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COUNTY TO STATE; REDUCE LAKE MENDO RELEASES (EVR) JB 4/24/15

MENDOCINO COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE ONCE AGAIN URGING THE STATE TO REDUCE WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE MENDOCINO.

AS THE STATE ENTERS ITS FOURTH YEAR OF SIGNIFICANT DROUGHT, MENDOCINO COUNTY ONCE AGAIN URGED THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD TO RETHINK OUTDATED CRITERIA WHEN IT COMES TO WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE MENDOCINO. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, SITTING AS THE COUNTY WATER AGENCY TUESDAY, UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED SENDING A LETTER OF SUPPORT TO THE SWRCB IN THE HOPE OF CHANGING THE STATES 1986 DECISION THAT SETS YEARLY MINIMUM FLOW REQUIREMENTS FOR THE RUSSIAN RIVER. BESIDES DROUGHT IMPLICATIONS, COUNTY OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE CURRENT WATER RELEASES ARE ALSO IN VIOLATION OF THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. BECAUSE OF OBSOLETE CRITERIA, LAKE MENDOCINO IS BEING OPERATED UNDER NORMAL YEAR CONDITIONS EVEN THOUGH THE DROUGHT HAS CONTINUED, WHICH IS ONLY FURTHER DEPLETING CRITICAL WATER STORAGE LEVELS.

MAN ARRESTED WITH DRUGS AND STOLEN BICYCLE (LAW) JB 4/24/15

A STOP OF A BICYCLIST BY UKIAH POLICE LEADS TO THE RIDERS ARREST FOR DRUGS AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY.

A UKIAH POLICE OFFICER TRIED TO STOP A BICYCLIST ON TUESDAY MORNING IN THE 500 BLOCK OF EAST PERKINS STREET. THE BICYCLIST, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 20 YEAR OLD ROBERT CURTIS JAMES, FLED INTO THE PEAR TREE SHOPPING CENTER WITH THE OFFICER IN PURSUIT ON FOOT. JAMES CONTINUED BEHIND HOME DEPOT AND ONTO HAMILTON STREET BEFORE OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH HIM WHERE HE PHYSICALLY RESISTED THE OFFICERS. JAMES WAS ON PROBATION, AND A HYPODERMIC SYRINGE CONTAINING LIQUID METHAMPHETAMINE WAS LOCATED IN HIS POSSESSION. THE BICYCLE JAMES WAS RIDING WAS LATER DETERMINED TO HAVE BEEN STOLEN RECENTLY. JAMES WAS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

STATE SEEKS VOLUNTARY CUTS IN STREAM DIVERSIONS (EVR) JB 4/24/15

STATE WATER OFFICIALS ARE SEEKING VOLUNTARY CUTS IN STREAM DIVERSIONS FROM SONOMA COUNTY LANDOWNERS

STATE REGULATORS ARE ASKING ABOUT 650 LANDOWNERS ALONG SONOMA COUNTYS FOUR MAJOR COHO SALMON SPAWNING STREAMS TO VOLUNTARILY REDUCE WATER DIVERSIONS TO PROTECT THE DROUGHT-IMPERILED SPECIES, WHICH IS HANGING ON AFTER NEARLY GOING EXTINCT IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER TWO DECADES AGO. LETTERS ISSUED JOINTLY BY THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD AND THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE WERE MAILED THIS WEEK TO THE LANDOWNERS PRIMARILY RURAL RESIDENTS AS WELL AS SOME GRAPE GROWERS ALONG DUTCH BILL AND GREEN VALLEY CREEKS IN WEST COUNTY, MARK WEST CREEK NORTH OF SANTA ROSA AND THE MILL CREEK SYSTEM WEST OF HEALDSBURG. THE MOVE AMOUNTS TO THE AGENCIES FIRST DROUGHT-RELATED ACTION THIS YEAR ON LOCAL STREAM USE. IT SEEKS VOLUNTARY COMMITMENTS FROM 654 LANDOWNERS TO CUT BACK ON WATER DRAWN FROM COHO BREEDING STREAMS. BUT THE LETTER ALSO WARNS THAT IF VOLUNTARY ACTIONS ARE INSUFFICIENT, THE STATE COULD HALT WATER DIVERSIONS, A STEP KNOWN AS CURTAILMENT THAT WAS IMPOSED LAST YEAR.

UPPER LAKE COUPLE WAIVE HEARING, HEAD TO TRIAL (LAW) JB 4/24/15

AN UPPER LAKE COUPLE ARE SET TO RETURN TO COURT NEXT MONTH AFTER WAIVING A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN A MARIJUANA CASE.

AN UPPER LAKE COUPLE WAIVED THEIR PRELIMINARY HEARING ON WEDNESDAY IN A MARIJUANA CULTIVATION CASE STEMMING FROM THE INVESTIGATION INTO A CHRISTMAS DAY SHOOTING IN 2013.
WITH THE WAIVING OF WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULED HEARING, 52 YEAR OLD JAMES MICHAEL JEAN AND HIS WIFE, 50 YEAR OLD NORA KATHERINE JEAN, WILL RETURN TO COURT ON MAY 19 FOR ARRAIGNMENT IN ORDER TO BEGIN THE PROCESS FOR MOVING TOWARD TRIAL. THE JEANS WERE ARRESTED ON DEC. 26, 2013, WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT ORIGINALLY RESPONDING TO THEIR UPPER LAKE HOME ON HUNTER POINT ROAD THE PREVIOUS MORNING AFTER RECEIVING A 911 CALL THAT AN INTRUDER AT THE RESIDENCE HAD BEEN SHOT. THEY BOTH ARE FACING FELONY CHARGES OF POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA FOR SALE, FURNISHING OR TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA AND A SPECIAL ALLEGATION OF BEING ARMED IN THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY.

FINAL HEARING FOR RATE HIKE IN CLEARLAKE OAKS (ECN) JB 4/24/15

THE CLEARLAKE OAKS COUNTY WATER DISTRICT IS SET TO HOLD A FINAL HEARING ON PROPOSED RATE INCREASES.

ON FRIDAY THE CLEARLAKE OAKS COUNTY WATER DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD THE SECOND AND LAST OF TWO HEARINGS REQUIRED UNDER STATE LAW AS IT PREPARES TO RAISE WATER AND SEWER RATES. THE PROPOSED CHANGES INCLUDE A BILLING SYSTEM THAT WOULD SWITCH FROM ACTIVE ACCOUNTS TO ALL SERVICE CONNECTIONS, AND A 3-PERCENT PER-YEAR INCREASE FROM 2016 TO 2018 ON THE WATER SIDE. THE DISTRICT GENERAL MANAGER SAID THAT THE DISTRICT NEEDS TO IMPLEMENT THE RATE INCREASES FOR BOTH SEWER AND WATER SERVICES IN ORDER TO HELP FINANCE CAPITAL EXPENDITURE PROJECTS, SPECIFICALLY, UPGRADING AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. ON THE WATER SIDE ALONE, HE SAID THE 1960’S-ERA INFRASTRUCTURE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A 60-PERCENT WATER LOSS DUE TO LEAKS FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR. THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10 A.M. FRIDAY, APRIL 24, AT THE DISTRICT’S ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE.

MAN ARRESTED FOR STABBING NEIGHBOR (LAW) JB 4/24/15

AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN NEIGHBORS LEADS TO ONE MAN BEING ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

UKIAH POLICE RESPONDED RECENTLY TO THE 600 BLOCK OF HOLDEN STREET FOR A STABBING. THE VICTIM REPORTED HAVING AN ON-GOING DISPUTE WITH A NEIGHBOR, 31 YEAR OLD KEVIN GARY PIKE, AND THAT EVENING SUSPECTED PIKE HAD THROWN A SODA CONTAINER AT THE VICTIMS HOUSE. THE VICTIM FOUND PIKE IN HIS FRONT YARD AND CONFRONTED HIM. PIKE RESPOND BY SPITTING ON THE VICTIM, THEN STABBED THE VICTIM IN THE STOMACH WITH SCISSORS. OFFICERS DETERMINED PIKE WAS ON PROBATION FOR THREATS AND SUBJECT TO SEARCH AND SEIZURE. WHEN OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT THE SUSPECT, PIKES GIRLFRIEND ANSWERED THE DOOR, AND PIKE WAS LOCKED IN A ROOM INSIDE THE RESIDENCE. PIKE ARGUED THROUGH THE DOOR WITH OFFICERS AND FINALLY OPENED THE DOOR AND TOOK A FIGHTING STANCE. PIKE RESISTED THE OFFICERS AND WAS EVENTUALLY HANDCUFFED BUT REMAINED PHYSICALLY RESISTIVE. PIKE WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE COUNTY JAIL.

SONOMA COUNTY OFFICIALS APOLOGIZE OVER DAM (EVR) JB 4/24/15

SONOMA COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE OFFERED AN APOLOGY TO HEALDSBURG OVER A DECISION ABOUT A SEASONAL DAM ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER.

ONE OF THE COUNTYS MOST POPULAR SWIMMING LAGOONS, CREATED EACH SUMMER IN HEALDSBURG BY THE INSTALLATION OF A SEASONAL DAM IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER, WILL BE ABSENT FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, AND ITS NOT BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT. IN A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE CRITICIZED BY HEALDSBURG CITY OFFICIALS, THE TEMPORARY DAM, WHICH USUALLY GOES UP IN LATE JUNE, WILL NOT BE INSTALLED, TO MAKE IT EASIER TO WORK IN THE RIVER CHANNEL FOR THE ONGOING RENOVATION OF THE HEALDSBURG MEMORIAL BRIDGE. SONOMA COUNTY OFFICIALS APOLOGIZED THIS WEEK FOR CATCHING HEALDSBURG CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS OFF GUARD WITH THEIR DECISION TO NOT ERECT THE DAM AT HEALDSBURG VETERANS MEMORIAL BEACH, A COUNTY PARK THAT DRAWS CONSIDERABLE SUMMERTIME TRAFFIC. HEALDSBURG MEMORIAL BEACH IS THE ONLY SPOT ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER WHERE THE COUNTY PUTS UP A MAJOR DAM FOR SWIMMING AND RECREATION.

WATER RATE TIERS MAY BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL (ECN) JB 4/23/15

A NEW COURT RULING AGAINST TIERED WATER RATE SYSTEMS MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS.

ACCORDING TO THE WILLITS NEWS, A CALIFORNIA APPEALS COURT RULED MONDAY THAT TIERED WATER RATES WHICH CANNOT BE SUPPORTED BY ACTUAL COSTS FOR EACH PROPERTY ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THIS MEANS THAT RATES ESTABLISHED TO REWARD CONSERVATION AND TO PUNISH THOSE USING MORE WATER MAY BE DISALLOWED. THIS RULING COULD CHALLENGE THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE TIERED WATER RATE STRUCTURE USED BY BOTH BROOKTRAILS AND WILLITS. WITH A 25 PERCENT MANDATED STATE-WIDE CUT IN WATER USE, THE RULING COULD NOT HAVE COME AT A WORST TIME. THE DECISION IS BEING REVIEWED BY THE STATES LAWYERS AND APPEALING THE DECISION TO THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT COULD DELAY WHEN THE RULING TAKES EFFECT.

STATE VACCINATION BILL APPROVED BY SENATE (GOV) JB 4/23/15

AFTER BEING DELAYED, CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS APPROVED A BILL REQUIRING VACCINATIONS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN.

OPPONENTS OF A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD REQUIRE CALIFORNIA SCHOOLCHILDREN TO BE VACCINATED VOWED TO CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT AFTER A SENATE COMMITTEE OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED THE BILL WEDNESDAY. THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE VOTED 7-2 ON THE BILL WITH VOTES FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. THE PROPOSAL WAS AMONG SEVERAL DRAFTED ACROSS THE NATION IN THE WAKE OF A MEASLES OUTBREAK THAT STARTED AT DISNEYLAND AND SICKENED MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE IN THE U.S. AND MEXICO.

IT WOULD ELIMINATE CALIFORNIA’S PERSONAL-BELIEF AND RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS SO UNVACCINATED CHILDREN WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS. MEDICAL WAIVERS WOULD ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS. THE BILL NOW HEADS TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR A HEARING NEXT WEEK AS PART OF A LONG LEGISLATIVE PROCESS.

ABALONE DIVER DIES AFTER FALLING FROM CLIFF (LAW) JB 4/23/15

A MAN PICKING ABALONE DIED TUESDAY AFTER FALLING FROM A CLIFF ON THE MENDOCINO COAST.

50 YEAR OLD JOEL FALCON OF EL CERRITO FELL TO HIS DEATH LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON WHILE CLIMBING UP A MENDOCINO COAST CLIFF. HE HAD BEEN ABALONE PICKING WITH A FRIEND WHEN THEY BECAME TRAPPED BY THE INCOMING TIDE AND DECIDED TO CLIMB UP THE CLIFF FACE NEAR HARDY ROCK TO GET OUT OF THE COVE. FALCON FELL APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET TO THE ROCKS BELOW, STRIKING HIS HEAD. THIS LATEST TRAGEDY COMES ON THE HEELS OF THE DEATHS OF THREE ABALONE DIVERS IN CASPAR LAST WEEK.

OLD COAST HOTEL DECISION PLANNED FOR NEXT WEEK (GOV) JB 4/23/15

THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE ITS DECISION ON OLD COAST HOTEL PROJECT NEXT WEEK.

ON MONDAY, THE FORT BRAGG CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A FORGIVABLE LOAN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE $1.1 MILLION IN STATE COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO THE MENDOCINO COAST HOSPITALITY CENTER FOR ACQUISITION OF THE OLD COAST HOTEL. MCHC PLANS TO REUSE THE FORMER OFFICES, HOTEL AND RESTAURANT AS A FACILITY TO PROVIDE HOMELESS AND MENTAL HEATH SERVICES TO LOCAL RESIDENTS. THE LOAN AGREEMENT WAS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR CONSIDERATION LAST WEEK, BUT THE ITEM WAS POSTPONED IN ORDER FOR STAFF TO COMPLETE A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE PROJECT. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, APRIL 27 AT 6 PM AT THE FORT BRAGG TOWN HALL.

BODY OF MISSING LAKE COUNTY ATTORNEY FOUND (LAW) JB 4/23/15

THE BODY OF A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN MISSING SINCE SATURDAY WAS RECOVERED LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

THE BODY OF 48-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER CARTER WAS FOUND ON HIS FAMILYS PROPERTY BETWEEN HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE AND LOWER LAKE. THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AND MEMBERS OF ITS SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE MISSING LAKE COUNTY DEFENSE ATTORNEY SINCE SATURDAY, WHEN HIS FAMILY REPORTED HED DISAPPEARED AFTER SENDING THEM A TEXT MESSAGE. SHERIFFS OFFICIALS STATED THAT EVIDENCE FOUND AT THE SCENE INDICATED CARTER DIED OF SELF-INFLICTED INJURIES, ALTHOUGH THEY DID NOT SPECIFY THE TYPE OF INJURIES. THE CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING UP TO CARTERS DEATH ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

KAYAKER RESCUED BY COAST GUARD OFF SEA RANCH (LAW) JB 4/23/15

A KAYAKER WAS RESCUED BY SHERIFFS HELICOPTER FROM THE WATERS OFF SEA RANCH ON WEDNESDAY.

A CALL FOR HELP WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FOR OCEAN KAYAKERS POSSIBLY IN DISTRESS OFF OF THE SEA RANCH RESULTED IN THE MOBILIZATION OF SEVERAL EMERGENCY AGENCIES AND A HELICOPTER RESCUE. THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS HELICOPTER CREW PLUCKED ONE PERSON FROM THEIR KAYAK AND CARRIED THEM TO THE SAFETY OF A SEA RANCH BEACH. A SECOND KAYAKER WHO APPARENTLY WASNT IN DISTRESS MADE IT BACK TO SHORE ON HIS OWN. THE CALL BROUGHT OUT SEVERAL COASTAL FIRE AGENCIES, PARAMEDICS, THE HELICOPTER AND THE U.S. COAST GUARD TO THE AREA OFF GALLEONS REACH. WITHIN 30 MINUTES, BOTH KAYAKERS WERE ON THE BEACH AND DECLINING MEDICAL CARE AND THE FIREFIGHTERS, PARAMEDICS AND RESCUERS ALL WERE RELEASED TO RESPOND TO OTHER CALLS.

NATIONWIDE RECALL OF TRADER JOES SAUSAGE (PI) JB 4/23/15

A NATIONWIDE RECALL OF A TRADER JOES SAUSAGE PRODUCT WAS ISSUED THIS WEEK.

TRADER JOE’S CUSTOMERS WHO BOUGHT THE CHAIN’S SWEET APPLE CHICKEN SAUSAGE ARE URGED TO THROW IT OUT AMID CONCERNS PLASTIC MAY HAVE MADE ITS WAY INTO THE PACKAGES. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT MASSACHUSETTS-BASED SAUSAGE MAKER KAYEM FOODS IS RECALLING MORE THAN 59,000 POUNDS OF THE PRODUCT. THE RECALL IS FOR 8-OUNCE SAUSAGE PACKAGES SOLD AT TRADER JOE’S STORES NATIONWIDE AND MARKED WITH EXPIRATION DATES OF APRIL 22, 25 AND 29. CUSTOMERS CAN RETURN THE PRODUCT FOR A FULL REFUND AT ANY TRADER JOE’S. THE USDA SAYS NO ONE HAS EATEN THE RECALLED MEAT SO FAR, AND THAT THERE IS A REMOTE CHANCE OF NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS IF SOMEONE DOES.

MENDO SUPERVISORS REJECT TIMBER RESOLUTION (GOV/EVR) JB 4/22/15

A RESOLUTION TO SUSPEND THE POISONING OF TREES BY TIMBER COMPANIES WAS REJECTED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, A TIMBER-MANAGEMENT PRACTICE THAT POISONS HARDWOOD TREES AND LEAVES THEM TO DECOMPOSE IN FORESTS DREW A CROWD OF 200 PEOPLE TO A MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TUESDAY, AND MOST OF THEM LEFT DISAPPOINTED. THE ATTENDEES, MOSTLY RURAL RESIDENTS, LONGTIME TIMBER ACTIVISTS AND LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, CALLED ON THE BOARD TO RESTRICT, OR EVEN BAN, SUCH OPERATIONS, WHICH ARE LARGELY UNREGULATED. BUT THEIR CONCERNS WENT UNHEEDED. THE BOARD CONSIDERED, THEN REJECTED, A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD HAVE ASKED TIMBER COMPANIES TO VOLUNTARILY SUSPEND THE TREE-POISONING PRACTICE FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS WHILE ITS EFFECTS ARE STUDIED. THE BOARD PLANS TO RESUME DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUE AT A FUTURE MEETING.

CREEK CLEANUP OF UKIAH SAFEWAY COOKING OIL (EVR) JB 4/22/15

DUMPED COOKING OIL FROM THE UKIAH SAFEWAY PROMPTED AN EMERGENCY CLEANUP OF A CREEK ON MONDAY.

A UKIAH SAFEWAY EMPLOYEE TRIGGERED AN EXTENSIVE CLEANUP OPERATION MONDAY WHEN SHE WASHED 55 GALLONS OF USED COOKING OIL INTO A STORM DRAIN THAT FLOWS INTO A FISH-BEARING CREEK LEADING TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER. THE REDWOOD EMPIRE HAZARDOUS INCIDENT TEAM RESPONDED AND THEIR EFFORTS CONTINUED ON TUESDAY AS RESPONDERS USED HUNDREDS OF ABSORBENT PADS ON THE SURFACE OF THE CREEK, CAPTURING AN ESTIMATED 99 PERCENT OF THE OIL. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE SAFEWAY EMPLOYEE ACTUALLY TIPPED OVER THE DRUM OF OIL INTO THE STORM DRAIN, THEN USED A POWER WASHER TO FLUSH THE OIL DOWN THE STORM DRAIN. SAFEWAY IS EXPECTED TO BE CITED BY FISH AND GAME OFFICIALS OVER THE SPILL.

SEA LION PUP RESCUED BY MENDOCINO SHERIFFS (LAW) JB 4/22/15

A STRANDED SEA LION PUP ON HIGHWAY 1 WAS RESCUED BY MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OVER THE WEEKEND.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ON ROUTINE PATROL ON HIGHWAY 1, JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF FORT BRAGG, OBSERVED A SMALL ANIMAL MOVING SLOWLY IN THE ROADWAY AND STOPPED TO RENDER AID. DEPUTIES DISCOVERED THE SMALL ANIMAL WAS A CALIFORNIA SEA LION PUP THAT HAD WALKED ABOUT A QUARTER MILE FROM THE OCEAN. THE SEA LION PUP HAD AN ORANGE TAG FROM THE MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH CENTER ATTACHED TO ITS FRONT FLIPPER AND WAS EXTREMELY FRIENDLY WITH THE DEPUTIES. AT THE DIRECTION OF THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER, THE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WERE ASKED TO ASSIST THE SEA LION PUP BACK TO THE OCEAN. AFTER CLIMBING INTO THE BACK OF THE PATROL CAR, THE SEA LION PUP WAS TRANSPORTED BY THE SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND SUCCESSFULLY RELEASED BACK TO ITS NATURAL HABITAT.

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY (PI) JB 4/22/15

ONE OF NASA’S CROWNING GLORIES, THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, MARKS ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK.

WITH 1 MILLION-PLUS OBSERVATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE OF SOME OF THE FARTHEST AND OLDEST GALAXIES EVER BEHELD BY HUMANITY, NO MAN-MADE SATELLITE HAS TOUCHED AS MANY MINDS OR HEARTS AS HUBBLE. NASA IS CELEBRATING FRIDAY’S ANNIVERSARY WITH CEREMONIES THIS WEEK AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AND NEWSEUM IN WASHINGTON. HUBBLE HAS TRAVELED 3.4 BILLION MILES, CIRCLING EARTH NEARLY 137,000 TIMES AND MAKING MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION OBSERVATIONS OF MORE THAN 38,000 CELESTIAL OBJECTS. THE MOST DISTANT OBJECTS SPOTTED BY HUBBLE, PRIMITIVE GALAXIES, ARE SOME 13 BILLION LIGHT-YEARS AWAY AND DATE TO WITHIN 400 MILLION OR SO YEARS OF THE UNIVERSE’S ORIGIN, KNOWN AS THE BIG BANG.

MCGUIRE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL MOVES FORWARD (GOV) JB 4/22/15

SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRES COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL HAS CLEARED ANOTHER HURDLE IN THE STATE LEGISLATION.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT NORTH COAST STATE SENATOR MCGUIRE HAS INTRODUCED SWEEPING LEGISLATION AIMED AT ESTABLISHING A COMPREHENSIVE WAY FOR CALIFORNIA TO REGULATE NEARLY ALL ASPECTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA, FROM LICENSING DISPENSARIES TO CREATING QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTING FOR CANNABIS PRODUCTS. MCGUIRES MEDICAL MARIJUANA PUBLIC SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, SENATE BILL 643, WOULD ESSENTIALLY GIVE THE STATES MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS SPECIFICITY AND TEETH THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IN PLACE IN THE 18 YEARS SINCE CALIFORNIA BECAME THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO USE POT FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES. ON MONDAY, AB 643 RECEIVED UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FROM THE SENATE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE. THE BILL HEADS TO THE SENATE AND GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE NEXT WEDNESDAY.

MENDOCINO FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETE LAST TRAINING (LAW) JB 4/22/15

FUTURE MENDOCINO COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETED THEIR FINAL LIVE TRAINING BEFORE THIS YEARS FIRE SEASON.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS ACADEMY HELD ITS LAST TRAINING OF THE YEAR ON SATURDAY IN BOONVILLE WITH A LIVE FIRE BURN TRAILER EXERCISE. ACADEMY FIREFIGHTERS PRACTICED THEIR SKILLS AS THEY WORKED ON THE INSIDE AND VENTILATED THE ROOF OF A BURNING TRAILER AS PART OF THE EXERCISE. TWELVE DEPARTMENTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTY HAD BEEN TRAINING FOR THE PAST THREE- AND-A-HALF MONTHS ON BASIC FIREFIGHTER SKILLS. THE COMPLETION OF THE LAST LIVE FIRE TRAINING COMES AS LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY ENTER ONE OF THE EARLIEST FIRE SEASONS IN YEARS.

JOB FAIR SCHEDULED FOR CLEARLAKE THIS WEEKEND (EMP) JB 4/22/15

A JOB FAIR SHOWCASING OVER 30 BUSINESSES LOOKING FOR EMPLOYEES IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN CLEARLAKE.

WITH THE SUMMER SEASON UPON US, JOB DEMAND IS ON THE RISE. JOB SEEKERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AND LEARN WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE IN LAKE COUNTY. POTENTIAL JOBS SHOWCASED AT THIS EVENT RANGE FROM MEDICAL INDUSTRY POSITIONS WITH MEADOWOOD NURSING AND SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL TO EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS WITH THE KELSEYVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE LAKE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION. APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME DRESSED FOR SUCCESS AND READY TO MEET EMPLOYERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ENTHUSIASTIC APPLICANTS PREPARED TO WORK. THE FAIR IS SCHEDULED FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM ON SATURDAY APRIL 24 AT THE YUBA COLLEGE, CLEARLAKE CAMPUS.

BROOKTRAILS WATER CAP DROPPED TO 200 GPD (EVR) JB 4/21/15

IN RESPONSE TO THE ONGOING DROUGHT CONDITIONS, THE BROOKTRAILS WATER CAP WAS RECENTLY DROPPED TO 200 GPD.

ACCORDING TO THE WILLITS NEWS, THE BROOKTRAILS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET RECENTLY AND VOTED TO REDUCE THE HOUSEHOLD WATER ALLOTMENT FROM 250 GALLONS PER DAY, TO 200 GPD. THE BOARD RENEWED A DROUGHT STATE OF EMERGENCY, ALLOWING FOR THE REDUCTION IN THE WATER CAP. BOTH OF BROOKTRAILS RESERVOIRS, LAKE EMILY AND LAKE ADA ROSE, ARE CURRENTLY FULL AND THE DISTRICT PROJECTS THAT IT HAS ENOUGH WATER TO LAST 225 DAYS, THEORETICALLY ENOUGH TO LAST UNTIL THE RAINY SEASON STARTS BACK UP. THE DISTRICT IS ACTUALLY IN BETTER SHAPE THAN LAST YEAR, WHEN AT THIS TIME IT HAD ONLY 150 DAYS WORTH OF WATER LEFT.

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN (LAW) JB 4/21/15

A SEARCH OPERATION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED FOR A HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN REPORTED MISSING OVER THE WEEKEND.

ON SATURDAY AT APPROXIMATELY 12:10 PM, DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A MISSING PERSON. FAMILY MEMBERS TOLD THE DEPUTIES THAT 48-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER CARTER OF HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE WAS MISSING. FAMILY MEMBERS LAST HEARD FROM CARTER ON FRIDAY AT APPROXIMATELY 6:05 PM, WHEN HE SENT A TEXT MESSAGE.

THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AND LAKE COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE ARE CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A SEARCH OF THE AREA BELIEVED TO BE CARTERS LAST KNOWN LOCATION. STEPHEN CHRISTOPHER CARTER IS DESCRIBED AS BEING 6 TALL, 170 POUNDS WITH BROWN HAIR AND GREEN EYES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON CARTERS WHEREABOUTS IS URGED TO CALL THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF AT 263-2690.

BAY AREA BOY FOUND SAFE AFTER ABDUCTION (LAW) JB 4/21/15

A BAY AREA BOY WAS FOUND SAFE AFTER BEING ABDUCTED IN A CAR STOLEN FROM HIS HOME.

AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY SNOOZING IN THE BACKSEAT OF HIS FAMILY’S RUNNING CAR APPEARS TO HAVE SLEPT THROUGH HIS BRIEF KIDNAPPING MONDAY AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN IN FRONT OF HIS SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HOME. THE FATHER HAD PLACED THE SLEEPING BOY IN THE COROLLA AROUND 4:45 A.M., STARTED THE ENGINE AND WENT BACK INTO THE HOUSE IN FAIRFIELD TO GET SOME BELONGINGS AND HIS OLDER SON. WHEN THE FATHER WENT BACK OUTSIDE, THE CAR WAS GONE AND AN UNFAMILIAR BICYCLE LAY NEARBY. LESS THAN FOUR HOURS LATER, A RESIDENT CALLED POLICE AND SAID THE CAR WAS PARKED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WHEN OFFICERS APPROACHED IT AROUND 8:15 A.M., THE SUSPECT WAS GONE AND THE BOY WAS STILL ASLEEP. POLICE DON’T HAVE A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT AND SAY IT APPEARS THE THIEF DIDN’T KNOW THE CHILD WAS SLEEPING IN THE BACKSEAT.

FOREST VISITORS ASKED TO BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE (EVR) JB 4/21/15

MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST VISITORS ARE BEING ASKED TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH FIRE.

AFTER A DRY WINTER AND SPARSE SPRING SHOWERS, CONDITIONS ON THE MENDOCINO NATIONAL FOREST ARE INDICATING AN EARLIER THAN USUAL START TO FIRE SEASON. A FOREST FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER STATED THAT THIS YEAR THINGS ARE SO DRY, THAT THEY ARE ALREADY SEEING AN INCREASED RISK FOR WILDFIRES, EVEN EARLIER THAN WE DID LAST YEAR. THE FOREST IS NOT CURRENTLY IN FIRE RESTRICTIONS, BUT FUEL CONDITIONS ARE BEING MONITORED CLOSELY. AS LATE SPRING AND SUMMER RECREATION SEASON STARTS, FOREST VISITORS ARE ASKED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING FIRE ON THE FOREST. OVER THE PAST WEEK, THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN A HANDFUL OF SMOKE CHECKS ON THE FOREST, SOME THE RESULT OF RECENT LIGHTNING IN THE AREA. THERE WAS ALSO A 6-ACRE FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND NEAR TWIN SPRINGS ON THE GRINDSTONE RANGER DISTRICT ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE FOREST. THE CAUSE IS CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.

LAKE COUNTY MAN SOUGHT IN SHOOTING SURRENDERS (LAW) JB 4/21/15

A LAKE COUNTY MAN SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING LAST MONTH SURRENDERED HIMSELF TO AUTHORITIES ON MONDAY.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, A 27-YEAR-OLD CLEARLAKE OAKS MAN SUSPECTED OF SHOOTING AN ACQUAINTANCE WITH WHOM HE REPORTEDLY HAD AN ONGOING FEUD TURNED HIMSELF IN MONDAY AT THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL. TYLER KOHO WAS BOOKED ON A $1 MILLION ARREST WARRANT ON SUSPICION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, NEARLY SIX WEEKS AFTER THE SHOOTING. POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR 41-YEAR-OLD CHARLES LAMONT OF CLEARLAKE. LAMONT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS BECAUSE HE IS AWARE OF THE $1 MILLION WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST ON SUSPICION OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE SHOULD CALL CLEARLAKE POLICE DETECTIVE RYAN PETERSON AT 994-8251, EXTENSION 320.

SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR MISSING SONOMA BOATERS (LAW) JB 4/21/15

HEAVY FOG TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AN ACTIVE SEARCH FOR TWO MISSING SONOMA COUNTY BOATERS ON THE MARIN COUNTY COASTLINE.

SUNDAYS SEARCH FOR THE TWO MISSING BOATERS ENDED AT 4 P.M., AFTER 25 PEOPLE HAD PATROLLED 22 MILES OF COASTLINE. SEARCHERS HAD COVERED AN AREA FROM TOMALES POINT TO THE POINT REYES HEADLANDS LOOKING FOR TWO MALES WHO WERE LOST DURING A BOATING ACCIDENT THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF TWO OTHER SONOMA COUNTY RESIDENTS. MARIN COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVENT RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE STILL-MISSING BOATERS, BUT FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE IDENTIFIED THEM AS 28-YEAR-OLD RYAN VIALL AND 39 YEAR OLD DAVID BREEDEN, BOTH OF WINDSOR. SEARCHERS ARE HOPING FOR A BREAK IN THE COASTAL WEATHER THIS WEEK TO CONTINUE THEIR EFFORTS WITH A HELICOPTER.

WILLIE NELSON TO MARKET OWN BRAND OF POT (PI) JB 4/21/15

CAPITALIZING ON HIS ASSOCIATION WITH POT, COUNTRY MUSIC STAR WILLIE NELSON ANNOUNCED PLANS TO ROLL OUT HIS OWN BRAND OF MARIJUANA.

THE MOVE MAKES THE 81-YEAR-OLD “ROLL ME UP AND SMOKE ME WHEN I DIE” SINGER THE LATEST CELEBRITY TO JUMP INTO THE MARIJUANA MARKETPLACE. “WILLIE’S RESERVE” WILL BE GROWN AND SOLD IN COLORADO AND WASHINGTON, WHERE RECREATIONAL POT IS LEGAL. NELSON SAID IN A STATEMENT THAT HE’S “LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE BEST GROWERS IN COLORADO AND WASHINGTON TO MAKE SURE OUR PRODUCT IS THE BEST ON THE MARKET.” NELSON, WHO WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT MONDAY, IS AMONG THOSE WITH WELL-ESTABLISHED CONNECTIONS TO CANNABIS. HE’S BEEN A LONGTIME DECRIMINALIZATION ADVOCATE AND HAS BEEN BUSTED FOR POT POSSESSION ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

NEW DOCK INSTALLATION UNDERWAY AT LIBRARY PARK (PI) JB 4/21/15

THE CITY OF LAKEPORT IS IN THE MIDST OF INSTALLING THE NEW DOCKS AT LIBRARY PARK.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT THE INSTALLATION PROJECT BEGAN LAST WEEK, AND PUBLIC WORKS SUPERINTENDENT DOUG GRIDER SAID HE HOPES THE WORK WITH BE DONE BY TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY. GRIDER SAID THAT WITH THE NEW DOCKS THERE IS ROUGHLY THE SAME AMOUNT OF DOCK SURFACE AREA AS BEFORE. HOWEVER, A PORTION THAT HAD BEEN REMOVED SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO CLOSE OFF THE SWIM BEACH IS BEING REINSTALLED TO KEEP THAT AREA SAFE. OVERALL, THERE WILL BE NEARLY 300 FEET OF NEW DOCK, PLUS SOME NEW GANGWAY, PILE GUIDES AND A SWIM LADDER, BASED ON THE CITY’S PURCHASE DOCUMENTS. GRIDER ESTIMATED THAT IT HAS BEEN AROUND 30 YEARS SINCE THE CITY INSTALLED NEW DOCKS AT THE PARK.

COUNTY, LAW ENFORCEMENT REACH TENTATIVE DEAL (LAW) JB 4/20/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE COUNTY HAVE REACHED A THREE-YEAR TENTATIVE AGREEMENT THAT WOULD INCLUDE SALARY INCREASES

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, DETAILS OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT INCLUDE A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $1,200 TO ALL BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES UPON RATIFICATION AND ELIMINATING THE EMPLOYER PAID RETIREMENT SUBSIDY BEGINNING IN JULY 2015, WHICH WOULD RESULT IN BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES HAVING TO PAY THEIR FULL SHARE OF THE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION TOWARD RETIREMENT. BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES WOULD ALSO RECEIVE A 6.5 PERCENT SALARY INCREASE, AND MEMBERS WOULD RECEIVE A 3 PERCENT GENERAL ADJUSTMENT SALARY INCREASE IN JULY. THE NEW AGREEMENT WOULD COVER BACK TO JULY 1, 2014 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL CONSIDER OFFICIAL APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT ON TUESDAY.

LAST-MINUTE WORK ON PALACE HOTEL OVER WEEKEND (PI) JB 4/20/15

AS HER DEADLINE LOOMS, THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL WAS IN TOWN TO MEET WITH THE FIRM SHE HIRED TO COMPLETE WORK ON THE HOTEL.

HOTEL OWNER ELADIA LAINES WAS IN UKIAH FRIDAY TO MEET WITH GHD, INC, THE FIRM SHE HIRED TO DO A STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT OF THE BUILDING. THE STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT OF THE HOTEL BUILDING IS ONLY ONE OF SEVEN TASKS GIVEN TO LAINES BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 21 TO KEEP THE REHABILITATION PROJECT FROM BEING TURNED OVER TO A RECEIVERSHIP. LAINES MUST RESTORE THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM; SUBMIT AN APPROVED STRUCTURAL ASSESSMENT; COMPLETE RECOMMENDED REPAIRS; SECURE THE BUILDING; PATCH THE ROOF AND COMPLETE THE ASBESTOS ABATEMENT BY TOMORROWS DEADLINE.

BODEGA HARBOR BOATING MISHAP VICTIMS IDENTIFIED (LAW) JB 4/20/15

TWO PEOPLE WHOSE BODIES WERE RECOVERED FOLLOWING A BOATING MISHAP OUTSIDE BODEGA HARBOR WERE IDENTIFIED SUNDAY AS RESIDENTS OF SONOMA COUNTY.

THE MARIN COUNTY CORONER IDENTIFIED THE VICTIMS AS 61 YEAR OLD WINDSOR RESIDENT DIANE KELLY AND 59 YEAR OLD RICHARD HARGREAVES, JR. OF SANTA ROSA. THE PAIR WERE WITH A GROUP OF FOUR PEOPLE WHO DEPARTED AT ABOUT 5 A.M. FRIDAY FROM THE WESTSIDE REGIONAL PARK BOAT LAUNCH TO FISH FOR SALMON. ONE BODY WAS RECOVERED FROM THE SHORE OF BIRD ROCK, A 2-ACRE ISLAND OFF THE WESTERN COAST OF TOMALES POINT. ANOTHER BODY WAS FOUND OFFSHORE IN A FLOATING DEBRIS FIELD THAT INCLUDED A BOAT ENGINE AND OTHER ITEMS THAT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN FROM THE SMALL CRAFT. THE SEARCH FOR THE OTHER TWO MISSING BOATERS IS ONGOING BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, MARIN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE COAST GUARD.

ORCA BEACHES NEAR FORT BRAGG (EVR) JB 4/20/15

THE BODY OF AN ORCA WAS DISCOVERED WASHED UP ON A BEACH AT MACKERRICHER STATE PARK SATURDAY MORNING.

THE ADVOCATE NEWS REPORTED THAT A 26-FOOT ORCA WAS FOUND WASHED UP ON A STATE PARK BEACH THREE MILES NORTH OF FORT BRAGG SATURDAY MORNING. THE CREATURE HAS A LINE AND BUOY FROM A CRAB-FISHING POT WRAPPED AROUND ITS TAIL AND ONE SIDE-FIN, BUT RESEARCHERS SUNDAY AFTERNOON WERE ONLY BEGINNING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE ANIMALS DEATH. IT WAS THE SECOND BEACHING OF A LARGE WHALE ON A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STATE PARK BEACH THIS WEEK. LAST TUESDAY NIGHT, A 49-FOOT SPERM WHALE WAS DISCOVERED ON SHARP PARK STATE BEACH NEAR PACIFICA. MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH CENTER STAFF ARE CONDUCTING TESTS TO DETERMINE THE ORCAS CAUSE OF DEATH.

MIDDLETOWN GIRL ADMITS KIDNAP REPORT MADE UP (LAW) JB 4/20/15

A MIDDLETOWN GIRL WHO CLAIMED THAT A STRANGER ATTEMPTED TO ABDUCT HER LAST MONTH HAS ADMITTED THAT SHE MADE UP THE STORY.

A 12 YEAR OLD MIDDLETOWN GIRL RECENTLY ADMITTED TO THE LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE THAT HER REPORT LAST MONTH OF AN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OUTSIDE THE MIDDLETOWN METHODIST CHURCH WAS UNTRUE. IN HER STORY, THE GIRL CLAIMED SHE HAD KICKED HER ABDUCTOR IN THE SHIN, CAUSING HIM TO LET GO OF HER AND IMMEDIATELY LEAVE THE AREA. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID DETECTIVES CANVASSED THE AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE ANY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE MALE SUBJECT THE GIRL HAD DESCRIBED FROM BUSINESSES AND HOMEOWNERS. A DETECTIVE ASSIGNED TO THE CASE FOUND THAT THE LEADS WEREN’T PANNING OUT AND ALSO BEGAN TO NOTICE INCONSISTENCIES IN THE GIRL’S STORY AND HER BEHAVIOR. THE SHERIFFS OFFICE STATED THAT, CONSIDERING THE GIRL’S AGE, NO LEGAL ACTION IS PLANNED AGAINST HER, AND INSTEAD THE CONSEQUENCES SHE FACES WILL BE LEFT UP TO HER PARENTS.

MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS TALK FIRE DANGERS (LAW) JB 4/20/15

MENDOCINO COUNTYS FIRE CHIEFS ARE SET TO DISCUSS FIRE DANGERS FACING THE COUNTY IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF THE DROUGHT.

ACCORDING TO THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL, LOCAL FIRE CHIEFS ACROSS MENDOCINO COUNTY HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TUESDAY TO DISCUSS AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON POTENTIAL FIRE DANGERS THAT COULD OCCUR THIS UPCOMING SEASON. BROUGHT FORTH BY SUPERVISORS DAN HAMBURG AND TOM WOODHOUSE, THE CHIEFS ARE EXPECTED TO DISCUSS EVENTS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE THE LAST FIRE STUDY IN 2005, INCLUDING WHATS NEW, WHAT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE, SHORTFALLS THAT HAVE OCCURRED AND INCREASED CHALLENGES AS A RESULT OF THE DROUGHT. THE ITEM IS ON THE AGENDA FOR 1:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS AT THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON LOW GAP ROAD IN UKIAH, WITH POSSIBLE RECOMMENDED ACTION OF PROVIDING DIRECTION IF NECESSARY.

CDFW REMINDING PUBLIC TO LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE (EVR) JB 4/20/15

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE IS REMINDING THE PUBLIC TO LEAVE YOUNG WILDLIFE ALONE THIS SPRING.

SPRING IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR WILDLIFE. BEARS, DEER, BIRDS AND BOBCATS AS WELL AS DOZENS OF OTHER SPECIES EMERGE FROM WINTER READY TO FEED AND RAISE THEIR YOUNG. BECAUSE OF THIS INCREASE IN WILDLIFE ACTIVITY, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE (CDFW) REMINDS PEOPLE NOT TO DISTURB YOUNG WILDLIFE ALONE IF THEY COME ACROSS THEM. THE IMPROPER HANDLING OF YOUNG WILDLIFE IS A PROBLEM IN CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE NATION, ESPECIALLY IN SPRING. ANIMALS LIKE DEER THAT COME IN CONTACT WITH HUMANS ARE OFTEN ABANDONED BY THEIR PARENTS LEADING TO THE STATES REHABILITATION FACILITIES RECEIVING AN AVERAGE OF AROUND 400-500 FAWNS PER YEAR FROM WELL-MEANING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. ITS ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WILD ANIMALS CARRY TICKS, FLEAS AND LICE, AND THEY CAN TRANSMIT DISEASES TO HUMANS, INCLUDING RABIES AND TULAREMIA, SO IT IS BEST TO LEAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INTERVENTION TO CDFW PERSONNEL OR PERMITTED WILDLIFE REHABILITATORS.

ARIANA GRANDE-ONE LAST TIME

ELLIE GOULDING-LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO

JASON DERULO-WANT TO WANT ME

MAROON 5-SUGAR

NATALIE LA ROSE W/JEREMIH-SOMEBODY

THE WEEKND-EARNED IT

CHRIS BROWN W/TYGA-AYO

DAVID GUETTA W/NICKI MINAJ & AFROJACK-HEY MAMA

DJ SNAKE W/ALUNAGEORGE-YOU KNOW YOU LIKE IT

ECHOSMITH-BRIGHT

FLO RIDA W/SAGE THE GEMINI & LOOKAS-GDFR

MEGHAN TRAINOR-DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND

NICK JONAS-CHAINS

SAM SMITH-LAY ME DOWN

TORI KELLY-NOBODY LOVE

TOVE LO-TALKING BODY

WALK THE MOON-SHUT UP AND DANCE

ZEDD W/SELENA GOMEZ-I WANT YOU TO KNOW

ANDY GRAMMER-HONEY, I’M GOOD

FIFTH HARMONY W/KID INK-WORTH IT

GEORGE EZRA-BUDAPEST

IGGY AZALEA W/JENNIFER HUDSON-TROUBLE

LIFE OF DILLON-OVERLOAD

LUNCHMONEY LEWIS-BILLS

SHEPPARD-GERONIMO

WIZ KHALIFA W/CHARLIE PUTH-SEE YOU AGAIN

ALESSO W/ROY ENGLISH-COOL

CARLY RAE JEPSEN-I REALLY LIKE YOU

FETTY WAP-TRAP QUEEN

NATE RUESS-NOTHING WITHOUT LOVE

R5-LET’S NOT BE ALONE TONIGHT

RYN WEAVER-OCTAHATE

SHAGGY W/MOHOMBI, FAYDEE AND COSTI-I NEED YOUR LOVE

SIA-ELASTIC HEART

TIMBER FAMILY BUYS 30,000 ACRES NEAR GUALALA (EVR) JB 4/17/15

30,000 ACRES OF FORESTLAND NEAR GUALALA UP FOR SALE HAS BEEN PURCHASED BUY A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TIMBER FAMILY.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, A SWATH OF COVETED TIMBERLAND NEAR THE TOWN OF GUALALA IS BEING SOLD TO A NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILY WHOSE EXISTING FOREST PRODUCT INTERESTS INCLUDE THE REDWOOD EMPIRE SAWMILLS IN PHILO AND CLOVERDALE, WHERE LOGS FROM THE SITE HAVE BEEN PROCESSED FOR SOME 30 YEARS. THE ROGER BURCH FAMILY, OWNER OF REDWOOD EMPIRE AND ITS PARENT CORPORATION, PACIFIC STATES INDUSTRIES INC. IN SAN JOSE, IS EXPECTED TO CLOSE ESCROW ON THE PROPERTY IN JUNE, TAKING POSSESSION OF NEARLY 30,000 ACRES OF MIXED REDWOOD AND DOUGLAS FIR AT THE MOUTH OF THE GUALALA RIVER CURRENTLY OWNED BY GUALALA REDWOODS INC. A CONSORTIUM OF LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LAND PRESERVATION AGENCIES HAD MADE AN UNSUCCESSFUL BID ON THE PROPERTY, HOPING TO EXTEND PROTECTED STATUS TO A LARGE EXPANSE OF COASTAL FOREST THAT ALREADY INCLUDES MORE THAN 57,000 ACRES OF FOREST.

WASHINGTON JUVENILES FOUND IN STOLEN CAR (LAW) JB 4/17/15

TWO JUVENILES FROM WASHINGTON WERE ARRESTED AFTER BEING DISCOVERED WITH A STOLEN CAR.

UKIAH POLICE RESPONDED TO KOHLS FOR A FEMALE JUVENILE SHOPLIFTER IN CUSTODY. OFFICERS LEARNED STORE EMPLOYEES OBSERVED THE 15-YEAR-OLD JUVENILE FROM SPOKANE COUNTY, WASHINGTON, CONCEAL SHOES WORTH OVER $50.00 IN HER PURSE AND LEAVE THE STORE WITHOUT PAYING. THE OFFICER WAS ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE JUVENILE’S GUARDIAN, AND DETERMINED THE JUVENILE HAD BEEN TRAVELING FROM WASHINGTON WITH HER 15 YEAR OLD FEMALE COUSIN IN A FAMILY MEMBERS STOLEN TOYOTA HIGHLANDER. THE OFFICER FOUND THE JUVENILES HAD SWITCHED LICENSE PLATES ON THE STOLEN VEHICLE WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE BELONGING TO THE SAME FAMILY MEMBER, BEFORE LEAVING WASHINGTON. BOTH JUVENILES WERE ARRESTED FOR THE STOLEN VEHICLE AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.

250 ELK DIE INSIDE FENCED AREA AT POINT REYES (EVR) JB 4/17/15

A LACK OF WATER IS THE POSSIBLE CAUSE OF THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF ELK ALONG THE POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE.

MORE THAN 250 TULE ELK DIED INSIDE A FENCED AREA AT POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD AND A LACK OF WATER IS POSSIBLY THE CAUSE. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ON THURSDAY CONFIRMED THE ELK DIED INSIDE A FENCED ELK PRESERVE FROM 2012 TO 2014. THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS CREATED A LACK OF ACCESSIBLE WATER SOURCES FOR THE ELK WITHIN THE PRESERVE. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, FREE-ROAMING POINT REYES ELK HERDS WITH MORE ACCESS TO WATER INCREASED BY NEARLY A THIRD.

CAL FIRE TO REDUCE BROOKTRAILS FIRE RISKS (LAW) JB 4/17/15

A PROJECT TO REDUCE THE POTENTIAL RISKS OF WILDLAND FIRES IN BROOKTRAILS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY CALFIRE THIS MONTH.

THE CAL FIRE MENDOCINO UNIT HAND CREWS WILL BE CONDUCTING A WILDLAND FUEL REDUCTION PROJECT THIS MONTH IN BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP. CAL FIRES PROJECT, FUNDED THROUGH A STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA GRANT, WILL CONSIST OF THE REDUCTION OF HAZARDOUS FUELS LOCATED WITHIN THE GREENBELT AREA MANAGED BY THE BROOKTRAILS TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT. THE HAND CREWS WILL REMOVE DEAD MATERIAL AND TRIM LIVE VEGETATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING FIRE HAZARD ON APPROXIMATELY 52 ACRES ADJACENT TO THE BTCSD WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM. CAL FIRE SAID THE VEGETATION REMOVAL WILL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE HAZARD ABATEMENT STANDARDS OF THE BROOKTRAILS FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND OVERALL, THE PROJECT WILL REDUCE FUEL LOADS AND PROMOTE FOREST HEALTH.

LAKEPORT WOMAN LOSES $4,000 IN TAX SCAM (LAW) JB 4/17/15

A LAKEPORT WOMAN LOST $4,000 AFTER BEING THE VICTIM OF AN AGGRESSIVE IRS TAX SCAM.

LAKEPORT POLICE WERE CONTACTED BY A FEMALE CITIZEN WHO REPORTED BEING SCAMMED FOR $4000.00 THE PREVIOUS DAY BY A SUSPECT WHO CONTACTED HER VIA TELEPHONE CLAIMING TO BE A FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AGENT WHO THREATENED CRIMINAL CHARGES IF SHE DID NOT PAY THE MONEY IMMEDIATELY. THE SUSPECT THEN CONTACTED THE VICTIM THE NEXT DAY ADVISING THAT THE TAX BILL WAS ACTUALLY MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL $4000.00 AND ASKED FOR ADDITIONAL MONEY. A LAKEPORT POLICE OFFICER, POSING AS A FAMILY MEMBER OF THE VICTIM AND USING HER CELLULAR TELEPHONE WAS ABLE TO TALK TO THE SUSPECT IN AN EFFORT TO GAIN INFORMATION FOR INVESTIGATION BUT WAS ULTIMATELY NOT ABLE TO DEVELOP ANY USABLE LEADS. THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO BE AWARE OF IS THAT THE IRS DOES NOT CONTACT PERSONS BY TELEPHONE OR EMAIL REGARDING TAX ISSUES BUT RATHER ONLY USE OFFICIAL UNITED STATES MAIL. IF YOU RECEIVE ONE OF THESE CALLS, DO NOT BELIEVE ANY OF IT AS THE IRS DOES NOT CONDUCT BUSINESS THIS WAY.

DROUGHT PUSHES NEED FOR DELTA SALINITY BARRIER (EVR) JB 4/17/15

THE ONGOING DROUGHT HAS TRIGGERED A NEED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF AN EMERGENCY SALINITY BARRIER ON THE DELTA WATERWAY.

FACED WITH POTENTIALLY INSUFFICIENT WATER SUPPLIES TO REPEL SALINITY IN THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA, THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES (DWR), IN CONSULTATION WITH FEDERAL AND STATE WATER AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES, IS MOVING TO INSTALL AN EMERGENCY, TEMPORARY ROCK BARRIER ACROSS A SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA CHANNEL. DWR SEEKS TO INSTALL A SINGLE EMERGENCY SALINITY BARRIER ACROSS WEST FALSE RIVER IN MAY, TO BE REMOVED SIX MONTHS LATER IN NOVEMBER. STATE AND FEDERAL WATER AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS, WORKING AS A REAL-TIME DROUGHT OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT TEAM, HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE BARRIER WOULD HELP DETER THE TIDAL PUSH OF SALTWATER FROM SAN FRANCISCO BAY INTO THE CENTRAL DELTA. THE EMERGENCY BARRIER ALSO WOULD HELP MITIGATE A WORST-CASE CIRCUMSTANCE THIS SUMMER IN WHICH UPSTREAM RESERVOIRS LACK SUFFICIENT WATER TO MEET THE MINIMUM OUTFLOW REQUIREMENTS TO LIMIT DELTA SALINITY INTRUSION.

LAWSUIT SEEKS TO LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION IN STATE (PI) JB 4/17/15

ADVOCATES FOR CALIFORNIA SEX WORKERS ARE SEEKING TO LEGALIZE THE WORLD’S OLDEST PROFESSION.

A FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED MARCH 4 SEEKS TO STRIKE DOWN THE CALIFORNIA LAW CRIMINALIZING PROSTITUTION AS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION OF EQUAL PROTECTION AND FREE SPEECH RIGHTS. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THAT CALIFORNIA’S CRIMINALIZING OF PROSTITUTION DEPRIVES SEX WORKERS OR THEIR RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A PRIVATE, CONSENSUAL ACTIVITY. THE LAWYER REPRESENTING THE PLAINTIFFS SAID LEGALIZING PROSTITUTION WILL ALSO MAKE SEX WORKERS SAFER. HE STATED “SOCIAL SCIENCE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THAT THE CRIMINALIZATION OF PROSTITUTION PUTS SEX WORKERS AT RISK OF ABUSE BECAUSE IT DISCOURAGES THEM FROM REACHING OUT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.” CALIFORNIA FORMALLY OUTLAWED PROSTITUTION IN 1961.

LAKEPORT POLICE ISSUE ALERT FOR BURGLARY SUSPECT (LAW) JB 4/15/15

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A REPORTED BURGLARY SUSPECT.

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS DISPATCHED TO THE 300 BLOCK OF 6TH STREET TUESDAY AFTERNOON TO INVESTIGATE THE REPORT OF A SUSPECT BURGLARIZING THE RESIDENCE AND LOADING THE STOLEN ITEMS INTO THE VICTIM’S PICK-UP TRUCK. THE SUSPECT WAS SEEN BY THE VICTIM FLEEING TOWARDS FIFTH STREET WITH A HAMMER IN HIS HAND. OFFICERS LOCATED FIVE FIREARMS AND A BAG OF AMMUNITION IN THE VICTIMS TRUCK THAT WERE DETERMINED NOT TO BE THE VICTIMS AND TO HAVE BEEN PLACED THERE BY THE BURGLAR. SEVERAL OTHER RESIDENCES IN THE AREA WERE ALSO FOUND TO HAVE BEEN BURGLARIZED. THE SUBJECT IS DESCRIBED AS A WHITE MALE ADULT IN HIS LATE 20S OR EARLY 30S, 6 FOOT TALL WITH A THIN BUILD, SHORT BROWN HAIR AND GOATEE. HE WAS LAST SEEN WEARING CUTOFF JEAN SHORTS, A BLACK T-SHIRT AND BLACK SKATE SHOES. HE MAY BE DRIVING A WHITE WITH A GREEN STRIPE 1994 FORD F150 REPORTED STOLEN LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. IF ANYONE SEES THE SUBJECT, POLICE URGE THEM TO AVOID CONTACTING HIM AND TO CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.

FIRE DESTROYS HOME IN LAYTONVILLE (LAW) JB 4/15/15

A FAMILY OF FOUR ESCAPED AN EARLY MORNING FIRE THAT DESTROYED A HOME IN LAYTONVILLE.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THE FIRE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN BURNING FOR SOME TIME BEFORE AN EXPLOSION JOLTED THE FAMILY AWAKE AT ABOUT 6:30 A.M. THE FIRE ORIGINATED IN AN ATTACHED GARAGE OF THE TWO-STORY HOME, WHICH WAS UP A STEEP DRIVEWAY OFF NORTH ROAD AND SURROUNDED BY THICK VEGETATION. THE FIRE WAS BURNING HEAVILY INSIDE THE HOME, AND CREWS FROM THE LAYTONVILLE AND BRANSCOMB STATIONS HAD TO BATTLE IT FROM THE OUTSIDE FOR NEARLY THREE HOURS BEFORE ATTACKING FROM WITHIN. THE HOME WAS DESTROYED AND FIRE OFFICIALS CALLED THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE BLAZE. THE LAYTONVILLE FIRE CHIEF SAID THAT A COMBINATION OF FACTORS LED HIM TO REQUEST THAT THE SHERIFFS OFFICE INVESTIGATE, INCLUDING THE ABSENCE OF ANY CLEAR CAUSE.

HILLSIDE HEALTH CENTER ADDS SATURDAY HOURS (PI) JB 4/15/15

HILLSIDE HEALTH CENTER ON LAWS AVENUE IN UKIAH IS PLANNING TO EXPAND ITS HOURS TO INCLUDE SATURDAYS.

HEALTH CENTER PATIENTS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO SCHEDULE SAME-DAY APPOINTMENTS, OR JUST WALK IN FOR URGENT CARE ON SATURDAYS. THE HEALTH CENTER WILL PROVIDE APPOINTMENTS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE BEGINNING IN EARLY MAY.

THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE HEALTH CENTER NOTED THAT THEY ARE REALLY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS EXPANDED SERVICE FOR THEIR ESTABLISHED PATIENTS, OR FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS URGENT CARE. HILLSIDE HEALTH CENTER IS ONE OF THREE HEALTH CENTERS OPERATED BY MENDOCINO COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC, A LOCALLY OWNED NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO SERVING EVEN THE MOST UNDER-SERVED POPULATIONS.

EMERALD TRIANGLE POT GROWERS HIRING LOBBYISTS (ECN) JB 4/15/15

POT GROWERS IN THE EMERALD TRIANGLE ARE NOW HIRING POLITICAL LOBBYISTS TO PREPARE FOR THE PROBABLE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IN CALIFORNIA.

CALIFORNIA’S MARIJUANA FARMERS HAVE EXISTED IN A LEGAL GRAY AREA IN THE 18 YEARS SINCE THE STATE BECAME THE FIRST TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO USE THE DRUG FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES. BUT VETERAN CANNABIS GROWERS ARE EMERGING FROM THE SHADOWS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT THE CAPITOL NOW THAT GROUNDWORK IS BEING LAID TO LEGALIZE POT FOR RECREATIONAL USE IN THE STATE. MARIJUANA PRODUCERS FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S INFAMOUS EMERALD TRIANGLE ARE HIRING LOBBYISTS, FORMING POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES AND TAKING ELECTED OFFICIALS ON FACT-FINDING TOURS. THE GROWERS FEEL THAT POT FARMS SHOULD BE OVERSEEN BY THE STATE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT LIKE VINEYARDS AND THAT ANY LICENSING SYSTEM SHOULD EMPLOY A TIERED APPROACH THAT LEAVES ROOM FOR SMALL “CRAFT CULTIVATORS.

CAL FIRE STAFFS UP EARLY FOR FIRE SEASON (LAW) JB 4/15/15

AS DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE FOR A FOURTH YEAR IN CALIFORNIA, CAL FIRE HAS BEGUN STAFFING UP FOR 2015 FIRE SEASON.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, DOZENS OF SEASONAL FIREFIGHTERS FOR CAL FIRE CAME ON DUTY THIS WEEK IN THE NORTH BAY AS STATE FIRE OFFICIALS CONTINUED AN EARLY SPRING STAFFING RAMP UP BECAUSE OF ENHANCED CONCERNS FOR FIRE DANGER STEMMING FROM THE FOUR-YEAR DROUGHT. ON MONDAY, 67 FIREFIGHTERS WERE HIRED, STAFFING ABOUT A DOZEN ENGINES. THE FIREFIGHTERS AND ENGINES WILL BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE REGIONS SIX COUNTIES; SONOMA, NAPA, LAKE, SOLANO, YOLO AND COLUSA. ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, ANOTHER 48 FIREFIGHTERS WERE HIRED FOR THE REGION. THE ADDED STAFFING BRINGS THE AREA ABOUT HALFWAY TO FULL STAFFING, WHICH IS DUE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

NEW PAC FORMED TO FIGHT JEFFERSON MOVEMENT (GOV) JB 4/15/15

A NEW POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED IN CALIFORNIA TO CHALLENGE THE STATE OF JEFFERSON MOVEMENT.

THE NEW POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, OR PAC, KEEP IT CALIFORNIA WAS ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY AS EFFORTS TO CREATE A 51ST STATE CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS SEVERAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNTIES. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT BY THE NEW PAC, KEEP IT CALIFORNIA WAS CREATED TO REPRESENT THE INTEREST OF ALL REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT AND INDEPENDENT VOTERS WHO OPPOSE SEPARATION FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GROUP PLANS TO PROVIDE MATERIAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL EFFORTS AGAINST THE STATE OF JEFFERSON MOVEMENT AND TO INFORM VOTERS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT WHAT THE GROUP IS CALLING THE DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES OF SEPARATING FROM CALIFORNIA.

MCSO IDENTIFIES JAIL INMATE WHO DIED LAST WEEK (LAW) JB 4/15/15

THE FEMALE INMATE WHO DIED IN CUSTODY AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY THE SHERIFFS OFFICE.

59-YEAR-OLD GLORIA ANN BURGESS REPORTEDLY WASNT BREATHING AND HAD NO PULSE DURING A ROUTINE WALKTHROUGH AT 1:27 A.M. FRIDAY AND WAS UNABLE TO BE REVIVED DESPITE THE EFFORTS OF CORRECTIONAL AND MEDICAL STAFF. SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT 2 A.M. AN AUTOPSY WAS PERFORMED APRIL 10 AND THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH IS PENDING THE RESULTS OF BLOOD ALCOHOL AND TOXICOLOGY ANALYSIS. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES BUREAU IS CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION INTO BURGESS DEATH.

MENDOCINO COUNTY WITHDRAWS USDA CONTRACT (GOV/EVR) JB 4/14/15

MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS DECIDED TO WITHDRAW A USDA CONTRACT ALLOWING THE KILLING OF PREDATORY ANIMALS.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT, ACCORDING TO A SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, MENDOCINO COUNTY HAS AGREED TO SUSPEND CONTRACT ANIMAL KILLING WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURES WILDLIFE SERVICES AND WILL NOT RENEW ITS WORK AND FINANCIAL PLAN WITH THE GROUP. THE $142,000 COUNTY CONTRACT WITH WILDLIFE SERVICES ALLOWED THE KILLING OF PREDATORY ANIMALS LIKE COYOTES, BEARS, BOBCATS AND FOXES SINCE DEC. 2004. THE DECISION IS PENDING AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW THAT WILL INCLUDE THE EVALUATION OF OTHER NONLETHAL PREDATOR CONTROL OPTIONS, BUT CANT INVOLVE USDA WILDLIFE SERVICES.

UKIAH SURGEON PLEAS NO CONTEST IN DRUG CASE (LAW) JB 4/14/15

A FORMER UKIAH ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON ENTERED NO CONTEST PLEAS TO FELONY CHARGES OF UNLAWFULLY PRESCRIBING NARCOTICS.

49-YEAR-OLD BRIAN CABLE AT THE LAST MINUTE ON MONDAY AVOIDED TRIAL BY ENTERING NO CONTEST PLEAS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TO SIX FELONY CHARGES OF UNLAWFULLY PRESCRIBING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF CABLE HAS BEEN FOR PRESCRIPTION FRAUD INVOLVING HYDROCODONE, A NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATION. HE ENTERED NO CONTEST PLEAS TO WRITING OUT PRESCRIPTIONS TO PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT UNDER HIS CARE, AND SECURING THE DRUG FOR HIS OWN USE. CABLE FACES SENTENCING OF UP TO SIX YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON. ALTERNATIVELY, THE COURT MAY ORDER CABLE TO SERVE UP TO FIVE YEARS ON SUPERVISED PROBATION, WITH A JAIL SENTENCE OF UP TO 365 DAYS AS A TERM OF PROBATION.

MCSO IDENTIFIES TWO MEN WHO DIED ABALONE DIVING (LAW) JB 4/14/15

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE HAS IDENTIFIED TWO OF THE THREE MEN WHO DIED WHILE ABALONE DIVING OVER THE WEEKEND.

ACCORDING TO AN MCSO REPORT, THE TWO DIVERS ARE IDENTIFIED AS 49-YEAR-OLD TAE WON OH OF DUBLIN AND 49-YEAR-OLD HYUK KOOK SHIN OF SUWANEE, GEORGIA. SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRIVED AND LEARNED THAT A GROUP OF FIVE ADULT MALES FROM OUT OF THE AREA WERE ABALONE DIVING IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF CASPAR ANCHORAGE BAY. AFTER ENTERING THE WATER, THREE OF THE MEN BECAME TRAPPED IN THE SURF OF A NARROW CHANNEL BETWEEN TWO ROCK OUTCROPPINGS WHERE THE DIVERS HAD ENTERED THE OCEAN WATER. DURING THE RESCUE, TWO MEN WERE RECOVERED FROM THE WATER BY BOAT AND HELICOPTER THEN BROUGHT TO THE SHORE OF CASPAR BEACH. LIVE-SAVING MEASURES WERE INITIATED, BUT UNSUCCESSFUL, AND BOTH WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. AT APPROXIMATELY 7:00 P.M., THE MISSING THIRD DIVER WAS LOCATED DECEASED IN A SMALL COVE IN THE SAME GENERAL AREA. THE IDENTITY OF THE THIRD MAN HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED PENDING NOTIFICATION OF HIS FAMILY.

FUNDRAISER PLANNED FOR INJURED UKIAH TEEN (PI) JB 4/14/15

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISER HAS BEEN PLANNED AT THE RACING SEASON OPENER AT UKIAH SPEEDWAY FOR INJURED UKIAH TEEN, BRANDY PETERSON.

UKIAH TEENAGER BRANDY PETERSON SUSTAINED MAJOR INJURIES LAST WEEK AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR IN A CROSSWALK. PETERSON IS CURRENTLY IN SANTA ROSA RECOVERING FROM HER INJURIES AND HER PARENTS HAVE TAKEN TIME AWAY FROM WORK TO CARE FOR HER. IN AN EFFORT TO OFFSET HER SUBSTANTIAL MEDICAL BILLS, RACE FANS CAN DONATE ANY AMOUNT TO THE BRANDY PETERSON FUND AT THE SOUVENIR BOOTH AND BE ENTERED INTO A DRAWING TO WIN A SEASON PASS FOR UKIAH SPEEDWAY. PLEASE HELP THE UKIAH SPEEDWAY SUPPORT A LOCAL FAMILY IN NEED.

CAL WATER SUPPLIER PLANS TO REDUCE DELIVERIES (EVR) JB 4/14/15

IN THE WAKE OF THE CURRENT DROUGHT, A MAJOR CALIFORNIA WATER SUPPLIER IS PLANNING TO REDUCE ITS DELIVERIES.

ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST WATER WHOLESALERS MOVED FORWARD MONDAY ON A PLAN TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER IT DELIVERS TO MORE THAN TWO DOZEN CITIES AND AGENCIES SERVING 19 MILLION PEOPLE AMID THE LENGTHENING DROUGHT. IF APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ON TUESDAY, REGIONAL WATER DELIVERIES WOULD BE CUT BY 15 PERCENT BEGINNING IN JULY. THE DISTRICT SERVES PARTS OF LOS ANGELES, ORANGE, SAN DIEGO, RIVERSIDE, SAN BERNARDINO AND VENTURA COUNTIES. THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD RELEASED DRAFT REDUCTION TARGETS FOR MORE THAN 400 WATER AGENCIES THAT MUST CUT THEIR WATER USE BY ANYWHERE FROM 10 PERCENT TO 35 PERCENT. THE TARGETS ARE BASED ON PER-CAPITA WATER USE.

DOLLAR GENERAL WANTS MORE LAKE COUNTY STORES (ECN) JB 4/14/15

WITH TWO STORES NOW OPEN ON THE NORTHSHORE, RETAILER DOLLAR GENERAL IS LOOKING TO BUILD TWO MORE STORES IN LAKE COUNTY.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS, THE GOODLETTSVILLE, TENNESSEE.-BASED CORPORATION OPENED ITS CLEARLAKE OAKS STORE ON SATURDAY AND ITS FIRST STORE IN NICE, OPENED JANUARY 31 OF THIS YEAR. CROSS DEVELOPMENT OF PLANO, TEXAS ACTING ON BEHALF OF DOLLAR GENERAL HAS SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS FOR USE PERMITS AND INITIAL STUDIES FOR NEW STORES LOCATIONS IN KELSEYVILLE AND MIDDLETOWN. THE APPLICATIONS SAY THAT BOTH STORES ARE PROPOSED TO BE 9,100 SQUARE FEET IN SIZE, THE SAME SIZE AS THE CLEARLAKE OAKS AND NICE STORES.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TRAINING PLANNED FOR UKIAH (PI) JB 4/14/15

WALK & BIKE MENDOCINO IS SET TO HOST A PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM IN UKIAH NEXT MONTH.

ACCORDING TO WALK & BIKE MENDOCINO PROGRAM DIRECTOR NEIL DAVIS, MORE THAN 14,000 PEDESTRIANS ARE KILLED OR INJURED IN CALIFORNIA EVERY YEAR SOME 6,100 OF THEM WHILE CROSSING IN A MARKED CROSSWALK AND THEY ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY OLDER PEOPLE AND CHILDREN. THE TRAINING IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TRAINING PROJECT, FUNDED BY THE CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY THROUGH THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION. CITIES ARE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR INCIDENTS OF SERIOUS PEDESTRIAN INJURIES AND FATALITIES, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY INTEREST IN SUSTAINING SAFETY ACTIVITIES. UKIAH WILL BE THE LATEST COMMUNITY IN THE STATE TO RECEIVE A FREE, HALF-DAY PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM, CONDUCTED BY THE UC BERKELEY SAFE TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER, SCHEDULED FOR MAY 5 AT 3 PM AT THE UKIAH CONFERENCE CENTER.

FEMALE INMATE FOUND DEAD IN CUSTODY (LAW) JB 4/13/15

A FEMALE INMATE HOUSED AT THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL DIED IN CUSTODY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

MCSO REPORTS STATE THAT JUST BEFORE 1:30 FRIDAY MORNING, CORRECTIONAL STAFF DISCOVERED AN UNRESPONSIVE INMATE IN HER CELL DURING A ROUTINE WALK THROUGH. THE 59-YEAR OLD FEMALE WAS THE SOLE OCCUPANT OF THE CELL WITHIN A 19-PERSON HOUSING UNIT. THE VICTIM HAD LAST BEEN SEEN SLEEPING ABOUT 40 MINUTES PRIOR DURING AN EARLIER CELL CHECK. RESPONDING CORRECTIONAL AND MEDICAL STAFF DETERMINED THAT SHE WAS NOT BREATHING AND HAD NO PULSE, AND IMMEDIATELY BEGAN PERFORMING LIFE-SAVING MEASURES. UPON THEIR ARRIVAL, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES TOOK OVER CARE. THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT 2:00 AM. NOTHING WAS DISCOVERED AT THE SCENE TO SUGGEST FOUL PLAY.

FAKE FIRE BILL SENT TO UKIAH BUSINESS (LAW) JB 4/12/15

A FRAUDULENT BILL WAS RECEIVED BY A UKIAH BUSINESS FOR FIRE INSPECTION SERVICES THAT WERE NEVER PERFORMED.

THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY REPORTED THAT A LOCAL BUSINESS RECENTLY RECEIVED A FAKE $413.11 BILL FROM A COMPANY CALLED RMZ FIRE SAFETY WITH A WALNUT CREEK ADDRESS. THE ADDRESS OF THE COMPANY WAS FOUND TO BE A UPS STORE AND THE COMPANYS LISTED PHONE NUMBER ONLY ALLOWED CALLERS TO LEAVE MESSAGES. A SIMILAR SCAM HAD BEEN REPORTED BY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN NAPA IN MARCH OF 2014. THE UVFA IS CAUTIONING RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS TO BE AWARE OF ANY SCAM WHERE BILLS ARE RECEIVED FROM UNKNOWN COMPANIES.

MAN RESCUED AFTER FALLING FROM SEA RANCH BLUFF (LAW) JB 4/13/15

THE SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS HELICOPTER CREW EARLY SATURDAY HELPED RESCUE A 29-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO HAD FALLEN WHILE CLIMBING A BLUFF AT THE SEA RANCH.

THE HELICOPTER, KNOWN AS HENRY 1, RECEIVED A CALL FOR ASSISTANCE AT 3:12 A.M. JOINING IN THE RESCUE WERE PERSONNEL FROM THE SEA RANCH AND TIMBER COVE FIRE DEPARTMENTS, COAST LIFE SUPPORT AND REACH AIR AMBULANCE. THE SHERIFFS CHOPPER LANDED ON THE BLUFF AND ITS CREW RIGGED THE CRAFT FOR A 100-FOOT LONG LINE RESCUE. THE HENRY 1 PILOT FLEW THE CREWS SERGEANT ON THE END OF THE LONG LINE TO THE PATIENT ON THE BEACH BELOW. ONCE THERE, RESCUE WORKERS ATTACHED THE LITTER TO THE LONG LINE, AND THE PILOT FLEW PATIENT, SERGEANT AND A PARAMEDIC TO THE TOP OF THE BLUFF. THE PATIENT WAS THEN FLOWN BY REACH AIR AMBULANCE TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

THREE ABALONE DIVERS KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND (LAW) JB 4/13/15

THE FIRST HUMAN CASUALTIES OF THIS YEARS ABALONE SEASON WERE REPORTED ON THE MENDOCINO COAST OVER THE WEEKEND.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, THREE ABALONE DIVERS DIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN MENDOCINO COUNTYS CASPAR COVE AFTER A GROUP OF FIVE FRIENDS SET OUT IN SEARCH OF ABALONE AND MET INSTEAD WITH TRAGEDY. THE THREE DEAD MEN ARE THE FIRST CASUALTIES OF THIS YEARS 12-DAY-OLD ABALONE SEASON A PERIOD MARKED EACH YEAR BY NUMEROUS RESCUES AND SEVERAL FATALITIES AS SOMETIMES OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC OR UNFIT DIVERS CONFRONT THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGES AND RISKS INHERENT IN THE SPORT. THE FIVE CASPAR COVE DIVERS, AT LEAST SOME OF WHOM REPORTEDLY WERE FROM THE EAST COAST, WERE AMONG 10 FRIENDS WHO HAD JUST ARRIVED IN THE AREA AND WERE RENTING A VACATION HOME AT THE SOUTH END OF CASPAR BEACH.

DROUGHT RESPONSE BRINGS NEW STANDARDS FOR 2016 (EVR) JB 4/13/15

CALIFORNIAS WATER RESTRICTIONS ACCELERATED LAST WEEK WITH STRINGENT NEW STANDARDS FOR ALL TOILETS, URINALS AND FAUCETS SOLD IN THE STATE STARTING IN 2016.

THE NEW REGULATIONS CAME ONE DAY AFTER THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD ROLLED OUT A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK REQUIRING ALL URBAN WATER SUPPLIERS TO CUT RESIDENTIAL WATER USE BY 10 TO 35 PERCENT BELOW 2013 LEVELS, AND ON THE SAME DAY THAT GOV. JERRY BROWN MET FOR THREE HOURS WITH FARMERS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND LOCAL WATER OFFICIALS ABOUT THE STATES DROUGHT RESPONSE. THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION ADOPTED LOW-FLOW REGULATIONS, NEW TOILETS WILL BE LIMITED TO 1.28 GALLONS PER FLUSH, THAT WILL SAVE MORE THAN 10 BILLION GALLONS IN THE FIRST YEAR, AND IN TIME, UP TO 105 BILLION GALLONS PER YEAR, MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE ANNUAL AMOUNT OF WATER USED BY SAN FRANCISCO.

FEDS MAY MOVE TO PROTECT CLEAR LAKE HITCH (EVR) JB 4/13/15

A FISH SPECIES FOUND ONLY IN CLEAR LAKE AND ITS TRIBUTARIES MAY FIND ITSELF UNDER FEDERAL PROTECTION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT BY THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WILL ANNOUNCE THAT PROTECTING THE CLEAR LAKE HITCH UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT MAY BE WARRANTED. HITCH ONCE SPAWNED IN EVERY TRIBUTARY TO CLEAR LAKE BUT HAVE DISAPPEARED FROM MOST FORMER SPAWNING STREAMS. NOW FEWER THAN A THOUSAND FISH REGULARLY SPAWN IN ONLY TWO STREAMS, KELSEY AND ADOBE CREEKS SOUTH OF CLEAR LAKE. THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WILL CONDUCT A ONE-YEAR STATUS REVIEW AND MAKE A FINAL DETERMINATION WHETHER TO PROTECT HITCH UNDER THE FEDERAL ACT.

LAKE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER GETS $939,000 GRANT (GOV) JB 4/13/15

THE LAKE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER HAS BEEN NAMED THE RECIPIENT OF A NEARLY $940,000 FEDERAL GRANT.

THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS REPORTED THAT U.S. REPS. MIKE THOMPSON AND JOHN GARAMENDI ANNOUNCED A $939,062 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GRANT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO LAKE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER. THE FUNDING WILL BE USED FOR THE CENTERS EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES EXPECTANT MOTHERS AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN UP TO 3 YEARS OLD WITH SERVICES AND RESOURCES SUCH AS CHILD DEVELOPMENT, PRENATAL EDUCATION, FAMILY SERVICES AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES.

EARLY HEAD START PROVIDES EARLY, CONTINUOUS, INTENSIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME INFANTS, TODDLERS, PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES.

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