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One person is dead and four hurt after two boats collided at Lake Mendocino Saturday night. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says they are looking into several factors surrounding the crash that killed 26-year-old Miguel Corona of Ukiah around 1030pm Saturday near the North Boat Ramp. They say one of the boats had just left the dock as the other was approaching it. The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit is assisting in the investigation, which is looking at possible alcohol involvement, the darkness and speed of the boats, and whether or not the driver of one of the boats fled the scene.

The Lake County Office of Emergency Services is updating their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and will be holding a couple of public meetings about it. The 2012 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan includes preparation for floods, drought, wildfires, severe weather and other concerns, with the goal of reducing overall losses during a disaster. Lake County OES says only communities that have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan are eligible to apply for both pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant money and for lower costs of flood insurance for residents so they need it be as accurate as possible and encourage you to come listen and speak up:

July 12, 2017
Planning Committee Meeting 2pm-4:30 pm
Lake County Board of Supervisor’s Room
255 North Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453

July 12 2017
Public Information Meeting 6pm-7:30pm
Kelseyville High School
5480 Main Street
Kelseyville, CA 95451

A Laytonville High School Junior is one of four girls representing California in the National High School Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo in Barrel Racing. Hailey Finnegan and her horse Beach Cat finished fourth in the state in barrel racing at the California High School Rodeo Association State Finals, which qualified her to be part of the California team at Nationals which take place July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyoming. By going to Nationals, Hailey will be part of the world’s largest rodeo featuring over 1,750 contestants from 43 states as well as Canada and Australia.

North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg gets an honor, recognized as Small Business of the Year. Assemblymember Jim Wood honored the brewer on California Small Business Day. Wood says he’s challenged with choosing small businesses every year out of many qualified North Coast businesses in his district and he found North Coast Brewing Company had impressive qualifications, including environmental stewardship. The president of the company says their sustainability initiatives are thru team effort, great leadership from their management team and a lot of hard work. The Advocate newspaper reports North Coast Brewing is one of 1,500 businesses which are B Corps. That means they’re recognized for their commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency and accountability. The company is also known for supporting more than 100 local community organizations, donating sales proceeds for music education and ocean mammal research and rescue.

Some trees at a local park in Fort Bragg are being removed which has apparently got some community members worried or confused. The Advocate newspaper reports the work has been planned for sometime as part of improvements at Bainbridge Park and its Wiggly Giggly playground. The newspaper reports during public comment at the City Council meeting last week, some residents were concerned and hoped other foliage would be put in instead. The City Manager says the council approved the project at the park earlier this year with “a great deal of community and neighborhood input”. The city also reports the trees taken out last week showed signs of rot and bark beetle infestations. The new landscaping plans include bee friendly trees along with native shrubs and plants, plus other major decorative and infrastructure upgrades.

A new travel ban hits Calif. The law already went into effect at the beginning of the year, but the Atty. General Xavier Becerra announced last week they’ve expanded it. The travel ban for state employees and officials so they may not use tax money to travel to states with discriminatory laws regarding gender identity or sexual orientation. It started in January with Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, now Becerra says they’ve added Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas. He says the country’s made great strides to get rid of prejudicial laws, but it’s not the case in part of the country. Some of the new states added on have laws like refusing to allow adoptions to same sex couples, allow some sorts of discrimination in schools and not allowing fostering of children for gay families.

A pilot who crashed a skydiving craft gets away with minor injuries. The Cessna the man was flying, owned by an aviation company in Montana, crashed onto the 101, just before the runway at the San Martin Airport in San Jose. The San Jose Skydiving Center craft was on its way back to the airport this weekend when the pilot reported engine problems, then crash landed on the onramp, about 500 feet from the runway. The pilot was alone on the plane and conscious after the crash with lacerations on one eyebrow and bruising on his face, but no other visible injuries.

The Calif. Assembly not voting on starting its own single payer healthcare system this year. The Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon of Los Angeles says that’s because the bill is “woefully incomplete.” The bill that passed the Senate has the bones for a state government-run health care system, but Rendon says there’s no plan for how to pay for it. The cost is pegged at $400 billion a year which could mean more taxes and the federal government’s cooperation to redirect existing federal dollars. But it would mean all Californians would get health care and there would be no out-of-pocket costs for consumers, such as copays and deductibles. The bills co-authors say they’re disappointed, but agree the issue is not going away and say the deep discussion will continue.

A UPS driver who went to a facility in San Francisco on a shooting rampage apparently had two stolen guns and cops say he was targeting his victims. Police say they’ve not yet figured out what Jimmy Lam’s motive was, but say it looked like the shooting was purposeful and targeted. Police say the 18 year UPS veteran shot and killed three fellow drivers and wounded two more people before he killed himself June 14th. The shooting during a morning meeting of drivers before they left for their deliveries. Cops say he walked by other employees he could have shot, but did not. They say he had two stolen weapons, one of which was an assault pistol that’s illegal in California and was stolen from Utah, the other a semi-automatic handgun stolen from Napa County. Cops say it looks like Lam may have felt disrespected by co-workers, but they’re not sure still what led him to do the shooting. They’ve interviewed more than 100 people and are re-interviewing key witnesses.

Cal Fire’s starting their ban on all open fires. The suspension for Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma and Napa counties starting July 1st. Cal Fire is in charge of certain area permits where they have state firefighting responsibility and can allow residential fires for slash burning, but during cooler, wetter months in the fall to spring. They’re suspending all permits to try to help prevent wildfires. They’re also urging residents to make sure they’ve got 100 feet of defensible space around their homes and other buildings. The ban will also cover Colusa, Yolo, Solano, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

A proposal for a solar facility and agreement for lower energy costs in Lake County. Lake Co News reports the Lake County Special Districts Administrator says right now they county pays more than $1 million a year on various districts and service areas for PG&E. The county has already tried various other resources like Time of Use Rates, Peak Day Demand Rates, Solar Generation, Energy Efficiency Audits and other adjustments. But apparently the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District’s Indian Valley Hydroelectric Facility has been putting out a ton of power so Special Districts are considering using some of that thru a Power Purchase Agreement which the county says will save money. The county also considering the energy of the sun for the Kelseyville Waterworks Treatment Plant which costs thousands a month.

A power outage in Lake County after a semi truck hits two utility poles in Lucerne. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department reports getting a call last Thursday night to a man driving the semi on State Route 20, east of Seventh Avenue at an unknown rate of speed, losing control and trying to right the truck, but flipping it, then crashing into the poles. One fell and caused the power outage. A home was just missed by the semi, but it did hit several trees and wire fences. The highway was also closed for over an hour. The driver had no injuries and cops say they do not suspect alcohol or drugs as a factor in the crash.

A status update expected by federal regulators evaluating the Governor’s plan to move water supplies from California’s largest river. It’s all part of a massive tunnel building project to save endangered species and reliable water for area cities, farms and residents in Southern and Central Calif. The plan estimated to cost 16 billion dollars. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were supposed to release their environmental impact reports today on the proposed tunnels. But that’s not it, there are many more reports from the state and federal government due in the near future that will give a better picture if the proposed twin 35-mile long tunnels will come to fruition at all.

It’s a go, the Clearlake City Council says yes to their new budget covering the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Finance Director in front of the city council saying he broke the city budget into operational and capital budgets with the whole process starting several months ago. The budgets are $8.65 million for operating the city with about $6 million of that for personnel and the rest for other costs like materials and supplies, capital outlay and debt service. The Capital budget has just over $6 million. Plus there’s Measure V money, but that’s all earmarked for roads including new staff positions for Measure V projects to be paid for out of that fund.

A young rodeo competitor from Clearlake is going on the national competition circuit. 17 year old Raymond Mayo, a senior at Lower Lake High School next year is headed to the National Finals in Gillette, WY next month. The competition July 16th thru 22nd after Mayo got third place at the state finals in Bishop this month. Apparently he’s qualified for the Nationals before. Lake Co News reports Mayo was a three-time qualifier for bull riding and he competed back in 2013 at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, New Mexico.

Oops, an algorithmic error had some Californians concerned there was a major earthquake… but the warning last Wednesday, for an earthquake that already happened ― in 1925. It was an automatically generated report out of the U.S. Geological Survey that said a magnitude 6.8 quake was happening in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara. A geophysicist with the U.S.G.S. says the quake actually did occur back in the day and it was not a legit warning. The false alarm took social media thru the wringer though with automated tweets, synced with the USGS alert system, pushed out. Plus nobody reported feeling anything. But some major newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, also pushed out the auto-alert, as they’re synced with the USGS. The paper had to rescind the messages and post an article about the fake quake warning.

The Ukiah Planning Department is reportedly reviewing two applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Ukiah Planning Director Craig Schlatter tells the Ukiah Daily Journal both applications are currently “incomplete” and he could not estimate when either would be formally presented to the Planning Commission for permit approval. One called Dogwood Dispensary is proposed for the former Savings Bank of Mendocino County building at 904 N. State Street. The other is called Ukiah Valley Holistics which is proposed for 1230 Airport Park Blvd. near Starbucks and Verizon. Other projects Schlatter said his staff is working on include: A Holiday Inn Express proposed for 1601 Airport Park Blvd and a daytime homeless shelter at 1045 S. State St., where there was an Emergency Homeless Shelter last winter.

Power outages and a road closure last night in Lake County after a semi-truck rolled over and took out some power lines. It happened around 11 p.m. on Highway 20 between Sixth and Seventh Avenues when the truck slammed into a pole, knocking out power to about 2,175 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in Lucerne, Glenhaven, Soda Bay, Buckingham and Rivera Estates and closing Hwy 20 for nearly two hours. The driver was not hurt. Most of the power was back on by 3 a.m.

Clearlake Police have released the identity of a man who died in a fire in his travel trailer last Friday. 79 year old Vernoy Pederson was found dead inside his 26-foot trailer at Art’s Trailer Park. Lake County Fire Protection District Chief Willie Sapeta tells Lake County News they believe the fire had been burning for q while before firefighters were called. They still don’t know what started it but before firefighters arrived there was a large explosion from a large oxygen tank in the trailer. Sapeta says the fire started first and touched off the explosion which scattered debris for 60 feet, blew out neighbors’ window and caught a second trailer on fire. The Chief says while Clearlake Police are helping with the investigation they do not think it was foul play and it will likely be ruled accidental.

Cal Fire will be suspending Burn Permits in Mendocino County. They say increased fire danger brought by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier, conditions is prompting them to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within Mendocino County starting July 1st. That means no outdoor burning of landscaping like branches and leaves. Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Chief George Gonzalez warms homeowners not to be complacent thinking that because we had such a wet winter everything is OK – he says already this year they have experienced more fire activity than last year by several thousand acres.

A fire in the Bay Area town of Vallejo has burned several homes. Part of Interstate 80 had to be closed when a car fire started a grass fire Thursday. The fire was contained by 5pm after burning through 40 acres and damaging four homes. It was one of three vegetation fires burning simultaneously in Vallejo, which maxed-out that city’s fire department resources.

A guy not licensed for a motorcycle has been arrested after leading Ukiah Police on a chase. Around 1130am Wednesday a patrol officer tried to stop a motorcyclist for speeding on Brush Street, but he kept going and led the officer on a high-speed chase northbound on North State Street. Police say the motorcyclist, now identified as 20-year-old Tristan Mendez, made a lot of dangerous moves including passing vehicles by swerving into oncoming traffic. The chase ended on Lake Mendocino Drive when Mendez tried to make a U-turn and the officer blocked him. The front of the patrol car hit the bike and Mendez fell over and was arrested after being checked out at the hospital. Records show Mendez was not licensed to ride a motorcycle and was on felony probation. He is also charged with felony reckless evading.

The Clearlake Youth Wildlife Art Project is off and running. The students began working this week at the Woodland College Clearlake Campus on some murals that will go throughout the community. The Record Bee reports Stephanie Figueroa and artists from the Art House Gallery are guiding and supervising the student artists through a workshop that will run until July 27. Each student will ultimately create a 4’ x 4’ final project. You can sponsor an art mural for around $200 and then choose the wildlife image you’d like. You can see samples of the student work on the Clearlake Youth Art Project Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/clearlakeyouthartproject.

Firefighters have been mopping up the scene of a structure fire that started last night in the hills above Clearlake Oaks. It was reported in the 11000 block of Lakeview Drive around 7:30 p.m. Northshore Fire, Cal Fire and Lake County Fire all responded took down some utility lines. Lake County News reports with the fire threatening some wildland, Cal Fire brought in an air attack with a tanker and copter. Fire officials say it looks to have started in a motorhome alongside a fifth wheel trailer and a doublewide mobile home, all of which burned. No one was reported to have been hurt.

A man from the Bay Area has been arrested in connection with two suspicious fires in Lake County. Cal Fire says Merrill Brown of Hercules, formerly of Lake County, is suspected of starting the Sunday and Monday fires in Lakeport and Kelseyville. Firefighters knocked them down quickly so there was not much damage. Jail Records show Brown was being held on $100,000 bail.

Drunk driving is suspected in a Tuesday night crash in Kelseyville in which two kids were hurt. The CHP says Samantha Fred of Chico was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after crashing in a parking lot at Lakeside County Park. Her two boys, ages 8 and 12, were passengers in the rear seat of the SUV when Fred went over a concrete curb and crashed into a light pole. The boys were airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center with what the CHP says are moderate injuries. Another passenger, Jazmine McCloud of Kelseyville has minor injuries. Fred is charges with suspicion of felony drunken driving and child cruelty and was booked into the Lake County but is out now on bond of $75,000.

Lake County is answering questions about whether it is safe to swim in Clear Lake. The Water Resources Department says there are two issues at play: The bluegreen algae in the lake and the use of herbicides to control nuisance aquatic vegetation. The WRD says based environmental documentation for the aquatic weed control program the herbicides do not adversely affect the water for swimming. They say Tribal environmental offices may differ in their opinion, but the County’s position is that the areas treated with the herbicides are safe for swimming. As for the near-fluorescent green or blue algae you can see at the surface the WRD says so far no algal toxins have been detected. But are continuing to monitor the lake and as a precaution, swimmers are advised not to drink raw lake water and keep dogs away from the lake so they don’t drink it.

The Ukiah Planning Commission is reportedly leaning toward allowing property owners to build larger secondary dwellings on their property. The Daily Journal reports with more housing greatly needed in the City, some commissioners think it could be an easy way to provide some short-term help and are considering increasing the size of allowed Accessory Dwelling Units to 1,200 square feet, up from 750 square feet. The Planning Commission has been asked to discuss the city’s regulations on these so-called mother-in-law units after new state laws took effect this year to make it easier to build them. Planning Commission decisions are only recommendation – the Ukiah City Council gets the final say.

The picnic area at Highland Springs Reservoir Park will be closed for part of this weekend. It’s for an annual Lake County departmental function and will be closed from 5pm Friday until Noon on Sunday. The public can still use the disc golf course, park trails and the reservoir which you can access from the west side of the park.

We have a red flag warning along with our heat advisory as gusty winds move in and join the high temperatures and low humidity for prime fire weather. Winds are predicted to hit 10-20 miles an hour with 30 mph gusts possible. Winds should die down by Thursday night but the heat advisory goes through Friday. Thursday Temps could hit 107 in Lake County and 109 in Mendocino County. Friday Temps will also be around 102. Ukiah has several cooling stations available including the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Ukiah Senior Center, Ukiah Civic Center and the Alex Rorabaugh Center. Forecasters say it should cool down for the weekend and be mostly in the 80’s next week.

A 19-year-old who fell to his death at the Mendocino Coast last week has been identified. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says Matthew McCoy of West Virginia was with his older brother and two friends on a road trip, heading south on Highway 1 from Oregon, when they stopped at an overlook just north of Westport. His friends say McCoy was an avid climber and decided to try and climb down the cliff instead of talking a nearby path to the beach. One of the friends was apparently watching as a rock McCoy was grabbing gave way and he fell about 60 feet down onto the rocks below. McCoy’s brother and one friend ran down the path to him while the other friend went for help. When Westport fire officials arrived, they moved McCoy from the rocks to the beach where he went into cardiac arrest and died.

The Hike for Hospice has raised nearly $15,000 for Hospice Services of Lake County. About 75 people participated in the 3rd annual Hike for Hospice on June 10 to help fund the agency’s grief counseling, family bereavement camps and school-based children’s grief groups offered for Lake County residents. Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s “ER” team, dubbed the “Superstar Team,” raised the most money by a team and also won for best team costume. Lake County Supervisor Tina Scott raised the most money by an individual and also received the best costume award for an individual hiker.

A man in Mendocino County is wanted for alleged sale of meth. The Sheriff’s office Facebook page features Miguel Gonzales for WANTED Wednesday. They say his bail is $150-thousand dollars for selling and possessing methamphetamine. He’s described as 40 years old, 5 foot 6, 190 lbs with brown hair and eyes. They’re asking anyone who may have seen him to call the Sheriff’s office. His picture is posted on the Sheriff’s Facebook message. The Sheriff’s office is announcing they’ve caught another man who had been posted as Wanted on their Facebook page. The department says they’ve captured Joshua Webb who was also wanted for selling meth and for being under the influence of drugs. His picture is also on the Sheriff’s Facebook page. He was being held on $35,000 bail.

A man in Ukiah’s been caught for possession of child pornography. The Sheriff’s office reports Homeland Security out of San Francisco called for help with Curtis Muller, who they say was exchanging obscene materials with someone in the United Kingdom. Apparently they gathered information the man was sharing kiddy porn with another man outside of the U-S from Interpol after a man was arrested in the United Kingdom. The detectives here at the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office went out to Muller’s home with Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security and Investigation and Child Exploitation Investigations Unit with a warrant. Muller wasn’t home but was found soon after with multiple images of suspected obscene material. He’s held on $15,000 bail.

Clearlake’s working to get healthy. The city’s joined the League of California Cities (LOCC) Healthy Eating Active Living campaign. The city clerk in Clearlake says they’ve been encouraging healthy eating since 2004 when the city adopted a resolution to encourage a healthier city. Now the city’s taken up the “HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign” which she says is meant to help reduce and prevent obesity by getting city leaders to champion healthy eating and active living in their communities. The campaign focuses on three areas, creating wellness, creating access to healthy foods and land use. The city working with Kaiser Permanente and the California Wellness Foundation and is working to raise its ranking in the county. They also are working to be designated as an Active or Fit City.

A new report shows drinking certain sparkling waters and champagne, not great for the teeth. The California Association of Orthodontists (CAO) say Prosecco and LaCroix sparkling water’s can rot teeth. Prosecco is a huge seller in Calif. with 4.6% of all wine sales in 2015. La Croix is a newly popular drink, an non-alcoholic sparkling water which has tripled its sales since 2009. But the Orthodontists group says it’s great for their business, not great for teeth. Apparently they’re high in acids, even though they’re lower in sugar. The acid softens the protective enamel on teeth and with regular consumption, the enamel can start dissolving, leaving teeth super sensitive and unprotected. They say you don’t have to totally cut the drinks out, but to be mindful of how they’re labeled as a ‘healthful alternative’, which they may not be.

The Ukiah City Council chipping away at the next budget. The council meeting today and discussing the new fiscal year spending plan that’s pegged at more than $100 million as opposed to last year’s $65 million plan. The Daily Journal reports most of that jump in spending is for Capital Improvement Projects, most of which is going to the Recycled Water System, or so-called Purple Pipe project, and there’s millions for infrastructure improvements for the proposed Costco store on Airport Park Boulevard. The Daily Journal reports the Capital Improvement expenditures are almost 40 percent of the budget this year, then it’s personnel with the next biggest chunk of spending, then operating costs.

Shoddy work has stopped a program to train then employ inmates from Mendocino County for construction projects. The program started early last year with Northern California Construction Training Inc. to work with inmates so they can learn construction skills. They started work on the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds manager’s house in Ukiah in December. A building inspector says the work on the two story house built back in the sixties looked like it was in various stages of completion, like it had been abruptly stopped. They had been working on everything from plumbing to electrical and air conditioning to roofing. But the inspector’s report says parts of the project were not done to code. Apparently there’d been complaints to the Board of Supervisors, including that the inmates may have done damage to the house. The Sheriff also mentioned community complaints and the interim parole officer said they didn’t really have enough inmates for the program.

A teenager who fell to his death in Westport has been identified. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Matthew McCoy of Clarksburg, West VA fell off a cliff last Thursday while on a road trip with his brother to Oregon. The two and a friend stopped on a turnout and McCoy was apparently trying to climb down the cliff to the beach and fell about 60 feet to some rocks below. The brother and friend tried to help and called 911. Medical response team tried to revive the teen but he died there.

The hot weather continues with a red flag warning and heat advisory for parts of Northern Calif. A red flag warning is effect this afternoon from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow night because of winds moving in and low humidity. It basically means it’s prime weather for fires. Forecasters say a combo of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temps could bring extreme fire behavior. Winds are predicted to hit 10-20 miles an hour with a 30 mph gust possible late today. Winds should die down by tomorrow night and Friday. The heat advisory until 11 PM Friday night with a cooling trend set for the weekend. It could hit around 103 in parts of Lake County and 105 tomorrow, in Mendocino County, we’re looking at even higher temps, 106 today and 110 forecasted for Ukiah tomorrow. Next week should be back down to the mid-upper 80’s.

With the hot weather and official start of summer, there are patrols in the sky eye-balling potential fire danger. The PG&E patrols to help the U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire and local fire agencies with early fire detection. The patrols start this week and will continue thru the summer, especially around the July 4th holiday when Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed. PG&E says even though the drought emergency is no more, the wet winter brought a lot of growth and there’s still more than 100 million dead trees in the forest making for a potentially dangerous combination. The patrols go thru Halloween with five daily flight routes from the late afternoon until the sun goes down. They will fly in Redding to Humboldt to Lake County; in Mendocino County; Redding to Auburn in the Northern Sierra; Auburn to Auberry in the Southern Sierra and Vacaville to Solvang near the coast.

A plan to log on several miles along the Gualala River is still on hold five months after a judge sent it back to the state to be revised. The logging along a floodplain nullified by a Sonoma County judge after environmental groups sued against the 330-acre project. The judge finding it didn’t show the cumulative impacts of a different logging plan while the project was in development. The so-called Dogwood plan was put together by the Gualala Redwood Timber co. The judge’s formal order also allows for Cal Fire to decide how much of the Dogwood harvest plan should be reconsidered. They have until the middle of September to come up with a plan.

A woman whose cat went missing used regular lingo in her missing posters saying the cat was a jerk, but she wanted it back. Mary Irwin’s shorthair cat, Babou, got out of her house in Charlotte, North Carolina, and she says she knew she needed to tell the truth on the flier. It said Babou was “kind of a jerk” with “strong opinions about things.” She told a local newspaper she assumed whoever found the kitty would want to get rid of her, because she’s the “weirdest cat ever.” She said she just wanted to make sure whoever ended up with the cat knew what they were getting, and says she wanted her back. She got her wish after her flier got her media attention. The cat came back on her own during a major rainstorm this week. She says she’s a bit thinner but safe and sound.

A Flex Alert has been issued for the whole state with the power grid operator the California Independent System calling for voluntary electricity conservation today and tomorrow between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. due to the heat wave. They ask that you not use major appliances during those hours, set air conditioners to 78, or higher if you can, and turn off any unnecessary lights to ease strain on the grid. Forecasters are predicting a Weds high of 107 and Thursday high of 110.

The City of Ukiah has announced some cooling stations for the community as they recommend you stay indoors and drink plenty of water:

Ukiah Valley Conference Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ukiah Senior Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ukiah Library
Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm
Closed Monday

Ukiah Civic Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The ARRC – Alex Rorabaugh Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

A Middletown man has been injured in an accident in which the CHP says alcohol was involved. Police say Terry Bopp Jr. had to be airlifted to a hospital after the Saturday evening crash on Butts Canyon Road east of Black Oak Drive. They say Bopp was speeding eastbound on Butts Canyon Road when due to his level of intoxication he failed to negotiate a curve and slid sideways into a tree. The CHP says Bopp was not wearing his seat belt and has major injuries. After being hospitalized he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Marymount California University has reportedly walked away from the Lucerne Castle. Lake County News reports last week university officials abruptly ordered an exit from the facility without giving any notice to students, staff, or Lake County, which owns the building. The School and county had been in talks about low enrollment and were reportedly set to keep talking but county officials and local school employees say they had no idea Marymount was planning to just pull the plug. The Lake County Administrative Officer says the move violates the university’s lease.

A mom and son accused in the death of a woman they lived with in Mendocino County have pleaded not guilty. Kelley Coan and her son, Alexander are charged with the murder of Jamie Shipman who they lived with at her home in Mendocino. Kelley surrendered in San Joaquin County a day after Shipman was found dead and her car missing. Her son was questioned then, but freed, then he was arrested a few days later. Police say Kelly had the missing vehicle which was found before she turned herself in. Her son was arrested in Comptche. They are due back in court in August.

The president of Mendocino College is not getting new digs after all. A plan to rework some work spaces on the school’s main campus is happening, but the president’s office is staying where it is after some complaints. The Facilities and the Planning and Budget Committees of the college have approved the new plan after some faculty members complained about an earlier plan for a new office for the college president off the library. The revised plan for the new Hispanic Serving Institution’s First Year Institute to be where the president’s office was planned in the library. Some areas of the library had been determined to be underutilized. Other areas will be turned into offices for the dean of instruction, her assistant and a curriculum technician. A new welcome center has been tabled for now. There was also a plan for merging the Admissions and Records and the Financial Aid offices but that’s up in the air too.

Police in Lakeport say there’s been a young mountain lion seen wandering about. The lion in the Forbes Creek drainage near the Little League baseball fields at the Fairgrounds and west of Public Works yard. They say the animal has not been aggressive, but they want residents to be alert they could run into the big cat. The Record Bee newspaper reports the animal is young, about 2 years old and weighs around 60 pounds and most likely ended up in the area by another lion that was guarding its own territory. The city warning folks nearby to make sure small children and pets and any food items are kept indoors.

The Pinole Pomo Indian Tribe is being sued by the ex owner of the Hopland Inn. The Press Democrat reports the tribe, its chairwoman and their former business consultant are all named in the suit for improper and fraudulent business practices after the tribe ran the inn which is now closed down for renovation with new ownership. Forster-Gill Inc. is suing for more than $1 million for fraud, breach of contract and breach of purchase agreement, which includes unpaid rent for a lease agreement in 2009. The lawsuit was filed back in April in Mendocino County. It says the tribe wouldn’t return the hotel and liquor licenses either. The tribe went into an agreement with the historic Inn in early 2009 for $1.5 million option to buy. But the lawsuit goes on to say the tribe only operated the hotel’s restaurant and bar sporadically then closed it in 2012 after a water pipe burst and says before that the businessa wasn’t well attended.

A man is arrested after a boat crash at Lake Sonoma for suspected drunk boat driving. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office reports deputies on patrol Saturday night went out to a report of a boat crash and found a power boat on the shoreline northeast of the Lake Sonoma dam. A passenger in the boat had cuts on his face, chest and one arm so he was taken to the marina and an ambulance picked him up. The pilot, Rosali Vasquez, of Rohnert Park was also treated, but on the scene, then he was arrested. Witnesses told cops they saw people aboard pouring beer out of the boat. The driver also failed sobriety tests so he’s charged with suspicion of felony boating under the influence and was booked into the Sonoma County Jail. He posted bond for $10,000 bail later.

A sign of the times, the disappearing small town post office. This time, Rido Nido near Guerneville on the Russian River loses its post office on Canyon Seven Road. Most of the residents in the tiny hamlet don’t get the mail at their homes, so they have to visit the post office. And if they can’t get a Fed Ex or UPS delivery, that too, goes to the post office. The U.S. Postal Service is closing the location, saying its losing money. Residents can still get their mail at their P.O. boxes, but only until the end of the month, then they have to drive to Guerneville to get their mail at the Mill Street post office. As of the last census, back in 2010, about 520 people were living in the tiny community.

A new two year contract has been approved for some union workers in Mendocino County. More than 700 workers getting bumps in salary of 3% and a $2,000 bonus each of the 2 years of the contract. Employees had been asking for raises since their pay was cut during the recession. Employees in areas where there’s high turnover and low retention are getting 5% more. All of the employees covered are getting longevity pay too for staying in their jobs, something a union rep says they’ve been fighting for for a couple decades now. Managers are only getting a 1 percent wage hike, but every year for five years, after their tenth year. They’re also getting changes to sick leave and will be given more notice for schedule changes. The board of supervisors will consider final approval at their meeting this morning.

A new report released on the Ghost Ship fire details the final moments of the 36 who died there. The warehouse in Oakland went up in flames in December and the two master tenants were recently arrested for involuntary manslaughter. Those inside at a party December 2nd and died of smoke inhalation after getting trapped in what’s being called the deadliest fire in modern California history. The Oakland fire department, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Alameda County Arson Task Force put out the report with no clear cause for how the fire started. They do say though the fire was fueled by debris inside, like piles of wood and even camping trailers and furniture.

San Francisco State University is being sued for being anti-Semitic. A lawsuit filed by Jewish community members yesterday saying the school and its administrators knowingly fostered discrimination and a hostile environment, where there’s been violent threats to the safety of Jewish students on campus. The suit claims the college had repeatedly denied Jewish student groups, including Hillel and Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, equal access to campus events. It further claims the school’s administrators and police were complicit in the disruption of a speech last year by Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem that included offensive chants and blaring bullhorns. The Lawfare Project is representing the plaintiffs. The school’s lawyer says they’ve not reviewed or responded because they weren’t aware of the complaint.

A man near Pittsburgh, Penn. hearing the constant beeping of an alarm clock since a clock was walled off during a construction project… about 13 years ago. CBS Pittsburgh reports that Jerry Lynn of Ross Township dropped an alarm clock between the walls while working on a home improvement project in 2004 and the clock beeps every night just before 7:00 PM. Unless it’s day light saving time, of course. Apparently he had lowered the clock thru the walls as a reminder where to drill a hole for his TV hookup, but the clock detached from a string he had attached it to. He says he figured, oh well, the battery would run out, but it’s been going daily ever since.

Final approval of raises for county employees will go before the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Many county workers have taken pay cuts in the past few years during the recession but last Wednesday the county tentatively approved a two-year union contract for more than 700 workers, which the Daily Journal reports includes across-the-board wage increases of 3 percent each year, plus a $2,000 bonus. Employees will also get longevity pay, to reward those who stay around and those under management level will, for the first time ever, be given a modest 1 percent wage increase for every five years after their 10th year. Supervisor John McCowen told the paper the negotiations were friendly, and the union came to the table with a realistic idea of the county’s finances, meaning it’s not that the county has so much more to spend, but rather they wanted to take steps to improve morale in each department.

A Mendocino College faculty member has visited Capitol Hill as part of a team of scientists from across the country with the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition. Dr. Brianna Zuber visited with several California Senators and Representatives during Congressional Visits Day in Washington, D.C. Dr. Zuber is a Biology instructor at the College and was selected to attend because of Mendocino College’s unique facility: the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station. During the Congressional Visits Day, Zuber was a spokesperson for the Organization of Biological Field Stations and spoke about the active role the county plays in fostering environmental stewardship. She also discussed the college’s hands-on, experiential field education and STEM experiences for students of all ages as well as the community.

Our heat advisory remains in effect until 11 pm Thursday. Forecasters say Ukiah is looking at potential highs of 100 Tuesday, 105 Wednesday and 108 Thursday. And the scorching temps are accompanied by very low humidity, which is elevating the fire danger in the region.