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PG&E PLAN MAY REDUCE WATER INTO LAKE MENDO (EVR) JB 10/22/14

A NEW PLAN BY PG&E MAY REDUCE WATER FLOWING INTO LAKE MENDOCINO.

A PLAN BY PG&E TO TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN A POWERHOUSE THAT FEEDS WATER FROM THE EEL RIVER TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER MAY CUT INTO CONSUMER SUPPLIES THIS WINTER BY FURTHER REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF WATER COMING INTO LAKE MENDOCINO. PG&ES PROPOSAL IS TO SHUT DOWN THE POTTER VALLEY POWERHOUSE FOR 3 ½ MONTHS TO REPLACE TO MASSIVE VALVES AND MAKE ADDITIONAL REPAIRS. 70-80 PERCENT OF THE NORMAL WATER DIVERSIONS INTO THE LAKE ARE AT STAKE. FEDERAL REGULATORS HOLD THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE THE SHUTDOWN AND ARE EXPECTED TO DO SO, PENDING A 30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD UNDER WAY.

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN AN APARTMENT FIRE (LAW) JB 10/2/14

A UKIAH WOMAN WAS FOUND DECEASED IN AN APARTMENT THAT CAUGHT FIRE MONDAY EVENING.

THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED AROUND 8:30 MONDAY EVENING AT AN ADDRESS ON NORTON STREET. THE PROPERTY MANAGER RESPONDED TO THE APARTMENT COMPLEX INITIALLY AND WAS ABLE TO PUT OUT THE FIRE WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER. THE DECEASED RESIDENT WAS IDENTIFIED AT 66-YEAR-OLD MARILYN VAN KIRK AND ALTHOUGH IT IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME WHAT CAUSED HER DEATH, POLICE FOUND NO EVIDENCE INDICATING IT WAS A HOMICIDE OR A SUICIDE. THE CAUSE OF FIRE AND VAN KIRKS DEATH ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

AD-HOC COMMITTEE SUPPORTS PT ARENA COMPROMISE (ED) JB 10/22/14

AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR THE PT ARENA FIELD STATION RECOMMENDED A COMPROMISE TO MENDOCINO COLLEGE.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE HAS PROPOSED THAT THE MENDOCINO COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES CONSIDER A COMPROMISE: SELL THE PROPERTY, BUT NOT THE BUILDINGS. THE COMPROMISE WAS SUGGESTED AFTER IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE COMMITTEE DID NOT AGREE WITH EACH OTHER AND WERENT GOING TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT. THE COLLEGE WOULD LIKELY RECEIVE $300,000 FROM THE SALE OF THE LAND WITHOUT THE BUILDINGS AND COULD USE THAT MONEY TO START NECESSARY RENOVATIONS ON THE STRUCTURES.

STRETCH OF HWY 1 TO BE RENAMED FOR FALLEN OFFICER (PI) JB 10/22/14

A STRETCH OF HIGHWAY ON THE COAST WILL BE RENAMED TO HONOR FALLEN MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF RICKY DEL FIORENTINO.

A RESOLUTION CO-AUTHORED BY ASSEMBLYMAN WES CHESBRO AND SENATOR NOREEN EVANS HAS DESIGNATED THAT PART OF HIGHWAY 1 BETWEEN SOUTHBOUND MILEPOST 62 AND 65 NEAR MACKERRICHER STATE PARK WILL BE RENAMED THE DEL FIORENTINO MEMORIAL HIGHWAY. A CELEBRATION TO MEMORIALIZE DEL FIORENTINO IS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 12, FROM 1-4 PM AT THE PORTUGUESE HALL ON STEWART STREET PRIOR TO THE DEDICATION OF THE MEMORIAL STRETCH OF HIGHWAY.

NEW HOMES PROPOSED FOR FORD STREET (PI) JB 10/22/14

THE UKIAH PLANNING COMMISSION IS CONSIDERING A PROJECT TO ADD FOUR, SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES TO FORD STREET.

ACCORDING TO THE STAFF REPORT PREPARED FOR THE PLANNING COMMISSIONS MEETING, THE PROPERTY OWNER IS REQUESTING THE APPROVAL OF A PLAN TO ADD A 1,500 SQUARE FOOT HOME AND GARAGE TO EACH OF FOUR ADJACENT PARCELS ON FORD STREET. THE WAGENSELLER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION RAISED CONCERNS FOR THE PROJECT, STATING THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD REQUIRES PLANNED, RATHER THAN RANDOM, SPOTTY DEVELOPMENT. CITY STAFF RESPONDED BY EXPLAINING THAT CITY DEVELOPMENT IS GUIDED BY THE GENERAL PLAN, ZONING ORDINANCE AND CITY CODE AND THAT THE PROJECT IS CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL PLAN.

SUBJECT FIGHTS WITH OFFICERS IN LAYTONVILLE (LAW) JB 10/22/14

A LAYTONVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ENGAGING IN A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION WITH SHERIFFS DEPUTIES.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO AN ADDRESS ON HIGHWAY 101 IN LAYTONVILLE TO THE REPORT OF AN UNWANTED SUBJECT. DEPUTIES CONTACTED 32 YEAR OLD ARIK CALDWELL AT THE SCENE WHO SPOKE IN AN UNINTELLIGIBLE MANNER AND WOULDNT RESPOND TO THE DEPUTIES VERBAL COMMANDS. CALDWELL THEN ATTACKED THE DEPUTIES, THROWING PUNCHES AND KICKING AT THEM, AND THREE OF THE DEPUTIES SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. CALDWELL ALSO GRABBED ON TO A TASER THAT A DEPUTY WAS ATTEMPTING TO DEPLOY BEFORE HE WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL AND ARRESTED.

LOGGING TRUCK SPILLS LOAD NEAR LEGGETT (TR/LAW) JB 10/22/14

A LOGGING TRUCK WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT LAST WEEK NEAR THE TOWN OF LEGGETT.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 101 JUST SOUTH OF BRIDGES CREEK, NEAR LEGGET, WHEN THE 65 YEAR OLD DRIVER FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE IN THE ROAD. THE TRUCK AND TRAILER THEN TRAVELED OFF THE EDGE OF THE ROAD AND OVERTURNED, PARTIALLY BLOCKING THE NORTHBOUND LANE. LOGS ON TRAILER FELL OFF AND HIT THE EMBANKMENT AND FIVE GALLONS OF DIESEL SPILLED ONTO THE ROAD. THE DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AND THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MENDO COLLEGE RECEIVES BEHAVIORAL HEALTH GRANT (ED) JB 10/22/14

MENDOCINO COLLEGE HAS RECEIVED GRANT FUNDING TO COVER THE EXPENSE OF EARNING A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT AS A HUMAN SERVICE WORKER.

THE NEWLY RECEIVED GRANT A PROGRAM THAT WILL PREPARE STUDENTS TO WORK IN NONPROFIT AND PUBLIC HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICE AND/OR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE PREVENTION, CLINICAL INTERVENTION AND TREATMENT SERVICES FOR AT-RISK CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES. THE GOAL OF THE GRANT IS TO DEVELOP AND EXPAND THE PARAPROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE WORKFORCE FOCUSING ON CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND TRANSITION-AGE YOUTH AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING OF WHO HAVE DEVELOPED A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DISORDER.

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