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BUDGET CONTINUES TO AFFECT COUNTY ROADS (TR) JB 11/13/14

THE CONDITION OF THE ROADWAYS IN MENDOCINO COUNTY CONTINUES TO BE AFFECTED BY BUDGET SHORTFALLS.

THE HOPES OF REPAIRING THE LONG LIST OF THE FAILING ROADS IN THE COUNTY ARE CONTINUALLY HAMPERED BY SHORTFALLS IN THE COUNTY BUDGET AND THE INCREASING COST OF MATERIALS. AS PART OF NEXT YEARS COUNTY BUDGET DECISION, THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED A $2 MILLION INCREASE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONS PROPOSED BUDGET OF $9.2 MILLION TO RESURFACE COUNTY ROADS. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, $2.6 MILLION OF THE ANNUAL BUDGET IS SPENT ON OPERATIONAL MATERIALS SUCH AS ASPHALT, PATCHING, STRIPING PAINT, FUEL, AND PARTS.

RESCUE COPTER GROUNDED AT BODEGA HEAD (LAW) JB 11/13/14

A COAST GUARD HELICOPTER FLOWN IN TO AID IN A RESCUE AT BODEGA HEAD IS STUCK WHERE IT LANDED AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.

THE BRIGHT ORANGE MH-65D HELICOPTER FLEW IN FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIR STATION MONDAY AFTERNOON. WHEN THE COPTER TOUCHED DOWN ON THE SOFT, SLOPING GROUND, ITS LANDING GEAR BEGAN TO SINK IN, PREVENTING A SAFE TAKE OFF. THE $9 MILLION HELICOPTER REMAINED ON THE HEADLANDS WEDNESDAY AS AUTHORITIES TRIED TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO MOVE IT. COAST GUARD OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING SEVERAL OPTIONS INCLUDING LIFTING THE HELICOPTER ONTO A TRAILER AND TRUCKING IT OUT OF THE AREA.

MENDOCINO COUNTY APPROVES LAURAS LAW (GOV) JB 11/13/14

NEXT YEAR, MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS COURT-ORDERED MENTAL HEALTH CARE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A ONE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT LAURAS LAW, BECOMING ONE OF ONLY FEW COUNTIES IN THE STATE TO ADOPT THE LAW. THE COURTS WILL NOW BE ALLOWED TO REQUIRE OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AND MEDICATION FOR PEOPLE WHO MEET CERTAIN CONDITIONS BASED ON SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. THE COST OF THE NEW PROGRAM IS ESTIMATED AT $160,000.

CITY COUNCIL LOOKS TO EASE RETIREMENT BURDEN (GOV) JB 11/13/14

THE LAKEPORT CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSED PRESCRIPTION PLAN OPTIONS FOR MEDICARE-ELIGIBLE RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF LAKEPORT.

THE RECORD BEE REPORTED THAT CURRENTLY, THE CITYS INSURANCE PLAN FOR RETIREES IS THROUGH CVS/CAREMARK, WHICH IS A FULLY INSURED PLAN. THE PLAN IS NOT A SUPPLEMENT TO MEDICARE AND REPLACES ANY MEDICARE DRUG BENEFITS. AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN OFFERED THROUGH EXPRESS SCRIPTS SILVER WAS RECOMMENDED TO THE COUNCIL BECAUSE OF A MONTHLY COST INCREASE IN THE CURRENT CVS/CAREMARK PLAN. IF APPROVED, THE EXPRESS SCRIPTS SILVER PLAN WOULD RESULT IN A TOTAL OF APPROXIMATELY $74,000 IN ANNUAL SAVINGS FOR THE CITY.

FEW WATER RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN STATE (EVR) JB 11/13/14

IN A STATE EXPERIENCING ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN HISTORY, CALIFORNIA HAS FEW WATER RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IMPOSED ACROSS THE STATE.

THE WILLITS NEWS REPORTED THAT THE STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD ENFORCEMENT DIVISION HAS RELEASED FIGURES FOR 2013 DETAILING ITS NUMBERS FOR ENFORCING WATER RIGHTS VIOLATORS. WATER DIVERSIONS AND SALES OF WATER, BOTH THOSE STEMMING FROM MARIJUANA CULTIVATION AND OTHERWISE, HAVE BEEN A BIG PROBLEM IN MENDOCINO COUNTY DURING THIS EXTENDED DROUGHT. LAST YEAR, FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA, ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS OCCURRED FOR ONLY 3.7 PERCENT OF VIOLATORS. OUT OF THE 13,628 VIOLATIONS RECORDED FOR 2013, ONLY 503 RESULTED IN SOME FORM OF ENFORCEMENT ACTION.

UKIAH MAN ALLEGEDLY BEATEN BY HOUSEGUEST (LAW) JB 11/13/14

A UKIAH MAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY BEATING A MAN WHO WAS LETTING HIM STAY AT HIS HOUSE BEFORE DRIVING OFF IN HIS CAR.

ACCORDING TO THE UPD, THE ATTACK OCCURRED IN THE MANOR OAKS MOBILE HOME PARK AND OFFICERS FOUND THE 69 YEAR OLD VICTIM BLEEDING PROFUSELY FROM A LARGE GASH ON THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. THE SUSPECT, 59 YEAR OLD RICHARD SALAZAR, HAD BEEN STAYING AT THE VICTIMS HOUSE WHEN AN ALTERCATION OCCURRED BETWEEN THE TWO AND SALAZAR HIT THE VICTIM WITH A VODKA BOTTLE SEVERAL TIMES, THEN TIED THE MAN UP AND FLED IN THE VICTIMS TRUCK. A SHERIFFS DEPUTY LOCATED THE TRUCK ON BURKE HILL ROAD AND SALAZAR WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

TREES MAY NEED EXTRA CARE DURING THE DROUGHT (EVR) JB 11/13/14

WHILE THE CURRENT DROUGHT IS HAVING TEMPORARY VISIBLE IMPACTS ON LAWNS IN CALIFORNIA, PERMANENT DAMAGE IS OCCURRING TO TREES ACROSS THE STATE.

A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES STATES THAT LAWNS CAN BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE RELATIVELY QUICKLY, BUT ONCE A TREE DIES, ITS LOSS IS IRREVERSIBLE. AS THE AMOUNT OF SUNLIGHT FALLING ON TREES IS REDUCED WITH THE CHANGE OF SEASONS, TREES GO INTO DORMANCY AND REQUIRE LESS WATER. BUT IN EXCEPTIONALLY DRY CONDITIONS, A TREE MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH STORED MOISTURE TO SURVIVE UNTIL DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE. WATER OFFICIALS ARE URGING HOMEOWNERS TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES ON EFFECTIVE TREE CARE, ESPECIALLY IF CALIFORNIAS EXTENDED DRY PERIOD CONTINUES THIS WINTER.

NEW UKIAH OFFICER IS A SOCAL TRANSPLANT (LAW) JB 11/13/14

UKIAHS NEWEST POLICE OFFICER SAYS HE ENJOYS THE DEPARTMENTS DEDICATION TO SERVING THE CITYS RESIDENTS.

28 YEAR OLD OFFICER RON DONOHUE, WHO CAME TO THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT AFTER SERVING AS AN OFFICER IN EL CENTRO, NEAR CALIFORNIAS BORDER WITH MEXICO, APPRECIATES HIS NEW POLICE CHIEFS VALUE OF THE PUBLICS OPINION OF HIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. DONOHUE DESCRIBED HIS PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS LAW ENFORCEMENT, EXPLAINING THAT OFFICERS SHOULD ADAPT TO THE COMMUNITIES THEY LIVE IN. DONOHUE RECOGNIZES THE CITYS STRUGGLE WITH HOMELESS AND TRANSIENT ISSUES BUT STATED AS LONG AS THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS WHAT WERE DOING, AND WERE DOING WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS, IT WILL WORK.

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