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FIRE DANGERS TO BE DISCUSSED BY MENDOCINO BOARD (EVR) JB 4/7/15

FIRE, FORESTRY AND PUBLIC SAFETY ARE ON THE AGENDA FOR AN UPCOMING MEETING OF THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

INCREASED FIRE DANGER CAUSED BY TIMBER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY WILL BE ON THE AGENDA OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING ON APRIL 21ST. FIFTH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR DAN HAMBURG HAS REQUESTED THE DISCUSSION IN SUPPORT OF CITIZENS LIVING NEAR TIMBER LANDS, WHO ASSERT THAT A LOCAL EMERGENCY IS IMMINENT DUE TO THE EXTREME WILDFIRE POTENTIAL OF DEAD STANDING TIMBER. MENDOCINO REDWOOD COMPANY ALONE HAS LEFT TANOAK POISONED AND STANDING DEAD ON 85,000 ACRES IN MENDOCINO COUNTY SINCE 1998, AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF OVER ONE MILLION TREES PER YEAR. THE APRIL 21ST BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING, SCHEDULED FOR 1:30, IS AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO BE PRESENT TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR OUR IMMEDIATE PUBLIC SAFETY, AND TO DEMAND THAT THE BOARD TAKE THE LEAD ON THIS ISSUE.

MISSING HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MAN FOUND (LAW) JB 4/7/15

THE BODY OF A FISHERMAN WHO DISAPPEARED WHILE FISHING ON HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE WAS RECOVERED OVER THE WEEKEND.

42 YEAR OLD JERRED KATHAN HAD BEEN FISHING FROM A KAYAK ON THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE RESERVOIR EARLY LAST WEEK WHEN HE WAS REPORTED MISSING. HIS KAYAK WAS FOUND ANCHORED AND OVERTURNED IN THE LAKE, PROMPTING A MASSIVE SEARCH EFFORT BY MULTIPLE AGENCIES, INCLUDING TEAMS FROM SANTA CLARA, MARIN AND THE CALIFORNIA RESCUE DOG ASSOCIATION. THE HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE MANS BODY WAS DISCOVERED SUNDAY EVENING AND THE CAUSE OF HIS DEATH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BY AUTHORITIES

CHICKEN COOP BURNS SUNDAY NEAR UKIAH (LAW) JB 4/7/15

AN UNATTENDED HEAT LAMP WAS THE CAUSE OF A FIRE IN A CHICKEN COOP NEAR UKIAH THAT KILLED MORE THAN A DOZEN ANIMALS.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE UKIAH VALLEY FIRE AUTHORITY RESPONDED TO THE BLAZE AROUND 4:30 SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE CROW FOOT RANCH ON MCNABB RANCH ROAD. THE FLAMES COMING FROM THE 10 BY 20 FOOT CHICKEN COOP WERE BLOWING TOWARDS A NEARBY RESIDENCE, HOWEVER FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SPARE THE HOME FROM ANY DAMAGE. THE RESIDENTS, WHO WERE OUT OF TOWN FOR THE DAY, HAD LEFT A HEAT LAMP INSIDE THE COOP THAT CONTAINED ABOUT 15 CHICKENS AND A DOG. UVFA REPORTS STATED THAT ALL THE ANIMALS INSIDE THE COOP PERISHED IN THE BLAZE.

UKIAH COUNCIL OKS MORE MONEY FOR RAIL TRAIL (GOV) JB 4/7/15

AFTER SEVERAL QUESTIONS WERE RAISED, THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL APPROVED PAYING ADDITIONAL MONEY TOWARDS THE RAIL TRAIL PROJECT.

AT A RECENT MEETING OF THE UKIAH CITY COUNCIL, QUESTIONS WERE RAISED BY COUNCIL MEMBER KEVIN DOBLE AS TO THE REASONING BEHIND PAYING ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO CONSTRUCTION FIRM, GHD INC. THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR EXPLAINED THAT CHANGE ORDERS TO THE ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR RIGHT-OF-WAYS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS ALONG THE TRAIL, AMONG OTHER THINGS, CAUSED THE NEED FOR THE ADDITIONAL MONEY. THE $27,120 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS IS A 35 PERCENT INCREASE FROM WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY APPROVED FOR MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION SERVICES BY GHD. THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE ADDED AMOUNT WITH A 3-1 VOTE, WITH DOBLE VOTING NO AND MAYOR DOUG CRANE ABSENT.

CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO (EVR) JB 4/7/15

MOST WATER DISTRICTS IN THE STATE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO HIT GOVERNOR BROWNS TARGET FOR CONSERVATION.

ACCORDING TO A NEW ANALYSIS OF STATE RECORDS CALIFORNIAS CITIES AND WATER DISTRICTS HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO CUT WATER USE BY 25 PERCENT, THE AMOUNT GOV. JERRY BROWN IS NOW DEMANDING. LAST YEAR, ONLY 14 OF THE STATES 412 LARGEST CITIES AND WATER DISTRICTS, JUST 3 PERCENT, REDUCED CONSUMPTION BY THAT AMOUNT DESPITE THE HISTORIC DROUGHT. WHEN BROWN ASKED FOR A VOLUNTARY 20 PERCENT REDUCTION LAST YEAR, MOST CITIES, PRIVATE WATER COMPANIES AND WATER DISTRICTS RESPONDED WITH MOSTLY VOLUNTARY MEASURES, DELIVERING ONLY A 9.7 PERCENT STATEWIDE REDUCTION. AT ITS MEETING ON MAY 5, THE STATE WATER BOARD WILL VOTE ON SPECIFIC REGULATIONS, NOW BEING DRAFTED BY ITS STAFF, THAT WILL SET VARYING CONSERVATION TARGETS FOR EACH CITY AND WATER DISTRICT. THE BOARD WILL CLOSELY ANALYZE PER-CAPITA WATER USE RECORDS FROM EACH AREA AND SET A SLIDING SCALE BASED ON WHO HAS ALREADY CONSERVED SIGNIFICANTLY AND WHO HASNT.

AN ACCIDENT ON SUNDAY CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A BERKELEY WOMAN AFTER THE CAR SHE WAS RIDING IN PLUNGED INTO CLEAR LAKE.

ACCORDING TO CHP REPORTS, THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN A CAR, DRIVEN BY 57 YEAR OLD SUSAN SUAREZ, LOST CONTROL ON WET PAVEMENT ON HIGHWAY 20 IN CLEARLAKE OAKS SUNDAY MORNING. THE CAR SLID ACROSS THE ROAD AND INTO CLEAR LAKE AND A PASSERBY STOPPED TO HELP REMOVE THE OCCUPANTS FROM THE VEHICLE. SUAREZS PASSENGER, 79 YEAR OLD FRANCIS STRASSMAN WAS UNCONSCIOUS AT THE SCENE AND FLOWN TO UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ACCIDENT IS ONGOING BY THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL.

CLEARLAKE COUNCIL APPROVES FINES ON PROPERTIES (GOV) JB 4/7/15

THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES ON SEVEN PROPERTIES WITHIN THE CITY.

ACCORDING TO THE LAKE COUNTY NEWS, THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMED ASSESSMENTS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO ABATE PUBLIC NUISANCES ON SEVEN PROPERTIES IN THE CITY, TOTALING $32,500. A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD MARCH 26 DURING WHICH PROPERTY OWNERS WERE PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROTEST AND/OR ADDRESS THE COUNCIL CONCERNING THE ORDERS. TWO PROPERTY OWNERS SPOKE, HOWEVER, THE COUNCIL DID NOT GRANT ANY EXTENSIONS OR WAIVE ANY PENALTIES. ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES THAT REMAIN UNPAID WILL BECOME A LIEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY AND MAY BECOME A SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ON THE TAX ROLL.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN CLEARLAKE. (PI) JB 4/7/15

APRIL HAS BEEN DESIGNATED CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE.

THE PROCLAMATION MADE BY THE CLEARLAKE CITY COUNCIL ENCOURAGES AND PROMOTES INCREASED PARTICIPATION AND AWARENESS TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE. THE CITYS VICE MAYOR STATED THAT EFFECTIVE CHILD ABUSE PROGRAMS SUCCEED BECAUSE OF PARTNERSHIPS CREATED AMONG MANY FACTIONS, INCLUDING SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES, SCHOOLS AND THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AMONG OTHERS. TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE ISSUE, THE LAKE COUNTY CHILDRENS COUNCIL AND THE LAKE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION WILL HOST THE 5TH ANNUAL CHILDRENS FESTIVAL AND ADVOCACY WALK THIS SATURDAY, THE 11TH FROM 10-3 IN LIBRARY PARK.

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