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Monthly Archives: March 2016

DNCE-CAKE BY THE OCEAN

FLO RIDA-MY HOUSE

G-EAZY W/BEBE REXHA-ME, MYSELF & I

SELENA GOMEZ-HANDS TO MYSELF

TWENTY ONE PILOTS-STRESSED OUT

ZAYN-PILLOWTALK

ALESSIA CARA-WILD THINGS

CHARLIE PUTH-ONE CALL AWAY

DJ SNAKE W/BIPOLAR SUNSHINE-MIDDLE

ELLIE GOULDING-SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE

FIFTH HARMONY-WORK FROM HOME

JUSTIN BIEBER-COMPANY

LUKAS GRAHAM-7 YEARS

MIKE POSNER-I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA

RACHEL PLATTEN-STAND BY YOU

RIHANNA W/DRAKE-WORK

ROBIN SCHULZ W/FRANCESCO YATES-SUGAR

SHAWN HOOK-SOUND OF YOUR HEART

TAYLOR SWIFT-NEW ROMANTICS

TROYE SIVAN-YOUTH

ZARA LARSSON W/MNEK-NEVER FORGET YOU

COLDPLAY-ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

GWEN STEFANI-MAKE ME LIKE YOU

JAMES BAY-LET IT GO

KYGO W/PARSON JAMES-STOLE THE SHOW

MEGHAN TRAINOR-NO

NATHAN SYKES W/ARIANA GRANDE-OVER AND OVER AGAIN

ONE DIRECTION-HISTORY

ZENDAYA W/CHRIS BROWN-SOMETHING NEW

DUKE DUMONT-OCEAN DRIVE

HAILEE STEINFELD W/DNCE-ROCK BOTTOM

HALSEY-COLORS

JESS GLYNNE-DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF

NELLY-DIE A HAPPY MAN

PANIC! AT THE DISCO-VICTORIOUS

RUTH B-LOST BOY

TORY LANEZ-SAY IT

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The flood warning for the Navarro River continues. The National Weather Service calling for the warning thru tomorrow morning for now. Major flooding is forecast for the river, flood stage is 23.0 feet which is expected by late this morning. It’s also expected to crest near 36.5 feet tonight then fall back down below flood stage early tomorrow morning and way down to 15 feet Sunday afternoon. There could be damage to homes and property nearby and Highway 128 is expected to be closed.

Even though there’s been heavy rains already, there’s been no reports so far of significant damage in the Valley Fire, Rocky Fire or Jerusalem Fire burn areas. Lake County Public Information Officer says the Department of Public Works took significant steps after the fires to prepare for the potential damage that could be caused by El Nino events. Lake County road crews have been clearing out drainage on Mathews, Argonaut, Kelsey Creek and other roads. They say Scotts Valley road may begin to flood as early as 5 AM Friday. Both Lake County OES and Lake County Department of Public Works are posting updates on their Facebook pages.

Redwood Valley’s fight against a planned dollar store continues with several planned public events. Local residents calling themselves “Smart Growth Rural Mendocino,” say they are part of a growing opposition across the country that is fighting the chain’s expansion into smaller communities. A community meeting to discuss a “Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council” is set for Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Redwood Valley Grange on East Road. A week from tomorrow, on March 19th, the group is hosting a “Rally for the Valley,”. There’s a planned march past the Redwood Valley Market, and across East Road to where the Dollar General store construction would take place. One of the latest attempts to stop the development has come from the Redwood Valley Market owners. They’ve filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County and the parcel owner and developer. The next court date is next Friday in Ukiah.

After negative reports about the management of adult mental health services in Mendocino County, Ortner Management has given written notice they plan to leave by this summer. The group telling the county last month it would stay on and help put changes into place recommended in the Kemper Report. The County CEO Carmel Angelo says she’s going to ask the Board of Supervisors for approval to delay the request for proposal process for a year. The head of Redwood Quality Management Co., Camille Schraeder’s been asked to step in to direct adult mental health services and has reportedly agreed. The same company has been providing mental health services for children in the county.

A new report says there may be a poor turnout for the Chinook salmon season on the Klamath River. This after a disappointing crab season. The California and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife says they think there’s about 142,000 Klamath River fall run Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean this year. That’s about a third of the estimate last year and the second lowest predicted run size in 2 decades. The Pacific Fishery Management Council and California Fish and Game Commission are going to use the data from the predictions to set salmon fishing season dates and catch restrictions. The Fish and Game Commission will come up with a final decision April 18th.

Some lawmakers want the age of those allowed to buy tobacco to go up. The California State Senate voted to raise the minimum age to 21 years old to help take the numbers of addicted young people down. The Senate voted 26-10 for the higher age to buy tobacco, plus they voted to clearly define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. These are similar votes to others taken by the Assembly. The Gov. Jerry Brown will get the two bills and has about a week and a half to sign them into law.

A man in Ukiah has been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a woman while she slept. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports a 23 year old woman reported the incident Wednesday afternoon. She told police she was raped several times by Anthony Coburn in the 300 block of Laws Avenue in Ukiah. Police say they found probable cause in the case saying the man raped the woman several times while she was unconscious or asleep and committed at least one count of domestic assault. He was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on $350,000 bail.

A young man in Ukiah’s been arrested on suspicion of vandalism and battery after being confronted while writing graffiti. Ukiah Police say they got a call to the incident in the 1000 block of Cunningham Road last Friday afternoon. Police say the man was caught tagging a business and the owner confronted him. When they got there, they found 20 year old Kaileb Davis of Ukiah on the ground with his hands and arms tied behind his back with a red belt with two people holding him down. The owner of the business says she saw Davis tagging her business and confronted him and he started yelling at her. That’s when others working at nearby businesses came to help her. Davis arrested on suspicion of vandalism, battery and three warrants and booked into Mendocino County Jail.

Pistachios with the labels Wonderful, Paramount Farms and Trader Joe’s being recalled across the country as they may be contaminated with salmonella. Health officials across nine states investigating nearly a dozen cases of salmonella linked to pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios of Lost Hills, California. They’re sold across the country and in Canada too. The ones recalled are identified by a lot code number on the package. The numbers can be found at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company itself says it takes food safety seriously and says they’re working with health officials to find the source of the problem.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee expected to reveal cannabis policies. This due to new state laws for commercial medical marijuana requiring compliance with state and local regulations. No firm date for the reveal has been made public, but it could be at next Tuesday’s supervisors’ meeting. Members of the Mendocino Heritage Initiative Committee (MHIC) have also filed a proposed cannabis regulation initiative. The 2016 Mendocino Heritage Initiative is coming up with a plan for county cannabis regulations and a licensing system to go with new state laws. The county possibly tweaking policy so that anyone currently growing 25 plants are in compliance. The board of supervisors has to take a vote on the new proposed program.

The former Westamerica Bank’s been sold to the Habematolel Pomo tribe in downtown Upper Lake. The bank closed its Upper Lake branch last October and donated it to Hospice Services of Lake County. The Hospice Services Executive Director confirms the sale going thru last month for the 3,000-square-foot building, built in 1959 on Main St. The tribe is the owner of the Running Creek Casino.

Clearlake’s getting close to full so officials have begun releasing water from the Cache Creek Dam. The California-Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Lake will hit the full level – 7.56 feet Rumsey this weekend. The National Weather Service is calling for several inches of rain in Lake County past the weekend, into next week. Early releases can keep the lake around the full level to reduce potential flood impacts. The Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District started releasing water from the Dam Wednesday.

A man in Pendleton, Oregon decides to walk naked into a strangers home, says hi Honey, then falls off a cliff and gets caught upside-down in a tree. Gail Wilson says it happened Saturday as she was eating soup. She says the man, sporting a big grin on his face came walking in naked and tried to hug her. She says she told him to leave and shoved him, hid in a bedroom and called 911. The man ran from the home as police got there. Stephen Burton, tried escaping by climbing a fence and fell… naked. He’s booked at the Umatilla (OO-muh-till-uh) County Jail on charges of burglary, harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

An ex security worker for Brink’s accused of stealing almost 200K… all in quarters. Stephen Dennis charged for the ripoff of $196,000 on Monday. He worked as a money processing manager for Brink’s in Birmingham when the robberies happened. He had access thru the job to the Federal Reserve Coin Inventory. The coins police say he took, were stored in ballistic bags, each with about $50,000 inside Brink’s Coin Room. After he left work in Feb. of 014 an audit showed four ballistic bags had beads and only $1,000 in quarters strategically placed in the bags so they’d be visible. He agreed to a plea deal and will repay his former employers. He also faces up to 10 years in prison and an additional $250,000 fine.

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Redwood Valley’s fight against a planned dollar store continues with several planned public events. Local residents calling themselves “Smart Growth Rural Mendocino,” say they are part of a growing opposition across the country that is fighting the chain’s expansion into smaller communities. A community meeting to discuss a “Redwood Valley Municipal Advisory Council” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 14 at the Redwood Valley Grange on East Road. On Saturday, March 19, the group is hosting a “Rally for the Valley,”. There’s a planned march past the Redwood Valley Market, and across East Road to where the Dollar General store construction would take place. One of the latest attempts to stop the development has come from the Redwood Valley Market owners. They have filed a lawsuit against Mendocino County and the parcel owner and developer. The next court date is March 18 in Ukiah.

Fire has destroyed a building at the Goldeneye Winery. Anderson Valley Fire Department says the fire Tuesday afternoon at the building known as the “old apple dryer” started with an explosion but they don’t know why. One employee has minor injuries. The company that owns Goldeneye says no other buildings were affected and it was pretty much business as usual for the winery. It thanked firefighters for a valiant effort in putting out the fire and protecting the other buildings. One Cal Fire engine assisted the Anderson Valley fire department.

Two Ukiah men have been arrested after they reportedly got into a fight after a car crash. Police were already responding to calls about the wreck on Irvington Drive when they were told that one guy was hitting the other guy car with a sledgehammer. Turns out it was a cane that looked like a sledgehammer. Police say Chris Walrath was allegedly hitting Miguel Guevara with the cane before smashing his car windows. Police say Guevara responded by getting into his car and allegedly trying to run over Walrath. He missed, but crashed into a parked car. Guevara, who broke his hand in the incident, was on summary probation and out on bail for a prior felony arrest. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, committing a felony while out on bail, vandalism, and violation of his probation. Walrath was found to be on formal probation and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his probation.

A state bill has been introduced that would tax sugary drinks. It’s the seventh bill in the last six years designed to tax or add warning labels to sodas and other beverages with high sugar content. But so far, none of them have become law. The bill is estimated to generate $3 billion-a-year, which lawmakers say would go directly to fund prevention and treatment programs to further reduce consumption. Tom Pavich, a member of the Bakersfield Tea Party, says he agrees sugar can have negative health impacts, but argues a tax is the wrong way to pay for prevention programs.

The Lake County area planning council has been told The Dam Road and Lakeport Boulevard projects are still alive but will have to delayed. The California Transportation Commission had requested in January that the APC eliminate the projects in response to budget shortfalls. But according to Executive Director Lisa Davey-Bates, the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) guidelines do not allow current projects to be eliminated. So instead of spending $164,000 on pre-construction costs, the APC will delay funding for five years. The will still need state approval before then but it buys some time for California’s Transportation Department to reverse the budget shortfall caused by low gas tax revenues. Plans are in development on the state level to test a per mile tax, charging drivers for heavier use of roads.

A high number of California adults – and even those under age 40 – are considered prediabetic and are at high risk of developing life-threatening Type 2 diabetes. About 33 percent of younger adults are estimated to be prediabetic, according to the county-by-county study released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Tallied together, more than half of all Californians – 15.5 million or 55 percent – are estimated to be either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Rates for pre-diabetes ranged from 43 percent of all adults in Butte County to a high of 54 percent in Nevada County. Mendocino county is 48 percent. Lake County is 46 percent. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, which is typically genetic and not considered preventable, Type 2 diabetes can be avoided with an improved diet and increased physical activity.

The seven-year effort to build a new and courthouse for Lake County has hit another snag. The Court Facilities Advisory Committee has ordered state Judicial Council staff to take a closer look at the six-acre site, located at 675 Lakeport Blvd. The committee’s action suspends all work on the project except to study alternatives and project costs. Judicial Council staff must prepare a report in six months on all options to reduce costs. The project is in the final design phase. However, it came in for additional scrutiny due to being $6 million – or 12 percent – over the state’s target budget due to increased design and environmental costs. The current estimate for the new courthouse is almost 50 million dollars. It was supposed to be finished in 2014 but now, at best, it will be done in 2019.

A body found during a search for a hiker on Laughlin Peak, south of Willits, has been confirmed as a missing Ukiah transient. Foul play is not suspected in connection with the death of Jamie David Dalton. Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says Dalton appears to have died from exposure. An autopsy has been scheduled just to be sure. About 70 searchers from seven counties and a National Guard helicopter, had been searching for Dalton when his body was found. Dalton had been missing since Saturday night, after he and another man tried to hike the peak in the pouring rain. The two apparently got lost. The friend went for help but he was unable to find his way back until Sunday morning.

Drug charges have been filed against a Ukiah man who led police on car chase Monday afternoon. Police say around 3pm an officer saw the driver make a traffic violation on Betty Street and tried to pull him over but the driver reportedly took off at a high rate of speed and the officer gave chase. The vehicles headed north on North Orchard Avenue until the driver ditched the car just north of Ford Street and tried to run. The officer chased down and caught the suspect Esteban Camarillo. Camarillo was arrested on suspicion of felony evading and felony violation of his probation. Then a search reportedly turned up methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The National Weather Service is predicting a strong chance of rain starting tomorrow and carrying over to Tuesday of next week, with the chance of precipitation topping 80 percent this Thursday and Friday. The weather service is calling for up to 10 inches of rain for north Mendocino and lake counties and up to 7 and a half to the south. Storms this past week has put Clear Lake to within a foot of the full mark. Clear Lake has a full foot of new water in the last six days, pouring in from the many creeks and tributaries. The lake level should rise above 7 feet on the Rumsey gauge by Wednesday of next week, if forecasts are right. The lake has not been listed as officially full since March of 2011.

Legislation that provides state assistance to help Lake County cover costs from three major fires has passed its first test, a vote in a state senate committee. It is estimated that $1.3 billion in damage resulted from the third worst fire in state history, the Valley Fire, and the poorest county in the state is on the hook to cover a portion of those costs — unless the bill becomes law. The County’s anticipated share of the cost would be $2-$3 million. In 2015, over 50 percent of all wildland fire activity for CalFire was in Lake County. More than 1,900 structures burned to the ground, including 1,300 homes. Nearly 20,000 residents were evacuated and 170 thousand burned.

Search and rescue teams working a Willits-area mountainside for a missing Ukiah transient found a body Monday afternoon but have yet to confirm it’s the man they were seeking. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department says Foul play is not suspected in connection with the death. About 70 searchers from seven counties and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, had been combing the Laughlin Peak area south of Willits for Jamie David Dalton, 46, when they located the body. Dalton, who goes by “David,” was last seen about 7 p.m. Saturday by a friend he’d been hiking with on the mountain. The two apparently were headed for the top of the peak. It was raining and cold and they got lost. The friend turned back in the darkness to try and get help for Dalton. But he couldn’t find his way off of the mountain until Sunday morning, when he reached help.

Authorities have arrested a Kelseyville man who they say kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman in Mendocino County. Alex Joseph Greene, 35, was taken into custody. The CHP got the call yesterday regarding an assault victim on Highway 101 near Hopland. A young woman said she had been sexually assaulted and gave the officer a description. Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle on Highway 101 near Geyserville and detained Greene. The CHP said Greene was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on Monday night on charges including kidnapping, sexual battery and forcible penetration.

The Mendocino County Broadband Alliance is asking people to contact Assemblymember Jim Wood and Senator Mike McGuire and ask them to co-sponsor a bill that helps get the internet to underserved communities. The alliance says 34 percent of households in Mendocino County either have limited or no broadband service. The program that helps extend service to remote areas is called the California Advance Services Fund. The Alliance says the program is in danger of elimination due to lack of re-authorization. A bill, called the “Internet for Now” or AB 1758, would extend the program until 2023 with funding from user fees. But the big carriers oppose the bill saying rural communities are being served adequately.

The Ukiah Main Street Progam making plans for a monument honoring local historian, planning commissioner and longtime community volunteer Judy Pruden, who passed away last year. The organization will put a boulder with a plaque on it dedicated to Pruden in one of the planting triangles downtown near the Mendocino Book Company. Pruden devoted countless hours to the community including the Ukiah Main Street Program, where she served on the board. The council has approved the monument but not without debate. Council member Maureen Mulheren suggested that the plaque not be facing toward the street like others downtown are. She said it’s a silly concept,” and asked that the plaque face toward the sidewalk “so you don’t have people mid-crosswalk looking at a rock.”

A Willits freelance photojournalist who was arrested for trespassing during a 2013 protest has lost his First Amendment-based lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol. A federal jury found there was insufficient evidence to prove that the three CHP officers named in the lawsuit had intended to discourage Steve Eberhard from photographing protests of the Highway 101 bypass around Willits. Eberhard said he is disappointed but not overly surprised. Eberhard was on Caltrans property to photograph one of the many protests of the bypass when he was arrested by the CHP. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges in the case. Eberhard initially sued both the CHP and Caltrans, alleging false arrest and violation of his First Amendment press rights. He agreed to drop Caltrans from the lawsuit in January. Eberhard said he has yet to decide whether to appeal the verdict.

More showers today but the weather service says nothing as strong as what Mendocino county got over the weekend. The US Army Corps of Engineers has increased releases from Lake Mendocino due to the storms. They started first thing yesterday and have ramped up flow at Coyote Dam to 2,000 cubic feet per second. Water had been coming into the lake at a rate of 5,000 cubic feet per second. The scheduled discharge is the highest in more than three years because of storage efforts during the drought. Though reports of surface flooding were rampant late Saturday, a break in the rainfall during the day Sunday kept creeks and rivers within their banks. The Navarro River near the Mendocino coast came within about two feet of flood stage early Sunday morning.

A woman has been killed after being trapped in a car that became submerged in floodwater on a section of highway that was closed due to heavy rain. Chia Xiong, 51, of Marysville and a passenger in the car, was underwater for about 15 minutes it took divers some time to find the vehicle, which plunged into 6 to 8 feet of water. The driver, who was able to get out of the car, was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. Officers who were at a road blockade saw Neng Yang, 55, of Sacramento go around the closure on State Route 70 in Olivehurst, about 35 miles north of Sacramento, and enter the floodwater.

A Clearlake woman is accused of attempted murder in a knife attack on her live-in boyfriend. Embree Vance, 40, reportedly stabbed her 58-year-old boyfriend multiple times while he was engaged in a fight with her adult son. Police say they met up with the victim at St. Helena Hospital in Clearlake where he showed up with several stab wounds to the midsection. Officers went to to the house on Dam Roard and found Vance and her son, Shandoah Vance, walking nearby. Police say they were both intoxicated. Investigators say she admitted stabbing the victim during an altercation between the two men. Police say she still had the knife in her possession. The son was also arrested for public intoxication.

The California Department of Public Health reports immunization rates for seventh-graders at Mendocino County schools jumped 2 percent from last year. The 2015-16 school year was the first to be affected by a new California vaccination law that requires students to prove vaccination status before first attending school. Home-schooled students are not required to be fully vaccinated. While SB 277 won’t require complete vaccinations until next school year, parents or guardians had to file “personal belief exemptions” and receive approval before the first of the year. Exemptions will no longer be granted, but a medical professional may grant an exception for children whose health may be compromised if they receive a certain vaccine. 94 percent of Mendocino County 7th graders were vaccinated. The lowest rate at a public school was Willits Charter with 77 percent. Instilling Goodness was the lowest private at 47 percent. The vaccination rate for 7th graders at 5 schools was 100 percent.

DNCE-CAKE BY THE OCEAN

FLO RIDA-MY HOUSE

G-EAZY W/BEBE REXHA-ME, MYSELF & I

JUSTIN BIEBER-LOVE YOURSELF

SELENA GOMEZ-HANDS TO MYSELF

TWENTY ONE PILOTS-STRESSED OUT

ALESSIA CARA-WILD THINGS

CHARLIE PUTH-ONE CALL AWAY

DJ SNAKE W/BIPOLAR SUNSHINE-MIDDLE

ELLIE GOULDING-SOMETHING IN THE WAY YOU MOVE

LUKAS GRAHAM-7 YEARS

MIKE POSNER-I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA

RACHEL PLATTEN-STAND BY YOU

RIHANNA W/DRAKE-WORK

ROBIN SCHULZ W/FRANCESCO YATES-SUGAR

SHAWN HOOK-SOUND OF YOUR HEART

TROYE SIVAN-YOUTH

ZARA LARSSON W/MNEK-NEVER FORGET YOU

ZAYN-PILLOWTALK

COLDPLAY-ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

FIFTH HARMONY-WORK FROM HOME

GWEN STEFANI-MAKE ME LIKE YOU

JAMES BAY-LET IT GO

NATHAN SYKES W/ARIANA GRANDE-OVER AND OVER AGAIN

ONE DIRECTION-HISTORY

TAYLOR SWIFT-NEW ROMANTICS

ZENDAYA W/CHRIS BROWN-SOMETHING NEW

DUKE DUMONT-OCEAN DRIVE

EMPIRE OF THE SUN-WALKING ON A DREAM

KYGO W/PARSON JAMES-STOLE THE SHOW

NELLY-DIE A HAPPY MAN

PANIC! AT THE DISCO-VICTORIOUS

PITBULL W/SENSATO & OSMANI GARCIA-EL TAXI

RUTH B-LOST BOY

TORY LANEZ-SAY IT

Ukiah Senior Center Executive Director Diana Clarke hash been cleared of charges she conspired with a former coworker to access confidential emails from a local health clinic. The Attorney General had filed felony counts of conspiracy to commit computer access fraud, eavesdropping or recording confidential communication and, taking, copying or making use of data from emails of the Consolidated Tribal Health Project in Redwood Valley. Clarke, who was formerly the human resources director, and Peter Fennell, the information technology director, were fired from the health care provider in October 2014. The felony complaint said Clarke and Fennell accessed and read confidential emails of 12 employees of the Health Project, using two Gmail accounts created by Fennell, who then allegedly gave the account passwords to Clarke. Based on testimony, the only thing that linked Clarke to the investigation was an exchange of text messages with Fennell during the time frame of the alleged crimes. While the charges against Clarke were dismissed, the case against Fennell will proceed.

A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank with a fake bomb made out of phone wires, duct tape and a sex toy. Aaron Stein pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges including robbery, aggravated assault and making bomb threats in the June crime. An attorney for the 36-year-old Pittsburgh man says he discovered that $9,000 he’d invested to cover his approaching honeymoon was gone. The attorney says desperation drove him to don an Iron Man mask and take a fake bomb to threaten tellers and rob a bank in Crafton bank, just west of Pittsburgh.

Caltrans crews have made quick work of guardrail repairs on the East Gobbi Street bridge over Highway 101, but another project on Highway 20 is taking longer than expected. The East Gobbi Street overpass project was completed this week. Cal Trans says the Hwy. 20 a paving project is an emergency repair because the asphalt was failing. Rocks were getting kicked up between Road A and the East Fork of the Russian River just east of Ukiah and north of Lake Mendocino. But Cal Trans says when the contractor began grinding off the top layer of asphalt, the issue was revealed to be more extensive than originally thought, requiring more work than was laid out in the contract. Paving should resume next week and with it, the five minute traffic delays will be back. Cal Trans estimating the project will last into April.

The crab fishing industry may be getting millions of dollars in disaster assistance under bills being introduced by Northern California lawmakers. Jackie Speier, who represents the Peninsula and parts of San Francisco in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Jared Huffman, who represents a massive district that stretches from the North Bay to the Oregon border, will introduce their disaster legislation today. Their "Crab Emergency Disaster Assistance Act" would provide more than 138-million-dollars in assistance to Dungeness and rock crab fishermen hurt by the closure of the commercial crab season. Senator Barbara Boxer will introduce a companion bill in the Senate.

Bird poop was the likely cause of a December shutdown at a nuclear power plant outside New York City. The reactor safely shut down for three days starting Dec. 14 following an electrical disturbance. An outside expert is analyzing whether what’s technically called bird "streaming" was the culprit.In a report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last month, the reactor shutdown was apparently from bird excrement that caused an electric arc between wires on a feeder line at a transmission tower. Plant managers told the NRC they were revising preventive maintenance for additional inspection and cleaning and installing bird guards on transmission towers.

El Nino is returning with a vengeance as a round of wet weather moves into the region. Forecasters say steady rain can be expected through today and tomorrow, with the rain turning especially heavy tomorrow night. The National Weather Service says some areas in the foothills could see up to five inches of rain through tomorrow night, while the higher elevations in the Sierra could several feet of snow. The wet weather is expected to continue into next week. Ukiah water and sewer preparing for up to a half foot of rain over the next ten days. A higher amount could mean the Army Corps of Engineers will release water from Lake Mendocino which is already above flood stage.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department have arrested a convicted felon on charges of having firearms and live ammo. Deputies served a search warrant at a residence on Highway 162 in Covelo Monday. At the residence, Deputies contacted Johnny Goforth, who was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. Goforth was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

A Hidden Valley Lake woman is facing charges she fraudulently obtained tens of thousands of dollars in welfare benefits while she was working for the county of Lake. April Melissa Wilson, 38, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning and booked for felony grand theft. She has made bail continuing
Wilson is charged with 21 counts involving grand theft, welfare fraud, perjury, and making false claims to a public board or officer. The crimes occurred between January 2011 and November 2015. Prosecutors say during that time, Wilson obtained $33,000 in welfare benefits to which she was not entitled to. Lake County Human Resources Wilson is a former county employee.

An Upper Lake man has been arrested for robbery, theft and other charges after he allegedly threatened a Northshore couple and took boats and tools from their home. Cory Lynn Bush, was taken into custody. While the deputies were responding to the call yesterday, the homeowner told dispatch the suspect was inside the house attacking her husband. When deputies arrived the suspect was gone and the homeowner says he got away in the family’s boat and also took a kayak and some power tools. Later, deputies say Bush was located with the boat and stolen property in a canal behind Sears in Lakeport. Bush is currently on probation out of Mendocino County for grand theft.

About 330 residents in the Valley fire area could get new emergency alert radios thanks to a grant from State Farm. State Farm Insurance Agent Nanette Dutcher presented a check for $10,000 to the Lake County Sheriff at last week’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. The Sheriff has said the fire moved so quickly it took down phone lines so folks couldn’t get landline phone alerts from the sheriff, but the emergency radio messages would still have worked. Lake County News reports the county plans to buy the NOAA approved models which get more than 60 types of weather hazards and emergency alerts plus the Office of Emergency Services alerts that will go out through the Integrated Public Alert Warning System, or IPAWS, for which the Lake Area Rotary Club Association gave $3,000 to get up and running.

State legislators have approved a health plan tax package designed to bring in more matching federal money, and help pay for programs for services for the developmentally disabled and others. The Sacramento Bee reports the final deal extends a tax on all managed care organizations but includes tax offsets designed to keep any costs from being passed on to consumers. It also includes help for people with autism and other developmental disabilities and it wipes out a budget debt owed by skilled nursing facilities. The bill passed both houses overwhelmingly. Once the governor signs it, state officials then have to “sell” it to the Obama administration to see if it makes California eligible for federal matching money.

A family of five in Clearlake has survived being pulled into the ocean by a sneaker wave in Sonoma County. Amanda Viola was with her 7 year old daughter as well as another adult and two kids at Goat Rock state beach last Friday afternoon. The Press Democrat reports they were told the sea was rough and had not gone in but were standing on shore watching the waves when suddenly what she described as a “great wave” came up and knocked them all down, pulling the 7 year old out onto the breakers. Viola went in after her, and a state beach lifeguard went after both them and pulled them further out into calmer waters, until they could be lifted out by a Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter crew.

A man from Minnesota has been ordered to hand over his marijuana farm in Ukiah after he was found guilty of dealing. The United States Attorney’s Office in Minnesota sentenced Alexander Heying last month to 11 years in prison after he was convicted in November of 2014 for conspiracy to distribute several tons of marijuana and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Heying’s also ordered to surrender his farm where he was growing the drug. He also had to give up a home in Minnetonka, Minn., a truck and two guns. Acacia Ruiz of Ukiah was arrested and received time served. Peter Heying, also of Minnetonka, Minn. got three years in prison.

A banner year for Redwood Credit Union with total assets up 14 percent to more than 2.5 billion dollars. The largest credit union in Sonoma County reported membership grew almost 6 percent last year too, to more than 255,000. The net income at $48.3 million and total assets at $2.8B. Redwood’s president and chief executive officer says they’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback from members. The Credit Union to open a new branch in Mill Valley later this year and plans to relocate the Mendocino branch to a new location with more space nearby. The Credit Union also donated and gathered money for victims of last summer’s Lake County fires.

A suspicious package wrapped to look like a gift blasted apart by the Sheriff’s bomb squad in Windsor. It was just a box of chocolates, but someone had reported they saw the package in a concrete planter box near the town library, lifted it up and said it was heavy. The Windsor Police Chief says it was wrapped like a Christmas present with a bow on it. But to be cautious, they evacuated folks from the area then the Sonoma County sheriff’s bomb squad went out with protective gear on and took an x-ray of the box finding it was unlikely the box was dangerous, but blasted it with water to break it apart, finding the chocolates.

2 men in So Cal ran from police in a stolen taco truck, sideswiping a school bus with kids inside. They crashed into lights at an intersection and hit a propane truck but nobody was seriously hurt. San Bernardino police say the men kept driving but were spotted soon after and shots were fired at them. The men caught then taken to a hospital as a precaution. Other buses were brought to the area to take the kids to school.

A woman from Connecticut out for her 50th birthday busted for robbing her own limo driver. Police in Willimantic say Melanie Roberts fought with her driver about how much she owed, then took his keys and ran home and got a loaded 9mm pistol. Police say she was threatening the driver and took out a GPS device and a clipboard with money. He called 911, and the woman was arrested at the scene. Roberts charged with larceny and carrying a firearm under the influence.

A bald eagle named America found in a field last month with a broken right wing. The bird nicknamed by animal rescue workers, was found Feb. 23rd. The owners of a nonprofit rescue group in Rochester, WA say America is a female, but they’re not sure how old she is. She was X-rayed and doctors found her break was healing but had a bunch of calcium deposits around it. She has a splint and with time, could possibly fly again. For more info, or to help care for America, visit www.fhswildliferehab.org.

A tentative agreement’s been reached by Mendocino County and the nonprofit environmental group California River Watch after alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at the Caspar Waste Transfer Station. The Daily Journal reports the county has to come up with 70% of a $25,000 reimbursement for what it cost the group in investigative and attorney fees and costs. The city of Fort Bragg has to pay the rest of the 25-grand. The county and city and Solid Waste of Willits also have to fully implement, update and keep its Storm Water Pollution Plan Best Management Practices current. The parties also have to turn in all monitoring reports that have not been made available to the River Watch group and allow a site visit for the group by one year of the agreement effective date.

Vandalism becoming a problem in the city of Clearlake. Officials report that means the places that are being vandalized have to be closed to be cleaned up. Places like city-owned parks. The City Manager Greg Folsom says the last time it happened at Redbud Park, where toilets were torn off the hinges in the park’s restroom. Folsom told the city council last week there were immediate nighttime closures for all park restrooms at 4 p.m. daily. The city says vandals have hit the same park again with toilet pipes broken. The city has about $10,000 in the budget to maintain parks, and Folsom says they’ve spent half already, using up $150 to $300 a week in repairs.

The public’s invited to help with the next state transportation plan. Caltrans looking for public input for California Transportation Plan 2040 (CTP 2040) which sets the future of transportation in the state, for mobility and meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The Caltrans Director tells Lake Co News the public can play a major role in the state’s long term transportation system. The plan helps support Governor Brown’s goal of reducing emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. You can review and comment on the plan via www.californiatransportationplan2040.org . Comments are accepted thru the end of the month.