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BLACK FIRE NOW AT 95 PERCENT CONTAINED (LAW) JB 9/17/14

FIRE CREWS HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN THEIR BATTLE AGAINST THE BLACK FIRE.

161 FIRE PERSONNEL REMAIN ON THE FIRE INCIDENT THAT STARTED LAST SATURDAY. THE 5 ENGINES AND 6 FIRE CREWS CONTINUE TO MOP UP AND MONITOR FOR ANY HOT SPOTS. CAL FIRE STATED THAT THEY EXPECT NO FURTHER SPREAD OF THE FIRE THAT BURNED A TOTAL OF 403 ACRES AND 11 TOTAL STRUCTURES. AS OF 8:30 LAST NIGHT, THE BLACK FIRE STANDS AT 95 PERCENT CONTAINED.

GOV BROWN SIGNS NEW GROUNDWATER LAW (GOV) JB 9/17/14

SWEEPING NEW GROUNDWATER PUMPING RULES HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV JERRY BROWN.

SEEKING TO REPLENISH A DELETED WATER TABLE, GOV. JERRY BROWN SIGNED A PACKAGE OF BILLS SOUGHT BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS THAT WILL REGULATE GROUNDWATER PUMPING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN STATE HISTORY. THE NEW LAWS WILL REQUIRE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT ONLY AN AMOUNT OF WATER THAT CAN BE NATURALLY REPLENISHED BE TAKEN FROM WELLS. FARMERS WILL MOST LIKELY BE EVENTUALLY FORCED TO METER THE WATER THAT THEY PUMP. STATE WATER OFFICIALS WILL HAVE THE POWER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO ENFORCE THE LEGISLATION.

BROADBAND VANDALS COULD SEE $10,000 FINE (BB) JB 9/17/14

A NEW BILL SIGNED INTO LAW INCREASES THE PENALTIES FOR VANDALIZING COMMUNICATION OR ELECTRICAL CABLES BY 20 TIMES WHAT THEY ONCE WERE.

ASSEMBLY BILL 1782, DEVELOPED BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER WESLEY CHESBRO, WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOV. JERRY BROWN TO STIFFEN THE PENALTIES FOR INTENTIONALLY DAMAGING BROADBAND COMMUNICATION CABLES AND ELECTRICAL LINES. UNDER THE NEW LAW, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY HAS RISEN FROM $500 TO $10,000. VANDALISM AND THEFT HAS PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM MAKING 911 CALLS AS WELL AS INTERRUPTING BUSINESS, MAKING IT NOT ONLY A COSTLY ISSUE BUT A SAFETY CONCERN AS WELL. THE NEW BILL AIMS TO PREVENT BLACKOUTS AND HOLD THOSE WHO PURPOSELY CREATE THEM RESPONSIBLE.

UKIAH CITY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS CAMPING ORDINANCE (GOV) JB 9/17/14

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WILL HEAR FROM CITY STAFF MEMBERS TONIGHT AS THEY ADDRESS THE CAMPING ORDINANCE IN THE CITY.

A DISCUSSION ON STRENGTHENING THE CITYS ORDINANCES BANNING PANHANDLING AND CAMPING IS ON THE AGENDA FOR THE COUNCILS MEETING TONIGHT. CITY STAFF MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE POLICE CHIEF AND CITY MANAGER, RECOMMENDED THAT ALL VIOLATIONS OF THE CITYS EXISTING CAMPING AND PANHANDLING ORDINANCES BE CLASSIFIED AS MISDEMEANORS. IF THE CHANGES TO THE ORDINANCES ARE ADOPTED, THE MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES WOULD CARRY A $500 FINE AND/OR UP TO THREE MONTHS IN JAIL.

3 FOOT BUFFER ZONE FOR CYCLISTS SIGN INTO LAW (GOV) JB 9/17/14

A NEW STATE LAW CONCERNING HOW MUCH BUFFER SPACE MOTORISTS MUST GIVE CYCLISTS WHEN PASSING WHEN INTO EFFECT YESTERDAY.

THE THREE FEET FOR SAFETY LAW STATES THAT DRIVERS MUST ALLOW AT LEAST THREE FEET OF SPACE BETWEEN THEIR VEHICLE AND A BICYCLIST WHEN PASSING. WHEN THATS NOT POSSIBLE, DRIVERS MUST SLOW TO A REASONABLE AND PRUDENT SPEED AND PASS ONLY WHEN DOING SO WONT ENDANGER THE CYCLIST. THE FINE FOR VIOLATING THE LAW IS $35, WHICH TURNS INTO $233 WITH COURT AND ADMINISTRATIVE FEES ADDED ON. A VIOLATION THAT LEADS TO AN INJURY HAS A BASE FINE OF $220, WHICH WITH FEES TOTALS $959.

MCOE CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE (GOV) JB 9/17/14

ONE OF THE TWO CANDIDATES IN THE RACE FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF MENDOCINO COUNTY SCHOOLS IS NO LONGER GOING TO CAMPAIGN FOR THE POSITION.

PAUL JOENS-POULTON HAS DECIDED NOT TO ACTIVELY CAMPAIGN IN THE RACE FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT POSITION ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. JOENS-POULTON SAID HE ENJOYED CAMPAIGNING IN THE PRIMARY, BUT HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO IN HIS JOB AT MCOE THAN SPEND HIS TIME RUNNING FOR OFFICE. HE STATED I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE TAKE TIME AWAY FROM MY WORK TO PURSUE A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN. AS HIS NAME WILL STILL BE ON THE BALLOT, HE SAID HE WOULD WHOLE-HEARTEDLY TAKE THE POSITION BUT WILL ALSO SUPPORT AND WORK WITH OPPONENT WARREN GALLETTI SHOULD HE WIN.

FEDS RELEASE EMERGENCY WATER IN TWO RIVERS (EVR) JB 9/17/14

FEDERAL OFFICIALS RELEASED EMERGENCY WATER FLOWN INTO TWO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RIVERS TO CONTROL A DEADLY PARASITE FOUND IN FISH.

AFTER SEVERAL FISH ON THE LOWER KLAMATH RIVER WERE CONFIRMED ON MONDAY TO HAVE CONTRACTED THE DEADLY ICH PARASITE, THE U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION RELEASED EMERGENCY WATER FLOWS TO THE TRINITY AND KLAMATH RIVERS TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD. THE ICH PARASITE PREVIOUSLY CAUSED A MASSIVE FISH DIE-OFF IN THE KLAMATH IN 2002. NINE FISH SAMPLED FROM THE LOWER KLAMATH RIVER BY FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES WERE CONFIRMED TO HAVE THE ICH PARASITE, INCLUDING SIX WITH SEVERE INFESTATIONS.

LOCAL OFFICIALS MONITOR CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS (EVR) JB 9/17/14

LOCAL OFFICIALS ARE MONITORING HEALTH-RELATED CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LATE SUMMER CYANOBACTERIA BLOOMS ON CLEAR LAKE.

OFFICIALS FROM LAKE COUNTY REPORTED THAT RECENT LAB RESULTS FROM WATER SAMPLES TAKEN FROM SPECIFIC AREAS IN CLEAR LAKE SHOW HIGH LEVELS OF TOXINS IN THE ALGAE BLOOMS OCCURRING IN RECENT WEEKS. THESE TOXINS CAN BE HARMFUL TO PETS AND WILDLIFE, AND CAN POTENTIALLY HARM HUMANS IF INGESTED IN LARGE DOSES. THE COUNTY REPORTED, HOWEVER, THAT RECREATION ON CLEAR LAKE CAN STILL BE SAFELY ENJOYED IF THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN.

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