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i 'Published weekly since 1879    y '" r  118 years of serving the community Sonoma County, CA December 31, 1997 Vol. CXVIII, Issue 53 50 Cents ice get electric patrol bicycle Cloverdale Police Department recently acquired an electric ) bicycle. The bicycle is a modified Trek mountain bicycle that is for police use. It has been modified with an electric motor t can assist the officer in responding quickly to calls without using of energy. bicycle was used on Halloween by an officer who reported that able to move around the City quickly and easily. The bicycle be used for other special events and patrol duties. It gives the the ability to perform special patrol duties beyond what is patrol vehicle. bicycle was acquired through a grant and donations from local Hewlett Packard Company donated $1,000, the Clover- Police Officer's Association donated $500, the Exchange Bank of donated $100, the City of Cloverdale paid $400, and ZAP care of anything over $2000. Cloverdale Police Department would like to thank the bust- donated money for the purchase of this bicycle. We feel the bicycle will provide a positive approach to patrol duties for and in the future," a department representative stated. hosts cautioned lawsuit liabilities }-ere_-aays a/%iafe from Uwuits," California Citizens saidGinnySchilling, ExecutiveDi- (NORCA- citizens to be aware a party, as they could be , a lawsuit if one of their gets involved in a crash. comes with the fact while it is the season to be it is also the season for alco- accidents. even the holt- rector of NORCALA. "Alotofpeo- pie aren't' aware of the responsi- bilities that come with hosting a holiday party. They need to know how to protect the safety of their guests, and protect themselves from being the target of a lawsuit." Ask guests to appoint a desig- nated driver before the evening begins. Don't let guests mix their January 1,1997 Police nab an Oak- woman who they allege at- to cash a fake and forged for $950 at WestAmerica Peterson's house, located Drive, burns in the garage and kitchen of the house engulfed in , Council commends the Rider crew for improve- around town. The 21 low to moderate households over the sum- and worked on several improvement January 8,1997 and Doug Lemley are the parents of the first baby of :Men- was born JarL 2. posesa threat on Wilson and River as it swells with winter !. A failing levy along the north creek, and clogging of with gravel despite a Please turn to page 8 Cloverdale Police Officer Gary Kitowski stands with the depart- ment's latest acquisition-a ZAP bike. It will allow officers to perform special patrol duties beyond what is capable with a patrol car. '97 i ' " n review... al River Park and the train depot along Highway 101. MiIlie Laudie is named as grand marshal of the Citrus Fair parade. February 19 Jennifer Nickolaus is named as Citrus Fair Queen for 1997. Clover Springs Land Partners, in conjunction with the Del Webb Corporation, propose the recon- figuration of the Clover Springs project from mixed residential housing units to an age-restricted (55 years or over) project with 350 homes. Cloverdale High student, Pier- rette Robertson, is named Miss Sonoma County. Victor Sanchez, 14, is given a Certificate of Congressional Rec- ognition for his heroic efforts Feb. 8, when he saved his 64 year old neighbor from choking on a piece of food. February 26 The Citrus Fair enjoyed its sec- ond largest attendance, ever- 17,411 fairgoers. March 5 Negotiations begin on the relin- quishment of Cloverdale Boule- yard from Caltrans to the City. The agreement will allocate $280,000 to the City for the recon- figuration of the Boulevard be- tween Lake and Third Streets. Social Advocates for Youth seeks $116,705 community devel- opment block grant funding for Cloverdale to develop a child/ adult program that would serve as a delivery system for youth services in town. The prospect of building a new elementary school is put on hold as Del Webb changes the orienta- tion of its housing project from a family community to an adult community. March 12 A telecommunications ordi- nance is referred to the City Coun- cil for public hearings and action. It will regulate the design and placement of telecommunication facilities in Cloverdale. Cloverdale voters pass Measure D in support of the Cloverdale Fire District Special Tax. It's pas- sage means everything will stay status quo and most people will pay $88 a year for fire protection of their home. March 19 The Fire District Board submits a counter proposal to the City Council seeking at least a 15 year commitment for the transfer of property taxes to the District on an annual basis. The City had of- fered funding in the amount of $67r500 in property tax revenues for a period of 10 years from the 1994-95 fiscal year. A fight where a student's sweat- shirt was burned because of its color, made people look closely at gang-related activity in Clover- dale. Officials reported that there are no certified gangs jn Clover- dale, but Washington School Prin- cipal Marc Mager reports that gang identification among cer- tain youth at the school has been going on for quite some time. He said the school is addressing the issue and belongs to the Gang Retiuction and Intervention Pro- gram that also includes Windsor and Healdsburg middle schools. A Community Development Block Grant Fund is also being sought to help develop youth ser- vices. Plemm turn to page 4 recent excavation, are the cause. lanuary 15, 1997 Cloverdale continues its search for a new superintendent of schools to replace retiring Dr. Don Sato. January 22, 1997 The reconstruction of the Clo- verdale Boys and Girls Club moves along. At this point, the club has raised $128,000 towards its goal of $350,000. Cloverdale resident Dorothy Ramirez is killed in a traffic acci- dent on Highway 116 when she crossed over a double yellow line and hit an oncoming car. It is announced that construc- tion of Payless and Ray's Food Place has begun. Fire District Board incumbents Janet Collins, Terry Stewart and Coby Richards draw four-year terms. Chris Anderson and Gari Jones will serve two years. January 29 The City Council offers the Fire District tax transfers over the next seven years in the amount of $67,500 from the City's property tax revenues. Despite the rain, over 700 fans flocked to the Citrus Fairgrounds for the 22nd annual Fiddle Con- test.  February 5 Jennifer Nicholaus, April Pack, Gina Perrault, Christina Porto, Sequoia Medina and Corrine Theile announce they win run for Citrus Fair queen. Bob Jordan fills position left vacant by Tom Hinrichs on the Cloverdale Planning Commission. February 12 Sonoma County Supervisor Paul Kelley meets with the City Council and discusses the region- Rail authority II continues effort for disaster funds Financial condition unknown Directors of the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA), at their recent meefingin Cloverdale, BULLETIN discussed a number of problems concerning operation of the rail line under their jurisdiction but were left in the dark as to its cur- rent financial condition. The Board's Executive Director Dan Hauser explained that the ill- ness of their controller made it impossible to prepare a financial statement for the December meet- ing. Director Allan Hemphill said that at least the Board should be informed of the cash flow status, the income and outgo for the past month. Hauser said he would prepare that information for the Board which has been done. The NCRA is the agency set up by the Legislature to take posses- sion of the right-of-way from Ar- cata to Healdsburg. The rail line south of Healdsburg to Shelville in Marin County is owned by the Northwest Pacific Railroad Au- thority (NWPRA). The NCRA also operates a freight line from Arcata to Shelville. The NWPRA oversees maintenance of its rail line but does not operate trains. This Authority's board is made up of representatives from the Golden Gate District, Marin and Sonoma Counties. According to Robert Jehn, Clo- verdale's Mayor, who was ap- pointed to the NCRA board in November, an effort is underway to create a regional plan for all entities involved in the railroad through the three counties in or- der to access badly needed state and federal transportation fund- ing. "I am optimistic about the fu- ture of the railroad. I expect it to be in much bettex shape by the end of 1998," Jehn said. He noted that, of course, winter storms in the Eel River canyon could shut the rail- road down. And the Authority's creditor problem also has to be resolved. Jehn told the Revl/e Dec. 29 that the Board had re- ceived the requested financial in- formation from Hauser. The NCRA owes around two The Gould/Shaw House, Clo- verdale's only museum, still needs your help. The foundation repairs are al- most finished. The footings are completed and ready for the verti- cal support posts to be attached, but the Cloverdale Historical So- ciety is running out of money to complete this seismic restoration and the interior work. Your tax deductible contribu- tion can make a big difference. Won't you please help? Send your donation to the Cloverdale Historical Society, 126A No. Clo- verdale Blvd, Cloverdale, Ca 95425. Help restore the Gould/Shaw House and take a tax deduction for 1997. million to creditors and the Board directed Hauser to calla creditor's workshop scheduled Jan. 6 in Ar- cata. One creditor Pam VanMeter of Van Meter Logging and Construc- tion Co., Garberville, a.ddressed the Board regarding the money owed her company. She pointed out that her company had not been paid since January, 1997 and asked for a response from the Board, noting that repeated calls to the office had not been answered. Chair Ruth Rockefeller told her that the Board was trying to get federal and state disaster funds released to pay for the rail repair the Van Meter Co. had done on the line in the Eel River Canyon and so far had not been successful. The Authority's finances are under federal government audit and this has held up any payment to date, she explained. VanMeter reminded the Board that her company's repair work on the canyon storm damage last win- ter was the reason the freight line remained open the remainder of 1997. Rockefeller replied that the Board does have a plan to pay creditors when funds are avail- Please turn to page 8 Bring in used greeting cards and help abused children Founded in 1966, St. Jude's Ranch for Children is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, residential facility for homeless, abused, abandoned and troubled children and teens from across the United States. Every year I/tey ask people to send them the FRONTS of attractive used greeting cards they have received over the holidays. The chil- dren staying at the ranch recycle the fronts, and make new greeting cards out of them, and sell them to make a little extra money. This year, Cloverdale resident Lynn Klauda, is once again offering to mail everyone's greeting cards to St. Jude's. Those interested in helping this worthwhile cause, can drop the FRONTS ONLY of their Christmas cards at the C/overda/e Reve/l/e office. Klauda will pick up the whole batch on Jan. 31 and send them off. Located in the hills above Lake Mead, the whole purpose of the serene place is to provide a haven for children to find the love and nurturing they have been denied. The children who go to St. Jude's have experienced neglect, home- lessness or alSandonment as well as mental, sexual and physical abuse. Special education programs involving individual and group coun- seling, therapy, and craft training =ind life skills development, provide a well rounded program that is direct toward addressing the emotional trauma the children have experienced. Together with the family-like atmosphere the children live in, St. Jude's is able to help them overcome the damaging effects of their abuse. I I