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YOKAYO BIOFUELS SHUTS DOWN IN UKIAH (ECN/EVR) JB 7/18/14

YOKAYO BIOFUELS IN UKIAH IS CLOSING AFTER MORE THAN 13 YEARS IN BUSINESS

THE NORTH COASTS ONLY COMMERCIAL BIODIESEL MANUFACTURER HAS STOPPED PRODUCING VEHICLE FUEL AND IS PREPARING TO CLOSE ITS RETAIL OUTLET. FOR MORE THAN 13 YEARS, YOKAYO BIOFUELS HAS COLLECTED USED COOKING OIL FROM RESTAURANTS, TRANSFORMED IT INTO BIODIESEL, THEN SOLD IT AT ITS SOUTH UKIAH PUMPS AND TO OTHER FUEL OUTLETS. THE CEO OF YOKAYO BIOFUELS CITES A SERIES OF FINANCIAL HITS AND THE SUSPENSION OF A FEDERAL TAX INITIATIVE AS THE REASONS FOR THE CLOSURE OF THE BUSINESS.

JOHN JOHNS TO RUN FOR UKIAH CITY COUNCIL (GOV) JB 7/18/14

UKIAH NATIVE JOHN JOHNS HAS THROWN HIS HAT IN THE RING FOR A SHOT AT ONE OF THE SEATS ON THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL.

THE 57-YEAR-OLD RETIRED BUSINESS OWNER SAYS HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN HOW THINGS WORK IN THE CITY COUNCIL. HE STATES THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS ON LISTENING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS IF ELECTED, ASKING THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT. JOHNS SAYS HE WOULD ALSO TRY TO WORK ON THE HOMELESS ISSUES IN UKIAH, AS WELL AS IMPROVE CONDITIONS IN THE CITY FOR BICYCLISTS. THE FILING DEADLINE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CANDIDATE FOR CITY COUNCIL IS AUGUST 8.

MIDDLETOWN POOL TO REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO ALGAE (PI) JB 7/18/14

THE CLOSURE OF THE MIDDLETOWN POOL HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO COMPLETE THE REMOVAL OF ALGAE.

THE MIDDLETOWN POOL WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR WATER MAINTENANCE FROM JULY 18 THROUGH JULY 23. PUBLIC SERVICES STAFF ARE WORKING TO REGAIN WATER CLARITY STANDARDS AND ENSURE THAT CHLORINE LEVELS ARE BACK AT A SAFE LEVEL FOR SWIMMING. HIGH LEVELS OF CHLORINE ARE TEMPORARILY BEING USED TO TREAT THE ALGAE PROBLEM. ONCE THE POOL IS REOPENED, IT WILL GO BACK TO ITS NORMAL HOURS OF 12-5 PM, WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, THROUGH THE END OF THE POOL SEASON AUGUST 10.

CULVERT WORK STARTED ON BIG RIVER WATERSHED (EVR) JB 7/18/14

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A MULTI-PHASE RESTORATION PROJECT ON THE BIG RIVER WATERSHED BEGAN THIS WEEK.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT IS THE REPLACEMENT OF UNDERSIZED CULVERTS TO REDUCE SEDIMENTATION AS WELL AS AID IN THE PASSAGE OF ENDANGERED COHO SALMON. THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK ON THE CULVERTS WILL HAVE MINIMAL IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC AS THE CONSTRUCTION AREA IS APPROXIMATELY 8 MILES UP THE MAIN BIG RIVER HAUL ROAD. ACCESS WILL BE RESTRICTED EAST OF THE ROCK QUARRY DURING TIMES OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT USE. NELSON GULCH WILL BE THE LAST CULVERT REPLACED TO CONCLUDE THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT.

POLICE SEARCH FOR ASSAILANTS IN FT BRAGG (LAW) JB 7/18/14

FT BRAGG POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC TO FIND A SUSPECT INVOLVED IN AN ATTEMPTED SHOOTING LAST WEEK.

OFFICERS FROM THE FT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF MORROW AND CEDAR STREET LAST WEEK TO A REPORT OF POSSIBLE SHOTS FIRED. A WITNESS STATED THAT A MALE SUBJECT WAS CHASED DOWN THE STREET BY SEVERAL OTHER MALE SUBJECTS AND THAT THE VICTIM WAS SHOT AT DURING THE CHASE. OFFICERS LOCATED THE VICTIM AND DETERMINED HE WASNT INJURED. EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE CONFIRMED THAT AT LEAST ONE ROUND HAD BEEN FIRED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT SERGEANT GILCHRIST AT 961-2800, EXTENSION 112.

SLOW MOVING VEHICLES WITH CAMERAS IN FT BRAGG (PI) JB 7/18/14

A FLEET OF CAMERA EQUIPPED TRUCKS DRIVING AROUND FT BRAGG HAVE ATTRACTED NOTICE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE SLOW-MOVING WHITE TRUCKS WITH WHAT LOOKS LIKE VIDEO CAMERAS MOUNTED ON THEM BELONG TO OSMOSE UTILITIES, A COMPANY CONTRACTED BY PG&E TO SURVEY POWER LINES. THE CAMERAS RECORD INFRARED HEAT SIGNATURES OF THE POWER LINES LOOKING FOR ANY DEFECTS IN THE POWER GRID. THE OSMOSE PACIFIC REGION GENERAL MANAGER STATED THAT THEY ARE SCANNING LINES 20 TO 30 FEET OFF THE GROUND AND THAT THEY DONT SCAN ANYTHING DOWN TOWARDS PEOPLES HOMES.

LOWER FLOWS INTO RUSSIAN RIVER SOUGHT (EVR) JB 7/18/14

A MENDOCINO COUNTY WATER AGENCY IS LOBBYING TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WATER RELEASED FROM LAKE MENDOCINO.

IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE WHAT LITTLE WATER RESERVES ARE LEFT IN LAKE MENDOCINO, THE RUSSIAN RIVER FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT IS SEEKING TO REDUCE THE MANDATED FLOW FROM THE LAKE INTO THE RUSSIAN RIVER. THE REQUEST TO THE STATE IS TO CHANGE THE WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS BACK TO CRITICALLY DRY YEAR, REDUCING THE FLOW FROM 75 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND DOWN TO 25 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. THE LAKE CURRENTLY IS AT LESS THAN 38 PERCENT CAPACITY.

CANDIDATES SOUGHT FOR CAL SENIOR LEGISLATURE (GOV) JB 7/18/14

CANDIDATES ARE CURRENTLY BEING SOUGHT TO BECOME MEMBERS OF THE CALIFORNIA SENIOR LEGISLATURE.

THE AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CANDIDACY FOR THE OFFICES OF SENIOR SENATOR AND SENIOR ASSEMBLY MEMBER T REPRESENT BOTH LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES IN THE CALIFORNIA SENIOR LEGISLATURE. THE NONPARTISAN, VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION IS MADE UP OF 120 ELECTED MEMBERS, 60 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. SENIOR LEGISLATORS WORK WITH STATE LAWMAKERS TO AUTHOR PROPOSALS AND ALSO WORK TOWARDS ADOPTION OF LEGISLATIVE BILLS. SINCE 1980, OVER 70 PERCENT OF THE LEGISLATURES PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN ENACTED INTO LAW.

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