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132 years serving the community   " Published weekly since1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 25 50 Cents Rre burns historical tunnel near Cloverdale As smoke billowed from a histor- ical railroad tunnel north of Clover- dale, the Cloverdale Fire Protection District and the California Depart- ment of Forestry and Fire Protec- tion (Cal Fire) responded on Wednesday, June 15 at approxi- mately 6:12 p.m. The abandoned railroad tunnel, owned by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company (NWP Co.) is lo- cated along the Russian River, north of Cloverdale, near the Sono- rna-Mendocino county line. When they arrived on scene, fire fighters found a fire involving the wood structure supporting the tun- nel, according to Cloverdale's Bat- talion Chief, Rick Blackmon. Fire fighters were unable to enter the tunnel to fully extinguish the fire due to the damaged wood structure and potential of collapse, he report- ed. They observed wood and other material falling from the tunnel's roof and walls which appeared to be mainly untreated Redwood tim- bers. Fire fighters notified the North- western Pacific Railroad Company and according to Blackmon, per- sonnel from the comp.any have been on scene at the tunnel since Wednesday night. The company summoned water tenders and bull- dozers to combat the fire by sealing off both ends of the tunnel, using bulldozers to pile dirt, Blackmon explained. Numerous calls continued to come in to the Cal Fire dispatch as at times it looked as though the hill- side was on fire because of the thick billowing smoke. By Friday after- noon both ends of the tunnel had been sealed which should starve >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 THE HISTORICAL REDWOOD TIMBERS of the 19th century railroad tunnel north of Cloverdale are on fire. Photo courtesy of the Cloverdale Fire Protection District and Cal Fire. ON FRIDAY, JUNE 17, NWP CO. brought in bulldozers to move dirt to seal both ends of the blazing tunnel. Photo courtesy of the Cloverdale Fire Protection District and Cal Fire. Bond funded improvements may give substantial savings to CUSD By Roberta Lyons The Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) board viewed a power point presented by Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) at the Wednesday, June 15, trustees meet- ing. Chevron is vying for some of the work that will be done at the district's campuses to be funded by the Measure G parcel tax bond ap- proved in November 2010. Chevron has conducted an "en- ergy audit," for the district and the draft report presented Wednesday night gave a program overview, re- viewed the design strategy, savings and economics, and a timeline. Bill Ritthaler, spokesman for Chevron Energy Solutions, dis- cussed how the different energy conservations measures being rec- ommended by C-ES will address many of the goals defined in the Measure G proposal: providing fi- nancial relief to the district general fund; expediting district savings to the general fund; and improving the learning environment through- out the district. The report recommends an inte- rior/exterior lighting retrofit; roof- top Heating Ventilation Air Conditioner (HVAC) replacement and portable HVAC unit replace- ments, thermostat replacements, in- stallation of computer management software and installation of photo- voltaic panels at all sites. The total contract amount for the work proposed by CES would come to a little over $3.6 million. The so- lar power component would offset up to 85 percent of electricity usage and would produce about 302 Kw at the district's three sites: Wash- ington School, Jefferson Elementa- ry School, and Cloverdale High School. The company reported that the project would result in a savings of $135,000 per year for the district An explosive showfeatudng"AIbino!" in the plaza by the ultimate of beats, percussion and flying horns that shouted out at the crowd that had formed." "With the Broadway musical "FELA!" raising national aware- ness and curiosity about Afrobeat music, Albino!'s wild San Fran- cisco-style spin on the genre is reaching a rapidly growing audi- ence. It's no coincidence that Albi- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 choreography have established the band as the West Coast's premier Afrobeat act. Fusing classic Afrobeat, Latin funk, and acid jazz, the Berkeley- based Albino! offers a torrent of hard-grooving jams that will make FNL fans forget their stress and dance the night away. The sound is aggressive and brassy, informed by world fusion artists like Fela Kuti and Zimbabwe's Thomas Mapfu- mo. This is world music that lives up to its name. Reviews: "Albino!'s hour proved to be the most crowded set at the entire (Joshua Tree Music) Festival, bringing in all sorts of fes- tivarians looking to get the tribal beats in their soul and the jig back in their feet. They held down a funktified groove that was backed The SF Music Award-winning Albino! Afrobeat ensemble will perform at Cloverdale's Friday Night Live on June 24. Albino! hon- ors the fiery legacy of Nigerian mu- sical revolutionary Fela Kuti. Albino's high-energy grooves and explosive stage show thick with hypnotic percussion, a heavy horn section, African dance, outrageous costumes, and infectious group and a 25 year savings of $4.5 mil- lion. Ritthaler noted the importance of replacing the HVAC units with qui- eter and more efficient units. There is a problem right now at the school sites because the compressors are so loud teachers sometimes have to turn off the units. Also, monitoring has revealed that CO2 levels in the classroom are higher than recom- mended. One teacher in the audi- ence said that at Washington School teachers often will open windows and doors, even if the HVAC unit is on, just to get some fresh air. CES presented an ambitious timeline, with construction starting as soon as August 2011 and being completed by March 2012. Both board members and the district's construction manager, Mark Van Pelt, felt that construction should be done during the summer, not during the school year and agreed that work should not start this sum- mer. Board members Dianna Mac- Donald and Karen Scalabrini dis- cussed the concerns of the Measure G advisory committee. The goals remain: savings for the general fund, technology, improving stu- dent achievement, and improving aesthetics. Both felt it was impor- tant to make the schools, especially Washington School, more welcom- ing to students. "Beautification goes hand in hand with student achievement," MacDonald noted. Scalabrini noted that the district >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Lion's 4th of July fireworks This year marks the 35th time that the Cloverdale Lions Club has presented the Fourth of July fireworks show for the community of Clover- dale. The show which is put on by professional pyrotechnicians, takes place at dusk on Monday, July 4 at the Cloverdale High School football field, Allendmorial Field. Each yeir the cost t O put on a show of this caliber increases and it becomes more difficult each year for one organiza- tion to cover the cost. As a result, the Cloverdale Lions Club is seeking financial support from busi- nesses and individuals to help with the costs. You can help by purchasing the "safe and sane" fireworks from the Cloverdale Lions Club booth. This year also marks the second annual Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast at Reali Hall at St. Peter's Catholic Church from 8 to 11 a.m. All pro- ceeds will be given to the Cloverdale Lions Club for the fireworks display. Tickets are $8 and breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Contributions can be sent to the Cloverdale Lions Club, P.O. Box 763, Cloverdale, CA 95425 or you can give your donations to any Lions Club member. Donations will also be accepted on the night of the show. Please do what you can to support this fireworks display for the community. Local based program leads wav for small business and jobs 6covefv This spring, Cloverdale became the first city in Sonoma County to implement a Micro Enterprise Development program as part of its economic devel- opment strategy. Micro Enterprise Development programs offer technical assistance to existing microbusinesses and to people that want to start one. "A micro-business has five or fewer employees, including the owner," says Pamela Patterson, Chief Executive Officer of West Company, the Mendocino County nonprofit that has been offering Micro Enterprise services for more than 20 years and that has begun providing the services in Cloverdale. "Currently these very small businesses are generating 45% of new jobs in California and account for 80% of ..... all businesses." A Micro Enterprise Development component for Cloverdale was originally the idea of City Council- ! "CAFE MEMBERS Rich Cowart, Bob Cox, and Jim Wagele plan for upcoming Micro Enterprise workshops." woman Carol Russell, but she credits three retired local men for making it a reality. "They came together and called themselves the Cloverdale Alliance for Financial Education or CAFI, a particu- larly apt acronym considering that they hold all their meetings in local cafes and coffee houses," said Russell. CAFI worked two years with West Company to plan the program and obtain its funding. The first set of workshops, conducted in Spanish, opened with nine participants earlier this month and is being held in Reali Hall at St. Peter's Catholic Church. The same workshop series, titled Building a Better Business, will be offered in English at the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce beginning July 14. All workshops and counseling are free. "Initially we did some scouting around as to who would be an appropriate provider for Cloverdale," said Russell. "We wanted an organization that had been successful with this type of program and that understood the particular needs of small, rural towns. We found both of those qualities in West Company, which was also willing to bring its services right into Cloverdale itself. It was impor- tant to us that our residents not have to make 60- mile roundtrips to Santa Rosa or Ukiah to access these services," she added. A grant from Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County enabled CAF] and West Company to determine last summer that there was demand for these services in Cloverdale. With that estab- lished, West Company obtained grants from Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank to actually begin >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3