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A Lake County Deputy’s still in critical condition after being swept into the ocean by a rogue wave at Mendocino Point. He was under water for more than ten minutes. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Jacob Steely was airlifted to a hospital in Chico where he’s being treated in their Neurological, Trauma, Surgical, Intensive Care Unit. His 11-year- old son who also ended up in the water was treated and released from Mendocino Coast District Hospital and appears to be making a full physical recovery. Steely’s been with the Sheriff’s Dept since 2010 after a stint as a police officer. He’s done patrol work and SWAT, and is a canine handler. The Sheriff’s Office says he’s showing small signs of improvement but faces a long, uncertain road. If you’d like to help his family with medical expenses a fund has been established at Mendo-Lake Credit Union in Lakeport.

Mendocino County Detectives are continuing to investigate a potential homicide in the death of 60-year-old Mark Terry II of Willits. Terry’s body was found Sunday in a field near the 35000 Block of Eureka Stagecoach Road. Detectives say the location and condition of how Terry was found make it suspicious. They are asking to hear from anyone who saw him or his red work truck or maybe saw someone near the truck while it was parked near the intersection of Coast and Mill Streets in Willits, between April 7th and 17th. The red work pickup truck has a black rack and license plate 4V28673.

4 men have been arrested in Clearlake in connection to an illegal marijuana grow. Officers served two separate search warrants Tuesday, which they say resulted in the seizure of more than 350 marijuana plants, 21 pounds of processed marijuana and two firearms. Clearlake residents Jose Ceja Lupian, Jose Ricardo Olmedo, Justin Louis Raab, and John Jockamo Ambroselli were all arrested and charged with cultivation, but Lupian was allegedly found to be in possession of two firearms, for which he is prohibited due to a prior felony marijuana cultivation conviction and Raab was also charged with meth possession.

North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood hoping to bring more doctors to rural areas, something that could benefit Mendocino County hospitals. Wood’s bill could bring docs to several rural health clinics and critical access hospitals prohibited from the Corporate Practice of Medicine across the state. The bill would allow rural hospitals to employ physicians. The state prohibits docs from certain areas as a way to prevent unlicensed individuals or business corporations from involvement in health care related decisions. So that means doctors can’t get jobs at the hospitals, but are instead like independent contractors.

High marks once again for Mendocino County for clean air. The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report has been released taking a look at ozone and particle pollutants from 2012 to 2014. Mendo got an “A” grade for ozone pollution and short-term particle pollutants. Then it was Lake County with second place for the cleanest air in the country for both ozone and daily particle pollution. Lake was off one spot, taking the number one position last year. The president and CEO of the American Lung Association in California says North Coast residents should be proud of the great air quality in the region. She says everyone could do more for all regions of the state to have clean air to breathe such as wood burning being taken down to a minimum.

The Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa says its closing its housing operations for Valley Fire survivors. By the end of June the 19 families still in refurbished rooms will have to go. The rooms were supposed to be available briefly after last September’s fire, then Konocti Harbor agreed to housing deals being extended. Folks in the rooms are paying $1,000 a month which includes utilities.

California’s got its first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes for the year. The skeeters found in the San Fernando Valley’s Sun Valley area. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District says mosquitos are normally found in summer months, but the season can start sooner. The first positive mosquito last year was found in Sylmar in March. 53 people died after coming into contact with the insects that carry the virus last year. That set a state record, the most since the California Department of Public Health started recording cases in 2003. It was also the most in any U.S. state.

A man from Willits has been killed in a five car crash that closed U.S. 101 for about three hours south of Watershed Road. The CHP reports the roads were wet at the time of the crash. The Mendocino County assistant coroner’s office reports the man was a 63 year old from Willits in a 2003 Mazda. The CHP reported Kenneth Walters of Eureka was about to pass a slower moving bus in the slow lane when he was cut off by another driver. That driver lost control and spun out in front of another car. Then a couple other cars crashed, unable to avoid what was already happening. One man died, another had major injuries and several others had minor injuries.

The Willits Unified School District is facing sanctions after a California Highway Patrol report showed a couple of unsatisfactory ratings for the district’s transportation department. The CHP’s Motor Carrier Safety unit reported to the district’s board of trustees that the WUSD had two unsatisfactory ratings associated with random drug and alcohol testing. If the district gets a third unsatisfactory rating, the CHP could turn the violations over to the state attorney general for action.

A local woman away at college during the Valley Fire has won a national competition for a design concept for rebuilding. The Press Democrat reports Samantha Millard-McEvoy of Middletown entered and won an Interior Design Educators Council regional award. The award for Rebuilding a Community looks at a new gathering space to be built of fire-resistant steel, concrete and brick. It also uses material salvaged from the fire, as construction components or repurposed into art.

Revised cannabis cultivation permits are not going to be available in Mendocino County until at least October. The news announced by the county’s Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee at the April 18th Board of Supervisors meeting. The County’s Chief Planner says the delay’s needed to look into procedural concerns over environmental impacts and zoning changes. The Board of Supervisors listened to several hours of discussion on revising Mendocino’s cannabis cultivation ordinance. Currently proposed draft regulations require compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to make sure there’s no environmental impacts of the ordinance.

Nearly a dozen women tossed from the Napa Valley Wine Train which started the viral hashtag #Laughingwhileblack are settling their racial discrimination lawsuit. The settlement details are confidential and the wine train’s owners still have to agree to the settlement’s terms. The women part of a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge filed suit claiming discrimination and defamation after they were taken off the train at St. Helena, part way through their excursion for being disruptive.

New Mexico’s got a new law that shows if drunken driving offenders are let off too easy, according to social media anyway. The state’s going to start paying staffers from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to monitor court hearings by judges routinely lenient in drunk driving cases. The group’s going to send details about sentences to state officials who will note repeat offenders and the judges in tweets. The state’s one of many using social media to publicize crimes by repeat offenders. The governor says it will show the failure to crack down on those convicted of multiple DUI violations.

An underwater robot looking for the Loch Ness monster found something, a dark, monster-shaped mass, but tourism officials say the 30-foot long blob, is not the monster, it’s just a prop left over from a 1970 film. A model of a submarine monster sank while making a film called, "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" . The idea that the monster is there has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to the region.


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