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CLEARLAKE APPROVES WAL-MART EIR AGREEMENT (EC/EMP) JB 7/29/14

AN AGREEMENT FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR A PROPOSED EXPANSION OF THE CLEARLAKE WAL-MART HAS BEEN APPROVED BY CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL.

THE EIR IS DESIGNED TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL AND LIKELY ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED 40,000 SQUARE FOOT ADDITION TO THE STORE. THE REPORT WILL INCLUDE A POLICE SERVICES IMPACT REPORT TO EXAMINE ANY ISSUES THE EXPANSION PROJECT WOULD HAVE ON THE SERVICES OF THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE EIR IS EXPECTED TO COST JUST UNDER $263,000 AND WILL BE PAID FOR ENTIRELY BY WAL-MART.

MARYMOUNT POOL TO BE CONVERTED INTO PLANTER (GOV) JB 7/29/14

A PLAN TO TURN THE POOL AT MARYMOUNT CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY IN LUCERNE INTO A PATIO AND PLANTER HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, THE PROPERTY WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE UNIVERSITY ON AUGUST 1. A LAYER OF GRAVEL AND GEO-FABRIC TO PREVENT DIRT WASHING AWAY WILL BE PUT IN AFTER DRAINAGE HOLES ARE DRILLED IN THE POOL. THE NEW PLANTER WILL THEN BE FILLED WITH DIRT AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $3,000-$5,000. THE DECISION TO TURN THE POOL INTO A PATIO AND PLANTER CAME AFTER THE POOLSIDE DECK CAUGHT FIRE ON JUNE 5.

GROCERY OUTLET SCHEDULED TO OPEN MID-SEPTEMBER (ECN) JB 7/29/14

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW GROCERY OUTLET IN WILLITS IS ON SCHEDULE AND THE STORE IS SLATED TO OPEN IN THE SECOND WEEK OF SEPTEMBER.

PROGRESS ON THE NEW STORE HAS BEEN STEADY WITH SHELVING AND REFRIGERATION UNITS BEING INSTALLED IN AUGUST. THE STORE MANAGER OF THE NEW WILLITS LOCATION STATED THAT WILLITS CITY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY HELPFUL DURING THE PROCESS. THE STORE WILL BE HOLDING A JOB FAIR DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST TO INTERVIEW AND HIRE BETWEEN 30-35 PEOPLE TO WORK AT THE NEW WILLITS LOCATION. JOB POSITIONS INCLUDE CASHIER, STOCKING, AND PRODUCE POSITIONS.

FREE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINIC COMING IN LAKEPORT (PI) JB 7/29/14

A FREE-OF-CHARGE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CLINIC WILL BE HELD IN LAKEPORT IN AUGUST.

THE CLINIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ADVENTIST MEDICAL EVANGELISM NETWORK AND IS GEARED TOWARDS UNINSURED AND UNDER-INSURED PEOPLE, SENIORS, AND VETERANS. THE CLINIC HAS THE CAPACITY TO SEE APPROXIMATELY 175-200 EACH OF THE TWO DAYS IT WILL RUN AND WORK WILL BE PROVIDED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. THE LAKEPORT COMMUNITY CHURCH WILL HOST THE CLINIC ON AUGUST 23 AND 24 FROM 7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SERVICES AVAILABLE, PLEASE CALL 520-883-8601

THREE BOOKED ON BURGLARY CHARGES IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 7/29/14

AN ALLEGED ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT THE SAFEWAY IN CLEARLAKE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF THREE PEOPLE OVER THE WEEKEND.

43-YEAR-OLD SHAWNA MARIE WESTFALL, 40 YEAR OLD SEAN RAY ROWE, AND 39 YEAR OLD STEVEN CHARLES GAVIN, ALL CLEARLAKE RESIDENTS, ALLEGEDLY FILLED A GROCERY CART WITH A VARIETY OF ITEMS AND THEN LEFT THE STORE WITH OUT PAYING. INSTEAD OF TAKING FOOD STAPLES, THE TRIO STOLE ITEMS SUCH AS RED BULL, IBUPROFEN, LICORICE, AND COOKIES. ALL THREE WERE ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

RUSSIAN RIVER DISCUSSION AT CDFW PUBLIC MEETING (EVR) JB 7/29/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS CLOSURE CHANGES TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER AND NORTH CENTRAL COAST STREAMS.

THE PROPOSAL BEING DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING IS TO ADD A LOW-FLOW RESTRICTION ON FISHING TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER BECAUSE OF THE IMPACT OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO LOCAL FISHERIES THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN RECENT YEARS. THE RUSSIAN RIVER AND NORTH CENTRAL COAST STREAMS HAVE REMAINED OPEN TO FISHING AFTER AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE IN FEBRUARY EXPIRED AT THE END OF APRIL. THE PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 31 FROM 3-6 PM AT THE GUALALA COMMUNITY CENTER.

CURRENT ROAD WORK PROJECTS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY (TR) JB 7/29/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

CALTRANS WILL PERFORM ROUTINE MAINTENANCE FROM CASTEEL LANE TO BIG TRAILS DRIVE TODAY. WORK HOURS ON THE ROAD ARE FROM 8:00 AM TO 4:30 PM AND A MOVING LANE CLOSURE WILL BE IN EFFECT. WORK WILL CONTINUE FROM BIG TRAILS DRIVE TO THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAY 101 AND 162 STARTING TOMORROW FROM 8:00 AM TO 3:30 PM. TRAFFIC WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION.

LAKEPORT COUPLE CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE (LAW) JB 7/29/14

AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A LAKEPORT COUPLE.

OFFICERS FROM THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT INTERVIEWED 31 YEAR OLD CHARLES ANTHONY DOUGHERTY AND 32 YEAR OLD JENNIFER LYNN ELSA, BOTH OF LAKEPORT, AFTER FAMILY MEMBERS HAD ADVISED POLICE OF POSSIBLE ABUSE TO DOUGHERTYS 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER. THE REPORT STEMMED FROM AN INCIDENT ON JULY 4 WHEN THE COUPLE ALLEGEDLY DISCIPLINED THE GIRL FOR WATCHING THE FIREWORKS THAT NIGHT BY STRIKING HER AND CAUSING INJURY TO THE CHILD. BOTH DOUGHERTY AND ELSA WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FELONY CORPORAL INJURY TO A CHILD.

MAN DROWNS IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER (LAW) JB 7/28/14

AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN DROWNED WHILE KAYAKING ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER OVER THE WEEKEND.

SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM SEVERAL AGENCIES RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF A MALE SWIMMER IN TROUBLE ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER WEST OF THE CASINI RANCH CAMPGROUNDS. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE MAN HAD BEEN KAYAKING NEAR DUNCAN MILLS WHEN HE REPORTEDLY CAPSIZED AND WAS HAVING TROUBLE STAYING AFLOAT. BY THE TIME HE WAS LOCATED AND RESCUED, HE HAD BEEN UNDER WATER FOR 7 TO 10 MINUTES. RESUSCITATION EFFORTS WERE MADE UNSUCCESSFULLY AND THE MAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

GRANT APPLICATION APPROVED BY LAKE COUNTY BOS (GOV) JB 7/28/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A REQUEST BY THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES TO APPLY FOR A HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT.

THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES REPORTED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE GRANT IS TO FUND FIVE DIFFERENT PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY, INCLUDING UPGRADING RADIOS USED BY RESPONDERS AND OBTAINING A MOBILE COMMAND VEHICLE. IF APPROVED BY HOMELAND SECURITY, THE GRANT WOULD ALSO BE USED TO SUPPLY FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL WITH NEW TOOLS FOR AIR MONITORING AND A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA. THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT THAT THE OES IS APPLYING FOR IS JUST OVER $141,000

FIRE ON EASTSIDE ROAD BURNS ONE STRUCTURE (LAW) JB 7/28/14

A FIRE ON EASTSIDE ROAD LAST WEEK DESTROYED ONE STRUCTURE AND DOWNED A LIVE POWER LINE.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM LITTLE LAKE FIRE AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED WITH ENGINES, TANKERS, AND AIR ATTACK TO COMBAT THE BLAZE. THEIR EFFORTS WERE HAMPERED BY A LIVE POWER LINE THAT HAD MELTED AND WAS CRACKING AND SPARKING ON THE GROUND. A PG&E FIRST RESPONDER WAS ABLE TO CUT POWER TO LINE AND FIREFIGHTERS GAINED FULL ACCESS TO THE FIRE AREA. A SMALL STORAGE SHED WAS DESTROYED IN THE BLAZE AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED.

NEW UKIAH HIGH FACILITIES SHOULD BE READY IN FALL (ED) JB 7/2814

STUDENTS RETURNING TO UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL IN THE FALL WILL BE TREATED TO SEVERAL NEW FACILITIES ON THE CAMPUS.

THE BIGGEST CHANGE AT THE UKIAH CAMPUS IS THE INSTALLATION OF $1.75 MILLION ALL-WEATHER TRACK SURROUNDING THE FOOTBALL FIELD. THE STATE OF THE ART TRACK IS COMPRISED OF THE RUBBER OF APPROXIMATELY 6,500 RECYCLED TIRES THAT HAVE BEEN GROUND UP AND MELTED AFTER HAVING ANY METAL REMOVED. THE COMPLETION OF THE TRACK INSTALLATION IS SLATED FOR EARLY SEPTEMBER AND IT WILL BE READY FOR THE FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME, WHICH IS NOT SCHEDULED UNTIL OCTOBER.

SAFETY OF UKIAHS CROSSWALKS QUESTIONED (TR/GOV) JB 7/28/14

A REPORT BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY GRAND JURY QUESTIONS THE SAFETY OF CROSSWALKS IN UKIAH AND RECOMMENDS THAT THEY BE IMPROVED.

THE GRAND JURY INTERVIEWED A VARIETY OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING COUNTY OFFICIALS, IN THEIR INVESTIGATION OF CROSSWALK SAFETY IN THE COUNTY. A RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL DISTINGUISHING SIGNAGE AT EACH CROSSWALK COSTING $200 EACH WAS INCLUDED IN THE REPORT. MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN THINKS THE SIGNS ARE NOT VERY AESTHETICALLY PLEASING AND CALLED THEM GARISH AT A RECENT MEETING. AFTER A MOTION TO DELAY RESPONSE TO THE REPORT FAILED, THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO REJECT THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE GRAND JURY.

HOMELESS CAMP IN HENSLEY CREEK CLEANED UP (EVR) JB 7/28/14

A SPRAWLING HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT IN HENSLEY CREEK WAS CLEANED UP BY THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY.

THE ENCAMPMENT, DESCRIBED AS PRACTICALLY A SMALL VILLAGE WAS LOCATED IN THE CREEK BED WHERE WINTER RAINS WOULD HAVE WASHED IT DOWNSTREAM. NEARLY 2.5 TONS OF TRASH AND DEBRIS, INCLUDING 58 DISCARDED SYRINGES, WAS REMOVED FROM THE SITE WITH THE AID OF A BACKHOE OWNED BY A NEARBY PROPERTY OWNER. THIS WAS THE THIRD MAJOR CREEK CLEANUP BY THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY THIS SUMMER, HOWEVER THE FIRST TWO SITES IN ORR CREEK AND GIBSON CREEK ARE ALREADY INHABITED AND FILLED WITH TRASH AGAIN.

FIRE BREAKS OUT NEAR HIGHWAY 101 IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 7/28/14

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A BLAZE THAT BROKE OUT BEHIND THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY ON FRIDAY.

FLAMES BEHIND THE FACILITYS BACK FENCE, NEAR THE OFF-RAMP OF HIGHWAY 101 AND 253, WERE FIRST REPORTED AROUND 2:50 PM ON FRIDAY. MOST OF THE GUARD RAIL POSTS IGNITED AS THE FIRE SPREAD BETWEEN THE OFF-RAMP AND THE FENCE. FIREFIGHTERS FROM UVFA AND CAL FIRE WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE FLAMES BEHIND THE FENCE AND AWAY FROM A LARGE PILE OF TIRES LOCATED NEARBY. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE, THAT CHARRED JUST UNDER TWO ACRES, IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY UVFA OFFICIALS.

FORT BRAGG RV PARK LOW ON DRINKING WATER (EVR/PI) JB 7/28/14

A MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A HIGH RISK LEVEL FOR A DRINKING WATER SHORTAGE DUE TO THE DROUGHT.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DRINKING WATER DIVISION HAS REPORTED THAT THE WOODSIDE RV PARK IN FORT BRAGG IS AT SERIOUS RISK OF EXPERIENCING A DRINKING WATER SHORTAGE. THE RV PARK, WHICH HAS 280 RESIDENTS, HAS HAD TO RATION ITS WATER USAGE DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF AVAILABLE WATER RUNNING EXTREMELY LOW. IF THE WATER SUPPLY RUNS TOO LOW, SHORT-TERM WATER SUPPLIES COULD BE PROVIDED TO THE COMMUNITY WITH FUNDS FROM THE CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF ACT. THE WATER TABLE IN THE PARKS WELL HAS ALREADY DROPPED 2 TO 3 FEET THIS YEAR.

R.V. MAN ARRESTED WITH 47 GRAMS OF METH (LAW) JB 7/25/14

THE CHECK OF A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE BY A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN ON DRUG CHARGES.

A SHERIFFS CANINE UNIT NOTICED THE LEXUS SUV PARKED ON THE SHOULDER OF HIGHWAY 20 JUST EAST OF THE BEACHCOMBER RESORT IN LUCERNE. THE REPORTED OWNER OF THE CAR, 36 YEAR OLD STEPHEN ANTHONY THOMAS OF REDWOOD VALLEY, STATED THAT HE HAD JUST PURCHASED THE VEHICLE. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE BY THE SHERIFFS CANINE DISCOVERED A CASE NEXT TO THE BATTERY OF THE CAR CONTAINING 47 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE. THOMAS WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX WITH TEEN (LAW) JB 7/25/14

A CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN IS IN CUSTODY CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH 16 YEAR OLD GIRL.

A CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ARRESTED 25 YEAR OLD GAVIN DAVID CUMMINS AT ANDERSON MARSH STATE HISTORIC PARK. CUMMINS REPORTEDLY CONTACTED THE 16 YEAR OLD GIRL EARLIER AT WAL-MART AND THEN MET AT THE PARK LATER TO HAVE SEX. BY LAW, THE 16 YEAR OLD GIRL IS CONSIDERED A MINOR AND LACKS THE LEGAL CAPACITY TO CONSENT TO ANY SEXUAL ACTIVITY. CUMMINS WAS BOOKED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AND IS DUE IN COURT ON SEPTEMBER 16.

MENDOCINO COLLEGE RECEIVES REACCREDIDATION (ED) JB 7/25/14

MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAS RECEIVED OFFICIAL NOTICE OF REACCREDIDATION FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS.

THE ACCREDITING COMMISSION FOR COMMUNITY AND JUNIOR COLLEGES NOTIFIED MENDOCINO COLLEGE OF THE NEW SIX YEAR APPROVAL STATUS EARLIER THIS MONTH. THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATION FOR THE COLLEGE STATED THAT THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS IS A VOLUNTARY SYSTEM OF SELF-REGULATION AND ASSURES THE PUBLIC THAT MENDOCINO COLLEGE MEETS SPECIFIC STANDARDS. IT ALSO ENSURES THAT THE EDUCATION EARNED AT THE COLLEGE IS OF VALUE TO THE STUDENTS THAT EARNED IT.

EXPERTS DISCUSS INVASIVE PLANTS IN LAKE COUNTY (EVR) JB 7/25/14

A GROUP OF EXPERTS ON INVASIVE PLANTS MET IN LAKE COUNTY THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS STRATEGIES ON HOW TO CONTROL THEIR SPREAD.

THE LAKE COUNTY WEED MANAGEMENT AREA MET AT ANDERSON MARSH TO CONDUCT ITS 11TH INVASIVE WEED TOUR. THE MAJORITY OF INVASIVE PLANTS TAKE OVER PLOTS OF LAND AND IMPEDE THE GROWTH OF OTHER VEGETATION, CONSUMING MORE WATER THAN THE NATIVE PLANTS IN MOST CASES. THE EXPANDING NATURE OF INVASIVE PLANTS AND LIMITED RESOURCES TO CONTROL THEM MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUNTY TO DILIGENTLY MAINTAIN THEIR PROPERTY.

L.C. COUNTERSUING LANDSLIDE HOMEOWNERS (GOV) JB 7/25/14

A GROUP OF HOMEOWNERS WHO BLAME THE COUNTY FOR A DAMAGING LANDSLIDE LAST YEAR HAVE BEEN COUNTERSUED BY LAKE COUNTY OFFICIALS.

THE LAKESIDE HEIGHTS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION IS BEING BLAMED FOR A LANDSLIDE THAT DAMAGED AND DEVALUED HOMES IN THE AREA DUE TO FAILURE OF MAINTAINING THEIR LANDSCAPING, VEGETATION AND IRRIGATION SYSTEM. THE LAWSUIT IS IN RESPONSE TO THE ASSOCIATIONS FILING OF A LAWSUIT LAST YEAR, CLAIMING THAT THE LANDSLIDE WAS CAUSED BY LEAKS IN THE COUNTYS WATER SYSTEM. NEITHER OF THE LAWSUITS NAMES THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGES BEING SOUGHT.

MCRPD APPROVES PRELIMINARY BUDGET (GOV) JB 7/25/14

THE MENDOCINO COAST RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT HAS APPROVED A PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOR THE 2014-15 FISCAL YEAR.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MCRPD MET LAST WEEK TO APPROVE THE BUDGET. THE FINANCIAL FORECAST LOOKS POSITIVE FOR THE DISTRICT, HOWEVER THE BUDGET REMAINS CONSERVATIVE DUE TO ONGOING EFFORTS BY THE BOARD TO RESOLVE THE DISTRICTS CURRENT CHAPTER 9 BANKRUPTCY STATUS. THE BUDGET SHOWS THE DISTRICT IN THE BLACK FOR A SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, WITH PROJECTED NET REVENUE OF OVER $28,000.

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE LOOKS AT POSSIBLE RATE HIKE (GOV//PI) JB 7/25/14

A WATER AND SEWER RATE STUDY HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT.

THE DISTRICT MET THIS MONTH TO DISCUSS THE HIRING OF AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTING FIRM TO CONDUCT THE RATE STUDY TO ASSESS THE POSSIBILITY OF RATE HIKES DUE TO NEW WATER TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS. A NEW DRINKING WATER STANDARD WENT INTO EFFECT THIS MONTH REGARDING THE AMOUNT OF HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM IN DRINKING WATER. THE POTENTIAL RATE HIKE WOULD BE USED TO OFFSET THE COST OF TREATING THE WATER TO THE NEW STANDARD, POSSIBLY COSTING THE DISTRICT AS MUCH AS $4 MILLION.

FIRE BREAKS OUT IN HOPLAND HOME (LAW) JB 7/25/14

AN EARLY MORNING FIRE IN HOPLAND YESTERDAY DAMAGED A HOME AND PARTIALLY CLOSED HIGHWAY 101 FOR OVER AN HOUR.

MULTIPLE FIRE AGENCIES RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST BEFORE 6:00 AM YESTERDAY MORNING. INITIALLY, THE FIRE WAS THOUGHT TO BE INSIDE THE HOPLAND HARDWARE STORE BUT IT WAS DETERMINED TO BE IN A HOME JUST SOUTH OF THE BUSINESS. A PASSERBY NOTICED THE FLAMES AND WOKE A MAN SLEEPING IN THE COTTAGE NEXT TO THE HOME. THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF HIGHWAY 101 WAS CLOSED FOR WELL OVER AN HOUR YESTERDAY AS FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISHED THE BLAZE.

MENDO SUBMITS 2,235 SIGNATURES TO SPLIT CALIFORNIA (GOV) JB 7/23/14

A PLAN TO SPLIT CALIFORNIA INTO SIX DIFFERENT STATES HAS THE APPROVAL OF OVER 2,000 MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER HAS RECEIVED 2,235 PETITION SIGNATURES FAVORING THE RADICAL SIX CALIFORNIAS STATE DIVISION PLAN. THE PROPOSED STATE BREAK UP PLAN, CONCEIVED BY VENTURE CAPITALIST TIMOTHY DRAPER, WOULD NEED 807,615 PETITION SIGNATURES FOR IT TO BE PLACED ON THE NOVEMBER 2015 BALLOT. ACCORDING TO INFORMATION ON THE SIX CALIFORNIAS WEBSITE, MENDOCINO COUNTY WOULD BE PART OF THE NEW JEFFERSON STATE WITH A TOTAL STATE POPULATION OF UNDER 1 MILLION RESIDENTS.

UKIAH WOMAN HIT BY CAR SAVING TODDLER (LAW) JB 7/23/14

A WOMAN WAS HIT BY A CAR IN UKIAH AFTER RUNNING INTO THE STREET TO PROTECT A TODDLER.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON EMPIRE DRIVE FRIDAY NIGHT TO A REPORT OF A CHILD BEING HIT BY A CAR. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE TWO YEAR OLD HAD RUN INTO THE STREET AND A 47 YEAR FEMALE FAMILY MEMBER DASHED INTO THE STREET AFTER HIM. SHE WAS ABLE TO PUSH THE CHILD OUT OF THE WAY OF AN ONCOMING CAR BUT WAS STRUCK BY THE VEHICLE HERSELF. BOTH THE CHILD AND THE WOMAN WERE TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT OF THEIR INJURIES.

CLEARLAKE POLICE HONOR K9 PROGRAM DONOR (LAW) JB 7/23/14

A LAKE COUNTY WOMAN WAS HONORED BY THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR HER DONATION TO THE DEPARTMENTS K9 PROGRAM.

CLEARLAKE POLICE CHIEF CRAIG CLAUSEN PRESENTED CLEARLAKE RESIDENT CHARLOTTE GRISWOLD WITH A PLAQUE AND A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE K9 TEAM EARLIER THIS MONTH IN RECOGNITION OF HER $2,500 DONATION TO THE K9 PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT CURRENTLY HAS THREE K9 TEAMS, WITH THE COST FOR EACH TEAM TOTALING APPROXIMATELY $10,000 EACH. DONATIONS SUCH AS GRISWOLDS ARE CRUCIAL TO THE TEAMS EXISTENCE BECAUSE THE K9 PROGRAM IS ENTIRELY FUNDED BY DONATIONS AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS.

BAIL SET AT $5 MILLION IN MURDER CASE (LAW) JB 7/23/14

AN ACCUSED MURDERER HELD IN JAIL FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS ON A NO-BAIL HOLD HAS BEEN GRANTED A BAIL AMOUNT OF $5 MILLION.

52 YEAR OLD DANIEL RAY LOYD HAS BEEN HELD IN THE LAKE COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY SINCE LATE 2011, ACCUSED OF MURDERING CINDY YVETTE QUIETT IN SEPTEMBER OF THAT YEAR. LOYD IS CHARGED WITH SIX DIFFERENT FELONY COUNTS IN THE CASE, INCLUDING MURDER AND SEVERAL SPECIAL ALLEGATIONS. ALTHOUGH THE JUDGE HAS FINALLY SET A BAIL AMOUNT FOR LOYDS RELEASE, THE HIGH AMOUNT WILL LIKELY KEEP HIM IN CUSTODY UNTIL HIS TRIAL WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS SEPTEMBER.

DRUGS SEIZED, TWO ARRESTED NEAR CLEARLAKE OAKS (LAW) JB 7/23/14

A TRAFFIC STOP FOR A BROKEN TAIL LIGHT IN CLEARLAKE OAKS LEADS TO THE SEIZURE OF MULTIPLE DRUGS.

A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE DEPUTY PERFORMED A TRAFFIC STOP OF A FORD EXPLORER DRIVING ON HIGHWAY 20 NEAR CLEARLAKE OAKS LAST WEEK AFTER NOTICING THE CAR HAD A BROKEN TAIL LIGHT. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR, THOMAS EARL SHEPPARD OF CHICO, WAS ON FELONY PROBATION WITH A SEARCH CLAUSE. THE ODOR OF MARIJUANA IN THE CAR LED TO A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE, NETTING 2.3 GRAMS OF METH, 5.1 GRAMS OF HEROIN, AND OVER 4 OUNCES OF MARIJUANA. SHEPPARD WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

SEXUAL ASSAULT IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 7/23/14

A FORT BRAGG MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A SLEEPING WOMAN

FORT BRAGG POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ADDRESS ON WEST STREET TO THE REPORT OF A WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY A MALE ROOMMATE. THE WOMAN STATED THAT SHE HAD SLIPPED INTO A DEEP SLEEP AFTER TAKING PRESCRIBED MEDICATION AND DRINKING ALCOHOL. SHE AWOKE TO ONE OF HER MALE ROOMMATES SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER AS SHE SLEPT ON THE COUCH. THE MAN, 48 YEAR OLD JUSTINO CAN, WAS LOCATED IN THE APARTMENT AND ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

MENDOCINO BOS ADDRESSES CEOS LIBRARY RESPONSE (GOV) JB 7/23/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SIDED WITH COUNTY CEO CARMEL ANGELO REGARDING A GRAND JURY REPORT ON THE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CONCURRED WITH ANGELOS RESPONSES TO THE GRAND JURY REPORT, STATING THAT THE REPORT CONTAINED MOSTLY UNTRUE FINDINGS. 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, JOHN PINCHES, STATED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN NO ATTEMPTS BY THIS BOARD TO TAKE ANY MONEY OUT OF THE LIBRARY SYSTEM. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BE SCHEDULING SEMI-ANNUAL MEETINGS WITH THE LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE GRAND JURY.

SUPERVISORS DIRECT STAFF TO WORK ON NEW LAKE TAX (GOV) JB 7/23/14

A NEW SALES TAX MEASURE TO HELP CLEAR LAKE WATER QUALITY PROJECTS HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

AT YESTERDAYS MEETING, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DIRECTED COUNTY STAFF TO PREPARE THE NEW TAX MEASURE FOR INCLUSION ON THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER BALLOT. COUNTY COUNSEL ANITA GRANT WAS CONCERNED THAT THE TIMEFRAME WAS EXTREMELY NARROW TO COMPLETE PREPARATION OF THE MEASURE BY ELECTION TIME. FUNDS GENERATED BY THE NEW MEASURE WOULD BE USED TOWARDS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION PROGRAM, INCLUDING A WIDER RANGE OF BOAT INSPECTION STATIONS.

JIM FETZER RETIRING, CEAGO VINEGARDEN CLOSING (PI) JB 7/22/14

THE POPULAR LAKE COUNTRY WINERY, CEAGO VINEGARDEN, HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE AS CEAGO OWNER JIM FETZER ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT.

CEAGO HAS BEEN A CORNERSTONE OF LAKE COUNTY WINE PRODUCTION FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. KNOWN FOR ITS SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, AND BIODYNAMIC FARMING, THE WINERY PRODUCED 8,000 CASES OF WINE A YEAR. FETZERS SON WILL KNOW FOCUS SOLELY ON GRAPE GROWING AND MANAGING THE VINEYARDS. THE REMAINING WINES AND CEAGO PRODUCTS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE WINERY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14.

UKIAH MAN ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING OVER TODDLER (LAW) JB 7/22/14

A 1-YEAR OLD GIRL WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER.

24 YEAR OLD LUIS VALDEZBARDO WAS BACKING OUT OF A PARKING STALL AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ON SOUTH STATE STREET IN UKIAH WHEN, WITNESSES SAY, HE STRUCK THE TODDLER WITH HIS 1997 FORD THUNDERBIRD THEN DROVE AWAY. POLICE PULLED THE CAR OVER ABOUT 10 MINUTES LATER AND VALDEZBARDO STATED HE DIDNT KNOW HE HAD HIT THE CHILD. THE GIRL SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES AND WAS FLOWN TO UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER. VALDEZBARDO WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DRUNK DRIVING CAUSING INJURY.

GOV SIGNS BILL FOR UNDERAGE BEER, WINE TASTING (GOV) JB 7/22/14

THE GOVERNOR SIGNED A NEW BILL ALLOWING UNDERAGE TASTING FOR BEER AND WINEMAKERS.

NEW LEGISLATION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN ON MONDAY WILL ALLOW UNDERAGE COLLEGE STUDENTS TO TASTE ALCOHOL AS PART OF THEIR COURSEWORK IN WINEMAKING AND BREWING PROGRAMS. THE LEGISLATION ALLOWS STUDENTS UNDER 21 TO SIP AND THEN SPIT ALCOHOL IF THEY ARE MAJORING IN ENOLOGY OR BREWING SCIENCE PROGRAMS. WASHINGTON AND OREGON ARE AMONG THE 12 OTHER STATES WITH SIMILAR LAWS ALLOWING UNDERAGE STUDENTS TO TEST THEIR CREATIONS.

TWO NEW RESERVE OFFICERS JOIN LAKEPORT POLICE (LAW) JB 7/22/14

TWO NEW RESERVE OFFICERS HAVE JOINED THE RANKS OF THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT.

DUSTIN RODERICK OF WINDSOR AND TYLER TROUETTE OF UKIAH WERE BOTH SWORN IN AS LEVEL ONE RESERVE OFFICERS, GIVING THEM FULL POLICE POWERS WHILE ON DUTY. BOTH RODERICK AND TROUETTE GRADUATED FROM THE SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE POLICE ACADEMY. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN CONDUCTING TESTING FOR NEW OFFICERS, NOW SUCCESSFULLY FILLING ITS AUTHORIZED QUOTA OF 10 FULL TIME OFFICERS.

NEW COUPON BOOK FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS IN LC (ECN/PI) JB 7/22/14

A NEW COUPON BOOKLET FOR USE AT FINLEY FARMERS MARKET IS AVAILABLE FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE COUPON BOOK, CONTAINING 10 $2.00 COUPONS REDEEMABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS, HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES. THE BOOKS WERE INTRODUCED BY THE AGENCYS SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM CREATED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. SENIORS MUST BE AT LEAST 60 YEARS OF AGE AND MEET CERTAIN LOW INCOME REQUIREMENTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE COUPONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE COUPON BOOKS, PLEASE CALL 995-4680.

UPCOMING ROADWORK PROJECT IN LAKEPORT (TR) JB 7/22/14

THERE IS A ROADWORK PROJECT PLANNED FOR TOMORROW ON PARALLEL DRIVE IN LAKEPORT THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

THE CITY OF LAKEPORT PUBLIC WORKS CREWS WILL BE DOING MICROCHIP SEAL WORK STREET MAINTENANCE ON PARALLEL DRIVE BETWEEN LAKEPORT BOULEVARD AND STATE ROUTE 175. WORK ON THE ROAD WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 7:00 AM TO 5:00PM TOMORROW AND LANE CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC CONTROLS WILL BE IN PLACE WHILE THIS WORK IS BEING COMPLETED. DRIVERS ARE ADVISED TO EXPECT DELAYS AND ARE REQUESTED TO PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN TRAVELING IN THE AREA OR TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA (GOV) JB 7/22/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL DISCUSS URGENCY CONSERVATION ORDINANCES AND A POSSIBLE NEW SALES TAX AT TODAYS MEETING.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD THREE CONSECUTIVE PUBLIC HEARINGS TO CONSIDER URGENCY CONSERVATION ORDINANCES FOR COUNTY WATER SYSTEMS DUE TO THE DROPPING LEVELS OF WELLS IN THE COUNTY SERVICE AREAS. THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER REQUESTS FROM THE SAVE THE LAKE COMMITTEE REGARDING OPTIONS FOR FUNDING LAKE PROGRAMS THROUGH TAXATION AND POSSIBLE PLACEMENT OF ANOTHER BILL ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. THE MEETING STARTS TODAY AT 9:00AM IN THE BOARD CHAMBERS OF THE LAKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

R.V. MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (LAW) JB 7/22/14

A VERBAL ARGUMENT THAT ESCALATED INTO A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON ROAD L IN REDWOOD VALLEY LAST WEEK REGARDING A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE. DEPUTIES LEARNED THAT 28 YEAR OLD AARON ORESCO HAD BEEN VERBALLY FIGHTING WITH A FEMALE VICTIM WHEN THE FIGHT ESCALATED. ORESCO BRACED HIMSELF IN A DOOR OPENING TO PREVENT THE VICTIM FROM LEAVING AND SHE INJURED HER HAND AS SHE FORCED HER WAY PAST HIM. ORESCO WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING FALSE IMPRISONMENT

MCOE TO SHARE IN $15 MILLION GRANT (ED) JB 7/21/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WILL RECEIVE A SHARE OF A $15 MILLION GRANT LINKING EDUCATION AND CAREERS.

THE SONOMA COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION HAS BEEN AWARDED A CALIFORNIA CAREER PATHWAYS TRUST GRANT OF UP TO $15 MILLION TO SERVE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR A SIX-COUNTY ALLIANCE DESIGNED TO HELP STUDENTS MOVE TOWARD COLLEGE AND EMPLOYMENT IN HIGH DEMAND FIELDS. THE COUNTIES COMPRISING THE ALLIANCE INCLUDE LAKE, NAPA, MARIN, MENDOCINO, SOLANO, AND SONOMA. THE MCOE WILL RECEIVE $1.9 MILLION OVER THREE YEARS.

BOB BARBIERI, OF REDWOOD OIL COMPANY, DIES AT 76 (PI) JB 7/21/14

BOB BARBIERI, A KEY MEMBER OF THE GASOLINE SALES AND DISTRIBUTION FAMILY THAT BUILT REDWOOD OIL COMPANY INTO ONE OF SONOMA COUNTYS LARGEST BUSINESSES, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK THE AGE OF 76.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT BARBIERI S DEATH AT A CARE HOME FOLLOWED A LONG STRUGGLE WITH PARKINSONS DISEASE. HE WAS DESCRIBED AS A MAN OF HIGH INTEGRITY AND VERY GENEROUS TO PEOPLE. HE HAD BEEN IN THE PETROLEUM BUSINESS FOR 52 YEARS WHEN HE SOLD HIS SHARE OF REDWOOD OIL COMPANY AND RETIRED IN 2009. A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY AT 1:00 PM AT SANTA ROSA BIBLE CHURCH AND THE BARBIERI FAMILY SUGGESTS THAT MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS BE MADE TO THE PARKINSONS DISEASE FOUNDATION.

MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES (LAW) JB 7/21/14

A LAKE COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN INVESTIGATION IN THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A TEENAGE GIRL.

AFTER A FIVE-MONTH INVESTIGATION, LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED 20-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH BARBER SKEE OF LAKEPORT. SKEE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF RAPE STEMMING FROM A REPORT MADE BY A TEENAGE GIRL IN FEBRUARY STATING THAT SHE BELIEVES SKEE HAD SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AT A PARTY. ONE OF THE CHARGES AGAINST SKEE STATES THAT THE GIRL WAS UNCONSCIOUS AT THE TIME OF THE ASSAULT. SKEE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $100,000.

HUFFMAN WANTS MORE TRESPASS GROW BUSTS (GOV/LAW) JB 7/21/14

THE PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY CONCERNS SURROUNDING ILLEGAL TRESPASS MARIJUANA GROWERS ARE BEING ADDRESSED BY CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN.

IN A LETTER SENT LAST WEEK TO UNITED STATES ATTORNEY MELINDA HAAG, HUFFMAN URGED THE FOCUS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ON TRESPASS GROWS INSTEAD OF STATE-COMPLIANT LOW LEVEL GROWERS.

HIS LETTER STATES THAT LARGE TRESPASS OPERATIONS ENDANGER THE PUBLIC WITH VIOLENCE AND THREATS OF WILDFIRE, POLLUTE STREAMS AND WETLANDS, POISON WILDLIFE, FUND CRIMINAL DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATIONS, AND UNDO SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL, STATE, AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THE ENVIRONMENT. CURRENTLY, NEW STIFFER PENALTIES FOR TRESPASS GROWERS ARE BEING DISCUSSED IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.

WATER RESTORED AT LETTS LAKE CAMPGROUND (EVR) JB 7/21/14

THE WATER HAS BEEN RESTORED FOR THE CAMPERS AND RECREATIONAL VISITORS OF THE LETTS LAKE CAMPGROUND IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST.

A GRINDSTONE DISTRICT RANGER STATED THAT AFTER FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH STATE WATER BOARD OFFICIALS, INCLUDING DISCUSSION AND REVIEW DURING A FIELD VISIT TO LETTS LAKE, THE RESTORATION OF DRINKING WATER TO THE CAMPGROUND WAS APPROVED. THE LETTS LAKE CAMPGROUND WAS ON A LIST SUBMITTED BY THE STATE WATER BOARD FOR WATER CURTAILMENT DUE TO THE CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS. RANGERS ARE CONTINUING TO VERIFY LOCATIONS LISTED FOR WATER CURTAILMENT BY THE STATE.

HOME DAMAGED IN FIRE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT (LAW) JB 7/21/14

A MOBILE HOME ON THE NORTH SHORE OF CLEARLAKE WAS DAMAGED IN A FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST BEFORE 11:30 PM ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT AN ADDRESS ON LIBERTY STREET IN NICE. THE FIRE THAT STARTED ON A DETACHED PATIO OF THE MOBILE HOME WAS QUICKLY BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL BY THE NORTHSHORE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AS FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE BLAZE FROM DAMAGING ANY SURROUNDING HOMES. THE HOME WHERE THE FIRE STARTED DID SUSTAIN SOME DAMAGE TO PART OF A WALL AND A WINDOW BUT AN ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL DAMAGE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

NO MURDER CHARGE FOR WOMAN WHO SHOT HUSBAND (LAW) JB 7/21/14

MURDER CHARGES WONT BE FILLED AGAINST A LAKEPORT WOMAN ACCUSED OF FATALLY SHOOTING HER HUSBAND LAST DECEMBER.

A CRIMINAL GRAND JURY HAS NOT RETURNED AN INDICTMENT AGAINST 64-YEAR-OLD PAULA ANN PIVERONAS AND, ACCORDING THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, A MURDER CASE AGAINST HER WILL NOT MOVE FORWARD. PIVERONAS WAS ARRESTED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR AFTER IT WAS REPORTED BY AUTHORITIES THAT SHE SHOT HER HUSBAND, A PART-TIME SHERIFFS DEPUTY, TWICE AT THEIR HOME ON REEVES LANE. PIVERONAS HAS MAINTAINED HER CLAIM THAT SHE WAS DEFENDING HERSELF AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.

FIREFIGHTERS CONTROL BLAZE ALONG HIGHWAY 29 (LAW) JB 7/21/14

A FIRE THAT BROKE OUT ON HIGHWAY 29 OVER THE WEEKEND THREATENED MULTIPLE STRUCTURES IN ITS PATH.

THE BLAZE WAS LOCATED NEAR HOFACKER LANE BETWEEN LOWER LAKE AND MIDDLETOWN AND WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST AFTER 3:00 PM ON SATURDAY. RESPONSES FROM BOTH LAKE COUNTY FIRE AND CAL FIRE BROUGHT MULTIPLE ENGINES, TANKERS, AND HELICOPTERS TO THE SCENE TO BATTLE THE FIRE. FIREFIGHTERS ATTACKED THE FIRE DIRECTLY TO PROTECT SEVERAL STRUCTURES IN THE FIRES PATH, SAVING THEM FROM ANY DAMAGE. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE THAT BURNED APPROXIMATELY 8 ACRES IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

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YOKAYO BIOFUELS SHUTS DOWN IN UKIAH (ECN/EVR) JB 7/18/14

YOKAYO BIOFUELS IN UKIAH IS CLOSING AFTER MORE THAN 13 YEARS IN BUSINESS

THE NORTH COASTS ONLY COMMERCIAL BIODIESEL MANUFACTURER HAS STOPPED PRODUCING VEHICLE FUEL AND IS PREPARING TO CLOSE ITS RETAIL OUTLET. FOR MORE THAN 13 YEARS, YOKAYO BIOFUELS HAS COLLECTED USED COOKING OIL FROM RESTAURANTS, TRANSFORMED IT INTO BIODIESEL, THEN SOLD IT AT ITS SOUTH UKIAH PUMPS AND TO OTHER FUEL OUTLETS. THE CEO OF YOKAYO BIOFUELS CITES A SERIES OF FINANCIAL HITS AND THE SUSPENSION OF A FEDERAL TAX INITIATIVE AS THE REASONS FOR THE CLOSURE OF THE BUSINESS.

JOHN JOHNS TO RUN FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL (GOV) JB 7/18/14

UKIAH NATIVE JOHN JOHNS HAS THROWN HIS HAT IN THE RING FOR A SHOT AT ONE OF THE SEATS ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

THE 57-YEAR-OLD RETIRED BUSINESS OWNER SAYS HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN HOW THINGS WORK IN THE CITY COUNCIL. HE STATES THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS ON LISTENING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS IF ELECTED, ASKING THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT. JOHNS SAYS HE WOULD ALSO TRY TO WORK ON THE HOMELESS ISSUES IN UKIAH, AS WELL AS IMPROVE CONDITIONS IN THE CITY FOR BICYCLISTS. THE FILING DEADLINE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CANDIDATE FOR CITY COUNCIL IS AUGUST 8.

MIDDLETOWN POOL TO REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO ALGAE (PI) JB 7/18/14

THE CLOSURE OF THE MIDDLETOWN POOL HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO COMPLETE THE REMOVAL OF ALGAE.

THE MIDDLETOWN POOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR WATER MAINTENANCE FROM JULY 18 THROUGH JULY 23. PUBLIC SERVICES STAFF ARE WORKING TO REGAIN WATER CLARITY STANDARDS AND ENSURE THAT CHLORINE LEVELS ARE BACK AT A SAFE LEVEL FOR SWIMMING. HIGH LEVELS OF CHLORINE ARE TEMPORARILY BEING USED TO TREAT THE ALGAE PROBLEM. ONCE THE POOL IS REOPENED, IT WILL GO BACK TO ITS NORMAL HOURS OF 12-5 PM, WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, THROUGH THE END OF THE POOL SEASON AUGUST 10.

CULVERT WORK STARTED ON BIG RIVER WATERSHED (EVR) JB 7/18/14

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A MULTI-PHASE RESTORATION PROJECT ON THE BIG RIVER WATERSHED BEGAN THIS WEEK.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT IS THE REPLACEMENT OF UNDERSIZED CULVERTS TO REDUCE SEDIMENTATION AS WELL AS AID IN THE PASSAGE OF ENDANGERED COHO SALMON. THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK ON THE CULVERTS WILL HAVE MINIMAL IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC AS THE CONSTRUCTION AREA IS APPROXIMATELY 8 MILES UP THE MAIN BIG RIVER HAUL ROAD. ACCESS WILL BE RESTRICTED EAST OF THE ROCK QUARRY DURING TIMES OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT USE. NELSON GULCH WILL BE THE LAST CULVERT REPLACED TO CONCLUDE THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT.

POLICE SEARCH FOR ASSAILANTS IN FT BRAGG (LAW) JB 7/18/14

FT BRAGG POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC TO FIND A SUSPECT INVOLVED IN AN ATTEMPTED SHOOTING LAST WEEK.

OFFICERS FROM THE FT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF MORROW AND CEDAR STREET LAST WEEK TO A REPORT OF POSSIBLE SHOTS FIRED. A WITNESS STATED THAT A MALE SUBJECT WAS CHASED DOWN THE STREET BY SEVERAL OTHER MALE SUBJECTS AND THAT THE VICTIM WAS SHOT AT DURING THE CHASE. OFFICERS LOCATED THE VICTIM AND DETERMINED HE WASNT INJURED. EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE CONFIRMED THAT AT LEAST ONE ROUND HAD BEEN FIRED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT SERGEANT GILCHRIST AT 961-2800, EXTENSION 112.

SLOW MOVING VEHICLES WITH CAMERAS IN FT BRAGG (PI) JB 7/18/14

A FLEET OF CAMERA EQUIPPED TRUCKS DRIVING AROUND FT BRAGG HAVE ATTRACTED NOTICE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE SLOW-MOVING WHITE TRUCKS WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE VIDEO CAMERAS MOUNTED ON THEM BELONG TO OSMOSE UTILITIES, A COMPANY CONTRACTED BY PG&E TO SURVEY POWER LINES. THE CAMERAS RECORD INFRARED HEAT SIGNATURES OF THE POWER LINES LOOKING FOR ANY DEFECTS IN THE POWER GRID. THE OSMOSE PACIFIC REGION GENERAL MANAGER STATED THAT THEY ARE SCANNING LINES 20 TO 30 FEET OFF THE GROUND AND THAT THEY DONT SCAN ANYTHING DOWN TOWARDS PEOPLES HOMES.

LOWER FLOWS INTO RUSSIAN RIVER SOUGHT (EVR) JB 7/18/14

A MENDOCINO COUNTY WATER AGENCY IS LOBBYING TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER RELEASED FROM LAKE MENDOCINO.

IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE WHAT LITTLE WATER RESERVES ARE LEFT IN LAKE MENDOCINO, THE RUSSIAN RIVER FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT IS SEEKING TO REDUCE THE MANDATED FLOW FROM THE LAKE INTO THE RUSSIAN RIVER. THE REQUEST TO THE STATE IS TO CHANGE THE WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS BACK TO CRITICALLY DRY YEAR, REDUCING THE FLOW FROM 75 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND DOWN TO 25 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. THE LAKE CURRENTLY IS AT LESS THAN 38 PERCENT CAPACITY.

CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR CAL SENIOR LEGISLATURE (GOV) JB 7/18/14

CANDIDATES ARE CURRENTLY BEING SOUGHT TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA SENIOR LEGISLATURE.

THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CANDIDACY FOR THE OFFICES OF SENIOR SENATOR AND SENIOR ASSEMBLY MEMBER T REPRESENT BOTH LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES IN THE CALIFORNIA SENIOR LEGISLATURE. THE NONPARTISAN, VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION IS MADE UP OF 120 ELECTED MEMBERS, 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. SENIOR LEGISLATORS WORK WITH STATE LAWMAKERS TO AUTHOR PROPOSALS AND ALSO WORK TOWARDS ADOPTION OF LEGISLATIVE BILLS. SINCE 1980, OVER 70 PERCENT OF THE LEGISLATURES PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN ENACTED INTO LAW.

UKIAH WALMART ROBBED BY MAN WITH GUN (LAW) JB 7/16/14

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ON THE HUNT FOR MAN WHO ROBBED WALMART WITH A GUN OVER THE WEEKEND.

UPD OFFICERS RESPONDED TO WALMART JUST BEFORE 8:00PM LAST FRIDAY TO INVESTIGATE THE REPORT OF AN ARMED ROBBERY. THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY WAITED IN THE CUSTOMER SERVICE LINE, THEN DISPLAYED A GUN AND DEMANDED MONEY. HE FLED ON FOOT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH AND WITNESSES SAY HE LEFT IN A BEIGE OR TAN 1990S 4-DOOR NISSAN SENTRA. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE OR HISPANIC MALE IN HIS MID 30S WEARING A LONG SLEEVED SHIRT, PANTS, DARK SHOES, AND DARK COLORED GLOVES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE UKIAH POLICE DETECTIVE BUREAU AT 463-6262.

BICYCLIST INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH WITH VEHICLE (LAW) JB 7/16/14

A LAKE COUNTY BICYCLIST WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A CRASH WITH A VEHICLE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AROUND 9:15PM ON THE NICE-LUCERNE CUTOFF WEST OF STOKES AVENUE. WILLIAM GUTTORMSEN OF NICE WAS RIDING HIS BICYCLE WHEN HE COLLIDED A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 65 YEAR OLD NACY DOUGLAS OF KELSEYVILLE. REPORTS INDICATED THAT GUTTORMSEN HAD HIT THE VEHICLES WINDSHIELD IN THE ACCIDENT AND HIS BICYCLE HAD DAMAGE ON THE REAR. GUTTORMSEN SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT AND WAS FLOWN BY REACH 1 TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

NEW COUNTY POLICY RECOGNIZES MENDOCINOS STYLE (GOV) JB 7/16/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION IS WORKING ON A NEW POLICY PROHIBITING CHAIN RETAILER BUSINESSES IN THE TOWN OF MENDOCINO.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION ARE LOOKING TO REVISE THE 2014 MENDOCINO TOWN PLAN TO PRESERVE THE CHARACTER OF THE HISTORIC TOWN. THE CHIEF PLANNER SAID THAT BUSINESSES THAT SHARE THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS AND HAVE 10 OR MORE ESTABLISHMENTS WITHIN A COMPANY SUCH AS MCDONALDS AND CVS WOULD QUALIFY AS A FORMULA BUSINESS AND, IN A HISTORICAL DISTRICT, THOSE WOULD BE PROHIBITED IN TOWN. THE PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS AGAIN TOMORROW TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE TOWN PLAN.

OIL FILTER GRANT ENCOURAGES COUNTY RECYCLING (EVR) JB 7/16/14

THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY HAS RECEIVED A GRANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED OIL FILTERS.

THE GRANT, JUST OVER $132,000, WAS AWARDED TO THE WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY BY CALRECYCLE IN AN EFFORT TO BETTER EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON OIL POLLUTION. ACCORDING TO CALRECYCLE, THE FUNDS CAN BE SPENT FOR USED OIL AND FILTER COLLECTION, RECYCLING OF USED OIL, AND REDUCING THE POLLUTION OF STORM WATER FROM USED OIL. AS PART OF THE EFFORT, PEOPLE CAN BRING THEIR USED OIL FILTERS TO OREILLYS AUTO PARTS FOR A FREE REPLACEMENT DURING THE MONTH OF JULY.

LC PUBLIC WORKS STARTS BRUSH ABATEMENT (EVR) JB 7/16/14

THE LAKE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BEGIN ITS SUMMER ROADSIDE BRUSH ABATEMENT PROGRAM.

THE FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM IS THE REMOVAL OF POISON OAK, PUNCTURE VINE, AND BLACKBERRY BUSHES THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF HERBICIDES ALONG SEVERAL COUNTY-MAINTAINED ROADS. RESIDENTS OR PROPERTY OWNERS ALONG THE SELECTED ROADS MAY OPT OUT OF THE BRUSH ABATEMENT SPRAYING PROGRAM BY CONTACTING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS PRIOR TO JULY 23. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A COMPLETE LIST OF PLANNED SPRAY AREAS, PLEASE CALL THE DPW AT 263-2431.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BOGGS MOUNTAIN CLEANUP (EVR) JB 7/16/14

VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING REQUESTED FOR A CLEANUP OF THE POPULAR BOGGS MOUNTAIN SHOOTING AREA IN MIDDLETOWN.

THE PLANNED CLEANUP OF THE SHOOTING AREA WILL BE HOSTED BY THE BOGGS MOUNTAIN DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST AND THE FRIENDS OF BOGGS MOUNTAIN. THE CLEANUP IS SLATED FOR JULY 26, STARTING AT 5:00PM. ALONG WITH HAVING A PRACTICE SHOOT, VOLUNTEERS WILL ASSIST IN THE REMOVAL OF TRASH, OLD TARGETS, AND SPENT SHELLS FROM THE AREA. TRASH BAGS AND GLOVES WILL BE PROVIDED, AS WELL AS REFRESHMENTS FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOGGS FOREST OFFICE AT 928-4378

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUPPORTING GANG PREVENTION (LAW/ED) JB 7/16/14

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE IS SHOWING HIS SUPPORT OF A GANG PREVENTION PROGRAM IN COUNTY SCHOOLS.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED ITS CONTRIBUTION OF $10,000 TO REDWOOD CHILDRENS SERVICE. THE CONTRIBUTION WILL ALLOW A SPECIAL SCHOOL PROGRAM TARGETING FIFTH GRADERS WITH ANTI-GANG EDUCATION TO CONTINUE ITS WORK AROUND THE COUNTY. THE GANG RESISTANCE IS PARAMOUNT OR GRIP PROGRAM HAS BEEN USED IN SCHOOLS COUNTY WIDE, FOCUSING ON THE DANGERS OF GANGS, PEER PRESSURE, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, AND GANG-RELATED VIOLENCE. THE MONEY FOR THE GRANT WILL BE ALLOCATED FROM THE D.A.S ASSET FORFEITURE ACCOUNT.

FIRE NEAR MASONITE PROPERTY ON SUNDAY (LAW) JB 7/16/14

A FIRE ALONG HIGHWAY 101 NEAR UKIAH BROKE OUT IN THE AREA OF THE FORMER MASONITE PROPERTY.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM UKIAH, REDWOOD VALLEY, POTTER VALLEY, AND CAL FIRE ALL RESPONDED TO BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 1:43 SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE THREE-ACRE FIRE ONLY BURNED THE VEGETATION ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY NEAR THE NORTH STATE STREET OFF-RAMP. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME. FIRE CREWS HAD THEIR HANDS FULL THE ENTIRE WEEKEND AS THIS WAS THE FOURTH FIRE THAT COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS HAD RESPONDED TO IN UKIAH VALLEY AREA IN TWO DAYS.

DEPT OF HEALTH WARNS ABOUT FRAUD PHONE CALLS (PI/GOV) JB 7/15/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAS ISSUED A WARNING TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT A NEW PHONE SCAM BY CALLERS TRYING TO OBTAIN PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

THE CDPH HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS ABOUT CALLERS WHO ARE CLAIMING TO BE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION INQUIRING ABOUT MEDICAL PROCEDURES WITH THE INTENT OF OBTAINING SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE CALLERS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO BE MOSTLY MALE WITH HEAVY FOREIGN ACCENTS AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO OBTAIN BANK ACCOUNT AND MEDICAL HISTORY INFORMATION BY HINTING AT SOME FORM OF COMPENSATION. ACCORDING TO A REP FROM THE AGENCY, THE CDPH DOES NOT MAKE SUCH CALLS.

ABALONE SEASON ON SUMMER BREAK (EVR) JB 7/15/14

THE 2014 ABALONE SEASON ON THE MENDOCINO COAST IS ON SUMMER VACATION FOR A COUPLE MORE WEEKS.

THE RECREATIONAL ABALONE SEASON IS CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF JULY, REOPENING AGAIN ON AUGUST 1. THE BREAK IN THE SEASON, IN CONJUNCTION WITH SEVERAL NEW RULES REGARDING THE TAKING OF ABALONE, HAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN PROTECTING THE PRIZED MOLLUSK FROM OVER FISHING. DIVERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ABALONE BEFORE 8:00AM, WHICH ELIMINATES ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE LOW AND MINUS TIDES. STATE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WARDENS HAVE NOTED A REDUCTION IN THE OVERALL CATCHES BY APPROXIMATELY 30 PERCENT.

K9 TEAM APPREHENDS WANTED PAROLEE (LAW) JB 7/15/14

A PAROLEE WITH AN OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANT WAS APPREHENDED BY A CLEARLAKE POLICE K9 TEAM.

22 YEAR OLD TONY KETCHUM OF CLEARLAKE WAS OBSERVED BY CLEARLAKE POLICE ON PEARL AVENUE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. KETCHUM, WHO HAD A PAROLE WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST, IMMEDIATELY RAN FROM THE OFFICER AND DISAPPEARED. CLEARLAKE K9 OFFICER DEX LOCATED THE PAROLEE HIDING IN THE BACKYARD OF A RESIDENCE AND APPREHENDED HIM. KETCHUM WAS ARRESTED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL, AFTER INJURIES HE SUSTAINED IN THE ARREST WERE TREATED.

CLEARLAKE K9 FINDS DRUGS IN SECRET COMPARTMENT (LAW) JB 7/15/14

A TRAFFIC STOP BY A NEW CLEARLAKE POLICE K9 TEAM LEADS TO THE DUOS FIRST NARCOTICS BUST.

AFTER ONLY TWO WEEKS SINCE GRADUATING FROM K-9 TRAINING, CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICER TRAVIS LENZ AND HIS K-9 PARTNER DEX CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST SUCCESSFUL NARCOTICS ARREST. LENZ HAD CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP OF JERRY JONES OF CLEARLAKE LAST THURSDAY AND DETERMINED JONES WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE BY DEX UNCOVERED A SECRET COMPARTMENT IN THE VEHICLE CONTAINING MORE THAN 3.5 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE. JONES WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

LAKE COUNTY FIRE NEW COBB MOUNTAIN STATION (LAW) JB 7/15/14

FIREFIGHTERS ON COBB MOUNTAIN SHOWED THE PUBLIC THEIR NEW FACILITY DURING AN OPEN HOUSE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE THREE-BEDROOM FACILITY HAS BEEN IN USE BY THE SOUTH LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW BUT THE EVENT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE STATION HAS BEEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. THE ORIGINAL CRAMPED LIVING QUARTERS, CONSTRUCTED IN 1925, HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO AN OPERATIONAL OFFICE. THE COST OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW FACILITY WAS TRIMMED BY ABOUT $35,000 AS SOME OF THE WOOD USED IN THE BUILDING WAS OBTAINED FROM THE LAKE COUNTY CONSERVATION CAMP.

CL MAN BUSTED FOR FIRING A GUN DURING ARGUMENT (LAW) JB 7/15/14

CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICERS ARREST A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY FIRED A HANDGUN DURING A VERBAL ARGUMENT ON SUNDAY.

OFFICERS FROM THE CLEARLAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON SYCAMORE STREET TO A REPORT OF GUNFIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. A PERSON AT THE SCENE TOLD POLICE THAT 35 YEAR OLD JOE MACARIO GARCIA HAD BEEN IN A VERBAL ARGUMENT WITH THE MANS SON. GARCIA THEN FIRED A HANDGUN, STRIKING A NEARBY INHABITED RESIDENCE, AND FIRED SEVERAL MORE SHOTS IN THE AIR BEFORE FLEEING. GARCIA WAS LOCATED BY POLICE AND ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AND IS DUE IN COURT TODAY.

NEW WORKERS COMP COST CONTROL PROGRAM IN LC (EC/EMP) JB 7/15/14

A NEW WORKERS COMPENSATION COST CONTROL PROGRAM IS BEING INTRODUCED IN LAKE COUNTY.

THE NEW PROGRAM, NAMED OUR SYSTEM, IS DESIGNED TO RETURN WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB, BACK TO WORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WORKERS COMPENSATION COSTS WOULD BE REDUCED BY RETURNING EMPLOYEES BACK TO WORK WITH TRANSITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE WORKER WOULD BE ON TRADITIONAL COMPENSATION. THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEM IS ESTIMATED AT LESS THAN $38,000 WHILE THE PREDICTED SAVINGS IN THE FIRST YEAR ALONE IS ESTIMATED AT $200,000.

2400 GREAT WHITE SHARKS OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST (EVR) JB 7/15/14

A NEW STUDY OF GREAT WHITE SHARKS OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST SHOWS THE POPULATION TO BE MUCH LARGER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT.

PREVIOUS STUDIES OF THE SHARK PUT THEIR POPULATION NUMBERS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 200 TO 400, PROMPTING A CALL FOR PROTECTION UNDER THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IN 1994. HOWEVER, A NEW INDEPENDENT STUDY RECENTLY PUBLISHED PUTS THE NUMBER OF WHITE SHARKS OFF CALIFORNIA AT CLOSER TO 2400. THE REPORT STATES THAT THE LARGE POPULATION OF WHITE SHARKS DOES NOT WARRANT LISTING UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION ALSO MADE THE SAME DETERMINATION.

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