With financial support coming from some local businesses, there’s going to be two nights of fireworks plus racing at the Ukiah and Lakeport Speedways. Factory Pipe, Realty World Selzer Realty and Mendo Lake Credit Union, along with Kelseyville Lumber, Furia Construction and some local media, fireworks will happen at Lakeport Speedway, Friday and Ukiah Speedway July 4th. It’s $15 for Adults, Seniors and Students are $12 and Children 6 to 11 $8, Children under 5 and free.
A couple dozen dogs let go for a bit at the Ukiah Animal Shelter after a man broke in. The Mendocino County Director of Public Health says the sheriff’s dept. responded last Thursday to the shelter after several dogs got loose and were running down Plant Road. Deputies found several dogs with a man outside the shelter. A kennel attendant says 2 dozen dogs were loose. 20 year old Joseph Viltrakis of Hydesville said he went there to get his girlfriend’s service dog out, but cops later found he forced open about 30 kennels. This caused about $1,000 in damage to the shelter. 2 dogs had minor injuries: one, a puncture wound, the other, a bitten ear. Viltrakis was booked into Jail on suspicion of burglary and felony vandalism with $15,000 bail.
A man’s dead and another’s been arrested after a shooting in Covelo. Sheriff’s deputies say John Ross of Covelo’s charged with the murder of Alejandro Garcia found shot several times at a home on Refuse Road. Police say they’re not sure of a motive but found medical marijuana growing at the home. They say they’re not sure if there’s a connection. The pot garden said to be within county guidelines which allows about 2 dozen plants per parcel. Police say they got several calls about gunshots fired. One person called and said they followed Ross but stopped when Ross shot at him. Ross has been booked into jail on murder charges, suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon and is held without bail.
Several cooling stations are opening in Mendocino County due to extremely hot temperatures . The Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency announced the centers after forecasters predicted a high temperature of 108 degrees today in Ukiah, 102 degrees tomorrow and then into the low to mid-90s for the rest of the holiday weekend. There’s also supposed to be high humidity which can be a risk for heat-related illnesses, especially for young children and the elderly. The agency also asking residents, that when possible, they should stay in a cool place, reduce exertion and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. They also remind to keep pets cool and never leave children or pets or elderly folks in a car, even when the windows are down. You can find a list of cooling stations on this radio station’s website.
•Plowshares Peace and Justice Center, 1346 S. State St., Ukiah. For more information, call Marlene Kurowski at 462-8582
•Ukiah Conference Center, 200 S. School St., Ukiah
Monday, June 29 to Friday, July 3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Water and a cool place to rest
•Ukiah Senior Center
Main Hall – Hydration Station
Wednesday, July 1 and Thursday, July 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•Willits City Hall
111 E. Commercial St., Willits
Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A try for one million dollars in the state budget to restore and protect Clearlake shot down, as we have been reporting. Now the state Water Resources Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife will be sending staff to Lake County though to help find and apply for grants to improve the lake’s water quality. A Lake County Supervisor, who happens to also be a retired Fish and Wildlife biologist worked on the proposal. Jim Steele saying the state wildlife and water agencies’ staff can give important input and make the county more competitive getting grants. Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, and Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa have been working on the issue will work with the two agencies.
A meeting to discuss the impact of drought and illegal marijuana gardens on North Coast fisheries at the state capitol. A committee hearing in Sacramento today after reports that pot plants are using billions of gallons of water and salmon-rearing creeks are running dry. The Press Democrat reports the head of the state’s Natural Resources Agency and the director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will be at the hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. The Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman and the executive director of the Emerald Growers Association, a group supporting medical marijuana farmers and patients will also be at the committee meeting. The hearing this morning at 10 goes all day and can be seen online streaming at the state Senate’s website,www.senate.ca.gov, under “Today’s Events.”
Neighbors and folks passing by helped avert 2 homes threatened by fire. Lake Co News reports both instances Monday, one in the morning in Lucerne, the other in the afternoon near Lower Lake. A 19-foot-long abandoned travel trailer reported on fire in Lucerne mid morning Monday. The trailer packed with trash near a vacant home. The Fire dept reports by the time they got there the fire was being worked on by neighbors. Officials say if quick thinking neighbors didn’t start working on the fire, in another minute or two a home might have been next. Then near Lower Lake, after lunchtime, locals working on a grass fire that was creeping dangerously close to a home. Lake Co News facebook page reports a passing Dunkin Pumps worker stopped and put out most of that fire, saving a house and a dog inside the home.
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5), the co-chair of the Invasive Species Caucus has been honored along with Scott De Leon, the director of the Lake County Water Resources Department for their work. The two in D-C last week at the annual Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition Congressional Reception and Awards Program. Thompson and his co-chair Dan Benishek, a Republican from Michigan got the “Outstanding Leadership by an Election Official in Protecting America’s Environment and Economy” award. DeLeon in town winning the “Outstanding Achievement by a Local Government Agency” award.
Two unidentified men have been killed in a crash that burst into flames. The CHP reports the accident on Morgan Valley Road early Saturday morning. CHP officers report the driver had been seen speeding then lost control, went off the road and hit a tree. The car burst into flames, but while emergency responders put the fire out the two in the car died. The two have not been identified publicly yet. Police say they’re not sure if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.
Extremely hot temperatures on the way. A weather warning today into tomorrow for the interior valleys of NW California. The statement says there’s going to be low moisture and monsoonal conditions. Lows overnight will only hit the mid 60’s. It could hit 110 degrees so a heat advisory has been issued. Forecasters say the temperatures will fall slightly by Friday, the advisory will end early tomorrow morning. The Heat advisor for the interior valleys of Mendocino County, including Ukiah, Laytonville and Potter Valley.
A man in Pennsylvania who took a 300-mile cab ride has been arrested because he could pay the fare. Police say the guy, John Williams, Jr. from New York City drove across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancée but then couldn’t pony up the $749 fare. Cops say when the man and his kids got to Uniontown, he refused to pay so the driver called police. Williams charged with theft of services and tossed into jail on $2,500 bail.
A federal judge is not going to punish a lower court judge in Kansas who didn’t show up for jury duty in federal court. Sedgwick County District Judge Michael Hoelscher didn’t show up for duty a couple weeks ago, but the U.S. District Judge ruled he believed judges and other public officials should comply with laws with which they expect others to comply but later withdrew an order that required Hoelscher to show cause for not appearing.