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BACTERIAL MENINGITIS CASE IN WILLITS (PI) JH 01/22/14

A 5-YEAR OLD CHILD IN THE WILLITS AREA HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF BACTERIAL MENINGITIS.

PUBLIC HEALTH WAS NOTIFIED OF THE CASE ON MONDAY, AND HAS BEEN CONTACTING THOSE THOUGHT TO BE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE CHILD, WHO WAS DIAGNOSED ON JANUARY 18TH. THE BACTERIA THAT CAUSE MENINGITIS FREQUENTLY LIVE IN THE UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT AND ARE PRESENT IN SALIVA AND MUCOUS AND CAN BE PASSED ON TO ANYONE WHO HAS DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE ORAL OR NASAL EXCRETIONS, COUGHING, SNEEZING OR KISSING, OF THE INFECTED PERSON. HOWEVER, THE BACTERIA CAN ONLY SURVIVE VERY BRIEFLY OUTSIDE OF THE BODY, SO IT IS UNLIKELY TO BE PASSED THROUGH THE HANDLING OF OBJECTS. A PRE-EXPOSURE BACTERIAL MENINGITIS VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FOR PERSONS FROM 11 TO 55 YEARS OLD FROM THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH BY APPOINTMENT, AS WELL AS FROM PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPOSURE TO MENINGITIS, CONTACT PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES AT 472-2600.

MENDO COUNTY SUPERVISORS EXTEND DROUGHT EMERGENCY (GOV)

JH 01/22/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO EXTEND THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY DECLARED AT THEIR LAST MEETING, THOUGH THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT THE COUNTY HAS NO AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE AND ENFORCE ANY WATER CUTBACKS.

MENDOCINO COUNTY COUNCIL ADVISED THE BOARD THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TELL ELECTED CITY COUNCILS, BOARDS AND WATER DISTRICTS HOW TO MANAGE THEIR SERVICES. THE COUNTY ONLY HAS THE AUTHORITY TO ASK FOR CONSERVATION AT THE LEVEL THE GOVERNORS RECENT DECLARATION CALLS FOR. THE BOARD THEN ADOPTED AN ORDINANCE IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNORS REQUEST, WHICH IS A TWENTY PERCENT VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION EFFORT.

PUBLIC HEARING ON COSTCO SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT TONIGHT (GOV) JH 01/22/14

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT TO CONSIDER THE COSTCO WAREHOUSE AND FUELING STATION SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES A 148,000 SQUARE FOOT COSTCO WAREHOUSE STORE AND 16 PUMP FUELING STATION ON OVER 15 ACRES ON THE EAST SIDE OF AIRPORT PARK BOULEVARD, SOUTH OF KEN FOWLER AUTO CENTER. THE NEW STORE WILL CREATE 75 TO 100 JOBS WITH ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF THEM FULL TIME. THE PLANNING COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER RELYING ON THE COSTCO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT CERTIFIED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IN DECEMBER. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 6 PM IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON SEMINARY AVENUE.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS WATER SHORTAGE (GOV)

JH 01/22/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS THE STATUS OF THE CITYS WATER SHORTAGE EMERGENCY TONIGHT.

A SPECIAL MEETING WILL BE SCHEDULED TO CONSIDER RENEWAL OF THE DECLARATION OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY, AS WELL AS APPROVAL OF A WATER TREATMENT FACILITY AS SOON AS FINAL SPECIFICATIONS AND COSTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY CITY STAFF. THE COUNCIL WILL MEET AT 6:30 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 111 EAST COMMERCIAL STREET.

WILLITS CITY COUNCIL MOVING FORWARD ON RAILROAD AVE-BEACHTEL ROAD CONNECTION (GOV/TR) JH 01/22/14

THE WILLITS CITY COUNCIL MET TUESDAY EVENING TO REVIEW THEIR OPTIONS FOR MOVING FORWARD ON A RAILROAD AVENUE BEACHTEL ROAD THROUGHWAY CONNECTION.

THE COUNCIL REITERATED ITS PRIOR SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT, AS THEY HAD MADE IT THEIR NUMBER ONE GOAL AT A PREVIOUS PRIORITY SETTING MEETING. THE COUNCIL DIRECTED STAFF TO DEVELOP A MENDOCINO COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS FUNDING APPLICATION IN AN EFFORT TO ACQUIRE STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FUNDING. ONCE COMPLETED, THE APPLICATION WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL AT A LATER DATE.

DUI SUSPECT TRIES TO BRIBE WILLITS POLICE OFFICER (LAW) JH 01/22/14

A WILLITS MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO BRIBE A POLICE OFFICER IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID ARREST FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

A WILLITS POLICE OFFICER CONDUCTING A TRAFFIC STOP EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ON BIRCH STREET, NOTICED THE DRIVER, 32 YEAR OLD LUIE ARMANDO GAMBOA JR, WAS DISPLAYING SIGNS OF INTOXICATION. WHILE THE OFFICER INVESTIGATED GAMBOA FOR DUI, THE SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO BRIBE THE OFFICER NOT TO ARREST HIM WITH OVER $2,200. THE OFFICER TOLD GAMBOA TO STOP, BUT HE CONTINUED TO TELL THE OFFICER TO TAKE THE MONEY AND LEAVE. AT ONE POINT, GAMBOA ATTEMPTED TO PLACE THE CASH INTO THE OFFICERS POCKET. GAMBOA WAS BOOKED INTO MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON MULTIPLE CHARGES.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 01/22/14

THERE ARE SEVERAL ROAD WORK PROJECTS CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES CURRENTLY.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE PERFORMED ON HIGHWAY 1 JUST SOUTH OF MANCHESTER TODAY. WORK WILL BE FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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