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CLEARLAKE WOMAN DIES IN EARLY SATURDAY WRECK (LAW) JB 9/1/14

A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 20 NEAR NICE CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A CLEARLAKE WOMAN.

CHP REPORTS STATE THAT THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT APPROXIMATELY 3:38 AM SATURDAY MORNING ON HIGHWAY 20 EAST OF BARTLETT SPRINGS ROAD. THE 46 YEAR OLD DRIVER, WHOS NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, WAS DRIVING HER 1993 OLDSMOBILE BRAVADA WESTBOUND WHEN SHE VEERED OFF THE ROAD INTO A DITCH, CRASHING INTO AN EMBANKMENT. CHP INDICATED THAT THE WOMAN WAS NOT WEARING HER SEATBELT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AND SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

UKIAH DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB CONSERVING WATER (EVR) JB 9/1/14

THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF UKIAH ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB WITH WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

THE CUTBACK ON WATER USAGE BY UKIAH CITY RESIDENTS IS BEING HAILED AS VERY RESPONSIBLE AND IMPRESSIVE BY CITY OFFICIALS. ON AVERAGE, THE CITY IS USING OVER 2 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY LESS THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS, WITH ONLY ONE MILLION GALLONS BEING TAKEN FROM THE RIVER INSTEAD OF 4 MILLION DURING A NORMAL SUMMER. THE CITY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR NOTED THAT THE SIGNIFICANT THING ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY IS THAT THEYRE DOING THIS WITHOUT ANYBODY ASKING THEM TO.

CALIFORNIA BAG BAN HEADS TO SENATE (GOV/EVR) JB 9/1/14

A NEW SENATE BILL BANNING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS IN THE STATE WAS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY AND NOW HEADS FOR THE SENATE.

IF SB720 PASSES THROUGH THE SENATE, CALIFORNIA WOULD BE THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO ENACT SUCH LEGISLATION. STORES AROUND THE STATE WHO UTILIZE THE SINGLE-USE BAGS WOULD HAVE UNTIL SOMETIME IN 2015 BEFORE THE BAN WOULD TAKE EFFECT. SEVERAL COUNTIES AROUND THE STATE, INCLUDING MENDOCINO COUNTY, CURRENTLY HAVE BAG RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE ALREADY.

BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAR (LAW) JB 9/1/14

A SAN FRANCISCO WOMAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK WHILE ALLEGEDLY DRIVING A STOLEN CAR FULL OF BURGLARY TOOLS, STOLEN LAPTOPS AND MARIJUANA.

ACCORDING TO UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS, AN OFFICER SPOTTED A 1998 GOLD TOYOTA COROLLA THAT HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN TWO DAYS EARLIER DRIVING ON EAST PERKINS ROAD. THE OFFICER PERFORMED A HIGH-RISK STOP OF THE VEHICLE ON PLUM DRIVE AND IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER, 38-YEAR-OLD DONESHA HATTER, AS HAVING TWO FELONY WARRANTS FOR HER ARREST. A SEARCH OF THE VEHICLE UNCOVERED BURGLARY TOOLS AND STOLEN LAPTOPS, TOOL BOXES, AND CELL PHONES. A POUND OF MARIJUANA WAS ALSO DISCOVERED IN THE SEARCH.

WILLITS MAYOR SEEKS COUNTY 3RD DISTRICT SUPER SPOT (GOV) JB 9/1/14

WILLITS MAYOR HOLLY MADRIGAL BELIEVES SHES READY TO TAKE THE OPEN SEAT FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE NOVEMBER ELECTION WILL FEATURE A SHOWDOWN BETWEEN MADRIGAL AN OPPONENT TOM WOODHOUSE, AS BOTH BATTLE FOR THE POSITION BEING LEFT BY RETIRING SUPERVISOR JOHN PINCHES. MADRIGAL CITES HER EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE WILLITS CITY GOVERNMENT, WERE SHE HAS BEEN ON THE CITY COUNCIL, AND THE FACT THAT SHE IS ON HER THIRD TERM AS MAYOR AS ENOUGH BACKGROUND TO LAND THE JOB. THE 37 YEAR OLD FEELS ISSUES RELATING TO WATER, RECOGNIZING THE RURAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY, MARIJUANA AND THE COUNTY BUDGET WILL BE THE BIGGEST ITEMS FACING THE INCOMING 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR.

UKIAH MAN ARRESTED IN HUMBOLDT POT BUST (LAW) JB 9/1/14

A HUGE MARIJUANA BUST IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF A UKIAH MAN.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY DEPUTIES, ALONG WITH CAMP AGENTS, SERVED TWO SUPERIOR COURT SEARCH WARRANTS IN THE BLOCKSBERG AREA OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY. THREE SUSPECTS WEE DETAINED AT THE GROW SITE, INCLUDING UKRAINIAN NATIONALS AND 47 YEAR OLD STEVEN ERIC ANDERSON OF UKIAH. 4,412 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE ERADICATED FROM THE SITE. CALIFORNIA FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENTS WERE CONTACTED REGARDING THE EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE AT THE SITE, INCLUDING TIMBER CONVERSION, ILLEGAL ROADS, AND CHEMICALS FOUND AT THE SITE.

STATE REPORT RELEASED ON RISKS OF FRACKING (EVR) JB 9/1/14

A NEW STATE REPORT ON THE RISKS OF FRACKING WITHIN CALIFORNIA WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK.

THE CALIFORNIA COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RELEASED A FEDERALLY COMMISSIONED REPORT DETAILING THE RISKS OF THE CONTROVERSIAL OIL DRILLING METHOD. A CONCLUSION WAS MADE IN THE 400 PAGE REPORT THAT WATER QUALITY COULD POTENTIALLY BE AFFECTED DUE TO THE SHALLOW DEPTHS OF THE DRILLING PROJECTS. THE REPORT STATED THE POTENTIAL FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURES TO INTERCEPT GROUNDWATER WARRANTS MORE INVESTIGATION AND MONITORING. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A FRACKING ORDINANCE FOR THE NOVEMBER BALLOT THAT WOULD BAN THE PROCESS WITHIN THE COUNTY.

FIGHT AGAINST QUAGGA MUSSELS COMING TO OUR LAKES (EVR) JB 9/1/14

THE FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE QUAGGA MUSSELS IS COMING SOON TO LAKE SONOMA AND LAKE MENDOCINO.

A GROUP OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WITH A STAKE IN THE HEATH OF LAKE SONOMA AND LAKE MENDOCINO ARE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON A NEW MANDATORY BOAT INSPECTION STRATEGY. OFFICIALS SAY THAT THE NEW PLAN SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY NEXT SPRING AND WILL REQUIRE SOME ADJUSTMENTS AND PATIENCE ON THE PART OF RECREATIONAL BOATERS. AT LEAST AT THE START, ITS LIKELY TO RESULT IN NARROWER DAYTIME LAUNCH WINDOWS, PROHIBITIONS ON LIVE BAIT KEPT IN WATER, AND WAIT TIMES DURING PEAK HOURS.

PACIFIC HURRICANE WEAKENS AS IT NEARS CALIFORNIA (EVR) JB 8/29/14

A PACIFIC HURRICANE HEADED FOR THE WEST COAST IS WEAKENING AND WILL BRING LITTLE OR NO RAIN TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

HURRICANE MARIE WAS DOWNGRADED TO A TROPICAL STORM YESTERDAY MORNING AND IS EXPECTED TO BRING INCREASED WAVE HEIGHTS AND RIP CURRENTS TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST. THE STORM WONT LIKELY HAVE MUCH OF AN IMPACT ON THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SOME INCREASED CLOUDS. MENDOCINO COUNTY MIGHT EXPERIENCE A LIGHT RAIN OR SPRINKLE FROM MID TO UPPER LEVEL MOISTURE FROM THE STORM.

PAUL DOLAN, MENDOCINO WINE SETTLE LAWSUIT (PI) JB 8/29/14

A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN WINE ENTREPRENEUR PAUL DOLAN AND THE MENDOCINO WINE COMPANY.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT WINE EXECUTIVE PAUL DOLAN AND HIS FORMER PARTNERS AT MENDOCINO WINE COMPANY HAVE AGREED TO DROP THEIR DUELING LAWSUITS AGAINST EACH OTHER, ENDING A MORE THAN TWO-YEAR BITTER LEGAL BATTLE. DOLAN AND THE MENDOCINO WINE COMPANY HAD FILED LAWSUITS AGAINST EACH OTHER FOLLOWING DOLANS FIRING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UKIAH WINERY IN JANUARY 2012. AS PART OF THE SETTLEMENT, BOTH PARTIES WILL DROP THEIR RESPECTIVE SUITS HOWEVER NO FINANCIAL AGREEMENT WAS REACHED BETWEEN THE PARTIES.

STATE SENATE PASSES NEW RULES FOR AIRSOFT GUNS (GOV) JB 8/29/14

THE STATE SENATE APPROVED A NEW BILL IN REGARDS TO THE LOOKS OF AIRSOFT GUNS.

LAST YEARS FATAL SHOOTING OF 13 YEAR OLD ANDY LOPEZ WHILE CARRYING A REALISTIC LOOKING AIRSOFT GUN PROMPTED LAWMAKERS TO APPROVE A BILL THURSDAY NIGHT REQUIRING BRIGHT MARKINGS ON CERTAIN AIR GUNS. SB199 WOULD APPLY TO REALISTIC LOOKING AIRSOFT GUNS AND WOULD REQUIRE THEM TO HAVE BRIGHTLY COLORED SURFACES OR PROMINENT FLUORESCENT STRIPS. ACCORDING TO PROPONENTS OF THE BILL, SEEING A BRIGHTLY COLORED GUN WOULD HELP OFFICERS MAKE A SPLIT SECOND DECISION ON WHETHER TO FIRE OR NOT.

BROOKTRAILS FIRE DEPT PLANS MEASURE K MONEY (LAW) JB 8/29/14

THE BROOKTRAILS FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LAYING OUT PLANS FOR NEW EQUIPMENT TO BE PURCHASED WITH FUNDS FROM MEASURE K.

ALTHOUGH THE MONEY FROM TAX INITIATIVE, PASSED LAST NOVEMBER, WONT ARRIVE UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW AND UPGRADED GEAR. BREATHING APPARATUS AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE TOP OF THE LIST, AS WELL AS A TYPE VI RESCUE SQUAD VEHICLE, A SMALLER VEHICLE THAT OPERATES AS A QUICK ATTACK TO GET INTO SMALLER FIRES BEFORE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO GROW. MUCH OF THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO REPLACE WORN OUT EQUIPMENT AND ENGINES USED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

SECOND FATAL ATV CRASH THIS WEEK (LAW) JB 8/29/14

A SECOND FATAL ATV CRASH IN THE COUNTY THIS WEEK CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A NORTH CAROLINA MAN.

THE SECOND CRASH OF AN ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE OCCURRED WHEN 35-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS EDWIN LEE WAS DRIVING ON CAHTO PEAK ROAD IN LAYTONVILLE. LEE WAS DRIVING A MODIFIED RACING YAMAHA BANSHEE ON A PRIVATE DRIVE ASPHALT DRIVEWAY WHEN HE ATTEMPTED A RIGHT HAND CURVE AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED, LOSING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND STRIKING A BOULDER. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO FRANK R. HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, BUT DIED FROM THE EXTENT OF HIS INJURIES. LEE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.

CONCRETE AND MITIGATION WORK ON BYPASS CONTINUE (TR) JB 8/29/14

WORK CONTINUES ON MUCH OF THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT WITH THE FOCUS ON POURING A CONCRETE VIADUCT.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT THE HIGHWAY 101 WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT HAD ITS FIRST VIADUCT CONCRETE POUR, INVOLVING AROUND-THE-CLOCK OPERATIONS WITH 148 TRUCKS BRINGING IN MORE THAN 1,400 CUBIC YARDS OF CONCRETE. THE DESIGN OF THE VIADUCT REQUIRES CONCRETE FOR EACH SECTION TO BE POURED IN ONE CONTINUOUS OPERATION. CONCRETE WILL BE POURED FOR THE BRIDGE ABUTMENTS IN THE SOUTH, BUT MUCH OF THE FINAL CONCRETE WORK IN THE SOUTH HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED INTO 2015.

R.V. SCHOOL HELPS MAKE STUDENTS FEEL WELCOME (ED) JB 8/29/14

A NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION PROGRAM AT EAGLE PEAK MIDDLE SCHOOL IS DESIGNED TO MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR INCOMING FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS.

THE WEB PROGRAM, OR WHERE EVERYTHING BELONGS, IS A TRANSITION PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT WELCOMES STUDENTS AND MAKES THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE THROUGHOUT THEIR FIRST YEAR OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE. THE PROGRAM HAS SHOWN SUCCESS IN REDUCING BULLYING AND DISCIPLINE ISSUES, AS WELL AS INCREASING STUDENT SAFETY AND CONNECTION TO THE SCHOOL AS A WHOLE. NEW STUDENTS ARE MENTORED BY SELECT EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE FIRST YEAR, ACTING AS POSITIVE ROLE MODELS AND MOTIVATORS FOR THEIR YOUNGER COUNTERPARTS.

CHRISTIAN LUIZ RUNS FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL SEAT (GOV) JB 8/29/14

UKIAH RESIDENT CHRISTIAN LUIZ IS HOPING TO MAKE DIFFERENCE FOR THE CITY AS HE JOINS THE RACE FOR A SEAT ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

50 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN LUIZ, AN VETERAN OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE, MOVED TO UKIAH IN 1987 AND REMEMBERS WHEN UKIAH WAS NAMED THE BEST SMALL TOWN IN CALIFORNIA IN 1993. LUIZ WORKS AS THE NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE NORTHERN CIRCLE INDIAN HOUSING AUTHORITY AND WOULD LIKE TO WORK ON CREATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ECO-FRIENDLY JOBS IN THE CITY. HE STATES THAT HE WANTS TO HEAR WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY AND WHAT THEY WANT AND, IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, HE WONT LET THEM DOWN.

COAST MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH BURGLARY (LAW) JB 8/28/14

A GUALALA MAN WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A BURGLARY AT A MANCHESTER STORE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES CONDUCTED A TRAFFIC STOP IN GUALALA LAST WEEK OF A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD AARON RUDD. RUDD, A CONVICTED FELON WITH AN ACTIVE OUT OF STATE WARRANT, WAS WANTED IN AS THE SUSPECT IN A BURGLARY AT THE S&B MARKET IN MANCHESTER LAST MONTH. A SEARCH OF RUDDS VEHICLE DISCOVERED A LOADED .40 CALIBER HANDGUN UNDER THE SEAT. BRASS KNUCKLES, AND EVIDENCE LINKING HIM TO THE S&B BURGLARY. RUDD WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

TWO INJURED IN HEAD-ON NEAR MENDOCINO COAST (LAW) JB 8/28/14

A HEAD-ON COLLISION ON THE MENDOCINO COAST SENT ONE MAN TO HOSPITAL WITH MAJOR INJURIES.

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTED THAT TWO MEN WERE INJURED WHEN THEIR TRUCKS COLLIDED HEAD-ON ON HIGHWAY 128 NEAR THE MENDOCINO COAST ON TUESDAY. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN 54-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM JOHNSON OF MENDOCINO LET HIS DODGE 1500 CROSS THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINE IN A TURN. JOHNSON COLLIDED WITH A FORD F450 TRUCK DRIVEN BY 48-YEAR-OLD AURENS GILMORE OF HOPLAND. JOHNSON HAD TO BE EXTRICATED FROM HIS TRUCK BY FIRST RESPONDERS AND WAS TRANSPORTED TO SANTA ROSA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH MAJOR INJURIES. GILMORE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.

NAPA SAYS QUAKE PRIVATE STRUCTURE LOSS TOPS $300M (PI) JB 8/28/14

CITY OFFICIALS IN NAPA RELEASED A PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF $300 MILLION IN DAMAGE TO PRIVATE STRUCTURES FROM THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE.

THE ASSESSMENT STEMMED FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF INSPECTIONS OF HOMES AND PRIVATELY OWNED BUILDINGS FOLLOWING SUNDAYS 6.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE. THE DAMAGE FIGURE DOESNT INCLUDE ANY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, PUBLIC STRUCTURES OR PERSONAL BELONGINGS. WATER ISSUES CONTINUE TO BE THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH 600 PROPERTIES AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH WATER SERVICE. THE NUMBER OF RED-TAGGED BUILDINGS HAS RISEN TO 114, WITH 58 HOMES AND 56 COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS DEEMED TOO DANGEROUS TO ENTER.

SUPERVISORS RESPOND TO GRAND JURY REPORTS (GOV) JB 8/28/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REVIEWED AND APPROVED RESPONSES TO THE 2013/14 GRAND JURY REPORTS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE GRAND JURY HAD REQUESTED RESPONSES FROM THE SUPERVISORS ON EIGHT DIFFERENT REPORTS. THE SUPERVISORS CONCLUDED THAT MOST OF THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE GRAND JURY WERE NOT WARRANTED AND SOME OF THE SUPERVISORS SPOKE IN GENERAL ABOUT THE ACCURACY OF THE REPORTS, WHICH HAS BEEN A FREQUENT CRITICISM BY MANY COUNTY OFFICIALS. IT WAS STATED AT TUESDAYS MEETING THAT SOME OF THE REPORTS HAVE PERSONALIZED CHARACTERIZATIONS IN THEM, AND NOT JUST FACTS.

CLEAR LAKE APPROACHES ZERO ON RUMSEY GAUGE (EVR) JB 8/28/14

THE WATER LEVEL IN CLEAR LAKE CONTINUES TO DROP TO ITS LOWEST LEVEL IN MANY YEARS.

PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS AROUND CLEAR LAKE HAVE BEEN CLOSING AT AN ALARMING RATE AS THE WATER LEVEL IN THE LAKE CONTINUES TO RECEDE. THE CLEAR LAKE STATE PARK CLOSED ITS RAMPS EARLIER THIS WEEK DUE TO THE LOW WATER LEVEL. THREE OF THE SIX RAMPS AT REDBUD PARK IN CLEARLAKE ARE CLOSED, WITH THREE STILL OPEN TO BOATS ON TRAILERS. RAMPS ARE STILL OPEN AT CLEARLAKE OAKS AND THIRD AND FIFTH STREET IN LIBRARY PARK. THE LAKE LEVEL IS CURRENTLY AT .06 FEET ON THE RUMSEY GAUGE.

RUSSIAN RIVER CLEAN UP COULD IMPACT SEPTIC SYSTEMS (PI) JB 8/28/14

NEW EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP THE RUSSIAN RIVER COULD IMPACT RURAL SEPTIC SYSTEMS.

NORTH COAST WATER QUALITY OFFICIALS ARE SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT TO REDUCE CONTAMINATION OF THE RUSSIAN RIVER WATERSHED THROUGH A PLAN THATS LIKELY TO HAVE BROAD IMPACTS ON RURAL RESIDENTS DEPENDENT ON SEPTIC SYSTEMS FOR WASTE DISPOSAL. OLDER, ON-SITE SEPTIC SYSTEMS MAY BE PERMITTING UNTREATED WASTE TO REACH LOCAL WATERWAYS. AMONG THOSE LIKELY TO HAVE A STAKE IN THE DISCUSSION ARE RURAL SEPTIC SYSTEM OWNERS IN SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTY. THE WATER QUALITY BOARD IS DEVELOPING AN ACTION PLAN TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM THAT IT EXPECTS TO COMPLETE NEXT YEAR.

JELLYSTONE PARK COSTUMES STOLEN FROM PARK (PI/LAW) JB 8/28/14

SEVERAL COSTUME PIECES WERE STOLEN FROM THE JELLYSTONE RV PARK AND CAMP RESORT AT COBB MOUNTAIN.

AN OFFICIAL FROM THE JELLYSTONE PARK AT COBB MOUNTAIN STATED THAT SOMEONE BROKE INTO THE COSTUME STORAGE FACILITY AT THE PARK AND MADE OFF WITH SEVERAL EXPENSIVE COSTUME PIECES, INCLUDING THE HEAD OF YOGI THE BEAR. THE PARK IS ONE OF 75 CAMPS NATIONWIDE THAT FEATURES THE WARNER BROTHERS CARTOON CHARACTERS TO ENTERTAIN THE CHILDREN ATTENDING THE CAMP. THE PARK MANAGER STATED THAT THE COSTUME PIECES ARE EXPENSIVE TO REPLACE, WITH THE YOGI HEAD BEING VALUED AT SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE MISSING COSTUME PIECES IS ASKED TO CALL THE PARK AT 928-4322.

RESOURCE FAIR HELPING LAKE AND MENDOCINO VETERANS (PI) JB 8/28/14

A RESOURCE FAIR PROVIDING SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES IS COMING TO LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES.

THE INAUGURAL STAND DOWN/HOMELESS VETERANS RESOURCES FAIR FOR LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT MONTH. THE TWO-DAY EVENT WILL PROVIDE SERVICES TO VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES INCLUDING FOOD, SHELTER. CLOTHING, HEALTH SCREENINGS, VA AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS COUNSELING. REFERRALS TO OTHER SERVICES SUCH AS HEALTH CARE AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS ALSO PROVIDED. THE STAND DOWN WILL SERVE VETERANS, ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES AND IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 10 AND 11 AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 437 IN CLEARLAKE.

OUTFLOW FROM LAKE MENDOCINO REDUCED (EVR) JB 8/27/14

A COMBINED EFFORT BY TWO WATER AGENCIES HAS SUCCEEDED IN REDUCING THE FLOW OF WATER BEING RELEASED FROM LAKE MENDOCINO.

THANKS TO A JOINT LOBBYING EFFORT BY THE RUSSIAN RIVER FLOOD CONTROL &WATER CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AND THE SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY, THE OUTFLOW FROM LAKE MENDOCINO HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 75 TO 50 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SUCH A TEMPORARY URGENCY CHANGE OF PERMIT PETITION HAS BEEN GRANTED BY THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD. THE RRFCD IS HOSTING A PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT WATER SITUATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 6 PM AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY FARM BUREAU.

UKIAH BOY REPORTED MISSING AFTER WEEKEND PARTY (LAW) JB 8/27/14

AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING UKIAH BOY WHO DISAPPEARED AFTER A PARTY OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A UKIAH BOY WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING SUNDAY MORNING. ALWOOD MICHAEL DEJESUS SMITH, WHO GOES BY THE NICKNAME TURTLE, WAS LAST SEEN AT A LARGE PARTY HELD UNDER PIONEER BRIDGE ON THE EEL RIVER IN POTTER VALLEY AROUND 2 AM SUNDAY MORNING. ALWOOD IS DESCRIBED AS 5-9, WITH BROWN EYES AND SHORT BLACK HAIR, WEARING A RED NORCAL SHIRT AND BLACK PANTS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON ALWOODS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL 463-6262.

USACE INSPECTS DAMS FOLLOWING NAPA QUAKE (EVR) JB 8/27/14

FOLLOWING THE 6.0 EARTHQUAKE IN NAPA, SEVERAL DAMS ACROSS CALIFORNIA WERE INSPECTED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.

WATERSHED DAMS OWNED BY THE ARMY CORPS, INCLUDING THE COYOTE DAM IN UKIAH, WERE THOROUGHLY INSPECTED AND FOUND TO BE UNDAMAGED FROM THE QUAKE. INSPECTED CORPS DAMS INCLUDE COYOTE VALLEY AND WARM SPRINGS, THE NEAREST TO THE QUAKES EPICENTER, AND NEW HOGAN AND FARMINGTON DAMS EAST OF STOCKTON. INSPECTIONS OF FLOOD RISK REDUCTION PROJECTS IN NAPA, INCLUDING A FLOOD WALL AND LEVEE ON THE NAPA RIVER, ARE STILL ONGOING. NO DAMAGE TO ANY OF THE DAMS HAS BEEN REPORTED BY THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS.

CHP WANTS DRIVERS TO STAY SAFE OVER LABOR DAY (LAW) JB 8/27/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLICS HELP IN ENSURING A SAFE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE HOLIDAY, THE CHP IS PREPARING FOR ITS ANNUAL LABOR DAY MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD, WHICH BEGINS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 AND CONTINUES THROUGH MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. LAST YEAR DURING THE LABOR DAY MEP, 49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN COLLISIONS ON CALIFORNIA ROADWAYS, A 40 PERCENT INCREASE FROM THE SAME PERIOD IN 2012. IF YOUR LABOR DAY CELEBRATION INVOLVES ALCOHOL, ENSURE THOSE PLANS ALSO INCLUDE A DESIGNATED DRIVER.

POWER OUTAGE CAUSES SCHOOL CLOSURE IN LUCERNE (ED) JB 8/27/14

A WEEKEND POWER OUTAGE IN LAKE COUNTY FORCED CLASSES AT LUCERNE ELEMENTARY TO BE CANCELLED ON MONDAY.

A PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC TRANSFORMER WAS TRIGGERING BROWNOUTS IN THE AREA, WHICH LED TO THE POWER OUTAGE OVER THE WEEKEND. THE POWER LOSS AT THE LUCERNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFFECTED THE PHONE SYSTEM AND STUDENT DATABASE, AND CAUSED FOOD IN THE SCHOOL KITCHENS REFRIGERATOR TO SPOIL. PG&E HAD THE PROBLEM RESOLVED ON SUNDAY, BUT THE NEED TO REPLACE ALL THE SPOILED FOOD AND REPAIR THE STUDENT DATABASE CALLED FOR THE CLASSES TO BE CANCELLED.

STUDENT PRIVACY BILL APPROVED BY STATE ASSEMBLY (ED) JB 8/27/14

CALIFORNIAS ASSEMBLY APPROVED A FIRST-IN-THE-NATION ONLINE PRIVACY MEASURE WHICH PROHIBITS THE USE OF STUDENT PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR PROFIT.

SENATE BILL 1177, THE STUDENT ONLINE PERSONAL INFORMATION PROTECTION ACT, PASSED UNANIMOUSLY AND NOW HEADS BACK TO THE SENATE. COMPANIES PROVIDING ONLINE SERVICES TO AIDE IN THE CLASSROOM OFTEN REQUIRE STUDENTS TO CREATE ACCOUNTS THAT CAPTURE DATA AND PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE NEW BILL WOULD NOW PROHIBIT COMPANIES FROM MINING DATA BEYOND THE NEEDS OF THE CLASSROOM AND SELLING THE DATA FOR PROFIT. THE BILL WOULD ALSO BLOCK TARGETED ADVERTISING ON K-12 WEBSITES, SERVICES, AND APPLICATIONS.

LAKE, MENDOCINO HOSPITALS FUND NURSING EDUCATION (ED) JB 8/27/14

THREE LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY HOSPITALS ARE SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE ART OF NURSING.

FRANK R. HOWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL, AND THE UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER GENUINELY BELIEVE IN THE EDUCATION OF HIGHLY SKILLED NURSES. THE THREE HOSPITALS UNITED TO PROVIDE $80,000 TO THE NURSING PROGRAM AT MENDOCINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 2014 ALONE. THE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE HOSPITALS ENABLE THE NURSING PROGRAM TO PROVIDE TOP CALIBER PROGRAMMING TO THEIR STUDENTS. TO DATE, ALL THREE AREA HOSPITALS HAVE CONTRIBUTED A TOTAL OF $502,000 IN SUPPORT OF THE NURSING PROGRAM AT MENDOCINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST OFFERS JOB ASSISTANCE (EMP) JB 8/27/14

THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST WILL BE OFFERING JOB ASSISTANCE TO THOSE INTERESTED IN WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING POSITIONS.

THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST PLANS TO FILL AT LEAST 10 OPEN FIREFIGHTING POSITIONS ACROSS THE FOREST, WITH FOUR POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN WILLOWS, ONE IN UPPER LAKE, AND FIVE IN COVELO. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF CURRENT AVAILABILITIES, ADDITIONAL VACANCIES MAY COME OPEN AND BE FILLED DURING THE PROCESS. FOREST OFFICIALS WILL BE OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO FEDERAL JOB APPLICANTS ON THURSDAY FROM 9 AM TO 2:30 PM AT THE WILLITS COMMUNITY CENTER.

UKIAH POLICE INVESTIGATING GANG SHOOTING (LAW) JB 8/26/14

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE GANG-RELATED SHOOTING OVER THE WEEKEND.

UKIAH POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A PARKING LOT ON OBSERVATORY AVENUE LATE FRIDAY NIGHT TO A REPORT OF GANG MEMBERS GATHERING POSSIBLY PREPARING TO FIGHT. THE SUBJECTS, MANY WEARING GANG RELATED CLOTHING AND BEARING GANG TATTOOS WERE DISPERSED BY OFFICERS BUT, SEVERAL HOURS LATER, POLICE RESPONDED TO THE SAME LOCATION TO A REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED. A YOUNG ADULT MALE WAS FOUND AT THE SCENE WHO HAD BEEN SHOT AND WAS BLEEDING AND OFFICERS HAD HIM TRANSPORTED TO UKIAH VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CALL THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 463-6262.

$4.9 MILLION ALLOCATED FOR REHAB ON HIGHWAY 29 (TR) JB 8/26/14

THE CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION HAS ANNOUNCED A WIDE VARIETY OF ROADWAY, BIKING, AND WALKING TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

THE CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ON FRIDAY ADOPTED 148 BIKING AND WALKING TRAIL PROJECTS, INCLUDING ONE ON PHILLIPS AVENUE IN CLEARLAKE, COLLECTIVELY VALUED AT OVER $430 MILLION IN THE STATES 2014 ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM, MAKING IT THE NATIONS LARGEST. TWO OF THE SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS THAT WILL IMPROVE AND PRESERVE THE STATES INVESTMENT IN ITS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM ARE A $4.9 MILLION PROJECT TO REHABILITATE A 19.8 MILE STRETCH OF ROADWAY ON HIGHWAY 29 NEAR LAKEPORT AND A $22 MILLION PROJECT TO REPAIR 83 LANE MILES OF ROADWAY AT THREE LOCATIONS NEAR UKIAH AND LAYTONVILLE.

LOCAL RESOURCES DEPLETED TO STOP AQUATIC WEEDS (EVR) JB 8/26/14

LAKE COUNTY CONTINUES TO FIGHT AN UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST INVASIVE AQUATIC WEEDS IN CLEAR LAKE.

LAKE COUNTYS INVASIVE AQUATIC WEED MANAGEMENT PROGRAM HAS CONCLUDED FOR THE YEAR BUT LOWER THAN NORMAL LAKE LEVELS HAVE GIVEN THE PLANTS THE UPPER HAND. THE COUNTY SPENT A TOTAL OF NEARLY $218,000 TO APPLY HERBICIDES TO SPECIFIC AREAS OF THE LAKE TO CONTROL BOTH HYDRILLA AND MILFOIL. THE LOW LAKE LEVEL HAS ALLOWED WEEDS TO GROW FURTHER FROM THE SHORELINE, ALLOWING MORE OF THE PLANTS TO TAKE ROOT. BOTH MILFOIL AND HYDRILLA ARE KNOWN TO GROW QUICKLY, CHOKE OUT NATIVE PLANTS AND GREATLY AFFECT RECREATIONAL USE OF A BODY OF WATER.

ROAD WORK PROJECT IN UKIAH TODAY (TR) JB 8/26/14

THERE IS A ROAD WORK PROJECT IN UKIAH TODAY THAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

THE CITY OF UKIAH STREET MAINTENANCE DIVISION WILL CLOSE BOTH LANES ON WEST CHURCH STREET FROM THOMPSON STREET TO SOUTH BUSH STREET TODAY AND TOMORROW. WORK ON THIS STREET WILL BE PERFORMED FROM 7:30 AM TO 4:30 PM. DRIVERS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE DURING THESE HOURS OF CONSTRUCTION.

FT BRAGG POLICE STOP BURGLARY AT MENDO MILL (LAW) JB 8/26/14

A YUBA CITY MAN WAS CAUGHT DURING AN EARLY MORNING BURGLARY AT MENDO MILL IN FORT BRAGG.

FORT BRAGG POLICE OFFICERS WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ALARM ACTIVATION AT THE MENDO MILL LOCATION ON MAIN STREET EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. WHILE CONDUCTING A SECURITY SEARCH OF THE PROPERTY, OFFICERS LOCATED 30 YEAR OLD JAMES LOVELADY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STORE BUILDING CARRYING MULTIPLE ITEMS TAKEN FROM THE BUSINESS. LOVELADY WAS IMMEDIATELY DETAINED BY OFFICERS AND PLACED IN HANDCUFFS. THE SUSPECT ADMITTED TO BREAKING INTO THE BUSINESS AND WAS ARRESTED FOR COMMERCIAL BURGLARY.

COURT RULES 10 DAY GUN WAIT UNCONSTITUTIONAL (LAW) JB 8/26/14

A FEDERAL COURT HAS DECIDED THAT CALIFORNIAS 10-DAY WAITING PERIOD GUN LAW VIOLATES SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

CALIFORNIAS 10-DAY WAITING PERIOD LAWS FOR GUN PURCHASES WAS RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY A FEDERAL JUDGE YESTERDAY MORNING IN A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY FOR SECOND AMENDMENT CIVIL RIGHTS. THE LAWS WERE CHALLENGED BY SEVERAL GUN OWNERS AND TWO GUN RIGHTS GROUPS, INCLUDING CALGUNS. UNDER THE COURT ORDER, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MUST CHANGE ITS SYSTEM TO ACCOMMODATE THE UNOBSTRUCTED RELEASE OF GUNS TO BUYERS WHO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK AND POSSESS A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT, OR WHO ALREADY POSSESS AT LEAST ONE FIREARM KNOWN TO THE STATE AND HOLD A CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY ISSUED BY THE DOJ.

NEW AMMUNITION PURCHASE AMENDMENT INTRODUCED (GOV) JB 8/26/14

THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY APPROVED CHANGES TO A BILL CREATING A WAY TO TRACK AMMUNITION SALES.

SB53, WRITTEN BY DEMOCRATIC SENATOR KEVIN DE LEON, REQUIRES AMMUNITION VENDORS TO BE LICENSED AND PEOPLE BUYING AMMUNITION TO PASS BACKGROUND CHECKS. ACCORDING TO HIS OFFICE, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO KEEP A LIST OF ALL AUTHORIZED AMMUNITION PURCHASERS TO MAKE SURE AMMUNITION WILL ONLY BE ACCESSIBLE TO LAWFUL GUN OWNERS AND NOT DANGEROUS CRIMINALS. THE JOB AND RESPONSIBILITY OF TRACKING THE SALES OF AMMUNITION WOULD MOST DEFINITELY BE PASSED DOWN TO THE RETAILERS. THE NEW AMENDMENT WILL BE VOTED ON BY THE FULL ASSEMBLY NEXT WEEK.

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY UPDATE FOR MENDO COUNTY (EVR) JB 8/26/14

AN AIR QUALITY ADVISORY UPDATE HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY RESIDENTS.

THE SMOLDERING LODGE COMPLEX FIRE COMBINED WITH VARIABLE WEATHER PATTERNS MAY CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE SMOKE, HAZE, AND VARYING AIR QUALITY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. SMOKE IMPACTS FROM THE FIRE WILL CONTINUE DUE TO POSSIBLE FLARE-UPS AND SMOLDERING TIMBER. SMOKE MAY CONTRIBUTE TO POOR AIR QUALITY UNTIL THE WEATHER BRINGS A COOLER AND WETTER SYSTEM THROUGH THE NORTHERN MENDOCINO COUNTY AREA. INFORMATION REGARDING THE MOST CURRENT AIR QUALITY READINGS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.MENDOIAR.ORG.

6.0 EARTHQUAKE HITS AMERICAN CANYON YESTERDAY (EVR) JB 8/25/14

THE LARGEST EARTHQUAKE TO HIT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SINCE 1989 SHOOK THE NORTH BAY JUST AFTER 3 AM YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE 6.0 MAGNITUDE QUAKE WAS CENTERED ABOUT FOUR MILES NORTHWEST OF AMERICAN CANYON AND SHAKE REPORTS WERE REPORTED FROM SALINAS TO SACRAMENTO. NEARLY 200 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO NAPA AND SONOMA AREA HOSPITALS WITH INJURIES FROM THE QUAKE AND MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE WERE WITHOUT POWER FOLLOWING THE TREMOR. THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY STATED THAT UP TO 30-50 AFTERSHOCKS MEASURING 3.5 TO 5.0 IN MAGNITUDE COULD BE FELT THIS WEEK.

ELDERLY UKIAH MEN DIE IN ATV CRASH (LAW) JB 8/25/14

AN ATV ACCIDENT IN UKIAH ON FRIDAY CLAIMED THE LIVES OF TWO UKIAH MEN IN THEIR 80S.

81 YEAR OLD FLOYD ROSS JR AND 86 YEAR OLD DOUGLAS DUNNEBECK WERE HUNTING ON THE POMO LANE RANCH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. THEY WERE TRAVELING ON A PRIVATE ROAD ON THE RANCH WHEN THEIR ATV WENT OFF THE ROAD AND STRUCK A TREE, EJECTING BOTH MEN. AFTER THEY HAD BEEN AWAY FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, FRIENDS BEGAN A SEARCH FOR THE TWO MEN AND THEY WERE DISCOVERED DECEASED AROUND 4:45 PM FRIDAY AFTERNOON. CHP REPORTS THAT TWO MEN WERE NOT WEARING HELMETS AT THE TIME OF ACCIDENT.

DETAILS EMERGE ON REDWOOD VALLEY HOME INVASION (LAW) JB 8/25/14

DETAILS ARE BEGINNING TO EMERGE ABOUT THE RECENT HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN REDWOOD VALLEY.

NEW REPORTS FROM THE SHERIFFS OFFICE STATED THAT TWO UNIDENTIFIED MEN ENTERED THE HOME ON COLONY DRIVE THROUGH AN UNLOCKED BEDROOM DOOR AT APPROXIMATELY 5:20 AM LAST THURSDAY. THE 60-YEAR-OLD FEMALE VICTIM WAS PISTOL WHIPPED SEVERAL TIMES AND BOUND AS THE SUSPECTS DEMANDED MONEY AND MARIJUANA. THE SUSPECTS THEN BOUND THE 62-YEAR-OLD MALE VICTIM AT GUNPOINT AND MONEY, A SHOTGUN, AND JEWELRY WERE TAKEN IN THE ROBBERY. SHERIFFS DETECTIVES DID NOT LOCATE ANYTHING AT THE SCENE THAT WOULD INDICATE THE VICTIMS WERE INVOLVED IN GROWING MARIJUANA.

SUPERVISORS RECONSIDER LITTLE RIVER TIMBER (GOV/EVR) JB 8/25/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS WILL MEET TUESDAY TO RECONSIDER THEIR APPROVAL OF THE SALE OF A TIMBER AREA AT THE LITTLE RIVER AIRPORT.

THE AGENDA FOR TUESDAYS MEETING OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WAS AMENDED LATE FRIDAY TO ACCOMMODATE THE POSSIBLE RECONSIDERATION OF THEIR PREVIOUS DECISION OF THE SALE. THE SUPERVISORS HAD ACCEPTED THE SOLE BID FROM MENDOCINO FOREST PRODUCTS TO HARVEST TIMBER AT THE LITTLE RIVER AIRPORT, DRAWING A GREAT DEAL OF CRITICISM FROM ENVIRONMENTALISTS. IF THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS APPROVED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE BOARD, THE ORIGINAL MOTION APPROVING THE SALE WILL COME BACK BEFORE THE BOARD TO BE MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN, OR APPROVED AS-IS.

NICE MAN BOOKED ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES (LAW) JB 8/25/14

A SEARCH OF A HOME IN LUCERNE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A NICE MAN ON MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES.

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES VISITING A HOME ON 1ST AVENUE IN LUCERNE ON AN UNRELATED CASE, NOTICED DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IN PLAIN SIGHT. AFTER CONTACTING THE NARCOTICS TASK FORCE, 38-YEAR-OLD RAYMOND BOWMAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY DEPUTIES AND A SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE WAS CONDUCTED. OVER 25 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, 8.5 GRAMS OF METH, 8 LSD PILLS, 5 DIAZEPAM PILLS, HEROIN, AND 48 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE DISCOVERED DURING THE SEARCH AND BOWMAN WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY DRUG CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

POLICE ARREST MAN FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER (LAW) JB 8/25/14

AN INCIDENT WITH A DRUNK LAKEPORT MAN TURNED DANGEROUS AFTER THE MAN ASSAULTED A POLICE OFFICER.

LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A DRUNK MAN CHALLENGING PEOPLE TO FIGHT DURING A CONCERT IN LIBRARY PARK ON FRIDAY NIGHT. AT ONE POINT, THE DRUNK SUSPECT WAS EVEN KICKING THE FRONT DOORS OF THE LAKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE. 35-YEAR-OLD TERRY LEE SARGENT FLED WHEN AN OFFICER APPROACHED HIM BUT HE WAS TACKLED BY THE OFFICER IN THE PARK NEAR MAIN AND THIRD STREETS. SARGENT THEN KICKED THE OFFICER AND PUNCHED HIM IN THE SIDE OF THE HEAD BEFORE BEING SUBDUED BY THE OFFICERS TASER. SARGENT IS WELL KNOWN TO LAKEPORT POLICE AND IS CONSIDERED HOSTILE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

CHP INVESTIGATES BIKE CRASH IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE (LAW) JB 8/25/14

THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL IS INVESTIGATING A BICYCLE CRASH IN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE THAT SERIOUSLY INJURED THE RIDER.

THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON SATURDAY MORNING WHEN 21 YEAR OLD DANIEL RENNINGER WAS RIDING ON DEER HILL ROAD, NORTH OF HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD. RENNINGER WAS RIDING SOUTHBOUND WHEN, FOR UNKNOWN REASONS, HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS BICYCLE AND FELL ONTO THE ROAD, RESULTING IN MAJOR HEAD INJURIES. REPORTED AS CONVULSING AND UNRESPONSIVE, RENNINGER WAS FLOWN TO VACAVILLE KAISER HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. CHP REPORTS THAT RENNINGER WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AT THE TIME ACCIDENT.

SUPERVISORS TO DISCUSS RESPONSES TO GRAND JURY (GOV) JB 8/25/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ARE SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS RESPONSES TO GRAND JURY REPORTS THIS WEEK.

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD ITS LAST AUGUST MEETING ON TUESDAY AND RESPONSES TO GRAND JURY REPORTS ARE ON THE MEETING AGENDA. THE BOARD HAS NOT TAKEN ANY ACTION TO REQUESTS FOR RESPONSE FROM THE GRAND JURY REPORTS SO FAR THIS YEAR. STATE LAW REQUIRES THE SUPERVISORS TO RESPOND TO SOME OR ALL OF THE GRAND JURY REPORT FINDINGS WITHIN 90 DAYS OF ISSUANCE OF THE REPORT. THE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM AND THE STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN THE COUNTY ARE JUST A FEW OF THE TOPICS INCLUDED IN THE GRAND JURY REPORTS FOR THIS YEAR.

MENDO COUNTY HAS FUNDING FOR NEW HOMEBUYERS (ECN/PI) JB 8/22/14

A NEW FUNDING PROGRAM TO AID FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS HA BEEN INTRODUCED IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

FIRST TIME, LOW TO MODERATE INCOME HOMEBUYERS IN THE COUNTY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING HELP UNDER THE HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OFFERED BY THE COUNTY. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION ANNOUNCED THAT THE COUNTY HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR OVER $500,000 FROM THE STATE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM. THE NEW PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP BUYERS FILL THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT THEY CAN AFFORD FOR THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS AND THE PRICE OF THE HOMES THEY WISH TO PURCHASE.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL AGREES CHIPOTLE NOT FAST FOOD (GOV) JB 8/22/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL HAD NO OBJECTIONS TO BRINGING A CHIPOTLE RESTAURANT TO TOWN.

IN A 3-0 VOTE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED THAT THE CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL WAS NOT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT, OPENING THE DOOR FOR THE EATERY TO SUBMIT A PERMIT TO BUILD AN ESTABLISHMENT AT THE CORNER OF EAST PERKINS AND ORCHARD AVENUE. CITY PLANNER CHARLIE STUMP CITED OPINIONS BY CITY STAFF THAT CHIPOTLE WAS NOT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT AND THEREFORE NOT PROHIBITED UNDER THE CITYS DOWNTOWN ZONING LAW. CHIPOTLE WILL NOW GO THROUGH THE PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS, HOPING TO OPEN THE NEW RESTAURANT IN AUGUST OF NEXT YEAR.

JUDGE ISSUES RESTRAINING ORDER ON WILLITS BYPASS (TR) JB 8/22/14

A NEW TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER HAS BEEN ISSUED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT.

IN AN UNEXPECTED MOVE ON WEDNESDAY, MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE CINDEE MAYFIELD GRANTED THE RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST THE MENDOCINO FOREST PRODUCTS COMPANY. THE ORDER PREVENTS THE COMPANY FROM CONDUCTING ANY EXCAVATION OF NEARLY 900,000 CUBIC YARDS OF SOIL TO BE USED AS FILL FOR THE BYPASS PROJECT. THE TIMING OF THE ORDER COULD DELAY THE PROJECT UP TO A YEAR AND COST ANOTHER $8-12 MILLION IN DELAY COSTS. THE ORDER WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PARTIES MEET ON SEPTEMBER 8, TO TRY AND RESOLVE A PENDING LAWSUIT.

REDWOOD VALLEY HOME ROBBED AT GUNPOINT (LAW) JB 8/22/14

RESIDENTS OF A HOME IN REDWOOD VALLEY WERE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT YESTERDAY.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, TWO MEN BROKE INTO A REDWOOD VALLEY HOME EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AND ROBBED THE RESIDENTS AT GUNPOINT. THE SHERIFFS OFFICE CONFIRMED THAT THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN THE AREA OF ROAD E AND COLONY DRIVE, HOWEVER THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THE SUSPECTS ARE STILL IN THE AREA. THE SUSPECTS ARE DESCRIBED AS BEING POSSIBLY HISPANIC OR AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT IS URGED TO CALL THE TIPLINE AT 234-2100 OR 463-4086.

COUNCIL MEETS WITH MAYBERRY, RUFFING (GOV/LAW) JB 8/22/14

A SPECIAL MEETING WAS HELD BY THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL TO EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF CITY MANAGER LINDA RUFFING.

THE CLOSED SESSION MEETING WAS HELD ON TUESDAY EVENING AND ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE IN ATTENDANCE, AS WELL AS THE CITY ATTORNEY. PUBLIC COMMENT BEFORE THE MEETING WAS TAKEN AND NONE OF THE THREE SPEAKERS HAD ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT CITY POLICY. THE MEETING WAS CALLED IN RESPONSE TO THE RECENT ABRUPT DEPARTURE OF FORMER POLICE CHIEF SCOTT MAYBERRY. IN RESPONSE TO CHIEF MAYBERRYS CONCERNS WITH REGARDS ABOUT THE CITY MANAGERS PERFORMANCE, THE CITY COUNCIL HAS FORMED AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND POLICIES TO IMPROVE DEPARTMENTAL AND HUMAN RESOURCE INTERACTIONS.

WATER TEST FOR LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE INCONCLUSIVE (PI) JB 8/22/14

WATER TESTS IN CONNECTION WITH A RECENT LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE INCIDENT IN UKIAH HAVE COME BACK INCONCLUSIVE.

ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY, WATER SAMPLES TAKEN FROM THE UKIAH DISCOVERY INN HAVE COME BACK INCONCLUSIVE TO THE PRESENCE OF LEGIONELLA BACTERIA. THREE PEOPLE WERE HOSPITALIZED IN AUGUST WITH CONFIRMED CASES OF THE ILLNESS AFTER STAYING AT THE DISCOVERY INN BETWEEN JUNE AND AUGUST. THE OWNER OF THE DISCOVERY INN HAS HIRED A COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN REGULATING WATER SYSTEM SAFETY TO DISINFECT WATER LINES AND FOUNTAINS AS A PRECAUTION.

CLEARLAKE FELON ARRESTED ON POT, GUN CHARGES (LAW) JB 8/22/14

A MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMPLIANCE CHECK IN CLEARLAKE LEADS TO THE ARREST OF A CONVICTED FELON ON MARIJUANA AND GUN CHARGES.

CLEARLAKE POLICE OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A RESIDENCE ON 5TH STREET IN CLEARLAKE PARK AFTER RECEIVING AN ANONYMOUS CALL ABOUT A POSSIBLE ILLEGAL GROW. WHEN THE OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY CONTACTED 36 YEAR OLD RUBEN CEJA GONZALEZ, A CONVICTED FELON OUT OF NEVADA AND LEARNED THAT HE LIVED AT THE RESIDENCE. OFFICERS COULD SEE MARIJUANA GROWING ON THE PROPERTY AND GONZALEZ ADMITTED NOT HAVING A PERMIT TO GROW, PROMPTING THEM TO ARREST HIM FOR CULTIVATION. A FURTHER SEARCH OF THE RESIDENCE TURNED UP TWO FIREARMS AND 37 LARGE MARIJUANA PLANTS. GONZALEZ WAS BOOKED ON CULTIVATION AND WEAPONS CHARGES.

KUSD OPENS ENROLLMENT FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOL (ED) JB 8/22/14

LAKE COUNTYS LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCED IT WILL BE OPENING THE FIRST NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY IN OVER HALF A CENTURY.

THE KONOCTI UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL OPEN THE HEALTH OCCUPATIONS MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR, THANKS TO A $1.2 MILLION GRANT THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA CAREER PARTNERSHIPS TRUST. THE FOCUS OF THE HEALTH OCCUPATIONS MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL IS ON HEALTH OCCUPATIONS; HOWEVER, STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP CRITICAL SKILLS NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN ANY COLLEGE OR CAREER PATH. BEGINNING IN FALL OF 2015, ONLY INCOMING NINTH GRADERS WILL BE ABLE TO ENROLL AS THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE 4-YEAR PROGRAM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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