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CONTROL BURN PLANNED TO DAY (PI) JH 02/24/14

CAL FIRE MENDOCINO UNIT WILL BE CONDUCTING A VEGETATION MANAGEMENT CONTROL BURN IN THE MILL CREEK WATERSHED EAST OF UKIAH.

BURNING IS PLANNED FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW, WEATHER AND AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS PERMITTING. PART OF THE GOAL OF THE BURN IS TO IMPROVE WILDLIFE HABITAT WHILE REDUCING THE OVERALL VEGETATION IN ORDER TO DECREASE THE CHANCE OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES IN THE FUTURE. TO ENSURE VISITOR SAFETY, THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT WILL CLOSE THE VALLEY VIEW TRAIL AND NORTH COW MOUNTAIN ACCESS ROAD BEGINNING TODAY. THE CLOSURE WILL REMAIN IN PLACE DURING BURNING OPERATIONS AND POSSIBLY LONGER IF FORECAST HEAVY RAINS OCCUR.

ONE HOME LOST, SEVERAL SAVED IN EARLY MORNING FIRE (LAW)

JH 02/24/14

AN EARLY MORNING FIRE IN CLEARLAKE OAKS FRIDAY, SAW ONE HOME DESTROYED WHILE FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE SAVE SEVERAL OTHERS.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS HAD THE FLAMES KNOCKED DOWN IN LESS THAN AN HOUR FRIDAY MORNING, HOWEVER, THE HOME WAS A TOTAL LOSS. QUICK WORK BY THE FIREFIGHTERS DID PREVENT THE FLAMES FROM SPREADING TO SURROUNDING HOMES. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE BLAZE. CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WARNING OF TELEMARKETING SCAM (LAW) JH 02/24/14

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS RECEIVED INFORMATION ABOUT A POSSIBLE TELEMARKETING SCAM AND IS WARNING THE PUBLIC NOT TO SHARE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION ON THE TELEPHONE WITH UNSOLICITED CALLERS.

CONCERNED CITIZENS HAVE BEEN CALLING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO ASK WHETHER THE STATE AGENCY HAS CALLED THEIR HOMES ASKING ABOUT THE PRELIMINARY SAT, OR PSAT, A STANDARDIZED TEST, WHICH GIVES STUDENTS FIRSTHAND PRACTICE FOR THE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION. THE CALLERS ASKS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION, CREDIT CARD NUMBERS, AND MORE. THE CALLER ID SEEMS TO ALSO SHOW THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OR THE MAIN TELEPHONE LINE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. HOWEVER, THE STATE INSISTS THAT THESE CALLS ARE NOT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. IF YOU RECEIVE SUCH A CALL, DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND HANG UP IMMEDIATELY. YOU MAY ALSO FILE A COMPLAINT ONLINE DIRECTLY WITH THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. AUTHORITIES ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THESE CLAIMS.

MENDO COUNTY GETS IRS AGREEMENT ON PLANNED PAYBACK (GOV/ECN) JH 02/24/14

THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE GAVE ITS BLESSING TO THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING A PLAN TO REPAY TO ITS PENSION RESERVES $9.5 MILLION OF THE MONEY THE SYSTEM HAD WRONGLY USED FOR RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, THE PLAN IS PART OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE IRS AND MENDOCINO COUNTYS RETIREMENT SYSTEM UNDER THE IRS VOLUNTARY CORRECTION PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS THE PENSION SYSTEM TO KEEP ITS TAX-QUALIFIED STATUS. TO DO SO, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION, WHICH OVERSEES THE PENSION FUND, PLANS TO TAKE THE OVER $658,000 LEFT IN ITS RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE RESERVES AND PUT IT BACK IN ITS PENSION RESERVE ACCOUNT. THE REMAINDER OF THE $9.5 MILLION TO BE REPAID IS NOW TO BE ADDED INTO THE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS ROUGHLY $132 MILLION UNFUNDED LIABILITY, WHICH IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT THE SYSTEM HAS AND WHAT IT NEEDS TO COVER FUTURE RETIREE BENEFITS.

TWO STORMS FORECAST TO BRING NEEDED RAIN THIS WEEK (EVR)

JH 02/24/14

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS A PAIR OF STORMS THIS WEEK COULD BRING SEVERAL INCHES OF MUCH NEEDED RAIN TO CALIFORNIA.

WHILE THERE WILL NOT BE ENOUGH RAIN TO END THE DROUGHT, METEOROLOGISTS PREDICT THAT SEVERAL INCHES ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE STATE. THE FIRST STORM ON WEDNESDAY IS EXPECTED TO ONLY BRING LIGHT RAINS, HOWEVER, BY FRIDAY, RADAR IMAGES SHOW THE SECOND STORM SHOULD DRENCH THE STATE FOR 24 HOURS. AND LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD, METEOROLOGISTS SAY COMPUTER MODELS SHOW SIGNS THAT THIS YEAR COULD SEE EL NINO CONDITIONS AND THE ACCOMPANYING RAINFALL DEVELOPING BY AUGUST.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 02/24/14

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE MADE ON HIGHWAY 1 NEAR LANSING STREET. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 7 AM TO 5 PM WEEKDAYS. ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5-MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

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