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Be on the lookout for road repairs in Lakeport. The City’s Public Works Department reports the work on Lakeshore Blvd. Monday through next Thursday 7:00 P.M. through 5:00 A.M. There will be one way traffic control in the area. They’re asking drivers to try to use alternate routes if possible and to be alert, looking out for workers and to drive safely.

Police in Fort Bragg looking for the public’s help as they try out their new Body Worn Cameras (BWCs). This Sunday the police dept is having a town hall so community members can give their input on the cameras. That will then be used in an application to get a federal grant to get the cameras. They want the public to speak out, opinions and concerns on the issue. Each person talking gets 3 mins. Police dept also is apologizing for the short notice and says there will be many more opportunities to discuss the BWCs prior to their use.

An expansion for a couple of national marine sanctuaries on the North Coast. That means nearly 2,800 more square miles of ocean between Bodega Head to just north of Point Arena. It means the area is permanently protected from oil drilling. The expansion was made formal Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the newly expanded area is called the

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The agency reports it’s the first major expansion of ocean protection in California since 1992. The southern Mendocino Coast is part of the sanctuary boundaries so its high nutrient production can be protected. It’s said to be one of the world’s strongest upwelling zones which means it generates lots of food for several different organisms off the coast near Point Arena.

Just a little red tape left and Upper Lake Union Elementary and High School are one. The high school’s board has now approved a merger. This a week after the elementary district approved the move. The two boards had a joint meeting on possible unification last summer. There have been several meetings after that. Now the Lake County Office of Education presents the merger to the State Board of Education. A new board will also have to be put together by the end of the year to represent the new unified district. The official unification will be next summer.

Mendocino County along with several other groups asking the legislature to reinstate recent medi-cal cuts. The county is partnering with the rural county representatives of California, the California Hospital Association, and a coalition of Medi-Cal providers known as We Care for California to reverse an Assembly bill. The rates affect several Medi-Cal providers cutting 10 percent off 2008 reimbursement rates. It could mean some facilities wouldn’t be able to accept some Medi-Cal patients.

A jury trial has been vacated in the case of a woman killed and her infant nephew injured at a motel in Pudding Creek. The accident in October of last year when a man from Oregon drove thru a wall at the Beachcomber Motel killing Karen (Snyder) Zuehlsdorf of Lafayette, California in her room. She was holding her 7-month-old nephew, Cole at the time. The boy was airlifted to a hospital. A judge has ruled Michael Bitney needs a third psychological exam. The prosecutor in the case says the toddler is having signs of developmental delays with walking and “some brain impairment, speech, or motor skills.”

More than a dozen drivers in Ukiah seen not yielding to pedestrians as cops held concentrated crosswalk enforcement. On Tuesday, police say there was heavy traffic so 11 people were stopped, but a couple got away. 9 got tickets, the others warnings. A fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian is nearly $280, but if you pass a car stopped for a pedestrian, the fine is over $600.

A new emergency regulation proposed by the State Water Resources Control Board for users of four Russian River tributaries in Sonoma County. The move to bolster water conservation and provide the minimum amount of water needed to protect Coho salmon and steelhead trout from low oxygen levels, high water temperatures and stranded pools. The State Water Board says the move will affect about 13,000 properties in a 113 square mile area but not the Ukiah Mill Creek. The regulation to be considered Wednesday by the board.

If 2 North Coast legislators get their way Lake County could get $1 million to help restore and protect Clear Lake as part of a state budget proposal. A joint legislative committee approved the proposed budget which will be voted on next week by the Senate and Assembly. Sen. Mike McGuire, of Healdsburg, and Assemblyman Bill Dodd of Napa, both democrats say they’ll work overtime to make sure the money for the lake stays in the budget. They were trying to get more but that proposal isn’t expected to move forward.


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