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o. ,.i/ 0 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Vol. CXlI, Issue 17 April 24,.1991 35 cents Rio Ruso hopes to fill void left by Clear Water Ranch closure y n Mike Seelau thought he left those camels in Saudi Arabia! Seelau retunwM to his parents Clo- : last week, after spending eight months East, he thought for a moment he was flanked by American and Ara- Were camels, palm trees and a great big read "Welcome Home Super Duper Mike "adopted" a pet camel which named "Bahalooey". His parents, Campillo, had earlier expressed Mike might try to btg the camel camels at their residence '. garage door! Celebrated his 21st birthday in Saudi was with the Army's 82rid Air- borne Division. He is a 1988 graduate of Cloverdale High School. Welcome home, Mike! Other w.tuming service personnel include Ron Marincic and Cliff Jensen, both of whom stopped by the Reveille office last week to say how much they appreciated the hometown support. Ron Gren's folks have learned he will be back in Cloverdale May 7 and Annetta Tremayne expects to hear any day that i'#..r son, Dennis Ross. has arrived back in the states. As our servicement and women begin arriving home, it's important for all of us to remeanber those who axe still there and continue to support them with our letters, cards and packages. Their, addresses can he found on Pg. 7 of today's Reveille. quality study addresses of wood burning units 1200 new dwelling stages of plan- Cloverdale with burning devices in- air quality would now in place. Air Imitated by Technical of Santa Rosa at the request of the was made April Commission ompany rep- Planning Di- explained what to call for the Ifor to know if the to he built here would exceed the air quality start- are used in the home mainly in the dards in effecL evening. Monitoring sites were set up near The study addressed WBD's only the Division of Forestry offices and and did not include car emissions. at Jefferson School. The model first Mr. Luerman said that car exhaust measured existing wood burning devices (wood stoves and fire places) and then added all of the projects one by one until all were combined. The monitoring was done from December 1989 through February 1990 as the winter months cause the greatest problem for air pollution in the City. The model in December showed five days that exceeded the smndard in the City and surrounding area that oinci wi the new eral Plan study area. The model measures wind veloc- ity and direction. Wood burning Devices (WBDs) to hear analysis funding Cloverdale City at 7 p.m. to- wesen- on the City's .Agency bonding ugrcment pmjec- Vice-President of His on infrastructure, fi- to City Manager will present are available for l " mum infrastruc- sched- convene at adoption of the urgency Interim De- velopment Policies Ordinance. The Council will also hear a Wes- entation by David Knight of Son- oma County Transit regarding ac- quisitim of the NW Pacific right-of- way. The Council will be asked to au- thorize adveising for volunteers to serve on the Downtown Parking and Downtown Beautification commit- tees. Also the terms of Planning Corn- Dwayne Hawk and David Warren will expire in June d the City will advertise for appli- cants to these two positions. A weed abatement resolution will be considered with a hearing date tentatively set on May 22 for objec- tions to assessments. Following an evaluation of the City Manager, the City Council will consider adoption of a resolution granting a salary increase, a one time $3000 bonus and a monthly mileage allowance hike from $200 to $250 per month. will include for 101 and the Bypass is and fee schedule to t fees; fumes, dust and other sources ac- count for only 40% of particulate emissions while WBD's generate 60%. According to Mike Tomalsoff, Director of the Sonoma County Air Quality Control Dislxict, sawmills in the vicinity of Cloverdale are not active during winter months or eve- ning hours and thus they do not con- tribute to the problem under study. He told the Commission that he expects the Board of Supervisors would be regulating WBD's in the County soon. He also reported that he has eight years of monitoring samples for Cloverdale and the air quality standard was exceeded 17 days. i is the only city in Son- David Vest and Melissa Phillips call themselves two people with a mission. "We want to hear kids laughing and playing there again", they say. Within days of Clear Water Rapch's closure last month by State licensing officials, the two former staff members set out on a mission to garner community support in an effort to reopen the facility as quickly as possible. David and Melissa say they found a tremendous outpouring of concern and support for the chil- dren from everyone they spoke to in Cloverdale, which, they say, strengthened their resolve even more. They spoke to both county and state officials who indicated they, too, would be willing to support an effort to reopen the facility, l'O- vided previous administrators or board members were in no way |111 i involved. "We expected the State to be the biggest stumbling block", said Melissa. "As it turned out, they've been really supportive, even giving us the correct guidelines to follow for restructming. According to David, the issue be- fore was inadquate reporting pro- cedures, not inadequate care. It was on this basis that Rio Ruso Children's Home, Inc. was born. The newly formed group received its non-profit corporation status from the State of Caiifomia on April 16. Federal status is pending. Senator Barry Keene has taken a personal interest in this matter. In fact, his office was instrumental in seeing that the Franchise Tax Board expedited the necessary paperwork last Tuesday, noting "this matter is of urgency to we- vent the institutionalization of 36 severely emotionally disturbed chil- li iii ii i Late last month, Stale licensing officials issued a Temporary Suspension Order against the Clear Water Ranch residential treatment facility on Cherry Creek Road. The 34 severely emotionally disturbed children who had been living there were transferred to other facilities. The action stemmed from the alleged failure by administrators to follow proper reporting procedures to state and county agencies concerning alleged sexual activity between the children. :: Within.a week of the suspension, Clear Water offic announced their intention toanenfly close the faci!ity. Citing financial concerns as the maa for  iS, B " President Ken Johnson assured the Reveille they would never- theless continue to appeal the State's charges.  .... IE I I IIIII I I II I I I I : :1 I II Neighbors helping neighbors Members of the Preceptor Mu Theta Sorority recendy made generous financial contributions to four loc4tl groups, including Project Graduation 1991. Accepting on 'behalf of the Senior Multi-Purpose Center was Mario Michelon; for Cloverdale Family Service, Cynthia Grant, and for the Clothes Closet at the Boys & Girls Club, Susie Leach. Making the donations on hehalf of Preceptor Mu Them was Mary Larson. oma County to have an ordinance governing WBD's, Planning Direc- tor Joe Heckei noted. The ordinance has adopted the standards acceptable in the State of Oregon. The Building Department's plan check wocedure indicates that any WBD being installed in a home must meet these standards. The Study will he presented to the City Council at a later date. Building owner must answer to arson charges in Old Feed Store fire Municipal Court Judge Mark Tansii ruled last week that Jerry Joseph Santana (no relation to the Santana family of Cloverdale) must answer to arson charges in connec- tion with March 2 fire at the Old Feed Store building m South East Street. Mr. Santana's attorney, Rommel Bondoc, said his client was intoxi- cated and smoking a cigarette wbm he climbed under the building that $575,000 awarded to artists who lost homes, possessions in Preston Fire Eight former residents of the historic Preston Ranch, who had their homes i possessions de- stroyed three years ago during a wind-whipped brush fire caused by a downed power line, were awarded $575,000 last Friday by a Sonoma County Suigrior Conrt Jury The June 28, 1988, fn'e, started about 4 a.m. in dry brush near the comer of Geysers Road and High- way 101. Osier Ranch Pmpert/es, owner of the ranch, and Pacific Gas & Eiectric were both deemed negligent, with PG&E being ordered to pay 90% of the award, and Oster Ranch Prolmrttm, the other 10%. The residents, all artists, lost irreplaceable personal creations, as well as costumes and musical instru- ments. They were represented by Jack Dougherty of the Melvin Belli Law Off'ges in San Francisco. Those receiving the award in- clude Lance Sterling, Mary Van- tier Ptoeg, Edward Lynch, Catana Sanchez, Lynn Gillmon, Don Brown, Cinisina Lmtdn and Roben Thomas. {n." The incorporating Board of Dir- ectors is made up of Elise Black, Coordinator of Cloverdale Fmnily Service, Patricia McKillican, Chair- man, Mendocino County Mental Health Advisory Board, and Mary Jo Winter, Editor, Clovexdale Rev- eille. Last Friday night, the Directors also ratified the appointment to the Board of Ukiah resident Steve Miranda, who is currently on a leave of absence from his position as a law enforcement officer at Hamilton Air Force Base. Neil Ferguson, an original mem- ber of the Clear Water Board of Directors and a dear friend of founder Susan Richards, has agreed to serve as Chairman of the Rio Ruso Advisory Board. The first goal of the newly formed corimtion is to try to secure the Clear Water Ranch fac- ilities. While this is the "site of choice", the Board has indicated a willingness to look elsewhere for a suitable location if negotiatinm prove unsuccessful. Nick Velichinsky, Director of Sonoma County's Child Protective Services, affirmed the need for facilities to care for severely emo- tionally disturbed children. "We look at each child's i i to place them in the most - ate facility for of 66haIor problem." While there are a number of these types of residential treatment around the state, Mr. Velichinsky says most of them are already full, which makes new placements chal- lenging, at best. Community members interested in becoming Directors or Advisory Board members of Rio Rum Chil- dren's Home, Inc., are invited to attend the next scheduled Board Meeting on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. The location of the meeting will be determined by the number of responses received. Please call Mary Jo at 894-3850 (evenings) for mote information. day to inspect some rotting pillars. lfs clear he set the fire", his attor- ney said, "but irsa matter of whether it was an accident or on purpose." Shortly after the fire started, Mr. Santana was arrested by Cloverdale police on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed his pickup into a light standard at the coraer of Lake St. and US 101. sWitnesses had seen him driving around the building both before and after the fire started and had alerted police. Judge Tansil ordered Mr. Santana to appear for arraignment before Superior Court Judge R. Bryan Jamar at 9 a.m. on May 10. Former employee admits burglary A 27-year old Cloverdale man was arrested Sunday evening i admitting he had broken into his former employer's business dm'iltlg the early morning hours and stolea nearly $400 in cash. Employees of the Playpen Care called police when they discovered the money missing and a television moved from its normal position about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Off'ge Kevin Griffm found evi- dence of forced entry at the back of the building, and a shoe print on the ground below a window. It was learned that the suspect would have to be someone familiar with the building because they avoided tripping the motion detec- tor alarm. Officer Griffin went to the home of Donald Ewing, who had recently been fired from his job at the Play- pen. Mr. Ewing wasn't home, but came in to the police station to meet with Officer Griffin several hours later. According to police, the shoes he was wearing matched the print found outside the window. Mr. Ewing confessed when confronted with the evidence. ii I III I I ii I IIIII I I I Little League Opening Ceremonies will be held Saturday at Daly Field Cloverdale Little Leagu will anthem. Tex Dickes will throw out open its 1991 season at Daly Field the fu'st ball and Scott Jackson will this Saturday, April 27, at 9 a.m. be the Opening Day announcer. The ceremonies will begin with Come and help the Little League Judy Viccellio singing the national season get off to a great slart!