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TEEN PREGNANCY DOWN IN MENDO COUNTY (PI) JH 05/22/14

TEEN PREGNANCIES ARE DOWN IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, ACCORDING TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY.

DATA FROM 2010 AND 2013 WAS COMPARED TO REVEAL A 19.5 PERCENT DROP IN PREGNANCIES. GEOGRAPHICALLY, DECREASES WERE MOST SIGNIFICANT IN UKIAH AND FORT BRAGG WITH THE WILLITS AREA DECREASED SLIGHTLY. THE DATA ALSO SHOWS THAT 71 PERCENT OF TEEN PREGNANCIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WERE WOMEN AGED 18 TO 19 YEARS OLD.

MULTIPLE FELONY ARRESTS IN COBB (LAW) JB 5/22/14

A REPORTED FIGHT IN COBB LEADS DEPUTIES TO TWO ARRESTS FOR MULTIPLE FELONIES.

THE PATROL DEPUTIES, RESPONDING TO A REPORTED FIGHT ON GOLF ROAD IN COBB, WERE NOTIFIED THAT AN UNNAMED 20 YEAR OLD VICTIM HAD BEEN TAKEN TO ST HELENA CLEALAKE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. THE VICTIM IDENTIFIED THE SUSPECTS IN THE ALLEGED ATTACK AS 36 YEAR OLD SETH HENRY LAWRENCE AND 33 YEAR OLD CASEY ELLIS SNOW. SNOW REPORTEDLY RAN TOWARDS THE VICTIM BRANDISHING A HANDGUN AND STRUCK HIM ON THE HEAD SEVERAL TIMES WITH THE BUTT OF THE GUN. BOTH LAWRENCE AND SNOW WERE ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE LAKE COUNTY JAIL.

ROAD WORK TODAY (TR) JH 05/22/14

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

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL BE MADE ON HIGHWAY 20 FROM LAKEVIEW DRIVE TO KEYS BOULEVARD BEGINNING TODAY. WORKING HOURS ARE 8 AM TO 4 PM.

UTILITY REPAIRS WILL ALSO BE MADE ON HIGHWAY 1 AT CAMP 1 TENMILE ROAD BEGINNING TODAY. WORK WILL BE ONGOING FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM WEEKDAYS.

AT BOTH LOCATIONS, ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WILL BE IN EFFECT WITH 5 TO 10 MINUTE DELAYS ANTICIPATED.

CAL FIRE URGES CAUTION FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (PI)

JH 05/22/14

AS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS OFTEN CONSIDERED THE KICK-OFF FOR SUMMER VACATIONS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, CAL FIRE IS REMINDING US THAT FIRE DANGER IS HIGHER THAN NORMAL THIS YEAR, AND EXTRA CAUTION IS URGED.

CAL FIRES DIRECTOR ISSUED A STATEMENT REMINDING THE PUBLIC THAT IT ONLY TAKES IS A SINGLE SPARK TO START A FIRE AND WITH THE DRY CONDITIONS CAUSED BY DROUGHT, CAL FIRE IS SEEING FIRES BURN WITH UNSEASONABLE INTENSITY. THE DROUGHT HAS CAUSED CONDITIONS THAT ARE RIPE FOR DEVASTATING AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WILDFIRES, AS DEMONSTRATED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY RECENTLY. EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO BE VIGILANT AND REMEMBER THAT ONE LESS SPARK IS ONE LESS WILDFIRE.

IMPASS REACHED IN TEACHER/DISTRICT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS (GOV/ED) JB 5/22/14

A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF FURLOUGH DAYS HAS BECOME A STICKING POINT IN THE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE UKIAH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE UKIAH TEACHERS UNION.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTS, THE TEACHERS UNION HAD AGREED TO THE DISTRICTS OFFER OF A FOUR PERCENT RAISE IN PAY, BUT TURNED DOWN THE ONE-TIME REIMURSEMENT FOR TEACHERS WHO HAD BEEN FORCED TO TAKE FURLOUGH DAYS. THE UNION EXPLAINED THAT THE MONEY SHOULD BE WORKED INTO THE SALARY SCHEDULE TO SPREAD IT MORE EVENLY AND HAVE IT BE ONGOING. THE DISTRICT COUNTERED, STATING THAT THE ONGOING COST WOULD NOT BE FINANCIALLY PRUDENT. A MEDIATOR WILL NOW BE APPOINTED BY THE STATE TO HELP FACILITATE THE NEGOTIATIONS.

CAMPGROUND MANAGED BY US ARMY CORP NO LONGER TAKE CASH (PI)

JH 05/22/14

CAMPERS VISITING LAKE MENDOCINO AND OTHER CAMPGROUNDS MANAGED BY THE US ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS, WILL NEED A CREDIT CARD TO PAY FOR CAMPING, AS CASH AND CHECK ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

ACCORDING TO THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS, A CREDIT CARD IS REQUIRED TO BOOK A CAMPGROUND THROUGH THEIR ON-LINE RESERVATION SITE AT WWW.RECREATION.GOV. SAME DAY RESERVATIONS ARE POSSIBLE, EVEN AT THE CAMPGROUND ITSELF, BUT YOU WILL NEED TO CALL THE RESERVATION LINE AND MAKE IMMEDIATE PAYMENT, BEFORE SETTING UP CAMP.

YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS JOBS (EMP) JB 5/22/14

THE HUMBOLDT BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE HAS ANNOUNCED JOB OPENINGS WITH THE YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS FOR THIS SUMMER.

TEN APPLICANTS WILL BE SELECTED TO COMPLETE PROJECTS AT THE LANPHERE DUNES AND SALMON CREEK UNITS OF THE HUMBOLDT BAY NWR COMPLEX. THE YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS IS AN EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR 15-18 YEAR OLD MEN AND WOMEN THAT WILL RUN FROM JUNE 23RD TO AUGUST 15TH. PARTICIPANTS WILL EARN $8.00 PER HOUR AND BE SELECTED BY A RANDOM DRAWING. ANYONE INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM CAN CALL THE REFUGE AT 733-5406 OR STOP BY THE HEADQUARTERS IN LOLETA.

MENDO COUNTY BOS APPOINT INTERIM LIBRARY DIRECTOR (GOV)

JH 05/22/14

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF AN INTERIM LIBRARY DIRECTOR FOR THE COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT.

THE BOARD HAS APPOINTED WALLACE CLARK, WHO BRINGS 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO THE POSITION, THAT WILL HAVE HIM OVERSEE THE COUNTIES FIVE LIBRARIES AND THE BOOKMOBILE.

POT GROWER GETS PROBATION FOR DAMMING CREEK (LAW)

JH 05/22/14

A SUSPECTED LAKE COUNTY MARIJUANA GROWERS WAS PUT ON PROBATION FOR BUILDING A ROAD THROUGH A STREAM NEAR CLEARLAKE OAKS.

32 YEAR OLD ALEKSANDER TOMASZEWSKI HAD BUILT AN APPROXIMATE 6 FOOT HIGH DIRT DAM THROUGH A SMALL CREEK ON HIS PROPERTY WHERE HE WAS GROWING MARIJUANA. THE DAM WAS DISCOVERED DURING A MARIJUANA CULTIVATION INVESTIGATION IN DECEMBER OF 2012. IT WAS THE SECOND TIME TOMASZEWSKI HAS FILLED IN A CREEK. HIS PROBATION, WHICH ALSO REQUIRES HIM TO REPAIR THE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE HE CAUSED, IS FOR THREE YEARS.

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