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PALACE HOTEL OWNER GIVEN MORE TIME AGAIN (GOV) JB 10/17/14

THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL, ONCE AGAIN, HAS BEEN GRANTED A TIME EXTENSION TO COMPLETE REQUIRED TASKS ON THE RENOVATION PROJECT.

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED ON WEDNESDAY TO ALLOW OWNER ELADIA LAINES MORE TIME TO COMPLETE A VARIETY OF TASKS ON THE DRAWN OUT PROJECT. THE CONTRACTOR ON THE PROJECT, WHO STATED HE HAS PUT MORE THAN $400,000 OF HIS MONEY AND TWO YEARS INTO THE PROJECT, RECENTLY FILED A $415,000 LIEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY FOR NON-PAYMENT. WHILE MANY PEOPLE SEE THE DELAYS IN THE PROJECT AS THE FAULT OF THE OWNER, MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN PUTS THE BLAME ON A STATE AGENCY. HE ALSO ADDED THAT HEADLINES IN THE NEWSPAPER HAVE BEEN MAKING IT SEEM AS IF THE COUNCIL IS BEING WEAK BY CONTINUING TO GIVE LAINES MORE TIME. THE NEXT VOTE ON THE ISSUE IS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 19.

OPENING OF UKIAH HIGH GYM DELAYED (ED) JB 10/17/14

THE OPENING OF THE NEWLY RENOVATED GYM AT UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN DELAYED.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE OPENING OF THE NEW UKIAH SCHOOL GYM HAS BEEN DELAYED, MOVING THE SCHOOLS VOLLEYBALL GAMES TO POMOLITA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BASKETBALL PRACTICES TO MENDOCINO COLLEGE. THE ARCHITECT OVERSEEING THE MODERNIZATION PROJECTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL SAID THE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY SUBCONTRACTOR ISSUES, INCLUDING ONE THAT DIDNT HAVE THE PROPER LICENSE. THE TARGET DATE FOR THE OPENING OF THE GYM HAS BEEN MOVED FROM NOVEMBER TO JANUARY, IF ALL GOES WELL.

HVLA, UNION DISAGREE OVER WAGE PROPOSALS (ECN) JB 10/17/14

THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE ASSOCIATION AND A GROUP OF UNION WORKERS DISAGREE OVER WAGE PROPOSALS.

A GROUP OF ABOUT 15 MEMBERS OF THE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA LOCAL 324 RALLIED LAST WEEK IN SUPPORT OF A NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HVLA AND 15 UNION GREENSKEEPERS AND ABOUT 10 UNION MAINTENANCE WORKERS. THE UNION IS IN OPPOSITION OF WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS A 30 PERCENT PAY CUT, FROM $14 TO $9 PER HOUR, AND TO PAY 30 PERCENT ON MEDICAL AND RETIREMENT. A UNION REPRESENTATIVE STATED THAT SOME OF THEIR PEOPLE WONT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT AND WOULD END UP ON WELFARE.

LAKEPORT OFFICER OF THE YEAR NAMED (LAW) JB 10/17/14

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS NAMED THEIR POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR.

AT A CEREMONY ON MONDAY, 35-YEAR-OLD OFFICER JOSEPH EASTHAM RECEIVED THE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD BY THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT. EASTHAM HAS BEEN WITH THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT SINCE APRIL OF 2011 AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED NUMEROUS TIMES FOR OUTSTANDING POLICE WORK AND HAS RECEIVED EIGHT DEPARTMENT COMMENDATIONS FOR HIS FIREARM SKILLS, PROFESSIONALISM, AND SKILLED POLICE WORK. LPD CHIEF BRAD RASMUSSEN STATED THAT EASTHAM WAS SELECTED FOR THIS AWARD DUE TO HIS INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, TENACITY AND GOOD TEAM WORK.

LAKE COUNTY TRIBES GET NEARLY $1M IN GRANTS (GOV) JB 10/14/17

SEVERAL LAKE COUNTY TRIBES RECEIVED NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ON TRIBAL LANDS.

FIVE LAKE COUNTY TRIBES HAVE RECEIVED OVER $945,000 IN FUNDS THROUGH THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY EDUCATION, AND CAPACITY BUILDING. THE EPA ANNOUNCED AT THE 22ND ANNUAL REGIONAL TRIBAL CONFERENCE THAT A TOTAL OF $5.4 MILLION IN FUNDING HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO INVEST IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIBAL PROJECTS, WITH $18.8 MILLION AWARDED TO TRIBES STATEWIDE. ACCORDING TO THE EPA, THIS FUNDING WILL HELP CONSERVE PRECIOUS WATER RESOURCES, CREATE JOBS, AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE ON TRIBAL LANDS.

TWO VICTIMS REPORT BEING FLASHED IN FT BRAGG (LAW) JB 10/17/14

TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS OF A FLASHER HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN FORT BRAGG THIS MONTH.

TWO VICTIMS THIS MONTH HAVE REPORTED INCIDENTS INVOLVING MEN EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO THEM BEFORE FLEEING THE SCENE. THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED ON GLASS BEACH DRIVE ON OCTOBER 2 AND AT STARBUCKS ON OCTOBER 9. THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MEN AND GET-AWAY VEHICLES VARY BETWEEN THE STORIES AND AUTHORITIES ARE NOT SURE IF THE TWO INCIDENTS ARE RELATED. THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT ASKS THAT ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE IDENTITY OF THE FLASHERS, OR WHO HAS EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR SITUATION, TO CONTACT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY AT 961-2800.

LOCAL FISHERMAN RECOVER SEISMOLOGY BUOY (EVR) JB 10/17/14

LOCAL FISHERMAN CAUGHT SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT WHEN THEY RECOVERED A SEISMOLOGY BUOY WHILE FISHING.

LOCAL FORT BRAGG FISHERMAN BILL FORKNER AND HIS CREW WERE SURPRISED WHEN THEY ENCOUNTERED WHAT APPEARED TO BE A LARGE FLOATING YELLOW PLASTIC BUOY WHILE ALBACORE FISHING ABOUT 60 MILES OFF THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST. THE BUOY THEY RECOVERED WAS MARKED JAPAN MARINE RESEARCH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER AND TURNED OUT TO BE AN ON-BOTTOM SEISMOGRAPH THAT WAS PART OF AN ARRAY SET DEEP ON THE OCEAN BOTTOM ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, TO STUDY EARTHQUAKES. SCIENTISTS WERE THRILLED TO RECOVER THE BUOY AND PLANNED TO SEND BILL FORKNER A GENEROUS REWARD.

2-1-1 MENDOCINO HELPS CONNECT CITIZENS, RESOURCES (PI) 10/17/14

2-1-1 MENDOCINO IS HELPING TO CONNECT CITIZENS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED.

IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALLING 2-1-1 CONNECTS CITIZENS TO A HELPFUL RESOURCE WHEN NEEDING ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE THE NEAREST PARENTING CLASS, HELP WITH HOUSING, FOOD BANK, OR CLASSES FOR ALCOHOL ABUSE, TO NAME A FEW. WITH FIRES BURNING IN THE AREA THE PAST FEW MONTHS, 2-1-1 MENDOCINO HELPED CONNECT PEOPLE IN NEED WITH RESOURCES DURING THE SITUATIONS AND AFTER THE FACT, INCLUDING ASSISTING DISPLACED FAMILIES. 2-1-1 MENDOCINO ALSO HAS THE ABILITY TO OFFSET CALLS TO 9-1-1 I AN EMERGENCY INVOLVING LOCAL, STATE, OR NATIONAL EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

COURT GRANTS MEASURE N PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION (LOW) JB 10/16/14

A FEDERAL COURT JUDGE HAS GRANTED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST LAKE COUNTY AND ITS OFFICIALS IN THE CURRENT MEASURE N CASE.

A SAN FRANCISCO FEDERAL COURT ON TUESDAY GRANTED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO STOP LAKE COUNTY AND ITS OFFICIALS FROM PERFORMING WARRANTLESS ABATEMENT ACTIONS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS. THE COURT STATED IN THE ORDER THAT THE PLAINTIFFS HAD MET THEIR BURDEN IN SHOWING THE NEED FOR THE INJUNCTION. THE COURT ONLY GRANTED THE INJUNCTION AGAINST LAKE COUNTY AND THE DEFENDANTS, INCLUDING THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES RATHER THAN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES.

WOMAN AIRLIFTED FROM TUESDAY MORNING CRASH (LAW) JB 10/16/14

A VEHICLE CRASH NEAR CLEARLAKE OAKS TUESDAY MORNING SENT ONE WOMAN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES.

CHP REPORTS STATE THAT THE CRASH INVOLVING A 1998 GMC PICKUP AND A 2010 PETERBILT SEMI OCCURRED JUST BEFORE 10 AM TUESDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 20 AT HILLSIDE DRIVE. THE PICKUP, DRIVEN BY 47-YEAR-OLD GEORGE WILDS, ATTEMPTED TO PASS THE SEMI OVER THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINE. DURING THE PASS ATTEMPT, WILDS PICKUP CLIPPED THE SEMI, CAUSING THE PICKUP TO OVERTURN AND EXIT THE HIGHWAY. 50 YEAR OLD LEANNE WILDS SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN THE CRASH AND WAS FLOWN BY REACH AIR AMBULANCE TO KAISER IN VACAVILLE.

BAY AREA FAULT SECTIONS ARE READY FOR A QUAKE (EVR) JB 10/16/14

SEVERAL URBAN SECTIONS OF THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT SYSTEM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAVE STORED ENOUGH ENERGY TO PRODUCE MAJOR EARTHQUAKES.

THREE FAULT SECTIONS HAYWARD, RODGERS CREEK, AND GREEN VALLEY ARE NEARING OR PAST THEIR AVERAGE RECURRENCE INTERVAL ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED IN THE BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA. THE STUDY MEASURES FAULT CREEP, THE SLOW MOVEMENT OF THE FAULTS THAT RELEASES PRESSURE ON THE PLATES, WHEN NO FAULT CREEP OCCURS, A FAULT IS CONSIDERED LOCKED AND STRESS WILL BUILD UNTIL RELEASED BY AN EARTHQUAKE. ACCORDING TO THE STUDY, THE FAULT SECTIONS HAVE ACCUMULATED ENOUGH STRAIN TO PRODUCE A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE.

WILLITS DUI CRASH DRIVER CHARGED WITH FELONIES (LAW) JB 10/16/14

A UKIAH WOMAN INVOLVED IN A FATAL CRASH IN AUGUST IS NOW FACING FELONY CHARGES STEMMING FROM THE INCIDENT.

20 YEAR OLD MARY BROWN-STEELE HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CHARGED WITH SUSPICION OF GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CAUSING BODILY INJURY. BROWN-STEELE WAS THE DRIVER IN A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF AN 18 YEAR OLD UKIAH MAN ON AUGUST 14. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE CONFIRMED BOTH FELONY CHARGES AND A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR OCTOBER 27 IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

MONTHLY TSUNAMI SIREN TESTING ON THE COAST (LAW) JB 10/16/14

MONTHLY TESTING OF THE TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM ON THE COAST WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH.

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, AND THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH THEREAFTER, THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL TEST THE TSUNAMI SIRENS IN FT BRAGG AND POINT ARENA. THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES WILL CONDUCT THE MONTHLY TESTING OF THE TSUNAMI SIRENS SYSTEM TO HELP ENSURE THE FUNCTIONALITY AND RELIABILITY OF THE SYSTEM. WHEN THE SIRENS ARE NOT USED FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD THEY CAN CORRODE, POSSIBLY CAUSING FAILURE. THE MONTHLY TESTS LESSENS THE LIKELIHOOD THAT CORROSION WILL TAKE PLACE.

2ND TEXAS HEATH WORKER TESTS POSITIVE FOR EBOLA (PI) JB 10/16/14

A SECOND TEXAS HEALTH WORKER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS.

THE EBOLA CRISIS IN THE U.S. TOOK ANOTHER ALARMING TURN WEDNESDAY WITH WORD THAT A SECOND DALLAS NURSE CAUGHT THE DISEASE FROM A PATIENT AND FLEW ACROSS THE MIDWEST ABOARD AN AIRLINER THE DAY BEFORE SHE FELT ILL, EVEN THOUGH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES SHOULD HAVE KEPT HER OFF THE PLANE. AMID GROWING CONCERN, PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA CANCELED A CAMPAIGN TRIP TO ADDRESS THE OUTBREAK AND VOWED THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WOULD RESPOND IN A MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE WAY TO EBOLA CASES IN THE UNITED STATES.

LAKE COUNTY SAMPLE BALLOTS CONTAIN ERRORS (GOV) JB 10/16/14

NEW SAMPLE BALLOTS ARE BEING ISSUED IN LAKE COUNTY DUE TO ERRORS IN THE ORIGINAL BOOKLETS.

THE LAKE COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS OFFICE SAID THAT NEW SAMPLE BALLOT BOOKLETS AND SUPPLEMENTAL BOOKLETS ARE BEING SENT TO VOTERS AFTER PRINTING ERRORS WERE DISCOVERED. THE ERRORS WERE MADE BY THE PRINTING VENDOR CONTRACTED BY THE REGISTRARS OFFICE. VOTERS RECEIVING A REPLACEMENT SAMPLE BALLOT BOOKLET SHOULD DESTROY THEIR FIRST SAMPLE BALLOT DUE TO THE INCORRECT INFORMATION.

DEPUTY SHERIFFS ASSOC. AGREEMENT APPROVED (GOV/LAW) JB 10/16/14

AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE DEPUTY SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY ON TUESDAY TO APPROVE A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE LAKE COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION. THE MEMORANDUM BETWEEN LAKE COUNTY AND THE DSA WAS REACHED AFTER MORE THAN 10 MONTHS OF NEGOTIATION, WITH SIGNIFICANT COMPROMISES MADE ON BOTH SIDES. ONE KEY POINT IS THAT THE COUNTY HAS COMMITTED FUNDING TO OFFSET RISING EMPLOYEE HEATH CARE COSTS WITH A HEALTHCARE STIPEND.

UKIAH VALLEY HOME INVASION SUSPECTS FACE JUDGE (LAW) JB 10/15/14

FOUR SUSPECTS REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN A UKIAH VALLEY HOME INVASION LAST WEEK FACED A SONOMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ON FRIDAY.

THE FOUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MEN, CHRISTOPHER MONTOYA, JOSE CABRERA, JONATHAN OTERO-CRUZ, AND FILOMINO NUNEZ, ALL ARE FACING MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES STEMMING FROM THE INCIDENT. ALL FOUR SUSPECTS WERE APPREHENDED NEAR GEYSERVILLE ON HIGHWAY 101 SHORTLY AFTER THE REPORTED INVASION ON REDEMEYER ROAD TOOK PLACE. EACH SUSPECTS BAIL AMOUNT WAS INCREASED TO $1 MILLION AT THE ARRAIGNMENT HEARING, AND THE FOUR ARE DUE BACK IN COURT TODAY TO ENTER PLEAS ON THE CHARGES AGAINST THEM.

RESIN TRUCK LOSES LID ON HIGHWAY 101 (LAW/TR) JB 10/15/14

A TRUCK TRANSPORTING RESIN ON HIGHWAY 101 LOST ITS LID YESTERDAY, SPLASHING SEVERAL CARS WITH THE STICKY SUBSTANCE.

THE MEYERS CONSTRUCTION TRUCK WAS HEADING SOUTHBOUND ON 101 FROM COVELO WHEN DRIVERS STARTED CALLING THE CHP TO COMPLAIN THAT THE TRUCK WAS SPILLING RESIN ON THE ROAD AND ON THEIR CARS. CHP AND THE REDWOOD EMPIRE HAZARDOUS INCIDENT TEAM RESPONDED TO THE INCIDENT AND WERE ABLE TO CAP THE LEAKING TRUCK, BUT RUINED SEVERAL PIECES OF EQUIPMENT IN THE PROCESS INCLUDING SEVERAL BREATHING APPARATUSES. THE TRUCKS DRIVER STATED HE WAS UNAWARE THAT THE LID WAS MISSING AND IT WAS UNKNOWN WHERE THE LID ENDED UP.

BOLES FIRE ARSON SUSPECT ARRESTED (LAW) JB 10/15/14

A RESIDENT OF WEED HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN CONNECTION WITH THE BOLES FIRE IN SISKIYOU COUNTY.

24 YEAR OLD RONALD BEAU MARSHALL WAS ARRESTED LAST SATURDAY AFTER A THREE WEEK JOINT INVESTIGATION BY THE WEED POLICE DEPARTMENT, SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, AND CAL FIRE. MARSHALL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE FELONY ARSON CHARGES AND HIS BAIL WAS SET AT $250,000. THE BOLES FIRE DESTROYED 516 ACRES, 157 HOMES, AND FORCED THE EVACUATION OF MORE THAN 4,000 PEOPLE. OVER 1,000 FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON THE FRONT LINES BATTLING THIS DESTRUCTIVE FIRE.

PALACE HOTEL ON UKIAH CITY COUNCIL AGENDA (GOV) JB 10/15/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT IS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS THE BELEAGUERED PALACE HOTEL REHABILITATION PROJECT.

CITY STAFF HAVE REVERSED THEIR POSITION ON HAVING A RECEIVER TAKE OVER THE PROCESS AND ARE NOW RECOMMENDING MONITORING PROGRESS BY THE HOTELS OWNER AS FAR AS MEETING ASSIGNED TASKS. THE THREE MAIN TASKS THAT ARE OF CONCERN TO THE COUNCIL INCLUDE SECURING THE BUILDING FROM VANDALISM AND WEATHER, PROOF OF A CONTRACT WITH BLUEWATER ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TO REMOVE EXISTING ASBESTOS ALONG WITH AN ESCROW ACCOUNT TO PAY THEM WITH, AND THE SUBMISSION OF AN ASBESTOS REMOVAL PLAN. THE COUNCIL WILL MEET TONIGHT AT 6 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 300 SEMINARY AVENUE.

COVERED CALIFORNIA TO DROP 10,000 APPLICANTS (GOV) JB 10/15/14

COVERED CALIFORNIA IS SET TO TERMINATE 10,000 COVERAGE APPLICANTS STATEWIDE FOR QUESTIONABLE CITIZENSHIP STATUS.

COVERED CALIFORNIA, THE STATE EQUIVALENT OF OBAMACARE OR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT PRETERMINATION NOTICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SENT OUT TO 10,474 APPLICANTS OR POLICY HOLDERS WHO WERE UNABLE TO VERIFY THEIR CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS. IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, COVERED CALIFORNIA INITIALLY SENT LETTERS TO 98,900 FAMILIES TO RESOLVE ELIGIBILITY INCONSISTENCIES IN THEIR 2014 ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS. THE NOTICES WILL PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS INFORMATION ABOUT COVERAGE REINSTATEMENT SHOULD LEGAL CITIZEN STATUS BE PRESENTED.

TWO COASTAL MEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT (LAW) JB 10/15/14

AN ATTACK ON A POINT ARENA MAN LAST WEEK LED TO THE ARREST OF TWO COASTAL MEN FOR ASSAULT.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO THE GARCIA RIVER CASINO IN POINT ARENA LAST WEEK TO THE REPORT OF A FIGHT. DEPUTIES CONTACTED ONE MALE ADULT VICTIM WHO HAD SUSTAINED MAJOR TRAUMA TO HIS HEAD AND UPPER BODY REQUIRING MEDICAL TREATMENT. THE VICTIM REPORTED THAT HE HAD BEEN AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY WHEN HE WAS ATTACKED BY SEVERAL MAN WHO FLED BEFORE THE DEPUTIES ARRIVED. AN INVESTIGATION CONCLUDED THAT 22-YEAR-OLD MARCOS ESCARENO OF MANCHESTER AND 22 YEAR OLD RICHIE COBARRUBIA OF POINT ARENA WERE AMONG THE ATTACKERS. THE TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES.

FIREFIGHTERS MAKE PROGRESS ON WILDLAND FIRES (LAW) JB 10/15/14

FIREFIGHTERS ARE MAKING PROGRESS ON SEVERAL MAJOR WILDLAND FIRES ACROSS THE STATE.

STATE FIRE OFFICIALS STATED THAT LAST WEEKS HOTTER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS CONTRIBUTED TO MORE THAN 100 NEW FIRES ACROSS CALIFORNIA. DESPITE THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS, CAL FIRES LATEST FIRE SITUATION REPORT STATED THAT FIREFIGHTERS HAVE CONTINUED TO MAKE PROGRESS ON THE LARGEST OF THE INCIDENTS. THIS WEEKS RAIN SHOULD HELP FIREFIGHTERS IN THEIR BATTLE AGAINST THE STATES TWO BIGGEST FIRES, INCLUDING THE APPLEGATE FIRE IN PLACER COUNTY AND THE HAPPY CAMP COMPLEX IN SISKIYOU COUNTY.

CON. HUFFMAN ANSWERS QUESTIONS IN WILLITS (GOV) JB 10/15/14

CONGRESSMAN HUFFMAN IS SET TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SEVERAL TOPICS IN WILLITS TODAY.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT SECOND DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN JARED HUFFMAN WILL BE ANSWERING QUESTIONS FOR THOSE IN ATTENDANCE DURING THE COFFEE WITH YOUR CONGRESSMAN EVENT THIS MORNING. HUFFMAN HELD A SIMILAR EVENT OVER THE SUMMER WHERE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ASKED QUESTIONS RELATED TO MARIJUANA IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, THE WILLITS BYPASS, AND OVERSEAS TERRORISM, TO NAME A FEW. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD FROM 8:30-10 AM TODAY AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY MUSEUM.

TWO YEAR OLD BOY FOUND WALKING ALONE IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 10/14/14

A TWO-YEAR OLD BOY WAS FOUND LAST WEEK WALKING ALONE ON A UKIAH STREET.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE CALLED TO AN AREA OF JEFFERSON STREET NEAR THE GRACE HUDSON SCHOOL LAST THURSDAY TO A REPORT OF A YOUNG CHILD WANDERING THE STREETS. WORKING WITH MENDOCINO COUNTY CHILDRENS SERVICES, DEPUTIES WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE CHILDS HOME ON ADAMS LANE. THE CHILDS FATHER, 24 YEAR OLD ARMANDO ALVAREZ, HAD FALLEN ASLEEP WHEN THE CHILD DISAPPEARED FROM THE HOME. ALVAREZ WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

ABALONE DIVER DIES OFF MENDOCINO COAST. (LAW) JB 10/14/14

AN AUBURN MAN DIVING FOR ABALONE DIED OFF THE MENDOCINO COAST OVER THE WEEKEND.

MENDOCINO COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED SATURDAY TO A DIVER IN DISTRESS CALL SOUTH OF RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK. FAMILY MEMBERS OF 46-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL LIPSMEYER WERE ATTEMPTING CPR ON THE MAN AFTER HE SUFFERED A POSSIBLE MEDICAL PROBLEM AND STOPPED BREATHING. THE SITUATION TURNED INTO AN OCEAN RESCUE WHEN A STRONG WAVE WASHED THE DIVER BACK INTO THE OCEAN. LIPSMEYERS BODY WAS RECOVERED BY FIREFIGHTERS ON JET SKIS AND BROUGHT INTO SHORE. THIS IS AT LEAST THE FOURTH ABALONE-RELATED DEATH SINCE JUNE IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

SUNDAY FIRE DESTROYS CLEARLAKE MOBILE HOME (LAW) JB 10/14/14

A FIRE DESTROYED A MOBILE HOME IN THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE SUNDAY NIGHT.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM LAKE COUNTY FIRE, NORTHSHORE FIRE, AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE THAT WAS FIRST REPORTED JUST AFTER 8 PM AT A HOME ON MULLEN AVENUE NEAR AUSTIN ROAD. BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, THE MOBILE HOME WAS FULLY INVOLVED AND IT TOOK FIREFIGHTERS ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO COMPLETELY EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE. THE INITIAL STRUCTURE WAS A TOTAL LOSS, AND A SECOND TRAILER NEXT DOOR ALSO SUSTAINED DAMAGE IN THE FIRE. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CAL FIRE LIFTS AIRTANKER SAFETY STAND DOWN (LAW) JB 10/14/14

THE SAFETY STAND DOWN OF CAL FIRES GRUMMAN S-2T AIRTANKERS WAS LIFTED OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE TEMPORARY SAFETY STAND DOWN OF CAL FIRES FLEET OF 22 S-2T AIRTANKERS FOLLOWING LAST WEEKS FATAL PLANE CRASH, WAS LIFTED BY CAL FIRE OFFICIALS ON FRIDAY. FOLLOWING THE CRASH THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF CAL FIRE PILOT, GEOFFREY HUNT, AN EVALUATION OF THE PLANES AND THEIR PILOTS WAS ORDERED. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD FOUND THAT NO STRUCTURAL FAILURES OR AGING AIRCRAFT ISSUES WERE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH AND AIRBASE PERSONNEL WERE PERMITTED TO RESUME NORMAL FLIGHT ACTIVITIES.

KELSEYVILLE MAN KILLED IN HUMBOLDT CRASH (LAW) JB 10/14/14

A SOLO-VEHICLE CRASH LAST WEEK IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A YOUNG KELSEYVILLE MAN.

18-YEAR-OLD JOEL SANCHEZ SOSA WAS DRIVING A 2007 HUMMER H3 ALPHA SOUTHBOUND ON 101 SOUTH OF THE STAFFORD ROAD UNDERCROSSING WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. SOSA LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND IT WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND DOWN A STEEP EMBANKMENT, HITTING A MILE MARKER AND THEN TWO TREES. SOSA, WHO WAS WEARING HIS SEAT BELT, SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH. TWO JUVENILE PASSENGERS ION THE VEHICLE WERE IN INJURED IN THE CRASH AND WERE TRANSPORTED TO REDWOOD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

EARLY SUNDAY FIRE DESTROYS TRAILER (LAW) JB 10/14/14

NEIGHBORS ARE BEING CREDITED WITH PREVENTING AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TRAILER FIRE FROM GETTING TO WILDLAND OR DAMAGING OTHER NEARBY TRAILERS.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE FIRE THAT OCCURRED AT LE TRANION RESORT NEAR BLUE LAKES STARTED JUST AFTER 2:30 SUNDAY MORNING. THE TRAVEL TRAILER THAT BURNED, WHICH WAS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 28 FEET, WAS PARKED AT THE RESORT IN A LONG-TERM CAPACITY. SEVERAL NEIGHBORS TOOK FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND HOSES AND KEPT THE BLAZE CONTROLLED TO THE TRAILER UNTIL FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED. ALTHOUGH THE TRAILER ITSELF WAS DESTROYED, THE ATTENTIVE NEIGHBORS WERE CREDITED BY FIRE OFFICIALS FOR THEIR QUICK ACTION.

SIMPLE FUELS TO PURCHASE YOKAYO BIOFUELS (PI/ECN) JB 10/14/14

BIODIESEL WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE LOCALLY WITH THE PENDING PURCHASE OF YOKAYO BIOFUELS.

THE CEO OF RECENTLY CLOSED YOKAYO BIOFUELS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT STEPS ARE UNDERWAY TO SELL THE ASSETS OF THE COMPANY, INCLUDING COLLECTED DEEP FRYER OIL AND EQUIPMENT, TO SIMPLE FUELS OF CHILCOOT, CALIFORNIA. SIMPLE FUELS WILL CONTINUE THE DELIVERY OF BIODIESEL TO CUSTOMERS AS WELL AS SUPPLYING FUEL TO THE RETAIL PUMPS LOCATED OFF TALMAGE ROAD, AT THE SOLAR LIVING CENTER, AND IN LAYTONVILLE. YOKAYOS PRODUCTION PLANT ON ORR SPRINGS ROAD WILL NOT BE USED FOR PROCESSING THE FUEL, AS THE NEW COMPANY WILL PRODUCE BIODIESEL FUEL AT THEIR PLANT BASED IN THE SIERRAS.

NEW CLEARLAKE PLANNING COMMISSIONER NAMED (GOV) JB 10/14/14

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPOINTED A NEW COMMISSIONER TO THE CLEARLAKE PLANNING COMMISSION.

THE RECORD BE REPORTED THAT, WITH A 4-0 VOTE LAST THURSDAY, MICHAEL VANDIVER WAS CHOSEN FROM A FIELD OF FIVE APPLICANTS TO FILL THE BOARDS VACANT POSITION, WHICH WAS OPENED AFTER COMMISSIONER AL BERNAL RESIGNED ON AUGUST 14. VANDIVER HAS BEEN A BOARD MEMBER OF LAKE COUNTY YOUTH SERVICES FOR TWO YEARS, AS WELL AS SERVING ON THE MEASURE H AND R COMMITTEES. HE WAS A FIREFIGHTER FOR 26 YEARS, SERVING FOR THREE YEARS ON THE BOARD OF FIREFIGHTERS AT THE PACIFIC BURN INSTITUTE. HIS TERM AS COMMISSIONER WILL EXPIRE ON MARCH 11.

DOOR TO DOOR SCAMMER IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 10/13/14

UKIAH RESIDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF A SCAMMER GOING DOOR TO DOOR CLAIMING TO BE WITH THE CITY OF UKIAH.

CITY OF UKIAH ELECTRIC CUSTOMER HAS REPORTED THAT A YOUNG MAN CLAIMING TO BE WITH THE CITY OF UKIAH WAS KNOCKING ON DOORS AND OFFERING ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTS BULBS. HE WANTED TO COME INSIDE TO COUNT HOW MANY BULBS THE RESIDENT NEEDED AND SAID HE WOULD RETURN WITH THE FREE BULBS. THE MAN WAS NOT WEARING ANY IDENTIFICATION OR A CITY OF UKIAH UNIFORM. THE CITY IS NOT CONTACTING CUSTOMERS DOOR TO DOOR AND RESIDENTS SHOULD BE SUSPICIOUS OF THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY AND CONTACT THE POLICE AT 463-6262 IF CONTACTED BY SUCH A PERSON.

WILLITS MAN SENT TO STATE PRISON FOR EXPLOSION (LAW) JB 10/13/14

A WILLITS MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR CAUSING AN EXPLOSION EARLIER THIS YEAR.

39-YEAR DAVID MADRIGAL WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR CAUSING A DRUG-RELATED EXPLOSION IN MARCH THAT COMPLETELY DESTROYED A HOLLY STREET RENTAL PROPERTY. HE WAS CONVICTED OF FELONIOUSLY AND RECKLESSLY CAUSING A FIRE OF A STRUCTURE WHEN HIS HONEY OIL LAB EXPLODED, COMPLETELY ENGULFING THE HOME IN FLAMES. MADRIGAL ADMITTED TO OPERATING THE LAB JUST BEFORE THE EXPLOSION AT THE SAME RESIDENCE WHERE HE AND HIS FAMILY LIVED, AND THAT HE WAS SELLING THE FINISHED DRUG TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT DURING RAIDS (LAW) JB 10/13/14

ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE MISCONDUCT IN LOCAL MARIJUANA RAIDS HAS SPARKED LEGAL ACTION.

AN ATTORNEY REPRESENTING A GROUP OF LOCAL MARIJUANA GROWERS HAS FILED A REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS WITH THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. THE GROUP IS SEEKING DOCUMENTS RELATING TO RAIDS CONDUCTED BY THE COUNTY OF MENDOCINO MARIJUANA ERADICATION TASKFORCE AND THE MENDOCINO MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE, CLAIMING THAT SEVERAL OF THE RAIDS WERE ABUSIVE OR ILLEGAL. THE REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS STATES THAT MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THE MCSO, COMMET AND THE MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE HAVE CONDUCTED ILLEGAL RAIDS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS.

MENDO NURSING CLASS ALL PASS BOARDS ON 1ST TRY (ED) JB 10/13/14

THE ENTIRE MENDOCINO COLLEGE NURSING CLASS PASSED THE STATE LICENSING EXAM ON THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT.

18 STUDENTS WHO HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED THE NURSING PROGRAM AND MENDOCINO COLLEGE SUCCESSFULLY PASSED THE NATIONAL COUNCIL LICENSURE EXAMINATION ON THEIR FIRST TRY. MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAS BEEN ABLE TO BOAST A STATE BOARD EXAMINATION PASS RATE OF 96 PERCENT IN THE PAST, WELL ABOVE THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE OF 86 PERCENT. THE NCLEX-RN EXAMINATION MEASURES THE COMPETENCIES NEEDED TO PERFORM SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY AS AN ENTRY-LEVEL NURSE AND MUST BE PASSED BEFORE A NURSE RECEIVES THEIR LICENSING.

SIX-FIGURE JUDGMENT AGAINST TRESPASS GROWER (LAW) JB 10/13/14

A MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE HAS IMPOSED A SIX FIGURE DAMAGES AWARD AGAINST A MAN WHO TRESPASSED ON HIS NEIGHBORS PROPERTY TO GROW MARIJUANA.

JUDGE JEANINE NADEL ISSUED A DECISION ON OCTOBER 6 AWARDING PLAINTIFFS MARIA AND ERNESTO SALAZAR OF COVELO A TOTAL OF $242,000 IN DAMAGES AGAINST DEFENDANT ROSS MATEJCEK. THE SALAZARS SUED MATEJCEK FOR TRESPASSING ON THEIR PROPERTY, TAKING LAND, WATER, AND TREES TO FACILITATE HIS MARIJUANA GROW. THE COURT FOUND THAT MATECJEK HAD CONSTRUCTED A ROAD AND REMOVED 225 TREES ON THE SALAZARS PROPERTY AND THAT HE WAS STEALING WATER FROM THEM TO FILL LARGE TANKS ON HIS GROW SITE.

NEW CALIFORNIA LAW HELPS INSURE MORE DRIVERS (GOV) JB 10/13/14

A NEW LAW WILL HELP MORE LOW-INCOME CALIFORNIANS PURCHASE AFFORDABLE AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE.

SENATE BILL 1273, SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR BROWN LAST MONTH, EXPANDS AND ENHANCES CALIFORNIAS LOW-COST AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE PROGRAM TO INCLUDE NON-CITIZEN INDIVIDUALS. THE NEW LAW MAKES NECESSARY REFORMS AND ENHANCEMENTS TO THE CLCA TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF CALIFORNIAS LOW-INCOME DRIVERS HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AUTO INSURANCE OPTIONS. THE SIGNING OF THE BILL NOW ALLOWS A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A LOW-COST INSURANCE OPTION THAT WOULD BE OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE.

AUTOPSY CONDUCTED ON DEAD COUNTY JAIL INMATE (LAW) JB 10/13/14

AN AUTOPSY WAS COMPLETED ON FRIDAY OF AN INMATE WHO DIED OF A SUSPECTED SUICIDE LAST WEEK AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

36-YEAR-OLD SHANE MURPHY WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS ON THE FLOOR OF HIS CELL LAST WEDNESDAY. INMATES AND JAIL STAFF WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN THEIR ATTEMPTS TO REVIVE MURPHY AND MEDICAL STAFF AT THE JAIL PRONOUNCED HIM DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF MURPHYS DEATH IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, PENDING THE RESULTS OF A TOXICOLOGY ANALYSIS THAT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 4-6 WEEKS.

ROAD WORK PROJECT THIS WEEK IN UKIAH (TR) JB 10/13/14

THERE IS AN ONGOING ROAD WORK PROJECT IN UKIAH THIS WEEK THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

SIERRA NEVADA CONSTRUCTION WILL BE PLACING SLURRY SEAL ON SEVERAL ROADS IN UKIAH FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS. NO CARS WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE ROADS BEING TREATED DURING WORK HOURS OF 7AM TO 6PM. ROADS BEING TREATED TODAY ARE DONNER LANE FROM INCLINE DRIVE TO HOMEWOOD, WIYATT DRIVE FROM POMO TO WASHO DRIVE, SOUTH BARNES STREET FROM BETTY ST TO CLAY, BETTY ST FROM MCPEAK TO OAK PARK, AND ALBRIGHT PLACE FROM OBSERVATORY TO THE END OF THE COURT

HOME INVASION SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN SONOMA (LAW) JB 10/10/14

FOUR MEN BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A RECENT UKIAH VALLEY HOME INVASION WERE APPREHENDED IN SONOMA COUNTY.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT FOUR SUSPECTS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED WITH A HOME INVASION ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ON REDEMEYER ROAD WERE APPREHENDED IN GEYSERVILLE BY SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES. THE SUSPECTS VEHICLE HAD BEEN PULLED OVER FOR A TRAFFIC INFRACTION AND THE MEN GAVE CONFLICTING STORIES OF WHY THEY WERE IN THE AREA. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE TURNED UP AN ASSAULT RIFLE, SHOTGUN, BINOCULARS, ZIP-TIES, AND 10 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA. THE FOUR MEN WERE BOOKED INTO THE SONOMA COUNTY JAIL WITH BAIL SET AT $500,000 EACH.

CAL FIRE GROUNDS REMAINING S-2T AIR TANKERS (LAW) JB 10/10/14

CAL FIRE HAS GROUNDED ITS GRUMMAN S-2T AIRCRAFT FOLLOWING THE RECENT FATAL AIR TANKER CRASH.

CAL FIRE STATED ON WEDNESDAY THAT THE AGENCY IS GROUNDING ITS 22 REMAINING S-2T AIRTANKERS AND WILL CARRY OUT A THOROUGH EVALUATION OF BOTH THE AIRCRAFT AND THEIR PILOTS AFTER A FATAL AIRTANKER CRASH ON TUESDAY. 13-YEAR VETERAN PILOT GEOFFREY HUNT WAS KILLED WHEN HIS S-2T AIRTANKER CRASHED WHILE FIGHTING THE DOG ROCK FIRE NEAR YOSEMITE. THE GRUMMAN S-2T AIRTANKERS IN CAL FIRES FLEET DATE BACK TO 1958, WHEN THEY WERE IN SERVICE AS NAVY PLANES BUT WERE COMPLETED RETROFITTED IN THE EARLY 2000S WHEN THEY WERE PUT IN SERVICE BY CAL FIRE. WITH THE TEMPORARY GROUNDING, CAL FIRE HAS MOVED ALTERNATIVE AIRCRAFT INTO CALIFORNIA TO FIGHT CURRENT FIRE INCIDENTS.

MENDO COUNTY AGENCIES GET FED HEALTH GRANTS (GOV) JB 10/10/14

SEVERAL MENDOCINO COUNTY AGENCIES HAVE BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL HEALTH GRANTS.

FIVE MENDOCINO COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS HAVE RECEIVED NEARLY $934,000 IN FEDERAL HEALTH-RELATED GRANT FUNDING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, MENTAL HEALTH PARITY AND ADDICTION EQUITY ACT. THE GRANTS ARE INTENDED TO AID COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, AS WELL AS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE. NORTH COAST OPPORTUNITIES, ROUND VALLEY INDIAN HEALTH CENTER, MENDOCINO-LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT, MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION AND THE MENDOCINO COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC WERE AMONG THE GRANT RECIPIENTS.

CAL FIRE TO HOST FACILITIES OPEN HOUSE OCT 11 (LAW) JB 10/10/14

CAL FIRE WILL BE HOLDING OPEN HOUSES OF THEIR FIRE STATIONS THIS WEEKEND.

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, CAL FIRE SONOMA-LAKE-NAPA UNIT WILL BE HOLDING OPEN HOUSES AND OPEN FIRE STATIONS ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 11. THE OPEN HOUSES PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY AND FIRE PERSONNEL AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY ACTIONS, OUTSIDE ON OF AN EMERGENCY INCIDENT. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO TAKE A TOUR OF THE FIRE STATIONS, SEE THE EQUIPMENT UP CLOSE AND VISIT WITH CAL FIRE PERSONNEL. THE OPEN HOUSES WILL BE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 FROM 9 AM UNTIL NOON.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY TO US CELL STORE (LAW) JB 10/10/14

A LAKE COUNTY MAN WAS ARRESTED DURING A BURGLARY OF THE US CELLULAR STORE IN LAKEPORT.

LAKEPORT POLICE WERE DISPATCHED ON EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING TO THE US CELLULAR STORE ON LAKEPORT BOULEVARD TO THE STORE ALARM SOUNDING. AS OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY WITNESSED 18 YEAR OLD DAVID ALAN BROWN CARRYING A MILK CRATE FULL OF CELL PHONES AND ACCESSORIES. AN OFFICER ORDERED BROWN TO THE GROUND AT GUNPOINT BUT THE SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO FLEE ON FOOT. BROWN WAS APPREHENDED AFTER A FOOT CHASE AND OVER $1,900 IN PROPERTY TAKEN FROM THE STORE WAS RECOVERED FROM THE SCENE. BROWN WAS ARRESTED HOWEVER A SECOND SUSPECT IN THE INCIDENT FLED THE SCENE AND IS STILL BEING SOUGHT BY POLICE.

FT BRAGG AWARDED $2 MILLION BLOCK GRANT (GOV) JB 10/10/14

THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG HAS BEEN AWARDED A $2 MILLION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NOTIFIED THE CITY OF FORT BRAGG THAT IT HAD BEEN AWARDED A $2 MILLION COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT THAT WILL FUND A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES. AMONG THE PROJECTS, THE GRANT WILL FUND $1.2 MILLION TO ASSIST THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITALITY CENTER WITH THE ACQUISITION OF FACILITIES TO PROVIDE HOMELESS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING UNITS. THE GRANT FUNDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY OF 2015.

MEASURE O, FORT BRAGG FIRE EQUIPMENT TAX (LAW) JB 10/10/14

VOTERS IN FORT BRAGG WILL MAKE THEIR CHOICE IN NOVEMBER WHETHER TO CONTINUE A SPECIAL FUND FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH MEASURE O.

ON NOVEMBER 4, VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO CONTINUE, AND INCREASE, A PARCEL TAX THAT FUNDS MUCH-NEEDED FIRE ENGINE AND APPARATUS REPLACEMENTS FOR THE FORT BRAGG FIRE DEPARTMENT. MEASURE O REFERS TO THE CITYS FIRE EQUIPMENT TAX THAT IS SET TO EXPIRE IN JUNE 2015 IF NOT RENEWED. THE TAX, CURRENTLY AT $18 PER PARCEL, WOULD INCREASE TO $22 PER PARCEL IF MEASURE O IS APPROVED. ACCORDING TO THE CITY, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 2,500 PARCELS WITHIN THE FORT BRAGG CITY LIMITS SUBJECT TO THE TAX.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS PLANNED ON POT MEASURES (PI) JB 10/10/14

SEVERAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS HAVE BEEN PLANNED IN LAKE COUNTY TO DISCUSS MARIJUANA BALLOT MEASURES.

RESIDENTS IN SOUTH LAKE COUNTY ARE INVITED TO ATTEND INFORMATIVE TOWN HALL MEETINGS FEATURING NEWS AND UPDATES ON TWO DIFFERENT MARIJUANA CULTIVATION BALLOT MEASURES APPEARING ON THE NOVEMBER ELECTION BALLOT. THE MEETINGS WILL OFFER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BALLOT MEASURES AND REVISIT THE BENEFITS OF MEASURE N, VOTED IN BY A MAJORITY OF LAKE COUNTY CITIZENS IN THE JUNE PRIMARY ELECTION. THE NEXT UPCOMING MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 6 PM, THURSDAY OCTOBER 16 AT THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER.

CAL FIRE AIRTANKER CRASHES IN YOSEMITE (LAW) JB 10/8/14

A CAL FIRE AIRTANKER ASSISTING WITH THE DOG ROCK FIRE HAS CRASHED NEAR YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.

CAL FIRE AND PARK OFFICIALS CONFIRMED THAT AN S-2T AIRTANKER CRASHED NEAR THE 130 ACRE FIRE AT APPROXIMATELY 4:30 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WITHIN A MILE FROM THE PARKS WEST ENTRANCE. RESCUE CREWS WERE WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH DIFFICULT TERRAIN TO REACH THE DOWNED PLANE AND THE CONDITION OF THE PILOT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED. IT WAS UNCLEAR IF THE PILOT WAS FLYING TO OR FROM THE FIRE OR WAS IN THE PROCESS OF DROPPING FIRE RETARDANT.

CITY OF UKIAH PROJECT INSPECTIONS QUESTIONED (GOV) JB 10/8/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL REVIEW CITY PROJECT INSPECTION PROCEDURES AFTER QUESTIONS WERE RAISED.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE COUNCIL WILL LOOK INTO CERTAIN CITY PROCEDURES AFTER CONCERNS WERE BROUGHT UP RECENTLY ABOUT HOW A WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT WAS HANDLED. AT THE COUNCILS LAST MEETING ON OCTOBER 1, COUNCIL MEMBER DOUG CRANE SAID SEVERAL PEOPLE HAD EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT HOW THE PROJECT TO REPLACE THE WATER MAIN AT CALVERT DRIVE AND WILLOW AVENUE HAD BEEN COMPLETED. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS FOUND THAT THERE WERE DIFFERENCES IN THE WORK IN PLACE AND THE PLAN DRAWINGS, THE COUNCIL VOTED 4-0 TO DECLARE THE PROJECT COMPLETE.

KONOCTI UNIFIED BOARD MAY MOVE 8TH GRADERS (ED) JB 10/8/14

THE KONOCTI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IS HOLDING A WORKSHOP TO LOOK HOW TO HANDLE THEIR LACK OF AVAILABLE CLASSROOMS.

FACED WITH A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF CLASSROOM SPACE, THE KONOCTI UNIFIED BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL MEET THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS BEST WAY TO UTILIZE SCHOOL FACILITIES. ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION BEING DISCUSSED AT THE WORKSHOP IS TO MOVE EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS TO THE LOWER LAKE HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS STARTING NEXT YEAR. THE WORKSHOP, PLANNED FOR TODAY AT 4:30, IS FOR DISCUSSION ONLY WITH NO ACTION TAKING PLACE. ANY PROGRAM OR FINANCING CHANGES THE BOARD AGREES TO PURSUE WOULD BE PLACED ON A FUTURE AGENDA.

UKIAH, OTHER CITIES DOING WELL IN SAVING WATER (EVR) JB 108/14

UKIAH RESIDENTS, ALONG WITH THE REST OF CALIFORNIA, ARE EXCELLING IN THEIR WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

THE CITY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR REPORTED THAT, AS OF LAST WEEK, UKIAH RESIDENTS WERE USING 1.9 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY. HE STATED THAT THE CURRENT WATER USE DURING THIS EXTENDED DROUGHT IS EVEN LESS THAN THE CITYS NORMAL WINTER USE. THE RECENT RAINS HELPED THE WATER LEVEL IN LAKE MENDOCINO SPIKE UP A BIT BUT, AS OF MONDAY, THE LAKE LEVEL WAS REPORTED AT JUST UNDER 30,000 ACRE FEET. THE STATE WATER BOARD STATED THAT EVERY GALLON SAVED TODAY POSTPONES THE NEED FOR MORE DRASTIC, DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE ACTION SHOULD THE DROUGHT CONTINUE INTO NEXT YEAR.

THREE NEW PROJECTS BEFORE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD (GOV) JB 10/8/14

AT LEAST THREE NEW PROJECTS WILL BE REVIEWED BY UKIAHS DESIGN REVIEW BOARD THIS WEEK.

ACCORDING TO THE AGENDA FOR THE BOARDS MEETING ON THURSDAY, THREE NEW ITEMS OF BUSINESS WILL BE CONSIDERED INCLUDING A MIXED USE PROJECT ON SOUTH ORCHARD AVENUE AND A RENOVATION PROJECT OF THE BURGER KING RESTAURANT ON EAST PERKINS STREET. THE THIRD ITEM WILL BE A SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT FOR A RACEWAY FOR RADIO CONTROLLED CARS AT THE REAR OF THE PARCEL AT 1147 NORTH STATE STREET, WHICH IS THE UKIAH SMOKE SHOP. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY AT 3 PM AT THE UKIAH CIVIC CENTER.

LEDAC TO HEAR DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT PLANS (GOV) JB 10/8/14

THE LAKEPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA THIS WEEK.

AT A MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TODAY, LAKEPORTS CURRENT SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR WILL PRESENT AN UPDATE ON PHASE TWO OF THE LAKEPORT DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. THE PLAN, AS IT IS CURRENTLY LAID OUT, WILL INCLUDE RELOCATING STREETLIGHTS AND WIDENING SIDEWALKS, INSTALLING NEW GRATES AND TREES, AND THE RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAVING OF MAIN STREET INCLUDING THE INSTALLATION OF SOME STREET FURNITURE. THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL IS SET TO CONSIDER AN AGREEMENT FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES AND CONSTRUCTION PLANS TO MOVE PHASE TWO FORWARD.

EARTHQUAKE IN COVELO MONDAY NIGHT (EVR) JB 10/8/14

SEVERAL EARTHQUAKES WERE REPORTED AROUND THE AREA IN THE PAST FEW DAYS.

ACCORDING TO THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, A 3.4 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE WAS REPORTED NEAR COVELO MONDAY EVENING. THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 9:03 PM AND WAS CENTERED 24 MILES NORTH OF COVELO AT A DEPTH OF 22.9 MILES. MONDAYS QUAKE FOLLOWS THE 3.9 MAGNITUDE TREMOR THAT OCCURRED AT 8:45 AM ON SATURDAY 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WILLITS AT A DEPTH OF ONLY 2.4 MILES.

CAL FIRE STRESSES SMOKE ALARM AWARENESS (LAW, PI) JB 10/8/14

CAL FIRE IS STRESSING SMOKE ALARM AWARENESS BY THE PUBLIC DURING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.

CAL FIRE IS JOINING FORCES WITH FIREFIGHTERS AND SAFETY ADVOCATES NATIONWIDE DURING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK TO REMIND CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING WORKING SMOKE ALARMS IN THE HOME AND TESTING THEM MONTHLY. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST NATIONAL RESEARCH, WORKING SMOKE ALARMS CUT THE CHANCE OF DYING IN A FIRE IN HALF. SMOKE ALARMS ARE ONE OF THE BEST AND LEAST EXPENSIVE SAFETY DEVICES YOU CAN BUY TO PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR HOME.

MISSING BOY FOUND AFTER TWO NIGHTS IN FOREST (LAW) JB 10/7/14

A 16 YEAR OLD WILLITS BOY WAS FOUND YESTERDAY AFTER BEING LOST IN THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST FOR NEARLY TWO DAYS.

KRISTOPHER NOVO WAS MILDLY DEHYDRATED BUT OTHERWISE HEALTHY WHEN SEARCHERS LOCATED HIM AROUND 12:45 MONDAY AFTERNOON. HE HAD BEEN HUNTING WITH FAMILY MEMBERS IN A REMOTE AREA OFF MCCOY RIDGE ROAD WHEN WE BECAME SEPARATED FROM THE GROUP ON SATURDAY. A SEARCH TEAM INCLUDING PERSONNEL FROM MARIN, LAKE, CONTRA COSTA, AND HUMBOLDT COUNTIES LOCATED THE BOY NEAR THE EEL RIVER, APPROXIMATELY 15 MILES FROM WHERE HE HAD BEEN LAST SEEN.

HEAD ON COLLISION RESULTS IN MAJOR INJURIES (LAW) JB 10/7/14

AT LEAST ONE PERSON SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN A HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 29 FRIDAY MORNING.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR BUTTS CANYON ROAD ON HIGHWAY 29 WHEN 59-YEAR-OLD ANGEL VILLALOBOS AND HIS TWO PASSENGERS COLLIDED WITH 56 YEAR OLD JEFFREY STORY. VILLALOBOS WAS ATTEMPTING TO TURN LEFT ON BUTTS CANYON ROAD WHEN THE TWO VEHICLES STRUCK HEAD-ON. 56-YEAR-OLD MIGUEL VILLALOBOS SUFFERED A BROKEN VERTEBRAE, BROKEN RIBS, AND A FRACTURED STERNUM AND BOTH HE AND ANGEL WERE TRANSPORTED BY REACH TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH IS STILL UNKNOWN.

JUDGE PROVIDES QUESTIONS FOR MEASURE N PARTIES (LAW) JB 10/7/14

THE JUDGE PRESIDING OVER THE FEDERAL MEASURE N LAWSUIT HAS PROVIDED QUESTIONS FOR BOTH PARTIES.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT, IN ADVANCE OF MONDAYS HEARING, JUDGE THELTON HENDERSON HAS ISSUED A LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR BOTH PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS TO CONSIDER IN THE FEDERAL CASE. HENDERSON REQUESTED THAT BOTH PARTIES COME PREPARED TO ADDRESS THE QUESTIONS ON MONDAY WHEN THE COURT WILL HEAR THE PLAINTIFFS MOTION FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION. HIS SEVEN QUESTIONS FOR THE PLAINTIFFS AND SIX FOR THE DEFENDANTS FOLLOW THE FILING OF THE DEFENSES RESPONSE TO THE PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINT AND A MOTION TO DISMISS THE COMPLAINT IN ITS ENTIRETY.

ST MARYS LAUNCHES RECYCLING PROGRAM (ED/EVR) JB 10/7/14

ST MARYS SCHOOL HAS LAUNCHED A NEWLY EXPANDED RECYCLING AND REUSE PROGRAM ON ITS CAMPUS.

ST MARYS STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS, ALONG WITH CUSTODIAN JIM WERNER HAVE LAUNCHED THE NO TRASH TALKING CAMPAIGN ON THE SCHOOL CAMPUS, WITH THE GOAL OF HAVING PERFECTLY CLEAN LUNCH TABLES BY RECYCLING EVERY PIECE OF LITTER. THE COUNCIL ALSO DECIDED TO ELIMINATE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES ON CAMPUS, SAVING MORE THAN 2000 OF THE PLASTIC BOTTLES FROM ENDING UP IN LANDFILLS. ST MARYS WAS RECENTLY AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL FOR ITS OUTSTANDING DEDICATION TO REDUCING WASTE AND PROMOTING RECYCLING THROUGH EDUCATION AND DAILY PRACTICES.

ADAM SPRINGS WELL CONTAMINATED WITH E. COLI (EVR) JB 10/7/14

THE WELL OF THE ADAMS SPRINGS WATER SYSTEM IN COBB HAS BEEN CONTAMINATED WITH E. COLI AND COLIFORM BACTERIA.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT, ACCORDING TO THE COBB AREA WATER GENERAL MANAGER, THE WELL WAS CLOSED IMMEDIATELY LAST WINTER AFTER THE CONTAMINATION WAS FOUND AND CANNOT BE USED AGAIN UNTIL MITIGATION IS COMPLETE, WHICH MAKE TAKE SEVERAL YEARS. THE CAUSE OF THE CONTAMINATION IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN AND THE DISTRICT IS CONDUCTING TESTS TO DISCOVER THEIR ORIGINS. UNTIL THE CONTAMINATION IS MITIGATED, THE 77 CUSTOMERS OF THE ADAMS SPRINGS WATER SYSTEM HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE COBB AREA WATER SYSTEM.

ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON IN LITTLE RIVER (LAW) JB 10/7/14

AN ARGUMENT IN LITTLE RIVER LED TO THE ARREST OF A WOMAN FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

DEPUTIES FROM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE RESPONDED SUNDAY TO A RESIDENCE ON HEADLANDS DRIVE IN LITTLE RIVER TO THE REPORT OF A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT. UPON ARRIVAL, DEPUTIES LEARNED THAT 72 YEAR OLD ELAINE MATTHEWS HAD SLAPPED AND POKED A KNIFE AT THE CHEST OF HER COHABITATING BOYFRIEND DURING AN ARGUMENT. DEPUTIES NOTICED EVIDENCE OF INJURIES THAT CORROBORATED THE BOYFRIENDS CLAIM. MATTHEWS WAS ARRESTED FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

SMALL FIRES NEAR KELSEYVILLE, LOWER LAKE (LAW) JB 10/7/14

THANKS TO FAST RESPONSES ON MONDAY, FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY CONTAINED TWO WILDLAND FIRES NEAR KELSEYVILLE AND LOWER LAKE.

THE FIRST FIRE, LOCATED NEAR HIGHWAY 175 AND WILDCAT ROAD, WAS REPORTED AT 10 AM AND BURNED ABOUT A QUARTER ACRE AS FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO CONTEND WITH DOWNED POWER LINES WHILE FIGHTING THE BLAZE. THE SECOND FIRE, REPORTED JUST AFTER 1 PM, WAS LOCATED IN THE AREA OF NOBLE RANCH ROAD AND ROCKY TRAIL NEAR LOWER LAKE. FIREFIGHTERS FROM LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT AND CAL FIRE WERE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE WITHIN AN HOUR, HOLDING ITS SIZE TO AN ACRE AND A HALF. INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE OF BOTH FIRES.

TEMPORARY DETOUR TO MENDOCINO WOODLANDS (TR) JB 10/7/14

THERE IS A TEMPORARY DETOUR FROM TRAVELERS HEADING TO THE MENDOCINO WOODLANDS.

STARTING THIS WEEK, ACCESS WITHIN JACKSON DEMONSTRATION STATE FOREST ON ROAD 700 IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL UNAUTHORIZED MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC. AS ROAD 700 IS THE PRIMARY ACCESS ROAD TO THE MENDOCINO WOODLANDS STATE PARK, AN ALTERNATE ROUTE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED VIA JDSF ROAD 720. THIS IS A TEMPORARY CLOSURE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE A ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS CONDUCTED ON ROAD 700. THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE TWO WEEKS, AND THE AREA REOPENED BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17.

EARLY RAINS HELP WITH CURTAILED WATER RIGHTS (EVR) JB 10/6/14

EARLY RAINS TO THE REGION MAY SPELL RELIEF FORCURTAILED WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS.

THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT CURTAILED WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS IN THE RUSSIAN AND EEL RIVER WATER SHEDS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SIGNIFICANT EARLY PRECIPITATION EVENTS ON A LIMITED BASIS. EARLY STORM EVENTS, WHICH MAY NOT PROVIDE ENOUGH PRECIPITATION TO PERMANENTLY LIFT CURTAILMENTS, DO OFFER IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITIES TO CAPTURE NEEDED RAINWATER. CURTAILED WATER RIGHTS HOLDERS WILL BE ABLE TO DIVERT OR STORE WATER ON A TEMPORARY BASIS WHEN STORMS OCCUR AND WILL BE NOTIFIED IN REAL-TIME BY THE WATER BOARD OF THE TEMPORARY RELAXATION OF CURTAILMENTS.

WATER PUMP STOLEN FROM LUCERNE COMM. GARDEN (LAW) JB 10/6/14

THE LUCERNE COMMUNITY GARDEN WAS A VICTIM OF BURGLARY LAST WEEK.

THE COMMUNITY GARDEN THAT HAS SERVED RESIDENTS OF LUCERNE FOR NEARLY A DECADE WAS BURGLARIZED LAST WEEK, WHICH RESULTED IN THE LOSS OF A SOLAR PUMP VALUED AT $1,000. THIEVES REPORTEDLY CUT THE LOCKS OFF OF THE GARDENS STORAGE SHED AND STOLE THE PUMP ALONG WITH ITS COPPER WIRING SOMETIME BETWEEN NOON WEDNESDAY AND 2 PM THURSDAY LAST WEEK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE STOLEN EQUIPMENT IS ASKED TO CALL ROBERT PATTON AT 318-8983.

REDWOOD VALLEY BRIDGE TO BE REPLACED NEXT YEAR (TR) JB 10/6/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WANTS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH REPLACING A BRIDGE IN REDWOOD VALLEY.

PENDING THE APPROVAL BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS LOOKING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH REPLACING THE REEVES CANYON ROAD BRIDGE NEXT SUMMER. THE CURRENT TIMBER DECK BRIDGE WOULD BE REPLACED WITH ONE OF REINFORCED CONCRETE AND THE ROADWAY WOULD BE BOTH WIDENED AND REALIGNED. THE EXISTING BRIDGE WOULD REMAIN OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION OF THE $2.5 MILLION REPLACEMENT, AND WOULD REMOVED AND DISPOSED OF AFTER THE NEW BRIDGE HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

BOS TO DISCUSS NEW CALSTAR HELICOPTERS TUESDAY (GOV) JB 10/6/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ARE LOOKING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A RESOLUTION FOR NEW CAL STAR HELICOPTERS.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL MEET ON TUESDAY TO DISCUSS AN APPLICATION MADE BY CAL STAR TO THE CALIFORNIA STATEWIDE COMMUNITIES DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE FINANCING OF ADDITIONAL HELICOPTERS AT ITS FACILITY IN UKIAH. IF APPROVED BY THE BOARD, FUNDING MAY BE PROVIDED FROM THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING AND COME FORWARD WITH COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSAL BEFORE ANY ACTION IS TAKEN.

POT DIVERSIONS NAMED AS THREAT TO SALMON (EVR) JB 10/6/14

A NEW PLAN FOR SALMON RECOVERY ON THE EEL RIVER IS EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF MARIJUANA WATER DIVERSIONS.

AN EXTENSIVE COHO SALMON RECOVERY STRATEGY RELEASED TUESDAY BY THE NOAA FISHERIES SERVICE NAMES MARIJUANA CULTIVATION FROM MENDOCINO COUNTY TO SOUTHERN OREGON AS A THREAT TO THE DWINDLING SPECIES. THE EEL RIVER BASIN AS WELL AS THE TRINITY RIVER, REDWOOD CREEK AND MATOLLE RIVER WERE IDENTIFIED AS REGIONS HEAVILY IMPACTED BY MARIJUANA GROWS. PROLIFIC MARIJUANA CULTIVATION DIVERTS LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER FROM THE WATERSHEDS. ACCORDING TO THE STUDY, EEL RIVER SALMON ARE CONSIDERED AT A HIGH RISK OF EXTINCTION.

CRASH OVER MENDOCINO COAST CLIFF INVESTIGATED (LAW) JB 10/6/14

A VEHICLE CRASH OVER A MENDOCINO COAST CLIFF MAY HAVE BEEN INTENTIONAL.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DETECTIVES ARE INVESTIGATING WHETHER AN OUT-OF-COUNTY MOTHER INTENTIONALLY DROVE HER VEHICLE, CONTAINING ONE OR MORE OF HER CHILDREN, OFF HIGHWAY 1 ON THE MENDOCINO COAST. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED SOMETIME BEFORE 11:22 FRIDAY MORNING AND THE SUSPICION OF CRIMINAL INTENT WAS BASED ON A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION BY CHP OFFICERS. A CHILD INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT WAS FLOWN TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN OAKLAND AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CASE, INCLUDING THE NAME OF THE WOMAN, HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED BY INVESTIGATORS.

EDFC FUNDING TO LAKE, MENDO ENTREPRENEURS (ECN) JB 10/6/14

THE USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HAS AWARDED FUNDING TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS IN LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HAS AWARDED THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & FINANCING CORPORATION $605,000 IN FUNDING UNDER THE RURAL MICROENTREPRENEUR ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. EDFC IS A NON PROFIT AGENCY PROVIDING LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY SMALL BUSINESSES WITH START UP AND EXPANSION SUPPORT. UNDER THE PROGRAM, THE EDFC WILL MAKE MICROLOANS OF $50,000 OR LESS FOR BUSINESS START-UP OR DEVELOPMENT TO ELIGIBLE MICROENTREPRENEURS, $105,000 OF THE USDA LOAN IS AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING TO LOAN RECIPIENTS.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE EVENT TUESDAY NIGHT (GOV) JB 10/6/14

AN EVENT THAT WILL ALLOW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL IS SET FOR TUESDAY NIGHT.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT ORGANIZERS OF THE EVENT, WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE OFFICE, ABOVE SIMONAS RESTAURANT, SAID THE SETUP WILL RESEMBLE SPEED DATING, ALLOWING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC 5 MINUTES OF CONVERSATION WITH A CANDIDATE BEFORE MOVING ON TO THE NEXT. THE CANDIDATES INCLUDE CURRENT UKIAH MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN, JIM O. BROWN, KEVIN DOBLE, MARK HILLIKER, JOHN JOHNS, CHRISTIAN LUIZ, MIRANDA MOTT AND MAUREEN MO MULHEREN. THE EVENING WILL BEGIN AT 5:30 WITH MINGLING, THEN THE SPEED CANDIDATING BEGINS AT 6PM.

LOCAL MOTORCYCLE RACER RETIRES SETS WORLD RECORD (PI) JB 10/3/14

LOCAL MOTORCYCLE SPEED LEGEND TOM LIBERATORE IS RETIRING FROM THE SPORT AFTER SETTING TWO LAND SPEED WORLD RECORDS RECENTLY.

60 YEAR OLD TOM LIBERATORE, KNOWN IN MOTORCYCLE CIRCLES AS THE FLYING MERKEL HAS BEEN CHASING WORLD LAND SPEED RECORDS FOR 11 YEARS. ON HIS MOST RECENT, AND FINAL, RUN IN THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, TOM SET TWO NEW LAND SPEED RECORDS ON HIS 1975 MOTO GUZZI 750 MOTORCYCLE. TOM HAS DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM THE SPORT SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. THE TALMAGE MOTORCYCLE LEGEND LEAVES THE SPORT AS A FOUR TIME WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD HOLDER.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL IN REDWOOD VALLEY (LAW) JB 10/3/14

AN ARGUMENT LED TO THE ARREST OF A REDWOOD VALLEY MAN ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BATTERY.

DEPUTIES FROM THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE WERE DISPATCHED TO A REPORTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT AT AN ADDRESS ON REEVES CANYON ROAD IN REDWOOD VALLEY. UPON ARRIVAL, DEPUTIES CONTACTED THE FEMALE VICTIM WHO STATED THAT SHE WAS INVOLVED IN AN ARGUMENT WITH HER COHABITATING BOYFRIEND, 31 YEAR OLD DANIEL SPRINGSGUTH. DURING THE ARGUMENT, SPRINGSGUTH ELBOWED THE WOMAN IN THE FACE, CAUSING INJURY THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL TREATMENT. SPRINGSGUTH WAS ARRESTED FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BATTERY AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

AGGRESSIVE SCAMMER CALLING FT BRAGG RESIDENTS (LAW) JB 10/3/14

AN AGGRESSIVE PHONE SCAMMER HAS BEEN TARGETING RESIDENTS OF FORT BRAGG.

NUMEROUS REPORTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY AUTHORITIES IN FORT BRAGG OF A PHONE SCAMMER THAT MAY BE FOCUSING ON OLDER RESIDENTS IN FORT BRAGG. THE SCAMMER CALLS PEOPLE AND TELLS THEM THEY HAVE WON THE PUBLISHERS CLEARINGHOUSE SWEEPSTAKES. HE STATES HE IS TOWN TO DELIVER THEIR CHECK, ASKS FOR THEIR ADDRESS, AND TELLS THEM THEY NEED TO GO PURCHASE A $250 PREPAID CREDIT CARD TO COVER HANDLING COSTS. POLICE WARN RESIDENTS NOT TO COMPLY WITH THE SCAMMERS REQUESTS AND TO CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT IF YOU ARE CALLED BY THIS PERSON.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL OKS STRONGER CAMPING LAWS (GOV) JB 10/3/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WEDNESDAY OFFICIALLY ADOPTED TWO ORDINANCES BOOSTING THE PENALTIES FOR CAMPING AND PANHANDLING IN THE CITY.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE NEW ORDINANCE PENALTIES NOW GIVE THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS THE OPTION TO CHARGE VIOLATORS OF THE ORDINANCES WITH MISDEMEANOR CRIMES ON THE FIRST OFFENSE. BEFORE THE COUNCIL INTRODUCED THE MODIFIED ORDINANCES, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE RAMIFICATIONS, WHILE OTHERS URGED THE COUNCIL TO MOVE FORWARD. COUNCIL MEMBER BENJ THOMAS SAID HE DID NOT WANT TO VIOLATE PEOPLES RIGHTS, BUT HE ALSO WANTED TO ABATE THE TRASHING OF THE WATERWAYS.

CLEARLAKE COUNCIL REMAINS NEUTRAL ON PROP 47 (GOV) JB 10/3/14

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO REMAIN NEUTRAL IN THE MATTER OF PROPOSITION 47.

THE IDEA OF OPPOSING PROPOSITION 47 WAS BROUGHT TO THE COUNCIL BY CLEARLAKE POLICE CHIEF CRAIG CLAUSEN LAST WEEK. PROPOSITION 47 WOULD MANDATE MISDEMEANORS INSTEAD OF FELONIES FOR CRIMES SUCH AS SHOPLIFTING, GRAND THEFT, RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY, FORGERY, AND FRAUD AS LONG AS THE VALUE OF THE INFRACTION DOESNT EXCEED $950. PERSONAL USE OF MOST ILLEGAL DRUGS WOULD ALSO BE SENTENCED AS MISDEMEANORS INSTEAD OF FELONIES. PROPOSITION 47 IS WIDELY OPPOSED BY NEARLY ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, AS WELL AS VICTIMS RIGHTS GROUPS.

MEASURE N DEFENDANTS REQUEST CASE DISMISSAL (LAW) JB 10/3/14

DEFENDANTS IN THE FEDERAL CASE REGARDING MEASURE N HAVE REQUESTED THE CASE BE DISMISSED.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT THE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING LAKE COUNTY AND FOUR COUNTY OFFICIALS AS DEFENDANTS IN A FEDERAL LAWSUIT CONCERNING WARRANTLESS MARIJUANA RAIDS FILED A RESPONSE TO THE PLAINTIFFS COMPLAINTS ON MONDAY, AS WELL AS A MOTION TO DISMISS THE CASE IN ITS ENTIRETY. THE RESPONSE OUTLINES SEVERAL INEFFICIENCIES IN CLAIMS MADE BY THE PLAINTIFFS UNDER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE U.S CODE, THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE AND THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE. THE MOTION TO DISMISS IS SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 24.

COUNTY WATER PROJECTS POSSIBLE FOR STATE FUNDING (GOV) JB 10/3/14

THANKS TO STATE EMERGENCY DROUGHT FUNDS, 3 MAJOR LAKE COUNTY WATER PROJECTS HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF MOVING FORWARD.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES OPENED APPLICATIONS FOR PROP 84 EMERGENCY DROUGHT GRANT FUNDS EARLIER THIS SPRING. LAKE COUNTY SPECIAL DISTRICTS SUBMITTED THREE PROPOSALS FOR ITS COUNTY SERVICE AREAS AT PARADISE VALLEY, SPRING VALLEY AND MT HANNAH FOR CONSIDERATION OF THOSE FUNDS. THE 3 LAKE COUNTY PROJECTS, TOTALING JUST OVER $2.6 MILLION, ARE AMONG 110 PROJECTS THAT THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IS RECOMMENDING TO BE FUNDED UNDER THE PROP 84 GRANTS.

AUTO THEFT IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT (LAW) JB 10/3/14

THE UKIAH POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A CAR STOLEN FROM THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT.

UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS RESPONDED ON TUESDAY TO THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT TO A REPORT OF A VEHICLE THEFT THAT JUST OCCURRED. THE VEHICLE REPORTED STOLEN IS A 1998 ACURA INTEGRA WITH CALIFORNIA PLATS, LICENSE NUMBER 6VIX825. OFFICERS LEARNED THAT WHILE THE VEHICLE OWNER WAS TALKING WITH A WAL-MART EMPLOYEE, HE WITNESSED HIS CAR BEING DRIVEN OUT OF THE PARKING LOT. THE VEHICLE WAS LAST SEEN GOING NORTH ON AIRPORT BOULEVARD. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS VEHICLE IS REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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