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FLU VACCINE MAY BE LESS EFFECTIVE THIS WINTER (PI) JB 12/5/14

U.S. HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WORRIED THAT THE FLU VACCINE MAY NOT BE VERY EFFECTIVE THIS WINTER.

FLU SEASON HAS BEGUN TO RAMP UP, AND OFFICIALS SAY THE VACCINE DOES NOT PROTECT WELL AGAINST THE DOMINANT STRAIN OF FLU SEEN MOST COMMONLY SO FAR THIS YEAR. THAT STRAIN TENDS TO CAUSE MORE DEATHS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN THE ELDERLY. FLU VACCINE EFFECTIVE NESS TENDS TO VARY FROM YEAR TO YEAR. LAST WINTER, FLU VACCINE WAS 50 TO 55 PERCENT EFFECTIVE OVERALL, WHICH EXPERTS CONSIDER RELATIVELY GOOD. CDC OFFICIALS THINK THE VACCINE SHOULD PROVIDE SOME PROTECTION AND ARE STILL URGING PEOPLE TO GET VACCINATED.

CHP AND PG&E BUSY WORKING IN WET WEATHER (LAW) JB 12/5/14

PG&E AND THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL HAVE HAD THEIR HANDS FULL DURING THE FIRST SERIOUS RAINFALL TO HIT THE AREA.

IN LAKE COUNTY, PG&E HAS RESPONDED TO THREE INCIDENTS OF DOWNED POWER LINES JUST SINCE TUESDAY AFTERNOON. DURING THE SAME TIME, CHP UNITS HAVE RESPONDED TO AT LEAST THREE INCIDENTS OF TELEPHONE POLES COMING OUT OF THE GROUND DUE TO THE SUDDEN SATURATION OF THE GROUND. THE CHP WATCH COMMANDER NOTED THAT HE HAD NEVER SEEN A TELEPHONE POLE COME OUT OF THE GROUND LIKE THAT BUT ATTRIBUTED IT TO THE FACT THAT THE AREA HASNT EXPERIENCED THIS LEVEL OF RAIN IN THREE YEARS AND THAT THE GROUND IS REALLY MOVING AROUND.

BEARS SPOTTED WANDERING IN UKIAH (EVR) JB 12/5/14

TWO BEARS WERE SPOTTED WANDERING THE STREETS OF UKIAH LATE MONDAY EVENING.

THE UKIAH POLICE DEPARTMENT FIRST RECEIVED A REPORT ABOUT THE MOTHER BEAR AND HER CUB FROM A CALLER ON BETTY STREET JUST AFTER 11:30 MONDAY EVENING. A SECOND REPORT THAT THE BEARS WERE SEEN AT THE CORNER OF EAST GOBBI STREET AND THE RAILROAD TRACKS CAME IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES LATER AND OFFICERS FINALLY LOCATED THE PAIR AT THE CORNER OF LUCE AVENUE AND SOUTH STATE STREET. OFFICERS SPENT ABOUT AN HOUR EARLY TUESDAY MORNING TRYING TO HEARD THE BEARS BACK INTO THE WESTERN HILLS WHERE THEY CAME DOWN FROM. RESIDENTS WHO SEE ANY BEARS IN TOWN SHOULD NOTIFY THE UPD RIGHT AWAY AT 463-6262.

NEW UKIAH COUNCIL MEMBERS SWORN IN WEDNESDAY (GOV) JB 12/5/14

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD IN THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL WAS MADE OFFICIAL AT WEDNESDAY NIGHTS MEETING AS THE NEW MEMBERS TOOK THEIR SEATS.

JIM BROWN, KEVIN DOBLE AND MAUREEN MULHEREN WERE OFFICIALLY SWORN IN AS NEW MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AT THE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. EXITING MAYOR PHIL BALDWIN, VICE-MAYOR MARY ANNE LANDIS AND BENJ THOMAS WERE THANKED BY FOR THEIR SERVICE AND AWARDED PLAQUES BY CITY MANAGER JANE CHAMBERS. AFTER THE THREE NEW MEMBERS TOOK THEIR SEATS, DOUG CRANE WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPOINTED AS THE NEW MAYOR AND STEVE SCALAMINI WAS APPOINTED AS THE NEW VICE MAYOR WITH A 4-1 VOTE.

LEAD AMMO BAN TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY 2019 (GOV/EVR) JB 12/5/14

A NEW BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION STARTS NEXT YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED BY 2019.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT A STATE-APPROVED LEAD AMMUNITION BAN IS EXPECTED TO INITIALLY BE PHASED IN BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE STARTING IN 2015, AND BE COMPLETELY IN PLACE BY 2019, BUT LOCAL OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS ARENT COMPLETELY HAPPY WITH THE DECISION. GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNED AB711 LAST OCTOBER WHICH REQUIRES A COMPLETE STATEWIDE BAN ON THE USE OF LEAD AMMUNITION, WITH A PHASE-IN PROCESS TO HELP EASE THE BURDEN ON HUNTERS AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTERS. A SIMILAR BAN IS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT WITHIN THE CALIFORNIA CONDOR REGION IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE.

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MEN IN HEAD ON CRASH (LAW) JB 12/5/14

TWO HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MEN WERE INJURED IN A HEAD ON CRASH THURSDAY THAT BRIEFLY CLOSED A SECTION OF HIGHWAY 29.

45 YEAR OLD MICHAEL PERRAULT AND 55 YEAR OLD BRIAN DEUTSCH WERE INJURED WHEN THEIR VEHICLES COLLIDED HEAD-ON JUST SOUTH OF OLD LAWLEY TOLL ROAD ON MOUNT ST HELENA. PERRAULTS JEEP WRANGLER, TRAVELING NORTHBOUND, DRIFTED INTO THE SOUTHBOUND LANE IN A CURVE, DIRECTLY INTO THE PATH OF THE HONDA CIVIC DRIVEN BY DEUTSCH. DEUTSCH, WHO WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT, SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN THE CRASH. PERREAULT SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES AND BOTH MEN WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

PUBLIC WORKS CREWS RESPOND TO FLOODING (EVR) JB 12/5/14

THE HEAVY RAINS THIS WEEK HAVE KEPT LOCAL ROAD AND PUBLIC WORKS OFFICIALS BUSY WITH CLEANUP EFFORTS.

ACROSS LAKE COUNTY, REPORTS HAVE BEEN COMING IN OF BACKED UP STORMWATER SYSTEMS, FALLING ROCKS AND SOIL AND DOWNED TREES. IN LAKEPORT, FLOODING OCCURRED ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN LAKESHORE BOULEVARD, ON FIRST STREET BETWEEN HIGH AND BRUSH STREETS, IN THE AREA OF MARTIN STREET IN FRONT OF THE FAIRGROUNDS, AND AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAKEPORT BOULEVARD AND MAIN STREET. FORBES CREEK WAS REPORTED TO BE RUNNING FROM BANK TO BANK BUT, WITH A BREAK IN THE RAIN, WATER LEVELS WERE RECEDING. MOST AREAS WERE SPARED FROM FLOODING DUE TO THE LOW WATER LEVEL OF CLEAR LAKE.

STUDENTS GIVE TO FOOD BANK DRIVE (PI) JB 12/5/14

STUDENTS AT GRACE HUDSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARE SHOWING EXACTLY WHAT THE SPIRIT OF GIVING MEANS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

THE KIDS AT GRACE HUDSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DECIDED THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE COMMUNITY THIS YEAR. THEY STARTED A PENNY DRIVE, MAKING POSTERS AND FLYERS AND THE KIDS STARTED BRINGING IN LOOSE CHANGE. EVEN A $20 BILL THAT WAS FOUND ON THE PLAYGROUND WAS DONATED TO THE DRIVE. THE STUDENT COUNCIL DECIDED THAT, DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THE FOOD BANK WOULD BE THE BEST PLACE TO DONATE THE PROCEEDS FROM THE DRIVE. THE GRACE HUDSON KIDS SUCCESSFULLY RAISED $362 DOLLARS THAT THEY PRESENTED TO THE UKIAH FOOD BANK ON MONDAY.

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