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A former Ukiah City Councilman says he’s concerned about the prospect of a rezone of some of the Masonite property after Ukiah businessman Ross Liberty announced closing escrow there. Phil Baldwin says it’s a positive thing for the community and Liberty makes the community proud. Baldwin says he hopes the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will consider that voters were against a rezoning in 2009. Baldwin is also asking the board to continue working on a tax-sharing agreement with Mendocino County officials. The mayor of Ukiah asked Baldwin about the timing for a rezoning. A member of the tax sharing ad hoc committee spoke up too saying that committee hasn’t met in a while, but the city manager says his staff and county staff are in regular communication.

Sheriff’s deputies found the body of a woman from Little River in Fort Bragg. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports getting multiple emergency calls about the body which was visible on the beach at MacKerricher State Park, also known as “Haul Road.” The victim’s family’s not been notified so she’s not been id’d. California State Parks personnel asked for help from the Sheriff’s office detective unit. They also informed the coroner. The woman was 33 years old and was reported missing yesterday in Willits. Cops also say the woman was experiencing mental health issues and had been staying in the Willits area temporarily.

Work on Cole Creek Bridge on Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville has meant a detour for months that added time on commutes and many travelers who said they had to deal with dangerous driving conditions. Some drivers say the road, Clark Dr., used for the detour, wasn’t made for the amount of use it was getting. The reason for the delay on the bridge was the steel supporting piling didn’t meet the required load rating. So new materials were ordered with the contractor pulling long days. The bridge reopened just before Christmas. All of the work’s not done. Guard rails have to be installed, but the bridge won’t close again.

Congressman John Garamendi says his offices are accepting art submissions from all high schoolers in his district, which includes parts of Lake County. The competition in each congressional district to have students show their artwork and talent. The piece that wins gets displayed at the U.S. Capitol for a year. The artist also gets an invite to the awards reception in Washington, DC. Those getting Honorable Mentions have their art displayed in each of Garamendi’s district offices. For more info call 438-1822 or visit this station’s website for the application website address.

The board of the Yuba Community College District has approved name changes for campuses in Lake and Colusa County. The board of trustees has approved realigning the Clearlake Campus, which is now being called Woodland Community College (WCC), because they say it will meet the diverse needs of the community and region; the Colusa Center is also aligned with Woodland. The old names, they say didn’t reflect the service area. They came up with new names from various community businesses and organizations. The new names for each campus are Lake County Campus of Woodland Community College and Colusa County Campus of Woodland Community College, respectively.

Not too far off from when you can dump your Household Hazardous Waste. The next drop off event next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15th and 16th at Quackenbush Mountain Recovery & Compost in Clearlake from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. It’s free to bring as much as 15 gallons of toxic items but fees will be charged over and above. They’re accepting paint, solvents, fuels, five-gallon empty propane tanks, pool chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, batteries and pretty much anything that cannot go in the trash. They’re not accepting E-waste though, like TV’s and computers, or ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials or infectious wastes. For more info, visit visit http://www.recycling. or contact the Recycling Hotline at 263-1980.

1 point 2 billion dollars raised by tourists visiting Northern California. A new federal study shows visitors were drawn to kayaking, surfing and sightseeing in the region. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted the survey in coastal communities that included Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin. Conservationists say the info which was published last week, showed the benefits marine sanctuaries can have for residents and how important it is to protect the coast.

Even though the rain’s been pouring down, there’s still a lot of proof of the drought. Stranded boat ramps at the very low Lake Mendocino. As of this past Wednesday, Lake Mendocino’s water level was far below normal still. Some of it’s drought related, and some because of upstream work holding water from being diverted into the lake. A Sonoma County Water Agency spokesperson says we’re still very much in a drought. Similar conditions are happening elsewhere in the state. The continuing infrastructure work in Potter Valley means minimal flows. Water flowing into Lake Mendocino later this year depends on if storms keep coming. The National Weather Service reports since Oct. 1st, the Ukiah area had received a bit over 15 inches of rain, which is said to be about average for that time period.

An earthquake has rocked the northern California coast but there were no reports of any problems. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 4.3- quake struck shortly before 11 p.m. Weds night and was centered 36 miles southwest of Eureka. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s department says the quake was felt in the office but it had no reports of any damage or injuries. The USGS website had more than 300 responses from people saying they felt the quake.

The Lakeport City Council has awarded a bid of approximately $61,100 to replace a public restroom. The new “facilities” going in on Fifth Street near the boat ramp. 61 thousand may sound like a lot for some toilets and sinks, but the city received another bid for nearly twice that. The council also going with the scaled down version … skipping the additional urinal in the men’s room and saving almost 30 thousand dollars. Lakeport city councilman Kenny Parlet says the old bathrooms are an eyesore .. he says the new restrooms will be a tremendous improvement.

A county courthouse in Pennsylvania had to be evacuated after sheriff’s deputies saw a grenade… which turned out to just be a gag gift for the newly elected sheriff. The Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy ordered the evacuation after an x-ray showed the contents and he said he didn’t know the sender. Inside a box was a novelty gift mounted on a plaque that said "Complaint department. Take a number." There was also a numbered plastic ticket attached to the grenade’s pin. They later found the sender who said he was a fan looking to welcome Guy into office with a funny gift.

A monkey who took perfect selfies of himself doesn’t get to own a copyright of the photos. A judge has ruled that’s because the monkey’s an animal, not a human, and Congress didn’t extend federal copyright law to animals. So that means the animal doesn’t control the rights to the photos and cannot profit from their distribution. This after a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals looking to represent the monkey and allow them to administer all money from the photos for the benefit of the monkey, 6-year-old Naruto who lives on an Indonesian reserve.


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