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PALACE HOTEL OWNER GIVEN MORE TIME AGAIN (GOV) JB 10/17/14

THE OWNER OF THE PALACE HOTEL, ONCE AGAIN, HAS BEEN GRANTED A TIME EXTENSION TO COMPLETE REQUIRED TASKS ON THE RENOVATION PROJECT.

THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL VOTED ON WEDNESDAY TO ALLOW OWNER ELADIA LAINES MORE TIME TO COMPLETE A VARIETY OF TASKS ON THE DRAWN OUT PROJECT. THE CONTRACTOR ON THE PROJECT, WHO STATED HE HAS PUT MORE THAN $400,000 OF HIS MONEY AND TWO YEARS INTO THE PROJECT, RECENTLY FILED A $415,000 LIEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY FOR NON-PAYMENT. WHILE MANY PEOPLE SEE THE DELAYS IN THE PROJECT AS THE FAULT OF THE OWNER, MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN PUTS THE BLAME ON A STATE AGENCY. HE ALSO ADDED THAT HEADLINES IN THE NEWSPAPER HAVE BEEN MAKING IT SEEM AS IF THE COUNCIL IS BEING WEAK BY CONTINUING TO GIVE LAINES MORE TIME. THE NEXT VOTE ON THE ISSUE IS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 19.

OPENING OF UKIAH HIGH GYM DELAYED (ED) JB 10/17/14

THE OPENING OF THE NEWLY RENOVATED GYM AT UKIAH HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN DELAYED.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE OPENING OF THE NEW UKIAH SCHOOL GYM HAS BEEN DELAYED, MOVING THE SCHOOLS VOLLEYBALL GAMES TO POMOLITA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BASKETBALL PRACTICES TO MENDOCINO COLLEGE. THE ARCHITECT OVERSEEING THE MODERNIZATION PROJECTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL SAID THE PROJECTS HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY SUBCONTRACTOR ISSUES, INCLUDING ONE THAT DIDNT HAVE THE PROPER LICENSE. THE TARGET DATE FOR THE OPENING OF THE GYM HAS BEEN MOVED FROM NOVEMBER TO JANUARY, IF ALL GOES WELL.

HVLA, UNION DISAGREE OVER WAGE PROPOSALS (ECN) JB 10/17/14

THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE ASSOCIATION AND A GROUP OF UNION WORKERS DISAGREE OVER WAGE PROPOSALS.

A GROUP OF ABOUT 15 MEMBERS OF THE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA LOCAL 324 RALLIED LAST WEEK IN SUPPORT OF A NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HVLA AND 15 UNION GREENSKEEPERS AND ABOUT 10 UNION MAINTENANCE WORKERS. THE UNION IS IN OPPOSITION OF WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS A 30 PERCENT PAY CUT, FROM $14 TO $9 PER HOUR, AND TO PAY 30 PERCENT ON MEDICAL AND RETIREMENT. A UNION REPRESENTATIVE STATED THAT SOME OF THEIR PEOPLE WONT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT AND WOULD END UP ON WELFARE.

LAKEPORT OFFICER OF THE YEAR NAMED (LAW) JB 10/17/14

THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS NAMED THEIR POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR.

AT A CEREMONY ON MONDAY, 35-YEAR-OLD OFFICER JOSEPH EASTHAM RECEIVED THE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD BY THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT. EASTHAM HAS BEEN WITH THE LAKEPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT SINCE APRIL OF 2011 AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED NUMEROUS TIMES FOR OUTSTANDING POLICE WORK AND HAS RECEIVED EIGHT DEPARTMENT COMMENDATIONS FOR HIS FIREARM SKILLS, PROFESSIONALISM, AND SKILLED POLICE WORK. LPD CHIEF BRAD RASMUSSEN STATED THAT EASTHAM WAS SELECTED FOR THIS AWARD DUE TO HIS INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM, TENACITY AND GOOD TEAM WORK.

LAKE COUNTY TRIBES GET NEARLY $1M IN GRANTS (GOV) JB 10/14/17

SEVERAL LAKE COUNTY TRIBES RECEIVED NEARLY $1 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ON TRIBAL LANDS.

FIVE LAKE COUNTY TRIBES HAVE RECEIVED OVER $945,000 IN FUNDS THROUGH THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY EDUCATION, AND CAPACITY BUILDING. THE EPA ANNOUNCED AT THE 22ND ANNUAL REGIONAL TRIBAL CONFERENCE THAT A TOTAL OF $5.4 MILLION IN FUNDING HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO INVEST IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIBAL PROJECTS, WITH $18.8 MILLION AWARDED TO TRIBES STATEWIDE. ACCORDING TO THE EPA, THIS FUNDING WILL HELP CONSERVE PRECIOUS WATER RESOURCES, CREATE JOBS, AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE ON TRIBAL LANDS.

TWO VICTIMS REPORT BEING FLASHED IN FT BRAGG (LAW) JB 10/17/14

TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS OF A FLASHER HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN FORT BRAGG THIS MONTH.

TWO VICTIMS THIS MONTH HAVE REPORTED INCIDENTS INVOLVING MEN EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO THEM BEFORE FLEEING THE SCENE. THE INCIDENTS OCCURRED ON GLASS BEACH DRIVE ON OCTOBER 2 AND AT STARBUCKS ON OCTOBER 9. THE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MEN AND GET-AWAY VEHICLES VARY BETWEEN THE STORIES AND AUTHORITIES ARE NOT SURE IF THE TWO INCIDENTS ARE RELATED. THE FORT BRAGG POLICE DEPARTMENT ASKS THAT ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE IDENTITY OF THE FLASHERS, OR WHO HAS EXPERIENCED A SIMILAR SITUATION, TO CONTACT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY AT 961-2800.

LOCAL FISHERMAN RECOVER SEISMOLOGY BUOY (EVR) JB 10/17/14

LOCAL FISHERMAN CAUGHT SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT WHEN THEY RECOVERED A SEISMOLOGY BUOY WHILE FISHING.

LOCAL FORT BRAGG FISHERMAN BILL FORKNER AND HIS CREW WERE SURPRISED WHEN THEY ENCOUNTERED WHAT APPEARED TO BE A LARGE FLOATING YELLOW PLASTIC BUOY WHILE ALBACORE FISHING ABOUT 60 MILES OFF THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST. THE BUOY THEY RECOVERED WAS MARKED JAPAN MARINE RESEARCH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER AND TURNED OUT TO BE AN ON-BOTTOM SEISMOGRAPH THAT WAS PART OF AN ARRAY SET DEEP ON THE OCEAN BOTTOM ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, TO STUDY EARTHQUAKES. SCIENTISTS WERE THRILLED TO RECOVER THE BUOY AND PLANNED TO SEND BILL FORKNER A GENEROUS REWARD.

2-1-1 MENDOCINO HELPS CONNECT CITIZENS, RESOURCES (PI) 10/17/14

2-1-1 MENDOCINO IS HELPING TO CONNECT CITIZENS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED.

IN MENDOCINO COUNTY, CALLING 2-1-1 CONNECTS CITIZENS TO A HELPFUL RESOURCE WHEN NEEDING ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE THE NEAREST PARENTING CLASS, HELP WITH HOUSING, FOOD BANK, OR CLASSES FOR ALCOHOL ABUSE, TO NAME A FEW. WITH FIRES BURNING IN THE AREA THE PAST FEW MONTHS, 2-1-1 MENDOCINO HELPED CONNECT PEOPLE IN NEED WITH RESOURCES DURING THE SITUATIONS AND AFTER THE FACT, INCLUDING ASSISTING DISPLACED FAMILIES. 2-1-1 MENDOCINO ALSO HAS THE ABILITY TO OFFSET CALLS TO 9-1-1 I AN EMERGENCY INVOLVING LOCAL, STATE, OR NATIONAL EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.

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