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Congressman Mike Thompson at the Eastlake Landfill thanking folks for their work handling debris from the Valley Fire. Landfill supervisor Kris Byrd tells the Record Bee it was a pleasure to know that someone of his status recognized how much hard work they’ve been putting in. The landfill has been operating from dawn to nightfall since the fire, at some point with between and 500 and 600 trucks a day full of trash to process, now down to about 30 a day. Officials tell the paper the Valley Fire produced nearly eight years worth of garbage for the landfill and while they’d already wanted to expand it, they’re now looking for ways to get that done sooner.

A rural Northern California school district closed all of their schools after receiving a threat on social media. The Press Democrat reports the Willows Unified School District, in rural Glenn County, about 85 miles north of Sacramento, closed all four of its schools yesterday after a threat was made against the high school. Police say they were notified of the threat around 11pm Tuesday night and worked through the night looking for possible explanations but had none by morning so closed the schools out of caution. The district website says school will be back open today and police say they’re still investigating with no one in custody, but the threat has been resolved.

The next Valley Fire Long-Term Recovery Task Force meeting is set. Next Tuesday the meeting will be held at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Cobb at 6:00pm. The Recovery-Coordinator reminds that the public’s welcome at the meeting to hear the latest recovery updates first-hand. Those attending encouraged to share concerns and asks questions. The water and sewer system providers from the Cobb and Middletown areas are invited to the meeting so they can give updates on the status and capacities of their water systems since the Valley Fire. The Valley Fire Survey is finishing up Monday. If you’re a survivor or know one who’s not been called or given a link to the survey, visit or call (707) 533-9271 to find out more information.

A man from Santa Rosa has been killed near Hopland, driving into a tree in a dump truck. The CHP reports the 53-year-old headed west on a private unpaved road in the 24000 block of Geysers Road near Hopland Monday mid morning when for some unknown reason he hit a tree as he came down a steep incline. He went down a steep, grassy embankment, rolled several times before stopping. He was ejected and killed, pronounced dead on the scene. Cloverdale and Hopland fire departments, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Department of Labor Mine safety and Health Administration all responded. The CHP is investigating.

The Willits School Board is bringing six candidates to town to be interviewed for School District superintendent. The school board met in a closed session last Friday to talk over the applicants and an advisory group’s interviewing the superintendent candidates next Wednesday, then the board will interview them Thursday. Their names are not being released to the public. Patricia Johnson is leaving the district, choosing not to try for a contract extension. The school board has also unanimously decided to hire an outside consultant to investigate several employee complaints.

A man from Willits arrested a couple weekends ago for a rape allegation has been released. The Mendocino County DA’s office says they’re dropping charges against Jedidiah Jones regarding a 21-year-old acquaintance accusing him of assaulting her for more than five hours at her home. Sheriff’s detectives submitted charges to the DA which also investigated and said the evidence didn’t support the charges. A DA office spokesperson says the case had major credibility issues and they determined the case couldn’t be prosecuted beyond a reasonable doubt. The man has been ordered to stay away from the woman though. She’s not being charged for making a false report.

Committee member seats need to be filled for RAC boards in the Mendocino National Forest in Glenn, Colusa, Tehama, Mendocino and Lake Counties. RACs first established as part of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The seats are four-year terms and part of 15-member committees. If you’re interested submit a cover letter, interest form and an FBI background check will be done before anyone’s considered for the committee. For more info go to the Mendocino National Forest website at: From the main page, click “Working Together” on the left side bar, then Advisory Committees.

A maintenance worker in Orange County’s been charged with using social media to find multiple college women so he could burglarize their homes and sorority houses. The Orange County Register ( reports Arturo Galvan of Menifee has pleaded not guilty to burglary and was in jail as of last night. Cops say the man went after more than 30 women and was able to steal as much as $250,000 worth of items. Police say he’d spot women in public places like coffee shops or malls then try to track their locations through Instagram. He somehow got their home addresses from geotagged photos and stole laptops, jewelry and underwear from the victims, all students at Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton.

A woman eating a meal of clams and other seafood found a rare pearl at an Italian restaurant in Washington state. KOMO-TV reports ( Lindsay Hasz and her husband Chris were at a restaurant in Issaquah when she bit into a hard something in her entree. She didn’t know what it was so she put it in her pocket and went home and did some research. She apparently took it to a gemologist, who told her it was a Quahog purple pearl worth about $600. She says she might have the pearl made into a necklace.

The Ukiah City Council considering raising water rates the next five years by as much as 17 percent. The Daily Journal reports the first hike would be about 5 percent set for this July. The council discussing the idea at its last meeting last week, voting unanimously for the City Manager to mail out Prop. 218 notices and to set another public hearing before the council takes a formal vote on the five-year plan. The idea after a consultant was hired and analyzed what it would take to pay for projects in its 10-year financial plan plus a five-year plan for rates. The first year would hike up by 4.5 percent, then level off to 3 percent a year. The new plan doesn’t actually penalize you if you’re conserving enough water.

Water delivery estimates from the California Department of Water Resources have been increased. Recipients told though that extended dry weather could mean even less. The agency says the state’s still dealing with a critical water shortage and more wet weather’s needed. They’re warning residents to use water carefully and sparingly. The announcement yesterday was the second incremental increase from the State Water Project (SWP), this one to 30%, before it was at just 10 percent in December and an increase to 15 percent announced a month ago after storms started building the Sierra Nevada snowpack and lots of rain soaked the state.

The Director of the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency is leaving. Stacey Cryer has turned in her resignation to the county department of human resources. The Daily Journal reports the human resources Director says Cryer submitted a letter of resignation Monday, to be done with work by April 1st. She didn’t give a reason for leaving. The newspaper reports though that a county source, not authorized to speak on the matter, says it was not related to any disciplinary action, and probably because of ongoing stress and responsibility. The dept. oversees mental health, animal care services, environmental health and social services.

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