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The Upper Lake Unified School District Board is planning to discuss choosing a new elementary school principal at their meeting this week, according to their agenda. The board meets in a closed session today at 4 p.m. before their regular public session at 5 p.m. at Upper Lake High School. Valerie Gardner, who’s been the principal and superintendent of Upper Lake Union Elementary School District is retiring this summer after school ends. Lake Co News reports recruiting for the job which started earlier this year is now closed. Gardner herself is reportedly on the search committee along with interim Superintendent Patrick Iaccacino and some elementary school parents and teachers. The news site reports the candidate being proposed for hire at the meeting is Stephanie Wayment, who’s currently director of Educational Resources and Accountability at the Lake County Office of Education.

The state’s rebate program for electric vehicles is going to draw a line and cut some higher-income car buyers. Starting March 29th, single tax filers earning $250,000 will not qualify for rebates on plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The Sacramento Bee reports the income cap is $340,000 for head-of-household filers and $500,000 for joint filers. Conversely, low- and moderate-income residents will be eligible for an additional $1,500 in rebates. The California Air Resources Board Chair says they hope that will help the program get into more communities most impacted by air pollution.

A test of the Tsunami Warning System happening during the week. As we reported last week, tomorrow morning, the test happens at 11 a.m. and will be able to be seen and heard throughout Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties for one hour. That of course, on local television and radio, plus NOAA weather radios and outdoor sirens. It’s happening to make sure the warning system would function properly during a real tsunami emergency. This is a planned test so if you hear it, you don’t need to do anything at all, just know it’s a test.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors considering bids for the Holiday Harbor marina property in Nice. The board also hearing about further cleanup at Hoberg’s Resort and of course other business too. The meeting this morning at 9a in board chambers in Lakeport. The board’s also having a public bid opening for the purchase of Holiday Harbor after declaring they wanted to sell the property back in January. The opening bid for the property $1.2 million, a major loss as it was purchased by the former redevelopment agency in 2008 for about $2 million. Then the board will get an update on the cleanup and sewage leakage at the old Hoberg’s Resort.

A woman is recovering after crashing her car and rolling it as she got off the 101 in Ukiah. The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and the California Highway Patrol went out to the crash yesterday morning after the small black sedan slid off the off-ramp from the northbound 101 to North State Street then rolled, stopping on its roof in the grass below. The woman was not taken to a hospital and appeared to have escaped without major injuries. It happened as roads in the Ukiah Valley were pretty soaked from moderate and heavy rain.

Looks like things are calming down with the mediation regarding the old Palace Hotel in downtown Ukiah. The City Attorney David Rapport says the lawyers for the city and the building owner had another conf. call set for the end of the month. He says the city is firm on what they want and should know then if they can reach an agreement. They will talk with the judge soon after that conf. call. The city has asked the Mendocino County Superior Court to get involved, appointing a receiver to take over rehabbing the building, but instead went to mediation. Some are asking for the money for mediation to instead go to rehab the old hotel.

Federal investigators wondering why a TSA worker ran from a security screening at Los Angeles International Airport, where about 70 pounds of cocaine was found stashed in her luggage. Officers stopped her randomly last Friday, but she was on the run still as of yesterday. LA Airport Police say the case shows all flight attendants and other airport employees have to be screened. This comes after a pot smuggling ring was busted up last year at Oakland International Airport and four former baggage handlers at San Diego’s airport went to prison in a drug-smuggling case.

A 10-pound piglet lost on the streets of San Francisco has been fostered at an unlikely spot. Janice has a new home at the Sonoma County Reptile Rescue in Sebastopol. She was seen running in the Mission District March 8th and was caught by a group of good Samaritans who helped get her to San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Nobody has claimed the animal but many are hoping to adopt her. The Reptile Rescue founder apparently has a background in not only reptile care, but also animal husbandry and conservation and had worked at the San Francisco Zoo.

The FBI says it can probably unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, canceling a meeting to try to get Apple’s forced cooperation. Late yesterday federal prosecutors asked for a delay in the court hearing set for today regarding the FBI’s demand for Apple to help unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s encrypted phone. But “an outside party” has apparently shown agents a possible method for unlocking the phone.

It looks like a trio of Santa Ana police officers got the munchies while busting up a pot dispensary. The three charged with misdemeanor petty theft and one with vandalism for supposedly stealing snacks and damaging surveillance cameras at the pot raid. The whole thing caught on video. The officers charged yesterday for taking protein bars and cookies during a search last May at a marijuana dispensary found to be operating without permits.

Worldwide Healing Hands (WHH) inviting the public for their third annual “Hike 4 Healing” on April 30th. They’re looking for sponsors and hikers for their event. Those who sponsor will get publicity and acknowledgement. All donations from the hike help support the group’s goals and missions providing quality healthcare to women and children, especially those who do not have access to care. Those who take part will walk the Wright Summit Trail on Mount Konocti. The hike a bit more than 6 miles round-trip at an elevation of 1,600 feet. For more info, visit this radio station’s website

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A green light has been given to city staff in Lakeport for a municipal solar project expected to save millions of dollars in electricity bills. Lake Co News reports Mendocino College’s former facilities planning director is helping the city with the project. The first and second phases of planning on the project are done, one included funding options and schedule. The second phase the planning budget and soils testing. It’s expected to cost 2.5 to 3 million dollars when all is said and done. There’s an investor to begin with, then the city can buy the whole project for under 2.4 million.

Cal Fire’s beefing up staff ahead of the new fire season. Lake Co News reports the recent rains have helped wet down much of drought parched California, but Cal Fire firefighters are already training for another potentially busy fire season. The agency’s already hired more than 400 more seasonal firefighters, whose work will be fire prevention, fuel reduction and defensible space programs. The director of Cal Fire tells the news site, winter rain has helped, but it’s not enough to end the drought. There have already been 240 fires across the state since Jan. 1st.


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