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Students at Coyote Valley Elementary School still getting bottled water due to concerns about possible chromium-6 contamination in the Hidden Valley Lake municipal water supply. The Record-Bee reports the school began giving out bottled water on March 11th after reports the water supply had higher than allowed levels of the heavy metal. The Hidden Valley Lake CSD has issued several recent statements to customers about the issue, saying there is no immediate health risk and that the problem is being addressed but the paper reports Middletown Unified School District officials were waiting for a written assurance from state health or water officials telling the district the tap water is safe to drink. The paper reports water district spokesman saying they had that written assurance and were forwarding it to the school but as of yesterday they were still doling out the bottled water.

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest is still closed due to unsafe conditions after the Valley Fire and restoration and emergency timber operations. CalFire Sonoma Lake Napa Division Chief says 99 percent of the forest burned and 80 percent of the mature trees there died along with 95 percent of the conifer regeneration. The area closed to the public as the State Forest’s recreational facilities were also totally destroyed or heavily damaged by the fire last September. The Fire chief says it’s going to take time and intervention by scientists to help get it back to being a healthy forest — safe for the community and public to enjoy. He says they’re hoping for the end of this year.

$170M dollars in transportation funding has been approved by the state Transportation Commission. That’ll go to 49 projects including $46,000 for bike lanes and street improvements in Clearlake. The money to upgrade old roads and bridges and encourage folks to use alternative forms of transportation. The Caltrans Director says they’re allocating money for serious investment in preserving the roads and infrastructure and promoting the use of other forms of transportation, like walking, biking and transit. Bike lanes going in along Phillips Avenue in Clearlake and part of the street will also be rehabbed. It’s just one of 22 Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects approved by the Governor in September 2013.

State Sen. Mike McGuire is leading a group of other local and state officials for a couple of events in Mendocino County. The first is a Town Hall tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Ukiah High School Cafeteria. The mayor of Ukiah and county supervisors will attend for a state of the county update. The Superintendent of Education will give an education talk and the Sheriff will present a dept. briefing. The CHP and Caltrans will also be represented at the town hall. The other event, the Northern California Homeless Services Summit, will host members of the state Senate and other representatives from state departments and surrounding counties. McGuire says it will be a talk from several departments on homeless services. Mendocino County rated second in the US for homeless per capita.

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested after DUI on drugs and crashing head on into a garbage truck. The CHP reports Vinson Hill of Ukiah driving a 2002 Honda Civic on Marina Drive around lunchtime last Wednesday and drifted over the double yellow lines, hitting the oncoming vehicle head-on. Hill had major injuries and had to be airlifted to a hospital out of the area. He’s still in the hospital and will be officially charged for driving under the influence of drugs are pending his release. The driver of the garbage truck taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center with complaints of pain.

Police in Vallejo being sued by a woman who says they ignored her kidnapping, calling it a hoax like in the movie, "Gone Girl". Denise Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn say police damaged their reputations, forcing them to move. The couple accusing police of defamation and infliction of emotional distress. They’re going after damages. The two, in their lawsuit say, the police dept waged a "campaign of disparagement" against Huskins and Quinn after her abduction last March. They say media around the world compared Huskins to the lead character in the film "Gone Girl" and even put her picture next one of the lead character, including one of the leading lady naked and covered in blood. A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney was accused of kidnapping Huskins from her Vallejo home, he’s pleaded not guilty.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors hears about the abatement of the Hoberg’s Resort and it’s wastewater system that was leaking sewage. Many people spoke up at yesterday’s meeting with concern about their own property and how fire debris and sewage was impacting the community. Lake Co News reports county officials saying they’re moving ahead to help the fire gutted resort clean up as the District Attorney says they’re investigating if there was any criminal wrongdoing relating to the environmental damage from the property’s condition.

A new principal has been named for Upper Lake Elementary. Lake Co News reports the Upper Lake Unified School District Board voted unanimously to choose Lakeport resident Stephanie Wayment to head the school. Wayment is the Educational Resources and Accountability director at the Lake County Office of Education right now. She has a multiple subject teaching credential plus an administrative credential and a master’s degree in education. Not only does she have a lot of administrative experience, but the news site reports she’s also taught in K-8 education in the Lakeport and Konocti school districts, and at the university level at Sonoma State and Dominican University.

NOAA weather radios are being given to Valley Fire survivors in Middletown. Next week the Sheriff’s Dept. is giving out the radios on Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Middletown Senior Center and Library. The Sheriff’s dept. and County Office of Emergency Services got grant money from Farm Insurance Co. to buy more than 300 desktop weather alert radios plus they also bought several visual alert-strobe lights to be distributed for some with hearing difficulties. Those who get the equipment have to live in the area of the fire last summer, have to show proof of residency and a utility bill for their home.

A mosquito larvicide treatment has been rescheduled by Vector Control in Lake County. It’s supposed to happen today and tomorrow, weather permitting. The District Manager says it’s going to happen at the marshlands across from the lake between Clear Lake State Park and Lakeport, parts of Anderson Marsh State Park and a small area east of the Clearlake Keys. Apparently that’s where the winter mosquito surveillance program found a lot of mosquito larvae for an early-season floodwater species hatching eggs laid in the mud in the past as the lake receded.

A couple in San Mateo County had been looking at a couple decades in prison after they were detained for trying to bring home a giraffe bone from Africa. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Jon and Linda Grant had to pay $62,000 in fines and bribes plus reach out to a U.S. congresswoman before being released from a Tanzania jail in January. The two purchased a bone in a shop in South Africa in December and had it in their luggage.

A woman who died had one thing she wanted people to NOT do as their final gift to her… not vote for Donald Trump. Alba I. Keus died at the age of 86 last week. Her obituary posted on It said she loved debating politics and her obit said “In lieu of flowers, Alba’s request would be that you do not vote for Donald Trump.” The death bed wish went viral.


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