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Monthly Archives: June 2015

2 people in Point Arena have been arrested for meth possession. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call Monday morning to Point Arena City Park regarding someone camping there, they found Rosamond "Lopie" Owston of Pt. Arena and Mitchell Orrick of Stockton hiding at a makeshift camp site near the children’s play area. Cops say they found a Nunchaku as well and found Orrick had a warrant for his arrest for burglary. The two both arrested on drug charges. Owston had bail set at $15,000.00 and Orrick on $30,000.00.

Long Meadow Ranch out of Rutherford has purchased a 145-acre parcel of land in Anderson Valley. They plan to turn it into a farm-to-table business and will grow their wine business, selling high-end pinot noir and chardonnay. The owner of Long Meadow Ranch, is a former Robert Mondavi chairman Ted Hal. The Press Dem. Reports this sale as one of the biggest in the last 10 years in the Mendocino County appellation. The property is near Philo and the Navarro River and will be organic like the other Long Meadow Ranch vineyard properties.

A better rating for the Little Lake Fire Department’s Insurance Services Office. This gives homeowners a scale by which to price their insurance. The rating’s done about once every ten years. The fire chief made the announcement last week at the Board of Directors meeting. The board has also approved their 169-thousand dollar payment to CalPERS. So now the payment is over and it won’t have to be amortized over several years. There was also an anonymous donation made of rescue equipment, 2 – 600 foot ropes for rescues and extractions.

A major reorganization in Willits as the city council approves a makeover for the next fiscal year. Several positions will be cut and new ones added. Plus some will change entirely. Apparently the whole things been discussed since 2013. The Public Works Department sees the most changes. There will not be a city engineer position, lead public works maintenance worker position and an administrative assistant position. There are other changes too including in the police dept. and the hiring of a new planner.

The Willits Kids Club’s been preparing for the summer by catching its own rainwater, 15-thousand gallons worth, which someone has now stolen. The water was for the kids to support the landscaping they were doing, but it was stolen last week. The kids club exec. Director says it feels like a violation. Apparently the kids landscaper was getting things ready for summer watering and found empty tanks. The kids had been collecting it for several months. Those caught would be penalized as if they were shoplifting, with a misdemeanor. There are no leads as of yet.

A little surplus in the state’s bank accounts. Just about a month after the governor revised his proposed budget, it turns out there’s about $69 million more. The State Controller’s monthly report of California’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements also showed receipts were nearly 318 million less than had been anticipated but above last year’s by about 12 percent.

An elderly man in Ohio’s pleaded not guilty in court to charges he accepted cash from a kid accused of stealing $25,000 from his grandfather. The man and his wife accepting less than $7,500 from their grandson who got it from another teen. Court papers say the man’s wife and another woman were also charged with receiving stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Some of the money’s been found. The two teens face charges too.

A top administrator in the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office is driving a Mercedes SUV taken as part of a drug case. It’s his state-issued vehicle. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1N2gP4y ) the office forked over $6,000 to repair the acting chief of staff’s Mercedes R-350 instead of leasing a new one. The administrator driving the SUV for more than a year.

A couple of new electricity circuits are sending power to the south end of Ukiah along the railroad tracks south of East Gobbi Street. Crews put up the power ropes along poles between East Gobbi Street and Hastings Avenue. They also put them up between Cherry Street and Talmage Road. The poles will help bring more power to the Redwood Business Park, which could eventually include a Costco store.

A body’s been found in a crashed up SUV believed to be that of a missing veterinarian from Hidden Valley Lake. The Lake County Sheriff’s office reports a woman’s body has been found in a vehicle registered to doctor Helen Sharp. But they’ve not officially confirmed it. On the Facebook Page, Bring Helen Home, there are several condolence notes and one confirmation by a family member that it’s her. A property owner in Lake County reportedly found the SUV with a dead woman inside in a remote area off Jerusalem Grade in Middletown. Sharp was reported missing last week after getting into an accident in her Toyota 4Runner. An autopsy is being scheduled to formally identify the body and find out the cause of death.

The Service Employees International Union 1021 has started negotiating with Mendocino County. A communications coordinator for the SEIU has confirmed the talks and says they should go thru the week. The union’s asking for a three- year agreement that includes restoring lost wages in the recession, increasing on-call and longevity pay and the elimination of county job outsourcing. The bargaining unit was also asking the Board of Supervisors to restore a 10 percent wage cut from 2011. The current agreement expires at the end of the month.

A man from Clearlake Oaks is busted for trying to leave the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash in Napa County. Kenneth Schussolin is accused in the death of Harley Kellner of Napa. The accident last Tuesday afternoon on Highway 29. The CHP reports Schussolin headed north at an unknown speed and Kellner – on a Harley Davidson headed south, also at an unknown speed. But Schussolin went into a curve and overcorrected over the double yellow lines and hit Kellner’s. Kellner was tossed from the bike and hit a power pole, then Schussolin took off. Several witnesses saw the whole thing. Schussolin and a passenger were taken by police. Schussolin charged with on felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol causing injury.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors says no to an appeal of an aquatic weed management contract. The appeal made by Pestmaster Services who lost the contract to another company, Clean Lakes, Inc. for work on about 230 acres across the lake which need to be treated for aquatic weeds. Apparently the two companies had been splitting the project until now, then decided on a new direction because of budgets. Pestmaster complained about the other company’s pricing and says the company’s unreliable. But the board voted unanimously against Pestmaster.

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A driver in a two car wreck seriously injured after his truck rolled off Highway 101 north of Ukiah. The CHP reports the crash between a small blue car and a large white Chevy pickup near Calpella when the car drifted into the pickup’s lane. Both drivers then lost control, the car flipped and landing on southbound lanes. The driver of the truck had to be cut from the wreckage and had major injuries. The driver of the car with minor injuries. North State St. was closed for almost an hour after the crash.

A local veterinarian from Hidden Valley Lake still missing after almost a week. Dr. Helen Sharp seen last Wednesday after a crash in her SUV. Her boyfriend reported she was missing a couple days later. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. is checking Sharp’s financial records and talking to coworkers and relatives in an attempt to find her. Fliers and pictures are circulating of the doctor and a new Facebook page has been set up with info on her disappearance called Bring Helen Home. She was last seen in Middletown in her crashed up Toyota 4Runner, a picture of the SUV can be seen on Lake Co News dot com. The Sheriff’s dept has also said Sharp was upset about an argument with her boyfriend and had a history of depression.

The public got to meet new police officers from the Clearlake Police Department who were introduced to the City Council. Current cops have also been commended for their services to the community. The presentations came at the start of the city council meeting. Even police dog, Harley was there. The two new officers are Leonardo Flores, from the Fresno area and Matt Huot from Rohnert Park. The police dog received a commendation along with the human officers.

The $1 million appropriation for Clear Lake restoration projects is in the hands of the Governor. State lawmakers passed the new state budget. The $1M dollar appropriation progressed due to Assemblyman Bill Dodd and Sen. Mike McGuire’s work. The money would come from the Fish and Game Preservation Fund Budget for water quality, wetlands restoration projects and protecting the lake against invasive species. Dodd’s chief of staff says the bill should be in the governor’s hands soon and he has 12 days to sign or veto the bill.

More scientists on the case as the NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle finds a massive algae bloom on most of the West Coast. Now there’s a bunch of beach closures and shellfish fisheries in Washington, Oregon and California. The bloom goes from the Central California Coast north to Washington and maybe as far out as Alaska. Scientists says it’s some of the highest concentrations of domoic acid ever seen in Monterey Bay and off the Central Oregon Coast.

A man from Eureka’s been killed in a crash. The CHP says the 69 year old man was killed Monday night as his van flipped on North State Street. CHP reports the man headed north on North State Street south of Highway 101 when for an unknown reason his van went off the road, up an embankment and overturned then rolled back down the hill. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP says they don’t think alcohol was involved.

The new Ukiah city manager is being sworn into office. Sage Sangiacomo takes office today after the city council approved his contract. He’s getting a higher base salary than his predecessor Jane Chambers. Her last salary was nearing 160k/year but Sangiacomo has a base salary of $161,000. He then receives the same benefits as any other department head. The city finance director says Sangiacomo’s total compensation package is nearly $252.000. That’s almost $20,000 more than Chambers last compensation package. There’s also no time limit on Sangiacomo’s contract.

A local group in Mendocino County is working to bring a Family Medicine Residency program to Ukiah. Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County, a nonprofit working to bring the 24-7 docs to Ukiah Valley Medical Center by 2018. The group had a townhall and invited a professor from the University of Wisconsin and former president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the World Organization of Family Doctors. He now advises towns about organizing healthcare effectively. Some say Mendocino County is short about a dozen family docs and recruiting is costly. The Residency Program would train docs who would hopefully commit to stay in town. The costs could be $1.5 million over the next four years with Health Partnership donating $50,000, Adventist Health Corporate $100,000 in matching funds.

The Kelseyville Unified School District has announced their teacher of the year. Cheryl Mostin was chosen. She’s a math teacher at Mountain Vista Middle School. The principal there says Mostin is a dynamic and passionate educator who is dedicated to her students’ success. Mostin has also coached high school volleyball and basketball. She says she’s honored, but the best recognition is when she’s recognized by a student or parent out and about and they say she’s made a positive impact in their life.

The final budget’s been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. The budget just barely under 200-million dollars for the fiscal year 2015-16. The County Administrative Officer says the budget has to be totally finalized and approved by state law by the end of this month. Lake Co News reporting the officer saying the new budget has minimal impacts on service levels for the public, improves services when possible, holds onto general fund reserves and won’t include massive layoffs, work furloughs or other compensation reductions.

Going against animal and environmental advocates, the Mendocino County board of supervisors has unanimously approved renewal of the federal wildlife trapping program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services contract means the county will still be catching or killing animals that cause property damage or kill livestock. Some activists had appealed to the board to try alternatives which was being considered. They even sued the county, but dropped that cause when the supervisors agreed to consider other ways. The activists say they’re considering filing again saying the trapping program is cruel and unnecessary.

A new report by the site 24-7 Wallstreet shows each state’s poorest city, in California, it’s Clearlake. The report shows a typical household earnings against the state’s median income. In Clearlake, the median household income is about 25-grand, the state’s 61. Total poverty in town is at about 30% compared to the state’s 16%. The typical Clearlake household earned around $182,000 less than the average household in the wealthiest town in the state, Piedmont City. The report says most poor cities against the wealthier cities had a lot to do with education attainment.

A random person has left some little houses nearby where a bunch of pigs got loose after a semitrailer crash last week in southwest Ohio. 3 small houses left on the side of the highway in Xenia (ZEEN’-uyh) Township west of Dayton. One of the homes, made of straw, one of sticks the other of bricks, just like the fable the “Three Little Pigs”. Half of the 2,200 piglets were killed when the truck flipped, most of the rest were found.

A man in Pennsylvania $500 richer after another guy accidentally left his winning scratch-off lottery ticket behind. State Troopers from the Bedford barracks say a man from York accidentally left a voucher on a machine which was even scanned in to verify the winnings. But then he left the paper voucher with the winning info showing on the lottery machine. So another guy swooped in and claimed the winnings and used them to buy $78 worth of tickets and the other $422 in a money order.

The tourism levy in Mendocino County known as the Business Improvement District will not include Fort Bragg and Point Arena. Some lodging owners were protesting the reimplementation for the upcoming 2015-16 fiscal year. Every year the BID is renewed with another 1 percent tax on guest’s lodging tabs so the money can be turned around and used to promote tourism in Mendocino County. But some lodging owners and stakeholders wanted to do away with it so Fort Bragg and Point Arena opted out of inclusion. The Board of Supervisors will take up the matter at their meeting this week.

A wild fire’s been put out near Clearlake Oaks. The Sulphur Fire only charred four acres Saturday near the Elem Colony. Cal Fire reports they got there and found the fire headed up a hill burning thru brush and oak. Several area fire departments were on the scene and the CHP was also there to keep traffic away. Cal Fire had two helicopters and three air tankers from Mendocino and Sonoma counties there too. There were no structures threatened.

A picture’s been released by Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. of a missing woman’s car. Police are looking for the public’s help finding local veterinarian Helen Sharp of Hidden Valley Lake. Her boyfriend reported her missing last Friday. She had been seen early last week in the gray Toyota 4Runner which friends say was in a crash Tuesday. But police say they got reports that Dr. Sharp was driving the SUV in Middletown Wednesday. She’s been a doc at the Clearlake Veterinary Clinic for 10 years.

Not enough water for senior water rights holders in the San Joaquin and Sacramento watersheds and the Delta. That according to the State Water Resources Control Board. The holders have a priority date of 1903 or later, but they’re going to be sent notices they need to STOP diversions of water to protect more senior water rights and release previously stored water which is required by state law. Any violations are subject to $1,000 a day fines and $2,500 per acre-foot of water that gets illegally diverted. Those with priority dates before 1903 can still divert water and anyone who’s stored water with a valid right can continue to do so.

The pot growing ordinance of old and now new has been approved by the Clearlake City Council. There wasn’t that much discussion then the final decision at the meeting last Thursday. The council unanimously approved a revision of the old pot growing ordinance… it goes into effect in 30 days. The council had another move in mind back in February, to ban all pot growing, but a referendum was going to make it on the ballot and a lawsuit was filed too. So the council strengthened the old ordinance so cops can enforce it. Plant numbers revert back to 2013 numbers.

The SPCA of Clear Lake is looking for some help. The agency is having a couple of volunteer orientations, the first this Tuesday, and another Saturday. They’re both from 1 to 3 p.m. They’ll focus on socializing the cats and dogs, dog walking, safely handling the animals and maintaining a healthy environment. They’re also looking for help with yard work, building maintenance, phone work and more. You must be at least 16 years of age and if you’re a minor, you have to have parental consent.

A couple of ideas for the REMCO site on Highway 101 in Willits. The Willits Environmental Remediation Trust is selling the land with the Skunk Train with priority on the sale, but the trust could change that to endorse an alternative. That being to Ed Mitchell from BEMCORE Enterprises. That idea includes a business park with commercial, light industrial and government space. There’s also interest in renting some of the space for public safety training and possibly housing a new Little Lake firehouse inside.

Residents in one New Jersey town are not allowed to bring guests in as nonresidents are banned. The temporary prohibition announced yesterday by the town’s mayor who ordered traffic into the town from Route 35 to be shut down because the town had reached capacity. He says the move is for public safety reasons. This after thousands came to town to celebrate the annual seafood festival.

A town outside Philadelphia made an oops which is going to hurt. 26 new signs around town with the word commissioners have to be removed since the word was spelled with only one “m”. oops. Town officials say it’ll take about a week and a half to fix the signs using adhesive labels. The signs also have the county’s website and the names of the three county commissioners on them.

OOPs, some high school grads had a surprise when they got their diplomas. The covers protecting the Kelso High diplomas had the state seal of Oregon. The diploma had the right high school listed on it, but the wrong state seal. The Kelso superintendent says it was an ordering error and says students will get new diploma covers.

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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.

The Broadband Alliance is meeting again. This Friday at 10-am the groups monthly meeting will talk the recent trip to Washington D-C. They’ll also look at priority areas for better access, like Albion, Gualala and Rancho Navarro. The next meeting Friday, July 10th.

Major road work in Willits as phase II of the Humboldt Street Rehabilitation Project . The work starts Monday and will go thru the summer on the southwest side of Humboldt Street at the Valley Street intersection. Sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and driveways are being torn out on the whole west side of the street which will be rebuilt and the street resurfaced. By Sept. there will be new curb and crosswalk striping. Until then, traffic will be limited to just one lane and there will be no parking on either side of Humboldt Street.

The City of Ukiah has lost in court to get part of an amended complaint against the Ukiah Sanitation District tossed from court. The city and the sanitation district share responsibility for sewage inside and outside city limits, in annexed areas. The city was trying to detach the district from certain areas for care of sanitation services. The sanitation district argued against that. In Sonoma County Superior Court the judge allowed the district to move forward with a complaint against the city. The district argues their rates are lower than the city’s too and if they’re successful in detaching than city resident’s would pay far more and it would cause irreparable damage to the district.

Part of the prison realignment program in California would allow juveniles released early to have their records wiped. But a repeal of that program has been made public because of a case in San Jose with a young man from the South Bay trying to get his record clear but still has a lifetime registration as a sex offender. The court is asking lawmakers to fix that oversight. The state Attorney General’s office is arguing against court intervention. The realignment program moved tens of thousands of inmates back to county jails or released them entirely. In this case, the county cannot change the sex registration part of the record wiping.

A woman from Rohnert Park has been injured in an accident after crashing into a guard rail north of Longvale. The CHP reports Shara Cumins was headed south on Hwy. 101 when she hit a guard rail, a tree, and ended up 60 feet down an embankment. Cumins had a passenger with her Monday, a 19 year old woman from Tracy who was airlifted to a hospital in Redding with major injuries. Little Lake Fire was on the scene. The Chief says the driver and a different passenger were taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The CHP says they don’t think alcohol was involved. Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department helped pull the three from the accident.

A local food day lunch at Baechtel Grove Middle School organized by the students themselves along with North Coast Opportunities (NCO). The veggies came from Covelo Organics thru the Mendo-Lake Food Hub where you can get bulk produce from local farmers. The local food day June 1st was the last of the school’s Farm-to-School activities. It’s compliments of a USDA grant. There were also Farm-to-School events in Ukiah and Fort Bragg.

A group representing small marijuana farms is starting a petition drive to put a measure on the ballot they say will protect them. The “Mendocino Cannabis Commission” measure was already pitched to and rejected by the board of supervisors. The Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council says they’ve collected 900 of the needed 6,000 signatures to get their measure on the November ballot. The measure to protect small, family farmers if pot’s legalized for recreational use which would be large scale, corporate use.

A court case against a Lake County supervisor is close to trial. The case against District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown by a couple after an argument when Brown went to serve them a summons in his capacity as a process server.

Robert and Jan Sanders reported an assault, claiming elder abuse, fraud, battery, trespassing and intentional emotional distress too. Some of those charges have since been tossed because of insufficient evidence. But there’s still assault and battery on the table. A settlement conference is set for June 23rd and a potential trial date of July 15th.

Middletown Area Town Hall also known as math is considering the Dollar store in town and needs to look at the cleanup at an old geothermal waste dump site. The group will hear from contractors for Pacific Gas and Electric on the cleanup of the former geothermal waste disposal facility on Butts Canyon Road. PG&E has been working on restoration there for wildlife habitat and wetlands. And Cross Development out of Texas has applied for a permit for the construction of the 9,100-square-foot store on Highway 29 in town. The meeting tonight at 7 at the Middletown Community Center.

A man in Vermont got out of jury duty by wearing a prisoner costume to court. James Lowe says he was dismissed after wearing a black-and-white-striped jumpsuit with a matching beanie to jury interviews. He was immediately directed to an empty courtroom to meet with a judge who immediately dismissed him. He says the judge told him he could have actually been found in contempt of court.

A lawyer trying to get his pet pig elected the mayor of Flint, MI says he’s calling it a day. Michael Ewing was running the “Giggles the Pig for Flint Mayor” campaign because he heard about a mix-up by the town clerk threatening to keep candidates’ names off the ballot. But the Gov. is allowing it to go on anyway. So the lawyer says his write-in effort was just to draw more attention to the race, better educate voters about their choices and get out the vote.

Two wildfires in Mendocino County reported. The first yesterday afternoon around 3-30 at mile post 77 along Hwy 101 in Laytonville. They called it the Spy Fire. It took a couple hours to contain. It burned a ½ acre of grass and brush. The second, the Tan fire just 15 minutes after the first, in Leggett at Tan Oak Park. IT two was contained in 2 hours, but that one charred 4.5 acres of grass and heavy timber. Power lines went down too. Cal Fire reports hot temperatures, dry conditions and winds made the fires burn like it was late July. They are warn the public to be careful as about 95% of all wildfires they respond to are human caused.

Talk about laid back… Colorado has added a new recreational activity to go with their legalized recreational marijuana. CannaCamp opens July 1st in Durango calling itself the country’s first cannabis-friendly ranch resort. You don’t get pot as a perk because that’s still against the law, but you can BYOP and use it there. Besides horseshoes and hiking, guests get yoga sessions and workshops on marijuana cultivation. Rates start at $395 per person a night.

20 years of free bacon for four lucky lotto winners in Indiana. The $2 scratch-and-sniff bacon scented tickets went on sale Tuesday offering the winners prizes up to $10,000 and the prize of all prizes, a chance to win up to $250 worth of bacon a year, or about 40 pounds. It’s part of a partnership with the Indiana Pork Board to highlight pork raised in state.

A woman in Redwood Valley has been killed in crash and police are searching for the driver of the other vehicle. The crash yesterday on Highway 20. Police looking to speak with a driver of a pickup they say may have contributed to the wreck. CHP says the crash was east of Floyd Way in Nice. The woman in a 2010 Toyota Corolla police say tried passing the white pickup truck by using the center two-way turn lane. They say she was trying to pass the truck which seemed to accelerate as the vehicles went around a right curve. She lost control and crashed down an embankment, the pickup disappeared.

A second and final reading to be held by the Clearlake City Council of an ordinance to strengthen rules regarding marijuana growing. The meeting tomorrow night at City Hall at 6 where the main item of business will be the updated ordinance after the council rescinded another ordinance in February banning all marijuana cultivation in the city. But that was met with the threat of a lawsuit. The police chief says the city’s never really been able to enforce the previous, now to be updated ordinance, because it’s a civil ordinance that police cannot enforce. Plant numbers will revert back to 2013 numbers.

It’s back to the bargaining table for full and part time Mendocino College faculty union members. A union rep who’s also a PT teacher at the college says there’s more issues besides more money for teachers, even though the school’s representatives have recommended a 0 percent raise for part time teachers. Some of the impasse has to do with part time teachers feeling they can provide the proper support for students to be successful. So now the two sides are on a fact finding mission and pause in negotiations. A full time teacher and union rep says they’ve been offered a one percent increase and lowered their request from 4.85 to 3.85 percent.

A man from Nice has been found guilty of killing a woman during a drug deal. As we’ve been reporting Daniel Loyd had said the murder was an accident, admitting he shot Cindy Quiett while in a confrontation about cash and drugs with her boyfriend in Sept. of 2013 in Lucerne. He also admitted he had not slept in about a week and a half and was on meth that whole time. The jury found Loyd guilty on all five felony counts in the case including first-degree felony murder, with a special circumstance. Special allegations also found to be true that he used a gun in the murder and that he committed attempted robbery and assault with a firearm. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. A sentencing date’s not been set.

A state bill making vaccination for school children mandatory has passed a key hurdle. The Assembly Health Committee passed the bill 12-6 yesterday. It ends the “personal belief exemption” allowing parents to skip vaccines if they don’t believe in them. There are however medical exemptions, but none that are religious. Many people against the bill appearing at testimony hissing. The bill now heads to the full assembly.

Pizza Hut’s slinging more than pizza. A pizza box from the company in Hong Kong converts to a movie projector. It’s an advertising stunt using boxes with a perforated, pop-out hole, called a pizza projector. A plastic lens goes into the hole, and your smartphone can slide inside the box. It then shows your phone’s display on a wall. Clever…

A therapy dog who gets dressed like a biker riding a tiny motorcycle has lost his therapy license because of the outfit. Chopper the Biker dog is a boston terrier. His owner Mark Shaffer says the dog in a leather vest and canine protective goggles rides next to him on his bike and into hospital rooms on his mini doggie motorcycle. But his owner recently received an email from Pet Partners, a nonprofit that evaluates and insures therapy animals says they prohibit costumes so he had his registration suspended.

A court in Spain says it’ll hear the case of a woman suing eBay because the company will no longer allow her to sell the sun. The Daily Mail reports Maria Duran was selling 11 square-foot plots of the sun for $1 each. She got 600 orders before eBay took down the listing, saying it might be a scam. Duran says that violated the seller’s agreement so she’s suing for nearly twice what she would have made on the sun, $11,000 in damages. She says she has a right to the sun because of a loophole in the UN’s Outer Space Treaty.

A man from Hopland found guilty of nearly 2 dozen felonies including attempted murder is getting a special trial to determine mental competence. William Steele was found guilty a couple months ago, but fired his lawyer, then got another one too busy to help him so he took on his own case asking for a mental competency hearing. He was charged with shooting at two cops who pulled him over for alleged DUI in Kelseyville in October of 2013. He had a laundry list of charges against him including assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and more than 30 special allegations. He had passengers in the car too, one jumped out, hit his head and died, thus the murder charges. His court date is now next month. If he’s found incompetent, he’ll be sent to Napa State Hospital until he’s deemed for sentencing.

It’s the high school’s turn… the Upper Lake Union High School District Board of Trustees will decide if they want to merge with the Elementary District. The meeting this Weds. Follows last week’s Elementary meeting where the answer was yes. The elementary school district board unanimously approved its resolution for the unification of the two districts.

Lakeport police could have new digs in no time. The Lakeport City Council has unanimously approved the negative declaration and zone change for the department’s new building on Main St. The new location by Kmart used to be the Social Security Department. It needed a zoning change because it was retail use, now will be for public and civic uses. After public comment the council approved the changes which were mostly a formality. There will be more space for cops in the new building, including a larger evidence room and more office space.

Fort Bragg Police reminding the public about illegal dumping in storm drains and gutters. The city had some reports of toxic or hazardous waste being dumped making it to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The police dept. reports paint, gasoline, and other solvents were detected in wastewater. The city warns most of the storm drains lead directly to the ocean and surrounding streams and rivers. It can be harmful for wildlife, vegetation, and the environment.

A new rule for state courts to allow those with traffic tickets to have an arraignment and trial without paying a fine first. The Mendocino County Superior Court and Del Norte, Fresno, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Tulare, Madera and Shasta all part of an American Civil Liberties Union complaint alleging a violation of the public’s due process and even create financial difficulty requiring people to pay fines before being allowed to contest. The new rule by the Judicial Council starts immediately. So now courts have to notify defendants in their instructions or in any other materials the court hands out to the public.

An elderly man from Utah crashed his Volkswagen Beetle into a power pole in Ukiah. CHP reports the man went airborne in the bug at the intersection of Vichy Springs Road and Acorn Way crashing into the pole which had more than 125 P,G&E customers in the dark. The driver was not injured. CHP says he accelerated instead of braking down a hill, hitting a curb, losing control. The car was lifted off the ground with metal poles so it would be off the power line while the man was pulled from the car. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution and treated for heat exhaustion since he was in the car for a while.

A new program’s being considered in Mendocino County to give discounts on electricity. The Board of Supervisors is considering the program at their meeting today known as Community Choice Aggregation. It could mean discounts ranging from 1 to 8 percent. Power would still come thru Pacific Gas and Electric but the billing would show a lower rate from the county. Those who are not interested in the program would be allowed to opt out. A feasibility study already conducted showed the program could benefit county residents with a competitive choice for electricity sources, reduced rates, sustainable electric energy sources, energy efficiency programs and a new revenue source.

A new report shows a man from Point Arena who died after being hit with tasers as he was arrested, was high on Methamphetamine. Daniel Saulsbury’s family’s suing the county for wrongful death asking for 1.5 mil. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says the stress of Saulsbury being restrained did also contribute to his death. The board of supervisors is supposed to consider the family’s claims at their meeting today. Saulsbury had been a suspect in a robbery last November when cops tried arresting him and Tasered him four times.

Police in Cloverdale say they never got a report of a missing teenager, referring to the death of a 16 year old found a day after being hit by a car while watching an illegal street race. The Press Democrat reports the CHP reporting they were not told after a crash of 2 cars Friday night that a spectator disappeared. Cops say they want to know if them not being told was intentional. Angelica Contreras was found eight hours after the race. She was hit by a Volkswagen Beetle driven by a 16-year-old who police say was racing another teen in a BMW 535i sedan.

The jury is deliberating in the case of a man from Nice suspected of murder and several other crimes. Daniel Loyd says it was an accident, shooting Cindy Quiett who was hit by a bullet in the belly while Loyd had a confrontation with her boyfriend. Loyd’s charged with several felonies, including murder, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon for the death in Lucerne 4 years ago. Cops say Loyd was trying to rob cash and drugs from Patrick Ryden when Quiett was shot. Deliberations are supposed to keep going thru Friday. Loyd has been held at the Lake County Jail since his arrest on $5 million bail.

Several reports of dead carp floating up on shore in Clearlake. A fishing guide tells the Record Bee there’s been at least 2 dozen dead carp near his home and that he’s seen several others. As many as 30 dead carp picked up around Library Park yesterday. Lake County Water Resources says they think the die off is being caused by a virus called Koi Herpes. It hits only members of the carp species. It also cannot be passed on to humans or pets. They also say if you see any dead ones to just bury them.

A former resident of Talmage has been sent to prison for 20 years to life for the sex assault of a minor. The Mendocino County DA reports Ina Medina was convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a child under the age of 14 years and lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 by use of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury. Medina sentenced Friday. Her co-defendant, Donald Earl Dunakin, is set to be in court Weds. to set a date for his jury trial.

A former surgeon in Ukiah accused of illegally prescribing controlled substances had the charges against him reduced against advice of the Mendocino County DA. Brian Cable of Redwood Valley could have been sent to prison for six years, but after a background investigation, a lighter sentence of supervised probation was decided on. Cable is not allowed to use alcohol or drugs and will be tested and 180 days in county jail. Plus he got 36 months of informal probation, which means unsupervised. He also has to pay some minor fines and fees.

Teachers and the Ukiah Unified School District have come to terms on a new agreement. The tentative agreement which will increase teacher salaries and will consider out of district experience as seniority in regards to salary schedules. Extra funding from the state for the school district helped break the standstill in negotiations.

The Point Arena Schools’ Board of Trustees is coming out against most of the recent grand jury report alleging administration mishandling of a high school drug testing policy, inappropriate Board behavior, Brown Act meeting violations and a high salary for the district superintendent and more. The school board agreed with 2 findings, that the superintendent didn’t correctly follow drug testing policy regarding the girls’ volleyball team and exposed the district to potential legal action plus the trustees acknowledged profanity was used by a board member at a past meeting saying it was unacceptable.

Some Blue Green Algae has been found along the shore of Clear Lake. Cyanobacteria shows up when the climate warms. They are microscopic organisms occurring naturally in many bodies of freshwater. The blooms can grow in perfect conditions and reproduce quickly. Lake County Water Resources confirms blooms in several areas of the shorelines of the Lake. The county warns everyone to stay away from the blooms because it’s hard to tell from above if they’re harmful or not. People and pets shouldn’t swim or wade through the algae. And they say to take a shower as soon as possible after swimming in any lake or freshwater body.

A woman from Clearlake had major injuries after a solo car crash on Highway 29, driving down an embankment in Napa County. Tracy Odetta Prosser driving alone and couldn’t make it around a curve then crashed down the embankment. The CHP reports the woman went 50 feet down the steep embankment before her car stopped. The woman got herself out of the car and waved down help. She was taken to a hospital. The CHP reported her injuries as major.

A teenager from Cloverdale is dead. Police say they think it may have happened while she was watching a street race with friends. They say she was hit, then thrown as far as 150 feet Friday night. The 16 year old’s body was found on the banks of the Russian River Saturday morning. The girl’s name’s not officially been released but several of her friends told the Press Democrat she was Angelica Contreras. Teens driving a red Volkswagen Beetle and a silver BMW crashed with those inside the cars having only minor or no injuries.

A wildfire along Hwy 20’s been surrounded. They dubbed it the Oasis Fire. It was reported Friday night around 8 on the north side of Highway 20 near the Lake and Colusa County line. The fire started to blacken the hill quickly, Cal Fire engines and hand crews on the scene and after 9 stopped because they could not work in the dark. There were other units surrounding the fire too. Since it was close to the highway, firefighters had Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol respond to the scene too.

Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty arrested in New York after a fight between costumed characters in Times Square. The New York Daily News reports Sandra Mocha of Queens and Giovanna Melendez of New Jersey charged with assault. The two work the area for tourist dollars, taking pictures for tips. Police say the two were fighting over tips. The newspaper reports it’s something that happens a lot, characters fighting for territory.

A man in Florida’s been arrested for bragging about being buff. Police say Edward Garcia was arrested last week for several 911 calls where they say he bragged he had big muscles to a dispatcher. Fruitland Park police say he was hung up on then kept calling back. His calls were tracked to a campsite where a phone was found. Then they found him in a tent and arrested him. He also told his arresting officer he wanted to head butt him and kill him.

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