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INJURED SERVICE DOG IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE (PI) JB 1/29/15

A HEROIC SERVICE DOG BELONGING TO A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN IS NEED OF MEDICAL ATTENTION AFTER BEING INJURED RESCUING HIS OWNER.

THE DOGS OWNER, TIM MILLER, SAID THAT HIS ROTTWEILER SPIKE SAVED HIS LIFE AFTER MILLER WAS ATTACKED AT HIS HOME ABOUT A MONTH AGO. MILLER SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG AFTER BEING RUN OVER BY A CAR IN THE ATTACK AND SPIKE, INJURED AS WELL, DRAGGED HIS OWNER OVER TO HIS HOUSE WHERE HE WAS ABLE TO CALL FOR HELP. MILLER SAID THAT HE CANT AFFORD THE MRI AND SURGERY SPIKE NEEDS, POSSIBLY COSTING UPWARDS OF $7,500. ANYONE WISHING TO HELP CAN DONATE TO FOR THE LOVE OF SPIKE AT THE ALEXANDER VALLEY HEALTH CENTER.

UKIAH BREWING COMPANY BEING REPLACED (PI) JB 1/29/15

THE UKIAH BREWING COMPANY HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS, SOON TO BE REPLACED WITH A NEW RESTAURANT.

THE WINDOWS ARE COVERED AND THE SIGN OVER THE DOOR IS GONE AT WHAT WAS THE UKIAH BREWING COMPANY, BUT THE BUILDING OWNER SAID THE NEW EATERY OPENING NEXT WEEK SHOULD BLOW PEOPLE AWAY. THE NEW RESTAURANT WILL SERVE AN ECLECTIC MENU THAT WILL CHANGE SEASONALLY WITH A FARM TO TABLE ATTITUDE, SOURCING FROM LOCAL FARMERS, RANCHERS AND FISHERMAN AND CRAFT BEER WILL CONTINUE TO BE BREWED ON-SITE. THE OPENING OF THE NEW EATERY IS PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY 5.

OBSERVATORY TELESCOPE RETURNS TO UKIAH (PI) JB 1/29/15

AFTER THREE DECADES, THE OBSERVATORY IN UKIAH NOW HAS ITS TELESCOPE BACK.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, MORE THAN 30 YEARS AFTER IT WAS CONSIDERED OBSOLETE AND MOVED TO THE EAST COAST, A 116 YEAR OLD TELESCOPE MADE FOR THE UKIAH INTERNATIONAL LATITUDE OBSERVATORY RETURNED TO UKIAH THIS WEEK. THE TELESCOPE WAS BUILT IN 1899 AS ONE OF SIX CREATED FOR THE POLAR MOTION OBSERVATORIES LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES, ITALY, UZBEKISTAN AND JAPAN. THE 280 POUND TELESCOPE IS ON LOAN TO UKIAH FOR ONE YEAR AND WILL BE THE FOCUS OF A SPECIAL EXHIBIT AT THE OBSERVATORY ON FEBRUARY 28 AND THEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY STARTING MARCH 6.

MODERATE EARTHQUAKE HITS OF EUREKA COAST (EVR) JB 1/29/15

A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK OFF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

THE 5.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE WAS REPORTED AT 1:08 PM WEDNESDAY OFFSHORE APPROXIMATELY 40 MILES SOUTHWEST OF EUREKA. SHAKE REPORTS WERE CALLED IN FROM AS FAR AWAY AS RED BLUFF, 159 MILES TO THE EAST. THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE STATED THAT NO DAMAGE OR INJURIES WERE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED FOLLOWING THE TREMOR.

MACEDO APPROVED AS LAKE COUNTY UNDERSHERIFF (LAW) JB 1/29/15

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS APPROVED SHERIFF BRIAN MARTINS SELECTION FOR A PERMANENT UNDERSHERIFF.

THE BOARD GAVE ITS UNANIMOUS SUPPORT ON TUESDAY TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF CAPTAIN CHRIS MACEDO TO THE POSITION OF UNDERSHERIFF. THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE HAD RECEIVED A HIRING WAIVER AND THE SUPPORT OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF CAPTAIN MACEDO. THE UNDERSHERIFF HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE GO-TO PERSON FOR COUNTY ADMINISTRATION PERSONNEL WHEN DEALING WITH THE SHERIFFS OFFICE DURING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.

2014 LAKE COUNTY HOME PRICES INCREASE OVER 2013 (ECN) JB 1/29/15

A NEW REAL ESTATE REPORT SHOWS HOME SALE PRICES IN LAKE COUNTY INCREASED IN 2014.

THE LAKE COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS RECENTLY REPORTED OVER A TEN PERCENT INCREASE IN MEDIAN HOME SALES PRICES IN 2014 AS COMPARED TO TWO YEARS AGO. MEDIAN SALES PRICES IN LAKE COUNTY ROSE FROM $149,000 IN 2013 TO $169,000 IN 2014, AN INCREASE OF 13.4 PERCENT. FORECLOSURE SALES DROPPED FROM 40.5 PERCENT IN 2013 TO 26.4 PERCENT LAST YEAR. WHILE THE FORECLOSURE DROP IS SIGNIFICANT, IT IS STILL HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE OF 9.5 PERCENT.

WATER CURTAILMENTS LIKELY AS DROUGHT CONTINUES (EVR) JB 1/29/15

WITH THE LACK OF CONTINUED PRECIPITATION IN THE STATE, WATER CURTAILMENTS IN LAKE COUNTY ARE LIKELY AS THE DROUGHT CONTINUES.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT WITH AN EARLY SPRING SEASON PEEKING THROUGH GENERALLY SPARSE CLOUDS, IT APPEARS THE MID-DECEMBER DOWNPOUR IS NEARLY ALL LAKE COUNTYS RAINY SEASON COULD MUSTER. LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER DRY YEAR, THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD HAS ALREADY SENT A NOTICE TO WATER RIGHT HOLDERS EXPLAINING CURTAILMENTS COULD BE BROADER THIS YEAR. THE NOTICE URGES WATER RIGHT HOLDERS TO LOOK INTO ADDITIONAL CONSERVATION MEASURES AND ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLIES AND PLANTING AND PLANNING DECISIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN LIGHT OF POSSIBLE CURTAILMENTS.

STATE CRAB TASK FORCE MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS (EVR) JB 1/29/15

CALIFORNIAS ADVISORY PANEL ON CRAB FISHING HAS RECOMMENDED A NUMBER OF CHANGES TO THE FISHERY IN A REPORT TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

FORMED ACCORDING TO A LAW IN 2008, THE CRAB ADVISORY PANEL IS DESIGNED TO HELP ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE FISHERIES IN CALIFORNIA. THE TASK FORCE IS RECOMMENDING A REVIEW OF THE TRAP LIMITS SET ON COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN THAT BEGAN IN 2010 TO REPORT ON ITS EFFECTIVENESS. THE GROUP WILL ALSO REVIEW WHETHER NEARLY 120 INACTIVE CRAB FISHING PERMITS SHOULD BE REACTIVATED. THE INACTIVE PERMITS MAKE UP APPROXIMATELY ONE FIFTH OF THE TOTAL COMMERCIAL CRAB FISHING PERMITS ALLOWED IN THE STATE.

HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN CALPELLA (LAW) JB 1/26/15

A CALPELLA MAN WAS THE VICTIM OF A HOME INVASION ROBBERY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO AN ADDRESS ON LAKE RIDGE ROAD IN CALPELLA AFTER A 48 YEAR OLD RESIDENT REPORTED THE ROBBERY. THE VICTIM STATED THAT AT LEAST TWO SUSPECTS ENTERED HIS HOME WHILE HE WAS SLEEPING, ASSAULTING HIM AND TYING HIM UP, AND THEN DEMANDED TO KNOW WHERE HIS MARIJUANA WAS. THE SUSPECTS LEFT IN THE VICTIMS CAR WITH ABOUT $3,000 AND LESS THAN A POUND OF MARIJUANA, HOWEVER THE CAR WAS FOUND LATER STUCK IN THE MUD ON THE VICTIMS PROPERTY WITH THE STOLEN MARIJUANA INSIDE.

CLEARLAKE PURSUIT REACHES 100 MILES PER HOUR (LAW) JB 1/26/15

A HIGH SPEED PURSUIT IN CLEARLAKE REACHING SPEEDS OF 100 MPH ENDED WITH THE ARREST OF A WANTED SANTA ROSA MAN.

THE PURSUIT BEGAN IN THE AREA OF COTTONWOOD AND WALNUT STREETS AFTER A 2013 NISSAN DRIVEN BY 33-YEAR-OLD HENRY HIKALEA SPED AWAY DURING AN ATTEMPTED TRAFFIC STOP BY A CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICER. THE CAR HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN OUT OF SANTA ROSA AND HIKALEA HAD AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST. THE CHASE REACHED SPEEDS OF 100 MPH THROUGH THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE, FINALLY ENDING WHEN THE NISSAN RAMMED A PATROL CAR. HIKALEA WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE LOWER LAKE IN FIRE (LAW) JB 1/26/15

QUICK WORK BY FIREFIGHTERS SAVED A LOWER LAKE HOME FROM DESTRUCTION IN A FIRE LAST WEEK.

LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE ON LAKERIDGE ROAD EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND FOUND THE SINGLE STORY HOME ABOUT 50 PERCENT INVOLVED. THE METAL ROOF ON THE HOME CAUSED THE FIRE TO BURN LATERALLY, PUSHING 30-FOOT FLAMES OUT OF THE FRONT OF THE HOME. FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY CONTROLLED THE BLAZE, LIMITING FIRE DAMAGE TO THE LIVING ROOM AND THE KITCHEN. ONE PERSON WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH BURNS TO THE HANDS AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

UKIAH VINEYARD SELLS FOR $2.4 MILLION (ECN) JB 1/26/15

THE RECENT SALE OF A PRIME UKIAH VINEYARD THIS MONTH MAY SIGNAL A WELCOME UPSWING IN THE VALUE OF MENDOCINO COUNTY WINE COUNTRY.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, A 75-ACRE PROPERTY ON OLD RIVER ROAD THAT INCLUDES 50 ACRES OF CHARDONNAY VINES RECENTLY SOLD FOR $2.4 MILLION. THE $48,000 PER PLANTED ACRE PRICE IS NEARLY DOUBLE WHAT WAS BEING PAID IN THE LATE 1990S WHEN VINEYARD PROPERTY WAS IN HIGH DEMAND. WHILE THE SELLING PRICE IS GOOD FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY, SIMILAR VINEYARD PROPERTIES IN NAPA COUNTY SELL FOR BETWEEN $200,000 TO $400,000 PER PLANTED ACRE.

POT GROW SITES INSPECTED NEAR EEL RIVER (LAW/EVR) JB 1/26/15

ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTIONS OF SEVERAL MARIJUANA GROW SITES NEAR THE EEL RIVER WERE COMPLETED LAST WEEK.

A MULTI-AGENCY PARTNERSHIP OF STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES CONDUCTED THE THREE DAY INSPECTION OF 14 PRIVATE PROPERTIES WITH ACTIVE MARIJUANA GROW OPERATIONS ALONG SPROUL CREEK TO ENSURE THE SAFETY TO NEARBY WATERWAYS AND WILDLIFE. DURING THE INSPECTION, STATE AND REGIONAL WATER BOARD STAFF OBSERVED A VARIETY OF POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS, INCLUDING UNLAWFUL DIVERSION AND STORAGE OF WATER AND DISCHARGE OF PESTICIDES INTO THE WATERWAYS. NO GROW OPERATIONS WERE ERADICATED DURING THE INSPECTION PROCESS.

BODY OF MISSING KAYAKER FOUND IN CLEAR LAKE (LAW) JB 1/26/15

THE BODY OF A MISSING UPPER LAKE MAN WAS RECOVERED IN CLEAR LAKE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE BODY OF 68 YEAR OLD MICHAEL BELHUMER, MISSING SINCE DECEMBER 30, WAS LOCATED ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON BY A LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS BOAT PATROL DEPUTY. BELHUMER WAS REPORTED MISSING AFTER HE FAILED TO RETURN HOME FROM KAYAKING ON CLEAR LAKE. HIS BODY WAS LOCATED NEAR THE SHORE EAST OF CEAGO WINERY IN NICE AND AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED TO DETERMINE THE EXACT CAUSE OF HIS DEATH.

CLEARLAKE, LAKEPORT GET POOR GRADES FOR TOBACCO (EVR) JB 1/26/15

SEVERAL AREAS IN LAKE COUNTY RECEIVED FAILING GRADES WITH REGARDS TO THE USE OF TOBACCO

ACCORDING TO THE RECORD-BEE, CLEARLAKE, LAKEPORT AND THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF LAKE COUNTY ALL RECEIVED OVERALL F GRADES FROM THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATIONS STATE OF TOBACCO CONTROL 2015. THE REPORT IS BROKEN DOWN INTO THREE CATEGORIES INCLUDING SMOKEFREE OUTDOOR AIR, SMOKEFREE HOUSING, AND REDUCING SALES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS. LAKE COUNTY HAS A 26.2 PERCENT SMOKING RATE COMPARED TO THE STATE AVERAGE OF ONLY 12.7 PERCENT

HUFFMAN WORKS TO IMPROVE VETERANS HEALTHCARE (GOV) JB 1/26/15

CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN IS LOOKING TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE ACCESS FOR VETERANS ON THE NORTH COAST.

CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN RECENTLY SENT A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS URGING HIM TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ACCESSIBILITY OF HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS ON THE NORTH COAST UNDER THE NEW VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM. THE CONGRESSMAN IS HOPING TO HAVE SEVERAL AREAS IN THE STATE RECLASSIFIED AS GEOGRAPHICALLY INACCESSIBLE, AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFYING RESIDENT VETERANS FOR ACCESS TO LOCAL, PRIVATE CARE PAID FOR BY THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. AMONG THOSE AREAS UNDER CONSIDERATION ARE FORT BRAGG, GUALALA, AND POINT ARENA.

WILLITS BYPASS SECTION COLLAPSES, THREE INJURED (TR) JB 1/23/15

A SECTION OF THE WILLITS BYPASS COLLAPSED DURING CONSTRUCTION YESTERDAY.

WORKERS FROM FLATIRON CONSTRUCTION WERE POURING CONCRETE INTO A FRAME SECTION OF THE BYPASS AT EAST VALLEY ROAD YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHEN A SECTION OF THE STRUCTURE APPROXIMATELY 150 FEET LONG COLLAPSED. ONE WORKER WAS BRIEFLY TRAPPED UNDER THE DEBRIS FROM THE COLLAPSE AND HE AND TWO OTHER WORKERS SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN THE INCIDENT. THE COLLAPSE OCCURRED IN AN AREA NOT ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AND TRAFFIC IN THE AREA WAS REROUTED TO EAST VALLEY ROAD TO ALLOW FOR EMERGENCY CREWS TO RESPOND. THE CAUSE OF THE COLLAPSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY CAL TRANS OFFICIALS.

LAWSUIT ALLEGES HARASSMENT AT LAKE COUNTY JAIL (LAW) JB 1/23/15

ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL ARE DETAILED IN A LAWSUIT FILED BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE.

ACCORDING TO THE RECORD BEE, A RECENTLY FILED LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COUNTY AND VARIOUS LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS EMPLOYEES PAINTS A GROSSLY UNPROFESSIONAL PICTURE OF WORKING CONDITIONS AT THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL. IN THE SUIT, THE PLAINTIFF ALLEGES SHE WAS SUBJECT TO MULTIPLE INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION WHILE SERVING AS A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER AT THE JAIL IN 2013. BESIDES AT LEAST EIGHT SHERIFFS EMPLOYEES, LAKE COUNTY IS NAMED IN THE CASE FOR ITS ALLOWANCE OF THE LCSOS RETALIATION AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF FOR HER WHISTLE-BLOWING EFFORTS.

LAKEPORT MAN CHARGED IN DUI WRECK (LAW) JB 1/23/15

A LAKEPORT MAN INVOLVED IN A VEHICLE CRASH EARLIER THIS MONTH THAT INJURED HIS PASSENGER IS FACING PROSECUTION FOR DUI.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, 22 YEAR OLD RYAN MATTHEW LUNAS WAS DRIVING EASTBOUND ON RIGGS ROAD LATE ON THE EVENING OF JANUARY 13 WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR AND STRUCK A TREE. HIS 22 YEAR OLD PASSENGER SUFFERED MAJOR LACERATIONS TO HER HEAD AND FACE AND HAD TO BE FLOWN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. CHP DETERMINED THAT LUNAS WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AND HE HAS REMAINED IN THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL SINCE THE ACCIDENT WITH HIS BAIL SET AT $200,000.

DISNEYLAND MEASLES OUTBREAK GROWS TO 70 CASES (PI) JB 1/23/15

THE OUTBREAK OF MEASLES CASES LINKED TO THE CALIFORNIA DISNEYLAND THEME PARKS NOW HAS 70 CONFIRMED CASES.

THE CONTINUANCE OF NEW MEASLES CASES BEING REPORTED HAS LED TO WARNINGS BEING ISSUED AGAINST THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED AGAINST THE DISEASE FROM VISITING THE THEME PARK. ON WEDNESDAY, NEW INFECTIONS LINKED TO THE DISNEYLAND OUTBREAK WERE REPORTED, WITH CASE INCIDENTS BEING FOUND IN 5 DIFFERENT U.S. STATES AND IN MEXICO. THE AGES OF THE INFECTED SO FAR RANGE FROM 7 MONTHS TO 70 YEARS OLD, WITH A LARGE MAJORITY OF THEM FAILING TO RECEIVE THE PROPER VACCINATION TO PREVENT THE DISEASE.

PALACE HOTEL RESTORATION TIMELINE SET (GOV) JB 1/23/15

A FIRM TIMELINE HAS BEEN SET BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE PALACE HOTEL.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, AFTER BEING FED UP WITH YEARS OF BROKEN PROMISES AND STALLED REPAIRS, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT SET A STRICT SCHEDULE FOR REHABILITATION WORK ON THE HISTORIC PALACE HOTEL. IF THE SCHEDULE IS NOT FOLLOWED, CITY STAFF IS NOW AUTHORIZED TO SEEK A COURT ORDER FOR A RECEIVER TO OVERSEE WORK ON THE DECAYING HOTEL. TO AVOID RECEIVERSHIP PROCEEDINGS IN THE NEXT 90 DAYS, THE OWNER MUST COMPLETE ASBESTOS REMOVAL, REPAIR THE FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM, WATERPROOF THE LEAKING ROOF, ASSESS AND ADDRESS STRUCTURAL ISSUES, AND SECURE THE BUILDING AGAINST TRESPASSERS.

UKIAH MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT (LAW) JB 1/23/15

A WELFARE CHECK BY UKIAH POLICE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A MAN ON CHARGES OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO A RESIDENCE LAST WEEK TO CONDUCT A WELFARE CHECK ON A TWO YEAR OLD JUVENILE. WHEN OFFICERS CONTACTED THE FATHER OF THE CHILD, 26 YEAR OLD RICHARD TILLMAN, THEY FOUND THE RESIDENCE FILLED WITH TRASH, DIRTY CLOTHES, AND ROTTING FOOD. DRUG PARAPHERNALIA WAS ALSO FOUND WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE CHILD. TILLMAN WAS FOUND TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

SEN. BOXER WANTS TOY GUN BILL TAKEN NATIONWIDE (GOV) JB 1/23/15

FOLLOWING CALIFORNIAS LEAD, A NEW BILL REGULATING AUTHENTIC-LOOKING TOY GUNS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY SENATOR BARBARA BOXER.

LEGISLATION IN CALIFORNIA REGULATING REALISTIC TOY FIREARMS WAS INTRODUCED FOLLOWING THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A 13 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WAS CARRYING A LOOK-ALIKE AK-47 RIFLE AND NOW SENATOR BOXER WANTS TO TAKE THOSE REGULATIONS ACROSS THE NATION. THE BILL WOULD GIVE THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION THE POWER TO REGULATE ALL IMITATION FIREARMS AND REQUIRE THAT THEY BE COLORED AS TO DISTINGUISH THEM FROM REAL WEAPONS. THE BILL WOULD EXPAND THE SAFETY COMMISSIONS AUTHORITY TO REGULATE BB AND PELLET GUNS AS WELL AS AIRSOFT AND OTHER TOY GUNS.

CHP OFFICERS IN CLEAR LAKE GET NEW VEHICLES (LAW) JB 1/23/15

CHP OFFICERS IN CLEAR LAKE WILL NOW BE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF SOME UPGRADED PATROL VEHICLES.

TWO NEW PATROL UTILITY VEHICLES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE CLEAR LAKE AREA CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICE IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS. THE NEW FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR UTILITY VEHICLES ARE GRADUALLY REPLACING THE OLDER FORD CROWN VICTORIA PATROL CARS. THE NEW PUVS ARE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE AND ARE REPORTEDLY BOTH FASTER AND SAFER THAN THE OLDER CROWN VICTORIAS AND COME EQUIPPED WITH NEW RADIO SYSTEMS AND MOBILE AUDIO VIDEO RECORDING SYSTEMS, DIGITALLY DOCUMENTING EVERY TRAFFIC STOP.

WILLITS MAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING STABBED (LAW) JB 1/22/15

AN ARGUMENT IN WILLITS TUESDAY NIGHT LEADS TO ONE MAN BEING HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING STABBED.

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL JUST AFTER 8 PM TUESDAY AFTER A 47 YEAR OLD MAN WAS ADMITTED WITH A SERIOUS STAB WOUND. THE VICTIM IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECT AS 21 YEAR OLD CASEY IRELAND AND STATED THAT HE AND IRELAND HAD GOTTEN INTO AN ARGUMENT ON RAYMOND LANE THAT LED TO THE ASSAULT. THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO FLEE AND TRANSPORT HIMSELF TO THE HOSPITAL. OFFICERS LOCATED IRELAND ON RAYMOND LANE, ALONG WITH THE WEAPON AND HE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

LAKEPORT SCHOOL DISTRICT, PD TO DISCUSS HOAX (LAW) JB 1/22/15

A PUBLIC MEETING WITH SCHOOL AND POLICE OFFICIALS IS SCHEDULED IN LAKEPORT TO DISCUSS THE RECENT BOMB HOAX.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT, IN AN EFFORT TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT A BOMB HOAX THAT OCCURRED LAST WEEK AT THE LAKEPORT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND THE LAKEPORT POLICE ARE CO-HOSTING A COMMUNITY MEETING THIS EVENING. OFFICIALS STATED THEY WANT TO USE THE FORUM TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISTRICTS SAFETY PLAN AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOMB THREAT HOAX THAT OCCURRED ON THE CAMPUS LAST WEEK. SOME PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO ATTEND DISTRICT SCHOOLS FAULTED BOTH SCHOOL AND POLICE OFFICIALS FOR NOT NOTIFYING THE PUBLIC SOONER. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT AT 7 PM AT THE LAKEPORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE ROOM.

UKIAH SCHOOL DISTRICT CHANGES ACCOUNTING POLICIES (ED) JB 1/22/15

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS MAKING CHANGES TO ITS ACCOUNTING PRACTICES IN THE WAKE OF A RECENT EMBEZZLEMENT DISCOVERY.

AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT $90,000 HAD BEEN EMBEZZLED FROM THE ADULT SCHOOL PROGRAM, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEGUN TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES TO HOW TRANSACTIONS ARE TRACKED. CASH COLLECTION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL WILL BE STRENGTHENED BY STANDARDIZING THE RECEIPT PROCESS AND ALL RECEIPTS WILL NOW BE VERIFIED AND ACCOUNTED FOR IN DISTRICT DEPOSITS. A DOUBLE COUNTING PROCEDURE WILL ALSO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ALL FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT. THE MOST IMMEDIATE CHANGE IS THAT THE ADULT SCHOOL WILL NO LONGER DIRECTLY ACCEPT CASH TUITION PAYMENTS.

FED JUDGE HALTS OVERTIME FOR IHSS WORKERS (EMP) JB 1/22/15

A RULING BY A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS HALTED OVERTIME PAYMENTS FOR IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES WORKERS.

A NEW LABOR RULE THAT WAS TO PROVIDE OVERTIME PAYMENT FOR NEARLY 2 MILLION IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE UNITED STATES WAS THROWN OUT BY A FEDERAL COURT JUDGE LAST WEEK. THE NEW U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE, SLATED TO TAKE EFFECT AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH, WOULD HAVE ENSURED OVERTIME PROTECTIONS, TRAVEL AND WAIT TIME PAY FOR THE HOMECARE PROVIDERS. MORE THAN 400,000 IHSS PROVIDERS ARE EMPLOYED IN ALL OF CALIFORNIAS 58 COUNTIES, PROVIDING IN-HOME CARE TO 490,000 RECIPIENTS, YET THEY ARE PAID JUST $10 AN HOUR ON AVERAGE.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER BRINGING GUN TO CASINO (LAW) JB 1/22/15

A LAKEPORT MAN WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY BRANDISHING A GUN IN A LAKE COUNTY CASINO PARKING LOT.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE RUNNING CREEK CASINO IN UPPER LAKE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AFTER IT WAS REPORTED THAT MAN WITH A GUN WAS SEEN IN THE PARKING LOT. SURVEILLANCE IMAGES AT THE CASINO SHOW 61 YEAR OLD ROBERT ARTHUR DOANE OUTSIDE THE CASINO HOLDING A HANDGUN. AS WELL AS SHOWING THE LICENSE PLATE OF HIS CAR. DEPUTIES CONTACTED DOANE AT HIS RESIDENCE AND ARRESTED HIM AFTER DISCOVERING A .32 CALIBER HANDGUN AND AMMUNITION AND DETERMINING THAT, DUE TO A PRIOR CONVICTION, DOANE WAS PROHIBITED FROM HAVING THE WEAPON.

NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT IN FORT BRAGG (LAW) JB 1/22/15

A NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT IS STARTING IN TEN MILE COURT IN FORT BRAGG.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT HAS ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF A NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COURT PROGRAM THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FORT BRAGG. THE GOAL OF THE NEW PROGRAM IS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND REDUCE RECIDIVISM OF CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS WHO SUFFER SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS BY CONNECTING THEM WITH COMMUNITY TREATMENT SERVICES AND ONGOING COURT SUPERVISION. JUDGES, LAWYERS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS FOCUS ON THE PERSONS DIAGNOSIS AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL RISKS AND NEEDS. AS A GENERAL RULE, IF A DEFENDANTS MENTAL ILLNESS IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF THEIR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, THE CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR HEALTH COURT SERVICES.

MENDOCINO COLLEGE NOT OFFERING B.A. PROGRAM YET (ED) JB 1/22/15

MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAS DECIDED NOT TO OFFER BACHELORS DEGREE OPTIONS TO ITS STUDENTS YET, BUT MAY DO SO IN THE FUTURE.

A NEW PROGRAM SIGNED INTO LEGISLATION MY GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN LAST YEAR WILL ALLOW 15 COLLEGES ACROSS THE STATE TO OFFER BACHELORS DEGREE PROGRAMS AS PART OF THEIR CURRICULUM. MENDOCINO COLLEGE DECIDED NOT TO PURSUE THE PROGRAM YET, OPTING TO SEE HOW WELL THE PROGRAM WORKED AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS FIRST. ONE CAVEAT OF THE NEW PROGRAM IS THAT COMMUNITY COLLEGES MUST OFFER BACHELORS DEGREES IN AREAS OF STUDY NOT OFFERED BY FOUR YEAR UNIVERSITIES. AN ADMINISTRATOR FOR MENDOCINO COLLEGE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THEY WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A B.A. PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE, THERE IS NO TIMELINE ON WHEN THAT WOULD HAPPEN.

UKIAH SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS TO BE TELEVISED (ED) JB 1/22/15

THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICTS BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTED UNANIMOUSLY LAST WEEK TO BEGIN TELEVISING ITS MEETINGS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SAID WHILE THE BOARD HAD EARLIER VOTED 3-3 WHEN THE ITEM WAS BROUGHT UP, THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IT AT THEIR MEETING ON JANUARY 15. AFTER CONSIDERING SEVERAL OPTIONS, MENDOCINO TV WILL LIVE STREAM THE MEETINGS AND RECORD THEM FOR MENDOCINO ACCESS TV TO BROADCAST AT A LATER DATE. THE DISTRICTS GOAL IS TO HAVE THE BOARD MEETINGS STREAMING ONLINE BY MARCH.

PREP WORK STARTING AT PALACE HOTEL (PI) JB 1/21/15

WORKERS BEGAN PREPARING THE PALACE HOTEL FOR ASBESTOS REMOVAL ON THE EVE OF A VOTE BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL ON THE FATE OF THE BUILDING.

WORKERS FROM BLUEWATER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES WERE SEEN DOING SITE PREPARATION AT THE PALACE HOTEL YESTERDAY, READYING THE BUILDING FOR LONG AWAITED ASBESTOS REMOVAL. NO PERMITS HAVE BEEN FILED FOR THE REMOVAL AS OF YET AND THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING HAS STILL SHOWN NO PROOF TO THE CITY COUNCIL THAT SHE CAN PAY BLUEWATER FOR THE PROPOSED WORK, DESPITE REPEATED REQUESTS FOR BOTH. THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE TONIGHT AS TO WHETHER CONTROL OF THE RENOVATION PROJECT WILL BE TURNED OVER TO A RECEIVER.

HOME INVASION SUSPECTS APPEAR IN COURT (LAW) 1/21/15

THREE MEN SUSPECTED OF COMMITTING A HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN REDWOOD VALLEY WERE DUE TO APPEAR IN COURT THIS WEEK.

21-YEAR-OLD MARK PAPILLION, 19 YEAR OLD NATHAN ZINGARELLI AND 19 YEAR OLD CALVIN BAUSLEY WERE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT YESTERDAY FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN A SEPTEMBER HOME INVASION ROBBERY ON EAST ROAD. ATTORNEYS FOR THE THREE MEN MADE A REQUEST FOR A CONTINUANCE, STATING THAT THEY WERENT ADEQUATELY PREPARED TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF THE LARGE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION INVOLVED IN THE CASE. THE JUDGE GRANTED THE CONTINUANCE AND THE THREE MEN ARE DUE BACK IN COURT ON FEBRUARY 2.

SCHOOL BUS HITS HOME AND PROPANE TANK (LAW) JB 1/21/15

A SCHOOL BUS LOST CONTROL YESTERDAY MORNING, STRIKING A HOME AND A RESIDENTIAL PROPANE TANK.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE SCHOOL BUS WAS TRAVELING NORTHBOUND ON EASTSIDE CALPELLA ROAD YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN THE DRIVER FAILED TO SAFELY NEGOTIATE A LEFT CURVE IN THE ROAD, SENDING THE BUS INTO A DRAINAGE DITCH. THE DRIVER OVER-CORRECTED, CROSSING BOTH LANES AND CRASHING THROUGH A FENCE OF A HOME. THE BUS STRUCK THE HOME AND KNOCKED OVER THE RESIDENTS PROPANE TANK, CAUSING A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS GAS LEAK. THE DRIVER AND HER 10 YEAR OLD PASSENGER EXITED THE BUS SAFELY AND SEEMINGLY UNHURT BUT WERE TRANSPORTED TO UVMC AS A PRECAUTION.

WARM WEATHER CLOSES TWO CALIFORNIA SKI RESORTS (EVR) JB 1/21/15

TWO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SKI RESORTS HAVE SHUT DOWN MID SEASON DUE TO A LACK OF FRESH SNOW FALL ON THEIR SLOPES.

DESPITE A SPIKE IN RAIN AND SNOWFALL IN DECEMBER, THE FAILURE OF CONTINUED PRECIPITATION HAS FORCED THE CLOSURE OF BOTH DODGE RIDGE AND BADGER PASS SKI RESORTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SKI SEASON. OPERATORS OF THE RESORTS STATE THAT THEY WILL REOPEN AFTER THE NEXT BIG SNOWSTORM HITS. FORECASTERS SAY WET WEATHER MAY COME EARLY NEXT WEEK, BUT WARM TEMPERATURES MAY ONLY SEND SNOW FALLING AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS ABOVE 9,500 FEET.

MENDOCINO BOS APPROVES MARIJUANA COMMITTEE (GOV) JB 1/21/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS MOVED AHEAD WITH THE CREATION OF A MARIJUANA COMMITTEE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE CREATION OF A MARIJUANA AD HOC COMMITTEE ON TUESDAY. THE BOARD STRESSED THE TWO APPOINTED SUPERVISORS, 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWAN AND 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR TOM WOODHOUSE WILL ONLY BE ENGAGED IN POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACTS TO THE COUNTY AND NOT IN CREATING ANY LEGISLATION. THE GOAL OF THE COMMITTEE IS TO RESEARCH SUCH ECONOMIC IMPACTS WITH THE COUNTY IN MIND AND REPORT THEIR FINDINGS BACK TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

FORT BRAGG CONSIDERS NEW SHOPPING CENTER IMPACT (ECN) JB 1/21/15

THE FORT BRAGG PLANNING COMMISSION WILL DISCUSS THE IMPACTS OF A PROPOSED NEW SHOPPING OUTLET IN THE CITY.

THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TO REVIEW THE IMPACTS OF THE PLANNED HARE CREEK CENTER SHOPPING OUTLET, A NEARLY 30,000 SQUARE-FOOT PROPOSED SHOPPING CENTER LOCATED ON DEL MAR DRIVE AT TODD POINT. THE NEW CENTER WOULD HOUSE A GROCERY OUTLET STORE, FOUR OTHER RETAILERS AND A RESTAURANT, ALONG WITH A 99 SPACE PARKING LOT AND RAIN WATER STORAGE TANKS CAPABLE OF HOLDING 60,000 GALLONS TO BE USED FOR LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION. THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PLAN WILL BE HELD JANUARY 28 AT 6 PM AT THE JOHN DIEDERICH CENTER.

NEW EFFORTS BEING MADE TO SELL KONOCTI HARBOR (ECN) JB 1/21/15

NEW EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO FIND A BUYER FOR THE KONOCTI HARBOR RESORT AND SPA.

A SIZEABLE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IS NOW UNDERWAY TO PROMOTE THE ONCE FLOURISHING DESTINATION RESORT BY KW COMMERCIAL, THE LARGEST REAL ESTATE FRANCHISE COMPANY IN NORTH AMERICA. AFTER CLOSING IN 2009, SEVERAL PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO SELL THE PROPERTY HAVE FALLEN THROUGH. THE 90-ACRE PROPERTY INCLUDES ITS 5,000 SEAT OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER AND 1,000 SEAT SHOWROOM, AS WELL AS TWO OLYMPIC SIZED SWIMMING POOLS, NIGHTCLUB, AND CONVENTION FACILITIES.

NEW CLEAR LAKE CHAMBER PRESIDENT OUTLINES GOALS (ECN) JB 1/21/15

THE CLEAR LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCES NEW PRESIDENT HAS LAID OUT HIS GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE COMING YEAR.

NEW CHAMBER PRESIDENT PETE LOUSTALOT MET WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AT ITS FIRST MEETING OF 2015 LAST TUESDAY TO OUTLINE WHAT HE EXPECTS FOR THE NEW YEAR. THE NEW CHAMBER LEADER IS LOOKING FOR INCREASED MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN THE CHAMBER, NOTING THAT THERE ARE 458 BUSINESS LICENSE HOLDERS IN CLEARLAKE BUT ONLY 160 CHAMBER MEMBERS. THE CHAMBER WILL LOOK AT HIRING A NEW MANAGER TO AIDE IN INCREASING MEMBERSHIP AND A NEW PERMANENT HOME FOR THE CHAMBER ON LAKESHORE DRIVE IS ALSO IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

WILLITS MAN ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES (LAW) JB 1/20/15

A WILLITS MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HIS FEMALE HOUSEMATE.

THE 22-YEAR-OLD FEMALE VICTIM RESPONDED TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS SUBSTATION IN WILLITS SATURDAY EVENING AND REPORTED THAT SHE HAD BEEN BEATEN AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY HER HOUSEMATE, 26 YEAR OLD SEAN SHANNON. THE SUSPECT REPORTEDLY HAD BEATEN THE VICTIM AND HELD HER AGAINST HER WILL WHEN SHE TRIED TO FLEE THE RESIDENCE AND INJURIES SHE DISPLAYED WERE CONSISTENT WITH THE REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT. SHANNON WAS ARRESTED BY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AT THE RESIDENCE AND IS BEING HELD ON $100,000 BAIL.

FORT BRAGG ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY (LAW) JB 1/20/15

THE SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARMED ROBBERY IN FORT BRAGG ARE NOW IN CUSTODY IN SACRAMENTO.

FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICIALS CONFIRMED THAT THE TWO SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION IN THE ARMED ROBBERY OF THE MENDOCINO VINTAGE STORE LAST MONTH HAVE BEEN APPREHENDED. 33-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL ORTIZ AND 27 YEAR OLD CHANZIE COX ARE SEEN ON SECURITY FOOTAGE FROM THE STORE TAKING CASH AND GOLD JEWELRY DURING THE ROBBERY. BOTH SUSPECTS ARE IN CUSTODY AT THE SACRAMENTO COUNTY JAIL WITH BOTH FACING CHARGES OF MULTIPLE ROBBERIES IN MULTIPLE STATES.

3 MORE POSSIBLE DISNEY MEASLES CASES (PI) JB 1/20/15

3 MORE POSSIBLE CASES SURFACE IN THE MEASLES OUTBREAK CONNECTED WITH DISNEYLAND.

PUBLIC HEALTH AUTHORITIES IN SAN DIEGO SAY THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THREE PROBABLE CASES OF MEASLES AMID A WIDER OUTBREAK OF THE DISEASE. AS WITH CONFIRMED CASES, THE CASES ANNOUNCED MONDAY INVOLVED PEOPLE WHO TRAVELED TO DISNEYLAND LAST MONTH. THE THREE LATEST CASES, NONE OF WHOM HAD BEEN VACCINATED, JOIN THE SEVERAL DOZEN PEOPLE WHO CONTRACTED THE DISEASE EITHER DURING A MID DECEMBER VISIT TO DISNEYLAND OR BY COMING INTO CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAD BEEN THERE.

COASTAL TRAIL IN FORT BRAGG TO HAVE SOFT OPENING (EVR) JB 1/20/15

A SOFT OPENING IS EXPECTED BY THE END OF THE MONTH FOR THE COASTAL TRAIL AFTER THE PUBLIC PROVED THEY COULDNT WAIT FOR IT TO BE FINISHED.

THE ADVOCATE NEWS REPORTED THAT THE FORT BRAGG PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE TRAIL HAS NOT BEEN OFFICIALLY OPENED, IT HAS HAD QUITE A BIT OF FOOT TRAFFIC. IN ORDER TO MAKE THE LOCATION SAFE BEFORE THE SOFT OPENING, THE CITY HOPES TO HAVE THE NEW PARKING LOT FINISHED AND THE RESTROOMS AND TRASH BARRELS INSTALLED SOON. A NEW SET OF CABLE STAIRS LEADING DOWN TO GLASS BEACH IS NOT COMPLETED AND WILL NOT BE ACCESSIBLE UNTIL THEY CAN BE SAFELY COMPLETED. THE GRAND OPENING FOR THE TRAIL IS EXPECTED IN LATE SPRING.

IMMIGRANTS ACCESS TO BIRTH RECORDS EASED (GOV) JB 1/20/15

MEXICAN CONSULATES WORLDWIDE ARE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR IMMIGRANTS TO ACCESS THEIR BIRTH RECORDS.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT A CHANGE IN PRACTICE BY MEXICAN CONSULATES AROUND THE WORLD MEANS THOSE BORN IN MEXICO WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND TO OBTAIN A BIRTH CERTIFICATE. IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES SAY THIS SHIFT WILL HELP THOSE LIVING THE IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY PROVE THEIR IDENTITY WHEN THEY APPLY FOR DEPORTATION REPRIEVE LATER THIS YEAR. THE EASED ACCESS TO BIRTH RECORDS WILL ALSO AIDE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE APPLYING FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE UNDER AB60, AS WELL AS WORK PERMITS FOR EMPLOYMENT.

SUP. BROWN TO STEP DOWN AFTER TERM COMPLETED (GOV) JB 1/20/15

5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR ROB BROWN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL STEP DOWN AFTER THE COMPLETION OF HIS CURRENT TERM.

SUPERVISOR BROWN, WHO IS IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS FOURTH TERM AS 5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, STATED THAT HE WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION FOR THE POSITION IN 2016. AS A SUPPORTER OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT, BROWN SAID THAT HE BELIEVES FOUR TERMS IS ENOUGH AND IS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH NEW IDEAS AND ENERGY TO STEP IN. DURING HIS FOUR TERMS, BROWN HAS WORKED ON SUCH PROJECTS AS THE PURCHASE OF MOUNT KONOCTI, THE SKATE PARK PLANS FOR KELSEYVILLE AND THE FUNDING OF THE KELSEYVILLE SENIOR CENTER.

CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI TO VISIT LAKE COUNTY (GOV) JB 1/20/15

CONGRESSMAN JOHN GARAMENDI WILL BE MAKING TWO PUBLIC APPEARANCES IN LAKE COUNTY ON FRIDAY.

THE CONGRESSMAN IS SCHEDULED TO JOIN HAMMERS FOR HOPE AND CALPINE AT THE HOME OF A RESIDENT OF THE 3RD DISTRICT WHOSE HOME SUFFERED MAJOR DAMAGE FROM A STORM IN DECEMBER. GARAMENDIS OFFICE HAD REACHED OUT TO HAMMERS FOR HOPE WHO RECENTLY COMPLETED REPAIRS ON THE RESIDENTS HOME. FROM 2:30 TO 3:30 FRIDAY AFTERNOON, GARAMENDI WILL SPEAK AT THE LIVE OAK SENIOR CENTER, TAKING QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE AND COVERING TOPICS SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND OTHER SENIOR PROGRAMS.

ANGLERS HELPING WITH STEELHEAD COLLECTION (EVR) JB 1/20/15

THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AND LOCAL ANGLERS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO INCREASE THE STEELHEAD POPULATION ON THE MAD RIVER.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE TRAINED 21 ANGLERS AT THE MAD RIVER HATCHERY THIS WEEK TO AID IN THE COLLECTION OF WILD-ORIGIN STEELHEAD FROM THE MAD RIVER. THESE ANGLERS, CALLED MAD RIVER STEELHEAD STEWARDS, HAVE VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME TO HELP THE HATCHERY MEET ITS ANNUAL PRODUCTION GOALS. THE STEWARDS WILL BEGIN COLLECTING FISH NEXT WEEK AND THE PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL AT LEAST THE END OF FEBRUARY. A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OF THIS SCOPE HAS NEVER BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN CALIFORNIA, ALTHOUGH SIMILAR PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE IN OREGON FOR SOME TIME.

MENDOCINO BOS TO DISCUSS LEGAL MARIJUANA (GOV) JB 1/19/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE WANTS TO BE PREPARED IN CASE MARIJUANA IS LEGALIZED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICE HAS AGENDIZED A REQUEST FOR TUESDAYS BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TO DISCUSS AND TAKE POSSIBLE ACTION IN PREPARATION FOR POSSIBLE STATE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA. THE FORMATION OF A PROPOSED AD HOC COMMITTEE, INCLUDING 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR JOHN MCCOWEN AND 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR TOM WOODHOUSE, WOULD STUDY AND PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. CURRENTLY COLORADO, WASHINGTON, ALASKA AND OREGON ARE THE ONLY STATES THAT HAVE PASSED MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVES.

REDWOOD VALLEY BOY INJURED IN CRASH (LAW) JB 1/19/15

A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN REDWOOD VALLEY LEFT A 6 YEAR OLD WITH MAJOR INJURIES.

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL AND REDWOOD VALLEY FIRE PERSONNEL WERE DISPATCHED THURSDAY TO EASTSIDE CALPELLA ROAD AT THE HIGHWAY 20 OVERCROSSING TO THE REPORT OF THE ACCIDENT. A 22 YEAR OLD REDWOOD VALLEY WOMAN WAS DRIVING HER 2001 GMC SIERRA NORTHBOUND WHEN SHE SAID SHE NEEDED TO SWERVE OUT OF THE WAY OF A SOUTHBOUND DARK COLORED CHEVY SUBURBAN THAT HAD ENTERED HER LANE, CAUSING HER TO COLLIDE WITH A BRIDGE ABUTMENT. THE DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED IN THE CRASH BUT A 6 YEAR OLD BOY IN HER CAR SUSTAINED MAJOR INJURIES. THE BOY WAS FLOWN TO UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER BY CALSTAR AND THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

PROPOSITION 47 AFFECTING MENDOCINO COUNTY (LAW) JB 1/19/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS HAD HIS HANDS FULL WITH PROPOSITION 47 PETITIONS LATELY.

WHILE LAKE COUNTY HAS SEEN A LARGE NUMBER OF PETITIONS REQUESTING SENTENCE REDUCTION UNDER PROPOSITION 47, MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE ALSO BEEN DEALING WITH A DELUGE OF PETITIONS OF THEIR OWN. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE HAS RECEIVED 91 PETITIONS FOR COMMUTING OF JAIL SENTENCES SINCE THE BILL PASSED LAST NOVEMBER, WITH 53 OF THOSE BEING GRANTED. ADDITIONALLY, 7 INMATES RECEIVED IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL. STATE OFFICIALS ESTIMATED THAT, PRIOR TO THE ELECTION, 40,000 OFFENDERS COMMIT CRIMES ANNUALLY THAT NOW ARE DEEMED MISDEMEANORS INSTEAD OF FELONIES.

LAKE COUNTY NEEDS MUSSEL SCREENING VOLUNTEERS (EVR) JB 1/19/15

VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING REQUESTED TO HELP SCREEN BOATS FOR INVASIVE QUAGGA MUSSELS IN LAKE COUNTY.

IN AN ONGOING EFFORT TO PROTECT CLEAR LAKE FROM THE INVASIVE MUSSEL SPECIES, THE LAKE COUNTY WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR THE COMMUNITYS HELP WITH THEIR BOAT SCREENING PROGRAM. SINCE THE PROGRAM RECEIVES NO STATE OR FEDERAL FUNDING, AND WITH THE FAILURE OF A LAKE PROTECTION SALES TAX MEASURE, THE WATER DEPARTMENT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO HELP KEEP CLEAR LAKE FREE OF THE MUSSELS THAT HAVE TAKEN A HOLD OF SEVERAL CALIFORNIA LAKES. LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 15,000 BOATS WERE SCREENED BY THE COUNTY BEFORE GOING OUT ON CLEAR LAKE.

REACH OPEN TEMPORARY BASE AT UKIAH AIRPORT (PI) JB 1/19/15

WITH PLANS IN WILLITS AT A STANDSTILL, REACH AIR AMBULANCE HAS OPENED A TEMPORARY BASE AT THE UKIAH AIRPORT.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT AFTER REACH WAS FORCED TO WITHDRAW ITS IMMEDIATE PLANS TO ESTABLISH A WILLITS AIR AMBULANCE BASE AFTER THREATS OF LITIGATION FROM A WILLITS ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, IT OPENED A TEMPORARY BASE ON JANUARY 13 AT THE UKIAH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. THE IN-COUNTY BASING OF THE CHOPPER SAVES 3-5 MINUTES FOR DISPATCH AND 5-20 MINUTES FROM THE FLIGHT TIME FROM THE BASE IN LAKEPORT. THE PLACEMENT OF THE BASE IN UKIAH IS A TEMPORARY COMPROMISE AS REACH AND THE CITY OF WILLITS COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS TO ESTABLISH A FIXED BASE AT THE WILLITS AIRPORT.

R.V. ATTORNEY INDICTED IN FEDERAL COURT (LAW) JB 1/19/15

AN ATTORNEY FROM REDWOOD VALLEY HAS BEEN INDICTED IN FEDERAL COURT ON ALLEGED CONSPIRACY AND MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES.

ROBERT ANDERSON AND HIS LAW PARTNER WERE EACH INDICTED ON FRIDAY BEFORE A FEDERAL GRAND JURY ON CHARGES INCLUDING CONSPIRACY AND MONEY LAUNDERING OF $300,000. THE TWO ARE ACCUSED SPENDING THE MONEY FROM A CLIENTS TRUST ON EXPENSES THAT WERE NOT RELATED TO THE CLIENTS REPRESENTATION AND THEN FALSELY STATING THE BALANCE OF THE CLIENTS TRUST AMOUNT. IF CONVICTED ON ALL CHARGES, THE TWO MAIN COULD FACE UP 30 YEARS IN JAIL AND $500,000 FINES. THE ACCUSED ATTORNEYS ARE SCHEDULED FOR AN INITIAL COURT APPEARANCE ON FEBRUARY 4 IN FEDERAL COURT.

MENDOCINO BOS TO DISCUSS WATER PRIORITIES (GOV/EVR) JB 1/19/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS SEVERAL WATER ISSUES AT ITS NEXT MEETING.

THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER STATED THAT AT THE BOARDS NEXT REGULAR MEETING, DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD ON FEDERAL AND STATE WATER PROTECTION MANDATES AND LOCAL WATER ISSUES AND PRIORITIES. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY WATER AGENCY, ENCOMPASSING THE ENTIRE COUNTY AND GOVERNED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, HAS A MISSION TO PROTECT AND DEVELOP THE WATER RESOURCES OF THE COUNTY, AND TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE QUANTITY AND QUALITY OF WATER IS AVAILABLE TO MEET BOTH PRESENT AND FUTURE NEEDS OF THE COUNTY. THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE WATER PRIORITIES TO MAKE SURE THE COUNTY IS IN THE BEST POSSIBLE POSITION NOW AND IN THE COMING YEARS.

CLEARLAKE PLANNING TO REVIEW MASTER PARKS (GOV/EVR) JB 1/19/15

THE CLEARLAKE PLANNING COMMISSION HAS SCHEDULED A WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE MASTER PARK PLAN OF THE CITY.

THE CLEARLAKE PLANNING COMMISSION, WHICH SITS JOINTLY AS THE PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE, WILL REVIEW THE CITYS ADOPTED 2003-2013 MASTER PARKS PLAN AT THE WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY. THE MASTER PARKS PLAN ESTABLISHES THE PLANNING FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CITY PARK SYSTEM WHICH COVERS NEARLY 40 ACRES OF CITY PARKS, INCLUDING AUSTIN AND REDBUD PARKS. THE PLAN ALSO COVERS AND REVIEWS PARK RESOURCES OUTSIDE THE COUNTY INCLUDING COW MOUNTAIN AND THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST.

BOMB THREAT AT CLEAR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL (LAW) JB 1/16/15

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES AND A THREAT TO SHOOT UP AND BOMB CLEAR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL LEAD TO THE ARREST OF TWO LAKE COUNTY TEENS.

LAKEPORT POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO CLEAR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON TO INVESTIGATE TWO CALLS FROM A CALLER THREATENING TO COME TO THE SCHOOL WITH AN UZI FIREARM AND DROP CHEMICALS AND BOMBS ON THE SCHOOL. INVESTIGATORS FOUND THE PHONE NUMBER TO BE A SKYPE DEFAULT NUMBER WITH NO ATTACHED USER. POLICE WERE AGAIN DISPATCHED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL LATER IN THE EVENING WHEN A SUBJECT WAS SEEN ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY AROUND THE MARGE ALAKSZY CENTER. THREE BOXES SUSPICIOUSLY WRAPPED WITH PLASTIC AND DUCT TAPE WERE LOCATED AND THE CAMPUS WAS CLEARED AS POLICE WAITED FOR THE BOMB SQUAD. THE PACKAGES WERE DETERMINED TO BE INERT AND EVIDENCE INSIDE THE BOXES IDENTIFIED A LAKEPORT MALE JUVENILE AS THE SUSPECT. AFTER OBTAINING A SEARCH WARRANT, TWO 17-YEAR-OLD BROTHERS FROM LAKEPORT WERE ARRESTED WHEN EVIDENCE LINKING THEM TO THE PACKAGES AND CALLS WAS FOUND AT THEIR RESIDENCE. IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT THREE OR MORE SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON RECEIVED BOMB THREAT CALLS FROM THE SAME SKYPE NUMBER ON THE SAME DAY AND THE INCIDENTS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS RELEASED ITS ANNUAL REPORT FOR TOXIC RELEASES IN THE COUNTRY.

THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ON WEDNESDAY RELEASED ITS ANNUAL TOXIC RELEASES INVENTORY, OR TRI, REPORT FOR 2013. THE REPORT SHOWS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE CHEMICALS DEEMED TOXIC THAT IS MANAGED AT INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES IN THE COUNTRY WERE NOT RELEASED INTO THE ENVIRONMENT. ACROSS THE NATION IN 2013, 26 BILLION POUNDS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS WERE REPORTED WITH 84 PERCENT OF THEM BEING MANAGED THROUGH PROCEDURES SUCH AS RECYCLING. IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, ONLY 15 POUNDS WERE RELEASED INTO THE ENVIRONMENT.

FORT BRAGG COUNCIL APPROVES HOMELESS CENTER (GOV) JB 1/16/15

THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE CONVERSION OF A FORMER HOTEL INTO A NEW HOMELESS CENTER.

THE FORT BRAGG ADVOCATE REPORTED THAT THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL MADE A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION THIS WEEK TO ALLOCATE FUNDS FOR THE USE OF THE FORMER OLD COAST HOTEL BUILDING AS A TRANSITIONAL HOUSING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS. THE RESOLUTION APPROVING THE USE OF A $1.2 MILLION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FOR THE PURCHASE AND REFURBISHING OF THE BUILDING WAS ADOPTED IN FRONT OF A PACKED HOUSE WITH DIFFERING OPINIONS ON THE MATTER. THE RESOLUTION PASSED WITH THREE OF THE FIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTING FAVOR.

ESCAPED JAIL INMATE FOUND AT HOMELESS CAMP (LAW) JB 1/16/15

A SONOMA COUNTY JAIL INMATE WHO ESCAPED A WORK CREW ON MONDAY HAS BEEN LOCATED AND RETURNED TO JAIL.

38 YEAR OLD MICHAEL GENTUSO, WHO FLED A VAN CARRYING A JAIL WORK CREW, WAS LOCATED LATE WEDNESDAY AT A HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT NEAR ROHNERT PARK. THE MINIMUM-SECURITY INMATE WAS SERVING A 90-DAY SENTENCE AFTER BEING ARRESTED IN LATE DECEMBER ON A DRUG POSSESSION CHARGE. IT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED HOW MUCH ADDITIONAL JAIL TIME GENTUSO WILL RECEIVE FOR HIS ESCAPE.

ELLIES MUTT HUT WANTS TO REMOVE PARKING SPOT (PI) JB 1/16/15

A POPULAR EATERY IN UKIAH IS LOOKING TO REMOVE A PARKING SPACE TO EXPAND ITS OUTDOOR DINING AREA.

THE OWNER OF ELLIES MUTT HUT HAS MADE A REQUEST TO THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL THAT A SECTION OF CURB IN FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT BE DECLARED AS A NO PARKING ZONE FOR A PROPOSED EXPANSION TO THEIR OUTDOOR DINING PATIO. IF THE CURB WERE DESIGNATED AS A NO-PARKING ZONE, IT WOULD REMOVE 23 FEET OF PARKING SPACES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMERS. THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY REVIEWED AND APPROVED THE REQUEST AND THE CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER THE REQUEST AT ITS NEXT MEETING ON JANUARY 21.

MIDDLETOWN ARCHERY LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE (PI) JB 1/16/15

A LAKE COUNTY NON-PROFIT ARCHERY RANGE IS LOOKING FOR SOME ASSISTANCE TO MAKE NEEDED REPAIRS.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT MID-DECEMBERS STORMS TOOK AIM AT THREE OF MIDDLETOWN ARCHERY RANGES MAIN TARGETS AND DONATIONS OF TIME AND SUPPLIES ARE BEING SOUGHT BY THE NON-PROFIT TO BRING THE FIELD BACK UP TO PROPER CONDITION. RANGE OWNER STEVE LEONARDI, WHO OPERATES THE RANGE COMPLETELY ON A DONATION BASIS, SAID HE NEEDS THE MAN AND WOMAN POWER TO HELP WITH TEARING DOWN THE OLD TARGETS AND BEGINNING CONSTRUCTION ON NEW ONES, AS WELL AS DONATIONS OF HAY BALES, 2 BY 4S AND SCREWS TO BUILD THE TARGETS. ANYONE INTERESTED IN DONATING TIME OR MATERIALS SHOULD CONTACT LEONARDI AT 338-8886.

FIVE NEW DEPUTIES SWORN IN FOR LAKE COUNTY (LAW) JB 1/16/15

FIVE NEW LAKE COUNTY DEPUTIES WERE SWORN IN FOR DUTY THIS WEEK.

LAKE COUNTYS NEW SHERIFF, BRIAN MARTIN, INTRODUCED FIVE NEW DEPUTIES TO COUNTY AT A SWEARING-IN CEREMONY TUESDAY MORNING. THE CEREMONIAL OCCASION INCLUDED NEW DEPUTIES JASON KORAN, JASON PISARO, VICTOR RICO, SHAMUS STAFFORD AND STEPHEN TONG TAKING THEIR OATHS. SHERIFF MARTIN APPLAUDED THE EFFORTS OF EACH OF THE MEN TO BECOME DEPUTIES, POINTING OUT THE ASPECTS THAT CHALLENGE AN INDIVIDUAL TO SUCCESSFULLY MAKE IT INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

AB60 OPENS DMV TO IMMIGRANTS (GOV) JB 1/15/15

IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT LEGAL STATUS ACROSS THE STATE ARE WASTING NO TIME APPLYING FOR A DRIVERS LICENSE UNDER NEW LAW AB60.

NEARLY 110,000 UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAVE VISITED THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO TAKE LICENSE EXAMS SINCE AB60 WAS ENACTED, WITH OVER 10,000 LICENSES BEING ISSUED IN CALIFORNIA IN JUST THE LAST WEEK ALONE. LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY DMV OFFICES REPORTED A TOTAL OF 88 AB60 APPLICATIONS AS OF LAST WEEK. SEVERAL DMV OFFICES IN LARGER COUNTIES HAVE REPORTED A FEW GLITCHES IN THE IMMIGRANT TESTING PROCESS WHERE TROUBLE WITH TESTING TECHNOLOGY AND LONG LINES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. A STATE DMV SPOKESMAN URGED PEOPLE TO BE PATIENT WHEN APPLYING.

NO DEATH PENALTY FOR FATHER AND SON (LAW) JB 1/15/15

A FATHER AND SON WONT FACE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR A LAKE COUNTY DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN 2014.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE LAKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE WILL NOT SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST A FATHER AND SON WHO ARE BEING PROSECUTED FOR KILLING TWO MEN IN JANUARY 2014. 42-YEAR-OLD CONRAD VELEZ AND HIS 20 YEAR OLD SON DAKOTA ARE BEING CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONIES IN THE DEATHS OF 54 YEAR OLD WILLIAM FRANK BUSCH AND 46 YEAR OLD EDWARD HARRY MORGAN. AFTER CONSULTING WITH FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE CONFIRMED THAT THEY WILL PURSUE LIFE SENTENCES WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE FOR THE MEN.

NEW WATER BILL INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS (GOV/EVR) JB 1/15/15

CONGRESSMAN JOHN GARAMENDI HAS REINTRODUCED A 21ST CENTURY WATER BILL DESIGNED TO HELP WITH CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING.

HOUSE RESOLUTION 291, KNOWN AS THE WATER IN THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, WAS REINTRODUCED ON TUESDAY BY 26 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INCLUDING GARAMENDI AND CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN. THE LEGISLATION WOULD EXPAND REBATES AND GRANTS FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY, SUPPORT LOCAL INVESTMENTS IN WATER RECYCLING AND IMPROVED GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT AND STORAGE AND INVEST IN WATER SAVING TECHNOLOGIES. GARAMENDI STATED HR291 WOULD CREATE MILLIONS OF ACRE FEET OF NEW WATER, ENSURE A RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY AND CREATE GOOD JOBS.

NEW APP LAUNCHED BY THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG (PI) JB 1/15/15

FORT BRAGG RESIDENTS AND VISITORS HAVE A NEW WAY TO STAY CONNECTED WITH CITY SERVICES.

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS LAUNCHED A NEW MOBILE APPLICATION FOR SMARTPHONES, DUBBED THE CITIZEN REQUEST TRACKER, THAT ALLOWS THE USER TO REPORT ISSUES DIRECTLY TO CITY STAFF. PROBLEMS OF POTHOLES, NONFUNCTIONING STREET LIGHTS, AND HAZARDOUS OR NUISANCE CONDITIONS CAN BE REPORTED TO THE CITY AND THE REQUEST FOR RESPONSE CAN BE TRACKED BY THE USER. THE CITY STAFF HOPES THAT THE NEW APPLICATION WILL INCREASE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ENHANCE THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND CITY STAFF.

POMOS TALK ABOUT BENEFITS OF POT FARM (ECN) JB 1/15/15

THE PLANNED MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITY ON POMO LAND OUTSIDE OF UKIAH WILL GENERATE JOBS AND REVENUE TO BENEFIT THE TRIBE.

ACCORDING TO THE TRIBAL CHAIRWOMAN, THE 2.5-ACRE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO EMPLOY BETWEEN 50 AND 100 PEOPLE WHEN IT OPENS NEXT MONTH. THE CULTIVATION OPERATION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH TWO OUT OF STATE CORPORATIONS WILL REPORTEDLY HELP PAY THE SOCIAL PROGRAMS OF THE TRIBE, INCLUDING ELDER AND CHILD CARE, HEATH CARE AND EDUCATION. THE 110,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST LARGE SCALE MARIJUANA PRODUCTION FACILITY IN THE STATE AND POSSIBLY IN THE COUNTRY. THE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY OPERATIONAL IN FEBRUARY.

SONOMA WINEGROWERS DEVELOP 100-YEAR PLAN (AG) JB 1/15/15

SONOMA COUNTY WINEGROWERS HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW LONG-TERM PLAN TO PROTECT AGRICULTURE.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT A YEAR AFTER SETTING A PLEDGE TO HAVE EVERY GRAPE IN THE COUNTY GROWN IN A SUSTAINABLE MANNER BY 2019, THE TRADE GROUP IS ESTABLISHING ANOTHER LOFTY BENCHMARK. TODAY, IT WILL UNVEIL A 100-YEAR BUSINESS PLAN TO PRESERVE AGRICULTURE IN THE COUNTY INTO THE 22ND CENTURY. THE 100-YEAR PERIOD IS INTENDED TO BE A LIVING DOCUMENT THAT CAN CHANGE TO ADDRESS ISSUES LIKE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, THE PROTECTION OF NATURAL RESOURCES, INNOVATION AND RESEARCH.

THOMPSON REAPPOINTED TO HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS (GOV) JB 1/15/15

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE MIKE THOMPSON HAS BEEN REAPPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS IN THE 114TH CONGRESS.

REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON WAS RECENTLY CHOSEN TO REJOIN THE COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS, THE CHIEF TAX-WRITING COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE COMMITTEE OVERSEES THE REVENUE-RELATED ASPECTS OF MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS AS WELL AS HAVING JURISDICTION OVER REVENUE, TRADE AGREEMENTS AND THE NATIONS BONDED DEBT. THOMPSON NOTED THAT HE HOPED TO REFORM OUR TAX CODE IN A WAY THAT WILL SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS, GROW OUR ECONOMY, AND STRENGTHEN OUR MIDDLE CLASS.

WUSD LOOKING AT $200K IS CUTS FOR 2015/16 (ED) JB 1/15/15

THE WILLITS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS FACING SOME SERIOUS FINANCIAL CUTS TO ITS BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR.

ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, THE WILLITS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD NEED TO CUT APPROXIMATELY $200,000 FROM THE 2015/16 BUDGET TO MEET STATE REQUIREMENTS. THE PROJECTED CUTS ARE DEEPER FOR 2016/17, WITH AN ESTIMATED $325,000 CUTS TO MEET THE STATES MINIMUM RESERVE REQUIREMENT, DESIGNATING HOW MUCH FUNDING IS TO BE KEPT IN RESERVES. THE DIRECTOR STATED THAT THESE NUMBERS COULD CHANGE AS UPDATED INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE NEXT SCHEDULED BUDGET MEETING IN FEBRUARY.

BOARD DOES NOT APPROVE TICHININ RAISE (GOV) JB 1/14/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION RECENTLY VOTED NOT TO APPROVE A RAISE FOR RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT PAUL TICHININ.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ON MONDAY VOTED AGAINST GIVING RETIRED SUPERINTENDENT PAUL TICHININ ANOTHER ADDITION TO HIS ALREADY SUBSTANTIAL SALARY. TICHININ CURRENTLY MAKES MORE THAN $130,000, NOT INCLUDING BENEFITS, WHICH IS MORE THAN THE BASE SALARIES OF BOTH SHERIFF TOM ALLMAN AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID EYSTER. ONE BOARD MEMBER WONDERED IF IT WERE ETHICAL TO APPROVE A RETROACTIVE RAISE SO MUCH HIGHER THAN THE RAISES APPROVED FOR THE TEACHERS, WIDENING THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS GET PAID.

SONOMA COUNTY INMATE STILL AT LARGE (LAW) JB 1/14/15

AN INMATE FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY JAIL IS STILL ON THE RUN AFTER ESCAPING FROM A WORK CREW MONDAY MORNING.

38 YEAR OLD SONOMA COUNTY JAIL INMATE, MICHAEL BRANDON GENTUSO, FLED FROM A WORK CREW AROUND 8 AM MONDAY MORNING, JUMPING OUT OF VAN ON STEELE LANE NEAR CLEVELAND AVENUE. GENTUSO DITCHED HIS JAIL ISSUED DENIM JACKET AND ORANGE SAFETY VEST, WHICH WERE LOCATED BY AUTHORITIES. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING BLUE DENIM JAIL CLOTHING MARKED WITH NCDF ON THE BACK. GENTUSO, BELIEVED TO BE A SANTA ROSA TRANSIENT, WAS SERVING A 90-DAY SENTENCE FOR POSSESSION AND WAS SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 30.

CAL TRANS INCREASES ACCOUNTABILITY REFORMS (TR) JB 1/14/15

CAL TRANS HAS TAKEN BROAD MEASURES TO INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY OF ITS EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE BOARD.

AS PART OF ITS ONGOING REFORM EFFORTS, INCLUDING INCREASED STATEWIDE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY, CAL TRANS HAS PUBLISHED NEW MANAGER AND EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS AND LAUNCHED A 24-HOUR ETHICS HOTLINE FOR ALL EMPLOYEES. THE NEW DEPARTMENT POLICIES COVER ISSUES SUCH AS HEALTH AND SAFETY, ETHICS, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND OVERTIME. THE DEPARTMENT ALSO RELEASED AN UPDATED HIRING GUIDE INCLUDING MANDATORY PROCEDURES FOR CHECKING REFERENCES AND PERSONNEL DOCUMENTS DURING THE VETTING PROCESS.

YOSEMITE CLIMBERS NEARING THE TOP (PI) JB 1/14/15

TWO ROCK CLIMBERS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ARE NEARING THE TOP OF THEIR HISTORIC GOAL.

THE TWO CLIMBERS ATTEMPTING TO BE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO FREE CLIMB ONE OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARKS SHEER GRANITE FACES ARE ALMOST AT THE SUMMIT. 30 YEAR OLD KEVIN JORGESON OF SANTA ROSA AND 36 YEAR OLD COLORADO RESIDENT TOMMY CALDWELL WILL MOST LIKELY COMPLETE THE REMAINING PITCH UP THE DAWN WALL ON EL CAPITAN WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE MEN HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO FREE CLIMB THE 3,000 SUMMIT WITHOUT ADDITIONAL CLIMBING AIDES FOR THE PAST 17 DAYS.

FT BRAGG GREEN ALLEYS PROJECT MEETING SCHEDULED (EVR) JB 1/14/15

A PUBLIC MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR FORT BRAGGS GREEN ALLEYS PROJECT.

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG AND THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD WILL BE HOLDING AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THE CITYS GREEN ALLEYS LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT. THE CITY RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD FOR THE GREEN ALLEYS PROJECT TO DEMONSTRATE THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT ON STORM WATER QUALITY WHILE REDUCING THE COSTS OF CONVENTIONAL STORM WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS CURBS AND GUTTERS. THE PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 22, AT 11 AM AT FORT BRAGG CITY HALL.

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR IN UKIAH NEAR BE-BOPS (LAW) JB 1/14/15

A PEDESTRIAN IN THE CROSSWALK WAS STRUCK BY A CAR ON TUESDAY NEAR BE-BOPS DINER.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS AND UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTH STATE STREET AND WASHINGTON AVENUE TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO THE REPORT OF THE ACCIDENT. A WITNESS AT THE SCENE STATED THAT THE VICTIM, WHO WAS IN THE CROSSWALK AT THE TIME, WAS STRUCK BY SILVER DODGE HATCHBACK AND THEN LANDED ON THE ROAD ON HIS HEAD. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE AND THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY AUTHORITIES.

MORE INMATES RELEASED UNDER PROPOSITION 47 (LAW) JB 1/14/15

SINCE THE PASSING OF PROPOSITION 47 LAST NOVEMBER, AT LEAST 65 INMATES FROM THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT SINCE THE MEASURE WAS PROPOSED, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE OFFICIALS ACROSS THE STATE WARNED OF THE LAWS IMPLICATIONS. OPPONENTS CLAIM THE LAWS TITLE AS THE SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SCHOOLS ACT WAS MISLEADING AS THE LAW GRANTS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF CRIMINALS IN SOME CASES AND DOES NOT MANDATE A CRIMINAL ATTEND ANY REHABILITATION PROGRAMS OR BE SUPERVISED UNDER PROBATION AFTER THEIR RELEASE. SUSPECTS OF THEFT FROM OPEN BUSINESSES AND OF POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS ARE NOW CITED INSTEAD OF ARRESTED.

DECEMBER STORM AS LITTLE EFFECT ON WELLS (EVR) JB 1/14/15

DESPITE THE SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF RAIN RECEIVED IN DECEMBER, IT HAS SHOWN LITTLE OR NO EFFECT TO WELL LEVELS IN LAKE COUNTY.

LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS REPORTED THAT A MAJORITY OF THEIR WATER SYSTEMS ARE STILL UNDER MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION ORDERS DUE TO THE THREE YEARS OF DROUGHT AND DRY WEATHER BEFORE DECEMBERS HEAVY RAINS. ONLY 2 OF THE 10 SYSTEMS MANAGED BY LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS HAVE SHOWN A DECREASE IN THEIR WATER URGENCY LEVEL. WHILE THE AREA DID RECEIVE HIGHER THAN AVERAGE RAINFALL TOTALS, MOST OF THE WATER RAN OFF AND HAD NO EFFECT ON THE WATER TABLES.

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