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VIGIL AND MEMORIAL FOR FALLEN SHERIFFS DEPUTY (PI) JH 03/24/14

THERE WILL BE A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FALLEN MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTY RICKY DEL FIORENTINO WEDNESDAY, PRECEDED BY A CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL THE NIGHT BEFORE.

THE CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL WILL BE TUESDAY, MARCH 25TH AT 8 PM IN FRONT OF THE FORT BRAGG JUSTICE CENTER AT 700 SOUTH FRANKLIN STREET. THE VIGIL IS OPEN TO ANYONE WISHING TO PAY RESPECT TO DEPUTY DEL FIORENTINO, WHO LOST HIS LIFE LAST WEEK WHILE IN PURSUIT OF AN ARMED SUSPECT. A PUBLIC MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD THE FOLLOWING DAY, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26TH AT 10 AM IN COTTON AUDITORIUM ON NORTH HAROLD STREET IN FORT BRAGG. A RECEPTION WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE FORT BRAGG MIDDLE SCHOOL ADJACENT TO COTTON AUDITORIUM.

MOUNTAIN LION SPOTTED IN WILLITS RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD (LAW) JH 03/24/14

WILLITS POLICE OFFICERS ON PATROL THURSDAY EVENING SPOTTED A LARGE MOUNTAIN LION IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE ANIMAL WAS SPOTTED IN THE BACKYARD OF A HOME IN THE MILL CREEK COURT AREA. THE HOMEOWNER WAS NOTIFIED AND CITIZENS ARE ASKED TO BE AWARE OF THE SIGHTING AND KNOW THAT MOUNTAIN LIONS ARE OFTEN ACTIVE AT NIGHT. THEY TEND TO HUNT DEER, BUT HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO GO AFTER LIVESTOCK AND SMALL PETS. RESIDENTS ARE CAUTIONED TO KEEP SMALL PETS INSIDE AT NIGHT AND NOT TO APPROACH THE MOUNTAIN LION. IF A SIGHTING OCCURS, RESIDENTS ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT THE SIGHTING TO THE WILLITS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 459-6122.

STATE ALLOCATES MILLIONS FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS (TR)

JH 03/24/14

CALIFORNIANS WILL BE DRIVING ON SMOOTHER ROADS, SAFER BRIDGES, AND ENJOYING THE BENEFITS OF ENHANCED TRANSIT THANKS TO $334 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING ALLOCATED TO 53 PROJECTS INCLUDING OVER $5 MILLION FOR WORK IN MENDOCINO COUNTY.

THE APPROXIMATELY $5.5 MILLION THAT HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL BE USED TO CONSTRUCT A WALL, REINFORCE EMBANKMENT AND ROADWAY DAMAGE BY HEAVY RAINFALL, AND INSTALL NEW METAL BEAM GUARD RAIL ON STATE HIGHWAY 1 NEAR WESTPORT TO THE TEN MILE RIVER BRIDGE.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPS TO DISCUSS FILL MATERIAL FOR WILLITS BYPASS (GOV) JH 03/24/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING IN REGARD TO A USE PERMIT TO USE 900,000 CUBIC YARDS OF FILL DIRT FROM A MENDOCINO FOREST PRODUCTS MILL SITE FOR USE IN THE WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT.

ACCORDING TO THE MEETING AGENDA, THE MENDOCINO PLANNING DEPARTMENT IS RECOMMENDING THE APPROVAL OF THE PERMIT. THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS INDICATE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAT WOULD RESULT FROM THE APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT THAT CANNOT BE ADEQUATELY MITIGATED THROUGH THE CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL. THE HEARING IS SCHEDULED DURING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING THAT BEGINS TOMORROW AT 9 AM IN THE BOARD CHAMBERS OF THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER ON LOW GAP ROAD.

MENDOCINO COUNTY RECEIVES MONEY FROM INDIAN GAMING SPECIAL DISTRIBUTION FUND (ECN) JH 03/24/14

MENDOCINO COUNTY ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS BEEN AWARDED OVER $100,000 FROM THE INDIAN GAMING SPECIAL DISTRIBUTION FUND, WHICH WAS FUNDED BY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THE HOPLAND BAND OF POMO INDIANS.

STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT LARGE TRIBAL GAMING OPERATIONS SET ASIDE PORTIONS OF THEIR INCOME FROM GAMING TO ASSIST SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IMPACTED BY THE TRIBAL CASINOS MAY THEN APPLY, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE HOPLAND BAND OF POMO INDIANS FOR THE GRANT FUNDING. MENDOCINO COUNTY WAS AWARDED APPROXIMATELY $140,000.

NEW PORTA POTTY AT THE MILL CREEK DAMS (PI) JH 03/24/14

THANKS TO DONATIONS AND HARD WORK FROM THE UKIAH ROD AND GUN CLUB, THERE IS A NEW PORTA POTTY AT THE UPPER DAM ON MILL CREEK ROAD.

THE DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, LAST YEAR JUST HOURS AFTER A NEW, COUNTY PURCHASED PORTA POTTY WAS INSTALLED, IT WAS DESTROYED BY VANDALS, RUN OVER AND SHOT FULL OF HOLES. THIS TIME EXTRA PRECAUTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKE. THE ROD AND GUN CLUB PURCHASED A USED UNIT AND SPENT OVER 60 HOURS RECONDITIONING IT AND TRANSPORTING IT TO THE SITE. GRANITE CONSTRUCTION DONATED K-RAIL BARRIERS AND DANIEL STEEL AND MACHINE DONATED THE CRANE AND EXPERTISE TO PLACE THEM. THE PORTA POTTY IS SECURELY ANCHORED TO THE GROUND, AND WILL HOPEFULLY BE LEFT ALONE TO SERVE THOSE WHO FISH AND USE THE AREA AS INTENDED.

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