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MAN DROWNS IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER (LAW) JB 7/28/14

AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN DROWNED WHILE KAYAKING ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER OVER THE WEEKEND.

SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL FROM SEVERAL AGENCIES RESPONDED TO THE REPORT OF A MALE SWIMMER IN TROUBLE ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER WEST OF THE CASINI RANCH CAMPGROUNDS. WITNESSES REPORTED THAT THE MAN HAD BEEN KAYAKING NEAR DUNCAN MILLS WHEN HE REPORTEDLY CAPSIZED AND WAS HAVING TROUBLE STAYING AFLOAT. BY THE TIME HE WAS LOCATED AND RESCUED, HE HAD BEEN UNDER WATER FOR 7 TO 10 MINUTES. RESUSCITATION EFFORTS WERE MADE UNSUCCESSFULLY AND THE MAN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

GRANT APPLICATION APPROVED BY LAKE COUNTY BOS (GOV) JB 7/28/14

THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A REQUEST BY THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES TO APPLY FOR A HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT.

THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES REPORTED THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE GRANT IS TO FUND FIVE DIFFERENT PROJECTS IN THE COUNTY, INCLUDING UPGRADING RADIOS USED BY RESPONDERS AND OBTAINING A MOBILE COMMAND VEHICLE. IF APPROVED BY HOMELAND SECURITY, THE GRANT WOULD ALSO BE USED TO SUPPLY FIRE AND RESCUE PERSONNEL WITH NEW TOOLS FOR AIR MONITORING AND A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA. THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANT THAT THE OES IS APPLYING FOR IS JUST OVER $141,000

FIRE ON EASTSIDE ROAD BURNS ONE STRUCTURE (LAW) JB 7/28/14

A FIRE ON EASTSIDE ROAD LAST WEEK DESTROYED ONE STRUCTURE AND DOWNED A LIVE POWER LINE.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM LITTLE LAKE FIRE AND CAL FIRE RESPONDED WITH ENGINES, TANKERS, AND AIR ATTACK TO COMBAT THE BLAZE. THEIR EFFORTS WERE HAMPERED BY A LIVE POWER LINE THAT HAD MELTED AND WAS CRACKING AND SPARKING ON THE GROUND. A PG&E FIRST RESPONDER WAS ABLE TO CUT POWER TO LINE AND FIREFIGHTERS GAINED FULL ACCESS TO THE FIRE AREA. A SMALL STORAGE SHED WAS DESTROYED IN THE BLAZE AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED.

NEW UKIAH HIGH FACILITIES SHOULD BE READY IN FALL (ED) JB 7/2814

STUDENTS RETURNING TO UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL IN THE FALL WILL BE TREATED TO SEVERAL NEW FACILITIES ON THE CAMPUS.

THE BIGGEST CHANGE AT THE UKIAH CAMPUS IS THE INSTALLATION OF $1.75 MILLION ALL-WEATHER TRACK SURROUNDING THE FOOTBALL FIELD. THE STATE OF THE ART TRACK IS COMPRISED OF THE RUBBER OF APPROXIMATELY 6,500 RECYCLED TIRES THAT HAVE BEEN GROUND UP AND MELTED AFTER HAVING ANY METAL REMOVED. THE COMPLETION OF THE TRACK INSTALLATION IS SLATED FOR EARLY SEPTEMBER AND IT WILL BE READY FOR THE FIRST HOME FOOTBALL GAME, WHICH IS NOT SCHEDULED UNTIL OCTOBER.

SAFETY OF UKIAHS CROSSWALKS QUESTIONED (TR/GOV) JB 7/28/14

A REPORT BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY GRAND JURY QUESTIONS THE SAFETY OF CROSSWALKS IN UKIAH AND RECOMMENDS THAT THEY BE IMPROVED.

THE GRAND JURY INTERVIEWED A VARIETY OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING COUNTY OFFICIALS, IN THEIR INVESTIGATION OF CROSSWALK SAFETY IN THE COUNTY. A RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL DISTINGUISHING SIGNAGE AT EACH CROSSWALK COSTING $200 EACH WAS INCLUDED IN THE REPORT. MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN THINKS THE SIGNS ARE NOT VERY AESTHETICALLY PLEASING AND CALLED THEM GARISH AT A RECENT MEETING. AFTER A MOTION TO DELAY RESPONSE TO THE REPORT FAILED, THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO REJECT THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE GRAND JURY.

HOMELESS CAMP IN HENSLEY CREEK CLEANED UP (EVR) JB 7/28/14

A SPRAWLING HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT IN HENSLEY CREEK WAS CLEANED UP BY THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY.

THE ENCAMPMENT, DESCRIBED AS PRACTICALLY A SMALL VILLAGE WAS LOCATED IN THE CREEK BED WHERE WINTER RAINS WOULD HAVE WASHED IT DOWNSTREAM. NEARLY 2.5 TONS OF TRASH AND DEBRIS, INCLUDING 58 DISCARDED SYRINGES, WAS REMOVED FROM THE SITE WITH THE AID OF A BACKHOE OWNED BY A NEARBY PROPERTY OWNER. THIS WAS THE THIRD MAJOR CREEK CLEANUP BY THE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY THIS SUMMER, HOWEVER THE FIRST TWO SITES IN ORR CREEK AND GIBSON CREEK ARE ALREADY INHABITED AND FILLED WITH TRASH AGAIN.

FIRE BREAKS OUT NEAR HIGHWAY 101 IN UKIAH (LAW) JB 7/28/14

FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO A BLAZE THAT BROKE OUT BEHIND THE MENDOCINO SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY ON FRIDAY.

FLAMES BEHIND THE FACILITYS BACK FENCE, NEAR THE OFF-RAMP OF HIGHWAY 101 AND 253, WERE FIRST REPORTED AROUND 2:50 PM ON FRIDAY. MOST OF THE GUARD RAIL POSTS IGNITED AS THE FIRE SPREAD BETWEEN THE OFF-RAMP AND THE FENCE. FIREFIGHTERS FROM UVFA AND CAL FIRE WERE ABLE TO KEEP THE FLAMES BEHIND THE FENCE AND AWAY FROM A LARGE PILE OF TIRES LOCATED NEARBY. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE, THAT CHARRED JUST UNDER TWO ACRES, IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY UVFA OFFICIALS.

FORT BRAGG RV PARK LOW ON DRINKING WATER (EVR/PI) JB 7/28/14

A MENDOCINO COUNTY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS HAVING A HIGH RISK LEVEL FOR A DRINKING WATER SHORTAGE DUE TO THE DROUGHT.

THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DRINKING WATER DIVISION HAS REPORTED THAT THE WOODSIDE RV PARK IN FORT BRAGG IS AT SERIOUS RISK OF EXPERIENCING A DRINKING WATER SHORTAGE. THE RV PARK, WHICH HAS 280 RESIDENTS, HAS HAD TO RATION ITS WATER USAGE DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF AVAILABLE WATER RUNNING EXTREMELY LOW. IF THE WATER SUPPLY RUNS TOO LOW, SHORT-TERM WATER SUPPLIES COULD BE PROVIDED TO THE COMMUNITY WITH FUNDS FROM THE CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF ACT. THE WATER TABLE IN THE PARKS WELL HAS ALREADY DROPPED 2 TO 3 FEET THIS YEAR.

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