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A resident of Ukiah is speaking on Capitol Hill as part of an effort to keep infrastructure for water and wastewater affordable. Steve Dye’s appearing before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public works this morning. The hearing at 7 AM today. The goal of the issue to promote more clean water.
Dye’s the owner of Nexis Government Relations in Washington.

Fort Bragg Police are looking for a stolen gun and two law enforcement badges taken from the car of a retired Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Captain and Dixon Police Chief. The victim says he’d been shopping at several thrift stores in Fort Bragg Tuesday afternoon but thinks the theft occurred outside of the Paul Bunyan Thrift Store on Main Street. He says the firearm and badges were in a green camouflage fanny pack that had been back in the cargo area of his vehicle. The gun is a black Glock model 27 sub-compact semi-automatic .40 caliber pistol. His Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office badge is a star and his Dixon Police badge is a shield, are they are both on leather belt clips. Anyone with information should call Fort Bragg Police.

A Clearlake man is one of two people arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man in a park in Chico. David Milliron of Clearlake and William Forward of Chico were arrested Tuesday after Chico Police say the pair assaulted a bicyclist near the One Mile Recreation Area. The victim says after beating on him, they took his cell phone. Witnesses got a description of the car and cops caught the men a short time later. Milliron has been booked into the Butte County Jail.

Ukiah could be getting a Dunkin’ Donuts within the next year. Mohammed Hussain, the owner of the Three Brothers Travel Plaza on Highway 20 in Upper Lake tells the Ukiah Daily Journal he recently bought the territory rights to open Dunkin Donuts franchises in both Mendocino and Lake counties and says work’s already begun to build one at the Travel Plaza, but he is still looking for a spot in Ukiah. Hussein says they were considering the former Savings Bank building at the corner of Low Gap Drive and North State Street, but it is not big enough. But he says he likes the location so they’re considering expanding that building but at the same time they’re also looking at other locations.

A Calif. lawmaker says he wants to let addicts use heroin, crack and other drugs at supervised facilities so there are less overdose cases. That wouldn’t be a first, several other U.S. cities considering legal drug-injection sites. The proposal has been introduced as San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Ithaca, New York all consider similar ordinances after the success of a site like it in Canada since 2003. Law enforcement officers in Calif. opposed to the idea though, saying it will just make addiction worse. The legislature has postponed a committee vote on the issue.

Mendocino County number two out of 58 California counties getting money taken with state asset forfeiture laws. Los Angeles County was the first. This according to the 2014 statewide asset forfeiture figures from the California Attorney General. Mendocino County got almost three and a half million from drug related criminal activities, about 9 percent of all California seizures. Los Angeles County was above Mendocino County with nearly 4.7 million in seizures. Sonoma County got more than 2 mil, Humboldt County with one and a quarter million and Lake County got nearly $320,000.

A new cannabis cultivation registration program in Mendocino County. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors’ Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee and the Department of Agriculture provides information on the number of cultivators who can enroll in the revised county permit program. Officials can also use the registration form to make sure cultivators are “in good standing” with the county before the new year so they can get priority license processing from the state. Cultivators can get the form on the county’s website and submit it to the Agriculture Department until June 3rd. The Ad Hoc Committee looking to get a revised county cultivation ordinance passed by early June or July.

The Elem Band of Pomo Indians is protesting at the Ukiah Plaza with representatives from at least two other tribes for the next couple of days. The tribe challenging a cut in membership from the Clearlake Oaks tribe. Those protesting tell the Record Bee newspaper disenrollment of tribe members is contrary to tribal law. As many as 2 dozen members have been notified they’re being dis-enrolled. A lawyer working for the tribe says the reasons are baseless. The order of disenrollment accuses those receiving it of violating tribal laws. The Tribal chair had no comment for the newspaper.

More than a million dollars for Lake County to come up with as their share of the Valley Fire costs. The costs based on the proportion of total project expenses for each government agency — federal , state, and county. Most of the expenses will be covered at 75 percent from FEMA and another 18.75 percent from CalOES. Then the county’s expected to cover about 6.25 percent. The Auditor-Controller estimates the costs for the whole thing at $15.8 million, but it’s expected to go up dramatically.

Senator Mike McGuire’s bill to require telecommunications companies to report outages of rural 911 service has been approved by its first Senate committee. The bipartisan vote was unanimous for the 911 Emergency Reliability and Public Safety Act to develop a statewide outage reporting threshold for rural California. The Record Bee reports McGuire saying telecom companies don’t let emergency officials know if there’s a local 911 system not operating. He says emergency responders have to be in the loop to keep residents safe. The 911 network along the North Coast has gone down at least five times in the last 2 years.

Fire officials say a small fire in a downtown housing complex in Guerneville was arson. The Press Democrat reports that’s got residents of the town on edge after last December’s still-unsolved suspicious fires that gutted the town’s health center and badly damaged a vacant motel. The fire yesterday morning set in a metal recyclables dumpster, but the Monte Rio Fire Chief says he doesn’t think it was related to the December fires. Officials pouring over surveillance video of the area finding evidence that has been which was turned over to a Sonoma County sheriff’s dept.

Mendocino County supervisors directing the Executive Office for an analysis of the possible economic impacts on county services if the mental health initiative the Sheriff’s supporting passes in November. The board voted unanimously after 2 supervisors brought the item to the agenda with concern about how such a facility would be staffed and operated because the proposed half-cent countywide sales tax is for five years for the development of the treatment facility and training center, but not for operations and staffing.

The foreign consulate in Great Britain releasing some of the more bizarre calls they’ve received. Some included where to buy English bacon and what to do about naked Spaniards. A woman from Lebanon called asking for help recruiting an English butler and a man from Singapore wanted help finding illegal work. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) releasing details of the calls to the emergency line last year.

A British punk band snuck into Buckingham Palace recording a music video without catching the Queen’s Guard’s eyes. Members of Cat’s Eyes got in somehow as part of a publicity stunt to promote their music, including their single ‘Chameleon Queen’. Bandmembers said they were performing at a foreign ambassador’s private post-art tour dinner in the Queen’s Gallery but when they got in, they played their own music instead and uploaded a video of the incident. Buckingham Palace does not allow guests to bring musical instruments in for performances without prior arrangements.

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