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There’s been another apparent case of a Ukiah student being approached by someone. Ukiah Police say a 13-year-old girl reported Monday afternoon while walking towards Waugh Lane, headed home, a truck pulled up with two men inside who asked her if she wanted a ride. The girl ignored the men and they drove off. She wasn’t hurt, and went home and called the school resource officer. Police say it was an older white pickup truck with a lumber rack and the men were Hispanic and both wearing baseball type hats and possibly grey or white sweatshirts. No word yet whether police think the incident is related to two others this month.

A legal response is expected this week from the City of Ukiah regarding an appeal to the stop the proposed Costco on Airport Park Boulevard. The appeal filed last summer by a Davis-based attorney who is challenging the environmental impact report. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports the lawyer filed the appeal on behalf of a group called “Ukiah Citizens for Safety First” which originally included four plaintiffs all of whom have since left that group. The paper reports the attorney has declined to say who is in the group, so documents show the lawyer himself is the only person appealing the planned store.

The Ukiah Planning Commission has reportedly approved an update of the city’s Housing Element but is recommending the city look at the low level of available rental housing. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports at their last meeting Commissioner Linda Sanders said she thinks the current rental vacancy rate of 2.6 percent is at critical need. She said she it’s due to the trend of homeowners converting single-family homes into office spaces instead of rentals, which is throwing the housing stock out of balance and the Housing Element has a section that requires watching out for that but doesn’t specify numbers. The paper reports that City Planner suggesting a look at the data on conversions, and trying to define what “critical need” means as it relates to vacancies and then seeing if they need a policy change.

A bi-partisan coalition of state legislators has asked Governor Jerry Brown to declare a fishery disaster due to the impacts of the delayed California crab season. High levels of domoic acid in California crab were deemed unsafe for public consumption in early November and the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Public Health delayed the crab season. State Senator Mike McGuire is Chairman of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture. He says the delayed crab season is unprecedented in duration and magnitude and crabbers are experiencing losses that can’t be recouped. And legislators say it’s especially devastating following the collapse of the fall salmon season due to the drought.

The Pacific Redwood Medical Group, or PRMG has donated several thousand dollars to the Mendocino College Nursing Program and the Mendocino College Foundation’s annual Adopt A Fifth Grader Program. $11,000 to be split up between the two groups, the Adopt a 5th grader program follows a kid picked in kindergarten. They get either $500 when they graduate high school or $1,000 when they enroll in college. The other money for the Mendocino College Nursing Program for graduates top get their Family Nurse Practitioner degree with an accredited institution. PRMG has been around more than 3 decades and consists of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.

A big grant for the Ukiah Valley Medical Center for technologically-advanced outpatient surgery care. The Eva Dunnebeck and Beverly Morby Funds of The Community Foundation of Mendocino County donated money to buy a Halogen ENT (ears, nose, and throat) microscope for outpatient surgeries. It’s a major improvement for surgeons so they can work on disorders of the ear and upper airway with the use of the light source in the Halogen microscope.

A packed room to hear from various people with a stake in the new medical marijuana legislation. Several people heard from a tax collector who went over sales tax, tracking and tracing, and banking for growers. The Board of Equalization requires pot growers to have a state-business license. But the sales tax is not required in all cases apparently. Banking services are still not part of the state law. A representative from Assemblyman Bonta’s office spoke too regarding new policies supposed to start March 1st. An engineer with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board was also at the meeting talking about waste discharge requirements for gardens among other things. Growers have about 3 weeks before they’ve got to notify the water board they’ll enroll in their program. A game warden with the dept. of Fish and Wildlife was also at the meeting talking about illegal grows or as he put it trespass grows.

The City of Ukiah’s Planning Commission has a public hearing planned regarding the city’s updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The city looking to improve bicycling and walking in the city, a plan put together by Walk & Bike Mendocino with consultants from Santa Rosa and Portland, Or. The plan to be reviewed and could go to the Ukiah City Council and if approved, would then move to the "Mendocino Council of Governments". It would be submitted as part of the regional transportation plan and then move on to Caltrans for possible Active Transportation Program funds. The meeting with the planning commission tonight at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

A man in Ukiah looking to build his own wool mill has apparently reached a fundraising goal to make it a reality. Matthew Gilbert got the minimum amount he needed as of this week to bring his Mendocino Wool and Fiber idea to fruition. The Daily Journal reports the Economic Development Financing Corporation was still trying to get to $350,000. Right now they’re at $262,000. $250,000 was the minimum needed for the first Direct Public Offering guaranteeing investors 2 percent interest over six years. $350,000 was the entire amount Gilbert needed for the business plan to begin. They’ve got until Feb. 9th to get the last $80,000.

2 convicted Mendocino County murderers serving life terms are both set for parole hearings next month. Michael Camou of Napa is set for Feb. 18th at the California State Prison in Vacaville. He’s in prison for the murder of Steven Rhorer of Laytonville in Oct. of 1987. The victim shot 10 times with an assault rifle as he slept in a sleeping bag. Camou went to the property owners home to rob him of marijuana because the guy owed him money. And Jerome Smith of Redwood Valley has a parole hearing at the California State Prison at San Luis Obispo Feb. 24th after killing his brother-in-law Jesus Arteaga with a shotgun in May of 1994. He also robbed his victim of $150 and drove his pickup to a liquor store to pay his bill and buy more booze. Cops at the time had said he planned to kill himself after the shooting, he left suicide notes with the body, but he got so drunk he passed and was arrested.

A meeting for those hoping to rebuild after the Valley Fire happening at the Twin Pine Casino. The meeting Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. being called the “After the Fire Rebuilding Summit”. It’s an open house is for anyone who lost their property or if it was damaged. There will be several agencies at the meeting. They’ll cover how to protect properties in the event of another disaster too. Experts in fire- and flood-resistant techniques, insurance, building, landscaping and forestry representatives will also be at the meeting. There will be discussions on state and local codes and standards; building materials and construction techniques for fire and flood prevention; preservation and restoration of treasures and photos; and proper landscape development and forest maintenance to reduce fire and flood risk.

Insurance money not coming in as expected means a delay in the flood control project in the Hidden Valley Lake area after the Valley Fire. The money to the local Community Services District of more than a half million dollars means the project won’t even start until the middle of next month. The first estimate to come in from the damages was around $600,000, but it’s now gone up to $750,000 which is also contributing to the delay. The Interim GM for the district says they were hoping repairs would have been complete by now but the insurance delay and other problems like getting needed equipment which includes a replacement generator, means repairs would be done around Valentines Day instead.

The new Upper Lake Unified School District Board says yes to hiring a principal/superintendent. Lake Co News reports the board unanimously approved allowing the high school’s Principal/Superintendent Patrick Iaccino to be the interim superintendent of the district. He agreed to the job for six months without extra pay. The news site reports Iaccino has supported the merging of the high school district with the Upper Lake Union Elementary School District. They won’t be separate anymore as of June 30th, it will then be the new Upper Lake Unified School District. The board also discussed a couple of other possible hires.

A second and final reading of a new ordinance in Clearlake tightening the regulations for medical marijuana cultivation. The meeting tomorrow night where the city council will also have a closed door session on a couple of cases of litigation and some property negotiations before the public part of the meeting. The second reading of the ordinance after it was unanimously passed on its first reading Jan. 14th. The new ordinance comes after the formation of an ad hoc committee last fall. The ordinance reviewed at the December meeting of the Planning Commission which recommended the council accept the new rules. There would be a ban on commercial cultivation, a limit of six plants on parcels of any size, a continuation of the current rule prohibiting cultivation on vacant properties, mandatory on-property water source and no growing 100 feet near drainages, creeks or Clear Lake.

A couple of men in Clearlake are on probation and had to pay some money in a poaching case. Lake Co News reports Thuan Van Ngo and Beem Thi Tran found guilty then sentenced for illegally catching and possessing too many crappie on Clear Lake. Fish and Wildlife wardens watching fishing activity at the Holiday Harbor Marina in Nice when they say they witnessed the two catching crappie, put them in buckets, then put those buckets next to a car. Then they say a van pulled up and the buckets were put in the van. The two started to fish again after that. They caught more than the catch and possession limit.

A convent in Chicago looking to get a strip club put out of business even after legal obstacles. The convent, Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo has been told by a judge to redraft their lawsuit against Club Allure saying it violates prostitution regulations and it’s a nuisance. At the same time, the judge dismissed claims the club violates zoning laws. The court asking the nuns’ lawyers to show specifically some detailed examples of nuisances or lewd behavior.

A book makes it back to a library in western Michigan — 49 years later. The person who borrowed it, a college kid back in 1967 who checked out the book about World War II in Holland. He wrote in a letter saying the book had been stored in a trunk he hadn’t been opened until recently and sent a $100 donation to the library along with the book. He called it a "modest donation" on what could be a "tremendous fine."

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