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New neighbors in Ukiah. Mom and Dad, Kira and Cody Swan of Ukiah have new triplets. The identical triplets Kodi Reann, Layla Michele and Madilynn Glen arrived February 1st and are breathing on their own and eating. The family at the University of California, San Francisco, medical center. The babies weighed between 2 pounds, 12 ounces to 3 pounds, 9 ounces. The Press Democrat reports on a study in the Journal of Biosocial Science finding identical triplets only happen 20 to 30 times in 1 million births.

At a special meeting of the Clearlake City Council, the council voted to use unallocated funds for equipment replacements for police and public works. The Finance Director presented findings to the city council last week saying the city’s got almost $260,000 in net unallocated funds halfway through this fiscal year so the city will dip into much of it, more than 80 percent. The Record Bee Newspaper reports the finance director saying the police dept. needs the funds so it can replace a couple of communication panels connecting callers to dispatchers. One’s busted the other’s old and in bad condition. It would cost about $47,000 to replace. The mayor says the panels have to be replaced, plus the dept. also needs upgrades for tasers, body cameras, and patrol cars.

A new study from the University of Idaho shows the entire country needs to pay closer attention to wildfire growth. The researchers calling for academia, government agencies, industries and communities to work together on the quote “wicked problem”. The report published in the journal BioScience. The lead author says there needs to be closer communication with communities about how to coexist with wildfire. The study done in the Graduate Program for the UI College of Natural Re-sources. The report shows wildfires across the country last year alone were a new record, burning more than 10.1 million acres. The fires destroyed 4,500 homes and structures and killed 13 firefighters.

A new prize for Upper Lake High School as the school won the Lake County Academic Decathlon. The contest Saturday with Upper Lake unseating last year’s winning team, Clear Lake High and defending champs, Kelseyville High School. There are three members on each Academic Decathlon team from three academic levels: Honors, with a grade point average of 3.75 to 4.00; Scholastic, 3.00 to 3.74 GPA; and Varsity, GPA of 2.99 or below. They compete in 10 areas, arts, economics, essay, interview, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, social science and speech.

A man arrested for growing marijuana in the Mendocino National Forest is going to federal prison. Pablo Barreto-Cruz of Mexico has been sentenced to five years, three months plus he has to pay almost $23,000 in restitution for growing marijuana on public land and depredation of public lands and resources. Court papers say the guy had grown almost 3,000 pot plants in the Mendocino National Forest from March to May of last year alone. Police say the garden caused serious damage to habitat and water quality of the national forest. The U.S. Forest Service reports the cultivation site diverted about 18,000 gallons of water per day.

A lawyer working with a group of civic organizations has sent a letter on the group’s behalf to the city of San Francisco saying they’re going to file a lawsuit if the open-air urinal in Dolores Park is not removed in 20 days. The urinal is out in the open. It’s made of concrete and is screened by plants for privacy. The circular looking urinal was placed in the park last month. The reason apparently was the park only has three toilets and folks were relieving themselves in bushes or buildings anyway. But now the 1/2 dozen civic groups teamed up for the formal letter to the city that says the urinal must go.

A new roundabout proposed for Ukiah has been scrapped. The traffic circle for Low Gap Road and North Bush Street was de-funded due to a major gap in the amount of money available for transportation projects because of lower gas prices. The tax money is not enough, so the roundabout is apparently on hold until 2018 at the soonest. The Mayor told the Ukiah City Council the Mendocino Council of Governments cut the project and three others too due to as much as $750 million being cut from the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

A special meeting’s been called regarding refinancing water revenue bonds in Ukiah. The council meeting today to consider a resolution to refinance water revenue bonds and save the city’s water utility more than $1 million. The Daily Journal reports the city’s sold almost $18 million worth of Water and Wastewater Revenue Bonds but still has almost $12 million to pay off. The newspaper reports the funds used for paying for and building capital improvements to the water systems. The city’s financial adviser says it’s a good time to consider refinancing the bonds to avoid the possibility of interest rates going up in coming months.

The price of gas is going down, way down. It’s dropped nearly a dime in the last couple of weeks to $1.82 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says the price is 37 cents a gallon under where it was a year ago. She says the price drop could continue if crude oil costs continue to slide. The highest average price of regular gasoline in the lower 48 states at $2.62 per gallon in Los Angeles and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it was $1.44. And the average diesel price is $2.13 per gallon, down about 7 cents from two weeks ago.

The new Miss Mendocino hails from Ukiah. Michelle Goodman won the crown Saturday Night and got herself a $5,000 scholarship. Goodman’s a student at the Pacific Union College. She will go on to represent the county at the Miss California Scholarship Program in late June. The contestants were judged on their personal interview Saturday afternoon and other categories: Talent, Evening Wear, On-Stage Question and Physical Fitness.

Construction way behind schedule on the 68 billion dollar high-speed rail system to connect travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The bullet train project’s being sued by residents in its path. The suit filed in 2011 on behalf of a group of Central Valley farmers. They’re back in court now arguing the state’s not keeping promises it made to voters in 2008 regarding travel times and the system cost. Voters said yes to selling almost $10 billion in bonds for a project to cost $40 billion. The first signs of construction are just starting to show up but it’s taken years for officials to get thousands of parcels of land required for the project. Right now they hold just 63 percent of the parcels needed for just 29 miles in the Central Valley.

Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders getting free tattoos and going for it in a big way. Several dozen came out to the tattoo shop, Aartistic Tattoo in Montpelier, Vermont getting their free Bernie tat, featuring his picture with messy hair and his thick-rimmed glasses. The Burlington Free Press reports ( a promotion started a week ago with the shop saying it’ll keep going as longer as Sanders runs.

A gun rights bill in Washington apparently includes fake quotes by America’s Founding Fathers. The News Tribune reports ( ) Republican Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley introduced a measure to create penalties for public officials blocking residents from owning or buying guns but it has quotes in it he says are from the U.S. Constitution, but actually, they’re not. Researchers looking at the draft say the bill has as many as three quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton that were not said or written by them.


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