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PG&E GIVES SOME ANSWERS FOR UKIAH POWER OUTAGE (PI) JB 3/3/15

AN EQUIPMENT FAILURE AT A PG&E SUBSTATION MAY BE THE CAUSE OF A POWER OUTAGE THAT HIT UKIAH ON SATURDAY.

ACCORDING TO A PG&E SPOKESPERSON ON MONDAY, THE OUTAGE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFFECTED AT LEAST 1,150 CUSTOMERS IN THE UKIAH AREA. OUTAGES WERE REPORTED FROM CLARA AVENUE ALL THE WAY TO TALMAGE ROAD AND BEYOND. THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF THE SOUND OF AN EXPLOSION RIGHT BEFORE THE OUTAGE OCCURRED AND SEVERAL RESIDENTS IN THE AREA OF TALMAGE AND BABCOCK REPORTED AN ELECTRICAL FIRE IN THE AREA. PG&E STATED THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE OUTAGE WAS STILL UNKNOWN, ALTHOUGH THEY DID CONFIRM SOME EQUIPMENT WAS REPLACED NEAR A SUBSTATION IN THE AREA.

COVELO MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER (LAW) JB 3/3/15

AN ARGUMENT AT A COVELO MOBILE HOME PARK ENDED WITH ONE MAN BEING ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE COVELO MOBILE HOME PARK ON HOWARD STREET TO THE REPORT OF A SHOOTING. DEPUTIES LEARNED THAT AN ARGUMENT HAD OCCURRED OVER A SUBJECT DRIVING THROUGH THE PARK AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED. AS THE ARGUMENT ESCALATED, 27 YEAR OLD JOSE ESCARENO EXITED THE VEHICLE WITH A HANDGUN AND STRUCK ONE OF THE VICTIMS IN THE BACK WITH THE FIREARM, CAUSING IT TO DISCHARGE INTO A NEARBY RESIDENCE. ESCARENO THEN POINTED THE GUN AT THE TWO VICTIMS AND PULLED THE TRIGGER BUT GUN MALFUNCTIONED AND WOULDNT FIRE. AFTER LEAVING THE SCENE, ESCARENO WAS STOPPED ON HIGHWAY 162 BY A DFW WARDEN AND RESPONDING DEPUTIES SEIZED TWO LOADED HANDGUNS, ONE MATCHING THE DESCRIPTION GIVEN BY WITNESSES. ESCARENO WAS ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL ON $125,000 BAIL.

MIDDLETOWN MOCK TRIAL TEAM HEADED FOR STATE (ED) JB 3/3/15

THANKS TO A DONATION BY A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN, THE MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL TEAM IS HEADED FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.

AFTER EMERGING VICTORIOUS AT THE THIRD ANNUAL LAKE COUNTY MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION IN FEBRUARY, THE MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL TEAM HAD EARNED A BIRTH INTO THE STATE COMPETITION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE COST TO SEND THE TEAM TO THE COMPETITION HAS NOW BEEN EASED THANKS TO A $1,000 DONATION BY DAN NELSON, VICE PRESIDENT OF HOBERGS RESORT AND SPA. NELSON PERSONALLY MADE THE DONATION AND STATED HE PLANS TO FURTHER HELP EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN LAKE COUNTY. MIDDLETOWN HIGH HAS WON THE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION IN LAKE COUNTY FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS IN A ROW.

STORM BRINGS NEARLY 3 FEET OF SNOW TO TAHOE (EVR) JB 3/3/15

THE RECENT STORMS OVER THE WEEKEND BROUGHT NEARLY THREE FEET OF MUCH NEEDED SNOW TO THE SIERRAS IN CALIFORNIA.

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICES RENO OFFICE, UP TO 32 INCHES OF SNOW WAS REPORTED IN THE LAKE TAHOE AREA OVER THE WEEKEND. WHILE THE ADDED SNOW WAS A BOON FOR SKI RESORTS IN LAKE TAHOE, IT ONLY ADDED ONE PERCENT TO THE SIERRAS OVERALL SNOWPACK. WITH CALIFORNIA ENTERING ITS FOURTH YEAR OF SEVERE DROUGHT, THE SNOWPACK IN THE SIERRAS THIS SEASON IS JUST ONE-QUARTER OF THE USUAL AMOUNT.

FINAL STATE OF JEFFERSON VOTE IN LAKE COUNTY (GOV) JB 3/3/15

TODAY, THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD A FINAL VOTE ON WHETHER TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO SEPARATE FROM CALIFORNIA.

AT THIS MORNINGS MEETING, THE LAKE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL HOLD A SECOND AND FINAL VOTE WITH REGARDS TO LAKE COUNTYS INCLUSION IN THE STATE OF JEFFERSON MOVEMENT. THE VOTE FOLLOWS A REQUEST FROM SUPPORTERS OF THE STATE OF JEFFERSON TO JOIN SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES IN WITHDRAWING FROM CALIFORNIA AND CREATE A 51ST STATE IN THE COUNTRY. THE BOARD VOTED 3-2 IN FAVOR OF THE CONSIDERATION LAST MONTH. TODAYS MEETING BEGINS AT 9 AM IN THE BOARD CHAMBERS OF THE LAKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

BURGLARS ARRESTED IN POINT ARENA (LAW) JB 3/3/15

THREE POINT ARENA MEN WERE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO SEVERAL BURGLARIES AT RESIDENCES IN THE AREA.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO AN AREA OF SCHOONER GULCH ROAD AND SOUTH HIGHWAY 1 IN POINT ARENA. SEVERAL RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES HAD BEEN DISCOVERED IN THE AREA AND, WHILE THE DEPUTIES WERE COLLECTING EVIDENCE, THEY DISCOVERED A FOOT TRAIL LEADING FROM THE AREA TO A REMOTE RESIDENCE ON SCHOONER GULCH ROAD. DEPUTIES CONTACTED 21 YEAR OLD PETER ROSE JR, 22 YEAR OLD DYLAN DONOVAN AND 35 YEAR CHARLES MATTESON AT THE RESIDENCE AND DISCOVERED A LARGE PORTION OF THE REPORTED STOLEN PROPERTY. THE THREE MEN WERE ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY JAIL.

ROUND VALLEY MILLION DOLLAR CARBON-OFFSET DEAL (EVR) JB 3/3/15

THE ROUND VALLEY INDIAN TRIBES HAS ENTERED A LAND MANAGEMENT DEAL WITH THE STATE REPORTEDLY WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, A NEARLY 5,600-ACRE SWATH OF TRIBAL FOREST LAND IN REMOTE, NORTHEASTERN MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL BE CONTRIBUTING TO CALIFORNIAS EFFORT TO REDUCE GREENHOUSES GASES WHILE GENERATING REVENUE FOR THE ROUND VALLEY INDIAN TRIBES UNDER A NEW AGREEMENT WITH STATE OFFICIALS. THE STATE AIR RESOURCES BOARD APPROVED THE ISSUANCE OF SOME 540,000 CARBON OFFSET CREDITS WORTH MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE TRIBE IN EXCHANGE FOR MANAGING THE FOREST IN A WAY THAT INCREASES ITS CARBON-ABSORBING POTENTIAL, TYPICALLY BY ALLOWING TREES TO LIVE LONGER. THE PROGRAM, CREATED BY THE GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT OF 2006, AIMS TO RETURN CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS TO 1990 LEVELS BY THE YEAR 2020.

TSUNAMI DEBRIS DISCUSSION PLANNED FOR FT BRAGG (EVR) JB 3/3/15

THE NOYO CENTER FOR MARINE SCIENCE HAS ANNOUNCED A COMMUNITY EVENT TO DISCUSS TSUNAMI DEBRIS ALONG THE WEST COAST.

THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEK WILL GIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THE MARINE DEBRIS PROGRAM MANAGER FROM THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION AS HE PRESENTS THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEBRIS FROM THE 2011 TSUNAMI IN JAPAN. THE COASTAL COMMISSION HAS BEEN COORDINATING BEACH CLEANUPS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHEN AND WHERE TSUNAMI DEBRIS IS WASHING ASHORE IN CALIFORNIA. THE DISCUSSION WILL ALSO GO OVER RECENT SCIENCE ON POTENTIAL RADIATION RELATED TO THE MARINE DEBRIS. THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 6 FROM 7-9 PM AT THE FORT BRAGG TOWN HALL.

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