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HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF SHOT DURING EVICTION (LAW) JH 05/07/14

A HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST DURING A COURT ORDERED EVICTION IN SHELTER COVE ON TUESDAY.

DEPUTIES ARRIVED AT THE KELLY LANE RESIDENCE OF 55 YEAR OLD WILLIAM LLOYD NELSON AT APPROXIMATELY 2:45 YESTERDAY, WHEN NELSON SHOT AT THE OFFICERS. DEPUTIES RETURNED FIRE WHILE FLEEING THE SCENE, AND IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER THE DEPUTIES STRUCK NELSON WHEN THEY RETURNED FIRE. THE DEPUTY WAS AIRLIFTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. HIS BALLISTIC VEST IS CREDITED WITH SAVING HIS LIFE. SWAT WAS CALLED IN, AND AS OF LAST NIGHT, AUTHORITIES HAVE SAID THAT NELSONS CONDITION AND LOCATION ARE UNKNOWN. WILLIAM LLOYD NELSON IS DESCRIBED AS A 55-YEAR-OLD WHITE MALE, 6 FEET TALL, WEIGHING 165 POUNDS WITH BLUE EYES, AND STRAWBERRY BLOND HAIR.

WILLITS BYPASS CONSTRUCTION: RISING FROM THE VALLEY FLOOR (TR)

JH 05/07/14

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HIGHWAY 101 BYPASS AROUND WILLITS IS RISING FROM THE VALLEY FLOOR.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTS, THE CONTRACTOR IS CURRENTLY POURING CONCRETE INTO SPECIALIZED STEEL FORMS TO CREATE THE VIADUCT SUPPORT COLUMNS, AS TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT CRIBBING IS GOING UP ALONG THE NEW HIGHWAY ROUTE BETWEEN CENTER VALLEY AND HEARST-WILLITS ROADS. ACCORDING TO CAL TRANS, THIS SEASONS MAIN GOAL IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES, SUPPORTS AND BRIDGES FROM THE SOUTHERN END OF THE BYPASS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE VIADUCT. MUCH OF THE PLANNED WORK FOR THE NORTHERN END OF THE PROJECT IS AWAITING IMPROVING SITE CONDITIONS.

MENDO COUNTY AUDITOR-CONTROLLER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT (GOV)

JH 06/07/14

MENDOCINO COUNTYS AUDITOR-CONTROLLER, MEREDITH FORD, HAS ANNOUNCED HER IMPENDING RETIREMENT FOLLOWING 37 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

FORD STARTED OUT AS AN ACCOUNT CLERK I IN THE TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR OFFICE IN 1976. IN TAKING ACTION TO APPOINT A SUCCESSOR FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COMMENDED FORD FOR HER DEVOTED SERVICE TO THE COUNTY WHILE ALSO RECOGNIZING THE LONGEVITY AND EXPERIENCE OF HER STAFF. LLOYD WEER, ASSISTANT AUDITOR, HAS BEEN APPOINTED BY THE BOARD TO FILL THE REMAINDER ON THE TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JANUARY 4TH, 2015. WEERS APPOINTMENT WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE JUNE 22ND.

MENDO COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE SENDING LETTER TO SUPPORT WATER DIVERSION FOR REDWOOD VALLEY (GOV/EVR) JH 05/07/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY AT WEDNESDAYS MEETING TO SEND A LETTER TO REQUEST AN EXPLANATION OF WHY THE DIVERSION OF 800 ACRE FEET OF WATER THROUGH THE POTTER VALLEY PROJECT FOR REDWOOD VALLEY WAS DENIED.

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION DENIED THE REQUEST TO DIVERT THE WATER BECAUSE HE DID NOT BELIEVE THE CURRENT SITUATION QUALIFIES AS AN EMERGENCY. REDWOOD VALLEY RESIDENTS ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED TO 50 GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY WITH WATER FOR ALL AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES CUT OFF. THE LETTER FROM THE BOARD EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE DECISION TO DENY THE TEMPORARY WATER DIVERSION THAT COULD POTENTIALLY SAVE NUMEROUS CROPS, AND THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS IN THE VALLEY. THE LETTER ALSO REQUESTS A DETAILED EXPLANATION OF HOW THE FINAL DECISION WAS MADE.

LAKE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TO DISCUSS TWO DOLLAR TREE STORES TO POSSIBLY OPEN (GOV) JH 05/07/14

THE LAKE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL REVIEW MAJOR USE PERMITS FOR TWO PROPOSED DOLLAR TREE STORES AT THIS WEEKS MEETING.

THE STORES ARE PROPOSED IN NICE, IN THE FORMER NICE FROSTIE LOCATION AND IN DOWNTOWN CLEARLAKE OAKS. AFTER THE COMMISSION MAKES A DECISION IN REGARD TO THE USE PERMITS, A SEVEN-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD WILL BE OPENED. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY MORNING AT 9 AM IN BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAMBERS IN THE LAKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

VOTE BY MAIL (ABSENTEE) BALLOTS AVAILABLE IN MENDO COUNTY (GOV) JH 05/07/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY ASSESSOR-COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER HAS ANNOUNCED THAT VOTE BY MAIL, OR ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY ELECTION SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 3RD WERE MAILED OUT ON MONDAY, MARCH 5TH AND ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE ON LOW GAP ROAD. THE ASSESSOR-COUNTY CLERK-RECORDER WOULD ALSO LIKE TO REMIND VOTERS THAT THE LAST DAY APPLICATIONS MAY BE RECEIVED FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IS MAY 27TH, AND THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE JUNE 3RD PRIMARY IS MAY 19TH.

EARTHQUAKE SHAKES GEYSERS (EVR) JH 05/07/14

A MODERATE SIZED EARTHQUAKE SHOOK THE GEYSERS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, THE QUAKE OCCURRED AT 2:39 PM JUST 3 MILES NORTH WEST OF THE GEYSERS AT A DEPTH OF 1.6 MILES. THE TEMBLOR REGISTERED A 3.3 MAGNITUDE. SHAKE REPORTS CAME IN FROM AROUND THE REGION, BUT NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.

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