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UKIAH EXPLORES CITY MANAGER REPLACEMENT (GOV) JB 2/23/14

AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CREATED BY THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL LOOK INTO THE PROCESS OF APPOINTING A NEW CITY MANAGER.

IN AN EFFORT TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REPLACING EXITING CITY MANAGER JANE CHAMBERS, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPOINTED MAYOR DOUG CRANE AND COUNCIL MEMBER KEVIN DOBLE TO AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE THE STEPS NEEDED TO DO SO. THE SUGGESTION TO CREATE THE COMMITTEE WAS OFFERED BY CHAMBERS AT THE COUNCILS MEETING LAST WEEK. IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT MADE EARLIER THIS MONTH, CHAMBERS STATED THAT SHE WAS RESIGNING FROM HER POSITION TO MOVE BACK TO THE BAY AREA WITH HER LAST DAY SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 26.

WILLITS CHILD MOLESTER TO REMAIN IN CUSTODY (LAW) JB 2/23/15

A CONVICTED SERIAL CHILD MOLESTER FROM WILLITS HAS BEEN ORDERED TO REMAIN IN CUSTODY INDEFINITELY.

ACCORDING TO THE WILLITS NEWS, 56 YEAR OLD DANIEL SCOTT FLINT WAS COMMITTED LAST WEEK TO SPEND AN INDETERMINATE SENTENCE AT COALINGA STATE HOSPITAL UNDER CALIFORNIAS SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR STATUTE. THE MENDOCINO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE INITIATED THE HEARING WHEN FLINT WAS NEARING HIS PLANNED RELEASE FROM STATE PRISON. THIS UNUSUAL PROCEEDING REQUIRED A JURY TRIAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER FLINT COULD BE HELD IN CUSTODY AFTER THE COMPLETION OF HIS PRISON SENTENCE. AS A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR, FLINT WILL BE OFFERED ONGOING COUNSELING AND HAVE HIS MENTAL CONDITION EVALUATED AT LEAST ANNUALLY.

COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED (PI) JB 2/23/15

THE DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT IN THE COVERED CALIFORNIA INSURANCE PLAN HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER MONTH.

CALIFORNIA WILL OFFER A SPECIAL EXTENSION TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE STATE EXCHANGE FOR PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY WERENT AWARE THEY WOULD FACE A TAX PENALTY FOR BEING UNINSURED. THE COVERED CALIFORNIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STATED THAT AS MANY AS 600,000 RESIDENTS MAY FACE A PENALTY UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE EXTENSION DOES NOT EXEMPT PEOPLE FROM PAYING THE 2014 TAX PENALTY, BUT WOULD HELP THEM AVOID BIGGER PENALTIES IN 2015. THE NEW DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT IS NOW APRIL 30.

CAL DFW LAUNCHES NEW POACHING TIP APP (EVR/LAW) JB 2/23/15

A NEW PROGRAM HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE TO HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POACHING.

THE CDFW HAS CREATED THE NEW PILOT PROGRAM TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE PUBLIC TO REPORT WILDLIFE AND POLLUTION CRIMES WITH THEIR CELL PHONES. TIPSTERS CAN NOW TEXT INFORMATION, INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS, ANONYMOUSLY TO THE CALTIP PROGRAM VIA TIP411. THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO LAUNCHING A NEW SMARTPHONE APP WHICH SIMILARLY ENABLES THE PUBLIC TO SHARE AN ANONYMOUS TIP OR PHOTOGRAPH WITH WILDLIFE OFFICERS AND LETS THE OFFICERS CONVERSE ANONYMOUSLY WITH THE TIPSTER. WILDLIFE OFFICERS ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO WITNESSES A POACHING OR POLLUTING VIOLATION TO REPORT IT USING ANY MEANS AVAILABLE.

HUMBOLDT WOMAN SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL (LAW) JB 2/23/15

A TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET IN THE CASE OF A HUMBOLDT COUNTY WOMAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL HERSELF AND HER TWO CHILDREN.

THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL REPORTED THAT ON FRIDAY, 35 YEAR OLD ATHENA RENEE DOYLE OF MCKINLEYVILLE, WAS SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL ON TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER MAY 18 IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT. HOWEVER, A PREVIOUS PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION DETERMINED THAT DOYLE WAS MENTALLY UNFIT TO STAND TRIAL, AND A SECOND EXPERT HAS SINCE BEEN APPOINTED TO EVALUATE HER. DOYLE ALLEGEDLY DROVER HER CAR OF A NORTHERN MENDOCINO CLIFF LAST YEAR IN AN APPARENT ATTEMPT TO KILL HERSELF AND HER TWO YOUNG SONS, WHO SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH.

SATURDAY FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN CLEARLAKE (LAW) JB 2/23/15

A HOME IN CLEARLAKE SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE IN A FIRE OVER THE WEEKEND.

LAKE COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION AND CAL FIRE PERSONNEL RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AT A RESIDENCE AT THE CORNER OF BLUE GUM STREET AND WALNUT AVENUE ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED ON SCENE, THE STICK-BUILT HOME WAS APPROXIMATELY HALF INVOLVED. THE HOME SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE AND THE FAMILY OF FOUR WHO LIVES AT THE RESIDENCE WERE DISPLACED DUE TO THE BLAZE AND ARE NOW RECEIVING AID FROM THE RED CROSS. THE ONE RESIDENT WHO WAS HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WITHOUT INJURY AND THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

MCGUIRE WANTS RURAL PAYMENTS INSTEAD OF TAXES (GOV) JB 2/23/15

SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRE IS SPEARHEADING AN EFFORT TO FUND PAYMENTS DUE TO RURAL COUNTIES.

LEGISLATION CO-AUTHORED BY SENATOR MCGUIRE WAS INTRODUCED RECENTLY TO HELP RURAL COUNTIES RECOVER MORE THAN A DECADE WORTH OF PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES, OR PILT, FROM THE STATE. LAKE COUNTY AND OTHER RURAL COUNTIES AROUND THE STATE WITH TAX-EXEMPT LAND MISS OUT ON TAXES THEY WOULD OTHERWISE BE PAID FOR THE PROPERTY AND THE STATE IS OBLIGATED TO MAKE PAYMENTS TO THOSE COUNTIES TO HELP THEM RECOVER THE LOST REVENUE. CURRENTLY, THE STATE OWES MORE THAN $19 MILLION IN PILT OBLIGATIONS TO COUNTIES ACROSS THE STATE, FOR FUNDS THEY HAVE NOT BEEN PAID FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

GAS PRICES ON THE RISE ACROSS THE NORTH COAST (ECN) JB 2/23/15

AFTER MOTORISTS ENJOYED A STEADY DECLINE IN THE COST AT THE PUMP, GAS PRICES ARE BACK ON THE RISE ACROSS THE NORTH COAST.

ACCORDING TO AAA, THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED GASOLINE ACROSS THE NATION HAS RISEN EVERY DAY SINCE JANUARY 27. AFTER REACHING A PEAK IN MAY OF 2014 OF $4.20, GAS PRICES IN CALIFORNIA DECLINED FOR EIGHT STRAIGHT MONTHS TO A LOW OF $2.55 IN JANUARY. ACCORDING TO WEBSITE, GASBUDDY.COM, THE ARCO STATION AT TALMAGE AND HASTINGS IN UKIAH HAS THE LOWEST REPORTED PRICE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED GAS AT $2.59 PER GALLON, WHILE THE CHEVRON AT NORTH STATE AND W. LAKE IS AT $2.89 PER GALLON.

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