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PATIENT BEING TESTED FOR EBOLA IN NORCAL (PI) JB 8/21/14

A PATIENT AT A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL IS BEING TESTED FOR THE EBOLA VIRUS

FEARS OF AN EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE UNITED STATES HIT HOME TUESDAY AS HEATH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THAT A PATIENT AT A SACRAMENTO HOSPITAL WAS BEING TESTED FOR THE VIRUS. DOCTORS AT THE KAISER PERMANENTE SOUTH SACRAMENTO MEDICAL CENTER TOOK A BLOOD SAMPLE THAT WAS SENT TO THE CDC IN ATLANTA. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL DAYS TO GET THE RESULTS AND DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE PATIENT, WHO HAS BEEN ISOLATED IN A NEGATIVE PRESSURE ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL, HAS CONTRACTED THE DEADLY VIRUS.

MAN HURT IN UKIAH CRASH AFTER FALLING ASLEEP (LAW) JB 8/21/14

A VACAVILLE MAN WAS INJURED IN A VEHICLE CRASH WHEN HE REPORTEDLY FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL YESTERDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, 19-YEAR-OLD TYLER PLOWMAN OF VACAVILLE WAS DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR HENSLEY CREEK ROAD JUST BEFORE 5:00 AM WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. PLOWMAN WAS HEADED FOR A JOB WHEN HE APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AND HIS NISSAN PATHFINDER DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD, HITTING AN EMBANKMENT AND ROLLING MULTIPLE TIMES. HE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS TAKEN TO THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER FOR EVALUATION.

EXPERT SAYS ALBION BRIDGE DOESNT NEED REPLACING (TR) JB 8/21/14

A LEADING EXPERT ON BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION DISAGREES WITH CALTRANS PLANS TO REPLACE THE ALBION RIVER BRIDGE.

A U.C. BERKELEY PROFESSOR OF STRUCTURAL AND BRIDGE ENGINEERING THAT HAS BEEN CONTRACTED AROUND THE WORLD TO STUDY BRIDGES AND BRIDGE COLLAPSES HAS FOUND NO REASON TO REPLACE THE HISTORIC ALBION RIVER BRIDGE. HE STATED THAT THE ARGUMENT THATS CALTRANS HAS MADE TO JUSTIFY THE REPLACEMENT DO NOT HOLD UP TO ENGINEERING OR SCIENTIFIC SCRUTINY. HIS CONCLUSION WAS THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ENGINEERING OR ECONOMICAL REASON TO REPLACE THE ALBION RIVER BRIDGE.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A CHILD (LAW) JB 8/21/14

A MONTH LONG INVESTIGATION HAS CULMINATED IN THE ARREST OF A FORT BRAGG MAN FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A CHILD.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DETECTIVES OPENED AN INVESTIGATION OF 34 YEAR OLD DANIEL MEDINA OF FORT BRAGG IN JULY AFTER A JUVENILE FAMILY MEMBER REPORTED THAT SHE HAD BEEN ABUSED BY THE MAN FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. THE ALLEGED ABUSE MAINLY TOOK PLACE WITHIN THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG, BUT TWO RECENTLY IDENTIFIED INCIDENTS OCCURRED WITHIN MCSOS JURISDICTION. MEDINA WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON TUESDAY EVENING WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $200,000.

SWAT TEAM CONDUCTS EXERCISES IN LUCERNE (LAW) JB 8/21/14

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS SWAT TEAM CONDUCTED EXERCISES AT A LUCERNE RESIDENCE OVER THE WEEKEND.

RESIDENTS IN LUCERNE WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE WITNESSING A POLICE RAID ON THIRD AVENUE WERE ACTUALLY AUDIENCE TO A CAREFULLY PRACTICED TRAINING EXERCISE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE SWAT TEAM. SIX TEAM MEMBERS ARRIVED AT THE RED TAGGED RESIDENCE IN A LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLE TO CONDUCT THE URBAN ENTRY EXERCISE. EVEN THOUGH SHERIFFS HAD BARRICADED THE TRAINING AREA AND NOTIFIED NEIGHBORS OF THE TRAINING EXERCISE, NUMEROUS CALLS WERE RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS TO WHAT EXACTLY WAS GOING ON.

LUCERNE WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH (LAW) JB 8/21/14

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON MONDAY IN LUCERNE SENT ONE WOMAN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES.

39-YEAR-OLD GUADALUPE REA WAS THE PASSENGER IN A 1994 JEEP CHEROKEE DRIVING ON COUNTY CLUB DRIVE WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THE DRIVER, 32 YEAR OLD PAUL MITCHELL, LET THE VEHICLE DRIFT OFF THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A WOODEN BRIDGE RAILING. REA SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS TRANSPORTED BY NORTHSHORE FIRE PERSONNEL TO A LANDING AREA AT THE LUCERNE HARBOR PARK WHERE REACH 6 WAS WAITING TO TRANSPORT THE WOMAN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

LAKE BOS DISCUSSES MEASURE N ENFORCEMENT (GOV/LAW) JB 8/21/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HEARD AN EARFUL FROM THE PUBLIC ON MEASURE N ENFORCEMENT ON TUESDAY.

A PACKED HOUSE OF LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS WERE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY TO DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON RECENT ACTIVITIES BY THE SHERIFFS NARCOTICS TASK FORCE. RESIDENTS CLAIM THAT TASK FORCE DETECTIVES, CITING MEASURE N, HAVE RAIDED AND SEARCHED PROPERTY AND SEIZED MEDICINAL MARIJUANA, ALLEGEDLY WITHOUT WARRANTS. ALTHOUGH THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS STATED THAT PROPER PROTOCOL HAD BEEN FOLLOWED, A REVIEW OF PROCEDURE IS UNDERWAY TO BETTER ENFORCE THE MEASURE.

CAL NORML REP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SB1262 (GOV) JB 8/21/14

A NEW BILL MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS MARIJUANA PROPONENTS ARGUING ITS POINTS.

ELLEN KOMP, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS, IS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SEVERAL POINTS OF SENATE BILL 1262. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWERS TO TRANSPORT ANY AMOUNT OF POT IN A SECURE VEHICLE THAT KOMP EQUATES TO AN ARMORED CAR DRIVEN BY TWO PEOPLE. THE BILL ALSO BANS EX-MARIJUANA FELONS FROM OBTAINING A LICENSE TO LEGALLY GROW FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES, ELIMINATING MANY GROWERS FROM THE NEWLY REGULATED CANNABIS INDUSTRY.

PATIENT BEING TESTED FOR EBOLA IN NORCAL (PI) JB 8/21/14

A PATIENT AT A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL IS BEING TESTED FOR THE EBOLA VIRUS

FEARS OF AN EBOLA OUTBREAK IN THE UNITED STATES HIT HOME TUESDAY AS HEATH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THAT A PATIENT AT A SACRAMENTO HOSPITAL WAS BEING TESTED FOR THE VIRUS. DOCTORS AT THE KAISER PERMANENTE SOUTH SACRAMENTO MEDICAL CENTER TOOK A BLOOD SAMPLE THAT WAS SENT TO THE CDC IN ATLANTA. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL DAYS TO GET THE RESULTS AND DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE PATIENT, WHO HAS BEEN ISOLATED IN A NEGATIVE PRESSURE ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL, HAS CONTRACTED THE DEADLY VIRUS.

MAN HURT IN UKIAH CRASH AFTER FALLING ASLEEP (LAW) JB 8/21/14

A VACAVILLE MAN WAS INJURED IN A VEHICLE CRASH WHEN HE REPORTEDLY FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL YESTERDAY MORNING.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, 19-YEAR-OLD TYLER PLOWMAN OF VACAVILLE WAS DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 101 NEAR HENSLEY CREEK ROAD JUST BEFORE 5:00 AM WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. PLOWMAN WAS HEADED FOR A JOB WHEN HE APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AND HIS NISSAN PATHFINDER DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD, HITTING AN EMBANKMENT AND ROLLING MULTIPLE TIMES. HE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS TAKEN TO THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER FOR EVALUATION.

EXPERT SAYS ALBION BRIDGE DOESNT NEED REPLACING (TR) JB 8/21/14

A LEADING EXPERT ON BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION DISAGREES WITH CALTRANS PLANS TO REPLACE THE ALBION RIVER BRIDGE.

A U.C. BERKELEY PROFESSOR OF STRUCTURAL AND BRIDGE ENGINEERING THAT HAS BEEN CONTRACTED AROUND THE WORLD TO STUDY BRIDGES AND BRIDGE COLLAPSES HAS FOUND NO REASON TO REPLACE THE HISTORIC ALBION RIVER BRIDGE. HE STATED THAT THE ARGUMENT THATS CALTRANS HAS MADE TO JUSTIFY THE REPLACEMENT DO NOT HOLD UP TO ENGINEERING OR SCIENTIFIC SCRUTINY. HIS CONCLUSION WAS THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ENGINEERING OR ECONOMICAL REASON TO REPLACE THE ALBION RIVER BRIDGE.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A CHILD (LAW) JB 8/21/14

A MONTH LONG INVESTIGATION HAS CULMINATED IN THE ARREST OF A FORT BRAGG MAN FOR SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH A CHILD.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DETECTIVES OPENED AN INVESTIGATION OF 34 YEAR OLD DANIEL MEDINA OF FORT BRAGG IN JULY AFTER A JUVENILE FAMILY MEMBER REPORTED THAT SHE HAD BEEN ABUSED BY THE MAN FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. THE ALLEGED ABUSE MAINLY TOOK PLACE WITHIN THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG, BUT TWO RECENTLY IDENTIFIED INCIDENTS OCCURRED WITHIN MCSOS JURISDICTION. MEDINA WAS BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON TUESDAY EVENING WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $200,000.

SWAT TEAM CONDUCTS EXERCISES IN LUCERNE (LAW) JB 8/21/14

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS SWAT TEAM CONDUCTED EXERCISES AT A LUCERNE RESIDENCE OVER THE WEEKEND.

RESIDENTS IN LUCERNE WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE WITNESSING A POLICE RAID ON THIRD AVENUE WERE ACTUALLY AUDIENCE TO A CAREFULLY PRACTICED TRAINING EXERCISE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE SWAT TEAM. SIX TEAM MEMBERS ARRIVED AT THE RED TAGGED RESIDENCE IN A LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLE TO CONDUCT THE URBAN ENTRY EXERCISE. EVEN THOUGH SHERIFFS HAD BARRICADED THE TRAINING AREA AND NOTIFIED NEIGHBORS OF THE TRAINING EXERCISE, NUMEROUS CALLS WERE RECEIVED BY THE DEPARTMENT AS TO WHAT EXACTLY WAS GOING ON.

LUCERNE WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH (LAW) JB 8/21/14

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON MONDAY IN LUCERNE SENT ONE WOMAN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES.

39-YEAR-OLD GUADALUPE REA WAS THE PASSENGER IN A 1994 JEEP CHEROKEE DRIVING ON COUNTY CLUB DRIVE WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THE DRIVER, 32 YEAR OLD PAUL MITCHELL, LET THE VEHICLE DRIFT OFF THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A WOODEN BRIDGE RAILING. REA SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS TRANSPORTED BY NORTHSHORE FIRE PERSONNEL TO A LANDING AREA AT THE LUCERNE HARBOR PARK WHERE REACH 6 WAS WAITING TO TRANSPORT THE WOMAN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

LAKE BOS DISCUSSES MEASURE N ENFORCEMENT (GOV/LAW) JB 8/21/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HEARD AN EARFUL FROM THE PUBLIC ON MEASURE N ENFORCEMENT ON TUESDAY.

A PACKED HOUSE OF LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS WERE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY TO DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON RECENT ACTIVITIES BY THE SHERIFFS NARCOTICS TASK FORCE. RESIDENTS CLAIM THAT TASK FORCE DETECTIVES, CITING MEASURE N, HAVE RAIDED AND SEARCHED PROPERTY AND SEIZED MEDICINAL MARIJUANA, ALLEGEDLY WITHOUT WARRANTS. ALTHOUGH THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS STATED THAT PROPER PROTOCOL HAD BEEN FOLLOWED, A REVIEW OF PROCEDURE IS UNDERWAY TO BETTER ENFORCE THE MEASURE.

CAL NORML REP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SB1262 (GOV) JB 8/21/14

A NEW BILL MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS MARIJUANA PROPONENTS ARGUING ITS POINTS.

ELLEN KOMP, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS, IS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SEVERAL POINTS OF SENATE BILL 1262. THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWERS TO TRANSPORT ANY AMOUNT OF POT IN A SECURE VEHICLE THAT KOMP EQUATES TO AN ARMORED CAR DRIVEN BY TWO PEOPLE. THE BILL ALSO BANS EX-MARIJUANA FELONS FROM OBTAINING A LICENSE TO LEGALLY GROW FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES, ELIMINATING MANY GROWERS FROM THE NEWLY REGULATED CANNABIS INDUSTRY.

DROUGHT WILL COST STATE $2.2 BILLION IN LOSSES (EVR/ECN) JB 8/20/14

THE CURRENT DROUGHT EXPERIENCED IN CALIFORNIA IS PROJECTED TO COST THE STATE $2.2 BILLION IN ECONOMIC LOSSES.

ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, THE DROUGHT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GREATEST ABSOLUTE REDUCTION TO WATER AVAILABILITY FOR AGRICULTURE EVER SEEN. CALIFORNIA FARMERS WILL EXPERIENCE A 6.6 MILLION ACRE-FOOT REDUCTION IN SURFACE WATER AVAILABLE FOR AGRICULTURE, RESULTING IN THE LOSS OF JUST OVER 17,000 SEASONAL AND PART-TIME AGRICULTURAL JOBS. EVEN IF CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCES THE PREDICTED EL NINO WEATHER PATTERNS LATER IN THE YEAR, THE DROUGHT IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE THROUGH 2015.

OPPONENTS TARGET DIRT FOR WILLITS BYPASS (EVR/TR) JB 8/20/14

ONCE AGAIN, ENVIRONMENTALISTS ARE LOOKING TO LEGALLY BLOCK PROGRESS ON CONSTRUCTION OF THE WILLITS BYPASS.

A RESTRAINING ORDER REQUEST, FILED ON TUESDAY, IS AIMING TO PREVENT MENDOCINO FOREST PRODUCTS FROM REMOVING NEARLY 900,000 CUBIC YARDS OF SOIL FROM A SITE THEY OWN TO BE SOLD TO CALTRANS AS FILL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. THE REQUEST, SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD TODAY, WAS FILED BY THE WILLITS ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER AND KEEP THE CODE. A PENDING LAWSUIT BY THE GROUP OVER THE FILL DIRT ALLEGES THAT MENDOCINO FOREST PRODUCTS AND COUNTY OFFICIALS FAILED TO CONDUCT ADEQUATE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES ON THE DIRTS REMOVAL.

CITY TO OFFER RECYCLED WATER PERMITS (EVR) JB 8/20/14

THE CITY OF UKIAH WILL SOON BE OFFERING PERMITS FOR THE NEW RECYCLED WATER TRUCK PROGRAM.

CUSTOMERS WITH TRUCKS INTERESTED IN GETTING RECYCLED WATER MAY APPLY FOR A RECYCLED WATER TRUCK PROGRAM PERMIT STARTING TOMORROW. THE RECYCLED WATER IS GENERATED FROM THE CITY OF UKIAHS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT THROUGH AN ADVANCED TREATMENT PROCESS THAT INCLUDES FILTRATION AND DISINFECTION. THE USE OF RECYCLED WATER IS RESTRICTION TO SOIL COMPACTION, DUST CONTROL, AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION PURPOSES. ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PROGRAM SHOULD CALL JAROD THIELE AT 463-6755.

PETALUMA HUNTER ACCIDENTALLY SHOT DIES (LAW) JB 8/20/14

THE HUNTER THAT WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT OVER THE WEEKEND NEAR UPPER LAKE HAS DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.

52 YEAR OLD ABEL GARCIA OF PETALUMA WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT AND KILLED DURING A HUNTING TRIP IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST WHEN HE WAS MISTAKEN FOR A DEER HIS PARTY WAS TRACKING. THE VICTIMS FAMILY HAD CELL PHONES, BUT THE SIGNAL WERENT STRONG ENOUGH FOR THE GPS SYSTEMS TO BE UTILIZED BY RESCUERS AND THEY HAD DIFFICULTY COMMUNICATING BECAUSE THEY ONLY SPOKE SPANISH. THE NORTHSHORE DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF STATED THAT THIS WAS THE DEPARTMENTS FIFTH EMERGENCY CALL INVOLVING A HUNTER IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS.

REP. HUFFMAN DISCUSSES INTERNET OUTAGE (GOV/BB) JB 8/20/14

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN HELD AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION WITH COUNTY RESIDENTS ABOUT THE RECENT INTERNET OUTAGE ON THE COAST.

THE OPEN FORUM WAS HELD AT MENDOCINO COLLEGE ON MONDAY AND FORT BRAGG MAYOR DAVE TURNER WAS IN ATTENDANCE TO RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT THE RECENT CRIPPLING BROADBAND OUTAGE. HUFFMAN STATED THAT WHEN THE OUTAGE OCCURRED, IT HIGHLIGHTED WE HAVE A VERY FRAGILE SYSTEM AND THAT IT DOESNT EVEN COME NEAR TO MEETING THE BROADBAND STANDARDS WE NEED ON THE COAST. THE CONGRESSMAN MENTIONED THE POSSIBILITY OF AVAILABLE FEDERAL FUNDING OR FEDERAL PRESSURE IN ORDER TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.

UNDERGROUND TANKS PROHIBITED ABOVE GROUND (LAW) JB 8/20/14

UNDERGROUND FUEL STORAGE TANKS USED FOR ABOVE GROUND FUEL STORAGE IS NOW PROHIBITED.

CAL FIRE WANTS TO ADVISE THE PUBLIC THAT THE USE OF CONVERTED STEEL UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS AS ABOVE GROUND TANKS STORING FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS IS NOW PROHIBITED IN THE STATE. AN ABOVE GROUND TANK IS DEFINED AS A STORAGE TANK THAT IS INSTALLED ABOVE GRADE, AT GRADE, OR BELOW GRADE WITHOUT BACKFILL. CAL FIRE STATES THAT, BECAUSE OF DESIGN DIFFERENCES IN THE TWO TYPES OF TANKS, IT IS DIFFICULT, DANGEROUS AND COSTLY TON CONVERT AND UNDERGROUND TANK FOR ABOVE GROUND USE.

JEFFERSON TO TAKE FIRST LEGISLATIVE MOVE (GOV) JB 8/20/14

THE PROPOSED STATE OF JEFFERSON WILL MAKE ITS FIRST LEGAL MOVE TOWARDS SEPARATION NEXT WEEK.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT, ON AUGUST 28, THE STATE OF JEFFERSON MOVEMENT WILL MARK A MILESTONE IN ITS EFFORTS AS IT TAKES THE FIRST LEGAL STEP TO SEPARATE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. MEMBERS OF THE MOVEMENT WILL TRAVEL TO SACRAMENTO AND FILE TWO COUNTIES DECLARATIONS OF WITHDRAWAL FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS WELL AS HOLD A DEMONSTRATION ON THE STATE CAPITALS SOUTH LAWN. WHILE CONVERSATIONS IN THE LEGISLATURE ARE A START, THE MOVEMENTS GOAL IS ULTIMATELY AND EXPLICITLY A STATE SPLIT.

CDFW TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ON STREAM CLOSURES (EVR) JB 8/20/14

FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS WILL HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DISCUSS AND GET THE PUBLICS INPUT ON PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES FOR MENDOCINO STREAMS.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WILL HOLD TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DISCUSS A PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE STREAM GAUGE THAT CONTROLS THE LOW FLOW CLOSURE STATUS OF MENDOCINO COAST STREAMS. A CDFW REPRESENTATIVE WILL DETAIL THE PROPOSED REGULATION CHANGES AND INTERESTED PARTIES CAN COMMENT AND PROVIDE INPUT THAT WILL HELP SHAPE THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION TO THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION. THE MEETINGS ARE TONIGHT FROM 79 PM AT THE ALEX RORABAUGH CENTER IN UKIAH AND ON SEPTEMBER 3 AT THE FT BRAGG TOWN HALL.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW/EVR) JB 8/18/14

THE FINAL DAYS OF THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE ARE CLOSE AT HAND.

FIRE CREWS ARE NOW PATROLLING AREAS FOR SPOT FIRES WITHIN THE CONTINGENCY LINES. THE EVACUATION WARNING HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR THE AREAS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 101, WEST OF CUMMINGS ROAD TO LEGGETT. MANY OF THE FIRE RESOURCES CONTINUE TO BE RELEASED FROM THE FIRE TO OTHER INCIDENTS OR BACK TO THEIR HOME UNITS. CAL FIRE AND COOPERATING AGENCIES WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND LOCAL BUSINESSES FOR THEIR OVERWHELMING SUPPORT AND HOSPITALITY. THE LODGE FIRE HAS BURNED 12,346 ACRES AND NOW STANDS AT 80 PERCENT CONTAINED.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT (GOV) JB 8/18/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT A CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT TO COME TO TOWN.

THE COUNCIL WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY TO CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF THE CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL RESTAURANT CHAIN TO BUILD AN EATERY AT THE CORNER OF EAST PERKINS AND ORCHARD AVENUE. ONE OF THE POINTS OF DISCUSSION WILL BE WHETHER CHIPOTLE IS CONSIDERED A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT. UKIAHS DOWNTOWN DESIGN RULES STATE THAT NO FAST FOOD RESTAURANT WOULD BE ALLOWED IN THAT LOCATION. CITY STAFF HAS SAID THAT, UNDER THE CITYS DEFINITION, CHIPOTLE IS NOT A FAST FOOD ESTABLISHMENT AND WILL RECOMMEND THE CITY COUNCIL TO ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RESTAURANT TO MOVE FORWARD.

CRASH CLOSES HIGHWAY 175 NEAR COBB, KELSEYVILLE (LAW) JB 8/18/14

AN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 175 OVER THE WEEKEND TEMPORARILY CLOSED THE ROADWAY.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED BETWEEN COBB AND KELSEYVILLE ON HIGHWAY 175 AND WAS FIRST REPORTED AT 12:50 PM ON SATURDAY. A BMW WITH THREE OCCUPANTS IN IT HAD CRASHED THROUGH A UTILITY POLE AND FLIPPED ONTO ITS ROOF, STOPPING ABOUT 30 FEET OFF THE ROADWAY. THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED FOR THE SCENE TO BE CLEARED AND THE DOWNED PHONE AND CABLE LINES TO BE REPAIRED. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INJURED IN THE CRASH IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME ALTHOUGH ONE AIR AMBULANCE WAS REQUESTED TO RESPOND TO THE SCENE.

MYSTERY LAKEPORT GIRL REUNITED WITH HER MOTHER (LAW) JB 8/18/14

A YOUNG GIRL FOUND AT A DOWNTOWN LAKEPORT BUS STOP WAS REUNITED WITH HER MOTHER.

THE LAKEPORT POLICE REPORTED FINDING THE GIRL, BELIEVED TO BE 12 OR 13 YEARS OLD, AT THE BUS STOP AT THIRD AND MAIN AROUND 12:30 AM. SHE WAS NOT PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION REGARDING HER NAME OR FAMILY INFORMATION, AND AUTHORITIES BELIEVED SHE MIGHT HAVE SOME DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. AFTER NEARLY TEN HOURS, POLICE REPORTED THAT THE GIRLS MOTHER HAD BEEN LOCATED AND A LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICER TOOK HER TO MEET WITH CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES TO REUNITE HER WITH HER DAUGHTER.

WATER THIEF BUSTED IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 8/18/14

A MAN STEALING WATER IN BROOKTRAILS WAS CAUGHT IN THE ACT LAST WEEK.

DEPUTIES FROM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE OBSERVED A LARGE COMMERCIAL WATER TRUCK TRAVELING WEST BOUND ON GOOSE LANE IN BROOKTRAILS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. THEY LOCATED THE WATER TRUCK AT THE END OF DOGWOOD TERRACE, ALONG WITH THE DRIVER, 39-YEAR-OLD KEVIN BOUTHILLIER OF WILLITS. AT THE TIME DEPUTIES ARRIVED, BOUTHILLIER WAS ACTIVELY TAKING WATER FROM THE FIRE HYDRANT ON DOGWOOD TERRACE. THE INVESTIGATION SHOWED BOUTHILLIER WAS ILLEGALLY TAKING WATER FROM THE BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP AND HE WAS ARRESTED FOR THEFT OF UTILITIES.

PG&E TO RELEASE WATER INTO UPPER EEL RIVER (EVR) JB 8/18/14

PG&E WILL RELEASE WATER INTO THE EEL RIVER TO HELP OUT STEELHEAD THAT CALL THE RIVER HOME.

AT THE REQUEST OF BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES, PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC WILL RELEASE APPROXIMATELY 2,000 ACRE-FEET OF WATER FROM LAKE PILLSBURY IN TO THE UPPER EEL RIVER. THE WATER RELEASE IS DESIGNED TO CREATE A STABLE HABITAT FOR ENDANGERED STEELHEAD IN THE RIVER. THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE AND THE CDFW MADE THE REQUEST FOR THE WATER RELEASE TO PROTECT JUVENILE STEELHEAD FROM HIGH STRESS LEVELS CAUSED BY THE LOW, WARM WATER TO AVOID A POSSIBLE DIE OFF. THE RELEASE WILL ALSO ALLOW THE FISH TO ACCESS MANY OF THE RIVERS TRIBUTARIES DURING THE SPAWNING RUN.

ALLEGED DUI CRASH NEAR WILLITS LEAVES BOY DEAD (LAW) JB 8/18/14

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON EASTSIDE ROAD NEAR WILLITS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF AN 18 YEAR OLD BOY.

ACCORDING TO CHP AND MENDOCINO SHERIFFS REPORTS, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR WILLITS ON EASTSIDE ROAD WHEN 19 YEAR OLD SPARROW BROWN-STEELE LOST CONTROL OF HER TOYOTA SEQUOIA AND STRUCK A TREE, ROLLING THE VEHICLE SEVERAL TIMES. AN 18 YEAR OLD CALPELLA BOY WAS KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT AFTER HE WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE. BROWN-STEELE WAS ARRESTED ON SEVERAL FELONY CHARGES, INCLUDING GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED AND SHE IS BEING HELD IN THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL WITH HER BAIL SET AT $200,000.

CLIMATE CHANGE STUDY LOOKS AT IMPACTS TO ROADS (TR) JB 8/18/14

A CLIMATE CHANGE STUDY IS BEING CONDUCTED TO LOOK AT IMPACTS TO ROADWAYS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES ARE CONDUCTING THE STUDY OF CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS ON THE ROADS IN COUNTIES ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING LAKE AND MENDOCINO. THE STUDY IS DESIGNED TO DETERMINE THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF RISING SEA LEVELS, INCREASING COASTAL EROSION FROM FLOODING, AND INCREASING LANDSLIDES AND WILDFIRES BY USING CURRENT CLIMATE CHANGE MODELING. A PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING THE STUDY IS PLANNED FOR AUGUST 28 AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN FT BRAGG.

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LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW/EVR) JB 8/15/14

STEADY PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN THE EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING VENTURA, SAN DIEGO, AND CONTRA COSTA COUNTIES, ARE MAKING STRONG HEADWAY AGAINST THE LODGE FIRE THAT HAS NOW BEEN BURNING FOR TWO WEEKS. COOLER WEATHER AND AN INCREASE IN THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY ASSISTED FIREFIGHTERS IN COMPLETING THEIR LINE IN THE AREA OF THE EEL RIVER. HEAVY SMOKE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE UKIAH VALLEY AS INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE FIRE CONTINUE TO BURN. ALL MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS IN THE AREA HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED TO EVACUATION WARNINGS. THE LODGE FIRE NOW STANDS AT 60 PERCENT CONTAINED AND HAS BURNED 12,336 ACRES.

UVMC UNVEILS $41 MILLION EXPANSION PROJECT (PI) JB 8/15/14

THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER HAS UNVEILED THE DETAILS FOR ITS NEW $41 MILLION EXPANSION PROJECT.

OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF, THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER WILL SEE THE ADDITION OF 19 NEW ER ROOMS, AN EIGHT-BED INTENSIVE CARE UNIT, AND TWO NEW TRAUMA BAYS. THE HELIPAD, USED BY AIR AMBULANCES SUCH AS CALSTAR AND REACH, WILL BE MOVED TO THE ROOF OF THE HOSPITAL TO ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL PARKING LOT. THE EXPANSION PROJECT WILL AID UVMC STAFF IN ATTENDING TO THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF THE ESTIMATED 25,500 ER VISITS, 4,000 ADMITTED PATIENTS, AND 800 BABIES DELIVERED AT THE HOSPITAL ANNUALLY.

N. STATE STREET CRASH KNOCKS OUT POWER (LAW) JB 8/15/14

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON NORTH STATE STREET NEAR MCDONALDS KNOCKED OUT POWER TO PARTS OF UKIAH YESTERDAY.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE DRIVER OF A 1988 DODGE DAKOTA WAS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND ON NORTH STATE STREET JUST NORTH OF EMPIRE DRIVE WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THE DRIVER, 65 YEAR OLD JERRY WILKEN OF POTTER VALLEY, TRAVELED OFF THE ROAD AND TRAVERSED THE SIDEWALK AND LANDSCAPING IN FRONT OF MCDONALDS, STRIKING A UTILITY POLE. THE POLE SHEARED OFF AND FELL INTO THE INTERSECTION, DOWNING SEVERAL POWER LINES. ALTHOUGH WILKEN CLAIMED TO CHP TO BE HAVING A MEDICAL EPISODE, HE WAS ARRESTED FOR SUSPICION OF DUI.

LAKEPORT UNIFIED SOLAR ARRAY TO POWER SCHOOLS (ED) JB 8/15/14

STUDENTS AT TERRANCE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LAKEPORT WILL SEE A NOTICEABLE CHANGE TO THE CAMPUS THIS YEAR.

THE LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS ADDED A 2,400 PANEL SOLAR ARRAY NEXT TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS TO HELP SUPPLY POWER TO THREE SCHOOLS AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE. THE DISTRICT SIGNED A POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH SOLAR CITY, SAVING THE DISTRICT THE COST OF PURCHASING THE ARRAYS. THE DISTRICT IS EXPECTED TO SAVE AN ESTIMATED $60,000 PER YEAR, AS THE POWER GENERATED BY THE NEW SOLAR ARRAY WILL CUT THE DISTRICTS ANNUAL ELECTRIC BILL BY 33 PERCENT.

REMOTE WILDLAND FIRE REPORTED EAST OF CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 8/15/14

LAKE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF A WILDLAND FIRE BURNING IN A REMOTE AREA EAST OF CLEARLAKE.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE FIRE WAS FIRST CALLED IN AT ABOUT 1:15 YESTERDAY MORNING. LAKE COUNTY FIRE ORIGINALLY RESPONDED AND THEN REQUESTED A FULL WILDLAND RESPONSE OF SEVERAL ENGINES AND A DOZER FROM CAL FIRE. THE AREA OF THE FIRE WAS SO REMOTE, THE DOZER WAS BEING UTILIZED TO CUT A ROAD SO FIREFIGHTERS COULD GAIN ACCESS TO THE BLAZE. OFFICIALS AT THE SCENE REPORTED THAT THE FIRE WAS FIVE TO SIX ACRES IN SIZE, BURNING WITH A SLOW RATE OF SPREAD.

GOV BROWN SIGNS BILL TO PUT WATER BOND ON BALLOT (GOV) JB 8/15/14

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN SIGNED NEW LEGISLATION ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO INCLUDE A COMPREHENSIVE NEW WATER BOND ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

BROWN STATED THAT WATER IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF ANY CIVILIZATION AND FOR CALIFORNIA ITS THE PRECONDITION OF HEALTHY RIVERS, VALLEYS, FARMS AND A STRONG ECONOMY. WITH THIS BOND, LEGISLATORS FROM BOTH PARTIES HAVE AFFIRMED THEIR FAITH IN CALIFORNIAS FUTURE. THE $7.5 BILLION BOND PROVIDES FOR WATER USE EFFICIENCY AND RECYCLING AND ADDITIONAL WATER STORAGE. IT ALSO INVESTS IN SAFE DRINKING WATER AND THE RESTORATION OF WATERSHEDS AND INCREASED FLOWS IN SEVERAL RIVERS AND STREAMS ACROSS THE STATE.

BUDDHIST SCHOOL PLAN APPROVED BY PLANNING COMM (ED) JB 8/15/14

IN A UNANIMOUS VOTE ON WEDNESDAY, THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVED THE PLAN FOR A NEW BUDDHIST SCHOOL IN UKIAH.

THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE PLAN PROPOSED BY THE DHARMA REALM BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY TO OPEN A NEW EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS ON THE FORMER TRINITY SCHOOL SITE ON THE WEST SIDE OF UKIAH. THE UNIVERSITY WANTS TO EXPAND THEIR CLASSES INTO THE EIGHT BUILDINGS ON THE NEAR 5-ACRE SITE. SOME DISCUSSION WAS RAISED BY COMMISSION MEMBERS ABOUT INCREASED NOISE IN THE AREA AND UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAID THEY SHARED THE SAME CONCERNS BECAUSE BOTH FACULTY AND STUDENTS WOULD BE RESIDING ON THE NEW CAMPUS. UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS SAID THEY WOULD KEEP THE NEW CAMPUS AS QUIET AND DARK AS POSSIBLE.

CHASE ENDS WITH DRUG BUST IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 8/15/14

A HIGH SPEED CHASE IN CLEARLAKE ENDS WITH THE SEIZURE OF A LARGE AMOUNT OF NARCOTICS.

CLEARLAKE POLICE REPORTED THAT A HIGH SPEED CHASE ENSUED AFTER THE DRIVER OF A WHITE CHEVROLET SEDAN FAILED TO PULL OVER AFTER RUNNING A STOP SIGN ON 34TH AVENUE IN CLEARLAKE. WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS FINALLY STOPPED, THE DRIVER, 31-YEAR-OLD JAMES REGALIA OF SAN PABLO, ADMITTED TO HAVING MARIJUANA IN THE CAR. A CANINE SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE TURNED UP 44 DIAZEPAM AND 119 HYDROCODONE PILLS, OVER 74 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE, A SCALE AND PACKAGING MATERIAL, AND OVER $3,800 IN CASH. REGALIA WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

LODGE FIRE NOW AT 50 PERCENT CONTAINMENT (LAW/EVR) JB 8/14/14

FIREFIGHTERS ARE GETTING THE UPPER HAND IN THE BATTLE WITH THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUED TO ENHANCE THE LINES IN THE AREA OF THE TEN MILE DRAINAGE AND ALONG THE HIGHWAY 101 CORRIDOR. AIRCRAFT RESOURCES WERE ABLE TO ENGAGE IN SUPPRESSION ACTIVITY ONCE THE MORNING CLOUDS HAD CLEARED IN THE AFTERNOON. THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED THE EVACUATION CENTER AT THE LEGGET SCHOOL BUT STATED THAT IT COULD BE REOPENED IF THE NEED EXISTS. THE LODGE FIRE NOW STANDS AT 50% CONTAINED AND HAS BURNED 11,300 ACRES.

MAN RUNS INTO TRUCK, INJURES UKIAH GIRL. (LAW) JB 8/14/14

A UKIAH GIRL WAS INJURED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHEN A PEDESTRIAN RAN INTO THE SIDE OF HER FATHERS TRUCK.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT A MALE PEDESTRIAN, ATTEMPTING TO RUN ACROSS STATE STREET, CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF A PICKUP TRUCK. THE MAN KNOCKED THE SIDE MIRROR OFF IN THE COLLISION AND IT STRUCK A 15-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PASSENGER IN THE FACE. THE 39 YEAR OLD DRIVER OF THE TRUCK GRABBED THE MAN TO HOLD HIM FOR A CITIZENS ARREST, BUT LET HIM GO TO ATTEND TO HIS DAUGHTERS INJURY AND THE PEDESTRIAN FLED THE SCENE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS ACCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

FISH AND GAME COMMISSION APPROVE PROJECT FUNDS (EVR) JB 8/14/14

FUNDING FOR SEVERAL FISH AND GAME COMMISSION PROJECTS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

THE BOARD VOTED 3-2 ON TUESDAY IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE FUNDS FOR THE MENDOCINO COUNTY FISH AND GAME COMMISSIONS PROJECT CYCLE FOR 2014/15. THE COMMISSION HAD ORIGINALLY RECOMMENDED A TOTAL OF $26,955, HOWEVER AN ADDITIONAL $5,000 WAS GRANTED TO FUND A LOWER USAL CREEK GROUNDWATER MONITORING PROJECT, RAISING THE TOTAL GRANTED TO THE PROJECT CYCLE TO $31,955. TUESDAY MARKED THE FIRST FUNDING RECOMMENDATION BY THE COMMISSION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SINCE 2011.

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY (EVR) JB 8/14/14

AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY HAS BEEN RELEASED FOR SEVERAL AREAS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE LODGE FIRE BURNING IN THE LAYTONVILLE AREA COMBINED WITH VARYING WEATHER PATTERNS CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO UNHEALTHY SMOKE, HAZE, AND VARIED AIR QUALITY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. SMOKE IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE FIRE IN THE COMMUNITIES OF LAYTONVILLE, LEGGET, AND BRANSCOMB PERIODICALLY REACHES LEVELS THAT ARE VERY UNHEALTHY. SMOKE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS FROM GOOD TO UNHEALTHY FOR THE NEXT 30 TO 60 DAYS. CURRENT UPDATES ON THE AIR QUALITY READINGS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.MENDOAIR.ORG.

CLEARLAKE MAN FACING POSSIBLE 4TH DUI CHARGE (LAW) JB 8/14/14

AFTER AN ACCIDENT IN SANTA ROSA, A CLEARLAKE MAN IS FACING A POSSIBLE FOURTH DUI CHARGE IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS.

39 YEAR OLD CRAIG BELSHAW OF CLEARLAKE WAS ARRESTED ON TUESDAY EVENING AFTER CRASHING INTO THE BACK OF ANOTHER CAR WHILE TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 101 IN SANTA ROSA. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED IN THE ACCIDENT BUT BELSHAW APPEARED TO BE INTOXICATED. A CHECK OF BELSHAWS RECORDS FOUND THAT HED HAD THREE RECENT DUI CONVICTIONS, IN ADDITION TO THREE CONVICTIONS FOR DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND ARREST WARRANTS IN THREE DIFFERENT COUNTIES. THIS NEW POSSIBLE DUI CONVICTION WOULD BE BELSHAWS FOURTH IN 18 MONTHS.

3.2 MAGNITUDE QUAKE REPORTED NEAR UPPER LAKE (EVR) JB 8/14/14

A 3.2 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE WAS REPORTED IN THE AREA OF UPPER LAKE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE INCIDENT, THE EARTHQUAKE OCCURRED AT 3:32 PM ON WEDNESDAY. THE USGS REPORTED THAT THE EPICENTER OF THE QUAKE WAS LOCATED 11 MILES NORTH OF UPPER LAKE AND 21 MILES NORTHEAST OF UKIAH, AT A DEPTH OF 7.3 MILES. SHAKE REPORTS WERE RECEIVED BY THE USGS FROM POTTER VALLEY AND REDWOOD VALLEY.

R.V. MAN ARRESTED IN PARKING LOT HOLD-UP (LAW) JB 8/14/14

A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEK IN CONNECTION WITH AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN UKIAH.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTED THE ARREST OF 27-YEAR-OLD JAMES P. MILLER ON AUGUST 11. MILLER HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE MAN WHO, ON JUNE 14, ENTERED AN OCCUPIED VEHICLE IN THE HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT IN UKIAH AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE DRIVER, REPORTEDLY THREATENING TO STAB HIM IF HE DIDNT COMPLY. MILLER THEN ALLEGEDLY TOOK THE KEYS FROM THE CARS IGNITION AND FLED THE SCENE. POLICE STOPPED MILLER ON MONDAY ON SOUTH ORCHARD STREET AND ARRESTED HIM ON SUSPICION OF ROBBERY AND CRIMINAL THREATS.

LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE HOTLINE SET UP BY HHSA (PI) JB 8/14/14

THE COUNTY IS CONTINUING THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONTRACTION OF LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE BY THREE PEOPLE AT A UKIAH HOTEL.

GUESTS WHO STAYED AT THE DISCOVERY INN IN UKIAH BETWEEN JUNE AND AUGUST OF THIS YEAR MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE BACTERIA. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES AGENCY HAS REQUESTED A LIST OF PEOPLE WHO WERE REGISTERED AT THE HOTEL DURING THOSE DATES BUT THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMPLETE INFORMATION YET. FINAL WATER TEST RESULTS FROM THE HOTEL ARE EXPECTED NEXT WEEK. THE HHSA RECOMMENDS THAT, IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU COULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO THE BACTERIA, THAT YOU CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR OR CALL THE PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE AT 472-2650.

RAINVILLE SENTENCED TO JAIL IN UKIAH DUI CASE (LAW) JB 8/13/14

A UKIAH WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN JAIL FOR A DUI ACCIDENT LAST YEAR.

54-YEAR-OLD JOAN RAINVILLE WAS SENTENCED ON TUESDAY IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. SHE WAS CONVICTED IN JUNE ON SIX DIFFERENT COUNTS INCLUDING ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON AS A RESULT OF CRASHING INTO A NEIGHBORS HOUSE WHILE SHE WAS DRUNK, NARROWLY MISSING A WOMAN WITH HER CAR. THE JUDGE IN CASE DECIDED AGAINST A FIVE YEAR STATE PRISON TERM BUT WARNED RANVILLE THAT IF SHE VIOLATES ANY PART OF HER SENTENCE, SHE WOULD GO TO PRISON. THE ACCIDENT MARKED RAINVILLES FIFTH DUI IN 16 YEARS.

STOLEN UKIAH VEHICLE RECOVERED IN WILLITS (LAW) JB 8/13/14

A VEHICLE STOLEN FROM UKIAH EARLIER THIS MONTH WAS RECOVERED IN WILLITS OVER THE WEEKEND.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP OF A BLACK HONDA ACCORD ON SOUTH MAIN STREET ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. OFFICERS NOTICED THAT THE LICENSE PLATE WAS SUSPENDED AND THAT IT DIDNT MATCH THE CARS VIN NUMBER. THE OFFICERS THEN LEARNED THAT THE CAR, NOW PAINTED PRIMER BLACK, HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM UKIAH ON AUGUST 4. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR, 40 YEAR OLD GLENN JENKINS OF WILLITS, WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY AND THE CAR WAS RELEASED TO THE REGISTERED OWNER AT THE SCENE.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW/EVR) JB 8/13/14

WEATHER CHANGES HELP IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE CHALLENGES IN SOUTHEAST PORTION OF THE FIRE. FIRE CREWS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHANGE IN WEATHER TO SUPPORT FIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS. INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE FIRE WILL CONTINUE TO BURN AND MAY BE VISIBLE FROM HIGHWAY 101. FIRE RESOURCES WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE CONTINGENCY FIRE LINES IN THE AREAS OF CAHTO PEAK AND TEN MILE CREEK. THE COST OF FIGHTING THE 11,000 ACRE BLAZE HAS NOW ECLIPSED $24 MILLION AND STANDS AT 45 PERCENT CONTAINED.

JIM O. BROWN RUNNING FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL (GOV) JB 8/13/14

FORMER CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER, JIM O. BROWN IS READY TO TRY HIS HAND AT ONE OF THE SEATS ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

BROWN RETIRED LAST YEAR AS THE CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER OF MENDOCINO COUNTY AND HE STATES THAT HE HAS LEARNED THE INS AND OUTS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. BROWN IS A UKIAH NATIVE AND DOESNT NECESSARILY LIKE THE DIRECTION THE COUNCIL HAS TAKEN RECENTLY. HE SEES FIRSTHAND THE EFFECTS OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR UKIAH. JOINING BROWN IN THE RACE FOR CITY COUNCIL ARE PHIL BALDWIN, KEVIN DOBLE, MARK HILLIKER, JOHN JOHNS, CHRISTIAN LUIZ, MIRANDA MOTT, AND MAUREEN MULHEREN.

UKIAH DOCTOR PROPOSES NEW CAMP AT CLOSED SCHOOL (ED) JB 8/13/14

A LOCAL UKIAH DOCTOR WANTS TO TRANSFORM A CLOSED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO A SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS.

MARVIN TROTTER, THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, HAS A VISION TO TRANSFORM THE CLOSED REDWOOD VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO NEW SUMMER CAMP THAT WOULD INCLUDE AN OLYMPIC SIZED POOL. TROTTER HAS EXPERIENCE IN PROJECTS LIKE THIS, HAVING BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION OF THE ALEX RORABAUGH CENTER IN UKIAH SOME 20 YEARS AGO. WHILE THE ARC TOOK 15 YEARS AND $9 MILLION TO COMPLETE, TROTTER BELIEVES THE REDWOOD VALLEY SCHOOL PROJECT COULD BE COMPLETED IN ONLY 2 YEARS AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $400,000.

FT BRAGG POLICE CHIEF ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION (LAW) JB 8/13/14

FT BRAGG POLICE CHIEF SCOTT MAYBERRY HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RESIGNATION AND RETIREMENT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT.

CHIEF MAYBERRYS ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESIGNATION CAME AT THE LAST FT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND CAME AS A SHOCK TO MANY IN THE AUDIENCE. CHIEF MAYBERRY HAS BEEN ON LEAVE FOR A MONTH AND INTERIM POLICE CHIEF STEPHEN WILLIS WAS BROUGHT IN TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT IN HIS ABSENCE. SEVERAL ATTENDEES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING EXPRESSED PROFOUND CONCERNS ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITY WITH MAYBERRYS ABSENCE. THE COUNCIL MEETING WAS ATTENDED BY A CROWD OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE IN SUPPORT OF CHIEF MAYBERRY.

LAKEPORT UNIFIED STARTS CLASSES THURSDAY (ED) JB 8/13/14

DRIVERS IN THE LAKEPORT AREA ARE BEING CAUTIONED ABOUT INCREASED TRAFFIC AS CLASSES START TOMORROW.

AS THE LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS STARTING CLASSES THIS THURSDAY, THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS REMINDING ALL DRIVERS TO USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING IN THE AREA AND ON THE GROUNDS OF THE LAKEPORT SCHOOLS. HEAVIER THAN NORMAL VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED IN THE MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS DURING THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF SCHOOL. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF TRAFFIC SAFETY, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE DEPLOYING EXTRA PATROLS IN THE AREAS OF THE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.

LAKEPORT MAN ARRESTED FOR METH, BRASS KNUCKLES (LAW) JB 8/13/14

A TRAFFIC STOP OF A MOTORCYCLE IN LAKEPORT OVER THE WEEKEND LEADS TO THE SEIZURE OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND BRASS KNUCKLES.

A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY OBSERVED A MOTORCYCLE DRIVING RECKLESSLY AS IT TURNED ONTO HIGHWAY 20 FROM STOKES AVENUE IN NICE. THE RIDER, 46 YEAR OLD THEODORE ANTHONY JONES OF LAKEPORT, ACTED VERY NERVOUS WHEN QUESTIONED BY THE DEPUTY DURING THE TRAFFIC STOP AND REFUSED TO OPEN THE SADDLEBAGS ON THE MOTORCYCLE TO ALLOW A SEARCH. THE DEPUTY OPENED THE SADDLEBAGS AND DISCOVERED ALMOST 9 GRAMS OF METH AND A PAIR OF BRASS KNUCKLES. JONES WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (LAW/EVR) JB 8/12/14

SEVERAL EVACUATION ORDERS IN THE AREA OF THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED AS FIREFIGHTERS GAIN GROUND ON THE BLAZE.

THE EVACUATION ORDER IN THE AREAS OF CAMP SEABOW, BOWMAN RANCH, HUNT RANCH, TAN OAK PARK, ELK RIDGE AND MAD CREEK HAVE BEEN DOWNGRADED TO AN EVACUATION WARNING. MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS ARE STILL IN EFFECT BIG BEND AND CAMP ST MICHAEL. UNSTABLE WEATHER PATTERNS WERE PROJECTED TO INCREASE FIRE ACTIVITY OVERNIGHT AND THE LODGE FIRE HAS NOW REACHED 10,000 ACRES, HOWEVER THE CONTAINMENT OF THE BLAZE HAS BEEN RAISED TO 40%.

WOMAN FALLS ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, CAR ROLLS OVER (LAW) JB 8/12/14

AN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 29 LAST FRIDAY WAS THE RESULT OF THE DRIVER FALLING ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

22-YEAR-OLD JASMINE WILLIAMS, OF LOWER LAKE, WAS TRAVELING ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR THORN HILL VINEYARDS WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. WILLIAMS REPORTEDLY FELL ASLEEP AND HER CAR DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD. SHE SNAPPED AWAKE AND TRIED TO OVERCORRECT HER STEERING, CAUSING HER 1995 ACURA LEGEND TO CRASH INTO AN EMBANKMENT AND ROLL OVER. WILLIAMS WAS AIRLIFTED TO AN AREA HOSPITAL AND HER TWO PASSENGERS, ONE AN INFANT, WERE TRANSPORTED TO SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL AS A PRECAUTION.

HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CRASH IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 8/12/14

AN ATTEMPTED VEHICLE STOP IN CLEARLAKE LEADS TO A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CRASH OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE PURSUIT BEGAN AROUND 7:70PM ON SUNDAY WHEN A CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER 29 YEAR OLD EDDIE DURAN FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION. DURAN FAILED TO PULL OVER AND LED THE OFFICER ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE SOUTHBOUND ON HIGHWAY 29 REACHING SPEEDS OVER 100 MILES AN HOUR. DURAN DOUBLED BACK ON THE HIGHWAY AND DROVE BACK INTO CLEARLAKE, FINALLY HITTING ANOTHER VEHICLE AT HIGHWAY 53 AND DAM ROAD. DURAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES.

LAKE COUNTY BOS PUBLIC HEARING ON DISPENSARIES (GOV) JB 8/12/14

A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE IDEA OF ALLOWING MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN LAKE COUNTY WAS HELD LAST WEEK.

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HELD THE PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS AN ORDINANCE ALLOWING MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES TO, ONCE AGAIN, OPERATE IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF LAKE COUNTY. MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF LAKE COUNTY SINCE 2011, WHEN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DECIDED THAT THEY WERE ILLEGAL USES OF LAND. THE BOARD DECIDED TO POSTPONE ANY DECISION ON THE ORDINANCE AND COUNTY STAFF WERE ASKED TO PROVIDE THE BOARD WITH ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS TO DISPENSARIES, IF ANY EXIST.

FRAUD SCHEME REPORTED IN LAKE COUNTY (LAW) JB 8/12/14

A NEW FRAUD SCHEME TARGETING UNSUSPECTING CITIZENS HAS BEEN REPORTED IN LAKE COUNTY.

SEVERAL LAKE COUNTY CITIZENS RECEIVED A CALL YESTERDAY FROM AN INDIVIDUAL IDENTIFYING HIMSELF AS LIEUTENANT BRAD DAVIS OF THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. HE CLAIMS THAT THE INDIVIDUAL THAT ANSWERS HAS MISSED A SUMMONS FOR JURY DUTY AND NOW HAS A WARRANT FOR THEIR ARREST AND THAT IF THEY SEND A MONEY ORDER OR PRE-PAID CARD FOR $500, HE CAN MAKE THE WARRANT GO AWAY. THE SHERIFFS OFFICE CONFIRMED THAT THERE IS NO LIEUTENANT BRAD DAVIS EMPLOYED WITH THEM AND THAT THE CALL IS A SCAM.

LCSO CONFIRMS INMATE CAUSE OF DEATH (LAW) JB 8/12/14

THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF AN INMATE WHO DIED IN CUSTODY AT THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL IN MAY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE.

A FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST WORKING WITH SHERIFFS OFFICE CONFIRMED THAT INMATE JAMES ELLIS SMITH DIED FROM ASPHYXIA DUE TO HANGING. SMITH WAS FOUND IN HIS CELL ON MAY 10, NOT BREATHING AND WITH NO VITAL SIGNS. MEDICAL STAFF AT THE JAIL HAD ATTEMPTED TO PERFORM LIFE SAVING MEASURES, BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN REVIVING HIM. SMITH HAD BEEN IN CUSTODY ON CHARGES STEMMING FROM AN INCIDENT WHERE HE RAMMED A POLICE CAR DURING A HIGH SPEED CHASE.

PILLSBURY FIRE A REMINDER FOR CARE IN THE FOREST (EVR) JB 8/12/14

AN EARLY MORNING FIRE NEAR LAKE PILLSBURY OVER THE WEEKEND IS A REMINDER TO BE CAREFUL IN THE FOREST.

FIRE CREWS RESPONDED TO A FIRE REPORTED NEAR THE GRAVELLY VALLEY AIRSTRIP NORTH OF LAKE PILLSBURY ON THE UPPER LAKE RANGER DISTRICT OF THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST. WHILE THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE ONE-ACRE FIRE IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION, WITH NO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA, IT WAS LIKELY HUMAN CAUSED. THE ACTING DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF STATED THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A LIKELY HUMAN-CAUSED FIRE THIS MORNING SERVES AS A REMINDER THAT WE NEED TO BE VIGILANT WHETHER WE ARE RECREATING OR WORKING IN THE FOREST.

OVER 500 RESPONSES TO OUTAGE SURVEY IN 48 HOURS (BB) JB 8/12/14

A SURVEY TO IDENTIFY THE MANY IMPACTS OF THE INTERNET OUTAGE LAST WEEK RECEIVED OVER 500 RESPONSES IN THE FIRST 48 HOURS.

SINCE LAST MONDAY THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE TO CREATE THE ONLINE SURVEY TO ASSESS THE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE DAMAGED AT&T FIBER OPTIC CABLE. ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE RESPONSES TO THE SURVEY IS THAT THE FIRE CHIEF HAD TO DRIVE AND LOCATE A LANDLINE PHONE TO MAKE A RECEIVE CALLS. 911 AND TELEMEDICINE SERVICES WERE ALSO DISABLED DURING THE OUTAGE. COUNTY RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THE OUTAGE ARE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY THAT CAN BE FOUND ON THE MENDOCINO BROADBAND HOMEPAGE AT WWW.MENDOCINOBROADBAND.ORG.

LODGE LIGHTNING FIRE COMPLEX UPDATE (LAW) JB 8/11/14

11 INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AND EVACUATION ORDERS ARE STILL IN EFFECT FOR AREAS AFFECTED BY THE STILL-GROWING LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE.

EVACUATION ORDERS ARE STILL IN EFFECT AROUND THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF THE LODGE FIRE IN CAMP SEABOW, ELDER PLACE, TAN OAK PARK, BALD MOUNTAIN RANCH, MAD CREEK, AND ELK CREEK EAST OF BRUSH MOUNTAIN. AN EVACUATION SHELTER HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AT THE LEGGET SCHOOL. THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN BOUNDARIES OF THE FIRE CONTINUE TO BE THE MOST THREATENED BY EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR. 2,272 TOTAL FIRE PERSONNEL ARE NOW BATTLING THE BLAZE THAT HAS BURNED 9,500 ACRES AND STANDS AT 35% CONTAINMENT AS OF 7:00 AM THIS MORNING.

WOMAN ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED MURDER (LAW) JB 8/11/14

A WOMAN BEING SOUGHT ON SUSPICION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER WAS APPREHENDED IN UKIAH LAST WEEK.

PEGGY HERNANDEZ WAS BEING SOUGHT BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IN CONNECTION WITH AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ON JULY 20 IN GUALALA. HERNANDEZ AND ANOTHER SUSPECT, RANDY PIKE JR, ALLEGEDLY THREATENED A VICTIM WITH DEATH DURING AN ASSAULT. PIKE WAS ARRESTED SHORTLY AFTER THE INCIDENT AND HERNANDEZ REMAINED AT-LARGE UNTIL HER ARREST ON AUGUST 4 ON LOW GAP ROAD. SHE WAS BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL WITH HER BAIL SET AT $250,000.

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR FT BRAGG TRAIL (EVR) JB 8/11/14

A GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE FT BRAGG COASTAL RESTORATION & TRAIL PROJECT WILL BE HELD TODAY.

THE FT BRAGG COASTAL TRAIL PROJECT HAS BEEN IN THE PLANNING STAGES FOR NEARLY A DECADE AND TODAYS CEREMONY OFFICIALLY MARKS THE START OF CONSTRUCTION. THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD 5:00 PM AT THE NORTH END OF THE NOYO HEADLANDS PARK PROPERTY, WHICH IS ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE GATE AT THE WEST END OF ELM STREET. THE $4.2 MILLION COASTAL TRAIL IS SCHEDULED TO BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC ACCESS IN LATE 2015.

HUNTER ACCIDENTALLY SHOT ON DEER SEASON OPENER (LAW) JB 8/11/14

A MAN HUNTING A REMOTE AREA IN NAPA COUNTY WAS ACCIDENTALLY SHOT BY ONE OF HIS COMPANIONS.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON THE OPENING DAY OF DEER SEASON AS 70-YEAR-OLD MARGARITO VAZQUEZ AND HIS AND HIS PARTY WERE HUNTING AN AREA NORTH OF LAKE BERRYESSA. ONE OF THE OTHER HUNTERS DROPPED HIS RIFLE, ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGING THE WEAPON AND HITTING VAZQUEZ IN THE HEAD. CHP WERE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THE AREA WITH A HELICOPTER AND TRANSPORTED VAZQUEZ TO A LOCAL TRAUMA CENTER WHERE HE IS LISTED IN SERIOUS, BUT STABLE CONDITION.

LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT $17 MILLION BOND (ED) JB 8/11/14

A $17 MILLION BOND TO MODERNIZE AND UPGRADE SCHOOL FACILITIES IN LAKEPORT WILL BE INCLUDED ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

THE LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTED THURSDAY NIGHT TO INCLUDE THE IMPROVEMENT BOND ON THE UPCOMING BALLOT IN NOVEMBER. SOME OF THE PROJECTS LINED OUT TO BE FUNDED BY THE BOND INCLUDE REPLACING TEMPORARY PORTABLES WITH PERMANENT CLASSROOMS, UPGRADING AND EXPANDING TELECOMMUNICATIONS WITHIN THE SCHOOLS, AND MODERNIZING AND RENOVATING CLASSROOMS TO MEET 21ST CENTURY EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS.

CRASH KNOCKS OUT POWER IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 8/11/14

SEVERAL HUNDRED CLEARLAKE RESIDENTS WERE WITHOUT POWER LAST WEEK AFTER A VEHICLE CRASHED INTO A POWER POLE.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED JUST AFTER 1:30 AM FRIDAY MORNING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF DAM ROAD AND HIGHWAY 53. POLICE, FIRE AND PG&E UNITS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND LIVE POWER LINES WERE DOWN AT THE ACCIDENT SITE. ACCORDING TO WITNESS REPORTS, THE TWO MALE OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE WERE NOT INJURED. THE PG&E ONLINE OUTAGE CENTER REPORTED THAT 574 CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER DUE TO THE ACCIDENT.

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE BAR BURGLARY CHARGES FILED (LAW) JB 8/11/14

CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST THREE BAY AREA RESIDENTS IN CONNECTION WITH A ROBBERY ATTEMPT AT A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE BAR.

44 YEAR OLD GLENN ANTHONY RAMIREZ AND 23 YEAR OLD ASHLEY LORRAINE MEYERS, BOTH OF VALLEJO, WERE ARRESTED AFTER THEY ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO MULLIGANS BAR AND TRIED TO CUT OPEN THE ATM WITH AN ACETYLENE TORCH. MEYERS WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF A DRIVERS LICENSE BELONGING TO 46 YEAR OLD BILLY VASSILIOU OF MARTINEZ, WHO IS ALLEGEDLY THE THIRD SUSPECT IN THE CASE. RAMIREZ AND MEYERS WERE ARRESTED ON CHARGES RANGING FROM POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS TO CONSPIRACY.

CLEARLAKE POLICE CANT STOP PROPANE CANNONS (LAW/AG) JB 8/11/14

THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT IT DOESNT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO STOP THE USE OF PROPANE CANNONS BY FARMERS.

REPORTS OF LOUD BLASTS COMING FROM A VINEYARD LOCATED OFF HIGHWAY 53, JUST SOUTH OF POLK AVENUE WERE THE RESULT OF FARMERS USING PROPANE CANNONS, A DEVICE THAT CREATES A LOUD EXPLOSION TO DETER ANIMALS AND PESTS FROM DESTROYING CROPS. ACCORDING TO A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE BLASTS WERE CAUSED BY FARMING PRACTICES THAT ARE PROTECTED BY THE COUNTYS RIGHT TO FARM ORDINANCE. THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES AFFECTED RESIDENTS TO CONTACT THE CORPORATION USING THE CANNONS TO FIND A RESOLUTION.

COUNTY SURVEY ON IMPACTS OF COMM OUTAGE (BB) JB 8/8/14

A NEW ONLINE SURVEY SEEKS INPUT FROM COUNTY RESIDENTS ON THE IMPACTS OF THE RECENT COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGE.

IN COORDINATION WITH THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY, THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE IS ASKING COUNTY RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN A QUICK ONLINE SURVEY. THE PURPOSE OF THIS SURVEY IS TO GATHER DATA ON WHAT TYPES OF IMPACTS WERE FELT BY THE INTERNET AND PHONE SERVICE OUTAGES THAT WERE EXPERIENCED BEGINNING LAST SUNDAY. DATA GATHERED FROM THE QUICK SURVEY WILL ASSIST THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE OF MENDOCINO AND ELECTED COUNTY LEADERS IN RESOLVING THESE CONNECTIVITY ISSUES AND PREVENTING CRITICAL SERVICES FROM BEING INTERRUPTED IN THE FUTURE. THE SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE BROADBAND ALLIANCE HOMEPAGE AT WWW.MENDOCINOBROADBAND.ORG.

EL NINO FORECAST DROPS 20% FOR NORTHERN CAL (EVR) JB 8/8/14

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DOWNGRADED THE POSSIBILITY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA EXPERIENCING A STRONG EL NINO WINTER.

THE MONTHLY REPORT ON THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN EL NINO WAS RECENTLY RELEASED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER AT IT SHOWED THE POSSIBILITY HAD DROPPED FROM 85 PERCENT TO 65 PERCENT. EL NINO TYPICALLY OCCURS WHEN THE JET STREAM IS PUSHED SOUTH, RESULTING IN HEAVIER WINTER RAINS AND STRONGER STORMS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOES STILL EXPECT THAT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILL EXPERIENCE EL NINO CONDITIONS LATER IN THE YEAR, ALTHOUGH THE INTENSITY OF THE EVENTS MAY NOT BE AS STRONG AS EARLIER PREDICTED.

TWO DEATHS FROM WEST NILE VIRUS IN CALIFORNIA (PI) JB 8/8/14

TWO DEATHS DUE TO THE WEST NILE VIRUS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN CALIFORNIA THIS YEAR.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS CONFIRMED THAT TWO PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN CALIFORNIA FROM WEST NILE VIRUS, ONE IN SHASTA COUNTY AND ONE IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY. THE POTENTIALLY FATAL DISEASE IS TRANSMITTED TO HUMANS THROUGH MOSQUITO BITES AFTER THE MOSQUITOES BECOME INFECTED BY FEEDING ON INFECTED BIRDS. LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF HUMAN INFECTIONS PROVE SEVERE, ALTHOUGH SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS HAVE A GREATER RISK OF SEVERE COMPLICATIONS FROM THE VIRUS.

LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE UPDATE (EVR) JB 8/8/14

EFFORTS TO BATTLE THE LODGE LIGHTNING COMPLEX FIRE ARE SHOWING SOME GAINS FOR FIREFIGHTERS.

FIRE ACTIVITY INCREASED YESTERDAY AS THE EASTERN FLANK OF THE FIRE PUSHED TO THE SOUTH. THE FIRE CROSSED THE EEL RIVER IN TWO AREAS AND CONTINUES TO GROW. STRUCTURE DEFENSE PREPARATION CONTINUES IN TAN OAK PARK AND AROUND TEN MILE CREEK. FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO CONSTRUCT A FIRE LINE ACROSS THE NORTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE BLAZE. 1,734 TOTAL FIREFIGHTING PERSONNEL ARE NOW ENGAGED IN FIGHTING THE FIRE THAT HAS BURNED 4,800 ACRES AND STANDS AT 25 PERCENT CONTAINMENT.

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY ISSUED DUE TO SMOKE (EVR) JB 8/8/14

AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED IN THE COUNTY DUE TO THE SMOKE FROM SEVERAL ACTIVE WILDFIRES.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ISSUED THE ADVISORY BECAUSE OF SMOKE, HAZE, AND DEGRADED AIR QUALITY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. REGIONAL WEATHER PATTERNS SUGGEST CONTINUED SMOKE IMPACTS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, WITH RELIEF POSSIBLE BY WEEKS END AS A WEST/SOUTHWEST WIND PATTERN DEVELOPS. DURING THE ADVISORY, INDIVIDUALS WITH CARDIAC OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE, THE ELDERLY, AND THOSE WHO ARE SENSITIVE TO AIR POLLUTION SHOULD AVOID ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

ZONE A DEER SEASON OPENS TOMORROW (PI) JB 8/8/14

THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED ZONE A DEER RIFLE SEASON OPENS TOMORROW HOWEVER HUNTERS WILL BE GREETED WITH LESS THAN PERFECT HUNTING CONDITIONS.

HUNTERS HEADED OUT FOR THE OPENING DAY OF THE ZONE A DEER RIFLE SEASON CAN EXPECT HOT WEATHER AND DEGRADED HUNTING PROSPECTS AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS. ZONE A, STRETCHING FROM WILLITS TO VENTURA COUNTY, IS THE LARGEST DEER HUNTING ZONE IN CALIFORNIA, HOWEVER THE ENTIRE ZONE AND ITS DEER POPULATION HAVE BEEN AFFECTED DROUGHT, AS WELL AS LOSS OF HABITAT, PREDATORS, AND INCREASED HUMAN POPULATION. THE SEASON RUNS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 21 WITH A LIMIT OF TWO BUCKS FORKED HORN OR BETTER.

UKIAH COUNCIL GIVES PALACE OWNER MORE TIME (GOV) JB 8/814

ONCE AGAIN, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO GIVE THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL MORE TIME TO REHABILITATE THE VACANT BUILDING.

THE COUNCIL VOTED 3-1 ON WEDNESDAY TO AGAIN ALLOW ELADIA LAINES, THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL, MORE TIME TO COMPLETE REHABILITATION PROJECTS ON THE BUILDING. COUNCIL MEMBER BENJ THOMAS CAST THE SOLE NO VOTE AND, ACCORDING TO MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN, THE DECISION TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR THE HOTEL PROJECT GOES AGAINST STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS. THE COUNCIL DID AMEND THE BUILDING WORK SCHEDULE TO REQUIRE SEVERAL ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT BE COMPLETED WITHIN FOUR WEEKS, INCLUDING CONTACTING CAL/OSHA TO HAVE RED TAGS REMOVED.

MENDOCINO BOS PUTS FRACKING ON BALLOT (GOV/EVR) JB 8/8/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED TO PUT A BILL BANNING FRACKING ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

THE INITIATIVE MEASURE REGARDING FRACKING WAS APPROVED FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER BALLOT ON TUESDAY BY THE BOARD. THE ORDINANCE SEEKS TO BAN INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH UNCONVENTIONAL EXTRACTION METHODS OF FOSSIL FUEL, BECAUSE THESE ACTIVITIES VIOLATE THE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTY BY THREATENING THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE, ENVIRONMENT, AND FUTURE GENERATIONS OF MENDOCINO COUNTY. FRACKING IS A METHOD OF OIL DRILLING THAT USES HIGH PRESSURE WATER TO CRACK THE SUBSTRUCTURE OF THE EARTH, ALLOWING ACCESS TO UNDERGROUND OIL DEPOSITS.

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