then serve to guide recovery efforts for many other remnant popula- tions of Coho salmon in California," said Paul Olin, an advisor with California Sea Grant Extension, who oversees monitoring of juvenile and adult salmon in the river system. Coho salmon abundance has declined dramatically statewide in the past few decades. Biologists believe that additional captive breeding efforts and other fo- cused recovery measures will likely have to be institut- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 PLENTY OF WATER IS ON HAND to welcome the return of Coho salmon to the Russian River as a result of conservation practices and im- proved management. The backbone of the program is the hatchery at Warm Springs Dam near Clover- dale. Water flows from the spillway at the dam. Waste collection franchise topic at council meeting An h r firm in er sted in biddin By Paula Wrenn According to City Manager Nina Regor, the need to update the solid waste ordinance became clear as staff worked onapproval of an ex- tension of the Redwood Empire (North Bay) Disposal Franchise Agreement. She described the in- dustry as highly regulated due to the fact it must operate on public right of way, and that the business generally requires significant capi- tal investment, so all conditions un- der which it must operate must be carefully outlined in the agreement. The current franchise agreement (adopted Dec. 2007) is in effect until June 1, 2015. It was not in compli- ance with new regulations since that time. North Bay wants a 10- year franchise, so the ordinance was modified to comply and is ef- fective March 23, 2011. Franchise fees include ex- tension fees totaling $450;000; percentages of gross revenues increasing from 9% to 12%, and an esti- mated annual increase to the city of $35,000 annually. Current rates will remain frozen until analysis is com- pleted. Tipping fees are con- trolled by the county. The agreement will in- clude conveniences such as an annual curbside residen- tial cleanup of bulky items, and specified event and community services. It will also include street sweeping. The city would like to have cans for recycling at events and a recycling for CUSD. North Bay will reim- burse the city for legal costs to de- velop the extension and the code update. Another company expressed in- terest in bidding for the debris box and recycle portion. Councilmem- ber Russell wants the agreement kept intact rather than "slicing and dicing." Councilmember Maacks felt since another company came forward it would be wise to keep the option open. He said "competi- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Relds at Furber Park closed temporarily The City of Cloverdale has placed barricades and signs in both English and Spanish notifying us- ers that the playing fields at Furber Park are temporarily closed. People had been playing soccer during the recent rainy weather and the fields had gotten torn up as a result of the wet conditions. They have been fertilized and will be re- opened for general use once they have dried out. Playing on the fields when they are so wet ruins them and requires that they be re- seeded, which would cost thou- sands of dollars, according to Cloverdale City Manager, Nina Re- gor. Ann Gillis believes in loving every moment! By Paula Wrenn "You can't have too many friends," says Ann Gillis. She should know because she has certainly acquired a lot of them. In fact, she goes out of her way to make new friends at every opportunity. Gillis makes no secret of her age when in the company of new ac- quaintances. "She's 90?" is the invariable reaction. Within minutes, however, they are too engaged to think about age. They fall in with her infectious spirit to make the most of their time together. It is Gillis' GUEST CHEF ANN GILLIS stirs the pot at the all-organic Girlfriends & Gnocchl event that she supported. Bolognese sauce made by her daughter, Shirley Murray, was one of three delicious sauces served. Ann came into the world in 1920 in the Tuscany mineral spa town of Porretta Terme. . .dating back to the Roman Empire. favorite thing to share laughter, great conversation and, most often, what the foodies refer to as "slow food." Generous with blossoms from her yard or oregano plants from her garden, she is never empty- handed, never out of ideas, and ever-ready with a smile and a hug. That probably explains how she keeps a full calendar of gatherings with interesting people, sometimes more than one outing in a day. Hers has been a rich life, but it hasn't always been especially easy. Determined and independent Anna Maria Amaroli came into the world in 1920 in the Tuscany mineral spa town of Porretta Terme. Dating back to the Roman Empire, the spas of her birthplace remain popular with Europeans today. Her father met his bride when he visited his parents following World War I. He immigrated to San Francisco and sent for his family when Anna was 11 months old. From comfortable circumstances in Italy, the Amaroli family experienced difficult times in the United States. Anna's father picked hops and worked other physical jobs. The family lived in a tent for a time. In 1923, after moving around Mendocino and Northern Sonoma County, Amaroli purchased a farm on Dutcher Creek Road. The family grew to include two younger brothers for Anna Maria. It was a loving household, but poor. Anna loved music from an early age, demonstrating talent for the viola and mandolin to her Geyserville music teacher. Her mother discouraged her music believing she would not be able to make a living as a musician. They had trouble making the mortgage payments on the farm and attempted several times to sell it. In better days her father worked construction, but he was older and often was passed over for younger men during the Depression. ANN AND AL GILLIS in this photo taken during World War II. Undeterred that she would not get help from her family for tuition, Anna decided to attend university at age 17. Most women did not seek a college degree in that era and this was especially true of women whose families were struggling financially. The determined young student was accepted to U.C. Berkeley. She took a job as a maid, cook and au pair for a wealthy family, receiving in exchange room, board and $20 per month. >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 TO WIN! TO 6ET YO00R