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MENDO SUPERVISORS REJECT TIMBER RESOLUTION (GOV/EVR) JB 4/22/15

A RESOLUTION TO SUSPEND THE POISONING OF TREES BY TIMBER COMPANIES WAS REJECTED BY THE MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, A TIMBER-MANAGEMENT PRACTICE THAT POISONS HARDWOOD TREES AND LEAVES THEM TO DECOMPOSE IN FORESTS DREW A CROWD OF 200 PEOPLE TO A MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING TUESDAY, AND MOST OF THEM LEFT DISAPPOINTED. THE ATTENDEES, MOSTLY RURAL RESIDENTS, LONGTIME TIMBER ACTIVISTS AND LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS, CALLED ON THE BOARD TO RESTRICT, OR EVEN BAN, SUCH OPERATIONS, WHICH ARE LARGELY UNREGULATED. BUT THEIR CONCERNS WENT UNHEEDED. THE BOARD CONSIDERED, THEN REJECTED, A RESOLUTION THAT WOULD HAVE ASKED TIMBER COMPANIES TO VOLUNTARILY SUSPEND THE TREE-POISONING PRACTICE FOR UP TO SIX MONTHS WHILE ITS EFFECTS ARE STUDIED. THE BOARD PLANS TO RESUME DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUE AT A FUTURE MEETING.

CREEK CLEANUP OF UKIAH SAFEWAY COOKING OIL (EVR) JB 4/22/15

DUMPED COOKING OIL FROM THE UKIAH SAFEWAY PROMPTED AN EMERGENCY CLEANUP OF A CREEK ON MONDAY.

A UKIAH SAFEWAY EMPLOYEE TRIGGERED AN EXTENSIVE CLEANUP OPERATION MONDAY WHEN SHE WASHED 55 GALLONS OF USED COOKING OIL INTO A STORM DRAIN THAT FLOWS INTO A FISH-BEARING CREEK LEADING TO THE RUSSIAN RIVER. THE REDWOOD EMPIRE HAZARDOUS INCIDENT TEAM RESPONDED AND THEIR EFFORTS CONTINUED ON TUESDAY AS RESPONDERS USED HUNDREDS OF ABSORBENT PADS ON THE SURFACE OF THE CREEK, CAPTURING AN ESTIMATED 99 PERCENT OF THE OIL. OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE SAFEWAY EMPLOYEE ACTUALLY TIPPED OVER THE DRUM OF OIL INTO THE STORM DRAIN, THEN USED A POWER WASHER TO FLUSH THE OIL DOWN THE STORM DRAIN. SAFEWAY IS EXPECTED TO BE CITED BY FISH AND GAME OFFICIALS OVER THE SPILL.

SEA LION PUP RESCUED BY MENDOCINO SHERIFFS (LAW) JB 4/22/15

A STRANDED SEA LION PUP ON HIGHWAY 1 WAS RESCUED BY MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS OVER THE WEEKEND.

MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES ON ROUTINE PATROL ON HIGHWAY 1, JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF FORT BRAGG, OBSERVED A SMALL ANIMAL MOVING SLOWLY IN THE ROADWAY AND STOPPED TO RENDER AID. DEPUTIES DISCOVERED THE SMALL ANIMAL WAS A CALIFORNIA SEA LION PUP THAT HAD WALKED ABOUT A QUARTER MILE FROM THE OCEAN. THE SEA LION PUP HAD AN ORANGE TAG FROM THE MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH CENTER ATTACHED TO ITS FRONT FLIPPER AND WAS EXTREMELY FRIENDLY WITH THE DEPUTIES. AT THE DIRECTION OF THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER, THE SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WERE ASKED TO ASSIST THE SEA LION PUP BACK TO THE OCEAN. AFTER CLIMBING INTO THE BACK OF THE PATROL CAR, THE SEA LION PUP WAS TRANSPORTED BY THE SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND SUCCESSFULLY RELEASED BACK TO ITS NATURAL HABITAT.

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY (PI) JB 4/22/15

ONE OF NASA’S CROWNING GLORIES, THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, MARKS ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK.

WITH 1 MILLION-PLUS OBSERVATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE OF SOME OF THE FARTHEST AND OLDEST GALAXIES EVER BEHELD BY HUMANITY, NO MAN-MADE SATELLITE HAS TOUCHED AS MANY MINDS OR HEARTS AS HUBBLE. NASA IS CELEBRATING FRIDAY’S ANNIVERSARY WITH CEREMONIES THIS WEEK AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AND NEWSEUM IN WASHINGTON. HUBBLE HAS TRAVELED 3.4 BILLION MILES, CIRCLING EARTH NEARLY 137,000 TIMES AND MAKING MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION OBSERVATIONS OF MORE THAN 38,000 CELESTIAL OBJECTS. THE MOST DISTANT OBJECTS SPOTTED BY HUBBLE, PRIMITIVE GALAXIES, ARE SOME 13 BILLION LIGHT-YEARS AWAY AND DATE TO WITHIN 400 MILLION OR SO YEARS OF THE UNIVERSE’S ORIGIN, KNOWN AS THE BIG BANG.

MCGUIRE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL MOVES FORWARD (GOV) JB 4/22/15

SENATOR MIKE MCGUIRES COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL HAS CLEARED ANOTHER HURDLE IN THE STATE LEGISLATION.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT REPORTED THAT NORTH COAST STATE SENATOR MCGUIRE HAS INTRODUCED SWEEPING LEGISLATION AIMED AT ESTABLISHING A COMPREHENSIVE WAY FOR CALIFORNIA TO REGULATE NEARLY ALL ASPECTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA, FROM LICENSING DISPENSARIES TO CREATING QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTING FOR CANNABIS PRODUCTS. MCGUIRES MEDICAL MARIJUANA PUBLIC SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, SENATE BILL 643, WOULD ESSENTIALLY GIVE THE STATES MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS SPECIFICITY AND TEETH THAT HAVE NOT BEEN IN PLACE IN THE 18 YEARS SINCE CALIFORNIA BECAME THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO ALLOW RESIDENTS TO USE POT FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES. ON MONDAY, AB 643 RECEIVED UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FROM THE SENATE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE. THE BILL HEADS TO THE SENATE AND GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE NEXT WEDNESDAY.

MENDOCINO FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETE LAST TRAINING (LAW) JB 4/22/15

FUTURE MENDOCINO COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS COMPLETED THEIR FINAL LIVE TRAINING BEFORE THIS YEARS FIRE SEASON.

THE MENDOCINO COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS ACADEMY HELD ITS LAST TRAINING OF THE YEAR ON SATURDAY IN BOONVILLE WITH A LIVE FIRE BURN TRAILER EXERCISE. ACADEMY FIREFIGHTERS PRACTICED THEIR SKILLS AS THEY WORKED ON THE INSIDE AND VENTILATED THE ROOF OF A BURNING TRAILER AS PART OF THE EXERCISE. TWELVE DEPARTMENTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTY HAD BEEN TRAINING FOR THE PAST THREE- AND-A-HALF MONTHS ON BASIC FIREFIGHTER SKILLS. THE COMPLETION OF THE LAST LIVE FIRE TRAINING COMES AS LAKE AND MENDOCINO COUNTY ENTER ONE OF THE EARLIEST FIRE SEASONS IN YEARS.

JOB FAIR SCHEDULED FOR CLEARLAKE THIS WEEKEND (EMP) JB 4/22/15

A JOB FAIR SHOWCASING OVER 30 BUSINESSES LOOKING FOR EMPLOYEES IS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND IN CLEARLAKE.

WITH THE SUMMER SEASON UPON US, JOB DEMAND IS ON THE RISE. JOB SEEKERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AND LEARN WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE IN LAKE COUNTY. POTENTIAL JOBS SHOWCASED AT THIS EVENT RANGE FROM MEDICAL INDUSTRY POSITIONS WITH MEADOWOOD NURSING AND SUTTER LAKESIDE HOSPITAL TO EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS WITH THE KELSEYVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE LAKE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION. APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COME DRESSED FOR SUCCESS AND READY TO MEET EMPLOYERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ENTHUSIASTIC APPLICANTS PREPARED TO WORK. THE FAIR IS SCHEDULED FROM 10 AM TO 2 PM ON SATURDAY APRIL 24 AT THE YUBA COLLEGE, CLEARLAKE CAMPUS.

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